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2022 NFL free agency predictions: Predicted landing spots for the top 22 free agents, from JC Jackson to Rob Gronkowski

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NFL free agency for 2022 doesn’t officially begin until next Wednesday at the start of the league’s new year. But many of the biggest names and best players available will be out of the market on Monday afternoon as there will be a slew of agreed deals in place during the NFL’s legal tampering period.

Ahead of potential signings and re-signings, it’s fun to project where some of the more notable unrestricted players will land. Here are Sporting News’ bold predictions for 22 key free agents:

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2022 NFL Free Agency Predictions

Chargers sign Patriots CB JC Jackson

The Chargers had shaky outside play from Chris Harris Jr. and Michael Davis last season. Defensive-minded Brandon Staley needs his version of Jalen Ramsey at fullback and the team has a ton of money to go for a massive splurge.

Colts sign Saints OT Terron Armstead

The Bengals will also be interested after luring defensive end Trey Hendrickson from New Orleans to Cincinnati last season to bolster athletic pass protection for Joe Burrow. But the Colts, without Carson Wentz and with no intention of bringing back Eric Fisher, have a ton of money and can make the best offer.

Rams re-sign EDGE Von Miller

Miller is on the radar of several teams as a short-term impact player against pass and run, but there’s no way Los Angeles is letting him go knowing how well he played against Aaron Donald to secure himself. get to the quarterback. Miller will get his chance to renege on a reasonable, team-friendly deal.

Patriots sign EDGE Chandler Jones

The Patriots like to bring back their most reliable defensemen and they just parted ways with Kyle Van Noy again. Jones has plenty of sense to kickstart their pass rush for Bill Belichick.

49ers sign Panthers CB Stephon Gilmore

The Patriots didn’t want to pay Jackson or Gilmore. The Chargers will be poised to dominate the market for the former, while the 49ers can make a comfortable deal for the latter as an older player entering his 32-year-old season. This is San Francisco according to Richard Sherman’s plan.

Ravens sign Buccaneers C Ryan Jensen

Jensen has been exceptional for Tampa Bay playing his big contract he signed coming from Baltimore. With Bradley Bozeman being a free agent, it makes sense for the Ravens to bring him back to finish his career.

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Eagles sign Saints S Marcus Williams

The Eagles will be looking for depth at cornerback but could really use more play on the ball safely with Anthony Harris and Rodney McLeod not delivering. Williams is a good fit for Jonathan Gannon’s plan.

Steelers sign Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis

The Steelers will do “the Carlton” if they can land Davis to improve their coverage against Cameron Sutton with faded 32-year-old Joe Haden. It is an ideal chess piece for Mike Tomlin and Keith Butler.

Steelers sign Bears DT Akiem Hicks

Pittsburgh should be a little more aggressive than usual with good heading means and could use Hicks up front to bolster the run defense and provide some extra pop.

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Colts sign Bears WR Allen Robinson

The Colts unlock a lot more possibilities without Wentz, making moves with Wentz’s replacement in mind. Armstead would be great for the offensive line, while Robinson would be a welcome asset playing against Michael Pittman Jr.

Falcons sign Dolphins EDGE Emmanuel Ogbah

Ogbah can’t find a better team and plan outside of Miami than leaving Miami for Atlanta’s 3-4 version under Dean Pees.

Bengals sign COs G Brandon Scherff

The Bengals will be on Armstead and another guard, Laken Tomlinson, but they should also swing for Scherff, who can be a major upgrade to their inside pass protection and run blocking.

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Jaguars sign Browns EDGE Jadeveon Clowney

The Jaguars believe they have their defense anchored by a young point player, likely Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, after picking the former in the 2022 NFL Draft. Clowney would be a strong complement after setting up 11 sacks against Myles Garrett and being strong against the run.

Jets sign Cowboys EDGE Randy Gregory

Look for the Jets to be careful and calculated with their movements even if they have enough heading space. Gregory is a good plan for Robert Saleh if Dallas doesn’t make the right offer for a new signing.

Colts sign Chiefs CB Tyrann Mathieu

The Colts won’t hesitate to be aggressive where needed. They won’t ignore defense after tackling offensive tackle and wide receiver, getting the unique hybrid cog to boost their big-play quotient.

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Steelers sign Packers LB De’Vondre Campbell

Don’t be surprised if Pittsburgh again does more than usual to get immediate improvements on defense across the board. Campbell would make a smooth transition to their program after a great campaign with the Packers.

Raiders sign Jaguars WR DJ Chark

Chances are Chark will stay in Jacksonville to try and stay healthy and play a key role for Trevor Lawrence. But as the best young point guard available, the Raiders will do their best to throw him into a mix with Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow.

Eagles sign Chiefs EDGE Melvin Ingram

Philadelphia will also consider bringing in Mathieu from Kansas City instead of blackmailing Mitchell, but the appeal of the parallel scheme may also have the team thinking about bolstering passing depth and versatility.

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Broncos sign EDGE Haason Reddick

The Broncos lost their first-round pick in trade to Russell Wilson, but need someone they can put in front of Bradley Chubb to help replace Von Miller. Reddick’s pass-rush production has big appeal for new defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero.

Dolphins sign 49ers G Laken Tomlinson

Miami needs to step up its running game with both better blocking and more dynamic running options. It will likely become an AFC East battle between two former Kyle Shanahan assistants to land Tomlinson. The advantage goes to Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel over Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur.

Jets sign Seahawks S Quandre Diggs

The Jets can make another nifty move on defense by replacing Marcus Maye with Diggs, a great scheme suited to Saleh after he outplayed his teammate, former Jet Jamal Adams.

Bengals sign Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski

The Bills have been talked about a lot because of the Gronk Buffalo connection, but he also said he wouldn’t mind playing with Joe Burrow. Gronkowski along with Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd would make the AFC champions’ offense hard to stop. Gronk can also be an additional blocking asset.