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Dolphins, bengals and crows are the best destinations


Terron Armstead is clearly the No.1 option in a suddenly shallow pool of left tackles available in NFL Free Agency. With the Chiefs and Jaguars franchises Orlando Brown and Cam Robinson, respectively, Armstead should have its pick of offers next week. Let’s break down some of his best landing spots, including the Dolphins, Bengals and Ravens.

Terron Armstead Free Agent Preview

Armstead looks set to move on after nine solid to sometimes spectacular seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Since entering the league as a third-round pick in 2013, Armstead has played in three Pro Bowls and was named a second-team All-Pro in 2018.

Armstead, who turns 31 in July, has just completed a five-year, $65 million contract that has earned him $68.1 million in career earnings. Armstead is the No. 6 free agent on PFN’s Top 25 Remaining Free Agents list on the Top 25 Remaining Free Agents list, a reflection of his ability but not availability. Knee and elbow injuries have kept Armstead out of nine games in 2021. The next time he plays a full regular season will be the first time.

Armstead’s Best Landing Spots

Nonetheless, Armstead should have a robust market. An exit from New Orleans seems inevitable. Still over $40 million above salary cap with less than a week until the start of the league year, the Saints simply don’t have the resources to bring Armstead back.

That’s not the case, however, for the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens, who have a combined cap of $105 million. Coincidentally, these three teams are where Armstead is best suited.

Miami Dolphins

No rational person would argue that the Dolphins don’t need Armstead. They had the worst tackle group in pro football in 2021. And with nearly $50 million in cap space even after scoring Mike Gesicki (and even more if they cut Jesse Davis), the Dolphins can get it. to permit.

But the Dolphins have more to offer Armstead than a big bag of cash. They probably would have made the playoffs last year with better practice and a better offensive line. Mike McDaniel appears to have corrected the former by assembling a highly capable attacking staff. And Armstead would go a long way toward fixing the latter.

Cincinnati Bengals

It’s very rare for a team one stoppage from a World Championship to have more than $35 million available to spend in free agency a month later. But that’s the benefit of having a star quarterback on a rookie contract. Joe Burrow isn’t eligible for an extension until 2023, so the window to fully load the rest of the roster is now.

The No. 1 priority this offseason is making sure Burrow’s third season doesn’t end the same way his first two did — with a knee injury. He simply took way too many hits in 2021. Burrow was sacked 70 times in 21 games — and the offensive line was a big reason why. The Bengals ranked 30th in pass block success rate (49%). Armstead would be an instant upgrade and could hunt a ring in the process.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens already have a big left tackle in Ronnie Stanley. It’s not the same as having a left tackle they can trust. Stanley has appeared in just seven games overall over the past two years due to a serious ankle injury. While he insists he’ll be ready in 2022, is that a bet that John Harbaugh and Eric DeCosta are willing to make?

We’ve seen what happens when Stanley is unavailable. The Ravens were forced to use late-stage Alejandro Villanueva on the left side, and the results were, predictably, horrendous. Ravens quarterbacks Lamar Jackson, Tyler Huntley and Josh Johnson have been sacked a total of 57 times. And Jackson missed the last four games of the season due to injury.

The Ravens could sign Armstead, pair him with Stanley in a combination on the offensive line and go a long way to fixing their biggest weakness.