10 Bold NFL Free Agency Predictions

Before NFL free agency kicks off March 17, we offered up 10 bold predictions for an offseason that is poised to be one of the craziest ever.

Deshaun Watson Helmet Off 2020

HOUSTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 27: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans walks off the field after a fumble in the fourth quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at NRG Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Deshaun Watson Helmet Off 2020

This NFL offseason is poised to be one of the craziest ever. There are more quarterbacks available than ever before, we’ll also see veterans swapping teams in an unprecedented fashion through free agency, and teams will be scurrying to get under a shrinking salary cap number thanks to the pandemic’s effects on league revenue. 

Half the league is in a tough cap crunch and will be restructuring deals to move money around, while the other half is ready to pick up value free agents looking for greener pastures. Contenders will be taking tough losses as they prioritize their in-house free agents and we’ll see teams flush with money trying to get value wherever they can before April’s draft. Paying more right now can help ease the pain coming in later years since the cap should explode when COVID-19 is controlled.

Teams will be making bold moves to get the most out of their transactions this offseason. We’re making 10 bold predictions for the upcoming free agency period.


30. Bud Dupree
26. Richard Sherman
14. JuJu Smith-Schuster
2. Chris Godwin

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2. Deshaun Watson doesn't get traded

Deshaun Watson Colts Texans Running 2020

3. Aging stars won't cash in long-term

Ndamukong Suh Atlanta Tampa Bay 2020

4. Quarterback extensions will overshadow QB carousel

Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens

5. Joe Douglas revamps the Jets

Sam Darnold Jets Patriots 2021

6. Contenders will benefit from lower cap ceiling

Sean McVay Seahawks Rams 2021

7. The franchise tag will ruin hopes and dreams

Dak Prescott Dallas New York 2020

8. Aaron Jones will have plenty of suitors

Aaron Jones Green Bay Playoffs 2021

9. Pass rushers will be overpaid

Leonard Williams Sack Giants Seahawks 2020

10. The AFC will dominate spending

Bill Belichick Jets Patriots 2021

11. Dolphins will trade down from No. 3 early

Brian Flores Dolphins Warmups 2 2020

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