1. DE Jadeveon Clowney
The crown jewel of the 2020 free-agent class, Jadeveon Clowney is sure to have a long list of suitors for his services in a few weeks. Players of his ilk don’t hit the open market too often, and if he hadn’t wisely used his negotiating power with Seattle in telling them he would not play for the tag before they acquired him, it’s likely he wouldn’t be going anywhere in 2020 himself.
The Seahawks will surely look to keep their game-wrecking defensive lineman, but their cap situation isn’t among the best in the league. Still, they’ll have $44M to work with, although they have several other in-house players that they’d like to keep around.
Signing the 2016 All-Pro will be very costly for whichever franchise is lucky enough to land him, but it’ll be well worth it. Having just turned 27-years-old, Clowney’s best football is likely still left in front of him, and that’s a scary though.
Clowney is the type of player that can change the dynamic of a defense and a franchise overnight, so he should very much be on the NY Giants’ radar. He has said he wants to play for a winner, but that talk tends to go out the window if a non-winning team comes in with the best offer.
Me stanning for Clowney may fall on deaf ears to some as I’ve complained too much has been invested into a three-man defensive line, but he’s one of the handful of best players in the NFL and is worth mortgaging a record-level contract on.
Chance it happens: Low
How much could it cost: At least 5 years/$100M