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2019 Free-Agent Watch: Divisional Round Saturday

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Who do you have your eyes set on?

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys made it through the Wild Card round of the 2018-19 NFL Playoffs, and are on to the divisional round.

There, they’ll find the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams welcoming each team into their own homes respectively.

As we did last weekend, we’re looking at potential free-agents from the teams competing for the Lombardi Trophy. If you missed the previous Colts and Cowboys editions, you can find them here on Bucs Nation.

For now, we’re on to the next round, and the teams coming off of first-round byes.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

2019 FREE-AGENTS

POSITION NAME AGE
POSITION NAME AGE
JEFF ALLEN GUARD 29
ALLEN BAILEY DEFENSIVE END 30
KELVIN BENJAMIN WIDE RECEIVER 28
HARRISON BUTKER KICKER 24
CHRIS CONLEY WIDE RECEIVER 26
JORDAN DEVEY GUARD 31
ALEX ELLIS TIGHT END 26
DEE FORD LINEBACKER 28
JUSTIN HAMILTON DEFENSIVE TACKLE 26
DEMETRIUS HARRIS TIGHT END 28
MARCUS KEMP WIDE RECEIVER 24
JORDAN LUCAS SAFETY 26
MITCH MORSE CENTER 27
STEVEN NELSON CORNERBACK 26
RON PARKER SAFETY 32
DANIEL ROSS DEFENSIVE TACKLE 26
ORLANDO SCANDRICK CORNERBACK 32
ANTHONY SHERMAN FULLBACK 30
TERRANCE SMITH LINEBACKER 26
DE'ANTHONY THOMAS WIDE RECEIVER 26
SPENCER WARE RUNNING BACK 27
CHARCANDRICK WEST RUNNING BACK 28
DAMIEN WILLIAMS RUNNING BACK 27
FRANK ZOMBO LINEBACKER 32

PLAYER TO WATCH: LINEBACKER, DEE FORD

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Bruce Arians has made it clear the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t be forcing players into schemes, rather, they’ll scheme for their players.

However, it’s common knowledge defensive coordinator favors the 3-4 base. So, if the team has the chance to bring in players who can be schemed into the same scheme their coaches prefer, gravy.

Dee Ford has been in Kansas City for five years now, and has played in at least fourteen games in all except 2017.

As close as the Chiefs appear to be to making a Super Bowl run either this year or next, he may not be itching to jump ship.

If he does though, the Bucs could be a nice landing spot, and aid in the potential transition to a 3-4 defensive set. Especially considering Tampa Bay has two of their starting linebackers who missed all or most of the year with injuries, and one of those (Kwon Alexander) not currently under contract for 2019.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

2019 FREE-AGENTS

POSITION NAME AGE
POSITION NAME AGE
C.J. ANDERSON RUNNING BACK 28
MALCOLM BROWN RUNNING BACK 26
BLAKE COUNTESS SAFETY 26
DOMINIQUE EASLEY DEFENSIVE TACKLE 26
DANTE FOWLER JR. DEFENSIVE END 25
MORGAN FOX DEFENSIVE END 24
BRYCE HAGER LINEBACKER 27
DOMINIQUE HATFIELD CORNERBACK 24
TROY HILL CORNERBACK 28
KHADAREL HODGE WIDE RECEIVER 24
LAMARCUS JOYNER SAFETY 28
CORY LITTLETON LINEBACKER 25
MATT LONGACRE LINEBACKER 27
SEAN MANNION QUARTERBACK 27
JOJO NATSON WIDE RECEIVER 25
KEVIN PETERSON CORNERBACK 25
RODGER SAFFOLD GUARD 31
SAM SHIELDS CORNERBACK 31
GARRETT SICKELS LINEBACKER 24
NDAMUKONG SUH DEFENSIVE TACKLE 32
CARLOS THOMPSON LINEBACKER 27
ETHAN WESTBROOKS DEFENSIVE END 28
RAMIK WILSON LINEBACKER 27

PLAYER TO WATCH: SAFETY, LAMARCUS JOYNER

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports from Houston are the Texans want to retain safety Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu himself has said he’d like to say.

Now, this was all before Bruce Arians was finalized as the Buccaneers’ new head coach, but we have no insight just yet as to whether or not this will sway Mathieu from his current position about re-signing with Houston.

So, let’s pretend he will. Lamarcus Joyner is a little older, but he’s been with the Rams since 2014. He knows what a difference a coach can make, and how to be part of the solution in a franchise struggling to win.

Los Angeles is currently projected to have around $35-$40M in cap space for 2019, so they have some bend. But, they have big decisions to make with Dante Fowler Jr. and Ndamukong Suh as well.

After these three, there are twenty or so other free-agents who need to have their futures with the franchise solidified. Oh, and 2019 is the last year the Rams will get Jared Goff for cheap. So money needs to be earmarked for the future as well.

Joyner may not be as popular as Mathieu is with fans of coach Arians or the Bucs right now, but he’d be a solid upgrade and team contributor for the Tampa Bay defense if he came available.

Catch JC Cornell of The Draft Network as he talks Bruce Arians and more on the Locked on Bucs Podcast!

These two teams host their respective divisional round match-ups this Saturday, January 12th, and fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are living in the midst of renewed excitement might get a glimpse of another addition or two for their 2019 squad.