The NFL‘s free agent signing period begins on March 9 this year. Here is a list of the top 5 players who may be available.
Pittsburgh Running Back Le’Veon Bell
Bell had a monster 2016 season as the Steelers advanced to the AFC championship game. One of the team’s top running backs, his nearly 2,000 total yards made him indispensable to Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of the Steelers offense.
GMs around the league will be drooling at the prospect of landing a player with Bell’s resume, but look for the Steelers to franchise him or sign him to a long-term deal.
Los Angeles Chargers Edge Rusher Melvin Ingram
After an injury-plagued start to his career, Ingram has quickly rounded into one of the league’s most outstanding pass rushers. With his athleticism and explosion off the snap, he’s tallied 18.5 sacks over the past two years.
Unfortunately for the Chargers, there will be a lot of competition for Ingram’s services this offseason. Miami, New Orleans, and Indianapolis are possible destinations if talks with the Chargers stall.
Redskins’ QB Kirk Cousins
The Washington front office just can’t seem to make up its mind about Kirk Cousins. They’ve yet to offer their starting QB a long-term deal, even after Cousins passed for 9,000 yards and 54 touchdowns the last two years.
A quarterback with these stats is always a hot commodity, so Cousins will certainly get his big payday. The Redskins will most likely franchise him and look for a trade partner.
Kansas City Safety Eric Berry
Berry is perhaps the only safety in the league that offensive coordinators have to plan for, but injuries and little cap space make resigning the team MVP a tough proposition.
After playing under the franchise tag for a year, Berry’s insisting on a long-term deal. Look for the Chiefs to offer him just that in the next few weeks.
Bears Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery
The talented Jeffery offers a mixed bag to Chicago and other potential suitors. He’s been productive in spurts over the course of his career, but injuries and a PED suspension last year have made the Chicago front office wary.
Franchising Jeffery and paying him around $17 million next year is one possibility, but that’s probably too much to risk on a player who’s been iffy at best. Look for the Bears to let him walk.