A Super Bowl veteran would be a great addition to any roster. Here are some of the Super Bowl players that are available in free agency.
With Super Bowl 53 officially over, teams are looking ahead to the 2019 season. A Super Bowl veteran could be a huge asset to any team, and some of the players that will be available from the Rams and Patriots rosters are the top players in their positions. Here is a full breakdown of the free agents available from the two Super Bowl teams:
The L.A. Rams
1. RB C.J. Anderson
Anderson struggled at the beginning of the season, being cut from the Raiders and the Panthers before landing with the Rams in Week 16. But Anderson made his impact felt, not an easy thing to do when you’re sharing roster space with Todd Gurley. He averaged 149.5 rushing yards per game during the final two games of the regular season and added 167 during the Rams first two postseason games. Despite his struggles this year, he should court some competitive offers this offseason.
2. DE Dante Fowler Jr.
Fowler has been disappointing since he was drafted No. 3 by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015. He missed his rookie season with a torn ACL, then ran into some off-the-field issues in 2016. He was cut by the Jaguars midseason and signed with the Rams, where he racked up two sacks in eight games during the regular season. But he’s only 24 years old, and a decent pass rusher can be hard to come by in free agency. With some teams desperate to improve their pass defense, he’ll be one to keep an eye on.
3. S Lamarcus Joyner
Joyner earned a franchise tag from the Rams for the 2018 season, but they’re expected to let him go. His 2018 season wasn’t as good as 2017, but he still had one sack, one fumble recovery and one interception. There are many good safeties available this year, but Joyner is amongst the best.
4. DT Ndamukong Suh
At 32 years old, Suh is more of a rotational player, but he is still likely to court a good deal for a team looking to improve their defensive line. He signed a one-year deal for $14 million with the Rams, and he’ll probably sign another one-year deal this offseason. He finished this year with 4.5 sacks and four tackles for loss.
5. G Rodger Saffold
Saffold may be turning 31 this year, but he’s coming off one of his best NFL seasons. He earned the seventh-best grade of all guards in 2018 according to Pro Football Focus. The Rams might try to hold onto him, considering how a good offensive line impacts the game and how hard it can be to find a good linesman in free agency.
The New England Patriots
1. DE Trey Flowers
The 25-year-old defensive end is one of the best players available in free agency. He’s consistent, posting between 6.5 and 7.5 sacks each year, and he might be at the peak of his career. He’s a versatile player that can fit into different formations, and he’s a consistently good pass rusher. He’s likely to court a big price tag in 2019.
2. OT Trent Brown
Brown is a versatile player, who shifted from playing left tackle in San Francisco to right tackle in New England. At 6’8 and 380 pounds, he’s a menace on the offensive line, but lineman don’t have the best track record after leaving New England. Still, offensive linemen can be hard to come by in free agency and he’s only 26 years old, so he should end up with a decent contract.
3. CB Jason McCourty
McCourty is 31 years old, but is playing some of the best football of his career. He started 12 games for the Patriots this year, and appeared in all 16, making 70 tackles and earning an overall grade of 79.1 this season, his best since 2012. McCourty may look to strike a deal to stay in New England, but he’ll also likely draw interest from other teams.
4. WR Cordarrelle Paterson
Don’t let the wide receiver label fool you. Paterson does a lot for the Patriots, creating game-winning plays on the ground and in the air. Paterson finished the year with 475 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns. He also has an impact on special teams, ranking fourth in yards per kickoff return in 2018. He could be useful for any offense in the 2019 season.
5. WR Chris Logan
Hogan isn’t a star on the Patriots offense, but he’s consistent. He had 35 catches for 532 yards and three touchdowns. He played a crucial role in the AFC Championship, hauling in four catches during the second half/overtime. He’s 30 years old, so he probably won’t get a major deal, but he could prove valuable to a team looking for some depth at wide receivers.
Other notable Patriots free agents: DT Malcom Brown, K Stephen Gostkowski, WR Phillip Dorsett, RB Jeremy Hill, and OL Brian Schwenke.