We’re roughly one month from the NFL‘s annual free-agent shopping spree, when — despite general managers’ best efforts to build rosters primarily through the draft — executives often cannot resist the temptation of landing splashy free agents. With Kirk Cousins, Ziggy Ansah, Le’Veon Bell and Sammy Watkins (among others) primed to rake in lucrative contracts, owners’ checkbooks will be open to fill important needs. With all player contracts set to expire on March 14, 2018, at 4 p.m. Eastern time, let’s examine which teams will be the most active. Cleveland Browns In his first offseason as general manager, John Dorsey is loaded with $110 million in cap space on a roster with plenty of holes to fill. With the ability to overpay to land “their guys,” the Browns figure to be in the market for Malcolm Butler, Watkins, and even the Cousins sweepstakes. At the same time, Cleveland can be aggressive with some of the bargain-bin options as well. Adding veterans to a roster loaded with young talent and even more on the way via the draft, free agency will be a prime opportunity to add leadership. San Francisco 49ers Even after re-signing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year, $137 million extension, San Francisco has the second-most cap space in the league with just over $80 million. Winners of six of its last seven games with Garoppolo taking over at quarterback, San Francisco is primed to compete in 2018. Part of taking that next step is improving defensively and adding pieces around Garoppolo on offense. Loaded with cap space to burn, the 49ers figure to be players in the market. New York Jets After getting the most out of arguably the NFL’s worst roster last season, head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan received contract extensions that tie them to the team through 2020.
NFL Rumors: Who will be most active teams in NFL Free Agency?
Fanrag Sports | Feb 13