NFL Free Agency to the Future: 1 Player Each Team Should Target in 2013
Marty, Marty, quick we need to go. "Go where?" you ask, back to the future of course.
No this isn't about your kids, it's about your team Marty and the free agency moves they make in the year 2013.
I know there is a lockout right now, but that will soon resolve once all lawyers are banned. In fact the NFL is a much happier place in the distant year 2013—the players and the owners share the money and they're quite happy with one another.
What? Oh your friend, bring him/her too, this concerns them as well.
The Chicago Bears
That's right reader, the Bears were really close to the Super Bowl in the 2010 season. In fact they were probably one big receiver and an unfortunate injury to Jay Cutler away from going to the show.
Yes they have offensive line problems in 2011 but they'll address those issues in the 2011 and 2012 off-season and in 2013 they'll need to focus on a big time target for Cutler.
That man should be from rival Green Bay—that man is Greg Jennings.
He'll be a deep threat for Cutler who will put up big numbers for the Bears in the next few seasons.
The Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals are starting to resemble the Bungles of the 1990s with how they are handling their players lately.
Their star receiver isn't happy and is doing foolish things, their franchise quarterback wants out and in true Bengals fashion they'll try to draft a quarterback in 2012 and that won't work out so they'll want to target Texan quarterback Matt Schaub.
He has great veteran presence and leadership which is exactly what the Bengals need. The question is are the Bengals what Schaub wants?
The Buffalo Bills
The Los Angeles Bills, I mean Buffalo Bills...
Marty: Doc, what do you mean Los Angeles...
Never mind, knowing too much about your team's future could be dangerous to the space time continuum.
Anyways, the Los...Buffalo Bills have had trouble stopping the run. They'll make strides in that department in 2011 and 2012, but in 2013 it will all come together.
This is the year they finally do it. I mean it's really an amazing Super Bowl, Scott Norwood comes out of retirement and kicks the game winner and brings a title back to Los...I mean Buffalo.
Never mind Marty I've said too much!
Champ Bailey is old and Darrelle Revis is going to want a big pay day in 2013 so he'll test the free agent waters.
Denver is going to want to take a flyer on him and see if they can't work something out to bolster their ever-failing defense.
The city of Cleveland has fallen on some tough times with sports. Outside of another Major League movie they won't smell success for quite some time—trust me, I've gone far enough into the future to check.
However that doesn't mean they can't start the building process, and what better way to build than along the defensive line? They need penetration into the offensive backfield and the man to do it is Jay Ratliff.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were at their best when they had great linebackers, luckily for them one will be available in 2013.
Joey Porter would be a nice addiction to the Bucs' defense and would provide leadership and a know-how when it comes to winning championships.
After being fleeced by the Eagles in a trade for Kevin Kolb, the Cardinals will have to rely on free agency for new talent.
A good starting place in order to get a good running back would be reuniting Kolb with DeSean McCoy. He'll provide a spark in the back field so all the responsibility won't fall on Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald.
San Diego Chargers
In the modern era of football it seems the wheels fall of running backs quicker than they ever did, so who would fault Adrian Peterson for testing the free agent waters in 2013?
The Chargers watched as LaDainian Tomlinson had a resurgence with the Jets after they let him walk and they have yet to replace his production.
They'll hope the Peterson can do for them what Tomlinson did for the Jets.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs are still trying to climb out of the hole they dug several seasons ago.
They're starting to make their way back to prominence in the AFC West (which shouldn't be too hard given how terrible that division is).
Matt Cassel is a good quarterback and needs a homerun weapon.
That weapon could be Calvin "Megatron" Johnson (where did the Megatron nickname come from? Maybe another trip in the Delorean will help me find that answer).
Detroit has made improvements as of late, but it's Detroit so they won't last and if the team is terrible when Johnson's contract is up expect him to leave Detroit faster than automotive factory jobs.
One of the problems with the Los...Buffalo Bills is that they've been losing for so long it's been hard for them to re-sign their own free agents. That could be a problem for them when star wide-out Lee Evans' contract is up.
The Indianapolis Colts are probably going to be looking for some more weapons for Peyton Manning and Evans might just be that deep threat they're looking for to help get Manning one more ring.
The Cowboys' biggest weakness besides Tony Romo in the postseason has been a suspect secondary especially at safety.
Ed Reed is a bad, bad man and the one person the Cowboys should really focus on in 2013.
This one is an extreme reach, but Flacco's contract expires at the end of 2012 and if for whatever reason the Ravens don't re-sign him, the Dolphins should jump all over him and get him on their roster.
The Dolphins have yet to have a franchise quarterback ever since Dan Marino retired and that was quite a while ago.
The Philadelphia Eagles need cornerback help but the Eagles aren't going to want to pay Darrelle Revis money. The next best choice will be Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. He'll be cheaper than Revis and when you consider the money saved, he might be the better value.
They've got the quarterback, they've got the tight end, they've got the running back, now they just need the ultimate wide-out.
If Calvin Johnson leaves Detroit in 2013, expect the Falcons to focus most of their attention on him.
New York Giants
Revis Island might only get new colors in 2013 but not a new address.
The Giants, though having a fearsome front on the defense, has been lacking in coverage. Stealing Revis from stadium mates the New York Jets would be great headlines in the New York papers...well, on their websites since the world of print newspapers will cease to exist on December 21, 2012 (what the Mayans were actually predicting coming to an end, not the world).
Oops, Marty, forget what I just said about newspapers. You shouldn't know too much about the future.
The Jags should focus their energy on re-signing Maurice Jones-Drew in 2013. Since they missed out on drafting Tim Tebow, he's all they've got that keeps the fans interested once Gator football comes to an end.
New York Jets
Darrelle Revis appears yet again on this list as he has been key to the Jets' success of the past two seasons. He'll continue to be a part of their success in 2011 and 2012, so the Jets will need to focus a lot of attention on re-signing him in 2013.
Here is the third entry in this list of a team that needs to worry about re-signing its star player. The Detroit Lions have been building wisely through the draft for the past couple of seasons. They need to focus on keeping their homegrown talent in Detroit and drafting more star players.
Calvin Johnson should be offered the world to stay in Motor City.
San Fransisco 49ers
If Alex Smith really is Jim Harbaugh's guy, then the 49ers need to get Smith as many weapons as they can for him to succeed.
A speedster like Joshua Cribbs will complement Gore and Crabtree nicely.
Green Bay Packers
They've got the defense, they've got the passing game, now the Packers just need a more consistent running game and they may establish a dynasty.
Chris Johnson would be a great sign for the Packers. With Rodgers at quarterback, Johnson would be an even bigger threat because teams wouldn't be able to stack eight guys in the box. This would mean more running room for CJ2.
Nothing helps to bring along a young quarterback better than a trusty tight end.
Whether it's Cam Newton or Jimmy Clausen at the helm in 2013, he'll be very happy if the Panthers sign Jason Witten, who can block when needed and is a sure thing on third and short.
New England Patriots
The Patriots aren't about making a big splash in the off-season—they're about plug and play.
Brandon Jacobs is a quick bruising running back that could serve the Patriots' offense well.
If they need a back in 2013 look for the Pats to pick up Jacobs.
Revis Island makes another appearance on this list.
With Nnamdi Asomugha's likely departure, the Raiders are going to need a shut-down corner and if Al Davis is still around (Trust me, Marty, he will be. After his dip in the lazarus pit he'll be around until the year 2072), he'll have no problem throwing out a lot of money in hopes of signing Revis.
The Ravens need to bolster their receiving core, but they don't like to spend a lot of money on free agents. There are going to be some big names getting a lot of attention in 2013, so Jericho Cotchery might slip through the cracks and that's where the Ravens will snag him to make their offense even more potent.
If the Redskins don't have a franchise quarterback by 2013, Matt Schaub is a no-brainer for them to sign.
After all, he was the quarterback who perfected Kyle Shanahan's offense to the point where people were calling the young Shanahan an offensive guru.
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints won't have too much to work on in the 2013 off-season, so why not bolster their offensive line with former No. 1 overall pick Jack Long?
Long will give Brees extra time in the pocket to pick apart opposing defenses and might help get the Saints back to the Super Bowl.
When it comes to the Seahawks' passing game these days, opposing teams have very little to worry about.
However, snagging Lee Evans from the Bills could change all that.
He's a quick and talented receiver who could get lost in the shuffle with how many receivers will be available in 2013. The Seahawks might get him cheap.
After all, they've done pretty well with Buffalo retreads lately.
The Steelers would like more help with their cornerbacks but won't overpay for a player like Revis.
Aqib Talib might be the perfect fit for the Steelers' defense.
Defense should be the biggest focus of the Houston Texans, but if Matt Schaub goes then so might their offensive production.
During the entire 2012 season, the Texans should focus on a contract extension for their franchise quarterback.
The Tennessee Titans already have their quarterback of the future in place and receivers seem to be a dime a dozen in the NFL lately, so what they should focus on in 2012 is a contract extension for Chris Johnson.
He's been the sole bright spot for the Titans the past two seasons and they should reward him for it.
Marty, the Minnesota Vikings are going to get their franchise quarterback in a trade with the Redskins along with a third-round pick somehow because the Redskins just aren't bright when it comes to trading players.
What the Vikings will then need is a big target for McNabb to throw to because his accuracy is terrible.
Calvin Johnson is perfect for him. He can go low and possibly catch a one-hopper that McNabb seems so fond of throwing. When McNabb inexplicably chucks the ball 15 feet in the air Johnson can go up there and get it.
Marty, what is that in your hands?
Great Scott! A sports Almanac? I didn't build this time machine to get rich off of gambling. I don't care that you've only read the part where the Redskins win back-to-back Super Bowls in 2011 and 2012, you shouldn't even know that much about the NFL's future.
Oh, I feel I've made a grave error in showing the NFL's future. When we get back I feel I must destroy this thing, it has caused far too much damage.