Autonomy Market in the NFL | Quarter hunters in large numbers


Starting Monday, the 32 NFL teams will be able to chat with the players who will officially obtain their autonomy, Wednesday at 4 p.m. After introducing you to the best offensive players that will be available in our Friday edition, here are 10 defensive players that are sure to interest a good number of teams.



Miguel bujold
Miguel bujold
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Shaquil Barrett

Defensive end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

With Tom Brady’s contract extension announcement on Friday morning, the odds of Barrett returning to Tampa Bay are much better. Brady’s new contract saw the Bucs take $ 19 million off their 2021 payroll. Barrett is one of the league’s strong quarterback hunters and has formed an excellent duo with Jason Pierre-Paul over the past few years. He led the league with 19.5 sacks in 2019.

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Bud Dupree (48)

Bud dupree

Outside Linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)

If Dupree hadn’t suffered a ligament tear in his knee last season, he would have been virtually guaranteed to get an annual salary of $ 15million or more. However, his injury could force him to settle for much less money or to accept a short-term contract. After a mixed start to his career, Dupree has managed 19.5 sacks in his last 27 games, but has benefited from the presence of his teammate TJ Watt at the other end of the Steelers line …

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Jamaal Williams is tackled by Anthony Harris.

Anthony harris

Half Safety (Minnesota Vikings)

After finishing tied for first in the NFL with six interceptions in 2019, Harris was shut out in that regard last season. Harrison Smith is expected to be paid $ 9.85million in 2021, and the Vikings appear to have decided they can’t afford another substantial contract for a player in the same position. Harris will turn 30 next fall, an age when defensive backs often lose momentum. There is therefore a certain risk in awarding him a lucrative contract.

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Haason Reddick (43)

Haason Reddick

Linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)

In his fourth season, in 2020, Reddick became one of the NFL’s strong linebackers and finally delivered the kind of performance the Cardinals expected when they drafted him at the 13e rank, in 2017. He notably caused 6 fumbles and recorded 12.5 sacks. By comparison, in his first three campaigns, Reddick had forced only 3 fumbles and had only totaled 7.5 sacks. Is this improvement explained by the fact that he was in a year of contract?

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Jadeveon clowney

Jadeveon clowney

Defensive end (Tennessee Titans)

Clowney rarely performs at the height of his immense talent and has suffered several injuries in recent seasons. First pick in the 2014 draft, he never reached the plateau of 10 sacks in a season, which is hard to believe, given his skills. Clowney will likely have to settle for a modest one-season contract in order to prove he can still be an impact player after a bad season with the Titans in 2020. But the team that hires him could pull off a blow. smoking.

PHOTO NICK WASS, ARCHIVES ASSOCIATED PRESS

Matthew Judon (99)

Matthew Judon

Outside Linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)

A year after using the franchise player tag to make sure they keep Judon with them, the Ravens have decided to let their quarterback fighter test the autonomy market. An all-around player who is very good against the run, Judon has had 30.5 sacks in his last four seasons. The Ravens could also lose the services of Yannick Ngakoue, which presumably convinced them to repatriate veteran Pernell McPhee on Friday.

PHOTO DERICK E. HINGLE, USA TODAY SPORTS ARCHIVES

Trey Hendrickson (91)

Trey hendrickson

Defensive end (New Orleans Saints)

The most interesting candidates in the free agent market this year are the quarterhunters, and Hendrickson is one of them. Like Haasan Reddick, Ariz., Hendrickson picked the right time to hatch, finishing last season with 13.5 sacks, good for a tie for second in the NFL. However, the defensive end had totaled only 6.5 sacks in his first three seasons … But like Reddick, Hendrickson has only four seasons behind him and could be an impact player for several years.

PHOTO JOSEPH MAIORANA, USA TODAY SPORTS ARCHIVES

William Jackson III

William Jackson III

Cornerback (Cincinnati Bengals)

There are a few cornerbacks available who are better known than Jackson III, most notably Richard Sherman, but the 2016 Bengals’ first choice is probably the most talented. Excellent in man-to-man coverage, Jackson III has intercepted just 3 assists in 59 games in the NFL, but defended 41. Cornerbacks seem unlikely to get huge contracts, as they did. in the last few years, but Jackson III could be the exception.

PHOTO KIRBY LEE, USA TODAY SPORTS ARCHIVES

John Johnson III (43)

John johnson iii

Half Safety (Los Angeles Rams)

One of the obscure heroes of the Rams’ defense, which has been surprisingly good in 2020. Johnson III led the team with 105 tackles, including 73 solo, and could become one of the club’s defensive stalwarts, which l ‘Will hire for years since he is only 25 years old. A former third-round pick, Johnson has never received the publicity he deserved since joining the Goodell Tour in 2017, but it is suspected that several teams have an interest in him.

PHOTO VINCENT CARCHIETTA, USA TODAY SPORTS ARCHIVES

Dalvin Tomlinson (94)

Dalvin tomlinson

Tackler (New York Giants)

The Giants can already count on two imposing defensive linemen in Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence, making Tomlinson’s return with the team unlikely. At 6’3  » and 318 lbs, Tomlinson is strong against the run, as one might guess, but is also able to get to the backfield on occasion (3.5 sacks last season). It could be argued that veteran Ndamukong Suh is the best tackle available on the market, but Tomlinson is probably the one who will get the most money.



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