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Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander

Alexander, certainly one of solely eight unrestricted free brokers for the Payments, completed second on the group with 6.5 sacks. He’ll flip 36 in Might however continues to play his greatest soccer late in his profession, and the group captain stated that has led to a “pure collision” in contract negotiations. Alexander believes he’s a “distinctive commodity within the league” given his play for his age however acknowledges Buffalo may be hesitant to pay him at his age. — Mike Rodak

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Offensive deal with Ja’Wuan James

James wasn’t optimistic long-term deal would get performed with the earlier Dolphins employees in place, however with a brand new regime it will likely be fascinating to see whether or not the group values James as a chunk to construct round. The Dolphins’ offensive tackles, James and budding star Laremy Tunsil, are certainly one of their largest strengths, and the 2 have an incredible relationship. Good offensive linemen receives a commission handsomely on the free-agent market, and it is attainable that quantity may get too excessive for a Miami group not shut to rivalry. James is not the proper proper deal with, however it will likely be troublesome to substitute him with somebody nearly as good or higher given their sources. — Cameron Wolfe

Defensive finish Trey Flowers

Flowers is an ideal match for the Patriots’ a number of scheme as a result of he can play a standard function on the sting or transfer inside to play over a guard or heart — and is equally as efficient as a pass-rusher or defending the run. The Patriots worth that as a lot as any group, which is why Flowers figures to be a prime precedence to retain, not to point out that he’s a prime “program” man within the locker room. As a result of Flowers is not an elite velocity rusher, he may not command a top-of-the-market contract, however a big payday is coming his means. — Mike Reiss

Defensive finish Henry Anderson

The Jets locked up their No. 1 precedence by re-signing vast receiver Quincy Enunwa to a four-year, $33 million extension. Anderson is not a must-keep, however he’d be a pleasant participant to preserve as a part of their basis. He recorded a career-high seven sacks in his first season with the Jets, displaying the flexibility to play inside and out of doors. Anderson is just 27, simply coming into his prime. — Wealthy Cimini


Linebacker C.J. Mosley

It is shocking that the Ravens have not reached a take care of Mosley, who has reached the Professional Bowl in 4 of his 5 seasons and made the season-saving interception within the regular-season finale. He is a core chief for the NFL’s No. 1 protection that might half methods with veterans Terrell Suggs and Eric Weddle. If Baltimore fails to preserve Mosley, it could go towards the franchise’s historical past. Of the Ravens’ 10 first-round picks who made the Professional Bowl, 9 have been re-signed to a long-term deal. The one exception was guard Ben Grubbs. — Jamison Hensley

Tight finish Tyler Eifert

Though Eifert’s damaged ankle this season was a freak accident, it is yet one more season that he wasn’t ready to keep on the sphere. The Bengals signed him to a one-year take care of incentives for this very purpose. The Bengals have to resolve whether or not to gamble on Eifert for one other yr or transfer on in free company or the draft. Nonetheless, they do have a number of different wants and no true No. 1 tight finish on the roster to substitute him, so transferring on from Eifert is not the best resolution. — Katherine Terrell

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor

Taylor could be backup quarterback, however he stated late within the season that he wouldn’t decide till he met along with his agent. Taylor admitted he desires to play and may see what’s available on the market. If he finds little, he does like Cleveland, and could be match — although he won’t make something shut to the $16 million he earned in 2018. — Pat McManamon



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Operating again Le’Veon Bell

Although the connection between Bell and the Steelers seems doomed, the group nonetheless faces a choice on Bell’s future that can form their offseason. They will place the transition tag on Bell or let him stroll in free company and recoup a mid-round compensatory choose in 2020. Both means, the chance of Bell enjoying for the Steelers in 2019 is distant after Bell simply skipped a whole season. The group should resolve whether or not to re-sign guard Ramon Foster, tight finish Jesse James and linebacker Anthony Chickillo, however these calls won’t be made till Bell’s future is mapped out. — Jeremy Fowler


Security Tyrann Mathieu

In a single season in Houston, Mathieu shortly elevated himself to a group chief. He introduced a veteran presence to the Texans’ secondary and served as a mentor for future star Justin Reid. The flexibility to transfer Mathieu round enhances the protection towards each the run and the cross. — Turron Davenport

Kicker Adam Vinatieri

The 46-year-old hasn’t formally made up his thoughts on whether or not he desires to play a 24th season, however he stated he’ll undoubtedly pay attention to the Colts in the event that they method him about re-signing. Vinatieri, the NFL’s all-time main scorer, continues to be an efficient 46-year-old kicker. He was 23-of-27 on discipline targets and 44-of-47 on further factors this season. It will be shocking if the Colts did not attempt to re-sign him. — Mike Wells

Kicker Josh Lambo

He is the one key participant who will turn out to be a free agent with whom the Jaguars ought to spend their time. Lambo has been implausible for the reason that group signed him off the road in October 2017, making 38-of-41 discipline aim makes an attempt (together with 6 of seven from 50-plus) and 41-of-44 PATs. He was just about the one participant the Jaguars may rely on in 2018 to rating factors till he suffered a groin damage and missed the final three video games, so he must be a precedence to convey again in 2019. The Jaguars have used the franchise tag on a kicker earlier than — Josh Scobee in 2012 — however do not count on that to be the case with Lambo. — Mike DiRocco

Security Kenny Vaccaro

The Titans have been 9-Four when Vaccaro was within the lineup and Zero-Three when he wasn’t. Vaccaro teamed with Kevin Byard to give Tennessee one of many prime security tandems within the league. Though Johnathan Cyprien is coming back from a season-ending knee damage, retaining Vaccaro is a transfer the Titans have to make. His bodily play units a tone for the group each time he steps onto the sphere. The 27-year-old has taken to social media regularly to categorical a want to return to Tennessee and enjoys enjoying for defensive coordinator Dean Pees. — Turron Davenport


Heart Matt Paradis

The Broncos have quite a few soon-to-be unrestricted free brokers who may rating larger on the glamour meter, comparable to cornerback Bradley Roby and out of doors linebacker Shane Ray — each former first-round picks who aren’t anticipated again. The 29-year-old Paradis suffered a fractured decrease leg and ligament harm within the Broncos’ loss to the Texans in November, however he had not missed a snap in his 56 profession video games till that damage. The Broncos are taking a look at a makeover alongside the offensive line, however Paradis ought to return to kind. The Broncos have not all the time damaged out the checkbook for a participant coming back from an damage, but when the docs like the place Paradis is in his restoration, they need to pay him. He has been one of many league’s greatest bargains for years. — Jeff Legwold

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Linebacker Dee Ford

The 27-year-old Ford had a profession season with 13 sacks in a contract yr. The Chiefs cannot afford to let Ford go as he heads into the prime of his profession. Look for the Chiefs to retain him whether or not on a long-term contract or because the franchise participant at a value of about $15 million. Ford lately stated he would not maintain out if the Chiefs made him the franchise participant, saying the choice to signal the tender could be a “no-brainer.” — Adam Teicher

Huge receiver Tyrell Williams

Signed as an undrafted rookie out of Western Oregon in 2015, Williams has been productive as a vertical menace for the Chargers, totaling 155 reception for 2,530 receiving yards and 17 whole touchdowns in 4 seasons. Williams has a powerful profession common of 16.Three yards per catch. The Chargers would really like to have again the hard-working Williams, however additionally they have a alternative on the roster in second-year professional Mike Williams. With speedy receivers comparable to Sammy Watkins and Paul Richardson receiving profitable contracts on the free-agent market final yr, the worth for Williams may get too steep for the Chargers. — Eric D. Williams

Operating again Marshawn Lynch

The late-season play of Doug Martin might need made Oakland’s favourite son expendable. Lynch, who went on injured reserve on Oct. 22 and by no means returned, positive appeared content material to merely gentle the Al Davis Torch within the dwelling finale — even when each gamers averaged Four.2 yards per carry, with Martin scoring 4 touchdowns and Lynch three. Shifting on from Lynch would imply the Raiders in all probability have to re-sign Martin, who can also be scheduled to be a free agent. Undrafted rookie Chris Warren, a big-bodied again who spent the season stashed on injured reserve, would determine to have an even bigger function. — Paul Gutierrez


Defensive finish DeMarcus Lawrence

The Cowboys can use the franchise tag for the second straight yr on their Professional Bowl defensive finish, however they should not let it get to that time. Reaching a long-term deal is a should. Lawrence is the Cowboys’ greatest pass-rusher, the warfare daddy Jerry Jones has sought since DeMarcus Ware’s departure. With out Lawrence, the protection would lose numerous its id. It is not simply how he rushes the passer. It is how he impacts the run sport, too. With out Lawrence, the Cowboys would have to discover a pass-rusher within the draft they usually haven’t got a first-round choose due to the Amari Cooper commerce. It will likely be pricey, however the Cowboys have a historical past of preserving their very own gamers off the market with high-end offers. — Todd Archer

Security Landon Collins

He simply turned 25 years outdated and has made three Professional Bowls. Assume the Giants can afford to let him stroll? Collins is a playmaker who led the group in tackles this previous season even after lacking 4 video games. The franchise tag is in play right here if the 2 sides cannot come to an settlement on a long-term deal. — Jordan Raanan

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Defensive finish Brandon Graham

The defensive hero of Tremendous Bowl LII, Graham performed by way of a excessive ankle sprain final postseason and wasn’t absolutely wholesome for a lot of the 2018 marketing campaign. He ended with 4 sacks — his lowest whole since 2013 — however the 30-year-old picked up steam because the season went on. He is usually a drive each towards the run and as a pass-rusher, and he has been a key determine within the locker room over the previous a number of seasons. Graham loves it in Philadelphia. If the Eagles can get him at a reduction, a deal may get performed. However his greatest likelihood at an even bigger payday will likely be elsewhere. — Tim McManus

Linebacker Preston Smith

Huge receiver Jamison Crowder is true there with him — and maybe just a bit larger on the listing of men they’d like to re-sign. However Smith offers an even bigger conundrum: He recorded solely 4 sacks this season, however he is additionally simply 26 years outdated so he is simply now coming into his prime. It is onerous to let younger pass-rushers depart. Nonetheless, he’ll even be costly due to the place he performs and the following demand. It is onerous to see the Redskins going too excessive for Smith; in the event that they swap to a Four-Three they will mitigate his loss, or they may draft another person in the event that they keep in a Three-Four. Smith didn’t make sufficient large performs for them to mechanically re-sign him, however it’s a troublesome place to fill. — John Keim


Security Adrian Amos

The Bears re-upped with beginning cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara final offseason, however they seem content material to let Amos take a look at free company. A former fifth-round draft choose, Amos carved out a pleasant profession, beginning 56 regular-season video games since 2015. Amos had 71 tackles and a career-best two interceptions for the Bears’ top-ranked protection in 2018. The Bears possible need to preserve Amos, however at their value. — Jeff Dickerson

Defensive finish Romeo Okwara

This is not a star-power transfer, however Okwara’s contract scenario makes him essentially the most intriguing after his 7.5-sack breakout season. He is a restricted free agent, so the Lions can both tender him and hope no group goes after him or they may give him a brand new contract by itself. After the way in which common supervisor Bob Quinn spoke about Okwara throughout his season-ending information convention, he looks as if a participant they need to preserve round. The query would be the value. He is a more durable name than a number of the greater names heading towards free company (Ezekiel Ansah) and a number of the cap decisions they will have to make (T.J. Lang, Glover Quin) due to his youth and determining whether or not it was a one-season aberration or the beginning of the expansion of a key participant. — Michael Rothstein

Outdoors linebacker Clay Matthews

Take a look at the sack numbers — Three.5 final season and simply 16 over the previous three seasons — and also you’d in all probability assume it is a no-brainer to transfer on. But when Matthews agreed to transfer to inside linebacker, the place he is been efficient earlier than, then it may be value bringing him again. The Packers have loads of holes to fill on protection and retaining Matthews — on the proper value, in fact — may assist. — Rob Demovsky

Linebacker Anthony Barr

As a result of the Vikings selected not to lengthen Barr’s contract final offseason, the previous ninth total choose may soon be headed towards free company. Given the restrictions they face with the wage cap, the Vikings aren’t possible to make a ton of strikes within the offseason, and the price to preserve Barr (someplace within the vary of $11 million to $12 million) may imply Minnesota costs itself out of that sweepstakes. Inserting the franchise tag on Barr is a chance, however that, too, could be costly. Barr’s fifth season was up and down, however he shined brightest when used to rush the passer (three sacks, 4 QB hits, eight tackles for loss). With that in thoughts, Barr may need to go play for a group that will allowed him to be a Three-Four exterior linebacker tasked with pursuing the quarterback repeatedly. After all, Barr did say he looks like he is higher at going ahead moderately than going backward. He might need a greater likelihood of fulfilling that function on a special group. — Courtney Cronin


Defensive deal with Grady Jarrett

Basic supervisor Thomas Dimitroff stated signing Jarrett to an extension is the highest precedence, although these talks have been delay in the course of the season. Jarrett may get as a lot as $17 million per yr in a brand new deal. The Falcons simply have to discover a means to be artistic with it in order that they have sufficient cap room for different priorities, comparable to caring for vast receiver Julio Jones and upgrading the offensive line. Franchising Jarrett may very well be an choice, however that appears unlikely primarily based on the Falcons’ historical past. — Vaughn McClure

Security Eric Reid

The choice to transfer on from 35-year-old exterior linebacker Thomas Davis was a giant one however considerably anticipated. Discovering a means to preserve Reid, who at 27 has numerous good soccer left in him, will likely be key for a secondary trying to keep stability with robust security Mike Adams unlikely to be re-signed. The Panthers have already got reached out to Reid’s agent. The query is will they be keen to give Reid the “truthful market” value he desires when the group hasn’t spent some huge cash at security prior to now? — David Newton

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater

I may have listed both Bridgewater or operating again Mark Ingram, however Bridgewater is an even bigger monetary resolution since he ought to value someplace between $10 million and $20 million per yr. Nonetheless simply 26 years outdated, Bridgewater could be a great successor to Drew Brees, who turns 40 on Tuesday. However the one life like means for the Saints to preserve Bridgewater is that if Brees have been to announce he plans to retire within the subsequent yr or two — and there is no indication he plans to do this. Extra possible, Bridgewater will depart for large cash and a possibility to begin straight away. — Mike Triplett

Linebacker Kwon Alexander and offensive deal with Donovan Smith

Prior to Alexander struggling a torn ACL in Week 7, his representatives wished $12 million per yr, and the Bucs weren’t keen to go above $10 million, sources aware of the negotiations informed ESPN. Now the Bucs have a scheme change underneath defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Will Bowles see Alexander because the “coronary heart and soul of the protection” the way in which Dirk Koetter did? Then there’s Smith, who continues to be battling consistency points however has not missed a single sport in 4 seasons, which is so uncommon on the left deal with place. — Jenna Laine


Defensive finish Markus Golden

Sure, vast receiver Larry Fitzgerald is a free agent, however the group won’t resolve whether or not to re-sign him. He’ll resolve whether or not to return or retire. Golden, nevertheless, may be the Cardinals’ inform when it comes to the primary choose within the draft. In the event that they re-sign him to a multiyear deal, it will be onerous to imagine Arizona will draft a pass-rusher first total, since he and Golden play the identical place and there are solely two edges from which to rush. Golden was gradual to return from an ACL damage suffered early in 2017 and completed with 2.5 sacks in 11 video games. If the Playing cards imagine Golden, who had 12.5 sacks in 2016, can return to kind subsequent yr with a whole offseason wholesome, then they may re-sign him and cross on Ohio State’s Nick Bosa within the draft. — Josh Weinfuss

Defensive deal with Ndamukong Suh

The Rams signed Suh to a one-year, $14 million contract final yr as he was thought-about a one-year rental. His numbers did not leap off the stat sheet, with Four.5 sacks in a run protection that ranked final within the NFL, permitting a median of 5.1 yards per carry. Maybe which means the Rams may re-sign Suh at a reduction, or that they’re going to look for a youthful, inexpensive choice. — Lindsey Thiry

Kicker Robbie Gould

The Niners haven’t got many incumbent starters set to hit free company, however Gould is a crucial piece in a league by which kickers have turn out to be increasingly unreliable. In two seasons in San Francisco, Gould missed simply three of his 75 discipline aim makes an attempt for a league-best 96 % conversion price. The 49ers need him again and Gould has stated he’d like to return, however phrases should nonetheless be reached and Gould could be a sizzling commodity if the 49ers do not signal or tag him and he hits the open market. — Nick Wagoner

Defensive finish Frank Clark

It is not a query of whether or not Clark will likely be again with the Seahawks subsequent season as a result of there is no means they’d let a 25-year-old pass-rusher with 33 sacks over the previous three seasons depart in free company. It is a matter of whether or not they can agree to a multiyear deal or if Seattle can have to place the franchise tag on him. Bear in mind, his agent informed ESPN in October that Clark is keen to wait for the fitting deal, even when it means enjoying on the tag first. That line of pondering makes it onerous to think about Clark taking a deal this offseason that averages a lot lower than the franchise quantity for defensive ends, which is projected to be upward of $18 million for 2019. — Brady Henderson

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