5. Edge Vic Beasley
Of all the hypotheticals I’ve run this offseason, signing Vic Beasley has been met with the most criticism — for the life of me, I can’t understand why. Has his production declined since leading the NFL in sacks and making an All-Pro team in 2016? Sure. Did his production fall off the face of the earth and make him unsignable? Absolutely not.
When you really take a look at what transpired in Atlanta, Beasley was inexplicably moved to outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense. While he held up much better in pass coverage than anyone expected, his sack numbers took a dive as he wasn’t rushing the passer – which happens to be his best trait by a mile – as much. Still, Beasley racked up 8 sacks in 2019 after finishing the season strong and has never had less than 4 in a season.
The scheme fit with the NY Giants seems to be perfect. Beasley is at his best when pinning his ears back and getting after the passer, while as mentioned he can cover in a pinch. Sound like anything, maybe like a 3/4 outside linebacker? It should. Beasley is a speed guy and should flourish in a 3/4 scheme where he could use his elite athleticism to motor past offensive tackles.
He won’t command nearly as much as he actually deserves on the open market and the NY Giants should be all over him. A pass-rushing unit that consists of Beasley, Lorenzo Carter, O’Shane Ximines and even just Markus Golden could be deadly.
Chance it happens: Moderate
How much could it cost: 3 years/$22M