With the start of 2021 NFL free agency a month away, all 32 teams have looming decisions to make about how their rosters could look next season. That includes players who could use a change of scenery -- free agents, cut candidates and guys who could be traded -- and potentially flourish elsewhere.

Will the Super Bowl champions bring back running back Leonard Fournette, who thrived in the postseason for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Are the Chicago Bears officially done with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky? What will the rebuilding Houston Texans do with quarterback Deshaun Watson? And what about Odell Beckham Jr., who is coming off a torn ACL for the Cleveland Browns?

Maybe it's money, maybe it's production. Or, maybe it's both. Sometimes a player just needs to go somewhere new. Here are 32 players our NFL Nation reporters believe would benefit from a move away from their current teams:


Dallas Cowboys

Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie

Teams don't like to give up on second-round picks, but sometimes they just run their course. Awuzie had four interceptions in his four seasons, starting 42 games. The free agent could get a larger deal from another team than what the Cowboys might pay and he might have more success somewhere else. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants

Tight end Evan Engram

Engram made the Pro Bowl in 2020, but that was not indicative of how his year went. He led all tight ends with eight drops and failed to thrive under Joe Judge and the new coaching staff. Despite his potential and enticing talent, it really hasn't clicked for Engram in his four years with the Giants. A change of scenery might benefit everyone in this case. -- Jordan Raanan

Philadelphia Eagles

Tight end Zach Ertz

Contract extension talks between Ertz and the Eagles soured last offseason, and a split by trade now seems inevitable. Ertz, 30, was limited to 11 games because of injury in 2020 and had a down year overall, but he has been one of the most productive tight ends in the game over the course of his career. He'll be doubly motivated next season as he tries to reestablish himself as one of the best at his position and prove to his new team that he is worth the investment. He has one year remaining on his deal and is scheduled to make $8.25 million. -- Tim McManus

Washington Football Team

Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan

It's not because of anything other than his changing role this past season with the arrival of rookie end Chase Young to pair with second-year end Montez Sweat. That meant Kerrigan, Washington's all-time leader in sacks (95.5), was a backup for the first time in his career. He'll be an unrestricted free agent and still wants to start. There was frustration early last season with the number of snaps he played; while his snaps eventually increased he still feels he can help in a bigger role. To get that role, he'll have to leave the franchise that drafted him in the first round in 2011. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears

Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky

The Bears and Trubisky need a clean break. Most of Chicago will never forgive the team for moving up to draft Trubisky second overall in 2017, ahead of true franchise passers Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. Trubisky clearly isn't on the level of Mahomes or Watson, but he played well at times (mostly versus inferior opponents) over the course of the past four years. Trubisky's time with the Bears is effectively over. The 26-year-old quarterback ought to prioritize a situation where he can compete for a starting job or be a priority backup. Chicago is no longer that place. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions

Tight end Jesse James

It's not clear whether the new regime will hold on to the tight end whom former general manager Bob Quinn gave a four-year, $22.6 million contract in 2019. James has averaged fewer than one catch per game (30 catches in 32 games) and has two total touchdowns in two seasons. With T.J. Hockenson clearly in command at the position, it might be best for both parties to move on. The caveat will be new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn's offense. If two-tight end sets are something he favors, James could stick around and get a fresh start that way. But it might be best for Detroit to consider another option. -- Michael Rothstein