2022 NFL Free Agency predictions


Now that March 14 has hit, NFL free agency is back and in full swing. Some moves have already been made on some of these players, but most are all still in the free agency pool. I made predictions on NFL free agents and some of their possible landing spots to see which teams have the best chance to acquire one player from one of the best free-agent classes in a long time.

Davante Adams, WR- stays with the Green Bay Packers – INCORRECT

It’s very likely that with Aaron Rodgers’ behavior on social media as of late that Adams decides to move away from Green Bay. But, as of now, I do see him staying in title town. Adams has played a vital role in the Packers’ offense since 2018, and if Rodgers does decide to stay, I think it is likely that the duo will come back stronger than ever.

Chris Godwin, WR- moves to the Cleveland Browns – INCORRECT

After Tom Brady retired over the offseason, the Buccaneers are in trouble. Without any answer to the quarterback situation in Tampa Bay just yet, I see Godwin leaving. Now, although he got hurt late in the season and probably won’t play a majority of the 2022-23 season, I see him being a great fit in Cleveland. Alongside guys like Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, and Austin Hooper, Godwin is a great deep threat for the Browns. The only problem that needs to be addressed is that if Baker Mayfield does not step up his play from 2021-22, it could cause problems within the organization. If he does stay consistent, though, Godwin could give a lot of upside for Cleveland.

Von Miller, EDGE- stays with the LA Rams – INCORRECT

After Miller was traded at the trade deadline during the 2021 season from the Denver Broncos, Miller took off. He was way more effective with the Rams after recovering from his injury and was a key piece in LA’s Super-Bowl run. I can see the Rams re-signing Miller this offseason, but on a cheaper contract. I know he is a very great edge rusher but he hasn’t really had a great season since 2018. I see the Rams signing him to a two-year deal with a lot of incentives mixed in. Once Miller improves his play at a consistent level again for an entire season, I think he will be worth way more than what he is now. 

Chandler Jones, EDGE- moves to the Seattle Seahawks

After a collapse at the end of the season with the Arizona Cardinals, Jones is probably looking to shy away from a Cardinals team that can’t seem to get it done in late-season play. That’s where I see the Seahawks coming into play. I think that the fit is great, and adding a pass rusher in Seattle would be a great fit to this Seahawks squad. With an offense that has the potential to be great, I think the Seahawks making a move on Jones would be a great move to improve a lackluster defense.

Allen Robinson II, WR- moves to the Philadelphia Eagles – INCORRECT

After being in Chicago since 2017, I think Robinson has had enough with a very torn organization in Chicago. I see him being a prime candidate to go to the Eagles, and here is why. I know that the Eagles are in a rebuild mode currently, but the upside of that offense is great. Jalen Hurts is a great quarterback who can be a franchise guy for Philly. Alongside him, former Alabama teammate and wide receiver Devonta Smith, running back Miles Sanders, and tight end Dallas Goedert are great pieces to build around. The only thing missing is another wide receiver that Hurts can throw to and trust. That is where Robinson comes in. I think he could be signed on a two or three-year deal with a third-year option because of his recent experience with the Bears.

Stephon Gilmore, CB- moves to the Arizona Cardinals

With Gilmore being a veteran cornerback in this league while still playing at a high level is great. Like Miller, he was traded at the trade deadline in the 2021 season to Carolina. It wasn’t a great second half of the season for the Panthers and I think Gilmore is trying to find his final team that he can retire with. The Cardinals are a great fit. With a great defense already, even if the organization loses Chandler Jones, Gilmore could be a great addition to the Cardinals secondary. I see a three to a four-year contract on Gilmore with a fourth-year option if he goes on a four-year deal.

J.C. Jackson, CB- stays with the New England Patriots – INCORRECT

The only reason I say that Jackson stays in New England is because of the scheme that Bill Belichick runs with the Patriots defense. After the Patriots picked him up as an undrafted free agent, Jackson has turned into an elite cornerback in the NFL, grading top 5 in pass coverage rating and first in man coverage rating this past season. We have seen Belichick let previous players like Kyle VanNoy and Jamie Collins test the free-agent waters, but I think he will like to keep Jackson around because of his scheme. I see the Pats putting a four-year deal on Jackson to keep him around for a while.

Tyrann Mathieu, S- moves to the Baltimore Ravens

Now, although Mathieu’s contract is pretty big, the Ravens are a top contender for this physical safety, and here’s why. Currently, the Ravens don’t have a very great secondary besides Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphry at the cornerback spots. As Mike McDonald comes back to Baltimore this season to become the defensive coordinator after being at Michigan, his scheme does involve a very mobile, physical safety that can get into the front seven and be physical with an offensive line. This guy is Tryann Mathieu.  A three-year contract makes the most sense as Mathieu is an experienced veteran and the Ravens may not want to commit to him for a long time.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR- stays with the LA Rams

A very rocky situation in Cleveland during the 2021 season was a blessing in disguise for Beckham. When he was released by Cleveland, a lot of teams did not want to take a huge risk on him because of his ego. Everyone thought it was Beckham’s fault for Cleveland’s downfall, but he proved everyone wrong when signed to LA. Beckham blossomed after a couple of games and was a crucial piece to the offense that was mainly focused around triple crown winner Cooper Kupp. After his injury in the Super Bowl that may sideline him for a year, I think he comes back to LA on a restructured contract. A two-year deal makes the most sense, with a lot of incentives built into the contract.

Mike Williams, WR- stays with the LA Chargers – CORRECT

Williams was a key part in Justin Herbert’s success in the first two years of Herbert’s career. A great deep-ball threat, Williams is a great candidate for some teams but the Chargers are the best fit for him. Alongside Keenan Allen, the duo makes a great receiver core for LA and is the main reason this offense is so reliable. I think Williams gets a big contract, three to four years, and stays in LA for the foreseeable future.

Jessie Bates III, S- stays with the Cincinnati Bengals

After the cinderella Super Bowl run by the Bengals this past season, I would think that Mike Brown wants to keep Bates around to lead the defense. After an incredible 2020 season, 2021 was a stepback for Bates, but he still kept up his play with being physical and a lot more pass breakups this past season. I see Bates signing a two to three-year deal with yet another incentive-packed contract after this previous season.