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NFL players who need a change of scenery on all 32 teams

Something has to change for Michael Crabtree in Oakland. Will new coach Jon Gruden be sufficient, or would the receiver be higher off elsewhere?

NFL Nation reporters determine one participant who wants a change of scenery for all 32 teams.

AFC East | AFC North| AFC South | AFC West
NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC West


AFC EAST

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor

Taylor has develop into one of essentially the most hotly debated quarterbacks over his three seasons because the starter in Buffalo. The Bills’ passing offense has ranked 31st (2017), 30th (2016) and 28th (2015), but Taylor has performed sufficient along with his legs — he has the second-most dashing yards of any QB since 2015 — and has prevented turnovers sufficient to maintain his job. However, coach Sean McDermott and basic supervisor Brandon Beane have made little dedication to Taylor since they have been employed final 12 months, and McDermott’s resolution to bench Taylor in mid-November spoke volumes about how a lot long-term religion the Bills have in Taylor. Expect the Bills to search out a quarterback they like within the draft and gamble that stated decide will ultimately be higher than Taylor. — Mike Rodak

Tight finish Julius Thomas

Thomas by no means performed in Miami the way in which he performed for Adam Gase throughout their days in Denver. Thomas turns 30 in June and is coming off a 41-catch, 388-yard and three-touchdown season. The Dolphins need to search out a extra everlasting reply on the place. — Dan Graziano

Defensive sort out Alan Branch

When the 11-year veteran is on the prime of his sport, he is as difficult to dam as most inside linemen within the NFL. He was praised by Bill Belichick because the group’s most constant inside lineman in 2016, however Branch could not duplicate that success, in the end slipping to No. Four on the depth chart and being inactive for the playoffs upon his return from a Dec. 11 knee damage. If Branch decides to maintain enjoying (he is underneath contract by way of 2018 if a $1 million roster bonus is picked up at the beginning of the brand new league 12 months), he may have worth to a group trying to fortify itself on the line of scrimmage, as his time in New England appears to have fizzled out. — Mike Reiss

Defensive finish Muhammad Wilkerson

A no brainer. Wilkerson’s manufacturing and perspective have gone south since he signed a five-year, $86 million contract in 2016. He missed and confirmed up late for a number of conferences, prompting the group to bench him on the finish of the season. The 28-year-old wants a contemporary begin within the worst manner. The expertise is there, however does he nonetheless have a ardour for the sport? If he does, he’ll have a higher probability of rediscovering it away from his hometown in New Jersey. — Rich Cimini

AFC NORTH

Wide receiver Breshad Perriman

Injuries to each knees and dangerous arms have led to Perriman being one of the highest three greatest draft busts in franchise historical past. He has totaled 43 catches for 576 yards and three touchdowns since being drafted 26th general in 2015. Perriman’s velocity hasn’t translated onto the sphere, which is why he hasn’t made many large performs. It has gotten so dangerous that residence followers sarcastically cheer when he holds on to a cross. Barring a dramatic turnaround in coaching camp and the preseason, the percentages aren’t in Perriman’s favor to make the 53-man roster in 2018. –Jamison Hensley

Tight finish Tyler Eifert

The Bengals want to have Eifert again, however a new contract would include stipulations that Eifert be on the energetic roster to get his most wage. Eifert was sensible for the Bengals in 2015, however he hasn’t performed a full season in his 5 years and has been injured most of the previous two seasons. A change of scenery would possibly give him a contemporary begin from his injury-prone standing. — Katherine Terrell

Wide receiver Corey Coleman

Yes, the plain selection is working again Isaiah Crowell, however his time with the Browns is winding down as free company approaches. Coleman, although, has been a large disappointment since being drafted within the first spherical in 2016. Coleman has missed 13 video games as a result of of damage, and he has averaged three catches and 38 yards per sport within the 19 video games he has performed. His last drop in Pittsburgh will stay in Browns historical past. The group would possibly need this change as a lot as Coleman does. — Pat McManamon

Safety J.J. Wilcox

Acquired in a commerce with Tampa Bay earlier than the season, Wilcox was anticipated to develop into the Steelers’ versatile and hard-hitting third security who may spell Mike Mitchell whereas the veteran handled hamstring points. But Wilcox was largely relegated to special-teams responsibility, ending the 12 months with 12 tackles and one interception. Wilcox’s $Three.1 million cap hit in 2018 makes him expendable. And at 26 years previous with 4 seasons of beginning expertise, Wilcox may use a protected touchdown spot elsewhere. The Steelers’ security place will probably be intently evaluated over the following month. Mitchell is 30 and carries a $5 million cap hit into subsequent 12 months. — Jeremy Fowler

AFC SOUTH

Quarterback Tom Savage

The Texans are in need of a backup quarterback, however given Savage’s 2017 season, it is most likely time for the 2 events to half methods. Savage had his probability to show he might be a appropriate backup for rookie Deshaun Watson, however he struggled on the sphere and possibly won’t return after 4 seasons in Houston. After Watson tore an ACL in November, Savage began six video games, throwing 5 touchdowns to 6 interceptions and including six fumbles. He left his final begin in Week 14 as a result of of a concussion and didn’t play the remaining of the season. — Sarah Barshop

Wide receiver Donte Moncrief

Moncrief had all the instruments to be the Colts’ greatest all-around receiver the previous two seasons — dimension, velocity and energy — however he frequently did not take benefit of the alternatives in entrance of him. He missed 11 video games over the previous two seasons as a result of of accidents. What was much more disappointing for Moncrief in 2017 was that he had his worst season regardless of figuring out that it was the ultimate 12 months of his rookie contract. He misplaced his beginning job to Kamar Aiken at one level, and he completed with solely 26 receptions for 391 yards and two touchdowns. That’s not the sort of manufacturing basic supervisor Chris Ballard was in search of when evaluating the roster in his first season. — Mike Wells

Cornerback Aaron Colvin

Colvin has been the Jaguars’ nickelback and slot nook, and the employees loves him. Unfortunately, they can not pay him as a result of they spent $26 million assured on A.J. Bouye. There’s additionally Jalen Ramsey, one of the perfect corners within the league after solely two seasons, who can be in line for a enormous deal in two years. Colvin is not higher than Ramsey or Bouye, and the one manner he stays in Jacksonville is that if he is prepared to take much less cash than he’d get on the open market as a pending free agent, which is unlikely. The Jaguars ready for his departure by drafting Jalen Myrick in 2017. Colvin needs to play on the surface. There will probably be lots of teams that may supply him good cash to take action. — Mike DiRocco

Linebacker Kevin Dodd

The Titans have been hopeful that Dodd may develop into a starting-caliber pass-rusher as Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan received older, however he is wanting a lot extra like a bust after two unproductive seasons within the NFL. The 2016 second-round decide has just one sack and does not look like a nice match within the Titans’ Three-Four scheme. Some of it seems to be psychological after he battled accidents early in his profession, however Dodd might be going through a powerful problem to make the 2018 roster if he does not present greater than final season. Dodd additionally might be a great match for a fresh-start commerce. — Cameron Wolfe

AFC WEST

Running again C.J. Anderson

Anderson closed out the Broncos’ disappointing 2017 as one of the brilliant spots along with his first profession 1,000-yard dashing season, however he was overtly questioning what his future can be instantly following the season finale. Anderson’s contract is structured in such a manner the Broncos may launch him, with two years remaining on the deal, with none “lifeless cash” cost in opposition to the wage cap. The group additionally appears intent on getting Devontae Booker into the No. 1 function. Coach Vance Joseph, considerably surprisingly to many with the group and within the league, fired assistant head coach/working backs coach Eric Studesville after the 5-11 end, a transfer Anderson was particularly critical of on social media. Add it all up and Anderson seems to be headed elsewhere. If that is the case, the Dolphins could have curiosity given the Broncos matched Miami’s deal two years in the past to maintain Anderson. — Jeff Legwold

Linebacker Tamba Hali

Hali is second on the Chiefs’ record of all-time sack leaders and a fashionable participant with followers for his relentless effort, however it’s time for the group to maneuver on. The 34-year-old and the Chiefs’ first-round draft decide in 2006 has been a part-time participant the previous two seasons — and never a very productive one at that. He was restricted to 6 video games as a result of of sore knees final season and did not have a sack. — Adam Teicher

Defensive finish Jerry Attaochu

A second-round choice by the Chargers within the 2014 draft, Attaochu had dealt along with his share of accidents throughout his time with the Bolts that stored him off the sphere. However, final season he was wholesome and nonetheless had hassle getting snaps as a result of play of others in entrance of him, together with Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram and Chris McCain. An unrestricted free agent with some pass-rush potential, the 25-year-old Attaochu may blossom for one more group, significantly in a Three-Four scheme as an edge defender. — Eric D. Williams

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree

Hear me out, as a result of this isn’t essentially advocating for Crabtree to maneuver on from Oakland. It’s simply that issues need to change for the receiver to excel underneath Jon Gruden. Crabtree, who began having dangerous drops, was forgotten on the finish of final season as he was focused solely 5 occasions in Oakland’s final two video games and had two catches for 18 yards. This after being focused a mixed 30 occasions in Weeks 14 and 15. “If I react, then I am a dangerous man, you already know what I am saying,” Crabtree, who signed a four-year extension for $34 million in December 2015, stated after this 12 months’s season finale. He’s due base salaries of $7 million in 2018 and $7.5 million in 2019, although there can be no lifeless cash on Oakland’s books ought to the Raiders lower him. Yes, a change of scenery is required for Crabtree. But Gruden taking on may be sufficient. — Paul Gutierrez

NFC EAST

Running again Alfred Morris

It may be simple to say Dez Bryant, who has had three straight down seasons that haven’t been totally his fault, however Morris confirmed he nonetheless has one thing left to provide as an every-down working again in Ezekiel Elliott‘s six-game suspension. Morris doesn’t match as a backup as a result of he’s not a third-down again and is a higher runner the extra carries he will get. With Elliott round for a full season in 2018, having Morris round will not be mandatory, particularly with Rod Smith prepared as a third-down various. — Todd Archer

Cornerback Eli Apple

The 2016 first-round decide was suspended, benched and had confrontations with coaches and teammates this previous season. It may gain advantage everybody concerned if he went elsewhere. Apple is proficient, however the Giants need to shake up the locker room, and he may warrant some worth through commerce. — Jordan Raanan

Linebacker Mychal Kendricks

The 27-year-old has been coping with frustrations over his function for the previous couple of seasons. He noticed a bump in enjoying time this season partly as a result of of accidents, and completed with a pair of sacks, six passes defended and 77 tackles. He discovered pleasure in the course of the group’s Super Bowl run. Before that, there was a want to maneuver on, and also you surprise if these emotions will resurface. Kendricks has two years remaining on his contract. He is scheduled to make a wage of just below $6 million in 2018, none of which is assured. — Tim McManus

Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr.

It can be simple to say Kirk Cousins, however we already know he’ll be shifting on and, fact be instructed, wished to. But Pryor, a pending free agent, had a dangerous first season in Washington with 20 catches and one landing in 11 video games earlier than going on injured reserve. Pryor admitted he did not understand how a lot Washington unfold the ball round, inflicting his numbers to remain down, however he did not assist himself with drops, both. Also, Pryor performs the X receiver spot the place Josh Doctson ultimately took over. The Redskins need to add velocity on the opposite aspect, and whereas Pryor is quick, he wasn’t the deep menace they hoped he’d be. — John Keim

NFC NORTH

Quarterback Mike Glennon

The veteran quarterback misplaced his beginning job to rookie Mitchell Trubisky in Week 5 after turning the ball over eight occasions in 4 video games. Glennon, who signed a contract final offseason that included $18.5 million in ensures, now appears out of place in new coach Matt Nagy’s offense, which is anticipated to rely closely on run-pass choices for Trubisky. Plus, Glennon’s base wage for 2018 is $12.5 million. That’s manner an excessive amount of cash for a backup quarterback. The writing is clearly on the wall that Glennon won’t be enjoying in Chicago subsequent season. — Jeff Dickerson

Running again Ameer Abdullah

It’s an fascinating spot for the previous second-round decide, who was Detroit’s main rusher final season. Abdullah has a good quantity of expertise, and the change in teaching employees with the Lions might be good for him in terms of Detroit really having a run sport. But the identical offensive coordinator (Jim Bob Cooter) and working backs coach (David Walker) are with the Lions. It may be time for Abdullah to maneuver on from Detroit — particularly since basic supervisor Bob Quinn stated he’ll be bringing in no less than one new working again for 2018, which may imply a shifting function for Abdullah. He has the expertise to be a good NFL working again. It simply may not work in Detroit. — Michael Rothstein

Quarterback Brett Hundley

Three years invested in Hundley did not repay when Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone final season. Yes, Hundley stored the Packers within the playoff race (barely) by profitable three video games, however he ought to have been higher when he received his alternative to play. The Packers are going to need a higher backup than Hundley in case one thing occurs to Rodgers once more, and despite the fact that Hundley has one other 12 months left on his rookie contract, it may be higher for each events to half methods. — Rob Demovsky

Running again Jerick McKinnon

McKinnon stated he needs to be “the man” someplace subsequent season and take on a greater function. Given the return of Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray underneath contract for 2 extra years, it is sensible for McKinnon to go elsewhere in free company, presumably a place like New York, the place he may reunite with former Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and be a No. 1 again or a clear-cut half of a duo. Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, whose first two seasons in Minnesota have been disappointing, additionally may use a change of scenery. He has struggled to search out a function amongst a loaded group of receivers. The Vikings might be proactive this offseason in in search of a place to commerce him and will presumably decide up a mid-round draft decide in change. — Courtney Cronin

NFC SOUTH

Running again Tevin Coleman

Not saying this may occur, with Coleman having one 12 months left on his contract. But it is nonetheless exhausting to think about the Falcons protecting Coleman and starter Devonta Freeman collectively after rewarding Freeman with an extension value $eight.25 million per 12 months. Coleman, with 20 complete touchdowns in three seasons, has commerce worth. I requested one high-ranking AFC evaluator about it: “Yes, he does have worth. Great complement to a starter and he may fill the function as a beginning working again. Great velocity and athleticism. Only knock is he hasn’t been their featured runner. Can’t low cost his potential to attain [with] the soccer.” — Vaughn McClure

Defensive finish Charles L. Johnson

Johnson did not have a sack this previous season, was suspended for 4 video games for violating the league’s coverage on performance-enhancing medicine and was inactive for the playoff sport in opposition to New Orleans. He’ll even be 32 this season. The Panthers need to start out rebuilding this place for the longer term and will use the $Three.25 million they might save in opposition to the cap by releasing Johnson from the ultimate 12 months of his contract. — David Newton

Tight finish Coby Fleener

The Saints would not save a ton of cash by releasing Fleener, since $Three.Four million of his $6.Three million wage already has been assured. But they may look to improve that pass-catching tight finish function that has been such a large half of their offense within the Sean Payton-Drew Brees period and was missing from their third-down offense in 2017. The 29-year-old has proven a few glimpses in New Orleans, particularly in the course of the hurry-up, two-minute offense. But the previous Colt hasn’t produced on the stage everybody anticipated when he signed a five-year, $36 million deal two years in the past. He performed solely about 24 snaps per sport final season, ending with 22 catches for 295 yards and two touchdowns in 11 video games earlier than a concussion ended his season early. — Mike Triplett

Defensive sort out Chris Baker

Baker was presupposed to be an improve at defensive sort out reverse Gerald McCoy, however he wasn’t a good slot in phrases of scheme and persona, ending with zero.5 sacks, whereas Clinton McDonald registered 5.zero sacks in three begins. Things reached a boiling level when Baker was confronted by Jameis Winston and Kwon Alexander for his lack of regret over a penalty that in the end value the Bucs their Week 16 matchup with the Panthers. No doubt that “Swaggy’s” cheerful demeanor makes him a enjoyable man to be round, however his effort continued to be a problem in Tampa, identical to it was in Washington. — Jenna Laine

NFC WEST

Wide receiver John Brown

The 2014 third-round steal was one of the highest small receivers within the NFL at one level. But the previous two seasons have been sluggish for him. After ending with 1,000 yards in 2015, Brown’s well being started to be a problem. He was recognized as a provider of the sickle-cell trait and had a cyst on his backbone drained after the 2016 season. It may be time for a change of scenery for Brown, who wants a possibility to start out over and present he can nonetheless use his velocity when he is wholesome. — Josh Weinfuss

Wide receiver Tavon Austin

The eighth general decide within the 2013 draft signed a profitable extension solely 18 months in the past, however it’s clear he now not has a function within the Rams’ offense. Under Sean McVay, Los Angeles went into 2017 expressing hope that Austin may grow to be a vertical menace. But then the Rams acquired Sammy Watkins, burying Austin on the depth chart. Austin then muffed a handful of punts early within the season, prompting Pharoh Cooper to exchange him whereas on his strategy to a Pro Bowl season as a return specialist. Austin, in the end used strictly as a backfield decoy, completed final season with solely 317 scrimmage yards. In the playoff loss to the Falcons, he performed solely two offensive snaps. — Alden Gonzalez

Defensive finish Aaron Lynch

After 4 seasons during which Lynch’s pass-rush potential and incapability to remain in form would alternately tantalize and frustrate the 49ers, it is time for the 2 sides to half methods. Lynch is about to develop into an unrestricted free agent in March after posting six or extra sacks in his first two seasons and simply 2.5 complete over the previous two years. Throughout his time within the Bay Area, Lynch typically regarded just like the group’s greatest edge rusher, however he was by no means capable of put it all collectively after which struggled with accidents and weight points towards the top. Perhaps a possibility on a totally different group will assist him get again on observe. But for now, the Niners need to look outdoors the group to bolster their outdoors cross rush. — Nick Wagoner

Running again Eddie Lacy

You may embody Thomas Rawls right here, too. Lacy and Rawls have been anticipated to go the Seahawks’ backfield in 2017, however rookie seventh-round decide Chris Carson rapidly beat them each out for the beginning job. Neither did a lot with their alternatives when Carson went down in October, they usually completed the season behind Mike Davis on the depth chart. Lacy is an unrestricted free agent, and a change of scenery seems like a no-brainer for each side after he obtained solely 69 carries whereas being declared a wholesome inactive 4 occasions final season. Rawls is a restricted free agent and, at solely 24, nonetheless has promise. But even when the Seahawks had any curiosity in bringing again both participant, each will presumably be in search of higher alternatives than what they’d get in Seattle, the place Carson and Davis appear like the popular choices. — Brady Henderson

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