You may have noticed a ton of big name, well respected veteran names still available in NFL Free Agency. And there’s a reason just mere hours after the draft ended, the Saints and Jameis Winston, one of the biggest free agents out, have engage in contract talks. We are about to see another flurry of free agency moves and here’s why:
Firstly, by signing a player after the NFL Draft, it does not cost the team a compensation pick in next year’s draft. There is really no consequence (aside from financially) to taking a flier on a player at this point. By drafting first before the secondary wave of free agency signings, teams are able to draft needs, save comp picks and probably provide salary cap relief by picking up younger players instead of veterans.
Howie Roseman said in his post-draft presser that the team was far from done yet. With roughly $16 million in cap space, we should be inclined to believe him. I know, know, Yannick Ngakoue exists. The team would be lucky to land him in a trade and sign him to an extension. But the reality of the happening is very slim. Here’s one name to keep an eye on that could be a bit more practical: Devonta Freeman. At this point in this career, he still has a lot of burst but is an RB2 on the depth chart. By bringing in Freeman, Miles Sanders would remain RB1 but would give the Eagles the three headed monster they’ve seemed to lean to the entire Doug Pederson era. Adrian Killins out of UCF was signed as an unrestricted free agent. He’s a running back and a return specialist who can absolutely fly. I am hoping he can become what Corey Clement was for the team. But, that shouldn’t stop the Eagles pursuing Freeman in the short term.
Another name every team will be Jadeveon Clowney. He was the defensive prize of the free agency period and he is still floating out there. The Seahawks had addressed defensive end in both free agency and the draft. The options for Clowney are dwindling and whoever gets him at this point could likely get him for the short term and for a steal. Rumors were that Clowney wanted around $20 million per year and he likely won’t come close to that. It would be hilarious if the Eagles landed Clowney, but it’s hard to foresee that happening.
Sports are in a dead zone so we could use another free agency frenzy on our hands!