NFL Free Agency always has a few misses and a few deals that end up as absolute bargains. We take a look at some deals that we expect to be a steal for teams in 2019.
The Lions got a steal in the sure handed Amendola, who comes in as a cheap replacement for the departed Golden Tate. Amendola should thrive in the slot for Matt Patricia’s offense, pairing with fellow free agent signing Jesse James to give Matt Stafford some playmakers in the middle of the field.
2. Adrian Amos
The Packers got a steal, signing Amos away from their division rivals to a reasonable four year, 37 million dollar deal. Contrasted with the obscene contract given to fellow safety Landon Collins by Washington, the Packers are getting an incredible value with this deal, as Amos actually graded out better this past season with PFF than Collins (82.7 to 70.4).
3. Tashaun Gipson
Gipson is another safety poached from a division rival, as he joins Houston following his release by the Jaguars. Gipson is an excellent ball-hawking safety who will be a high quality replacement for (the much more expensive) Tyrann Mathieu.
4. Jordan Hicks
Bringing in a young, talented linebacker like Hicks at less than half of the price that it cost the Jets to ink fellow MLB C.J Mosley is an excellent move by Arizona, who have been very aggressive this offseason. Hicks actually graded out better than Mosley this past season with PFF too (80.7 to 73.6).
5. Justin Houston
The addition of Houston is huge for a Colts team that ranked 19th in sacks in 2019. Houston finished 2019 particularly strong, with 7 sacks in the final half of the season. A 2 year, million dollar contract is not a hinder to a team that entered free agency with over 100 million in cap space. By making a deal that improves them short term and still allows them to have long term flexibility, the Colts got an absolute steal in Justin Houston.