2013 NFL Free Agents: Teams Poised to Break the Bank This Offseason
Free agency and mayhem will simultaneously ensue once the clock strikes midnight. With one fell swoop a team will have a chance to change the trajectory of its franchise for years to come.
Players once thought to be staples for their teams' success are being kicked to the curb and players are switching uniforms more rapidly than NCAA conference realignment.
Having millions in cap space is good and all, but what good are the keys to a Ferrari if you can't drive manual? For every diamond in the rough there is an Albert Haynesworth. It is about that time for teams to splurge with all that money that they have nickel-and-dimed throughout the season, although certain franchises are in need of a big splash much more than others.
With Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson came glimmers of hope this past season. As a Browns fan, that itself is enough to get the juices flowing.
The fact is that Cleveland has more cap space with which to break the bank than any other team in the NFL at just under $47 million. In this league, you have to pay to play and if all goes well the Dawgs' faithful just might have something substantial to cheer for this coming year.
Intent on no longer playing second fiddle in the AFC North, or third or fourth fiddle for that matter, the time is now for Cleveland to strike while the iron is hot. They have already gotten the ball rolling on two of the best defensive players on the market in Paul Kruger and Cliff Avril in order to improve an inadequate front seven.
With Pittsburgh starting to show signs of age and Baltimore losing Ray Lewis and possibly Ed Reed as well as Kruger, the Browns need to maximize their potential right now. They lost a lot of close games last season and with a few home runs in free agency, they could be barking very loudly next year.
With over $36 million in cap room, Miami will definitely be a team worth looking out for this offseason.
They will likely be going after any big-name receivers they can get their hands on, with Steelers' Mike Wallace rumored to be firmly on their radar.
This team needs help for their young quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He will need to shoulder more of the load next season with Reggie Bush most likely taking his talents away from South Beach. Signing Brian Hartline long-term was a good start, but Tannehill needs another reliable target if he is going to improve.
With so much money to spend, Miami should also look to improve their 27th-ranked pass defense as well as replacing Reggie Bush, possibly with a veteran presence like Steven Jackson to complement their young backfield. It is a big offseason for them, whether they sink or swim will be fun to watch.
Chip Kelly is now on board, so it would be shocking to see Philly go through this offseason without causing some commotion.
With rumors swirling around the possible cutting of high-profile corner Nnamdi Asomugha, the Eagles are already making noise. Cutting him would leave them roughly $40 million to play with. Philly will also be losing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, leaving the secondary very thin. Luckily for them, there will be plenty of secondary help out on the market as well in the form of Aqib Talib, Chris Gamble or Keenan Lewis.
The logical thing for the Eagles to do would be to acquire some offensive line help to ensure that Michael Vick and Nick Foles don't finish next season in a hospital. Jake Long, Jermon Bushrod and Andy Levitre highlight a class full of capable linemen that the Eagles would be wise to take a long hard look at.
This offseason may not have the big play makers or the glamor that off-seasons in the past have had, but it is likely that Philly will take over a lot of headlines this year, much like they did in forming their self-appointed "Dream Team" of two years ago.
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