Buccy’s Free Agency Loot:
Top 25 Free Agents and Potential Landing Spots.
Here is my ranking of the top 25 free agents and I have purposely left out the players (Chandler Jones, Leveon Bell, and Kirk Cousins) who the teams have already come out and said will be franchise tagged and updated to remove any players that have since been franchise tagged. Enjoy.
- Alshon Jeffery – Wide Receiver, Age 27
Potential Teams: Eagle, Titans, 49ers, Rams, and Bears.
Jeffery was franchise tagged last year ($14,599,000) but was suspended 4 games for PED use, and had 52 catches for 821 yards and only 2 touchdowns. He is most likely looking for a 5 year deal ranging from $65-70 mill/$13-15/yr which is what some of the other big time wide receivers (Green, Hilton, Bryant, D. Thomas) have gotten in recent years, but due to his PED suspension last season and his non-elite wide receiver play the last 2 season his likely value is 5 yrs $60-65 million/$12-13/yr range. Team fits the 49ers who have the 2nd most cap space at $81 million but does he want to be on a team who is basically rebuilding with potentially a rookie quarterback starting? Maybe if he just wants the big money deal. Rams with a 2nd yr quarterback potentially great running back and really no other weapons to speak of but not the best offensive line, but with only $35 mill in cap space and a new coach may not want to spend big money on 1 player. Eagles also have a 2nd yr quarterback and no other real weapons to speak of and could use a top wide receiver but don’t have a lot of cap space at $11 million. The Titans have $67 million in cap space and a rising young QB and good run game and promising defense and need that top wide receiver to push them over the top. The Bears are not going to franchise him and I think everyone is just ready to move on so they are out.
Prediction: Signs with 49ers for 5 yrs $70 million / $28 million guaranteed.
2. Calais Campbell – Defensive End, Age 30
Potential Teams: Ravens, Broncos, Redskins, Raiders, and Bucs.
Campbell is finishing up a 5 yr $55 million deal making $15.25 million last season and at the age of 30 can expect less in his next contract with other recent defensive ends his age (Bennett, Ayers, Williams, and Robison) get between 2-4 yrs and $17-30 million or $5.6-10 million/yr. Campbell has played very well over his career and his production has not gone down at all averaging 55 tackles, 6 sacks, and 5 passes defensed. He can still be paid as a top 10-15 defensive end but his length of contract will shrink and he may expect to make between $8-9 million/season. Teams fits the Ravens could be interested looking to replace Guy but currently only have $15 million in cap space but with several cuts can make at least $25 million. The Broncos could be looking to upgrade their depth at defensive end but likely will not offer the contract Campbell is looking for and are out. The Redskins may look to replace Baker if he leaves in free agency and have $64 million in space. The Bucs could look at Campbell since their GM was in Arizona with him previously but after spending on Ayers and drafting Spence I think they will pass. The Raiders are another option but in an interesting twist may see Campbell as a defensive tackle and have $48 million in cap space.
Prediction: Signs with Ravens for 4 yrs $34 million / $16 million guaranteed.
3. Kevin Zeitler – Guard, Age 26
Potential Teams: Dolphins, Browns, Colts, Vikings, and Rams.
Zeitler is one of the top 5 best right guards in the NFL giving up 2 sacks per season while playing in all but 8 games in his 5 yr career, and because of that will look to become the highest paid right guard requesting between $11-12 milion/yr. In the last few seasons guards around his age range and skill (Brooks, Osemele, Iupati, and Long) who have signed new deals have been in the range of 4-5 yrs at $40-58.8 million or $8-11.7 million/yr and he will most likely want to be in the top range of that number putting him as the highest paid right guard in league. Team fits the Dolphins who would be looking to replace Bushrod who will leave in free agency and have $42 million in cap space to spend. The Browns who as everyone knows has the highest cap amount to spend at $105 million and could be looking to upgrade their offensive line to better protect a potential rookie quarterback. The Colts have basically one weak spot on the offensive line and that is right guard and have plenty of money to spend with $61 million and could use it to try to keep Luck healthy. The Vikings had one of the worst offensive lines last season after losing 4 offensive tackles to injuries, and could look to rebuild the entire offensive line and could start by signing the top right guard on the market, but have less money to spend then the other potential teams at $23 million. The Rams may look to upgrade the interior right side of the line and signing the top right guard on the market to put with Saffold would help to keep Goff upright and Gurley running through the middle.
Predictions: Signs with Dolphins 5 yrs $56 mill / $24 mill guaranteed.
4. Donta Hightower – Linebacker, Age 26
Potential Teams: Raiders, Colts, Cardinals, Giants, and Patriots.
Hightower is heading into free agency after winning his 2nd Super Bowl title with the Patriots and last season played under the 5th years option of his contract making $7.1 million, and will look to move up into the upper echelon in pay of the linebackers (Kuechly, David, and Collins) who have recently signed contracts in the range of 4-5 years $50-60 million or $10-12.5 million/yr. As a linebacker though he does not have the numbers of those players (never getting over 100 tackles in a season and has never had an interception) and will likely get on the low end of that yearly average on a new deal, but he does have 2 Super Bowl titles which is more than the other linebackers mentioned. Team fits the Colts could use an upgrade at the inside linebacker position and have plenty of cap room, but also have other needs that could be addressed instead. The Raiders could use an upgrade at middle linebacker and in doing so would make their front 7 more of a force and do have $48 million in cap space to work with. The Cardinals have all sorts of front 7 free agents and if they choose to not resign some of them could definitely use a replacement like Hightower, but only have $35 million in cap space . The Giants will most likely let Sheppard go to free agency and have not much starting experience behind him. The Patriots have $62 million in cap space but also have a couple of cornerbacks to resign and may just let him go and get a compensatory pick for him.
Prediction: Signs with Raiders 4 yrs $45 mill / $26 mill guaranteed.
5. AJ Bouye – Cornerback, Age 25
Potential Teams: Titans, Eagles, Jets, Cowboys, and Texans.
Bouye burst on to the scene with season after getting to start at cornerback for most of the season due to injuries, and had a pretty productive year playing in 15 games with 63 tackles, 1 sack, 16 passes defensed, and 1 interception. Bouye is looking to strike it rich this off season like other recent contracts by top corners (Slay, Jenkins, Harris, and Peterson) whose contracts range from 4-5 years $42-70 million or $8.5-14 million/yr and he will likely fall somewhere in the middle of those ranges probably more on the lower side because he has only started one season. With a lot of NFL teams throwing out 3 wide receivers sets you of course need 3 starting caliber cornerbacks to match that set, so his market could skyrocket if a team is needy enough at cornerbacks. Team fits could be the Titans could be looking to replace McClain and have plenty of cap money to throw his way. The Eagles could be a team looking to upgrade at cornerback but are a little tight on cap space granted they could free up some by making some cuts, but still might not have enough to compete with a higher cap space teams . The Jets are basically in the same boat as the Eagles looking to upgrade at cornerback but not a lot of cap space to compete with. The Cowboys are another team that have 2 cornerbacks who are free agents and may need replacements but watch out with them they may just go after him anyway. His current team the Texans come in with plenty of cap space to sign him and could make more by cutting Joseph but will they offer him a big contract after only 1 season of great production?
Prediction: Stays with Texans 5 yrs $60 mill / $25 mill guaranteed.
6. TJ Lang – Guard, Age 29
Potential Teams: Dolphins, Browns, Colts, Vikings, Rams, and Packers.
Here is another opportunity for those teams who miss out on Zeitler to go out and get the 2nd best slightly older and a little cheaper right guard on the free agency market. Lang has been the starting right guard for the Packers since 2011 only giving up 9 quarterback hurries last season, but in the last 2 season has started missing games to injuries (3 last season and 1 in 2015) and they may look to go younger on the offensive line to better protect Rodgers. Lang being close to 30 compared to players recently signed in his age range (Sitton, Boone, Yanda, and Iupati) who got deals ranging from 3-5 yrs $21-40 million or $6.7-8 million/yr will most likely get in the mid to upper of that range because he is slightly younger than the other examples. In my previous prediction I had the Dolphins signing Zeitler but if they miss out on him they may go after Lang. He would be a great fit for all of potential teams mentioned if those teams miss out on Zeitler.
Prediction: Signs with Browns 4 yrs $34 million/ $16 million guaranteed.
7. Tony Jefferson – Safety, Age 25
Potential Teams: Bucs, Redskins, Titans, Bears, and Colts.
Jefferson is a very good young in the box safety who is a tackling machine but does not do a lot of pass coverage in the Cards scheme only recording 11 passes defensed and 2 interceptions in his 4 year career. Who played most of last season as a starter and got 96 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles and looks for a larger payday in free agency. The other current safeties who have signed new deals recently (Williams, Searcy, Gilchrist, Iloka) with his skill set and age have signed 4-5 year $22-30 million or $5.5-6.5 million/yr deals and he will mostly likely get right in that range in free agency. Team fits the Bucs could be a fit because they have a couple of safeties who are free agents and the 3rd most cap space but their scheme relies more on safety who can go into coverage and cover alone. The Redskins could be a good fit as well being that they have 2 safeties set to be free agents and an owner that is not afraid to spend money and also have the 6th most cap at $64 million. The Titans could be in the market to replace a not as productive Searcy who has 2 years left on his current deal but little dead money and have the 5th most cap space at $67 million. The Bears have been looking for a safety for a few years now and current have a UDFA starting who could easily be replaced, and they have the 9th most cap space at $58 million. The Colts have a safety who is going to free agency and have the 8th most cap space with $60 million but are not usually big free agent spenders.
Prediction: Signs with Redskins 4 yrs $26 million / $9.5 million guaranteed.
8. Stephon Gilmore – Cornerback, Age 26
Potential Teams: Rams, Titans, Eagles, Jets, Cowboys and Bears.
Any team who missed out on Bouye will most likely be interested in Gilmore who some rank higher then Bouye. Gilmore last season had his 2nd highest tackles total with 48, had 16 passes defensed, and a career high 5 interceptions and is just coming off of his 5 yr option of his rookie deal where he made $11 million and will look to cash in huge in free agency. The elite corners who have signed deals recently (Peterson, Norman, Jenkins, and Haden) have gotten contracts in the range of 5 yrs $62-70 million or $12.5-15 million/yr and Gilmore will likely look to get into the upper range of those contracts. Team fits who missed out on Bouye who is younger and came a little cheaper but Gilmore’s contract potential of $13-15 million/yr may be too rich for some of them though. The Titans who have the most cap space out of these teams seems like a good fit. The Bears also have a healthy cap and maybe more likely to overpay to get him signed.
Prediction: Signs with Bears 5 yrs $74 million / $48 million guaranteed.
9. Dotari Poe – Nose/Defensive Tackle, Age 26.
Potential Teams: Bengals, Colts, Redskins, Jaguars, Falcons, and Chiefs.
Poe is coming off of his rookie deal after the team picked up his 5th year option of $6.1 million and will look to cash in as the top nose tackle available in free agency, but being a nose tackle he is not much of a pass rusher. Other elite defensive tackles (Wilkinson, Brockers, McCoy, and Dareus) who have signed recently were of the pass rushing variety and not nose tackles, and they averaged 5-6 yrs $86-96 million or $15-17 million/yr. Team fits the Bengals will be looking to replace Peko who may be leaving in free agency and have $45 million in cap space. The Colts could be cutting Jones as a cap cut and may look to free agency for his replacement. The Redskins have 2 nose tackles heading to free agency and nothing really behind them and they have $64 million in cap space to spend. The Jags could looking to upgrade their defensive tackle position but due have Day waiting in the wings and gave a big deal to Jackson last season. The Falcons could also look to upgrade their defensive tackles but only have $29 million to spend.
Prediction: Signs with Colts 5 yrs $62.5 million/ $22 million guaranteed.
10. Nick Perry – Edge Rusher/Linebacker, Age 26
Potential Teams: Ravens, Steelers, Colts, 49ers, Bills, Texans, and Chargers.
Perry burst on to the scene this season after starting most of the season for the first time and showed that he can be a good 3-4 edge rusher making 52 tackles and 11 sacks in 14 games and is coming off of a 1 yr $5 million deal after the Packers declined his 5th yr option and then signed him anyway. Recent players (Kerrigan, Hughes, Graham, McFee) at his age and caliber of play who has signed new deal have gotten in the range of 4-5 yr $26-57 million or $6.5-11.5 million/yr. Team fits would be basically any team who wanted Ingram. Ravens could look to replace Suggs or Dumerville but has the 29th most cap at $15 million. The Steelers may look to replace Harrison and have the 18th most cap space at $36 million. The 49ers could look for upgrades at their edge rushers and have the 2nd most cap space at $82 million. The Bills, Texans, and Chargers are a little tighter at 25th, 23rd, and 27th most cap space. Packers could always resign him as well since they the 14th most cap space at $43 million.
Prediction: Stays with Packers 5 yr $43.75 million / $20 million guaranteed.
11. Brandon Williams – Nose/Defensive tackle, Age 28.
Potential Teams: 49ers, Bengals, Redskins, Falcons, Broncos, Colts, Raiders, and Ravens.
Williams is the 2nd best (some have him as 1st) nose tackle available in free agency behind Poe and is coming off a 4 yr contract with the Ravens where he was making minimal money and will look for a pay raise. He has been a starter the last 3 seasons averaging 51 tackles a season and is your basic clog the middle nose tackle but has managed 4.5 sacks in his career as well. Major defensive tackles (Luiget, Atkins, Dareus) who have signed recently have gotten much larger deals (5-6 yr $51-96 million or $10-16 million/yr) then he will get, and he will most likely get on the lower end of that range. Team fits would be any team who missed out on Poe is and is looking for a line clogging nose tackle. 49ers could use him since Dorsey is a free agency and most likely will not be resigned. Bengals will look to replace Peko who will leave in free agency but may not want to spend big since they already have on Atkins. Redskins have 2 nose tackles who are set to hit free agency and have the cap space to sign him. Falcons, Broncos, Colts, Raiders are also potentials but do not have dire needs, and he could always resign with Ravens but will little cap space may be difficult.
Prediction: Signs with Redskins for 5 yr $55 mill / $20 mill guaranteed.
12. Terrelle Pryor – Wide Receiver, Age 27
Potential Teams: Eagles, Titans, Bucs, Rams, Redskins, and Browns.
Pryor decided to play wide receiver full time last season and exploded onto the scene with 77 catches, 1007 yards, and 4 touchdowns, and helped to replace Gordon who was suspended for the season. Recent wide receivers (Benjamin, Jones, Crabtree, and Baldwin) of his age and play who have signed deals recently have averaged 4-5 yrs $24-46 million or $6-11.5 million/yr range. With Coleman and maybe the return of Gordon will the Browns chose to keep all 3 of them of will they let Pryor walk in free agency? Team fits the Eagles will be seeking to upgrade their wide receiver position to help out 2nd yr quarterback Wentz, but have little cap room with $11 million. The Titans also are looking to upgrade their wide receiver core for Mariota and they have the 5th most cap space at $67 million. The Bucs are looking for another wide receiver to pair with Evans and to replace V-Jack and have the 3rd most cap space with $79 million. The Rams may be looking for a new #1 wide receiver if they let Britt leave in free agency, and have the 16th most cap space at $39 million. The Redskins may be losing both Garçon and Jackson in free agency and will need a new wide receiver to pair with Crowder, and they have the 6th most cap space at $64 million. Of course the Pryor’s current team the Browns has the most cap space at $110 and may look to keep Coleman, Pryor, and Gordon together, and may need plenty of weapons for a rookie quarterback next season.
Prediction: Stays with Browns for 4 yrs $40 million / $22 million guaranteed.
13. Larry Warford – Guard, Age 25
Potential Teams: Dolphins, Browns, Colts, Vikings, Packers, Bengals, Lions, and Cards.
Warford is a young up and coming right guard and will have plenty of suitors from teams who have missed out on Zeitler and Lang (who in my predictions went to the Dolphins and the Browns), and guard (DeCastro, Allen, Boling, and Carpenter) who have signed recently have averaged 4-5 yrs $19-50 million or $4.77-10 million/yr he will likely sign in the middle of that range. Team fits the Vikings may be in play as the attempt to rebuild their terrible offensive line, but they did spend on left guard Boone. The Packers may look to replace Lang if he leaves in free agency and a younger right guard maybe in order, and with $43.5 million in cap space have plenty of money to sign him. The Bengals may look to replace Zeitler and Warford will be cheaper then he would be and would cost less money. The Lions may look to keep him and have $37 million in cap space, so if they chose to keep they could. The Cards are the least likely with $19 million in cap space but still could look to upgrade their offensive line to protect an older Palmer.
Prediction: Signs with Packers for 5 yrs $30 million / $10 million guaranteed.
14. Logan Ryan – Cornerback, Age 26
Potential Teams: Titans, Eagles, Cowboys, Bears, and Patriots.
Logan is a top cornerback but is 3rd on my list and will be a steal for any team who is looking for a cornerback and missed out on Bouye and Gilmore. He is coming off of Super Bowl Championship and has increased his tackle totals every season including 92 this season along with 11 passes defensed, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions, but Ryan did struggle at times earlier last season. Other recent #1 cornerbacks (Peterson, Norman, Jenkins, and Haden) who have signed big deals recently have averaged 5 yrs $62-70 million or $12.5-15 million/yr and Ryan will most likely sign on the high end of the range. Teams fit are teams that missed out on Bouye and Gilmore and have the cap space to fill his contract request. Titans have plenty of money and may look to replace an aging cornerback. The Eagles may look to upgrade at cornerback but only have $11.6 million in cap space and may not be a player in such a big free agent. The Cowboys are in the same boat as the Eagles in not having enough cap space to go for a big free agent target. The Patriots do have enough cap space at $62 million to resign his big contract request, but they usually know when it’s the right time to get rid of a players such as Jones and Collins.
Prediction: Signs with Titans 5 yrs $72 million / $30 million guaranteed.
15. Martellus Bennett – Tight End, Age 30
Potential Teams: Broncos, Rams, Cardinals, Colts, and Giants.
Bennett completed a final year of a 4 yr deal after being traded from the Bears to the Patriots last off season, and played very well in place of an injured Gronk with 55 catches, 701 yards, 7 touchdowns (most in his career), and won a Super Bowl. He said that he would not take less money on a new deal then he made last season which was just over $5 mill. Other tight ends (Pitta, Olsen, Walker, and Barnidge) of his age range and playing caliber who received new contracts recently averaging 2-5 yrs $12-32 million or $4-7.5 million/yr and he will most likely fall right in the middle of that range. Team fits Broncos need a tight end and have the 12 highest amount of cap space at $44 million and with better quarterback play maybe a Super Bowl caliber team. The Rams currently have 2 tight ends on their roster and could look to upgrade that position, and they have the 17th highest amount of cap space at $38.9 million. The Cardinals may look to upgrade to tight but have so many other receiving weapons that they don’t always value or use the position a lot. The Colt may need another weapon for Luck to pass to and have the 8th highest cap space at $60 million, and a combination of Allen and Bennett could be deadly. The Giants may look to upgrade at tight end after not getting much production out of the position basically since Shockey left, but with 2 wide receiver threats may not value the position as highly as other teams.
Prediction: Signs with Broncos for 3 yrs $18.25 mill / $8.25 mill guaranteed.
16. Ron Leary – Guard, Age 27
Potential Teams: Dolphins, Browns, Cardinals, Vikings, Rams, Bengals, and Packers.
Leary played in 13 games last season starting in 12 and did not give up a sack all season, but there is just so much talent on the Cowboys offensive line that they will not be resigning him to a large deal just to be a backup swing guard. Recent guards (Brooks, Osemele, Long, and Iupati) who have signed new deals have gotten in the range of 4 yrs $40-58.5 million or $8-11.7 million/yr and Leary will most likely get right in the mid range of those numbers. Team fits would be any team who has missed out on Zeitler, Lang, or Warford that needs a good quality right guard. The Cardinals could be a fit to replace an aging injury prone Mathis. The Bengals may look to replace Zeitler with some outside of the team and the Packers the same. The Vikings could look to put a guard with Boone to repair their terrible offensive line.
Prediction: Signs with Cardinals for 4 yrs $38 million / $20 million guaranteed.
17. Ricky Wagner – Right Tackle, Age 27
Potential Teams: Vikings, Broncos, Seahawks, Bears, Jaguars, Dolphins, and Bucs.
Wagner is finishing up his rookie 4 yr deal and was paid just over $1.5 million last season and is looking to hit it big in a relatively week tackle market this off season, and since tackles are the most important position on line he will get paid by some team desperate for a tackle. He is a pure right tackle having played it going all the way back to his college days at the Univ. of Wisconsin, and I do not expect a team to sign him hoping to switch him to left tackle. Right tackles (Schraeder, Johnson, Bulaga, Schwartz) who have signed new contracts recently around his age and his playing caliber have gotten then in the range of 5 yrs and $31.5-56 million or $6.3-11.25 million/yr. Team fits could include the Vikings with a capital “RT” because they had one of the worst offensive lines in the league after losing 4 tackles to injuries and have plenty of cap space to spend at $40 million. The Broncos could look to upgrade at right tackle and have the 11th most cap space at $44 million. The Seahawks also had a hard time with their offensive line last season and could look for any upgrade that they can afford, but have $26 million in cap space and could get outbid. The Bears could be another team trying to upgrade an offensive line that may be playing with a new quarterback next season and have the 8th most cap space at $58 million. The Jags could use an upgrade at offensive line after not picking up Beachum’s option and have the 4th most cap space currently at $73 million. The Dolphins could also use some offensive line upgrading but I have them Zeitler earlier in my predictions and if that happens they out. The Bucs only issue with their offensive line was their tackles (with a young left tackle and an older right tackle) and could look to upgrade the right tackle spot and have the 3rd highest cap at $79 million.
Prediction: Signs with Vikings for 5 yrs $37.5 million / $18 million guaranteed.
18. Kenny Stills – Wide Receiver, Age 25
Potential Teams: Eagles, Bucs, Titans, Bills, Rams, Redskins, and 49ers.
Stills is headed to free agency for the first time is his career after being traded to the Dolphins 2 seasons ago, and is coming off a career year where he had 42 catches 732 yards and 9 touchdowns which is a career high. He is expected to command quite a bit of money as a number 2 or speedy slot receiver. Other wide receivers (Benjamin, Jones, Sanu, and Tate) at his age and with his skills who have recently signed new contracts were in the range of 4-5 yrs $24-40 million or $6-8 million/yr. Although recent reports have come out saying that he maybe asking for $12 million/yr I do not believe that he will command nearly that high. Team fits the Eagles would be a good fit since they are looking for weapons for Wentz in his 2nd season but have little cap space and may not be able to afford him. The Bucs are looking for a #2 speed receiver to match with Evans and have the 3rd most cap space. The Titans may be looking for better receivers for Mariota and have the 5th most cap space at $67 million. The Redskins have 2 wide receivers hitting the free agent market and if they can not keep at least one of them may be looking to replace them, and have $64 million in cap space to use. The Rams could look to replace Britt if he leaves in free agency and have the 16th most cap space with $39 million. The 49ers may look to upgrade their wide receivers for a potential rookie quarterback and have plenty of cap space to do it and a new offensive guru at head coach.
Prediction: Signs with Buccaneers for 5 yrs $42.5 million / $18 million guaranteed.
19. Jabaal Sheard – Defensive End, Age 27
Potential Teams: Cowboys, Lions, Ravens, Dolphins, and Colts.
Sheard finished up a 2 yr deal with the Patriots by winning a Super Bowl but mainly played a rotational backup defensive end role during his time with the team, and with rookie end Flowers improving throughout the year and earning more playing time. Playing in 15 games but only starting 8 and getting 33 tackles and still a good 5 sacks. Still being only 27 he will catch on somewhere either as a rotational defensive end or as a 3-4 edge rusher and may actually get to be a starter again. Recent defensive ends signings around his age and skillset (Curry, Odrick, Avril, and Johnson) have signed for an average of 4-5 yrs and $20-47 million or $5-9.5 million/yr. Team fits could be the Cowboys who have been looking for edge rushers after drafting Gregory and having him get suspended twice …. So far, but they have the least amount of cap space in the league with $4 million. The Lions could also be looking at a defensive end edge rusher to pair next to Ansah and have the 17th most cap space with $34 million. The Ravens could look to upgrade older like Suggs or Dumervil as edge rushers but they have the 28th most cap space at $14 million. The Dolphins could you an upgrade at defensive end after cutting the failed Super Mario, and have $40 million in space to use. The Colts have 2 edge rushers going into free agency and could use a replacement for them and they have $58 million in cap space.
Prediction: Signs with Lions for 5 yrs $40 million / $18 million guaranteed.
20. Desean Jackson – Wide Receiver, Age 30
Potential Teams: Eagles, Titans, Rams, 49ers, and Buccaneers.
Jackson is coming off a stellar year playing in 15 games with 56 catches for 1005 yards and 4 touchdowns after a forgettable 2015 season where he was only able to play in 9 games due to injury. Even at 30 yrs old he is still able to fill that speed receiver role having 19 catches of over 20 yards including an 80 yard touchdown. Finally hitting free agency he is hoping to get that one last big contract, and some other elite receives (Marshall, Wallace, Douglas, and Fitzgerald) of his age range and production who have recently signed new deals have averaged 2-3 yrs $11-26 million or $3.75-11 million/yr. Team fits could be a return to where it all started with the Eagles and new quarterback Wentz could use a speed receiver to help him get down the field, but they only have $11 million in cap space. The Titans are looking for an upgrade at receiver to help Mariota and could use a speedster to open up the running game and have plenty of cap space at $64 million. The Rams could be looking to replace Britt even though they have a similar receiver in Austin and have $19 million in cap space. The 49ers could use some new wide receiver for a potentially brand new rookie quarterback and have $92 million in cap space. The Bucs could be another fit after Winston talked about how he would love to play with Jackson on the team and have enough cap space at $69 million to afford him.
Prediction: Signs with Eagles for 2 yrs $17 million / $9.5 million guaranteed.
21. Pierre Garcon – Wide Receiver, Age 30
Potential Teams: Eagles, Titans, Rams, 49ers, and Buccaneers.
Basically everything that goes for Jackson goes for Garcon except he is more of the number 2 receiver not quite as speedy as Jackson but both being 30 they are basically even on the ranking list. Garcon may get a little more money in free agency because he has managed to stay healthy and play in every single game the last 4 seasons, and going over 1000 yards twice during that time with 17 touchdown during that time as well. The other receivers who have signed new contracts around the same age and skill set are the same as Jackson and the teams that may be interested are the same except Winston from the Bucs has not mentioned wanting to play with Garcon which doesn’t mean he doesn’t just he hasn’t been mentioned.
Prediction: Signs with the Rams 3 yrs $27 million / $10.5 million guaranteed.
22. Riley Reiff – Tackle, Age 28
Potential Teams: Vikings, Broncos, Seahawks, Bears, and Dolphins.
Reiff is finishing up his rookie 5th year option deal and is most likely set to become a free agent and is one of the top tackles on the market, and will be a great option for anyone who missed out on Wagner. Reiff will most likely start at right tackle after not being very successful as a left tackle, and recent tackles (Schraeder, Johnson, Bulaga, and Schwartz) of his age and skill who have signed new deals recently have averaged 5 yrs $31.5-56 million or $6.3-11/yr but he will most likely get less then those deals. Team fits could be the Vikings (but I have them signing Wagner in my earlier prediction), the Broncos could be interested in upgrading their offensive line and have $33 million to spend. The Seahawks who had one of the worst offensive lines last season could definitely use the upgrade at tackle and have $25 million in cap space. The Bears could use an upgrade at offensive line and have plenty of cap space at $58 million. The Dolphins could use a upgrade at tackle and they have plenty of cap space.
Prediction: Signs with Seahawks for 4 yrs $22 million / $10 million guaranteed.
23. Prince Amukamara– Corner back, Age 27
Potential Teams: Titans, Eagles, Cowboys, Bears, and Patriots.
Amukamara is coming off of a yr deal with the Jaguars where he was basically ineffective in 14 games starting 12 with 49 tackles and 6 pass defenses and 0 interceptions, but recent cornerbacks (Maxwell, Haden, Norman, and Peterson) who have been signed around his age and play have averaged 5 yrs $63-70 million or $10.5-15 million/yr. Due to his play last season though he will most likely sign on the low end of that range. Team fits could be the Titans who need cornerbacks and have plenty of cap space at $67 million. The Eagles also need cornerbacks but do not have a lot of cap space. The Cowboys have to replace 2 cornerbacks who may be leaving in free agency but have very little in cap space. The Bears could be another option but I have then signing Gilmore in free agency in my predictions. The Patriots could also be looking for cornerback if Ryan leaves in free agency.
Prediction: Signs with Eagles 3 yrs $33 million / $12 million guaranteed.
24. Chris Baker – Defensive End, Age 29
Potential Teams: Cowboys, Lions, Dolphins, and Colts.
Baker has played both defensive tackle and defensive end for the Redskins and last season played defensive end and had 47 tackles and 3.5 sacks last season. He is just finishing up a 3 yr deal with the team and expects to make a little bit more then the $4.75 million he made last season. Other recent defensive ends (Bennett, Ayers, Williams, and Hayes) of his age range and skill have averaged 2-3 yrs $17-30 million or $5.8-10 million/yr and he will most likely get a deal right in the middle of that range. Team fits could be the Cowboys who have been looking for a defensive end for a few seasons now but have very little cap space. The Lions but I have them signing Sheard in my predictions. The Dolphins could use a defense end after the failure or Super Mario and have plenty of cap space to sign him. The Colts could also use some defensive ends to replace some older players.
Prediction: Stays with Redskins for 3 yrs $22.5 million / $10 million guaranteed.
25. Johnathan Cyprien – Safety, Age 27
Potential Teams: Bucs, Redskins, Titans, Bears, and Colts.
Cyprien is coming off of his 4 year rookie deal and has been a tackling machine getting over 100 tackles each of his 4 seasons. Other safeties (Searcy, Gilchrist, Ward, and Parker) of his age and skill set that have signed deals recently averaged 4-5 yrs $22-25 million or $5-6 million/yr. Team fits would be any team that missed out on Berry (who resigned with the Chiefs) or Jefferson such as the Bucs who may need a new safety if McDougald leaves in free agency. The Redskins could use a safety to replace Hall but I have Jefferson signing with them in my predictions. The Titans could use an upgrade at safety and have plenty of cap space. The Bears could use a secondary upgrade but I have them giving Gilmore a large contract in my predictions and that may be enough for them. The Colts could also use an upgrade at safety and have plenty of cap space to work with.
Prediction: Signs with the Colts for 5 yrs $25 million / $13 million guaranteed.
Well there are my top 25 free agents predictions which I have updated to remove players who were franchise tagged, and this week we will sit back and see how many of them come true so enjoy.
Cap numbers and salary numbers courtesy of Spotrac.com