As the NFL season winds down with only four teams remaining, it is almost time for free agency to begin. Free agency is a crazy time for NFL fans because they don’t know what their team is going to do and what will happen with their favorite players. Below is a list of the top free agents available.
- Kirk Cousins, quarterback for the Washington Redskins: Cousins has been franchise tagged the last two seasons and is still looking for a long term deal
- Jimmy Garoppolo, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers: Garoppolo was traded mid-season from the New England Patriots and has yet to lose a start. I’d expect him to get the Franchise Tag.
- Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints: Brees reportedly doesn’t plan on testing free agency in hopes of staying with the Saints.
- Le’Veon Bell, running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell was second in the NFL for All Purpose yards with 1,946. He recieved the franchise tag last year and has said he will contemplate retirement if he recieves the tag again.
- DeMarcus Lawrence, defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys: Lawrence tied for second in the NFL with 14.5 sacks and was voted to the pro-bowl. He was quoted
saying that he knows”how much a sack cost” in reference to a new contract
- Ezekiel Ansah, defensive end for the Detroit Lions: Ansah has 28.5 sacks in the last three seasons depsite injury concerns. Without a head coach Detroit likely doesn’t have an answer for what thy are going to do with their defensive end.
- Jarvis Landry, wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins: Landry recenetly said that the way the Dolphins handled his contract negotiations was “disrespectful.”
- Sammy Watkins, wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams: After being traded by the Buffalo Bills, Watkins became one of Jared Goff‘s favorite receivers. it makes sense for them to franchise tag the receiver to avoid losing him.
- Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater, and Case Keenum, quarterbacks for the Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have some big decisions to make at the quarterback position. They have had success with all three of them in the past and will need to decide who their guy is for the future.
- Andrew Norwell, offensive guard for the Carolina Panthers: Norwell was named to the All Pro first team and has been a vital part in keeping Cam Newton on his feet. He is the best offensive lineman available in free agency.
- Dion Lewis, running back for the New England Patriots: Lewis has been the MVP of the Patriots offense this year (besides Tom Brady). He is dynamic and elusive. But the Patriots have a carousel of runningbacks and it will be interesting to see if they keep Lewis.
- Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks: After trading him earlier in the season, the New York Jets are expected to push for a reunion with their former defensive tackle. But Richardson said he expects to be back with the Seahawks for 2018.
- Carlos Hyde, runningback for the San Francisco 49ers: With the Franchise Tag likely being given to Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers will have to focus on getting
a deal done with their top runningback before he tests the market. Hyde had 938 yards this season
- Tyler Eifert, tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis said the Bengals would obviously like to re-sign Eifert, which could be a real possibility. Eifert only played in two seasons before being out on IR and had surgery on his back and knee
- Allen Robinson, wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars: Robinson tore his ACL in early September and had to miss the remainder of the season but he expects to be at full health by the time free agency rolls around. Robinson had 883 receiving yards last season.
- Morgan Burnett, safety for the Green Bay Packers: Burnett is one of the most consistent players on the Packers defense but as of December 31st, Burnett had not had any contract talks with the Packers. With changes coming for Green Bay’s defense, it will be interesting what the Packers do with Burnett.
- NaVorro Bowman, middle linebacker for the Oakland Raiders: Bowman was released from the 49ers early in the season and was picked up by the Raiders. Bowman reportedly wants to stay with the Raiders and the feeling is mutual. Raiders defensive coordinator, Paul Geunther said he wants to see Bowman back in the silver and black
- Darren Sproles, running back for the Philadelphia Eagles: Sproles is one of the best return men in the NFL. He was vital on the Eagles offense too but now that the Eagles backfield is full with LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi, and Corey Clement, it wouldn’t be surprising if they let Sproles walk after suffering an ACL tear in early September.
Come March 14th, the frenzy will begin to see where these top 20 players will land for the 2018 NFL season!