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NFL - US Sports: Free agency frenzy far from over

The NFL is experiencing the most seismic free agency period in its history and while a lot of big names have already moved, there's plenty talent available.

Since the start of March, the landscape of the NFL has shifted dramatically with top level quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan and Deshaun Watson all finding new homes, significantly altering our expectations ahead of the 2022 season, which you can follow on our Sports Live Streaming hub.

Outside the quarterback position, we've also seen match-winning talents, such as Davante Adams, Khalil Mack and Von Miller find new homes. And let's not forget the return of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady after his blink and you'll miss it retirement.

There's very little time to stop and take stock in free agency, especially with the NFL Draft now looming on the horizon, but it's worth keeping in mind who is still available and what NFL teams are currently shopping for, starting in Kansas City.

Honey badger is free agency's honey pot

The AFC West will look very different this season after major moves by the Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders, and the Chiefs aren't immune from change.

They were prepared to let two of the stalwarts of their Super Bowl 54-winning team leave with Tyreek Hill traded to the Miami Dolphins and Tyrann Mathieu set to join him in heading for the exit. The Chiefs have already found a replacement for safety Mathieu in Justin Reid, who has signed from the Houston Texans.

It's a shock we've got this far into free agency without some having picked up 'honey badger' Mathieu, despite his costly price tag of $14million per season. His intelligence, aggression and leadership would improve any defence in the NFL right now and he has attracted plenty of interest.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admitted at the start of the week that his organisation have spoken with the two-time Pro Bowler, while the Indianapolis Colts, Las Vegas Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers have all studied a deal but Mathieu looks like making everyone wait.

Julio looking for a home

Mathieu better not wait too long though given the speed with which the NFL moves; just ask Julio Jones about that one. One year ago Jones completed one of the moves of the off-season when going to Tennessee as the league's premier wide receiver but now finds himself without a team after being cut by the Titans. Jones' body let him down in Tennessee but that doesn't mean he's washed up just yet.

The Colts are one team in need of help at wide receiver and have kicked the tyres on Jones, paving the way for a potential reunion with former Atlanta team mate Matt Ryan. But at this stage in his career, Jones will want to join a Super Bowl contender. A switch to Green Bay, an 11/1 shot to win the Super Bowl, would make sense with the Packers in need of receiver help after losing Adams.

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Other options for teams needing help at wide receiver are Jarvis Landy, Will Fuller, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Odell Beckham Jr. The latter of that quartet was pivotal in the Los Angeles Rams' run to the Super Bowl, only to suffer a serious knee injury in the showpiece game.

He faces a long period of rehab but that hasn't stopped teams from taking an interest with the Rams open to re-signing him, while the Raiders and New England Patriots, two sides in desperate need of more weapons, have examined a deal.

Boom or bust veterans

Switching to the other side of the ball and there's no shortage of options for teams looking to add some experience to their defence. The majority of these names may sit and wait it out in order to miss the organised team activities that mark the start of the build-up to the new campaign so don't expect them all to fly off the shelves.

They'll eventually find new teams, with Bobby Wagner's future of particular interest after Seattle cut ties with the last member of their Legion of Boom defence. The Seahawks decided the linebacker's production didn't match up to his $16million-a-year salary but he would still upgrade the majority of defences and would be a good fit for the Cowboys or Rams.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore is another who would be an instant upgrade to a defence and it's no surprise the Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals, both teams that had issues defending the pass, have made strong plays for the former Patriot. There are some good free agent cornerbacks on the market still with Joe Haden, Patrick Peterson and Kevin King ready and waiting. Plenty of teams have a need at the position with the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Chiefs and Chargers amongst the potential Super Bowl contenders with holes to fill in their secondary.

Up front, Akiem Hicks and Jadeveon Clowney still have plenty to offer, even if their bodies aren't as trustworthy as they once were. They produced consistently for their respective teams, the Bears and the Browns last year, and while not as flashy as they once were, they are bound to be picked up. Let's not forget, Clowney is a former No.1 draft pick after all.

Last, but not least, two of the most dominant forces on the defensive line for well over a decade are up for grabs in Calais Campbell and Ndamukong Suh. Both into their mid-30s now, the duo both caught the eye last season and it wouldn't be a surprise if they went back to their 2021 teams, the Buccaneers and Ravens, who could do with some help in the trenches.

With the NFL Draft now less than a month away, priorities for these teams could change quickly but veterans like Campbell and Suh, amongst others, are likely to be content to wait it out, knowing someone will eventually come knocking.

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