Yates: Best fits for top remaining FAs

Matching teams with unsigned players who could make a difference

Updated: March 24, 2014, 11:30 AM ET

Field Yates | ESPN Insider

AP Photo/Seth WenigSantonio Holmes could be a good fit with the Arizona Cardinals.

Even though much of the big money has been spent and most of the biggest names have found homes, free agency is far from over. It’s often after the first wave of free agency that teams begin to find real value. Sometimes they may not even realize how significant that value is. The Patriots signed Julian Edelman to a one-year, $715,000 deal on April 10, 2013; that worked out pretty well. The Cardinals found their starting right tackle, Eric Winston, and top sack artist, John Abraham, during training camp.
So to hammer home the point that there’s plenty of talent — and value — lingering on the open market, let’s examine our top remaining free agents based on Bill Polian’s free-agent tracker, projecting the ideal team fits for each.
Jared Allen is currently tops on that list, but since it appears he could be close to signing with the Seahawks (a good fit for him, although the Cowboys would also make sense as a landing spot), we’ll tackle the 10 players ranked after him.

Charles Brown | OTTop fit: Miami Dolphins
A career left tackle — and at times a very good one — Brown has seen a slow market this offseason. He’s not overwhelming at the point of attack, but with so many teams pairing gifted edge rushers, offenses are seeing increased value in a right tackle who can handle pass protection duties as ably as a left tackle. The Dolphins have a major need on the right side of their line and some zone-blocking scheme principles that would neutralize Brown’s lack of power. That would leave right guard as the last remaining domino in an effort to rebuild what was a poor offensive line in 2013.
Alternative fit: Washington Redskins

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Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston’s Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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