2020 NFL Free Agents: Rumors, Predictions for Potential Offseason Targets

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 25, 2019

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 06: Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys stand on the field in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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With the 2019-20 NFL regular season just a week away from coming to a close, thoughts will start to turn toward the next campaign, with a number of teams likely to begin lining up possible free agents to bolster their squad.

Those franchises that failed to make the postseason will get extra time to reassess, and discussions will likely be taking place across the league already with a number of high-profile stars.

At this point, there are a number of huge names who have yet to agree terms with their current teams over a contract extension, including star quarterbacks Dak Prescott, Drew Brees and Tom Brady.

Here is a look at some of the biggest names that may be on the market ahead of the next campaign.


Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

As of yet, the Cowboys may make the playoffs, although they missed the chance to secure the NFC East title last time out when they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Given they were unable to score a touchdown in this crunch encounter, naturally a lot of focus has fallen on Prescott, who was struggling with a shoulder injury before the game. The Cowboys offense, which has been devastating at times this season, failed to click into gear.

As Mike Greenberg noted, Prescott was outperformed on the day by his opposite number, Carson Wentz:

Mike Greenberg @Espngreeny

Dak misses a wide open receiver. Wentz takes his team right down the field. In the most important game either of them plays this year, that sequence feels like it spoke volumes. #Cowboys #Eagles

Per PFF, the quarterback has been let down at times this season by some profligate catching from his receivers:


No QB has seen his receivers drop more passes than Dak Prescott https://t.co/zY6FpH2dhb

Should the Eagles beat the New York Giants in Week 17, then the Cowboys' season will be brought to an end. From there, they will be tasked with tying down a number of key men to new contracts, including Prescott.

Speaking after the loss to the Eagles, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan (h/t Pro Football Talk) that the organisation was hopeful of getting Prescott signed up again.

"I think he understands where we're coming from," he said. "We understand where he's coming from. Ultimately, we'll figure this out."

Prediction: Prescott signs with Cowboys


Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys

While it seems unlikely the Cowboys will lose Prescott at this point, wide receiver Amari Cooper looks increasingly likely to leave AT&T Stadium.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Cowboys are set to prioritise the reacquisition of their quarterback over that of the wide receiver. It means the 25-year-old may be looking for a new home after just two seasons with Dallas.

If he does become available, Cooper will be one of the most sought-after free agents on the market. In 15 games this season, he has 75 receptions for 1,097 yards, as well as eight touchdowns.

Cooper doesn't appear to have natural chemistry with Prescott, though, and after the Eagles' loss on Sunday, he reflected on the issues he had linking up with the quarterback:

David Helman @HelmanDC

Amari Cooper was asked about his missed connections with Dak Prescott. He said he thought the Cowboys could’ve done more to take advantage of Philadelphia’s secondary. https://t.co/L1wnDvCyW6

Per Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the receiver was also pulled out of the game at a crucial point as Dallas sought to force a comeback:

Clarence Hill Jr @clarencehilljr

the Cowboys limited Amari Cooper snaps in the 4th quarter against the eagles because he wasn't playing well, per sources. They legitimately didn't think having him in on 4th and 8 have them the best chance to win. if he is not hurt, this will be revisited in contract talks

With Prescott set for a pay rise and a new $90 million, six-year deal for Ezekiel Elliott signed in September, the Cowboys may let Cooper, who has also struggled with a succession of injury issues in the second half of the campaign, walk away.

Prediction: Cooper leaves the Cowboys


Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Winston remains one of the most polarising players in the NFL, and with just one game remaining on his rookie deal, the Buccaneers have a decision to make regarding his future.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Tampa want him to stay and are considering whether to use the $27 million franchise tag or the $25 million transition tag to secure the quarterback's future.

Although Winston leads the league in passing yards, he's a high-risk player, having thrown a whopping 28 interceptions over the course of the season.

While his raw talent is beyond dispute, CBS Sports HQ summed up how far Winston still has to go to be considered one of the best quarterbacks in the division:

CBS Sports HQ @CBSSportsHQ

Jameis Winston has now thrown TEN first quarter interceptions this season. Lamar Jackson has NINE interceptions in his entire career. https://t.co/mvGhTMQXDp

Tampa Bay may consider the prospect of securing someone a little more reliable in the role, although their draft position is unlikely to afford them one of the top quarterback picks in the first round. 

It means another deal in Florida makes sense for both the player and his team. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians will hope that with some more time to work with the 25-year-old, he can refine his play and cut out the costly mistakes.

Prediction: Winston signs with Buccaneers