Sometimes all a team needs are one piece to change their entire franchise. With a strong free-agent class this offseason, here are the top five players who might have a new home next season:
Allen Robinson- Chicago Bears
In this year’s free-agent class, Allen Robinson is the number one receiver. Robinson has been arguably a top ten receiver two years in a row now, despite having sub-par QB play. Robinson eclipsed 1000 yards for the second straight year, finishing with 1250 on 102 catches. Even while playing on the Bears, the wideout was forced to deal with Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles subpar play in 2020. Allen Robinson will be heavily sought after this offseason, especially considering he hasn’t missed a game in two years.
Lavonte David- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
For almost four years, Lavonte David has been one of the most criminally underrated linebackers in the NFL. Amazingly, for four straight years, he has had over 100 tackles, he forced three fumbles in 2019 and 2020, and he has only missed seven games in nine seasons. David’s consistency accompanied by his leadership for the Bucs have been valuable and he is a great part of their playoff run right now. It’s time for Lavonte David to get paid, and whoever gets him will not be disappointed.
Shaquil Barrett– Tampa Bay Buccanneers
The Bucs know what it takes to create a good linebacking corps. Shaquil Barrett established himself as a predominant pass rusher in 2019, and despite not having as strong of a season this year, still tops out this year’s free agency class. In 2019, Barrett led the NFL with 19.5 sacks. In 2020, Barrett was able to get 8.5 sacks through 15 games.
Having an elite pass rusher like Barrett can reshape a team’s defense. Barrett admittedly has been playing through a shoulder injury in 2020, which dropped his production. An outside linebacker who can rush the passer, as well as the run, is invaluable to a defense. Barrett will get paid this offseason; the question is where his talents will be headed to.
Trent Williams- San Francisco 49ers
Trent Williams has been a rock at tackle for a long time now, and he’s clearly not done. After sitting out 2019, Williams came back with a strong 2020, proving why he deserved to be paid. Williams even after missing a year only allowed three sacks in 16 games, proving his value as a pass blocker.
PFF graded Williams 91.9 making him the highest-graded offensive tackle in the NFL. He was also the highest-graded run blocker in the NFL and only allowed 29 pressures on 535 pass attempts. Every team needs a strong offensive line. Williams will be a big target for many teams trying to protect their quarterbacks next year.
Chris Godwin– Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Noticing a trend? Good. Just last year, Chris Godwin has 86 receptions, 1333 yards, and nine TDs in 14 games. Insert Tom Brady in 2020, and Godwin’s number dropped to 65 receptions for 840 yards in only 12 games. Along with Godwin, the Bucs also had Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Cameron Brate, Leonard Fournette, and Ronald Jones on offense.
The influx of talent for Tampa Bay this offseason, causing Godwin to lose some of his touches in exchange for a playoff run. Godwin’s talent cannot be overlooked; he proved himself to be a top receiver in 2019, and his decreased production in 2020 will drop his price, making him a great target for teams in need of receiving help.
- Antony Harris- Minnesota Vikings
- Brandon Scherff- Washington Football Team
- Hunter Henry- Los Angles Chargers
- Jadeveon Clowney- Tennessee Titans
- Joe Thuney- New England Patriots