One of the more underrated linebackers in the NFL, Jayon Brown hits the 2021 NFL free agency after, what would’ve been, a career year. He only played in 10 games as he fell to injury in Week 11. However, he finished with 76 tackles, eight pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and one sack. Brown was on pace for his best season yet for the Tennessee Titans.
After putting up numbers like that, one would think the Titans would consider re-signing Brown to a multi-year deal. However, Tennessee is already loaded with depth at the LB position. Although he plays hot-headed, Rashaan Evans is a reliable run stopper, and David Long Jr. emerged as an excellent LB after Brown’s injury. The Titans will likely keep these two on the roster, and use the money for a different position of need.
Jayon Brown should have plenty of offers during the 2021 NFL free agency. He’s a tackle machine and is extremely underrated in pass coverage. Brown should easily be able to find a new home next season. However, four destinations make the most sense, as Brown could help improve the defense for these organizations.
2021 NFL Free Agency: Most Likely Jayon Brown Destinations
Having not being a playoff contender since their last Super Bowl run, the Atlanta Falcons have already made some noise this offseason. Soon after the Titans were eliminated from the playoffs, the Falcons swooped in and hired Arthur Smith as their new head coach.
After thriving as the offensive coordinator for the Titans, Smith was also able to secure the well-known coach, Dean Pees, as his defensive coordinator. There are a lot of familiar faces for Jayon Brown in Atlanta, which is why the Falcons should sign him in the 2021 NFL free agency.
Pees coached Brown in 2019, where Brown finished with 105 total tackles and a pick-six. The long-time coach will be searching for guys comfortable in his system, and Jayon Brown would be the perfect fit for this Falcons defense. Having ranked dead last in passing yards allowed (4,697), Brown would immediately improve that weakness.
Under a new regime, Dan Campbell aims to change the culture of the Detroit Lions. With plenty of news swirling around Matthew Stafford, the front office is going to be busy this offseason. Campbell will want to improve this defense, as the Lions allowed the most touchdowns of any team in the league.
The Lions are in a great position for a rebuild. Detroit currently has the seventh overall pick, and a decent amount of cap space to play with. Needing help on both sides of the ball, the Lions will need to make difficult choices in the 2021 NFL free agency and the NFL draft.
Jayon Brown would be a great acquisition for this franchise. He would become a veteran leader on this defense, and bring his playoff experience along with him. Also putting Brown on a defense with Romeo Okwara, Jeff Okudah, and Desmond Trufant sounds like a winning combination. This signing would also ease pressure in the draft, and allow the front office to select the best possible players instead of positional needs.
Another franchise in a dire need of defensive help is the Cincinnati Bengals. With a solid young core on the offense, the Cincinnati front office should be focusing on defense this offseason. Additionally, the Bengals have the cap space to make a splash during the 2021 NFL free agency.
A linebacker like Jayon Brown would be a smart signing for the Bengals. They got torched this year, allowing 2,368 rushing yards and 3,859 passing yards. Adding Brown to the core of this defense would go a long way. With Carl Lawson on the edge, and Jessie Bates III and Mackensie Alexander in the secondary, Brown would be the missing piece this defense needs.
Similar to the Lions, acquiring Brown makes the NFL draft much more clear for the Bengals. With the fifth pick overall, they would have the freedom to take almost whoever they want to improve the roster.
New York Jets
The New York Jets are in a fantastic position for a rebuild. They have a ton of draft picks, and currently have the second pick overall this year. Additionally, the Jets have plenty of cap space, which allows them to do anything they want in the 2021 NFL free agency.
After hiring Robert Saleh as the new head coach, Saleh aims to bring an intense defense to the New York Jets. Outside of Quinnen Williams, the Jets don’t necessarily have any stand-out players. Bringing in Jayon Brown would give this defense a much-needed boost.
I like the chances Brown winds up with the Jets, as a high-motor mentality could become the anchor for this unit. Additionally, Brown has experience of winning and playing in the playoffs, similar to Saleh. The new HC would likely lean on Brown to help change the culture of this organization. New York should highly consider signing Jayon Brown in the 2021 NFL free agency.
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