NFL Free Agents 2021: Latest Rumors on Adoree' Jackson and More
After the first week of NFL free agency, solid veterans remain available as they weigh their options.
Adoree' Jackson has drawn interest from two NFC East teams. He'd fill a major void for both clubs. The versatile cornerback could make a decision after his visits this week.
With some of the top running backs off the market, the second-tier group could generate some buzz in the coming days. Among them, James White stands out as arguably the best pass-catcher. Yet he may wait to make a decision on the next step in his career.
The Kansas City Chiefs will take a look at a top slot cornerback to bolster their defense, though that player could reunite with a former coach on another squad.
Let's take a look at the latest rumors going into the second week of free agency.
CB Adoree' Jackson Set to Visit Giants, Eagles
The Tennessee Titans cut Adoree' Jackson on March 16, a day before the new league year, but he may not last long on the open market.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jackson will meet with the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles this week.
Giants safeties Jabrill Peppers and Logan Ryan have already reached out or come in contact with Jackson, who could fill a spot opposite of James Bradberry on the perimeter or in the slot. He can also contribute to special teams. The versatile playmaker logged 1,065 yards in kick and punt returns combined through four seasons.
If the Giants don't close the deal with Jackson, the Philadelphia Eagles could plug him into their secondary opposite cornerback Darius Slay if the team moves Avonte Maddox back into the slot after he struggled on the boundary this past season, allowing a 108.3 passer rating in coverage.
In 46 outings, Jackson has 33 pass breakups and two interceptions. He'll likely draw interest from other teams as well.
This past season, Jackson missed 13 games because of a knee injury, but at 25 years old, he's capable of a bounce-back campaign in a prominent role at his next destination.
James White Could Show Patience with RB Market
At 29 years old, James White may not be in high demand, though teams could use his pass-catching ability in critical third-down situations. He's registered 369 receptions for 3,184 yards and 25 touchdowns through seven seasons.
According to NFL Network's Mike Giardi, White has drawn interest from multiple teams, but he's going to exercise patience as the running back market takes shape.
Along with White, complete tailbacks such as James Conner and Leonard Fournette list as notable names available. The latter two veterans may draw more interest from clubs that want an early-down ball-carrier. White has eclipsed 263 rushing yards in a single term once in his career.
White seems like a good fit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who could lose Fournette in free agency. He'd reunite with quarterback Tom Brady, who played with him for six seasons in New England between the 2014 and 2019 campaigns.
In Tampa Bay, White would serve as a model example for 2020 third-rounder Ke'Shawn Vaughn, who recorded just 143 scrimmage yards as a backup this past year.
CB K'Waun Williams Set to Visit Chiefs; Jets Interested in Him
Despite an injury-riddled 2020 campaign, K'Waun Williams should draw a fair amount of interest on the open market because of his solid resume. He has 249 tackles, 16 for loss, six sacks, 23 pass breakups and three interceptions through six active campaigns.
This past season, Williams only suited up for eight games because of a sprained ACL, a high ankle sprain and a shin injury. However, when healthy, he had a decent showing primarily in the slot, recording 22 tackles, five for loss, four pass breakups, two sacks and a forced fumble.
According to Mike Kaye of NJ.com, the Kansas City Chiefs will host Williams for a visit. With him in the slot, versatile defensive back Tyrann Mathieu would likely play fewer snaps at the inside cornerback position.
Kaye also noted that the New York Jets have some level of interest in Williams. He played four seasons (2017-20) under former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who accepted Gang Green's head coaching position this offseason.
The Jets allowed slot cornerback Brian Poole to test the open market. They could replace him with Williams if he leaves Kansas City without a contract.