- Of course, they could keep Jonathan Joseph. However, at an age of 33 and a stead decline on the outside he will need to make the move to safety. Not that it's bad or anything. The Texans have too much cap space to waste on a question mark at safety and should look to use the money else where. They have a few back up offensive linemen hitting the open market, but none are that pressing to bring back.
Cut: Brian Cushing LB
- Cushing was once a top young linebacker. Then injuries took their toll on him, which made him think taking PEDs would help him round back in form. All that did was cause him to get suspend twice for it. With him gone they were able to get good looks at Benardrick McKinney the first time around and now Zach Cunningham this time when he was suspended. Both have essentially replaced him and played at a much higher level anyways. Cutting him would clear out $7 million off the cap and would give the Texans a pretty sizable $59 million to spend this off season.
Sign: Nate Solder OT New England Patriots
- The Texans are without any picks the first two rounds so they will need to spend well and wise in free agency to fill their holes. Obviously, offensive line will be a big need for them and should be an emphasis throughout the off season. Nate Solder is the best tackle prospect available in free agency and would be a highly sought after player if he hits the open market. He would fit well in coach Bill O'Brien's scheme thanks to their familiarity together while in New England. If he does not sign with the Patriots I think the Texans would be major players for him thanks to that familiarity and their major need for a quality left tackle to protect Deshaun Watson.
Ideal Draft Pick: Any Top Tackle
- Seeing as how they do not have a pick until the third round it is kind of difficult to give them a true target they would want. If a guy like Desmond Harrison, Tyrell Crosby, or Martinas Rankins is there when they pick they should take a look at them. Even if they are not true left tackles they should be improvements over on the right side which needs help as well.
Keep: Jack Mewhort OG
- Not many people know of Mewhort being an above average guard. However, on an inconsistent Indy offensive line he is one of the better blockers along with Anthony Castonzo and Ryan Kelly. Unfortunately, staying healthy has been an issue for him having only played a full 16 game slate once in his career. He is still only 26 and has the ability to turn it around. I doubt he would cost a lot and bringing him back would keep a somewhat solid continuity on the line in front of Andrew Luck.
- They have a comfortable $77 million in cap space with no real outstanding contracts they need to get out from under.
Sign: Trumaine Johnson CB Los Angeles Rams
- The Colts could use a new corner after letting Vontae Davis go and with very little talent on the outside to go with their nice young safety duo. Trumaine Johnson should hit the open market after being franchise tagged twice already by the Rams. The issue with Johnson is his inability to stay healthy for a full 16 game slate. However, when healthy he is a talented cover corner with good length and athleticism to run on the outside. Bringing him in would allow to give the Colts more flexibility in the draft to go after a new blocker or pass rusher. Of course they do have a ton of space so they could still look at both of those positions in free agency.
Ideal Draft Pick: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St
- With the 3rd pick in the draft the Colts should come away with the top player that is not a quarterback available.Whether it be Bradley Chubb or Saquon Barkley the Colts would be better off with either of them. I do think they would prefer Barkley since he would be an immediate upgrade behind Luck and finally give him a back that scares opposing defenses. With him there they would be able to eat more clock up and keep the ball away from the opposing team's offense more effectively. Not only that, but it would give someone Luck could differ to and allow him not to throw the ball a ton which just puts him in harms way. Barkley reminds me a lot of Ladanian Tomlinson with his ability to do it all and should be one of the best players from this draft when it is all said and done.
Keep: Allen Robinson WR
- Granted other receivers did emerge while Robinson was on the shelf. He is still when healthy their best option on the outside with good speed, size, and route running. Robinson brings nice size, hands, and all around ability. If he were to hit the open market there would be no shortage of suitors for him even after his knee injury. Bringing him back on a one year deal would be a smart move on his part as he gets fully healthy and able to earn a better contract next off season. With Bortles still at quarterback they need all the help they can get.
Cut: Mercedes Lewis TE and Chris Ivory RB
- Lewis is the longest tenured Jag which helps a bit on the leadership side sort of. Not that he has ever been on a true winning team nor has he ever really been a consistently good player. The Jags should look for a better tight end for Bortles to lean on. Meanwhile, they already hinted at wanting to cut Chris Ivory as he has essentially been jumped over by both Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon as the top two backs in the food chain on the team. Cutting him and Lewis would give them $7 million back to spend elsewhere. With only $27 million I doubt they can land Cousins, but they could land a few other nice pieces.
Sign: Justin Pugh OG New York Giants
- I was tempted to put Kirk Cousins here, but I think they just do not have the cap space to make it work. Jimmy Graham at tight end would be tempting, but I doubt he would mesh well in Tom Coughlin's new tough culture in Jacksonville. Instead, why not bring in a guy Coughlin drafted in Justin Pugh to help improve an okay offensive line. They could use an improvement at guard to pair with Branond Linder and A.J. Cann on the inside. Pugh might take a cheaper and short deal to improve his stock after being a tough bet to stay healthy all season long. If he does the Jags could get the most out of him and he could help stabilize the line further.
Ideal Draft Pick: Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
- The Jags are picking late at 29 so it is a bit tough to give them an ideal pick they could land. Possibly more offensive line help would be the best move. Brown is a good big tackle who should be an upgrade in the run game. However, where he plays is tough to judge since his height could be a detriment at the left tackle spot. He most likely will be put at right tackle and be a very good one at that for the Jags. If he can be a solid left tackle then they could move Cam Robinson to the right side where he would be a better fit overall. Either way you could never use too many good blockers in this league and Brown could be a good asset to have.
Keep: Josh Kline OG and DaQuan Jones DL
- The Titans like to boast that they have a top offensive line, but it really has not been that great on the interior. They could use an upgrade at guard and center. However, Kline was a solid blocker for them and should stay on the roster with his steady play. Plus, continuity is always a useful thing and having upgrade all three spots on the line would be difficult to do in one off season. Kline should come back on a relatively nice and cheap deal. Another player that should be a cheap retention for them would be DaQuan Jones who is a stud run defender in the middle of the defense. He provides a little pass rushing ability, but he is a terrific run stuffer who helped the Titans have one of the better run defenses in the league. They should be able to keep both of them with their nice cap space.
Cut: DeMarco Murray RB, Da'Norris Searcy S, and Ben Jones C
- Murray is an obvious cut candidate after being hurt again all season and looks to have aged very rapidly since his peak back with Dallas. With the emergence of Derrick Henry I think it's time to give the younger back the keys to the job and allow them to clear out about $7 million in cap space. Another cut should be Da'Norris Searcy who has been relegated to special teams and the bench by Jonathan Cyprien who was an excellent free agent pick up last off season. Cutting him would save almost $4 million in cap space. Then lastly, letting Ben Jones go is another smart move to allow them to go after a better center via free agency or in the draft. Jones was once an over hyped prospect at Alabama who has since bounced around the league as teams hope to get the most out of him. Cutting him would clear out another $4 million and in the end give the Titans $62 million to use else where.
Sign: Weston Richburg C New York Giants
- Another former Giant lineman could be a sought after free agent. Richburg may not be as high of a caliber player as Pugh, but he is no slouch either. He would be an immediate upgrade over Ben Jones and give them only one real need to fix on the line at left guard. That's if they keep Josh Kline of course. Richburg has had his issues with injuries having missed all, but 4 games last season. However, when healthy he is one of the better centers and should be a cheap signing due to him missing games.
Ideal Draft Pick: Harold Landry OLB Boston College
- Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo are two below average defenders on the edge for two different reasons. Morgan has just never been good and Orakpo is in steady decline due to his age. One player who could be a perfect fit for them on the edge is Harold Landry who has a bit of a Whitney Mercilus quality to him. Which, is a player new head coach Mike Vrabel has had a lot of success with and could have similar success with Landry who is a speed rusher around the edge. I do worry about his size in the run game, but if he is used as just a designated pass rusher to start his career as he gains weight it could be a nice to great pick down the road.