Catrell Simpson: March 8th, 2016
This free agency class is talent-filled. Although this class is very good, teams may try to low-ball these veterans just because this year’s draft class is said to be one of the deepest we’ve seen in a while. Let’s take a look at some stars that will get a big pay day to play for a new team.
Adrian Peterson, Running Back
AP is the best free agent out there. I still classify him as the best RB in the league. He’s had his problems with on and off-field issues, but he balls out whenever he touches the field. He’s been posting videos of his vigorous offseason training, and it makes me that much more of a believer in him. Last time he came off of an injury, the following season he proceeded to win Comeback Player of the Year. I can see him going to play for a championship caliber team like the Seahawks, Patriots, or the Raiders.
Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver
Let’s face it: Alshon Jeffery has never had a good franchise QB slinging him the ball, yet he has still found a way to be in the top 10 WR discussion when healthy. The Chicago Bears will try their best to resign him, but I think Jeffery will fall in love with what teams will be willing to pay for his services. I can see Jeffrey going to a team with a young solid QB like the Buccaneers or the Titans. He could be the piece that help get these up and coming team over the edge and into the playoffs.
Dont’a Hightower, Outside Line Backer
Hightower made arguably the play of the game in the Super Bowl with his strip sack of Falcons QB Matt Ryan. His former teammate set the bar high for the market of OLB with his 4 year contract extension with the Browns earlier this year. Hightower will seek a top dollar salary, and the Patriots have a history of not doing that. I can see him being a good fit for the Saints, Colts, and Bengals.
T.J. Lang, Offensive Guard
Lang is coming off of his best season as a pro. He was named a pro-bowler for the first time in 2016. He was a pure mauler in pass protection and did not allow one sack or hit on QB Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay will try their best to retain him but with so many teams with needs for offensive linemen, someone may offer Lang more than the Packers are willing to spend. It would make a lot of sense for the Browns, Patriots, and Broncos to give Lang’s agent a call.
A.J. Bouye, Cornerback
Bouye’s stats don’t even begin to describe his season. He only had one interception in 2016, but it seemed like everyone he covered could not get open. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the only CB with 10 or more pass break ups and less than 10 yards per catch in 2016. This was his first season of getting significant playing time and that might scare teams off, but there will be someone that breaks the bank for Bouye. The Browns, Titans, and Jaguars have the money to go out and make a strong play for him.