Every year, players jump ship from one team to another in hopes of better opportunities, money and positions. Some work out and some don’t. Every year I like to take a good look at some of the players and teams who I think dug up gold and some who dug a grave.
Martellus Bennett to the Green Bay Packers.
My favorite and in my opinion biggest winner of the free agency so far has been Martellus Bennett. When I first read articles of him seeking to leave New England in search of more money, I thought surely no good can come out of this and foresaw a rebuilding team reaching out to him with an absurd contract. My jaw hit the floor when Green Bay signed him. He is going from one high-octane offense led by a gunslinger to another. I love him going to Green Bay even more since he will be playing with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. There is going to be a ton of opportunities for Rodgers to terrorize the defense and put the ball into everyone’s hands. Draft Bennett as a TE1 with pure confidence.
Brandon Marshall to the New York Giants.
Most people are going to shy away from Marshall because he’s going to the New York Giants where he won’t be the No. 1 receiver because of Odell Beckham Jr. But even with the New York Jets, he didn’t put up WR1 numbers. Instead, Marshall is trading in Ryan Fitzpatrick for Eli Manning and going to a team where he will be able to be in three-receiver sets where they will abuse the secondary. Look for similar numbers for a cheaper price from Marshall this year.
Danny Woodhead to the Baltimore Ravens.
While I wasn’t immediately impressed by the Baltimore Ravens signing Woodhead, the suspension of Kenneth Dixon made this move great for any owner who can get Woodhead. Woodhead has always been a PPR monster and averaged more than 70 receptions during full seasons in San Diego. Now paired with Joe Flacco, Woodhead should make a great RB2.
Terrelle Pryor to the Washington Redskins.
Simple math here. Pryor had a 1,000-yard season in Cleveland last year and is now going to a team with a quarterback who threw for almost 5,000 yards last season and lost two of its 1,000-yard receivers. Pryor is headed for a big year in Washington if the team is able to keep Kirk Cousins.