4. Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams
If the Cincinnati Bengals want to go the affordable route and find a stopgap replacement for Marvin Jones (an incredibly unlikely strategy, I might add), Brian Quick would be the perfect player to nab in free agency.
Last offseason, several free agents signed one-year, prove-it deals and saw their market values drastically improve at the very least. Nick Fairley, Ahtyba Rubin, Walter Thurmond and Tyvon Branch all saw their value skyrocket, and at least two of the four could be in for big paydays in the upcoming months. Whether Quick, who was underutilized with the Rams, would be able to digest Cincinnati’s playbook and gel with its offense is a major question the team would have to answer, but if he could prove his worth, Quick would be an incredibly cost-efficient free agency addition.
Still quite raw, Quick hasn’t developed as rapidly as his name might suggest; his average speed leaves people wanting to see more, as well. Regardless, Cincinnati has done a great job developing its receivers. Taking a chance on Quick could pay off big if the Bengals’ coaching staff could help Quick blossom into the player many people thought he could become when he was selected with the 33rd pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.
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