Today marks the start of the 2017 NFL Season, which means the start of free agency!
It is one of the most exciting days of the year for NFL fans, with the possibility of adding free agents to help improve your team.I am here to provide you a preview of every team’s offseason right before the start of free agency. The most challenging part is how much information is updating by the minute, so not everything will be totally accurate because a player can be signed right after this is posted.
This article will provide a preview of what to expect for each team in free agency, what they should look to improve, and project some potential additions to improve their roster.
Potential free agents for each team to sign was compiled between evaluating what each team needed, and what free agents that could potentially fit, and improve their roster. The potential free agents could have also been picked for fitting the team’s scheme, or possibly previously playing for their coach, or from the area. Another factor was hearing rumors circulated around the league from various websites, and social media outlets.
New England Patriots:
Notable Free Agents: Dont’a Hightower (ILB) Jabaal Sheard (DE), Martellus Bennett (TE), LeGarrette Blount (RB), Logan Ryan (CB), Duron Harmon (SS), Sebastian Vollmer (OT), Barkevious Mingo (OLB), Michael Floyd (WR), Chris Long (DE).
The Super Bowl Champions come into this offseason with a ton of free agents that they are going to have to make some decisions on. It is most likely that the majority of them will be heading elsewhere, looking to cash out off their Super Bowl victory. Hightower is a prime example of such, he previously made $1.9 million, and now has a projected market value of $10 million a season according to Spoctrac. Look for Hightower to possibly team up with Jamie Collins in Cleveland, who just recently signed a long term deal with them after he was traded mid-season. Players such as Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon, Jabaal Sheard could all possibly be moving on to another team looking for possibly a bigger role, or contract.
Team Needs: RB, WR depth, Right Tackle, D-Line, Linebackers, Cornerback.
Offense: With tight end Martellus Bennett expecting to leave to become a starter elsewhere, they went out and traded a draft pick to the Indianapolis Colts for tight end Dwayne Allen. Allen will be an insurance for Rob Gronkowski coming off injury, and should be utilized the same way Bennett was last season. They should definitely consider signing a starting running back with their starter LeGarrette Blount possibly leaving. Also, they should be looking to sign a wide receiver that can stretch the field. They signed free agent Michael Floyd mid-season following his arrest, which signals they are definitely looking to give Brady more weapons.
Defense: The defense has some questions with the possibility of some contributing players leaving in free agency. With the possibility of cornerback Logan Ryan leaving, they went out and signed one of the top cornerbacks on the market Stephon Gilmore from the Buffalo Bills. They should also look to sign a middle linebacker to replace the impact of Hightower.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Stephon Gilmore (CB)- Signed*, Mike Remmers (OT), Brandon Spikes (ILB), Joique Bell (RB), Rex Burkhead (RB).
Notable Free Agents: Mario Williams (DE), Jordan Cameron, Dion Sims (TE), Jermon Bushrod (G), Jelani Jenkins (OLB).
The Dolphins under first year coach Adam Gase are coming off their first playoff appearance since 2008. With two tight ends Dion Sims, and Jordan Cameron as free agents, the Dolphins went out and improved the position by adding Julius Thomas. They also addressed their main priority by resigning 24 years old free agent wide receiver Kenny Stills.
Team Needs: Back up RB,TE, LG, C, RG, DE & DT, ILB, Corner.
Offense: With the recent trade of left tackle Branden Albert, and release of Jermon Bushrod, expect the Dolphins to try and mainly improve almost every position on their offensive line to protect Ryan Tannehill. They should also try and sign another tight end to split time with Julius Thomas.
Defense: Last offseason they acquired CB Byron Maxwell, and ILB Kiko Alonso from a trade with the Eagles, as well as signing recently released DE Mario Williams. Look for them on to try and improve on defense again this free agency. Some positions they will look to target are cornerback, outside linebacker, defensive tackle on the other side of Suh, as well as another pass rusher.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Lawrence Timmons (ILB), Russell Okung (OT), Larry Donnell (TE), Zach Brown (ILB), Duron Harmon (S).
Notable Free Agents: Stephon Gilmore, Nickell Robey (CB), Zach Brown (ILB), Robert Woods, Justin Hunter, Percy Harvin, Marquise Goodwin (WR), Aaron Williams (S), EJ Manuel (QB), Lorenzo Alexander (OLB), Jordan Mills (OT).
It appears the Bills are looking to rebuild their roster under new head coach Sean McDermott. They restructured Tyrod Taylor’s contract, which removes anymore questions on who their quarterback for 2017 will be. The Bills have three free agents whom are all very impactful defensive starters on defense, (Lorenzo Alexander, Zach Brown, and Stephon Gilmore). Also every wide receiver besides Sammy Watkins that contributed last season is a free agent.
Team Needs: Back up QB, WR, DE, OLB, ILB, CB.
Offense: Their main priority should definitely be adding multiple wide receivers. With EJ Manuel as a free agent, expect them to most likely promote Cardale Jones as their second string quarterback. Their offensive line is pretty strong, but they may have to consider signing a offensive tackle if right tackle Jordan Mills heads elsewhere.
Defense: The Bills are definitely a good bet to look towards free agency for building a defense around some recent young players. Coach McDermott had great success with his defense in Carolina, which he may add some former players to his roster. Expect them to target a cornerback, and linebacker right away in free agency if they have to replace Alexander, Brown, and Gilmore.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Mike Tolbert (FB)- Signed*, Vladimir Ducasse (G)- Signed*, Martellus Bennett (TE), Kamar Aiken (WR), Jack Crawford (DE), Duron Harmon (S), Logan Ryan (CB).
New York Jets:
Notable Free Agents: Darrelle Revis (CB), Brandon Marshall (WR), Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith (QB), Nick Mangold (C), Ryan Clady, Breno Giacomini (OT), Erin Henderson (ILB),
The Jets is one team that no debate is looking to completely rebuild their roster from the ground up. They recently released veterans Brandon Marshall, Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, and Ryan Clady, who are considered leaders of the team which signals they want to change their identity. Quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Geno Smith are both free agents, and their future with the team might not be looking so promising as both are not viewed as the starter.
Team Needs: QB, WR, TE, Offensive Tackles, Center, OLB, Secondary
Offense: Almost every position on the offense is pretty much a need, and they’re going to have to sign some free agents just to potentially have a competing offense next season. They need to sign a veteran quarterback desperately, because there is no guarantee in the success of the development of Bryce Petty, or Christian Hackenberg. The Jets also desperately need to add wide receivers between the recent release of Brandon Marshall, four game suspension of Jalin Marshall, and Eric Decker returning from injury. They should also look to add offensive linemen in every position, as the only reliable starter under contract is guard Brian Winters.
Defense: Head coach Todd Bowles, whom is known for his defense in Arizona, definitely will look to improve his defense in almost every position. The secondary in every position needs to improve, don’t be surprised if he goes after former players he coached in Arizona such as, safeties D.J. Swearinger, Tony Jefferson, and inside linebacker Kevin Minter.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Kevin Minter (ILB), D.J. Swearinger (S), Michael Floyd (WR), Chance Warmack (G), Lorenzo Alexaner (OLB), Dion Sims (TE), Brian Hoyer (QB), Brian Schwenke (C), Andre Holmes (WR).
Notable Free Agents: A.J. Bouye (CB), John Simon (OLB), Akeem Dent (ILB), Quintin Demps (S), Jonathan Grimes (RB), Ryan Griffin (TE).
The Texans do not have a ton of free agents, but their biggest is cornerback A.J. Bouye who was rated the third highest cornerback via ProFootballFocus last season. Bouye is coming off his best season at just 25 years old, which should be that their main priority should to try and retain him.
Team Needs: QB, RB, WR, TE, Guards, Right Tackle, everything besides DE.
Offense: Just a year ago, they acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler in free agency for a ton of money. They are regretting that decision, as he was benched for Tom Savage after his poor play. Osweiler received a grade of (40.5) from ProFootballFocus, the third lowest grade among all starting quarterbacks. It would be surprising to see them go into next season with Osweiler as the starter, so watch out for them to sign a big name quarterback such as Tony Romo. Their offensive line can use an upgrade in pretty much any position, especially if they want to keep a veteran quarterback healthy.
Defense: The defense is known for their aggressive pass rush, but there is holes that should be looked to address in free agency. The secondary needs help in about all positions, especially if they lose Bouye. They also should look to add a linebacker, and defensive tackle, with the aging of Vince Wilfork, and starting outside linebacker John Simon as a free agent.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Tony Romo (QB), Russell Okung, Knile Davis (RB),
Notable Free Agents: Chance Warmack (G), Kendall Wright (WR), Sean Spence (ILB), Karl Klug (DT), Brian Schwenke (C), Rashad Johnson (S), Byron Bell (OT), Anthony Fasano (TE).
The Titans have a ton of cap space, and have two draft picks in the first round this offseason. They have a number of contributing starters as free agents, and they should be looking to spend some money in replacing them.
Team Needs: WR, TE, Guard, Defense.
Offense: The biggest need for their offense, and whole team is no question wide receiver. They need a number one receiver for Marcus Mariota to depend on, and as well as a red zone threat, whether it’s attempting to sign a free agent such as Alshon Jeffrey, or Terrell Pryor, or trading for somebody like Brandin Cooks. Two other positions they should improve is a tight end along Delanie Walker, as well as guard with the possibility of Chance Warmack leaving.
Defense: The Titans have a pretty solid defense, but spending some money in free agency would improve this defense. Some areas they should target are defensive end, a pass rushing outside linebacker, and a safety. With free safety Rashad Johnson as a free agent, they went out and replace him with Jonathan Cyprien from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Jonathan Cyprien (S)- Signed*, Dre Kirpatrick (CB), A.J. Bouye (CB), Terrell Pryor (WR), Cordarrelle Patterson (WR),
Notable Free Agents: D’Qwell Jackson (ILB), Darius Butler, Darryl Morris (CB), Trent Cole, Eric Walden (OLB), Mike Adams (S), Robert Turbin (RB).
The Colts fired their General Manager Ryan Grigson, and are desperate to improve their roster that is full of question marks. The defense needs a complete rebuild which adding some free agents can immediately improve.
Team Needs: RB, WR depth, Defense.
Offense: Their main priority should be adding a running back, which is featured by 33 year-old Frank Gore. It’s unclear whether they will look towards the draft, or free agency to do so, but they need to add one to help balance their offense. Adding a red zone threat for Andrew Luck to throw to would be very beneficial, similar to what they tried doing when they signed Andre Johnson.
Defense: They need to improve every position on defense to the point that anybody they add would improve their defense.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Jarvis Jones (OLB), T.J. Lang (G), Chris Baker (DE), Jack Crawford (DE), Jabaal Sheard (DE).
Notable Free Agents: Kelvin Beachum (OT), John Cyprien (S), Jared Odrick (DE), Prince Amukamura, Davon House (CB), Luke Joeckel (G), Tyson Alualu (DT), Stefen Wisniewski (C).
The Jaguars had a disappointing season which many believed they would reach the playoffs. While they have drafted a ton of potential in recent years, they have a ton of cap space with still many holes in the roster they should look to address with it.
Team Needs: QB, WR, TE, O-Line besides Center, All Defense besides OLB.
Offense: The biggest question is whether Blake Bortles will be the starter next season after he struggled a ton last season. He received a grade of (53.0) by ProFootballFocus, 27th out of 32 starting quarterbacks. They should look to bring in a QB via free agency, or the draft to give Bortles competition. Although the question is at quarterback, the biggest priority should be adding offensive linemen to protect them. With Luke Joeckel, and Kelvin Beachum as free agents, both sides of their left side of the offensive line will need replacements. Also, adding possibly another weapon at wide receiver, and tight end (especially after trading Julius Thomas) in free agency can be beneficial to giving Bortles more weapons to succeed.
Defense: This group is featured by some recent draft picks including Dante Folwer Jr., Myles Jack, Jalen Ramsey. The defense is going to have to improve at every position besides outside linebacker to improve this young defense. Signing a few big name free agents can immediately improve this young defense, which they started to do so by adding one of the top free agents on the market, defensive tackle Calais Campbell from the Arizona Cardinals, and former Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Calais Campbell (DL)-Signed*,Barry Church (S)- Signed*, AJ Bouye (CB), Martellus Bennett (TE).
Notable Free Agents: Lawrence Timmons (ILB), Jarvis Jones (OLB), DeAngelo Williams (RB), Markus Wheaton (WR), Justin Gilbert (CB), Shamarko Thomas (S), Landry Jones (QB).
The Steelers come into this offseason with not too many questions, but adding a couple free agents can definitely improve this team. Their biggest free agents are on defense with linebackers Jarvis Jones, Lawrence Timmons, and Shamarko Thomas.
Team Needs: Backup QB/RB, WR depth, TE, Defense besides Strong Safety.
Offense: Their offense does not need to many upgrades, but a few small additions would be very beneficial. Finding another weapon at wide receiver, and tight end would be smart. Although wide receiver Martavis Bryant returns from suspension, Markus Wheaton is a free agent, and they had trouble finding a number one tight end option following Heath Miller’s retirement
Defense: The defense needs some upgrades, the main priority should be at linebacker with Jones, and Timmons both free agents. Another pass rusher is needed, with James Harrison at age 38 their most disruptive pass rusher. Adding a nose tackle like Dontari Poe, and a starting corner back would also be beneficial upgrades.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Terrance Williams (WR), Dontari Poe (DT), Dre Kirkpatrick (CB)
Notable Free Agents: Ricky Wagner (OT), Kamar Aiken (WR), Brandon Williams (DT), Shareece Wright, Jerraud Powers (CB), Kendrick Lewis, Matt Elam (S), Lawrence Guy (DE), Elvis Dumervil (OLB)
The Ravens are looking to rebuild their defense after recent releases of Shareece Wright, Elvis Dummervil, and Kendrick Lewis. They just missed the playoffs last season, and adding some upgrades to their team can perhaps get them back to the playoffs.
Team Needs: Backup QB, RB, WR, LT, LG, Defense
Offense: One of the main priorities on offense will be adding some weapons for Joe Flacco, which they began doing so at running back with acquiring Danny Woodhead from San Diego. With Steve Smith retiring, Kamar Aiken testing free agency, they need to add a starting receiver opposite of Mike Wallace. They should look to improve their offensive line especially at offensive guard, and right tackle after their starter Ricky Wagner signed with Detroit.
Defense: With the recent release of Elvis Dumervil, they should look to add a outside linebacker that can provide a pass rush opposite of Terrell Suggs. With defensive tackle Brandon Williams, and defensive end Lawrence Guy as free agents, they should look to add starters at both positions.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Tony Jefferson (S)- Signed*, Danny Woodhead (RB)- Signed*, Ryan Mallett (QB)- Signed*
Notable Free Agents: Kevin Zietler (G), Andrew Whitworth (OT), Dre Kirkpatrick (CB), Margus Hunt (DE), Eric Winston (OT), Rex Burkhead (RB), Domata Peko (DT).
The Bengals missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 2010, and are looking to improve their roster to get back to the playoffs. Their biggest free agents are cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, and two offensive line starers, guard Kevin Zietler, and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth.
Team Needs: WR, O-Line besides Center, Defense besides Safeties.
Offense: The biggest priorities on offense should be adding a starting wide receiver opposite of A.J. Green, as well as improving their offensive line if Zietler, or Whitworth leave. Mohammed Sanu, and Marvin Jones left in free agency last offseason, and adding one, or two replacements for them would greatly improve their offense.
Defense: The main priority on defense should be adding a cornerback especially if Kirkpatrick leaves. Adding a nose tackle, middle linebacker, and a pass rusher at defensive end, or outside linebacker would improve their defense.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Russell Okung (OT), Riley Reiff (OT), Matt Kalil (OT), Brandon Williams (DT).
Notable Free Agents: Terrell Pryor, Andrew Hawkins (WR), Austin Pasztor (OT), Stephen Paea (DT), Jordan Poyer (S), Tramon Williams (CB), Josh McCown (QB).
The Browns finished last season with just one win under first year head coach Hue Jackson, but they have a ton of promise on their roster. While they’re are still many holes in their roster, they have the most salary cap available of any team, and adding some free agents would help them immediately improve.
Team Needs: QB, WR, TE, C, Defense besides DE.
Offense: The biggest free agent for Cleveland this offseason is Terrell Pryor who emerged this season as their number one target. With Pryor as a free agent, the Brown went out and added Kenny Britt from the Los Angeles Rams. Adding a receiver should still be a priority even with the signing of Britt, especially with first year Corey Coleman being the only starter on the roster. Adding a quarterback is the popular trend every year in Cleveland, but it would be surprising if they went after any free agents for a starter. Last offseason they lost their long time starting center Alex Mack to Atlanta, and they found his replacement by adding J.C. Tretter from the Green Bay Packers. They also upgraded at guard by signing Kevin Zietler from Cincinnati, who is expected to sign the richest contract for a guard in NFL History.
Defense: Their defense is filled with many young players whom they’ve recently drafted, and are still trying to develop. Adding some top free agents such as Dontae Hightower, or A.J. Bouye would be huge to help improve this young defense.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Kenny Britt (WR)- Signed*, J.C. Tretter (C)- Signed*, Kevin Zietler (G)- Signed*, Kamar Aiken (WR), , AJ Bouye (CB), Dont’a Hightower (ILB)
Kansas City Chiefs:
Notable Free Agents: Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis (RB), Dontari Poe (DT), Josh Mauga (ILB).
The Chiefs released their all time rushing leader Jamaal Charles who has been battling injuries in recent season. They don’t have any other big free agents besides defensive tackle Dontari Poe, but it will be interesting to see how they will look to improve their roster that reached the playoffs the past two seasons.
Team Needs: QB, RB, WR, Back up TE, G, DE, DT, ILB, #2 CB
Offense: It has been speculated if Alex Smith is going to be the starter next season, but don’t expect them to go through free agency in finding a replacement. Their biggest priority should be adding a starting running back to replace Charles, as well as finding another weapon at wide receiver.
Defense: There is no question how dominant cornerback Marcus Peters has been for them, but finding another starter opposite of him should be their main priority on defense. They also will need to find a replacement at nose tackle if Dontari Poe leaves.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Domata Peko (DT), Brandon Williams (DT), Dre Kirkpatrick (CB), Darius Butler (CB), DeAngelo Williams (RB).
Notable Free Agents: Latavius Murray (RB), Malcolm Smith, Perry Riley (ILB), D.J. Hayden (CB), Nate Allen (S), Menelik Watson (OT), Matt McGloin (QB), Andre Holmes (WR), Mychal Rivera (TE).
The Raiders made the playoffs for the first time since 2001, but a Derek Carr season ending injury crash their hopes of a Super Bowl run. This was a team that was very active in free agency last season, so it will be interesting to see who they will add to give them a better chance for a Super Bowl run.
Team Needs: Backup QB, RB, WR depth, TE, RT, DT, ILB, CB
Offense: With Latavius Murray as a free agent, the Raiders biggest priority should be adding a starting running back. Adding some weapons at tight end, and wide receiver behind Cooper, and Crabtree can make this offense one of the best in the league next season. They also may have to sign a backup quarterback for Carr if Matt McGloin signs elsewhere.
Defense: This group is centered around Defensive MVP Khalil Mack, and has been improving, but a couple additions can greatly improve it. They should look to improve at inside linebacker, defensive line, and cornerback.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Adrian Peterson (RB), Brian Quick (WR), Anquan Boldin (WR).
Notable Free Agents: Russell Okung (OT), DeMarcus Ware (OLB), Vance Walker (DE), Sylvester Williams (DT), Jordan Norwood (WR), Justin Forsett (RB).
After winning the Super Bowl the season before, the Broncos failed to reach the playoffs. Head Coach Vance Joseph is taking over for Gary Kubiak, after announcing his retirement for health issues. Joseph, was the defensive coordinator in Miami, so expect him to immediately improve upon holes in the defense.
Team Needs: RB, WR depth, TE, O-Line besides C, DE, DT, ILB.
Offense: This group was arguably one of the most dominant ones in previous years with Peyton Manning, but struggled last season under quarterback Trevor Simian. While Demaryius Thomas, and Emmanuel Sanders is one of the best duo’s in the league, they should look to improve their depth by adding a receiver. They also haven’t had a impactful tight end since Julius Thomas left, so look for them to possibly add a starter in free agency. Their main priority though should be at offensive line which struggled last year, and especially at left tackle with Russell Okung as a free agent.
Defense: This group is considered one of the most dominant in football, known for their pass rush, and cornerbacks. Although they are dominant in pass rushing with Von Miller, they should look to add a pass rushing outside linebacker on the other side with DeMarcus Ware as a free agent. The defensive line does not have any signifiant impactful players, and adding an impactful starter will greatly improve their interior defense.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Menelik Watson (OT), Tony Romo (QB), T.J. Lang (OG), Victor Cruz (WR), Kendall Wright (WR).
Los Angeles Chargers:
Notable Free Agents: Brandon Flowers (CB), Jahleel Addae (S), DJ Fluker (G), Danny Woodhead (RB), Manti Te’o (ILB), Stevie Johnson (WR).
The Chargers recently moved to LA, and are looking to rebuild their roster under new head coach Anthony Lynn. Lynn is a former running back coach from the Buffalo Bills, so integrating a running system behind running back Melvin Gordon is expected.
Team Needs: QB, Back up RB, WR, O-Line besides C, D besides DT, FS
Offense: Their main priority is at offensive line at every position, in which they recently released former first round pick D.J. Fluker. While Melvin Gordon thrived in his second season, they should look to add a change of pace running back similar to Danny Woodhead who is a free agent. Adding a wide receiver in free agency starting opposite of Keenan Allen, and possibly a few more for depth would greatly improve their pass game.
Defense: This group is featured around two disruptive pass rushers, defensive rookie of the year Joey Bosa, and outside linebacker Melvin Ingram whom was franchise tagged. The defense should look to improve their secondary, especially at strong safety, and cornerback.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Russell Okung (OT), Dre Kirkpatrick (CB), Larry Warmack (G).
Notable Free Agents: Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne (CB), Barry Church (S), Ronald Leary (G), Rolando McClain, Terrance Williams (WR), Justin Durant (ILB), Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar (RB), Andrew Gachkar (OLB), Jack Crawford (DE), Gavin Escobar (TE), Mark Sanchez, Kellen Moore (QB).
The Cowboys shocked everybody last season reaching the playoffs behind rookies Ezekiel Elliot, and Dak Prescott. While Dallas was one of the most dominant teams last season, there were still a good amount of holes in the roster, so it will be interesting to see how they address those this offseason.
Team Needs: Backup QB, RB, #2 WR, Defense.
Offense: While Elliot, and Prescott were fantastic last season, they will need to add depth to both positions, especially with Dunbar, and McFadden as free agents at RB, and releasing QB Tony Romo. Wide receiver Terrance Williams as a free agent, their priority will be adding a number two receiver such as Kenny Britt, opposite side of Dez Bryant. Adding a tight end opposite of Jason Witten should be expected, but they may want his replacement to be through the draft.
Defense: The biggest questions for Dallas will be on defense, starting with their main priority at secondary. They will need a replacement at strong safety Barry Church signing with Jacksonville, and most likely will need replacement at cornerback with Carr, and Claiborne as free agents. They also should look for help at linebacker with Sean Lee being the only impactful player.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Terrell Pryor (WR), DeAngelo Williams (RB), Michael Floyd (WR), DeMarcus Ware (OLB), Brandon Williams (DT), Lawrence Timmons (ILB), Dre Kirkpatrick (CB), Logan Ryan (CB), Darrelle Revis (CB), D.J. Swearinger (S), Jamaal Charles (RB), Josh McCown (QB), Landry Jones (QB).
New York Giants:
Notable Free Agents: Victor Cruz (WR), Jonathan Hankins (DT), Rashad Jennings, , Bobby Rainey (RB), Keenan Robinson, Kelvin Sheppard (ILB), Larry Donnell (TE), Marshall Newhouse (OT), Leon Hall (CB), Mark Herzlich (OLB), Ryan Nassib (QB).
The Giants returned to the playoff last season under first year head coach Ben McAdoo, which was impacted from the signings of Jenkins, Vernon, and Harrison last free agency. They just signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall to team up with Beckham Jr., and Shepard, so it will be interesting to see what else they do to improve their roster this free agency.
Team Needs: QB, RB, WR, TE, LT, LG, RT, Linebacker, CB, SS
Offense: Their main priority should be improving the offensive line, especially at both tackles. With the recent release of Rashad Jennings, it’s apparent that they are looking for another running back along side of Paul Perkins. It won’t be surprising if they go after a big name veteran running back such as Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Latavius Murray, or Eddie Lacy. Adding an impactful tight end should be a priority to help spread their offense.
Defense: After spending big last free agency, expect them to do much less this free agency. Adding a linebacker of any sort should be a huge priority for them. They have not had an impactful linebacker since Antonio Pierce, and adding a starter or two at linebacker would improve their defense so much right away.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Brandon Marshall (WR) (signed*), D.J. Fluker (G), Martellus Bennett (TE), Russell Okung (OT), Jamaal Charles (RB).
Notable Free Agents: DaSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon (WR), Chris Baker (DE), Vernon Davis (TE), Cullen Jenkins (DE), Donte Whitner (S).
The Redskins franchise tagged quarterback Kirk Cousins for the second straight year. It is unclear if they are looking to trade him, but for now he is their starter. There is a lot to improve especially on defense for this team to return back to the playoffs.
Team Needs: Backup QB, RB, WR, LG, Defense.
Offense: With DaSean Jackson, and Pierre Garcon as free agents, their main priority on offense should be adding wide receivers. It will be crucial for them to add starting receivers for Kirk Cousins to throw to, or their offense will regress heavily next season. Also, they should also look into a change of pace running back to go along side of Rob Kelley.
Defense: The biggest issue for the Redskins have been their defense, so upgrading their defense needs to be addressed heavily. Every position on their defense can use an upgrade, or add some sort of depth to it, and it will be interesting to see what they will do it about it.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Terrell McClain (DT)- Signed*, Michael Floyd (WR), Terrell Pryor (WR), Brian Quick (WR),
Notable Free Agents: Leodis McKelvin, Nolan Carroll, Dwayne Gratz (CB), Bennie Logan (DT), Stephen Tulloch (ILB), Connor Barwin (OLB).
The Eagles are coming off their first season under coach Doug Pederson, and first year quarterback Carson Wentz under center. It was apparent right away that their defense under Jim Schwartz was a strong point, but they did not have enough weapons on offense to compete. Although they have not made the playoffs in recent years, they have a very talented roster, and a couple upgrades can push them into the postseason.
Team Needs: RB, WR, C, D-Line, Corners.
Offense: Ask any Eagles fan there biggest offseason priority, and everyone of them will say wide receiver. It is so crucial to have receivers who can get open, and Jordan Matthews has practically been the only one who can since DaSean Jackson, and Jeremy Maclin departed. The Eagles upgraded at receiver by going out and signing former Torrey Smith to a 3 year, $15 million dollar deal to Also with the two past seasons of LaSean McCoy, and DeMarco Murray departing, they have been unable to find a consistent starting running back. Watch out for Jamaal Charles to possibly reunite with Doug Pederson.
Defense: This is a strong core especially their front seven, but it really lacks in the secondary. The main priority besides receiver has to be finding starting reliable cornerbacks, especially in a division with Odell Beckham, and Dez Bryant.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Torrey Smith (WR)- Signed*, A.J. Bouye (CB), , Terrell Pryor (WR), Jamaal Charles (RB), Domata Peko (DT), Kayvon Webster (CB), Alshon Jeffrey (WR).
Notable Free Agents: Paul Worrilow (OLB), Jonathan Babineaux (DT), Courtney Upshaw, Dwight Freeney, Phillip Wheeler (OLB), Tyson Jackson (DE), Sean Witherspoon (ILB), Chris Chester (G), Jacob Tamme, Levin Toilolo (TE), Eric Weems, Aldrick Robinson (WR), Patrick DiMarco (FB), Kemal Ishmael (S), Matt Schaub (QB).
The NFC champions had tremendous success last season, and a big part in that was their involvement in free agency. Last offseason they went out and signed free agents such as center Alex Mack, wide receiver Mohammed Sanu, defensive end Tyson Jackson, outside linebacker Brooks Reed who all made huge impacts in their success. Many of their free agents are backups, or role players, so it will intriguing to see what type of moves they will make to improve this team even more.
Team Needs: TE, LG, Defense besides secondary.
Offense: Their super bowl run had a lot to do with this offense, and the play of MVP Matt Ryan. There is not too many holes that they need to address in free agency besides another tight end, and left guard with Chris Chester as a free agent.
Defense: This defense is consisted of a core of young studs that have surpassed all expectations of them right away. Many of their free agents are role players on defense, so adding some veteran free agents, and re-signing some in the front seven would be beneficial to keep the defense intact.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Martellus Bennett (TE), Brandon Spikes (ILB), Brandon Williams (DT), Dontari Poe (DT).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Notable Free Agents: Vincent Jackson, Russell Shepard, Cecil Shorts (WR), Alterraun Verner, Josh Robinson (CB), Mike Glennon (QB), Gosder Cherilus (OT), Bradley McDougald, Chris Conte (S), Joe Hawley (C), Akeem Spence, Sealver Siliga (DT), Darryl Smith (ILB).
Team Needs: Backup QB, RB, WR, pretty much everything else.
Potential Free Agent Signings: DaSean Jackson (WR)- Signed*, Dont’a Hightower (ILB), Darius Butler (CB).
New Orleans Saints:
Notable Free Agents: Jairus Byrd, Roman Harper (S), Nick Fairley (DT), Paul Kruger (OLB), Jahri Evans, Tim Lelito (G), Tim Hightower, Travaris Cadet (RB), Sterling Moore, Kyle Wilson (CB).
Although the Saints had great success on offense, they were again at the bottom of the league in defense. The Saints need to prioritize adding defense over anything else, which the trade rumors surrounding Brandin Cooks signals they are aiming towards doing so.
Team Needs: RB, TE, Defense.
Offense: One priority to improving the offense would be finding a change of pace running back to go alongside Mark Ingram. Drew Brees loves his tight ends, so they could possibly look into adding another tight end option. Lastly, they may have to add a starting guard with Jahri Evans, and Tim Lelito as free agents.
Defense: This group has very little to be excited about besides Cameron Jordan, Sheldon Rankins, and Stephone Anthony. An upgrade in about every position on this defense is necessary, and any additions would immediately improve their defense.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Ted Ginn Jr. (WR)- Signed*, A.J. Klein (ILB)- Signed*, D.J. Fluker (G), Captain Munnerlyn (CB).
Notable Free Agents: Ted Ginn Jr. (WR), Mike Remmers (OT), Paul Soliai, Kyle Love (DT), Mike Tolbert (FB), A.J. Klein (ILB).
It was just a year ago that the Panthers won the NFC, and Cam Newton won the Most Valuable Player award. Last season they had many glaring holes on their roster, and missed the playoffs. It will be interesting to see what types of moves they make to help bring this team back to a Super Bowl contender again.
Team Needs: RB, WR, LT, LG, RT, DE, Everything else.
Offense: The main priority should be offensive tackle, and starting running back this offseason. Left tackle Michael Oher has struggled, and right tackle Mike Remmers is a free agent so it might be necessary to add two starting tackles. They started to so by adding offensive tackle Matt Kalil (his brother is the center). They need to add a starting running back whether it’s in free agency, or in the loaded draft class. Jonathan Stewart has been one of the lead backs for the Panthers since 2008, but has battles injuries throughout his career, and has had only one 1,000 yard season in his career and it was in 2009. While Kelvin Benjamin returned last season, they still should add a starting receiver, especially with Ted Ginn Jr. being a free agent.
Defense: This group just a year ago was so dominant which led there way to a Super Bowl appearance. With defensive coordinator Sean McDermott leaving to coach Buffalo, it will be interesting to see what type of players they are going to add to their core.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Matt Kalil (OT)- Signed*, Adrian Peterson (RB), Torrey Smith (WR), Barry Church (S), Russell Okung (OT), Larry Warford (OG), Ronald Leary (OG), , Kelvin Beachum (OT), Jarius Byrd (S), Brian Quick (WR), Victor Cruz (WR), Jamaal Charles (RB), Latavius Murray (RB).
Green Bay Packers:
Notable Free Agents: Julius Peppers, Datone Jones (OLB), Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Christine Michael (RB), T.J. Lang (G), J.C. Tretter (C), Jared Cook (TE), Micah Hyde (S), Sam Shields (CB).
The Packers are not typically a team that involves themselves much in free agency. General Manager Ted Thompson mentality is building through the draft, and only adding a free agent once in a while if it makes sense. The Packers though have a ton of significant contributing players on both sides of the ball, so it will be intriguing to see if they involve themselves this offseason.
Team Needs: RB, WR, TE, G, Defense besides safeties.
Offense: Last offseason they added veteran tight end Jared Cook on a one year deal, who made an incredible catch in the playoffs against Dallas. It should be a main priority in resigning Cook, as he made a great vertical threat in the middle of the field for Aaron Rodgers. At the running back position, the only player on the roster is Ty Montgomery (former WR), so they should look to sign a free agent, which may possibly be the resigning of Eddie Lacy.
Defense: It seems like every offseason the Packers are questioning their defense, and looking to improve it. They decided to resign free agent outside linebacker Nick Perry, so it will be interesting to see if they decide to bring back Peppers, Hyde, or Jones. If you watched the NFC Championship, you should be aware that the biggest priority of Green Bay’s offseason should be improving the cornerback position.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Davon House (CB), Mario Williams (DE), Zach Brown (ILB), Nick Fairley (DT), Sylvester Williams (DT), John Simon (OLB).
Notable Free Agents: Riley Reiff (OT), Larry Warford (G), Devin Taylor (DE), Tyrunn Walker (DT), Anquan Boldin (WR), Rafael Bush (S), Jon Bostic (ILB), Joique Bell (RB).
Many people were surprised that the Lions reached the playoffs last season, and they will have to make some improvements in order to compete with the Packers in the NFC North.
Team Needs: Backup QB, RB, WR, TE, LG, RG, RT, Defense besides FS.
Offense: Their two most notable free agents are at the offensive line, with guard Larry Warford, and tackle Reilly Reiff. They already replaced Reiff at right tackle with the addition of Ricky Wagner from Baltimore, and may have to do the same with Warford. Some other positions the Lions should address is running back, wide receiver, and tight end, which all would allow Matt Stafford to have more weapons, and improve their offense.
Defense: This group can use a bunch of upgrades in almost every position, and adding some veterans would help improve this defense. Their main priority should be adding cornerbacks along side Darius Slay, a inside linebacker who can make tackles, and a pass rusher opposite Ezekiel Ansah.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Ricky Wagner (OT)- Signed*, Paul Worrilow (OLB)-Signed*, Andre Holmes (WR), Logan Ryan (CB),
Notable Free Agents: Adrian Peterson, Matt Asiata (RB), Matt Kalil, Andre Smith, Jake Long (OT), Brandon Fusco (G), Cordarrelle Patterson (WR), Captain Munnerlyn, Terence Newman (CB), Audie Cole (ILB).
Despite losing Teddy Bridgewater to a torn ACL, the Sam Bradford led Vikings started off last season as one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Many people were starting to believe that they had a Super Bowl run in them, but they regressed mid season without an effective offense. With the recent release of their all-time leading rusher Adrian Peterson, it will be interesting to see what the Vikings will do to improve their offense.
Team Needs: RB, WR, Backup TE, OT, C, CB
Offense: With the departure of Adrian Peterson, and Matt Asiata as a free agent, it will be crucial for them to go out and add a replacement for their starting running back. They may also consider adding a number one receiver. They will also look to improve their offensive line which includes both tackles Kalil, and Smith as free agents.
Defense: The Vikings are known for their defensive play, so it is not too much surprise that there in not too much that they need to upgrade. Their main priority should be adding a starting cornerback, Terrance Newman started last season at 38 years old.
Potential Free Agent Signings: D.J. Fluker (G), T.J. Lang (G), Torrey Smith (WR), Alshon Jeffrey (WR), Latavius Murray (RB), Jamaal Charles (RB), Rashad Jennings (RB), Nick Mangold (C)
Notable Free Agents: Alshon Jeffery, Deonte Thompson, Marquess Wilson (WR), Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley (QB), Ted Larsen (G), Sam Acho (OLB), Chris Prosinski (S), Johnthan Banks (CB)
The Bears have been in heavy rebuild mode for the past two seasons. Although, they were one of the worst teams last season, they don’t have the worst roster what so ever. They made a bunch of solid additions last season in free agency, so it won’t be surprising for them to offer a bunch of top prospects again this free agency.
Team Needs: QB, WR, TE, OT, DE, CB.
Offense: The question surrounding the quarterback position every season has been whether or not they are going to move on from Jay Cutler. They decided to release Jay Cutler their all time passing leader, which saves them $14 million in cap space. With both their backups Hoyer, and Barkley both as free agents, they have no other quarterback on the roster so adding a QB is a must. It is unclear whether they will use their third overall pick on a quarterback, but they decided to sign Mike Glennon to a three year earning $45 million. Glennon is expected to serve as their new starting quarterback replacing Cutler, and most likely will be the starter until they develop a draft pick. With their number one receiver Alshon Jeffrey as a free agent, it will be crucial for them to replace him. Expect the Bears to go after multiple receivers in free agency.
Defense: This group has improved a ton in the last year through free agency, and the draft, but upgrading at defensive end, or cornerback would take this defense to the next level. With tons of salary cap space, expect the Bears to go after top cornerbacks such as Stephon Gilmore, and A.J. Bouye.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Mike Glennon (QB)- Signed*, Quentin Demps (S)- Signed*, AJ Bouye (CB), Dion Sims (TE), Cordarralle Patterson (WR), Andre Holmes (WR), Michael Floyd (WR).
Notable Free Agents: Michael Morgan (OLB), Tony McDaniel (DT), Luke Willson (TE), Deshawn Shead (S), Damontre Moore (DE), Brock Coyle (ILB).
The Seahawks should be going into this offseason on prioritizing their offensive line. Protecting Russell Wilson, and giving him time to move in the pocket is crucial for their offense, and the offense will struggle heavily if they are unable too.
Team Needs: Backup QB, RB, O-Line besides C, D besides Safeties.
Offense: The main priority should be rebuilding their offensive line at every position besides Justin Britt at center. Since the departure of Marshawn Lynch, they have had trouble in finding a reliable starting running back, so it won’t be surprising if they go after a top running back to improve the run game in free agency.
Defense: This core has been arguably the most dominant in football the last several years, and there is not too much to improve upon. Adding an outside linebacker that can provide pass rush pressure like Bruce Irvin used too, as well as another cornerback would both upgrade their defense. In the past they have signed defensive free agents to build upon their strengths, so it would not be too surprising if they did so again
Potential Free Agent Signings: D.J. Fluker (G), Adrian Peterson (RB), Jamaal Charles (RB), Eddie Lacy (RB), Kamar Aiken (WR), Brian Schwenke (C),
Notable Free Agents: Calais Campbell (DE), Tony Jefferson, D.J. Swearinger (S), Kevin Minter, Sio Moore (ILB), Andre Ellington, Chris Johnson (RB), Frostee Rucker (DT), Marcus Cooper (CB), Evan Mathis (G)
The Cardinals had a disappointing last season missing the playoffs just one season prior to reaching the NFC Championship. They have a ton of impactful free agents on defense, and it is going to be tough to resign them. It will be interesting to see how the Cardinals are going to improve upon a roster that many thought could reach the Super Bowl.
Team Needs: QB, backup RB, WR, C, RG, D besides FS.
Offense: 37 year old quarterback Carson Palmer contemplated retiring, but they most likely will find be finding his replacement through the draft. Running back David Johnson is arguably right now the best running back in football, but finding a backup for him is needed with backups Chris Johnson, and Andre Ellington as free agents. Wide receiver should be a major priority to address, they can possibly sign a free agent to start opposite of Larry Fitzgerald. On offensive line they can upgrade at guard, and center with A.Q. Shipley, and Evan Mathis as free agents.
Defense: This defense is featured by two studs in the secondary in cornerback Patrick Peterson, safety Tyrann Matheiu, but the defense has a chance to become a lot worse next season. With Calais Campbell, and Tony Jefferson already signing elsewhere, and D.J. Swearinger, Kevin Minter, Marcus Cooper, and Sio Moore as free agents, they need to strike quick to replace them. They went out and signed Antoine Bethea from San Fransisco, but they will need to do plenty more to replace their free agents.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Antoine Bethea (S)- Signed*, D.J. Fluker (G).
Los Angeles Rams:
Notable Free Agents: Kenny Britt, Brian Quick (WR), T.J. McDonald (S), Benny Cunningham (RB), Case Keenum (QB).
The Rams are coming into this season under the leadership of the youngest coach in the NFL, Sean McVay (31). First overall pick Jared Goff is entering his second season, and it’s important to start building an offense around him, and Todd Gurley.
Team Needs: Backup RB, WR, O-Line besides RT, LB’s, Secondary.
Offense: In starting to build an offense around Goff, he needs some weapons to throw to, and it won’t help that Kenny Britt, and Brian Quick are free agents. The Rams began to address that need by signing former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods. Woods is a solid number two or three receiver, and will be a nice replacement for Britt who signed with Cleveland. The offensive line is a major priority in upgrading this offseason, and also began doing so by adding veteran free agent Andrew Whitworth. Whitworth should immediately be a instant upgrade at offensive tackle, he was rated the number one pass block offensive tackle in the league by ProFootballFocus (92.5).
Defense: The legendary defensive guru Wade Phillips has taken over as the defensive coordinator for the Rams trying to transform this group into one of the top in football. The defense features a dominating defensive line led by All-Pro’s Aaron Donald, and Robert Quinn. Denver’s Super Bowl victory two seasons ago had a lot in part to do with Wade Phillips’ defensive scheme which featured a ton of pass rush on Cam Newton. Expect Phillips to look for some outside pass rushers this offseason, somebody who can fill the same sort of role Von Miller, and DeMarcus Ware had with him in Denver. Also expect them to upgrade their secondary, adding a strong safety, and another starting corner alongside Trumaine Johnson would be a huge upgrade to their defense.
Potential Free Agent Signings: Robert Woods (WR)- Signed*, Andrew Whitworth (OT)- Signed*, Alshon Jeffrey (WR), Terrell Pryor (WR).
San Fransisco 49ers:
Notable Free Agents: Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert (QB), Torrey Smith, Quinton Patton, Rod Streater (WR),Tony Jerod-Eddie, Glenn Dorsey (DE), Shaun Draughn, DaJuan Harris (RB), Nick Bellore, Gerald Hodges (ILB), Andrew Gardner (G).
New General Manager John Lynch, and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan has taken over the realms in San Fransisco. There is not one team in the league that is under more of a rebuilding process than the 49ers,, and it’s not even close. This team is coming into this offseason with questions in practically every position, so it will be very interesting to see how Lynch will begin to start the rebuild process.
Team Needs: QB, backup RB, WR, backup TE, LG, RT, Pass rusher, ILB, CB, SS.
Offense: This group is going into this offseason with running back Carlos Hyde as the only notable skill position on the roster. At the quarterback position, both Kaepernick, and Gabbert are free agents, which left no quarterbacks left on the roster. Lynch went out and signed 31 year-old veteran Brian Hoyer to his seventh NFL team. Hoyer will most likely be there for insurance to start early next season, and most likely teach a rookie quarterback while they develop. At wide receiver, they recently released their number one target Torrey Smith, and there is nobody else left on the roster besides Jeremy Kerley whom they just resigned. Lynch began to upgrade the receiver position right away, by signing veteran Pierre Garcon, and the speedy Marquise Goodwin. Garcon will reunite with his former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who coached him in Washington.
Defense: The biggest priority for this group right now should just be signing quality free agents who can contribute week one next season. The front seven is pretty strong, featured by young defensive linemen Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, and inside linebacker Navarro Bowman. They should be focusing on building a secondary right away, and may help that their G.M. is a former safety, and Hall of Fame candidate. Adding a strong safety to replace Antoine Bethea, and a starting cornerback will upgrade this group,
Potential Free Agent Signings: Pierre Garcon (WR)-Signed*, Brian Hoyer (QB)- Signed*, Marquise Goodwin (WR)-Signed*, Malcolm Smith (OLB)- Signed*, TJ Yates (QB), Alshon Jeffrey (WR), Terrell Pryor (WR), Levine Toilolo (TE), Luke Joeckel (G), Julius Peppers (OLB), D.J. Swearinger (S), Bradley McDougald (S), Brandon Williams (DT).