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2015 NFL Free Agency Fits and Misses...

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As we near the NFL Draft in April, the free agency pool has started to swell. There's a few big names who'll garner serious attention, but none more than a guy named Suh...

Ndamukong Suh has a limited pool of teams who can actually afford what will be a monster price for the ankle stomping defensive tackle. Miami, Oakland, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Chicago, and San Diego are rumored to be toying with the idea of throwing boat loads of cash at Suh, but don't count out big market teams like Dallas, New York(Giants), or Washington. The salary cap ledge some teams find themselves teetering on in the public eye aren't is more mirage than real. If a guy like Jerry Jones wants Suh, he can find a wizardly way of making it happen...

The most likely landing spot for Suh will be one of the teams who are struggling to hit the 89% salary cap minimum spending requirement. Indianapolis isn't really a player, or at least shouldn't be. They have a HUGE pay day headed for Andrew Luck, and the idea of possibly spending 30+% of their Cap on two players sounds very "Irsay", but not all that smart. It may be just me, but can any team afford two $100 million contracts? Creative accounting aside, both Luck and Suh are going to want tons of any new contract they sign guaranteed...

I mention big market teams because I think Suh would give a discount of sorts to be on a contender. Dallas would be the odds on favorite to shock the NFL world by signing the nasty Detroit defensive tackle, but I don't think they will. The best landing spot for Suh would be either Miami or Oakland. The Dolphins have shown in the past they aren't afraid to over pay (see: Mike Wallace), and the Raiders' owner Mark Davis is, well, Mark Davis...

The available wide receiver group has a few names teams may be interested in... Torrey Smith isn't going to leave Baltimore. He hasn't shown he can do much more than represent a deep threat. Any team paying Smith big money to leave the Ravens will not be happy with the outcome.

Brian Hartline looks like a great medium price fit for Green Bay to sign. He's kind of a poor man's Jordy Nelson?

Jeremy Maclin will likely price himself above reality. Injury history should be a HUGE warning flag for anyone thinking of signing him, and it's fair to say his 2014 production may very well earn the "system" sigma...

San Francisco's Michael Crabtree could be a steal for a team looking for a sneaky #3 WR. Yes, #3 WR. He's never going to be a featured receiver in the NFL, so any team considering him should be one looking to dial in a offensive scheme looking to augment a quarterback's check down choices. Interestingly, I think if Maclin leaves the Eagles, Crabtree could slid into a few of his catches and routes in Chip Kelly's offense...

At corner back, Seattle's Brandon Maxwell is getting loads of attention. Teams need to be aware of the "system" tag, since Maxwell flourished in front of the best safety duo in the NFL. Say what you want, but having Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor watching your back allows any corner back to shine... Oakland could make a hard run at Maxwell, but the best fit for him may very well be San Diego...

The name suddenly garnering attention at quarterback in free agency is Matt Moore? Weird, since he hasn't really played much, with 2011 being the last time he saw any meaningful playing time.

The guy who should be on a lot of teams' radars is Tennessee's Jake Locker. Rumored to have Chip Kelly's Eagles interested in a look-see, the St. Louis Rams are the ideal fit for the oft injured former Washington Huskies star quarterback. Think about it for a second: If Sam Bradford goes down once again, the guy coming in would represent a change in offensive scheme defenses would have to plan for each week. Locker can run, but his passing accuracy isn't great... The bad news for the salary cap limited Rams, is Locker's value is being hyper-inflated due to the weakness in the free agent quarterback market. His agent needs to think more about "fit" for his client here, and St. Louis makes the most sense...

There are a few quarterbacks who could wind up being valuable trade bait prior to the NFL Draft in April. Washington's Kirk Cousins and Philadelphia's Nick Foles have interesting value... I think Cousins got a bad rap playing in the emotional RGIII-mess. He tried to take on too much after RGIII was benched, and he flamed out. In the right system, he could flourish. I see the Houston Texans being a dream fit for Cousins or Foles, so don't be shocked if a draft day trade happens...

I don't think Jay Cutler is going anywhere. Chicago has nothing close to Cutler on their roster, so they're stuck with him. The two side may work out a contract deal, with performance bonuses taking the place of some of the enormous salary Cutler has currently guaranteed... Could Chicago make a big move up in the 2015 draft for Mariota or Winston? They might, with the NFL's big show happening in the Windy City this year instead of New York City, but I seriously doubt it...