Despite being in the doldrums of the NFL offseason, with the initial waves of free agency already washed to shore, there’s still plenty of big-name talent lurking on the open market. Most of these players remain household names, albeit with their prime days behind them. Still, they have enough in the tank to be valuable additions at this stage of the offseason in the weeks leading up to camp. They could even be that missing piece to get some contenders over the hump and into the Super Bowl conversation.
Below, we’ll roll out some of the more notable remaining free agents and peg ideal landing spots for them for the upcoming season.
Julio Jones: Colts
This one is obvious, right? The best years of Julio Jones’ career included Matt Ryan throwing him the football. Now that the quarterback is in Indianapolis as the Colts’ new signal-caller, it’d be quite the reunion for these two Falcons legends. Injuries derailed Jones’ lone season with the Tennessee Titans in 2021, as he was limited to just 10 games. That said, the 33-year-old isn’t too far removed from a Pro Bowl season in 2019 where he totaled 1,394 yards receiving. Indy has Michael Pittman headlining the receiver position at the moment and then there are some unknowns with veteran Parris Campbell and rookie Alec Pierce. Jones would immediately be the most experienced pass-catcher on the roster, and he already has a built-in rapport with the quarterback, which cannot be slept on.
Jason Pierre-Paul: Ravens
The 33-year-old pass rusher may not be able to headline a team’s attack on the quarterback anymore, but Jason Pierre-Paul can still be an extremely valuable depth piece. One team that could use some bodies at pass rusher is the Baltimore Ravens, who did host Pierre-Paul on a visit about a month ago. Outside linebackers Tyus Bowser and rookie David Ojabo are both dealing with Achilles injuries, so Pierre-Paul could provide some immediate relief at that spot behind 2021 first-rounder Odafe Oweh.