2013 NFL Free Agents: Finding Perfect Matches for Top Players on Market

Justin HussongContributor IIIMarch 1, 2013

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There are some big names along the 2013 NFL free agency front this year. With a lot of talent available teams will have the luxury of hand-picking the perfect matches for their rosters to make for seamless transitions.

The offseason is where things get interesting. With the draft less than two months away we will start to see many trade rumors and plenty of free agents getting snatched up. Here are some big name players to watch for and the teams that could most use their services.


Reggie Bush—Cincinnati Bengals

The Dolphins have a pair of talented young backs to feature going forward in Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller. For a franchise still in a rebuilding phase and with Ryan Tannehill having an up-and-down rookie season at quarterback, the money that it would require to sign Reggie Bush back would be better allocated elsewhere.

One team that should come knocking the door down for his services is the Cincinnati Bengals. After two consecutive exits in the first round of the playoffs, the Bengals are on the cusp of big things.

An area where they could improve is at running back. Benjarvus Green-Ellis saw almost all of the workload in the Cincinnati backfield last season. Cedric Peerman was second on the team with 36 carries.

"The Law Firm" is a solid power back, but not very explosive and is not a receiving threat either. Reggie Bush is both of those things. Together they would perfectly complement each others' strengths and give Cincinnati one of the most feared backfields in the NFL. Bush's game-changing explosiveness would also open up the field more for A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham. This is a perfect fit.


Dwayne Bowe—Minnesota Vikings

After the year Kansas City just had it is difficult to see these parties doing anything besides mutually parting ways. Bowe is in line for a huge contract and the Chiefs have a lot of holes to fill, so doling out wads of cash for his services is not in the cards.

After scoring 15 touchdowns in 2010 Bowe has found the end zone just eight times over the last two seasons. Much of that can be attributed to the woeful play of quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, as Bowe still possesses the talent to be a stellar receiver in this league.

The team that should be pursuing him hardest is the Minnesota Vikings. They are anything but certain at the receiver position with rumors that Percy Harvin wants out. Outside of Harvin, they have very little.

Taking some pressure off of Adrian Peterson and trying to develop Christian Ponder a little more should be two of the Vikings' top priorities. What better way to do that than to bring in a top-flight receiver like Dwayne Bowe? Bowe can make the tough catches Ponder needs and would not bring any added drama like Harvin or Mike Wallace.


Anthony Spencer—Cleveland Browns

The Cowboys are strapped for cash. Plain and simple.

In order to bring back their dynamic pass-rusher, Dallas would need Spencer to take a pay cut. Coming off a big 11-sack campaign this past season it is unlikely that Spencer would be okay with that.

Anthony Spencer has really come into his own over the past two seasons and is on the verge of a big payday at age 29. A team with boatloads of cash and lots of potential going forward is the Cleveland Browns.

Despite their 5-11 record Cleveland hung around in almost every game last year. They were far more competitive than their record might suggest. This is a team full of young talent that just lacks a few play-makers on defense in order to move up the standings.

Their pass-rush was actually decent this past season as they finished 11th in the league in sacks. Despite that number, their leading sack artist was Jabaal Sheard with just seven. The team needs a recognizable star on their defense to strike fear in opposing quarterbacks.

Quality over quantity is the way to go sometimes. Instead of having multiple players with a couple of sacks scattered throughout the roster, Cleveland needs a game-changer on defense to take them to the next level and get them out of the AFC North basement.