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Ten best fits for 2011 NFL free agents

Where Nnamdi Asomugha, Ray Edwards and others would fit best

Originally Published: July 25, 2011
By Rivers McCown | Football Outsiders
Nnamdi Asomugha/Santonio Holmes/Ray EdwardsAP Photo/US PresswireNnamdi Asomugha, Santonio Holmes and Ray Edwards will all have many suitors in free agency.

If your favorite team needs help on defense, this is a terrific free-agency period to find it. Seven of the 10 free agents below play on the defensive line or in the secondary. For teams like the Jaguars or Texans, who have struggled with their pass defense over multiple seasons, this would be an ideal time to splurge big on a few new free agents. In the interest of fairness, however, we'll limit each team to just one player.

Here are the best free-agent fits for the 2011 class:


10. Zach Miller -- Buffalo Bills

Years of Robert Royal and Matt Campbell campaigns may have dulled you to this, but a long time ago -- back when the Bills actually won football games -- Jay Riemersma gave Buffalo a credible receiving threat at tight end.

The Raiders seem very determined to keep Miller, but if he can somehow free himself, he would be a big boost for Chan Gailey's spread attack. The Bills need to be in asset accumulation mode while they wait for a young quarterback to take the reins away from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Still just 25, Miller fits with that plan and would give Quarterback Who May Or May Not Be Named Andrew Luck, Landry Jones or Matt Barkley a reliable outlet valve in the 2012 season. Buffalo would likely have to overpay for Miller's services, but it should have plenty of cash socked away to do so.



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Rivers McCown

Football Outsiders
Rivers McCown is an associate editor for Football Outsiders.