With NFL Free Agency, for the most part, over we take a look at players with expiring deals coming at the end of the 2019-20 season and who will be looking at a new payday come next season. Here are the top 10 players with expiring contracts.
DT Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Falcons
After signing the franchise tag to stay another year in Atlanta, Grady Jarrett will definitely be looking for a long term, well paying deal. It is surely possible that he would want to test the market with how solid of a player he is, his situation is unpredictable so we will just have to wait it out.
QB Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
After taking the starting QB position from now retired Tony Romo, Dak Prescott has not looked back and has successfully kept the “dream job” of being the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Rumor does have it though that the 25 year-old will be looking for upwards of $30 Million a year. That is probably overpaying by the Cowboys as he hasn’t proven to be a star in this league. In his three year career, his best year came in his rookie season with 3,885 yards and 23 TDs with only four interceptions. The other two have been significantly underwhelming. While in his sophomore season, he struggled to prove his worth while RB Ezekiel Elliot was dealing with suspensions. It is really just hard to see how he worth the money that guys like Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan make per-year.
OLB Jadaveon Clowney, Houston Texans
Clowney came into the league with questions about his durability and health. He quickly proved such doubts wrong and has grown into one of the most dominant pass rushers in the NFL. It is unknown as to where he’ll play after his contract. There have been rumors that he could even be traded before the 2019 season begins! We’ll see where Clowney ends up, but I’m willing to bet he’ll probably get paid top dollar.
WR AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals
I really don’t see AJ Green leaving Cincinnatti. He’s spent his whole career with the Bengals and has become their premier WR and one of the best in the NFL. At 32 years-old he will be a likely candidate for regression, but I think he’ll continue to take team friendly deals. Though, don’t be surprised if he suddenly decides that he wants to leave and take his talents to a contender. Although still extremely unlikely.
DE Dante Fowler Jr, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams traded for Fowler around the trade deadline for two draft picks, to hopefully solidify their pass rush. He did just that and contributed to the team’s effort to make a super bowl run. Though falling just short, he could be a valuable piece to keep around for the seasons to come.
WR Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
Although having trouble with consistency, he found his groove late in the season after being traded to the Dallas Cowboys for a first round pick from the Oakland Raiders. Cooper has grown to be one of the league’s best receivers and now at the end of his deal, will be looking to get paid like it. It’ll take another year to justify a Odell Beckham Jr. level contract, but if he’s proving to be more consistent, it’s a payment the Cowboys organization would be happy to make.
TE Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
When healthy, Eifert has proven to be a force in the NFL. The only problem is, he’s virtually never healthy. The last time he played in more than 10 games was 2015 where he posted 52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns. Once viewed as the future of the TE position, now hasn’t had the opportunity to prove himself in about four years. It may not prove to be a worthy investment even if he does stay healthy this season, just because of the health risk that he gives.
QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Now before you Patriots fans freak out, think for a minute here. Do you really think that the Patriots would let go of their six time Super Bowl champion QB? The chances are slim to none. Though a conversation needs to be had about the duration of this contract. Brady, turning age 42 on August 3rd, has consistently said he wants to play to age 45. Three seasons away from that mark, do the Patriots give him that three year deal? Or do they shell out one-year deals that teams usually give out to older players on the brink of retirement? We’ll definetly see a new contract though in the coming months.
ILB Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
Bobby Wagner has been the leader of the Seattle defense for years and has been always regarded as one of the best linebackers the NFL has to offer. At age 30, he will be looking for a new deal and will be paid as he should be, as a top player in the NFL. I’d be surprised if the Seahawks let Wagner walk in the off-season. I’d say it’s more likely that they get an extension done before the regular season begins as players of Wagner’s caliber, will hold out if they do not like their contract. Although there have been no rumor of the linebacker doing so.
CB Chris Harris Jr, Denver Broncos
After accepting a one year 12-million dollar deal, Chris Harris Jr is again, on a contract season. One of the more underrated corners in the league, Harris has consistently been one of the league’s best defensive backs. Throughout the off-season there were talks of possibly trading the CB, but the Broncos in the end decided to give him a one-year deal just to see what happens. Though I could easily see him being a trade target for teams if things don’t go as planned as they approach the trade deadline.
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