There is a lot of very good Free Agents that are expected to hit Free Agency next month. Some will get re-signed, but most will leave for bigger contracts, a better future, and so on and so forth. The list could go on and on about Free Agents that could potentially leave. But right now, we’re going to go over a few of the top Free Agents for the 2019 off-season.
- Le’Veon Bell. Bell is coming off of a 2018 season where he skipped the entire season due to a contract battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers after they placed a $14M franchise tag on him. The Steelers discussed extensions with him, but neither side budged. Now, the Steelers are rolling with a cheaper set of RBs in James Conner & Jaylen Samuels. With those two backs taking over the run game, that basically gives Bell the writing on the wall about his future with the team. Bell will most likely be looking for a long term deal worth around 70-80M total. I could see the Indianapolis Colts & the New York Jets making a run at Bell in March.
- DeMarcus Lawrence. Lawrence had an outstanding 2019 season with the Dallas Cowboys, totaling 64 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and 1 INT during the season. Lawrence played the season on a $17M franchise tag during the 2018 season, and never failed expectations from the media/fans. Lawrence is outstanding off the edge & can get to the QB at any point he wants to. I see Lawrence signing a long term deal worth around $13M per season with the Cowboys.
- Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney is a phenomenal rusher off the edge, as he totaled 47 tackles & 9 sacks over the course of the season, helping the Houston Texans into the playoffs. Clowney almost matched his career high numbers this season, coming 0.5 sacks & 12 tackles away from tying it. Clowney is a nightmare for tackles & coaches to stop week after week. It seems like no matter how much teams try and game plan against Clowney, it never works & he continues his dominant run. He would be a great option for pretty much every team next month, but I think he’ll stay in Houston on a 5 year, $14M per year contract.
- Anthony Barr. Barr put up pretty good stats this year, but had a down season statistically. He totaled 55 tackles & 3 sacks during the 2018 season. Even though Barr had a down year, he was still a very good defensive player & had teams game planning around him. Barr will most likely leave in Free Agency unless the Minnesota Vikings can find a way to create enough cap space, as they have only $6.9M in cap space. Barr will demand a big contract with around $12M per season.
- Grady Jarrett. The Falcons have been trying hard to create cap space since the season ended, releasing Matt Bryant, Brooks Reed, and Robert Alford. Those moves created over $10M in cap space for Atlanta. Jarrett totaled 52 tackles & 6 sacks for Atlanta last season. Jarrett needs to be their No.1 priority this off-season before he hits Free Agency in March. Jarrett will most likely demand a deal that includes $13M per year.
HMs: Frank Clark, Mark Ingram, Nick Foles, Landon Collins.
Foles fits with a few teams, the Jaguars, Redskins, Giants, and Dolphins. It’s unclear whether or not the Eagles will franchise tag him or not, that way they can trade him out of the division.
Clark will likely be franchise tagged by Seattle & work out a long term deal before the deadline ends. Clark was considered by many as one of the best pass rushers in the league last year as he totaled 41 tackles, 13 sacks, and 1 INT. Clark could demand a deal that includes $14M per year.
Mark Ingram. Ingram was previously in a backfield with the Saints with the likes of Alvin Kamara as well, but could seek a new team that would make him the primary back. Ingram still has a couple good years left in him, so joining a new team is a possibility. After serving a 4 game suspension, Ingram totaled 645 rushing yards & 6 TDs.
Landon Collins. Collins is coming off a down year with the New York Giants, totaling 96 tackles. While those seem like good stats, it’s not as great as his previous seasons. However, Collins is still considered a very talented Safety around the league & still has room to grow. I could see the Giants placing the Giants placing the franchise tag on Collins depending on what it would cost this year.