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3 Most Likely Destinations for Corey Linsley in Free Agency

Max Staley
Corey Linsley could be headed to one of these three teams in free agency.
Corey Linsley could be headed to one of these three teams in free agency. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Green Bay Packers' center Corey Linsley was arguably the best player at the position this season. Among 36 qualified centers, Linsley's 86.4 overall grade from ProFootballFocus was the highest mark given out at the position.

But Linsley is an impending free agent. And the cap-strapped Packers probably don't have the financial flexibility to ink him to the deal he's surely looking for. Almost certainly elsewhere in free agency, here are the three most likely destinations for Linsley this offseason.

Corey Linsley Free Agency

3. Miami Dolphins

Assuming the Miami Dolphins roll with Tua Tagovailoa as their starter in 2021, they'll need to address the offensive line. One of the advantages to keeping Tua is that it allows Miami to keep the $28 million it has in cap space. Spending a good chunk of that on Linsley makes a ton of sense. Ted Karras is an impending free agent, and he was a slightly below-average center in 2020. Linsley would step in and immediately become the best player on the Dolphins' O-Line. Besides, in order for Miami to really figure out what it has in Tua, the organization needs to see him play behind a rock-solid line. Adding Linsley would be a good way to do just that.

2. Cincinnati Bengals

Upgrading the offensive line should be the Cincinnati Bengals' first, second and third priorities this offseason. Center isn't the most glaring need on that unit, but Linsley would be a huge upgrade over Trey Hopkins. Hopkins was serviceable in 2020, though he's probably not worth the contract Cincinnati is paying him. And the Bengals can get out of his deal with a dead cap hit under $3 million this offseason. Swapping Hopkins for the first-team All-Pro would bring veteran leadership to an offensive line that sorely needs it.

1. Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers have over $30 million in cap space and a burning hole at center. Mike Pouncey retired after missing the entire 2020 campaign, and his replacement Dan Feeney was an outright disaster, earning PFF's second-lowest grade among qualified centers. The Chargers have a lot of work to do on the offensive line, but singing Linsley would be an excellent first step.

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