Most of the top free agents are already off the market. As we enter day 4 of free agency, let’s take a look at 5 players who remain unsigned. These guys are all difference makers and will truly make an impact wherever they sign.
The most obvious big name left on the market. Clowney is a true game changer. Arguably, the best run defender on the edge; though not a top tier pass rusher, he still makes a difference and gets tons of pressure. Clowney’s injury history and low sack total have kept his market down. Though he may not be worth $20+ million a year, he truly is a difference maker and will get paid.
Seahawks, Giants, Jets
3 year, $58 million ($35 million guaranteed) to Seattle. Seattle gets their difference maker back for under $20 million. Injury history plus sack totals keep this to a 3-year contract. Win-win here as Seattle can get out after 2 years and Clowney gets an opportunity for another pay day at age 30.
Inconsistent play and high turnover totals make NFL teams uneasy. Any other year, I believe that Winston would have landed a contract with a good opportunity to start on a QB-needy team. 2020 was an oddity in the number of high profile QB’s available. There’s no doubt that Winston can make all the throws and be a successful starter in the NFL. A change of scenery might make the difference.
Chargers, Patriots, Jaguars
1 year, $13 million contract (incentive laden) to the New England Patriots. The Patriots add a veteran presence to the young QB room. Boom or bust pickup and a prove it deal for Winston.
A speedy receiver who has produced when given the opportunity. Anderson is a true playmaker but hasn’t been consistent enough to be considered a true, number one target. Off field issues and inconsistency has given teams hesitation.
Raiders, Steelers, Jets
3 year, $42 million ($20 million guaranteed) to Jets. The Jets get Darnold a familiar target back and give themselves an easy out after year 1 if Anderson doesn’t live up to his potential.
The holdout backfired on Gordon. He underperformed on his return and ceded more and more snaps to Ekeler. It’s tough to be a running back in today’s NFL. Gordon remains an all purpose back and red zone threat. I don’t expect a Bell or Gurley type deal.
Buccaneers, Redskins, Bills
1 year, $7.5 million to Buffalo. Gordon settles for a prove it deal and the Bills form a committee with Gordon and the promising, Singletary. Gordon gets another shot at a contract next year.
One of the premiere nickel corners in the NFL. Coleman was a cap casualty of a cap-strapped Rams team. Coleman is a playmaker and nickel has become a valuable position in today’s NFL. He should garner plenty of interest as an underrated performer.
Giants, Chiefs, Packers
3 year, $26.5 million to the Chiefs. Kansas City upgrades their secondary and continues to build towards a return trip to the Super Bowl.