NFL's Big Names That Could Use a New Home Next Season

Scott BarbineCorrespondent INovember 6, 2008

It seems that every year there are a group of players that just need a change of scenery. Whether they are stuck behind another player on the depth chart or just a victim of struggles, players often re-invent themselves when they slip on a new jersey.  I want to list a few players who could benefit from a change of address next year.


Larry Johnson

Johnson seems like he can't keep himself out of trouble in K.C. With all accusations of assault on women and disappointing coaches, he hasn't seen much of the field this season.

The Chiefs may be going in a new direction as well. With rookie Jamal Charles and Kolby Smith developing into solid running backs, the Chiefs may look to dump the high salary of Johnson.

Johnson's numbers have been steadily declining the past couple of years and needs to turn things around quick before he is a forgotten star.

Possible fits in 2009: Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks


Matt Cassel

Signs are pointing to a healthy 2009 season for Tom Brady. That means back to a reserve role for Matt Cassel. The USC product has done a respectable job in place of Brady and may want to keep a starting gig next year. 

He won't get that in New England.

This is the last year remaining on Cassel's contract, and he will be eligible to be a free agent.

Possible fits in 2009: Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, San Fransisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets


T.J. Houshmandzadeh

I'm not sure anyone in the Bengals' organization wants to remain there. Good news for T.J., his contract is up after this season.

The Bengals' locker room is in shambles, and their main vocal leader, Carson Palmer, has been shut down for the remainder of the season.

Houshmandzadeh has been playing in the shadow of Chad Johnson for his entire career and could break out completely if he is out from behind Johnson.

Possible fits in 2009: Tennessee Titans, San Fransisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears


Mike Peterson

Things are starting to get rocky with Peterson and the Jaguars. After being kicked out of a team meeting and practice, Peterson has yet to be allowed back to the Jags practice facilities.

The veteran linebacker was upset earlier this year when he was snubbed from being named a team captain. 

With the relationship between Peterson and Head Coach Jack Del Rio beginning to break apart, a new team may be just what Peterson needs.

Possible fits in 2009: New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos