With the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos set to go head to head for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, 30 other teams will be looking ahead into next season.
As many big names are set to hit the free agent market (pending extensions), it’s only fair to view five of the best that may be available for your favorite team. Here are those five selected individuals (in order):
5. Alshon Jeffery (WR, Chicago Bears)
Jeffery made a base salary of about $1.4 million in the 2015 season, and is arguably viewed as a top 10-20 wide receiver in the NFL. Even with all of his injuries recently, I am confident that his contract will be extended by the Bears.
If they fail to lock Jeffery up for some reason, my guess would be that Jeffery would go to a team like the Detroit Lions. This will allow Jeffery to still be viewed as a number one receiver in a similar system. Once again, I believe that Jeffery will re-signed by the Bears, and I believe his worth is well above $10 million.
4. Eric Weddle (DB, San Diego Chargers)
Weddle may be 31 years old, but let’s not forget how great he is amongst the safety position. With five All-Pro selections under his belt, Weddle has made it clear that he does not wish to return to the Chargers next season.
With that being said, look for the veteran to be interested in joining a potential Super Bowl contender such as the Steelers or even the Panthers. Before Ron Rivera left San Diego, Weddle played under his command for multiple years, therefore expect Carolina to be the front runner.
3. Josh Norman (DB, Carolina Panthers)
This cornerback will be playing for the Super Bowl on Sunday, and is a huge factor in why the Panthers are playing in the first place. I expect Norman to remain with the Panthers, but for a much higher price.
The top tier of cornerbacks are making around $13-15 million a year, so I would expect Norman to make no less than that amount. If he were to leave Carolina, I would be shocked, especially if they won on Sunday.
2. Eric Berry (DB, Kansas City Chiefs)
What a story this man has. Defeating all odds, Berry has still proven to be one of the best at his position. Beloved by the Kansas City community, it would be a crime to see Eric Berry not receive a well deserved extension.
Berry made roughly $8.3 million for a base salary in 2015, and is now 27 years old.
1. Von Miller (LB, Denver Broncos)
Just like Josh Norman, Von Miller will be battling for the Lombardi trophy on Sunday. Miller may be one of the greater pass rushers in recent memories, and it would be a shock if Denver let him hit the open market.
I would expect Miller’s numbers to be similar (or more) to Justin Houston’s contract. Many are speculating that Miler’s contract may be the richest amongst free agents, as long as he and the Denver Broncos can avoid using the franchise tag.
-Kirk Cousins (QB, Washington Redskins)
-Muhammad Wilkerson (LB, New York Jets)
-Richie Incagnito (OG, Buffalo Bills)