NFL 2022: Every NFC team’s biggest need and free agent fix

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Jan 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones (55) celebrates his sack of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

A total of 31 NFL teams are now chasing Sean McVay’s team. What will the Los Angeles Rams and the other 15 clubs in the NFC be looking for in free agency?

It’s been an interesting few weeks for a conference that has produced the last two Lombardi Trophy winners. Although the trades don’t become official until 4:00 pm ET on Wednesday, March 16, they have been eye-popping.

The Seattle Seahawks dealt quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, the Chicago Bears sent edge rusher Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys traded wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns.

NFC teams should be very active in NFL Free Agency

But wait, there’s more. Aaron Rodgers will be staying in Green Bay and with a new four-year contract. And after contemplating retirement, veteran signal-caller Tom Brady will be returning to play a third straight year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

There’s already been a look at the 16 franchises in the AFC. This time around, it’s a glance at the NFC. And just like the other conference, the teams are listed from the lowest seed to the highest seed in the conference in 2021.

There’s still time for clubs to keep their own potential free agents. Such was the case on Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals inked tight end Zach Ertz to a three-year contract extension (via’s Grant Gordon).

What’s very interesting is that as of this writing (via Spotrac), there are a slew of NFC teams – including the Packers, Rams, Vikings, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers – that have some work to do in terms of getting under the salary cap by Wednesday afternoon.

Assuming they get there, who could these five clubs and the other 11 targets in free agency to fill their biggest need?