The 2019-20 NFL season has officially ended.
Andy Reid led the Kansas City Chiefs to the big prize, allowing Patrick Mahomes to fulfil his dream of exclaiming he’s going to Disneyland.
Whilst KC are off partying with Mickey Mouse and friends, the league’s 31 other teams are busy crafting their rosters for the next campaign. An opportune time to do this is approaching. Free agency marks the first period in which teams can begin to add new faces.
Plenty of big names look destined to hit free agency.
Here are some of the best:
Where else to start but one of the game’s best ever. It appears Brady is having some fun with his impending free agency. After tweeting a cryptic photo in the lead up to the Super Bowl, it turned out to be a publicity stunt for a commercial that aired during the big game.
Seemingly, the Patriots hierarchy want to keep TB12 in New England; reportedly an offer worth $70 million over two years is on the table. In all likelihood this deal will be signed, meaning Brady will see out his career with the Patriots. Despite this contract being ready to sign, it hasn’t put off the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers, who have been rumoured to have a strong interest and will look to hijack any deal.
A bumpy year for the Dallas Cowboys. With Jason Garrett replaced by former Green Bay HC Mike McCarthy, winds of change looked set to blow in. Current offensive coordinator Kellen Moore will handle the play calling however. Perhaps this decision was part of a ploy to keep Dak in Dallas.
Kellen Moore will go from being Dak’s backup, to his QB coach and now his full-time play caller. With this resumé of working together, the hope for the Cowboys is that a strong working relationship has been built. They should do all they can to re-sign Prescott. Even if it takes the franchise tag to buy more time to hash out a deal.
It was a year to remember for Derrick Henry. His season seriously took off after the Tennessee Titans week 11 bye, averaging 141.6 yards and 1.4 TDs per game through weeks 11-17. It was this stretch that helped cement playoff football for the Titans and got them one game away from the Super Bowl.
With this in mind, Tennessee need to make Henry one of the focal points of their offence. Big contracts for running backs have been criticised recently, but in this case a large contract will be worth it’s weight in gold.
Acquired by the Houston Texans via trade from the Chiefs, it was a quietly decent season for Carlos Hyde. He surpassed the 1,000 yard barrier and found the end zone six times.
Hyde found himself in Houston due to presumed RB1, Lamar Miller, going down with a season ending injury in the pre-season. Miller is also set hit the open market. The Texans have a choice to make, either bring back Hyde and hope he can build on his 2019 campaign, or trust Miller to still be impactful despite an ACL tear.
A lost year for the Cincinnati Bengals receiver. Green was considered a strong candidate to be traded away, once it became clear it was a lost season for the Bengals. However, he remained a Bengal until season end, despite not ever seeing the field.
It was in the interests of both parties not to risk aggravating his ankle injury any further. The hope will be Green returns in full swing. He will certainly be depended upon as a veteran option in the passing game. In all likelihood, he will be catching passes from a rookie QB, namely Joe Burrow. It should be a high priority for the Bengals to keep Green in the building.
Being traded from the Denver Broncos to eventual Super Bowl losers, the San Francisco 49ers, helped to reignite Emmanuel Sanders’ career. Perhaps this appearance in the big game will convince both parties to strike a deal here.
However, the 49ers may face strong competition for Sanders’ signature. Other options are few and far between for teams looking to strengthen the position via free agency.
Off the back of a solid if unspectacular year, Austin Hooper certainly proved to be of enough value for the Atlanta Falcons to keep him around for a few more years yet.
After posting a disappointing 1-7 record in the first half of the season, the Falcons railed to end the year 7-9. Certainly no cause for celebration, but at least it has built hope for 2020. Some stability with the current roster plus the addition of young talent from the draft seems the best recipe here.
A difficult year for player and team alike. Hunter Henry missed significant game time once more in his relatively short career; an injury history like his can often cloud contract negotiations. The LA Chargers would be foolish however to let Henry walk.
When he is on the field, the natural ability and talent is there for all to see. Furthermore, there’s a significant chance the Chargers will be playing with a rookie quarterback in 2020. The tight end position is often the security blanket for a rookie signal caller. An incentive laded deal for Henry seems the most likely outcome here.