NFL Free Agent Rumors: Top 10 New Homes for Marcedes Lewis

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IJanuary 12, 2011

NFL Free Agent Rumors: Top 10 New Homes For Marcedes Lewis

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 14:  Marcedes Lewis #89 of the Jacksonville Jaguars misses a catch before being tackled by Zac Diles #54 during a game against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field on November 14, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike
    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    Marcedes Lewis is just one of several newly minted free agents in the NFL now stuck in limbo as the league and the players try and come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

    Lewis had a great year in Jacksonville with 700 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns and averaging 12.1 yards per catch.

    The Jaguars almost made the playoffs, and Lewis was one of the big reasons why.

    But now he's available to the highest bidder.

    Once labor peace is reached, if the Jaguars can't re-sign him, here are 10 other teams who might make a bid on the elite tight end.

10. Arizona Cardinals

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals stands attended for the National Anthem before the NFL game against the Denver Broncos at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo
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    What area of the Cardinals doesn't need rebuilding?

    The Cardinals didn't get good production out of any of their players this year, so Marcedes Lewis would be a great addition to the team.

    Plus, if you're going to sign any type of player in free agency to a rebuilding team like the Cardinals, tight end is one of the better spots to focus on.

    That's assuming Lewis would even take the phone call at this point, though. The Cardinals would have to be the highest bidder.

9. Buffalo Bills

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    TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 07:  Chan Gailey, head coach of the Buffalo Bills talks to Steve Johnson #13  on the sidelines against the Chicago Bears at Rogers Centre on November 7, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Chicago won 22-19.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Image
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    The Bills, like the Cardinals, are completely rebuilding, but at least they appear to have a quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    The big snag on this is money because Ralph Wilson isn't as spend-happy as other owners.

8. Carolina Panthers

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    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 23:  Jeff King #47 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled after catching a pass during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 23, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    The Panthers really don't want to go into 2011 with Jeff King as their starting tight end.

    The Panthers now have a new coach in Ron Rivera, and even though the Panthers went cheap this year, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll stay that way.

    Lewis wouldn't be moving that far, would be the unquestioned starter, and if the Panthers get a new quarterback, Lewis could immediately become the favorite target.

7. Denver Broncos

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03:  Stanford alum John Elway stands on the Stanford Cardinal sideline against the Virginai Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    John Elway is the new sheriff in town in Denver, and getting that offense to where he wants it to be will be one of his top priorities.

    While there really was nothing wrong with Kyle Orton over most of the year, the Broncos did not get good production out of the tight end position.

    Lewis would plug that hole, and could work very well with a developing Tim Tebow.

6. Indianapolis Colts

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    LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 17: Dallas Clark #44 of the Indianapolis Colts picks up yards after a reception against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 17, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Colts won the game 27-24.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Imag
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    This would be purely to add insurance because we all saw what happened this year when Dallas Clark went down with an injury.

    If the Colts think Brody Eldridge won't develop, then Lewis becomes an option, which would create more two tight end formations.

    This also would help protect Peyton Manning, who didn't get the protection he's used to getting this year.

5. Chicago Bears

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    DETROIT - JANUARY 03: Greg Olson #82 of the Chicago Bears tries to get around Louis Delmas #26 of the Detroit Lions after a second quarter catch on January 3, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    Greg Olson had 404 yards receiving and five touchdowns as a receiving tight end for the Bears in 2010.

    The rest of the squad are either blocking tight ends, old or both.

    So Lewis would make a lot of sense for the Bears for next year to add more depth to the offense.

4. Tennessee Titans

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    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 05:  Bo Scaife #80 of the Tennessee Titans reacts after dropping a pass in the end zone against the Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field on December 5, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Jaguars won 17-6. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Gett
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    Bo Scaife isn't bad, but there really isn't anything he does that can't be done by a dozen other tight ends in the league.

    Adding Marcedes Lewis to the roster jumps the offense to a whole other level.

    With a new quarterback coming in, giving him an elite tight end only will help that quarterback look better if he's a veteran, or develop quicker if he's a rookie.

3. Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - JANUARY 02: Head coach Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans checks the scroreboard in the fourth quarter during action against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Gary Kubiak had a great offense last year, but the tight end position didn't produce what they probably hoped for going into the 2010 season.

    Rookie Garrett Graham was injured early and never produced, and James Casey didn't really impress as far as being a receiver.

    So Lewis will give the Texans a great weapon and eliminate a need going into the draft.

2. New York Giants

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Kevin Boss #89 of the New York Giants eludes the tackle of Quintin Mikell #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their game on December 19, 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by A
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    Kevin Boss has the build of a linebacker, and probably should be blocking more than receiving.

    With Lewis, that would define Boss' role more, even the position out and give Eli Manning more options.

    The Giants need to tweak little things and they'll be a Super Bowl team again. Lewis could be one of those tweaks.

1. St. Louis Rams

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams hands the ball off to running back Steven Jackson #39 during their game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on January 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Gre
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    The Rams need to give Sam Bradford more effective weapons. Some of that will be addressed through the draft, and some of that will be addressed through free agency.

    If Lewis doesn't stay with the Jaguars, this could be a really good fit for him. Even though the NFC West was unbelievably bad this year, that's going to change very soon, and the Rams look like they will be back in the playoffs.

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