Monday, July 25, 2011

AFC South Free Agency Outlooks

This division has been ruled by the Colts ever since Peyton Manning entered the NFL. However, this could be the year that that changes. Houston looks like it is in prime position to take this division over with its high powered offense and a pass defense that can not possibly get any worse under new defensive coordinator Wade Philips. Free agency may put Houston over the top.

Houston Texans Top Needs: Anyone that can defend the pass
Top Targets: Nnamdi Asomugha makes all the sense in the world here, no matter what the price. that will give Wade Philips the ability to blitz from everywhere and anywhere knowing that one half of the field will be patrolled by the best cornerback in football. To put Asomugha in perspective, opposing teams have completed 52 passes against him....IN THREE YEARS! Yeah, he's really good despite not getting any interceptions last year. If the Texans get no one else in free agency, it would have been a success, however safety Gerald Sensabaugh will likely be a part of Wade Philips' plans having worked with him last year in Dallas.

Indianapolis Colts Top Needs: Safety, Running Back
Top Targets: With the oft-injured Bob Sanders now taking his medical records to San Diego, The Colts are left without any presence in the defensive backfield. However, signing Quintin Mikell would serve as a more than serviceable replacement for Sanders. Fantasy football players know better than anyone how frustrating the running back situation in Indy was last year. Both Donald Brown and Joseph Addai were extremely disappointing and even gave way to Mike Hart last season. Darren Sproles will certainly be looked at along with Ahmad Bradshaw and DeAngelo Williams. Whoever lands in that backfield will instantly benefit from Peyton Manning's exceptional play-action fakes.

Jacksonville Jaguars Top Needs: Linebacker, Safety
Top Targets: Eric Weddle would be quite the catch for what has been a consistently terrible pass defense, but it looks like San Diego is going to find a way to bring Weddle back. Quintin Mikell, Dawan Landry, and George Wilson would serve as nice consolation prizes, though. Jacksonville tried to bolster its linebackers by acquiring Kirk Morrison, but it never really panned out and Morrison will likely leave via free agency this year. Barrett Ruud, Stephen Tulloch, or reuniting with Mike Peterson would be good options to bolster what has been a failing defense.

Tennessee Titans Top Needs: Offensive Line, Veteran Quarterback
Top Targets: Look for the Titans to be a darkhorse in the race for Matt Hasselbeck or Donovan McNabb so they can usher in the Jake Locker era in Tennessee. No matter who plays quarterback, they will need a better interior offensive line to keep them upright, and for Chris Johnson to have some easier runs. Ryan Kalil, Deuce Lutui, and Harvey Dahl are the top candidates for what Tennessee needs.


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