The NFL’s best remaining free agents: Predicted landing spots for Cam Newton, Jadeveon Clowney and more

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Most marquee activities from the 2020 NFL offseason have passed, with teams now preparing for a potential return to facilities and a hopeful launch of in-person activities. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a handful of big names available on the open market yet. With the biggest waves of free agency in the back sight, we decided to play matchmaker for some of the best players who remain unsigned, matching veterans with teams in need and projecting the kind of contracts that veterans could receive.

Since Cam Newton for Jadeveon Clowneyhere’s where we might see nine of the biggest remaining names end up:

QB Cam Newton

Proposed team: Arizona Cardinals
Provisional contract: 1 year, $3 million

Newton’s chances of landing a starting job or some lucrative relief money disappeared some time ago, but Arizona is among the teams that could still crack the No. 2 spot. Kyler Murray is unmistakably Kliff Kingsbury’s guy, but his size and style of play, coupled with a season-ending injury as a rookie, suggest the Cardinals should consider a better insurance plan than Brett Hundley, especially after spending the offseason restocking for a playoff run. Newton’s dual-threat abilities would be a treat for Kingsbury, and Cam would have the opportunity to rest and mentor Murray with a view to returning as QB1 elsewhere in 2021.

RB Devonta Freeman

Proposed team: San Francisco 49ers
Provisional contract: 1 year, $2.3 million

Freeman reportedly turned down a $4 million offer from the Seattle Seahawks (then threatening not to participate in 2020) did not help its market at all. the old Atlanta Falcons standout basically has no leverage. So who could he turn to? How about a team that showed in 2019 that they thrive when they have an overflowing stable of RBs? Coach Kyle Shanahan served as Freeman’s offensive coordinator during his best years in Atlanta, and while the 49ers hope Jerick McKinnon will finally make gains as No. 3, trading them matt breida opened the door to another piece of the puzzle. the Philadelphia Eagles might offer a slightly bigger role, but Shanahan offers familiarity.

RB The Sean McCoy

Proposed team: Philadelphia Eagles
Provisional contract: 1 year, $1 million

Shady should be even more affordable than Freeman after even old friend Andy Reid opted out of using him in the Super Bowl, and common sense says he will strongly consider a discount to return to Philadelphia, which he has publicly called his real NFL home for years. . The Eagles no really need him, with Miles Sander set in stone as a leader, but owner Jeffrey Lurie has long been a McCoy advocate, and Doug Pederson has worked with him before. Howie Roseman also has a.) a fondness for nostalgic moves, and b.) is very clearly interested in securing veterans in this position. Reunions continue to appear more and more inevitable.

TO Jason Peters

Proposed team: Denver Broncos
Provisional contract: 1 year, $8.5 million

Peters has apparently been on the Eagles short dial and still prefer to return to Philadelphiabut Doug Pederson also said Andre Dillard ready to take over at left tackle. Peters is also looking for a guaranteed starting point, and the clearest path to that is in Denver, where Garett Bolles has struggled since the Broncos made him a first-round pick in 2017. John Elway has made it a priority this off-season to build around Drew Lock, and even with his injury history, Peters represents a major improvement on Lock’s blind side. Eager to play well into his 40s, Peters would also bet on the chance of being a competitor’s LT as Lock grows.

OF Everson Claw

Proposed team: Cleveland Browns
Provisional contract: 2 years, $25 million

With or without Olivier VernonBrowns need help rushing in front Myles Garret, and although they were apparently rejected by Jadeveon Clowney, Griffen arguably represents an even more logical fit. Familiar with new coach Kevin Stefanski, as well as longtime vikings assistant Jeff Howard, since their time in Minnesota, Griffen is still a Pro Bowl-caliber end who can start on day one. There’s a reason Cleveland, which still has tons of cash to spend, sniffed around before. Considering how veteran pass rushers have aged, Griffen would probably end up being a bargain anyway.

BY Jadeveon Clowney

Proposed team: Tennessee Titans
Provisional contract: 1 year, $16.5 million

Clowney’s injury history, compounded by restrictions this offseason, ensures he won’t land top dollar on a long-term contract until 2021, at the earliest. So it comes down to which one-year offer he prefers: After seemingly faltering in the face of big money from the Browns and turning down offers to return to the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee simply makes the most sense. The Titans could bear to fix their inexplicable decision to give Vic Beasley $9.5 million, their team is built on a solid defense and they know Clowney from his past at the AFC South. Clowney, who has 3-4 experience, would also be closer to home in South Carolina.

CC Darqueze Dennard

Proposed team: Buffalo Tickets
Provisional contract: 1 year, $3.5 million

Since his three-year, $13.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars failed, Dennard had a quiet market. In Buffalo, Sean McDermott is already betting on Josh Norman to help consolidate the opposite cornerback Tre’Davious Whitebut with Kevin Johnson gone and Taron Johnson having missed nine games over the past two years, the Bills could still use proven depth, especially in the slot – which happens to be where Dennard did well in 2019 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Still just 28, the former first-rounder would likely be much happier under McDermott than in Jacksonville anyway.

CC Logan Ryan

Proposed team: Minnesota Vikings
Provisional contract: 1 year, $10 million

Rick Spielman just finished losing all sorts of cornerback salaries while dumping xavier rhodes and replacing Trae Waynes and Alexander Mackensie with rookies, but the closer we get to the season, the more Mike Zimmer is going to realize that his defense relies heavily on the instant development of certain mid-term prospects. Jeff Gladney is a good fit in the slot, but Ryan is the kind of proven starter who could fill an outside role opposite Mike Hughes. He had success over two different suitors, and the Vikings could offer just a little more money than their rival Chicago Bearswhich also make a lot of sense as a plug-and-play destination.

S Eric Reid

Proposed team: Houston Texans
Provisional contract: 2 years, $18 million

After cut former Pro Bowler Tashaun Gipson just a year into a $22.5 million deal this offseason, the Texans have only added a slew of veteran reserves to face the competition Justin Reid. Coach/General Manager Bill O’Brien reportedly once had the idea of ​​uniting Justin with his brother, Eric, and given everything else O’Brien did during a frenetic free agency period in the Texans, why would giving Reid $9 million a year be outrageous? the question? After a productive year with the Carolina Panthersolder brother Reid would help bring much-needed strength to a defensive backfield that lacked it for much of 2019.

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