Can You Match These 2019 Free Agents to Their New NFL Teams?

By: Gavin Thagard

The New York Jets were in need of a running back to take pressure off their young quarterback, Sam Darnold. They received one of the best in the game in Le'Veon Bell, who should come into the season fresh after refusing to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.

After winning Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens were forced to go into rebuild mode as many of their defensive stars departed over the next few seasons. They've done well so far but will look to Earl Thomas to continue the progression of a defense that led them to the playoffs in 2018.

After making the AFC Championship Game in 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars took a step back last year, going 5-11 in the regular season. Much of that had to do with quarterback play, which should improve under Nick Foles.

With his production down, Tyrann Mathieu was forced to sign a one-year deal in 2018 with the Houston Texans to prove he could still play the game at a high level. The decision paid off because his three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs is worth $42 million.

Landon Collins comes into the 2019 season with the Washington Redskins off three consecutive Pro Bowl selections. The Redskins will need Collins to maintain that productivity if they want to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

Ndamukong Suh is at the age that he can't play every down at a high level or at least not at the same level he could a few years ago. If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can use him the right way, though, he can still be a force when he's on the field.

Clay Matthews was one of the best linebackers in the league during the early part of his career, but he has fallen off since turning 30. The Green Bay Packers finally parted ways with the veteran, giving the Los Angeles Rams an opportunity to see if he has anything left.

The Baltimore Ravens had one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL last season as they used the versatility of quarterback Lamar Jackson to keep defenses off balance. Mark Ingram should only help improve that rushing attack this season.

Jared Cook will be teaming up with Drew Brees in 2019, as the two hope to put up big numbers together. Brees' own numbers did take a dip last year, and now, he's hit 40. That means more offensive weapons will surely help prolong his career.

Trey Flowers comes over to the Detroit Lions from the New England Patriots, where he was once coached by second-year Lions head coach Matt Patricia. Patricia served as the defensive coordinator for the Patriots when they won Super Bowl LI with Flowers on the team.

The New York Giants have to replace the production of Odell Beckham Jr., who they traded to the Browns in the offseason. No one expects Golden Tate to do that by himself, but he will have to play well if they have any hope of making it to the playoffs.

Bradley Roby started 15 games in 2018, which was the most in his five year career. After the season, he took a chance on himself by signing a one year deal with the Houston Texans, where he hopes to show off his skills for more money next year.

After being drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft, Rodger Saffold spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Rams. Before leaving the Rams for the Tennessee Titans, Saffold played in Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots.

Kwon Alexander is still a young linebacker at 24 years old, which is why the San Francisco 49ers offered him a contract worth $13.5 million per year. Alexander has some improving to do if he wants to live up to that contract, including working on his tackling ability.

Terrell Suggs finally parted ways with the Baltimore Ravens after spending his entire career with the team, which started in 2003. He will most likely serve as a mentor for young players on the Arizona Cardinals as he finishes out his career.

After getting a Wild Card spot in the 2017 NFL Playoffs, the Buffalo Bills took a step back last year by only getting six wins in total. John Brown will be an asset for their young quarterback, Josh Allen, but the Bills will probably look to add more firepower as well.

The New York Jets are getting a product of Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide by signing C.J. Mosley, who played there from 2010 through 2013. While in college, Mosley helped the Tide win two national championships and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.

The Los Angeles Rams have been adding veterans to their defense as they look to make another run at the Super Bowl. A six time Pro Bowler, Eric Weedle should provide some leadership on that side of the ball.

The Chicago Bears put together one of the best defenses in the league in 2018, and Adrian Amos was a major part of their success on the field. The Green Bay Packers will need similar production if they want to make it back to the playoffs after a disappointing season in 2018.

By joining the Indianapolis Colts, Devin Funchess will have the opportunity to play beside one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Andrew Luck. If Funchess can't revive his career in Indianapolis, he might find himself out of the NFL soon.

The Raiders have made a lot of trades and acquisitions in the past year to help them prepare for the move to Las Vegas. Lamarcus Joyner was one of the most important because the Raiders defense was ranked in the bottom 10 in total yards last year.

Antonio Brown will be the number one option at wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders going into the 2019 season. That, of course, doesn't mean players like Tyrell Williams won't be important as the Raiders look to push the ball up the field this year.

Sheldon Richardson was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 with the New York Jets, where he remained until 2016. He spent time with both the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings since then before finally signing with the Cleveland Browns in the 2019 offseason.

Trenton Brown was a one year rental for the New England Patriots when he was traded there in 2018. The move benefited the Patriots as they went on to win Super Bowl LIII. The Oakland Raiders will be looking for similar production from Brown in 2019.

The New York Jets have done everything they can to compete with the New England Patriots but haven't had much success against their division rival since Bill Belichick took over. By adding pieces like Jamison Crowder on offense, they are clearly going all in this season.

Tevin Coleman is the perfect fit for the zone blocking schemes used by head coach Kyle Shanahan and the San Fransisco 49ers. His speed should allow him to take advantage of even the smallest holes created by the offensive line.

Pro Football Focus ranked Zach Brown as one of the best linebackers coming out of the 2018 season, which makes it odd that the Washington Redskins let him go. The Philadelphia Eagles are happy to pick him up, though, because he fills a needed position.

Za'Darius Smith had the best season of his career in 2018, where he led the Baltimore Ravens in sacks. In the offseason, the Ravens decided Smith was too expensive, giving the Green Bay Packers the opportunity to sweep in and sign the young linebacker.

Ja'Wuan James became the highest paid right tackle in the NFL when he signed a deal with the Denver Broncos worth $51 million. The best part of the deal is that it includes $32 million guaranteed.

With Aaron Rodgers secured for the foreseeable future, the Green Bay Packers look to build up their defense to help their star quarterback reach another Super Bowl. Preston Smith, who is in the middle of his prime, should help them accomplish that goal.

Needing to fill the safety position, the Chicago Bears agreed to sign Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to a one year contract. If he can live up to his first round draft status, that one year deal could become much more lucrative.

Jordan Hicks wanted to return to the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2019 offseason, but the team was salary capped and couldn't pay Hicks market value. That opened the door for the Arizona Cardinals to come in and give him a four year contract.

Kareem Jackson has remained relatively healthy throughout his nine year career, making him a valuable asset for any team. However, he is 31 years old, and his talent has diminished some. After signing him to a three year deal, the Denver Broncos will see what he has left in the tank.

Shaquil Barrett had to work his tail off to earn a spot on an NFL roster after going undrafted in 2014. He finally found a place on the Denver Broncos, but things haven't worked out the past few seasons. Now, Barrett will try to make a name for himself on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Philadelphia Eagles continue to improve their defense to go along with their high powered offense by signing Malik Jackson. The defensive tackle adds versatility to the Eagles' defense as he can provide pressure from the middle of the line.

The Indianapolis Colts had a top 10 offense in 2018, and their defense wasn't too far behind. Justin Houston should provide even more stability on that side of the ball at the defensive end position.

Cameron Wake has been relatively durable in the latter part of his NFL career. If that remains the case in 2019, Wake will add value to a Tennessee Titans' pass rush that was already pretty effective last season.

Cam Newton has pretty much been the entire offense for the Carolina Panthers the past few seasons. Adding skill players hasn't really worked out in Carolina, so now the Panthers will turn to improving the center position to help out their veteran quarterback.

Most analysts thought the Seattle Seahawks would have to completely rebuild their defense in 2018, but they managed to remain stout throughout the year. Adding a piece like Ziggy Ansah should allow them to continue their progression in the right direction.

It's well-known around the league that the New England Patriots don't overpay players. Looking to make his money, Malcom Brown decided to sign a three year contract with the New Orleans Saints, who should also be in Super Bowl contention next year.

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About This Quiz

It's Sunday, and you're scrolling through Twitter when that NFL insider you follow posts that a top free agent just signed with your hometown team. Thoughts start to roll through your mind: He'll pair perfectly with our young quarterback, that guy's a defensive stud, maybe we can make a Super Bowl now. This is the excitement that follows free agency, and 2019 is no different. Now, see if you know which NFL teams should be hopeful after adding these 2019 free agents to their rosters. 

As a fan of the NFL, there are few things as exciting as adding a major free agent or a much-needed piece in the offseason to improve your team and give them a chance at making a run at the playoffs and potentially a Super Bowl. Free agents are key, after all, in building a contender. Ask the New England Patriots if you don't believe us, because they are the best at finding gems in free agency. 

Are you going to be able to name all the teams that won big with free agents this offseason? That includes stars looking to get paid and declining talents hoping they can rebuild their brands. 

When you're ready, jump in and see if you could report on all the moves made in the 2019 offseason. 

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