Betting ▲ Odds
ffm logo home

Fantasy Football Metrics

College Football Metrics

Brought to you by  - Total Football Advisors, LLC

"The scouting home for serious, high-stakes dynasty/fantasy football profiteers
rss feed

2019 Free Agent Preview: Defensive Tackle

Date:
March 3, 2019 10:44 PM
March 4, 2019 2:50 PM

2019 Free Agent Preview: Defensive Tackle

There’s one obvious ‘ace’ DT available in free agency, and then several ‘maybes’. There will be many ‘one-year deals’ among the 2019 DT free agency class…a lot of 30+ year old veteran hands. Teams can get warm body pluggers cheaper via the NFL Draft…or just the one-year mercenaries versus paying anyone a longer-term deal.  

The main opportunity: DT Grady Jarrett, ATL – He’s one of the best DTs in the NFL, so he should score a pretty hot deal. Atlanta has decent cap space and cannot afford for him to walk, so I suspect they’ll try to land him for a return. If the Falcons allow other teams to get into a bidding war on him, Jarrett will get a massive payday and be gone.

If Jarrett is not back with Atlanta, I could see the Raiders or Texans making a play.

The best sleeper DT: Christian Covington, HOU – I have believed him capable of much more than what he’s done with Houston. I think he wants to leave and go to a 4-3 defense where he will play every down and show his skills.

If Atlanta loses Jarrett, maybe they add Covington as a replacement. Buffalo might be a spot depending upon how much they turnover the D-Line in free agency with all the money they have.

The deep sleeper DT: Olsen Pierre, ARI -- Was a breakout guy in 2017, under Bruce Arians and then disappeared under Steve Wilks’ 4-3 defense. I suspect Pierre reunited with Arians but going to NYG to be with his old Arizona D-C is possible too. I’ll guess Arians wins the tug of war…and if Arians does cherry pick a few Arizona defenders this free agent period, which I think he will – the Bucs DST might be a minor surprise in 2019 under Todd Bowles. TB getting a bargain on Pierre would be another sign of that potential.

Other free agent DT notes…

-- David Irving, DAL is a real X-factor DT in 2019. He’s by far the best DT in the class, talent-wise. The problem is he’s a real knucklehead of a human. Nice guy, but flaky/unreliable, a suspension risk. An established defense adds Irving, and he buckles down for a reliable season – he helps a Super Bowl contender as a bargain DT.

Tampa Bay will be in play here if they can make sense of it – Arians loves rehabbing wounded birds.

The Patriots could be in play if he is looking at short-term ‘prove it’ deals and then trying to cash in on free agency 2020.

The Colts D-C has ties to Dallas, and he might see the opportunity…but I don’t think the Colts want bad character guys.

He might just re-sign with Dallas.

Washington could try to overspend for him, but they’ve been burned by these moves before.

I’m going to put a nickel on New England talking him into a decent one-year deal to rehab his image and help them win a Super Bowl, etc., and then cash in for 2020. If this happens…Patriots to win the Super Bowl (they probably will anyways).

-- Henry Anderson, NYJ – He’s always productive and always hurt. He’ll be in demand. He could follow Todd Bowles to Tampa Bay, and the Bucs could have a steal IF he stays healthy.

-- Some people swear up and down that Roy Robertson-Harris, CHI is a sleeper DT in this class. I don’t buy it, yet. It will be interesting to see if Vic Fangio pursues him to Denver.

-- Sheldon Richardson, MIN is usually in-demand, maybe the best DT in free agency in his right mind…but Richardson is a flake, so he is a gamble play for some team. He’s the kind of DT that desperate management people/coaches/GMs take a shot on – Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City might be in the hunt.

Tags:
Support us by shopping our affiliate links>>
CBS Sports Shop by Fanatics

Get NFL Apparel & Gear!

Fanatics

Sports Apparel, Jerseys and Fan Gear at Fanatics.com Sports Shop

FansEdge by Fanatics

Shop the Freshest Sports Apparel Styles from FansEdge

NFL Shop

NFLShop - The Official Online Shop of the NFL!

Amazon

Shop our Amazon affiliate link and save!

StubHub

Best Selection of NFL Tickets on StubHub!

Draft Kings

Daily fantasy sports for cash! Play FREE to win millions!

Steiner Sports

15% OFF Authentic Sports and Entertainment Signed Memorabilia!

SportsMemorabilia.com

Shop for Authentic Autographed Collectibles at SportsMemorabilia.com

LeagueSafe

Collect League Dues...for FREE!

About R.C. Fischer

R.C. Fischer is a fantasy football player analyst for Fantasy Football Metrics and College Football Metrics. 

Email rc4metrics@gmail.com

Learn more about RC and the Fantasy Football Metrics system >>