Predicting Where 10 Big-Name NFL Free Agents Will Land This Offseason

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Predicting Where 10 Big-Name NFL Free Agents Will Land This Offseason

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The 2014 NFL offseason is expected to be nothing less than exciting. There will be many big-name players hitting the open market. With the salary cap getting tighter every year, many veteran players will be cut in order to maintain a steady cap. With every team respecting the salary cap limits, the moves in this presentation are plausible.

Free agency in the NFL isn’t as exciting as it is in MLB or NBA, but we saw a number of players walk away and some teams make some big splashes last year. Players like Mike Wallace, Wes Welker, Sean Smith, Elvis Dumervil, Jake Long and Alshon Goldson moved on to different situations. This year’s free agency will be just as exciting.

Unfortunately, some big names that will be hitting free agency will stay with their current teams. These players include Hakeem Nicks, Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin and many more. However, there are many other names that will make a significant impact in free agency this offseason. There are many talented defensive players, and the running back position is stacked this offseason.

Here are the top 10 big-name NFL free agents where they will name in the offseason.

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10. TE Fred Davis - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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With the emergence of Jordan Reed and Davis' continuous injury problems, the Washington Redskins are not going to re-sign Fred Davis. Davis will sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in hopes of fulfilling his potential. The Buccaneers are in need of a tight end.

Contract prediction: three years, $8 million

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9. RB Ben Tate - Cleveland Browns

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The Cleveland Browns are desperate for a solid running back. Ben Tate has lived in the shadow of Arian Foster, but showed what he can do when Foster went down. Tate wants to be a starter and could fit really well with the Browns.

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8. CB Aqib Talib - New England Patriots

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The Patriots are not ready to commit to Aqib Talib, even though their defense suffers mightily without him. With Talib's injury history, the Pats are reluctant to give him a long-term contract. However, if the franchise tag is at a reasonable price, Talib will be back in New England for another year. If not, The Pats will move on and avoid giving out a big contract. If the Patriots don't tender him, he could sign with the Oakland Raiders.

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7. OL Branden Albert - Miami Dolphins

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Branden Albert is the best offensive lineman on the market this year. Miami Dolphins failed to keep OT Jake Long's services last offseason. As a result, the offensive line was a mess and gave up the most sacks in the NFL. Miami needs to make a big splash to improve their offensive line this offseason.

Contract prediction: four years, $32 million

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6. LB Brian Orakpo - Chicago Bears

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Brian Orakpo is an excellent playmaking Linebacker. He's going to earn a much bigger payday. The chances of him signing with Redskins is slim. The Chicago Bears need a solid linebacker to help their depleted defense and Orakpo is a perfect fit.

Contract prediction: six years, $34 million

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5. DE Jared Allen - Kanas City Chiefs

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At age 31 and having seen a drop in production, Jared Allen is going to get pay cut. However, he's still valued on the market and will draw plenty of interest. The Kansas City Chiefs could use a veteran presence on their defensive squad. Allen will sign with his former team.

Contract prediction: two years, $11 million

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4. DE Michael Johnson - Minnesota Vikings

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The Bengals have already committed to defensive linemen Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins. They may have to move on from Michael Johnson. He had a bit of a down year, but he is more than capable of getting double-digit sacks every single season. His production is bound to go up in 2014. The Minnesota Vikings will replace Allen with 26 year-old Michael Johnson.

Contract prediction: five years, $48 million

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3. RB Maurice Jones-Drew - New York Giants

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The Jaguars are letting Maurice Jones-Drew test the open market. MJD is willing to re-sign with the Jaguars, but will be enticed by another team in the offseason. The New York Giants situation may be too fitting to pass up. The Giants' running back corp is injury-prone and in need of a solid veteran to take some snaps. MJD will fit perfectly with the Giants.

Contract prediction: three years, $13 million

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2. RB Knowshon Moreno - Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Broncos have been preparing for the departure of Moreno for a couple of years now. They drafted Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball to take over the running duties. Denver will most certainly prioritize WR Eric Decker instead. Moreno had a career year, rushing for over 1,000 yards and making 60 receptions and is looking to get paid. The Jaguars may be the only team willing to pay top dollar for his services

Contract prediction: four years, $17 million

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1. S Jairus Byrd - Houston Texans

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The best safety on the market next season, Jairus Byrd is ready to move on from Buffalo. His production went down from an interceptions standpoint, but he remains a true ball-hawk. He makes big plays and is smooth in the backfield. He is due to get a contract similar to Dashon Goldson. The Houston Texans are in need of a talented safety, and should pay top dollar for Byrd's services. Their defense could be something else.

Contract prediction: five years, $41 million

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