NFL free agency matchmaker for each AFC team: Ravens get top WR on market, Steelers get franchise LT
The AFC was certainly a challenge last season, even as the Kansas City Chiefs proved their conference dominance by winning Super Bowl LVII, their second championship in four seasons. Even with a strong AFC full of franchise quarterbacks, teams are still trying to figure out how to beat the Chiefs and outperform the rest of the conference.
Free agency is a week away and teams are (again) waiting to see what Aaron Rodgers decides to do in the 2023 season. What about the situation with Lamar Jackson’s contract with the Baltimore Ravens? Even with the franchise tag, will Jackson get a new deal with Baltimore or will he run away to another franchise? Wherever Jackson ends up, it could change the balance of power in the AFC.
The Chiefs are clearly the best team in the conference, while the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills are not far behind. It looks like the Jacksonville Jaguars will sooner or later challenge the top three, while the Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers are looking to make it to the top tier of contenders.
Finding the right free agent is paramount in the fight for the championship, a player that each team will be actively seeking next week. Here’s a free agent fit for every AFC team in the days leading up to the NFL’s most exciting offseason.
Note: Lamar Jackson, who plays under the non-exclusive tag, has been removed from the list, although teams may negotiate with him. Technically, Jackson is not an unrestricted free agent.
Baltimore needs to address the recipient’s broad stance whether it decides to bring back Lamar Jackson or not. Unfortunately, this broad class of receivers is not very strong – Meyers is clearly the best player in the open market.
Rashod Bateman is #1 in Baltimore, but Meyers would be a great addition to this slot. Though his career has been low in touchdowns, Meyers has amassed 1,670 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in his last two seasons.
A superb route runner and deadly player, Meyers could field a massive amount of players if Jackson were to return.
The Bills could use a guard as Roger Suffold enters free agency. Why not sign a younger and more versatile option in Seumalo, who can play left back, right back and center (he even started as a right tackle).
Offensive defense will improve with Ceuamlo (who only allowed one sack and 17 presses on the right-back last season). Semalo will be in high demand, but he is exactly what the Bills need to have a more consistent offensive line and make it to the playoffs.
The Bengals will have to deal with cornerback when Eli Apple hits free agency. Cam Taylor-Britt has had a promising rookie season and could start alongside Chidobe Awuzi, but why not bring in veterans for one of the cornerback positions?
Moseley has an ACL tear, but he’s a great cover angle. Last season, he allowed 43.6 passes in his five starts without a touchdown pass opportunity. At 26, Moseley has only allowed one touchdown in his last two seasons with a 63.2 passer rating.
Moseley would be a great find in the free agency market that the Bengals could take advantage of as they need to pay Joe Barrow and Ja’Marr Chase in the coming months.
Cleveland could definitely use a left tackle this offseason, especially with Jedrick Wills in trouble. Wills has allowed 17 sacks in the past three seasons, including eight last season (at 37 pressures allowed). A veteran update is required here, so why not throw in the newly released Levan?
Injuries of the last three seasons have severely limited Levan (who is 31 years old), but there is still some good football left in him. Allowing four sacks and 22 pressing in his last full season (2021) is enough to create veteran competition for Wills’ job.