NFL Offseason Guide 2014: Team-by-Team Primer and Predictions

Eric MackFantasy Football Lead WriterFebruary 5, 2014

NFL Offseason Guide 2014: Team-by-Team Primer and Predictions

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    The new league year and free agency won't begin for more than a month, but that won't stop NFL fans like you from wondering how things might shake out in the meantime.

    For instance: Will Jimmy Graham have to leave a cap-strapped New Orleans Saints? Maybe not.

    Here we get you primed for the NFL offseason with this team-by-team slideshow of salary-cap situations, potential free agents, draft positions, team needs and—as a bonus—quick predictions on the more pressing winter question marks.

Arizona Cardinals

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    Quarterback

    Yes. For now. The Cardinals likely need to rely on Carson Palmer to compete in the short term. They might draft a developmental quarterback, though.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Around $2.3 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Alameda Ta'amu

    23

    DT

    ERFA

    Everrette Thompson

    24

    DT

    ERFA

    Andre Roberts

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Bryan McCann

    26

    CB

    UFA

    Jake Ballard

    26

    TE

    RFA

    Javier Arenas

    26

    CB

    RFA

    Rashard Mendenhall

    26

    RB

    UFA

    Alfonso Smith

    27

    RB

    RFA

    Antoine Cason

    27

    CB

    UFA

    Jim Dray

    27

    TE

    UFA

    Matt Shaughnessy

    27

    LB

    UFA

    Ronald Talley

    27

    DE

    RFA

    Andrew Rich

    28

    CB

    RFA

    Kory Sperry

    28

    TE

    UFA

    Marcus Benard

    28

    LB

    RFA

    Mike Gibson

    28

    C

    UFA

    Eric Winston

    30

    RT

    UFA

    Frostee Rucker

    30

    DT

    UFA

    Jeff King

    30

    TE

    UFA

    Karlos Dansby

    32

    LB

    UFA

    Yeremiah Bell

    35

    S

    UFA

    Jay Feely

    37

    K

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, pick 20

     

    Top Needs

    • Offensive line, particularly tackles
    • Pass-rusher 

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Cardinals figure to be a interested in the premium offensive tackles on the free-agent market this winter. They will suck up Branden Albert from Kansas City, assuming the Chiefs don't franchise-tag him again.

Atlanta Falcons

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    Quarterback

    Yes. Matt Ryan is coming off a disappointing year, but a full season of health from Julio Jones and Roddy White should re-ignite Ryan as one of the game's best quarterbacks.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Around $13.66 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Corey Peters

    25

    DT

    UFA

    Joe Hawley

    25

    C

    UFA

    Kevin Cone

    25

    WR

    RFA

    Robert McClain

    25

    CB

    RFA

    Dominique Franks

    26

    CB

    UFA

    Mike Johnson

    26

    RT

    UFA

    Chase Coffman

    27

    TE

    UFA

    Omar Gaither

    29

    LB

    UFA

    Peria Jerry

    29

    DT

    UFA

    Jeremy Trueblood

    30

    RT

    UFA

    Jonathan Babineaux

    32

    DT

    UFA

    Sean Locklear

    32

    T

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, sixth overall 

     

    Top Needs

    • Offensive line
    • Defensive line
    • Defensive backs 

     

    Offseason Prediction

    With so many teams needing quarterbacks before them in the draft order, the Falcons stand a good shot at getting offensive tackle Jake Matthews out of Teas A&M or pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney. We are going to give them Matthews. When you have a quarterback like Matt Ryan, you have to protect him and piece together your defense another way.

Baltimore Ravens

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    Quarterback 

    Yes. You don't give Joe Flacco that contract after a Super Bowl and give up on him after one year.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Around $11.5 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Brynden Trawick

    24

    S

    ERFA

    D.J. Bryant

    24

    LB

    ERFA

    Josh Bynes

    24

    LB

    RFA

    Tandon Doss

    24

    WR

    UFA

    Omar Brown

    25

    S

    ERFA

    Terrence Cody

    25

    DT

    UFA

    Adrian Hamilton

    26

    LB

    RFA

    Anthony Levine

    26

    S

    RFA

    Ed Dickson

    26

    TE

    UFA

    Eugene Monroe

    26

    LT

    UFA

    Jeromy Miles

    26

    S

    UFA

    Albert McClellan

    27

    LB

    RFA

    Arthur Jones

    27

    DE

    UFA

    Michael Oher

    27

    RT

    UFA

    Corey Graham

    28

    CB

    UFA

    Dennis Pitta

    28

    TE

    UFA

    Jacoby Jones

    29

    WR

    UFA

    James Ihedigbo

    30

    S

    UFA

    Daryl Smith

    31

    LB

    UFA

    Dallas Clark

    34

    TE

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 16th or 17th overall pending coin flip 

     

    Top Needs

    • Offensive line
    • Wide receiver
    • Tight end
    • Defensive back 

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Baltimore Ravens prided themselves as a running team, yet they had one of the worst rushing offenses in football. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce figure to be given another year, so expect the Ravens to hammer offensive line in free agency and the draft. We are going to say they make the biggest offer to free-agent center Alex Mack, if only to drive up the price for the rival Browns to match it.

Buffalo Bills

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    Quarterback

    Yes. EJ Manuel showed enough in his first year to at least get a few years of a leash on his development. 

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Around $19.2 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Antoine McClain

    24

    G

    ERFA

    Arthur Moats

    25

    LB

    UFA

    Chris Hogan

    25

    WR

    ERFA

    Alex Carrington

    26

    DE

    UFA

    Mike Caussin

    26

    TE

    RFA

    Thomas Welch

    26

    RT

    UFA

    Jairus Byrd

    27

    S

    UFA

    Dan Carpenter

    28

    K

    UFA

    Frank Summers

    28

    RB

    ERFA

    Scott Chandler

    28

    TE

    UFA

    Jim Leonhard

    31

    S

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, ninth overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Linebacker
    • Tight end
    • Wide receiver
    • Right offensive tackle 

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Bills need to keep their defense intact, which will require a second-year franchise tag or a long-term contract for Jairus Byrd. We will go with the latter and pencil in University of Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack (no relation to the writer) as their No. 1 pick. New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz should like that collection of talent he inherits.

Carolina Panthers

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    Quarterback

    Yes. No one should question Cam Newton's place among the elite. Now, it is time to surround him with talent. 

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Around $21 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Bruce Campbell

    25

    RT

    UFA

    Byron Bell

    25

    RT

    RFA

    Captain Munnerlyn

    25

    CB

    UFA

    Greg Hardy

    25

    DE

    UFA

    James Dockery

    25

    CB

    RFA

    Chris Scott

    26

    G

    RFA

    Graham Gano

    26

    K

    UFA

    Jimmy Clausen

    26

    QB

    UFA

    Mike Mitchell

    26

    S

    UFA

    Brandon LaFell

    27

    WR

    RFA

    Garry Williams

    27

    G

    RFA

    Jason Williams

    27

    LB

    UFA

    Richie Brockel

    27

    FB

    RFA

    Dan Connor

    28

    LB

    UFA

    Jeff Byers

    28

    C

    RFA

    Ted Ginn Jr.

    28

    WR

    UFA

    Domenik Hixon

    29

    WR

    UFA

    Jordan Senn

    29

    LB

    UFA

    Derek Anderson

    30

    QB

    UFA

    Geoff Hangartner

    31

    G

    UFA

    Travelle Wharton

    32

    G

    UFA

    Ben Hartsock

    33

    TE

    UFA

    Colin Cole

    33

    DT

    UFA

    Drayton Florence

    33

    CB

    UFA

    Jordan Gross

    33

    LT

    UFA

    Quintin Mikell

    33

    S

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 28th overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Wide receiver
    • Offensive line
    • Defensive back

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Panthers will have a huge offseason, signing Newton to a long-term deal, retaining Greg Hardy and bringing erstwhile receiver Hakeem Nicks home to North Carolina. Those three moves will set the Panthers up to be a perennial powerhouse.

Chicago Bears

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    Quarterback

    Yes. Jay Culter signed a long-term extension and will be married to Marc Trestman for years. The emergence of Alshon Jeffery as a star will certainly help.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Around $7.3 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Anthony Walters

    25

    S

    RFA

    Major Wright

    25

    S

    UFA

    Corey Wootton

    26

    DT

    UFA

    Eben Britton

    26

    RT

    UFA

    Nate Collins

    26

    DT

    RFA

    Sherrick McManis

    26

    CB

    UFA

    Taylor Boggs

    26

    G

    ERFA

    Craig Steltz

    27

    S

    UFA

    Henry Melton

    27

    DT

    UFA

    Landon Cohen

    27

    DT

    UFA

    Derrick Martin

    28

    CB

    UFA

    Blake Costanzo

    29

    LB

    UFA

    Dante Rosario

    29

    TE

    UFA

    Jordan Palmer

    29

    QB

    UFA

    Zackary Bowman

    29

    CB

    UFA

    James Anderson

    30

    LB

    UFA

    Kelvin Hayden

    30

    CB

    UFA

    D.J. Williams

    31

    LB

    UFA

    Devin Hester

    31

    WR

    UFA

    Jonathan Scott

    31

    LT

    UFA

    Charles Tillman

    32

    CB

    UFA

    Jay Ratliff

    32

    DT

    UFA

    Josh McCown

    34

    QB

    UFA

    Roberto Garza

    34

    C

    UFA

    Patrick Mannelly

    38

    LS

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 14th overall 

     

    Top Needs

    • Defensive line
    • Defensive back
    • Interior offensive line 

     

    Offseason Prediction

    Julius Peppers might have been the best part of a weak defensive line, but making him a cap casualty is a way to solve a huge problem. The Bears have the pieces on offense finally and now need to rework an aged defense that was the worst in football against the run. Cutting Peppers or at minimum reworking his deal will start a defensive makeover.

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Quarterback

    Yes. Say what you will about Andy Dalton and his postseason indiscretions, but he had a solid regular season and is building something with A.J. Green and Co.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Around $23.3 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Dane Sanzenbacher

    25

    WR

    RFA

    Taylor Mays

    25

    S

    UFA

    Brandon Ghee

    26

    CB

    UFA

    Brandon Tate

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Michael Johnson

    26

    DE

    UFA

    Vincent Rey

    26

    LB

    RFA

    Andrew Hawkins

    27

    WR

    RFA

    Zoltan Mesko

    27

    P

    UFA

    Anthony Collins

    28

    LT

    UFA

    Mike Pollak

    28

    G

    UFA

    Bernard Scott

    29

    RB

    UFA

    Dennis Roland

    30

    RT

    UFA

    Alex Smith

    31

    TE

    UFA

    Tank Johnson

    32

    DT

    UFA

    Chris Crocker

    33

    S

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 24th overall 

     

    Top Needs

    • Defensive back
    • Wide receiver
    • Linebacker

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Bengals have one of the best cap situations in football. They have ample room to make significant additions to an already solid roster. Stealing a safety like T.J. Ward and a corner like Walter Thurmond in free agency would make them a AFC title contender. Free agent Michael Johnson will be gone, so they might need to find another defensive end to replace him, too.

Cleveland Browns

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    Quarterback

    No way. The Browns have to draft one in the first round after missing on Brandon Weeden.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    More than $46 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Craig Robertson

    25

    LB

    ERFA

    Shawn Lauvao

    26

    G

    UFA

    T.J. Ward

    27

    S

    UFA

    Alex Mack

    28

    C

    UFA

    Oniel Cousins

    29

    G, T

    UFA

    Willis McGahee

    32

    RB

    UFA

    Billy Cundiff

    33

    K

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, fourth overall and 26th overall (from the Indianapolis Colts for Trent Richardson)

     

    Top Needs

    • Quarterback
    • Interior offensive line
    • Wide receiver 

     

    Offseason Prediction

    In T.J. Ward and Alex Mack, the Browns have two of the top free agents at their positions. The prediction here is that one leaves—Mack (no relation to this writer)—despite the fact the Browns have more cap space than almost anyone. They just are not prepared to win anytime soon. They have to build through the draft, so figure them to revamp the interior of an offensive line that couldn't generate any consistent running game.

    The Browns will wind up with the third choice at quarterback in the draft, too: Teddy Bridgewater.

Dallas Cowboys

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    Quarterback

    Yes. Despite the public hatred for Tony Romo, he is the franchise right now—for better or worse.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Um, space? They are more than $24 million over, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Chris Jones

    24

    P

    RFA

    Danny McCray

    25

    S

    UFA

    Phillip Tanner

    25

    RB

    RFA

    Brandon Carter

    27

    G

    UFA

    Jarius Wynn

    27

    DE

    UFA

    Edgar Jones

    29

    LB

    UFA

    Ernie Sims

    29

    LB

    UFA

    Anthony Spencer

    30

    DE

    UFA

    Ryan Cook

    30

    C

    UFA

    Jason Hatcher

    31

    DT

    UFA

    Brian Waters

    36

    G

    UFA

    Jon Kitna

    41

    QB

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 16th or 17th overall pending a coin flip

     

    Top Needs

    • Defensive back
    • Defensive line
    • Offensive line
    • Wide receiver

     

    Offseason Prediction

    Despite the cap issues, the Cowboys are just a few players short in the secondary from competing. Expect Jerry Jones to cook the numbers creatively for one more year and add some help to the defensive backfield, despite running the team that is most over the cap going into the offseason.

Denver Broncos

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    Quarterback

    Yes. Peyton Manning is not retiring on that bummer of a Super Bowl. 

     

    Projected Cap Space

    About $12.4 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Brandon Marshall

    24

    LB

    RFA

    Chris Harris

    24

    CB

    RFA

    Duke Ihenacho

    24

    S

    ERFA

    Eric Decker

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Knowshon Moreno

    26

    RB

    UFA

    Mitch Unrein

    26

    DT

    RFA

    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

    27

    CB

    UFA

    Tony Carter

    27

    CB

    RFA

    Trindon Holliday

    27

    KR

    ERFA

    Wesley Woodyard

    27

    LB

    UFA

    Zane Beadles

    27

    G

    UFA

    Andre Caldwell

    28

    WR

    UFA

    Robert Ayers

    28

    DE

    UFA

    Winston Justice

    29

    LT

    UFA

    Michael Huff

    30

    S

    UFA

    Steve Vallos

    30

    C

    UFA

    Stewart Bradley

    30

    LB

    UFA

    Mike Adams

    32

    S

    UFA

    Shaun Phillips

    32

    DE

    UFA

    Dan Koppen

    34

    C

    UFA

    Quentin Jammer

    34

    S

    UFA

    Paris Lenon

    36

    LB

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 31st overall 

     

    Top Needs

    • Offensive tackle
    • Defensive back
    • Future franchise quarterback

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Broncos will pony up the dough for Decker, but they afford to allow Moreno to walk, particularly since Montee Ball is ready to take over as the feature back. The real key is how they fix that suspect secondary, though. There is a lot of work to do there and not an awful lot to work with to do it. 

Detroit Lions

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    Quarterback

    Yes. Matthew Stafford has a huge cap number, but he is not going anywhere for years.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    They are more than $5 million over, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Julian Stanford

    23

    LB

    RFA

    Chris Greenwood

    24

    CB

    RFA

    Dorin Dickerson

    25

    FB

    UFA

    Jason Fox

    25

    RT

    UFA

    Jeremy Ross

    25

    WR

    ERFA

    Kris Durham

    25

    WR

    RFA

    Matt Veldman

    25

    TE

    ERFA

    Kevin Ogletree

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Joique Bell

    27

    RB

    RFA

    Andre Fluellen

    28

    DT

    UFA

    Brandon Pettigrew

    28

    TE

    UFA

    Willie Young

    28

    DE

    UFA

    Leroy Harris

    29

    C

    UFA

    John Wendling

    30

    S

    UFA

    Dylan Gandy

    31

    G

    UFA

    Micheal Spurlock

    31

    WR

    UFA

    Rocky McIntosh

    31

    LB

    UFA

    Don Muhlbach

    32

    LS

    UFA

    Israel Idonije

    33

    DE

    UFA

    Rashean Mathis

    33

    CB

    UFA

    Shaun Hill

    34

    QB

    UFA

    Dominic Raiola

    35

    C

    UFA

    David Akers

    39

    K

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 10th overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Defensive back
    • Wide receiver
    • Tight end

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Lions will get down to the salary cap by extending Ndamukong Suh, who is slated to be a free agent in 2016. They are talented enough and have a solid draft position to get better otherwise.

Green Bay Packers

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    Quarterback

    Yes. Aaron Rodgers just needs to stay healthy for a full season.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    More than $27 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Andrew Quarless

    25

    TE

    UFA

    Jamari Lattimore

    25

    LB

    RFA

    M.D. Jennings

    25

    S

    RFA

    Marshall Newhouse

    25

    RT

    UFA

    C.J. Wilson

    26

    DE

    UFA

    Jermichael Finley

    26

    TE

    UFA

    Michael Neal

    26

    DE

    UFA

    Sam Shields

    26

    CB

    UFA

    B.J. Raji

    27

    DE

    UFA

    Evan Dietrich-Smith

    27

    C

    UFA

    James Starks

    27

    RB

    RFA

    Kahlil Bell

    27

    RB

    UFA

    Matt Flynn

    28

    QB

    UFA

    Rob Francois

    28

    LB

    UFA

    James Jones

    29

    WR

    UFA

    Johnny Jolly

    30

    DE

    UFA

    John Kuhn

    31

    FB

    UFA

    Seneca Wallace

    33

    QB

    UFA

    Ryan Pickett

    34

    DT

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 21st overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Defensive back
    • Tight end
    • Linebacker
    • Defensive line

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Packers have a very favorable salary-cap position that can help them address a secondary that has plagued them for years. They will become a Super Bowl favorite in the rugged NFC with the right additions to the secondary via free agency.

Houston Texans

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    Quarterback

    No. The Texans have to pick one first overall or at least trade down a few slots and add picks while getting a quarterback.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Around $3.3 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Ben Tate

    25

    RB

    UFA

    Terrell McClain

    25

    DT

    RFA

    Bryan Braman

    26

    LB

    RFA

    Darryl Sharpton

    26

    LB

    UFA

    Earl Mitchell

    26

    DT

    UFA

    Lestar Jean

    26

    WR

    RFA

    Andrew Gardner

    27

    RT

    UFA

    Deji Karim

    27

    RB

    RFA

    Elbert Mack

    27

    CB

    UFA

    Garrett Graham

    27

    TE

    UFA

    Ricky Sapp

    27

    LB

    ERFA

    Joe Mays

    28

    LB

    UFA

    Ryan Harris

    28

    LT

    UFA

    Antonio Smith

    32

    DE

    UFA

    Greg Jones

    32

    FB

    UFA

    Jarvis Green

    35

    DT

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, first overall 

     

    Top Needs

    • Quarterback
    • Offensive tackle
    • Defensive tackle
    • Safety

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Texans have a slew of options at No. 1 overall. It will be a quarterback, and Johnny Manziel is already a star in Texas. They won't risk trading down and just pick him a bit higher than he should go.

Indianapolis Colts

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    Quarterback

    Uh, yeah. No one has a better young quarterback than Andrew Luck. Ever.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    More than $33.5 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Cam Johnson

    23

    LB

    ERFA

    Scott Lutrus

    25

    LB

    RFA

    Sergio Brown

    25

    S

    UFA

    Vontae Davis

    25

    CB

    UFA

    Cassius Vaughn

    26

    CB

    UFA

    Darrius Heyward-Bey

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Donald Brown

    26

    RB

    UFA

    Jeff Linkenbach

    26

    G

    UFA

    Joe Reitz

    26

    G

    RFA

    Josh Gordy

    26

    CB

    RFA

    Kavell Conner

    26

    LB

    RFA

    Pat McAfee

    26

    P

    UFA

    Ricardo Mathews

    26

    DE

    UFA

    Ahmad Bradshaw

    27

    RB

    UFA

    Lawrence Sidbury

    27

    LB

    UFA

    Patrick Angerer

    27

    LB

    UFA

    Fili Moala

    28

    DE

    UFA

    Justin Hickman

    28

    LB

    ERFA

    Mike McGlynn

    28

    G

    UFA

    Antoine Bethea

    29

    S

    UFA

    Aubrayo Franklin

    33

    DT

    UFA

    Adam Vinatieri

    41

    K

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    No first-round pick due to Trent Richardson deal. First selection is the 26th position in Round 2. 

     

    Top Needs

    • Wide receiver
    • Offensive line
    • Linebacker

     

    Offseason Prediction

    Greg Hardy might require being the highest-paid end in football, but the Colts need to balance their team with some defense. Hardy isn't a done deal to return to the Panthers, so he will give the Colts a premium defensive end. The Colts have a lot of cap space, even if they have a lot of free agents.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Quarterback

    No way. The Jaguars need to put this to bed with their first-round pick. 

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Almost $50.4 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Austin Pasztor

    23

    RT

    ERFA

    Jordan Todman

    23

    RB

    RFA

    Mike Brown

    24

    WR

    ERFA

    Allen Reisner

    25

    TE

    RFA

    Brandon Deaderick

    26

    DT

    UFA

    Cameron Bradfield

    26

    LT

    RFA

    Clay Harbor

    26

    TE

    UFA

    Larry Hart

    26

    LB

    RFA

    Taylor Price

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Kyle Love

    27

    DT

    UFA

    Scotty McGee

    27

    KR

    RFA

    Will Ta'ufo'ou

    27

    FB

    ERFA

    Chad Henne

    28

    QB

    UFA

    Maurice Jones-Drew

    28

    RB

    UFA

    Will Blackmon

    29

    CB

    UFA

    Brad Meester

    36

    C

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, third overall 

     

    Top Needs

    • Quarterback
    • Defensive end
    • Right tackle 
    • Wide receiver

     

    Offseason Prediction

    Despite the Jaguars' woes, they are well-positioned for a big offseason. They have the pick to draft a franchise quarterback and the cap space to add anything they so choose in free agency—if they can lure anyone to Jacksonville. They passed on Florida boy Tim Tebow, but they'll take Central Florida boy Blake Bortles as their face of the franchise.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Quarterback

    Yes. For now. Alex Smith might never win a Super Bowl, but he has proved he can win games in this league. That's good enough for most.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Just about $333,000, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Dexter McCluster

    25

    WR

    UFA

    Jon Asamoah

    25

    G

    UFA

    Kyle Williams

    25

    WR

    UFA

    Frank Zombo

    26

    LB

    UFA

    Jerrell Powe

    26

    DT

    ERFA

    Richard Gordon

    26

    TE

    RFA

    Ricky Henry

    26

    G

    RFA

    Akeem Jordan

    27

    LB

    UFA

    Geoff Schwartz

    27

    RT

    UFA

    Kendrick Lewis

    27

    S

    UFA

    Tyson Jackson

    27

    DE

    UFA

    Anthony Toribio

    28

    DE

    UFA

    Husain Abdullah

    28

    S

    UFA

    Quintin Demps

    28

    S

    UFA

    Branden Albert

    29

    LT

    UFA

    Robert James

    30

    LB

    ERFA

    Thomas Gafford

    31

    LS

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 23rd overall 

     

    Top Needs

    • Wide receiver
    • Defensive line
    • Linebacker 

     

    Offseason Prediction

    You don't draft Eric Fisher No. 1 overall to play right tackle his whole career. Expect Branden Albert to flee via free agency.

Miami Dolphins

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    Quarterback

    Yes. Joe Philbin and the Dolphins have their wagon hitched to Ryan Tannehill. That might not be a terrible thing long term.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    More than $32 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Armon Binns

    24

    WR

    ERFA

    Jonathan Freeny

    24

    LB

    ERFA

    Pat Devlin

    25

    QB

    RFA

    R.J. Stanford

    25

    CB

    RFA

    Will Yeatman

    25

    LT

    RFA

    David Arkin

    26

    G

    UFA

    Marlon Moore

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Austin Spitler

    27

    LB

    UFA

    Christopher Owens

    27

    CB

    UFA

    John Jerry

    27

    G

    UFA

    Nolan Carroll

    27

    CB

    UFA

    Chris Clemons

    28

    S

    UFA

    Danny Watkins

    29

    G

    RFA

    Dustin Keller

    29

    TE

    UFA

    Brent Grimes

    30

    CB

    UFA

    Paul Soliai

    30

    DT

    UFA

    Randy Starks

    30

    DT

    UFA

    Richie Incognito

    30

    G

    UFA

    Tyson Clabo

    32

    RT

    UFA

    Bryant McKinnie

    34

    LT

    UFA

    Randy Thomas

    38

    G

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 19th overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Offensive line
    • Defensive line
    • Defensive back

     

    Offseason Prediction

    They need almost an entire offensive line, particularly help on the left side. The good news is they can retain their free agents and afford a number of pieces in free agency. Expect them to set the market higher for any available linemen, even if they don't land them. Failing to make those additions, they will draft a number of linemen in the middle of the first few rounds.

Minnesota Vikings

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    Quarterback

    No. If they don't land Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles in Round 1, this could be a depressing offseason for Vikings fans.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Almost $24 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    J'Marcus Webb

    25

    RT

    UFA

    Larry Dean

    25

    LB

    RFA

    Chris Cook

    26

    CB

    UFA

    Everson Griffen

    26

    DE

    UFA

    Josh Freeman

    26

    QB

    UFA

    Marcus Sherels

    26

    CB

    RFA

    Matt Asiata

    26

    FB

    ERFA

    Toby Gerhart

    26

    RB

    UFA

    Jerome Simpson

    27

    WR

    UFA

    Joe Webb

    27

    WR

    UFA

    Seth Olsen

    28

    G

    UFA

    Charlie Johnson

    29

    G

    UFA

    Desmond Bishop

    29

    LB

    UFA

    Marvin Mitchell

    29

    LB

    UFA

    Fred Evans

    30

    DT

    UFA

    Jared Allen

    31

    DE

    UFA

    Joe Berger

    31

    C

    UFA

    Matt Cassel

    31

    QB

    UFA

    Kevin Williams

    33

    DT

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, eighth overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Quarterback
    • Defensive line
    • Defensive backs
    • Linebackers
    • Offensive line

     

    Offseason Prediction

    Jared Allen is going to have a new home, even if the Vikings have ample cap space. They need to also find a way to get Bridgewater, Bortles or Manziel. That would require an aggressive move up from the eighth spot, though.

New England Patriots

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    Quarterback

    Yes. They might switch gears on their backup, though, dealing Ryan Mallett to a team that loses out on a first-round quarterback.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Around $5.6 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Danny Aiken

    25

    LS

    RFA

    Michael Hoomanawanui

    25

    TE

    UFA

    Brandon Spikes

    26

    LB

    UFA

    Aqib Talib

    27

    CB

    UFA

    Dane Fletcher

    27

    LB

    UFA

    Julian Edelman

    27

    WR

    UFA

    LeGarrette Blount

    27

    RB

    UFA

    Ryan Wendell

    27

    C

    UFA

    Austin Collie

    28

    WR

    UFA

    Christian Cox

    28

    DT

    RFA

    Matthew Mulligan

    29

    TE

    UFA

    Will Svitek

    32

    LT

    UFA

    Andre Carter

    34

    DE

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 29th overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Linebacker
    • Defensive line
    • Offensive line
    • Defensive back 

     

    Offseason Prediction

    They don't have a whole lot of room to operate, but consider re-signing Talib their No. 1 priority with what cap space they do have. Also, expect them to deal Mallett to a quarterback-needy team and draft a new developmental project later in May.

New Orleans Saints

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    Quarterback

    Yes. The Saints need to rework Drew Brees' deal, though, to get under the salary cap and afford their premium free agents.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    More than $13.4 million over, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Trevin Wade

    24

    CB

    ERFA

    Bryce Harris

    25

    RT

    ERFA

    Isa Abdul-Quddus

    25

    S

    RFA

    Joseph Morgan

    25

    WR

    RFA

    Charles Brown

    26

    LT

    UFA

    Malcolm Jenkins

    26

    S

    UFA

    Rafael Bush

    26

    S

    RFA

    Ramon Humber

    26

    LB

    UFA

    Jed Collins

    27

    FB

    RFA

    Jimmy Graham

    27

    TE

    UFA

    Brian De La Puente

    28

    C

    UFA

    Keyunta Dawson

    28

    DE

    UFA

    Eric Frampton

    29

    S

    UFA

    Robert Meachem

    29

    WR

    UFA

    Tom Johnson

    29

    DE

    RFA

    Chris Carr

    30

    CB

    UFA

    Parys Haralson

    30

    LB

    UFA

    Will Herring

    30

    LB

    UFA

    Zach Strief

    30

    RT

    UFA

    Jonathan Vilma

    31

    LB

    UFA

    Luke McCown

    32

    QB

    UFA

    Kenyon Coleman

    34

    DE

    UFA

    Shayne Graham

    36

    K

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 27th overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Offensive tackle
    • Linebacker
    • Defensive back

     

    Offseason Prediction

    Brees helps the Saints get closer to the cap by restructuring his deal, while Jimmy Graham becomes the single most important franchise tag in football. He warrants the richest deal in NFL history for a tight end, but the cap-strapped Saints will need to write it creatively to make it work with the current cap restrictions.

New York Giants

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    Quarterback

    Yes. They have the quarterback of the now, plus they have Ryan Nassib sucking up a roster spot.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Around $9.2 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Chad Jones

    25

    S

    UFA

    Henry Hynoski

    25

    FB

    RFA

    Linval Joseph

    25

    DT

    UFA

    Spencer Paysinger

    25

    LB

    RFA

    Hakeem Nicks

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Jim Cordle

    26

    C

    RFA

    Louis Murphy

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Mark Herzlich

    26

    LB

    RFA

    Matt Dodge

    26

    P

    UFA

    Stevie Brown

    26

    S

    UFA

    Andre Brown

    27

    RB

    UFA

    Bear Pascoe

    27

    TE

    UFA

    Keith Rivers

    27

    LB

    UFA

    Brandon Myers

    28

    TE

    UFA

    Curtis Painter

    28

    QB

    UFA

    Peyton Hillis

    28

    RB

    UFA

    Ryan Mundy

    28

    S

    UFA

    Trumaine McBride

    28

    CB

    UFA

    Jon Beason

    29

    LB

    UFA

    Terrell Thomas

    29

    CB

    UFA

    Justin Tuck

    30

    DE

    UFA

    Kevin Boothe

    30

    G

    UFA

    Mike Patterson

    30

    DE

    UFA

    Aaron Ross

    31

    CB

    UFA

    Josh Brown

    34

    K

    UFA

    Shaun Rogers

    34

    DT

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 12th overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Offensive line
    • Linebacker
    • Defensive back
    • Tight end

     

    Offseason Prediction

    Hakeem Nicks' departure is a foregone conclusion. His loss and the remaining cap room can be used to find a center, guard and right tackle...if not a left one. OK, that is far too optimistic. Perhaps the Giants just find one in the offseason and build the line through the draft.

New York Jets

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    Quarterback

    No. They might have to give Geno Smith another year. We know Mark Sanchez won't be back.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Almost $23.3 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Nick Bellore

    24

    LB

    RFA

    Aaron Berry

    25

    CB

    UFA

    Darrin Walls

    25

    CB

    RFA

    Austin Howard

    26

    RT

    UFA

    Ellis Lankster

    26

    CB

    UFA

    Jeff Cumberland

    26

    TE

    UFA

    Josh Mauga

    26

    LB

    UFA

    Konrad Reuland

    26

    TE

    RFA

    Vidal Hazelton

    26

    WR

    ERFA

    Vladimir Ducasse

    26

    G

    UFA

    Leger Douzable

    27

    DE

    UFA

    Brady Quinn

    29

    QB

    UFA

    Dallas Reynolds

    29

    C

    ERFA

    Darius Reynaud

    29

    RB

    UFA

    Garrett McIntyre

    29

    LB

    RFA

    Lex Hilliard

    29

    RB

    UFA

    Nick Folk

    29

    K

    UFA

    Joshua Cribbs

    30

    WR

    UFA

    Kellen Winslow

    30

    TE

    UFA

    Willie Colon

    30

    G

    UFA

    Isaiah Trufant

    31

    CB

    UFA

    Calvin Pace

    33

    LB

    UFA

    David Garrard

    35

    QB

    UFA

    Ed Reed

    35

    S

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 18th overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Quarterback
    • Wide receiver
    • Offensive line
    • Running back 

     

    Offseason Prediction

    Mark Sanchez is long gone as a cap casualty, even if the Jets do not have faith in Smith. They don't have a pick to get a true franchise quarterback, so expect him to open the year as the starter.

Oakland Raiders

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    Quarterback

    No. They should draft one over considering Michael Vick as a free-agent starter. They might not be left with a choice, though.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    More than $63.6 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Lamar Mady

    23

    G

    ERFA

    Brandian Ross

    24

    S

    ERFA

    Jamize Olawale

    24

    FB

    ERFA

    Jeremy Stewart

    24

    RB

    RFA

    Kaelin Burnett

    24

    LB

    ERFA

    Matt McCants

    24

    C

    ERFA

    Chimdi Chekwa

    25

    CB

    RFA

    Phillip Adams

    25

    CB

    UFA

    Darren McFadden

    26

    RB

    UFA

    Jacoby Ford

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Jared Veldheer

    26

    LT

    UFA

    Jeron Mastrud

    26

    TE

    UFA

    Lamarr Houston

    26

    DE

    UFA

    Vance Walker

    26

    DT

    UFA

    Tracy Porter

    27

    CB

    UFA

    Mike Jenkins

    28

    CB

    UFA

    Rashad Jennings

    28

    RB

    UFA

    Usama Young

    28

    S

    UFA

    Daniel Muir

    30

    DT

    UFA

    Jason Hunter

    30

    DE

    UFA

    Khalif Barnes

    31

    LT

    UFA

    Tony Pashos

    33

    RT

    UFA

    Andre Gurode

    34

    C

    UFA

    Charles Woodson

    37

    S

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, fifth overall 

     

    Top Needs

    • Quarterback
    • Offensive line
    • Wide receiver
    • Defensive back

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Raiders figure to be left out of the mix for a quarterback early in Round 1, as Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater go in the top four. That will force the Raiders to rely on Vick as their temporary answer at the position.

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Quarterback

    Sort of. Nick Foles clearly earned a full-season look. Heck, his half-season performance made him appear to be a future star.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Almost $21 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Arrelious Benn

    25

    WR

    UFA

    Cedric Thornton

    25

    DE

    RFA

    Jeremy Maclin

    25

    WR

    UFA

    Kurt Coleman

    25

    S

    UFA

    Clifton Geathers

    26

    DE

    UFA

    Jorrick Calvin

    26

    CB

    RFA

    Nate Allen

    26

    S

    UFA

    Riley Cooper

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Jeff Owens

    27

    DT

    RFA

    Colt Anderson

    28

    S

    UFA

    Phillip Hunt

    28

    LB

    RFA

    Donnie Jones

    33

    P

    UFA

    Michael Vick

    33

    QB

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 22nd overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Defensive back
    • Linebacker
    • Defensive line

     

    Offseason Prediction

    Ample cap room allows the Eagles to retain all of their best free agents, namely Jeremy Maclin (knee) and Riley Cooper. There is even plenty left over to bolster the secondary and the pass rush, adding Jared Allen to harry opposing quarterbacks and helping the secondary that way.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Quarterback

    Yes. Ben Roethlisberger will be getting an extension, too. 

     

    Projected Cap Space

    About $10.5 million over, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Brian Arnfelt

    24

    DE

    ERFA

    Eric Olsen

    25

    C

    RFA

    Jason Worilds

    25

    LB

    UFA

    Stevenson Sylvester

    25

    LB

    UFA

    Al Woods

    26

    DE

    UFA

    David Johnson

    26

    FB

    UFA

    Emmanuel Sanders

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Evander Hood

    26

    DE

    UFA

    Felix Jones

    26

    RB

    UFA

    LaRod Stephens-Howling

    26

    RB

    UFA

    Michael Palmer

    26

    TE

    UFA

    Fernando Velasco

    28

    C

    UFA

    Jamaal Westerman

    28

    LB

    UFA

    Guy Whimper

    30

    G

    UFA

    Rashad Butler

    30

    LT

    UFA

    Jerricho Cotchery

    31

    WR

    UFA

    Will Allen

    31

    S

    UFA

    Greg Warren

    32

    LS

    UFA

    Mat McBriar

    34

    P

    UFA

    Ryan Clark

    34

    S

    UFA

    Brett Keisel

    35

    DE

    UFA

    Plaxico Burress

    36

    WR

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 15th overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Offensive line
    • Wide receiver
    • Defensive back
    • Defensive line

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Steelers get closer to the cap by giving Big Ben a long-term contract extension. A well-written deal should help alleviate a lot of the current-year cap stress. They still will need to address the offensive line and aging secondary in the draft, though.

San Diego Chargers

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    Quarterback

    Yes. The answer is much more convincing after Philip Rivers' rebound year.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Around $2.7 million over, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Bront Bird

    24

    LB

    RFA

    Danario Alexander

    25

    WR

    UFA

    Donald Butler

    25

    LB

    UFA

    Steve Schilling

    25

    G

    RFA

    Darrell Stuckey

    26

    S

    UFA

    Seyi Ajirotutu

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Cam Thomas

    27

    DT

    UFA

    Lavelle Hawkins

    27

    WR

    UFA

    Reggie Walker

    27

    LB

    UFA

    Rich Ohrnberger

    27

    G

    UFA

    Chad Rinehart

    28

    G

    UFA

    Larry English

    28

    LB

    UFA

    Richard Marshall

    29

    CB

    UFA

    Charlie Whitehurst

    31

    QB

    UFA

    Ronnie Brown

    32

    RB

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 25th overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Cornerback
    • Safety
    • Offensive guards
    • Linebacker

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Chargers are in for a tough offseason if they cannot fix their woeful corners because of salary-cap issues. The draft can help, but this team was hoping to compete now. Drafting secondary help can take some time to develop.

San Francisco 49ers

27 of 32

    Quarterback

    Yes. Colin Kaepernick should be much better with a full year of health from Michael Crabtree.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    More than $5.1 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Anthony Dixon

    26

    FB

    UFA

    Demarcus Dobbs

    26

    TE

    RFA

    Colt McCoy

    27

    QB

    UFA

    Mario Manningham

    27

    WR

    UFA

    Michael Wilhoite

    27

    LB

    ERFA

    Perrish Cox

    27

    CB

    UFA

    Donte Whitner

    28

    S

    UFA

    Eric Wright

    28

    CB

    UFA

    Tarell Brown

    29

    CB

    UFA

    Anquan Boldin

    33

    WR

    UFA

    Kassim Osgood

    33

    WR

    UFA

    Jonathan Goodwin

    35

    C

    UFA

    Phil Dawson

    39

    K

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 30th overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Wide receiver
    • Defensive back
    • Defensive line

     

    Offseason Prediction

    One of the worst passing offenses in football sorely needs some weapons. Kenny Britt could be a good fit on the cheap. The fact the 49ers are a contender will also help lure him to the West Coast on an incentive-laden, one-year deal.

Seattle Seahawks

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    Quarterback

    Yes. Russell Wilson already has won a Super Bowl in his second year. He is here to stay.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Around $2.55 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Doug Baldwin

    25

    WR

    RFA

    Golden Tate

    25

    WR

    UFA

    Jeron Johnson

    25

    S

    RFA

    Anthony McCoy

    26

    TE

    UFA

    Lemuel Jeanpierre

    26

    C

    RFA

    Michael Morgan

    26

    DE

    RFA

    O'Brien Schofield

    26

    LB

    UFA

    Walter Thurmond

    26

    CB

    UFA

    Chris Maragos

    27

    S

    UFA

    Clinton McDonald

    27

    DT

    UFA

    Breno Giacomini

    28

    RT

    UFA

    Kellen Davis

    28

    TE

    UFA

    Michael Bennett

    28

    DE

    UFA

    Steven Hauschka

    28

    K

    UFA

    Brandon Browner

    29

    CB

    UFA

    Tony McDaniel

    29

    DT

    UFA

    Michael Robinson

    30

    FB

    UFA

    Paul McQuistan

    30

    LT

    UFA

    Tarvaris Jackson

    30

    QB

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 32nd overall 

     

    Top Needs

    • Wide receiver
    • Tight end
    • Offensive line

     

    Offseason Prediction

    This will be the team that is hardest hit via free agency. That is what happens when you win a Super Bowl. You do it with depth, but then all those role players get paid to be starters and stars elsewhere. Sure, they could be some exceptions—like the "appetizer" wide receivers—but guys like Michael Bennett and Walter Thurmond deserve more money to start for someone else. 

St. Louis Rams

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    Quarterback

    Maybe not. Sam Bradford is coming off injury, and the Rams have the picks to go in a different direction at quarterback. It will be one of the more interesting offseason decisions to watch.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Less than $1 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Justin Veltung

    22

    WR

    ERFA

    Rodger Saffold

    25

    LT

    UFA

    Darian Stewart

    25

    S

    UFA

    Mike McNeill

    25

    TE

    RFA

    Tim Barnes

    25

    C

    ERFA

    Quinton Pointer

    25

    S

    ERFA

    Shelley Smith

    26

    G

    UFA

    Chris Williams

    28

    G

    UFA

    Jo-Lonn Dunbar

    28

    LB

    UFA

    Kellen Clemens

    30

    QB

    UFA

    Matt Giordano

    30

    S

    UFA

    Will Witherspoon

    33

    LB

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, second overall (from Washington Redskins for Robert Griffin III) and 13th overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Offensive line
    • Defensive back
    • Wide receiver
    • Quarterback

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Rams have enough defense and pass-rushers, so they eschew defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or another quarterback project and pick Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson with the second overall pick. The Rams have enough picks to take a developmental quarterback later and give Bradford one more year with his young receiving corps.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Quarterback

    No. Mike Glennon hasn't shown enough to be considered a franchise quarterback, but the Bucs have bigger holes to fill this winter.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    More than $11 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Eric Page

    22

    WR

    RFA

    Deveron Carr

    23

    CB

    ERFA

    Bradley McDougald

    23

    S

    ERFA

    Jacob Cutrera

    25

    LB

    UFA

    Dekoda Watson

    25

    LB

    UFA

    Nate Byham

    25

    TE

    RFA

    Jonathan Casillas

    26

    LB

    UFA

    Ted Larsen

    26

    C

    UFA

    Daniel Te'o-Nesheim

    26

    DE

    UFA

    Tiquan Underwood

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Bobby Rainey

    26

    RB

    RFA

    Kyle Adams

    26

    TE

    UFA

    Erik Lorig

    27

    FB

    UFA

    Jamon Meredith

    27

    G

    UFA

    Danny Gorrer

    27

    CB

    UFA

    Adam Hayward

    29

    LB

    UFA

    Spencer Larsen

    29

    FB

    UFA

    Brian Leonard

    30

    RB

    UFA

    Dan Orlovsky

    30

    QB

    UFA

    Gary Gibson

    31

    DT

    UFA

    Andrew Economos

    31

    LS

    UFA

    Lawrence Tynes

    35

    K

    UFA

    Rian Lindell

    37

    K

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, seventh overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Pass-rusher
    • Offensive line
    • Tight end
    • Quarterback 

     

    Offseason Prediction

    The Bucs could become one of the best defenses in football with a big-time play for a pass-rusher like the Panthers' Greg Hardy. Failing that, they use their cap space to bolster the offensive line and draft a pass-rushing defensive end.

Tennessee Titans

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    Quarterback

    Not yet. The jury is still out on Jake Locker, but he likely deserves one more year to prove worthy of being an NFL starter.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Around $6.5 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Alterraun Verner

    25

    CB

    UFA

    Damian Williams

    25

    WR

    UFA

    Kenny Britt

    25

    WR

    UFA

    Kevin Matthews

    26

    C

    UFA

    Marc Mariani

    26

    WR

    UFA

    Rusty Smith

    27

    QB

    UFA

    Ropati Pitoitua

    28

    DE

    UFA

    Antonio Johnson

    29

    DT

    UFA

    Bernard Pollard

    29

    S

    UFA

    Robert Turner

    29

    C

    UFA

    Jackie Battle

    30

    RB

    UFA

    Michael Otto

    30

    LT

    UFA

    Chris Spencer

    31

    G

    UFA

    Leon Washington

    31

    RB

    UFA

    Kevin Walter

    32

    WR

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    Round 1, 11th overall

     

    Top Needs

    • Defensive back
    • Defensive end
    • Running back
    • Quarterback

     

    Offseason Prediction

    Chris Johnson is still a productive player, but making him the highest-profile cap casualty of this offseason could help the Titans improve as a whole. The NFL draft has rendered some very good value in the late rounds at running back. Johnson just doesn't warrant his paycheck. Imagine him in a place like New York? Wow.

Washington Redskins

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    Quarterback

    Yes. In fact, they are going to trade Kirk Cousins,because they are so committed to Robert Griffin III.

     

    Projected Cap Space

    Almost $15 million, per Spotrac estimates.

     

    Potential Free Agents

    Player

    Age

    Pos

    Status

    Dezmon Briscoe

    24

    WR

    UFA

    Aldrick Robinson

    25

    WR

    ERFA

    Jose Gumbs

    25

    S

    ERFA

    Perry Riley

    25

    LB

    UFA

    Chris Baker

    26

    DE

    UFA

    Doug Worthington

    26

    DE

    RFA

    E.J. Biggers

    26

    CB

    UFA

    J.D. Walton

    26

    C

    UFA

    Brian Orakpo

    27

    LB

    UFA

    Fred Davis

    28

    TE

    UFA

    Josh Morgan

    28

    WR

    UFA

    Josh Wilson

    28

    CB

    UFA

    Rob Jackson

    28

    LB

    UFA

    Bryan Kehl

    29

    LB

    UFA

    Darryl Tapp

    29

    LB

    UFA

    DeAngelo Hall

    30

    CB

    UFA

    Reed Doughty

    31

    S

    UFA

    Nick Barnett

    32

    LB

    UFA

    Rex Grossman

    33

    QB

    UFA

    Santana Moss

    34

    WR

    UFA

    London Fletcher

    38

    LB

    UFA

    Information from Spotrac.

     

    Draft Position

    No first-round pick due to the RG3 trade with the St. Louis Rams. First pick is the second pick of Round 2. 

     

    Top Needs

    • Offensive line
    • Defensive line
    • Defensive back
    • Wide receiver

     

    Offseason Prediction

    After giving Orakpo the biggest deal for a linebacker in the NFL, the Redskins need to turn their focus to propping up RG3 as a superstar. It will require beefing up the line and getting him some weapons to target downfield.

     

     

    Eric Mack, one of the giants among fantasy writers, is the Fantasy Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report this season. Follow him on Twitter, where you can ask him endless questions about your team, rip him for his content and even challenge him to a head-to-head fantasy game.