Top Ten Most Notable NFL Free Agents of 2015
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2015 NFL Offseason
With the new league year officially beginning on at 1 PM on March 10, NFL free agency is almost upon us again. You can safely bet that deals are being done as I type, but we won’t know anything official for eight more days. This morning, we’re going to take a look at the top ten most notable free agents of the 2015 offseason.
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1. Few fans would dispute that infamous Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is the single most important free agent of 2015. I’ll be a little bit surprised if the Lions don’t get a deal done with Suh (or slap the franchise tag on him), but if he hits the open market, I fully anticipate a free-for-all.
2. Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, who had 88 receptions for 1,320 yards in 2014, is almost certain to be franchise tagged before he has a chance to be seriously courted by other teams. The powers-that-be in the Big D know they can’t afford to let Tony Romo’s favorite target go anytime soon.
3. In more Dallas Cowboys news, stud RB DeMarco Murray, who had 2,261 total yards last season, will also be a free agent in 2015. It seems remarkably unlikely that the ‘Boys will manage to bring back both Bryant and Murray (and Bryant is arguably more crucial to the long-term success of the team). That said, let the bidding for Murray begin.
4. Kansas City Chiefs OLB Justin Houston, who had an incredible 22 sacks during the 2014 NFL season, is set to hit free agency this year. Houston was named the Chiefs 2014 MVP over the weekend and the odds of the team letting him go are slim to none. Look for the franchise tag to be used to keep Houston around for at least one more year.
5. Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas may be set to become a free agent, but there’s next to no chance that John Elway and Co. won’t slap the franchise tag on him as quickly as possible. If (when?) Peyton Manning returns next year, he’ll need to have Thomas downfield and the front office knows that.
6. Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas is also entering free agency in 2015. Quite a few teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cleveland Browns (can I just mention that disastrous Josh McCown situation? Oy vey, Cleveland.), and the Oakland Raiders, have expressed legitimate interest in Thomas, so I expect him to be wearing a different uniform come September.
7. New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who racked-up 77 tackles and 12.5 sacks in 2014, is likely to be franchise tagged before he can hit the open market. In the event the G-Men don’t opt to exercise the tag option, though, Pierre-Paul would be an excellent option in Chicago or in New Orleans.
8. New England Patriots S Devin McCourty had 68 tackles and 2 interceptions during the 2014 season. Pats fans are calling for McCourty to be franchised, but I don’t know that they’ll get their wish. If McCourty becomes a free agent, the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers are both interesting potential landing spots.
9. Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb is coming off of another excellent season, with 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Packers front office is working feverishly to re-sign Cobb, but if he hits the open market, look for teams like the Seattle Seahawks, the Oakland Raiders, and the Jacksonville Jaguars to be ready to pounce.
10. Former (yes, it’s already official) Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy will be a free agent on March 10. Hardy is a huge talent, but he takes my final spot today because of his major off-field issues. Hardy faced domestic violence charges last year and it remains to be seen which teams are going to be willing to take-on the bad press that could come with signing him.