KENNY GOLLADAY, wide end (Lions)
Among the players who represent the cream of the NFL, Golladay is one of the lesser-known fans. Lots of good receivers will be available to highest bidders next week, but Golladay is the most intriguing. He has the talent to be the number one receiver for a team that aspires to top honors. The Lions reportedly offered him an annual salary of more than 18 million a year ago, a proposal which Golladay reportedly rejected. It remains to be seen whether he will get that much money given the current economic climate.
AARON JONES, running back (Packers)
The Packers have indicated in the past few days that they hope to keep Jones at Green Bay, but would not be prepared to pay him a salary comparable to those paid to the top running backs in the league. The organization also drafted AJ Dillon with his second pick last year. Jones is a versatile player who has totaled 96 catches over the past two seasons. He also stands out with an exemplary attitude off the pitch. It will arouse the interest of a large number of teams.
JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER, wide end (Steelers)
Smith-Schuster has expressed a desire to stay with the Steelers numerous times over the past few months, and the interest would be mutual. The problem is, the Steelers have virtually no wiggle room under the salary cap. Another factor that does not help the former USC Trojans cause is the Steelers have other quality young wide-spreaders in Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and James Washington.
TRENT WILLIAMS, tackle (49ers)
After spending a decade on losing teams in Washington, Williams was in the 49ers in 2020, but injuries screwed up their season. The fourth prospect chosen in the 2010 draft, Williams will be 33 when the season kicks off. Still, he remains one of the most efficient left-tackle on the circuit and should remain so for at least a few more years. Williams will likely join a team that aspires to the Super Bowl and is looking for a player who can protect his quarterback’s blind spot.
JOE THUNEY, guard (Patriots)
Unlike last year, Bill Belichick and the Patriots decided not to place the franchise player tag on Thuney, who has thus become the best guard available in the market. Third-round pick in 2016, Thuney is getting the most of his skills and his arrival should quickly and significantly improve the offensive line he will join.
TY HILTON, wide end (Colts)
Hilton has slowed down considerably in the past few years, catching just 56 assists in 15 games last season. It must be said that even if Hilton seemed more comfortable with Philip Rivers at the end of the season, the two players took a long time to establish a bond on the field. With nine seasons already on the clock, Hilton probably can’t be a first receiver as he almost always was with the Indianapolis Colts. He would be in the right chair as a second option.
HUNTER HENRY, tight end (Chargers)
Henry did not have the expected start to his career, largely due to his numerous injuries. He missed 25 games in his first five seasons, including all of 2018. Henry, on the other hand, caught a total of 115 assists in his last two campaigns and is only 26 years old. He is the best tight end available.
JAMEIS WINSTON, quarterback (Saints)
There are a few interesting quarterback candidates including Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cam Newton and Mitchell Trubisky. Ideally, however, these three players would be hired as reservists. Winston is clearly the quarterback with the greatest potential in today’s market. Sean Payton and the Saints have said they would like to rehire the first overall pick in the 2016 Draft. That could depend on what happens with Drew Brees.
LEONARD FOURNETTE, running back (Buccaneers)
It will be very interesting to see if Fournette’s excellent end to the season will allow him to secure a rich contract. The imposing running back reignited his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was one of the key players on offense in their conquest. In contrast, Fournette has only gotten 3.9 yards per carry since the start of his career. A short-term agreement is to be expected in his case.
COREY LINSLEY, center (Packers)
It’s an important piece of their offensive line that the Packers will lose if Linsley joins a new team. Overall, he’s been one of the best centers in the NFL since he started with the Packers. But Linsley has made an annual salary of 8.5 million in the last three seasons and the Packers will probably not be able to afford to pay him that much anymore. Blocker David Bakhtiari signed a four-year contract worth $ 92 million last fall and guard Elgton Jenkins is set to get a rich extension in turn within a year.