After being drafted 21st overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, Will Fuller finished his rookie season with 635 yards and 13.5 yards per reception. He would go on to have two shaky seasons in 2017 and 2018, but bounced back in 2019, and in 2020, he turned his best year yet.
While the Deshaun Watson saga continues on with the Houston Texans, Fuller is yet another question mark for a beleaguered front office. He is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career.
Here are a few potential teams that could sign the young wide receiver.
It makes a lot of sense for the Colts to consider this move. With TY Hilton still a question mark for the Colts, the wide receiver core looks a little thin.
Michael Pittman Jr. looked solid in his rookie year, but adding a deep threat like Will Fuller would be good for the Colts’ new-look offense with Carson Wentz at the helm. If they are able to re-sign Hilton, the trio of Fuller, Pittman, and Hilton is quite an array of weapons for Frank Reich.
For Fuller, if you get the chance to stick it to your former team twice a year, why not do it? Additionally, the Colts have the cap room to give Fuller a good contract. It seems to be a good option for both parties.
The obvious appeal for Fuller is reuniting with a former teammate in DeAndre Hopkins. For the Cardinals, Hopkins led the team with 1,407 yards and the next closest to that type of production was Christian Kirk with 621 yards.
Adding a legitimate number two threat goes a long way towards making them more competitive in a tough NFC West division. Kyler Murray throwing to Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins is a scary thought.
New York Jets
The Jets have the most cap room in the NFL and are in dire need of a true number one wide receiver. What Jamison Crowder did for them last year was admirable, but whoever is going to play the quarterback position is going to need more than just Crowder to throw to.
New York isn’t the most attractive situation in the NFL right now, but this is where Fuller will end up if his priority is getting a big payday.
It sure seems like Joe Burrow is a lock to be a franchise quarterback. With that in mind, protecting him will be important, which is why I see them drafting Penei Sewell at number five overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.
That being said, why not add to the weapons available to Burrow and give him the deep threat John Ross was supposed to be? Some of their available cap room should go to re-signing Carl Lawson, but they should have plenty left to make a strong offer to Will Fuller.
New England Patriots
I know, crazy right? If we learned anything last year, it’s that the Patriots need a lot of help at receiver regardless of who plays the quarterback position. It’s not in Bill Belichick’s nature to spend money on this type of player, but I think they may be more active in free agency than most people think, at least.
Maybe Will Fuller is so tired of poorly run organizations he runs to one of the best organizations in all of sports? Crazier things have happened.
Honorable Mentions: Lions and Eagles