The countdown is on to March 1o, at 4pm Eastern to be exact. That is the moment that the calendar year for the 2015 NFL season begins and free agency starts. With the franchise tags being handed out today, there’s a good idea as to who will be on the market in this year’s free agent class. There may be a few additional names added by then, but as of now it’s not a bad class in the least.
One of the best players in this class that was not tagged by their soon to be former team was Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions. The outstanding defensive lineman is leading this free agent class and looks to break the bank and set records on the way of doing so. There’s been multiple reports stating that Suh wishes to be the highest paid defensive player in the league, topping the huge contract that JJ Watt received from the Houston Texans. There will surely be plenty of teams pining for his services, but not all of them have the money to make it happen.
Another surprise, one that came just a few hours ago was the New England Patriots decision to let safety Devin McCourty hit the market. He’s viewed as one of the best players in the league at his position and just won a Super Bowl.
Denver had to make a decision between Deymarius Thomas and Julius Thomas, they tagged Deymarius which means Julius will be heading to the open market. What team wouldn’t love a tight end of his size and play-making ability? He’s not the only big name tight end on the market as the Browns are letting Jordan Cameron test the waters as well.
Remember Greg Hardy aka the ‘Kracken”, he was arguably the Carolina Panthers best defensive player? Well once he comes off the commissioner’s exempt list, he will be on the market as well. He might face a suspension to start the year, but even so, he had virtually an entire year off and he’s still a young player. A young, talented player.
The Cowboys also made a big decision or a not so big decision depending on who you speak to, tagging Dez Bryant and letting DeMarco Murray hit the market. Murray, fumbling issues withstanding is a 27-year-old back that should definitely garner attention after a big season.
The Seattle Seahawks lost Walter Thurmond last year in free agency, the ‘Legion of Boom’ still got the job done as they made it back to the Super Bowl (falling to the New England Patriots). Byron Maxwell is often overlooked as a member of the ‘LOB’, but he’s definitely at the top of the crop of defensive backs in this class.
The Ravens could be adding a member to this class by the time the clock strikes 4 pm on March 10, as of right now they have Torrey Smith and Pernell McPhee on the market. Smith is one of the premier deep threats in the league, he’s also shown to be extremely durable. Could Haloti Ngata be joining the list of former Ravens in free agency?
One of the best slot receivers in the league has been let go, Randall Cobb. The former Green Bay switch army knife will be a valued piece to any offense in need of explosive plays. He’s shown the ability to line up all over the field and produce, he’s kind of young too.
This is a very talented free agent class as many teams let go of players for cap reasons, not necessarily talent or production issues. Below are a few more names that your team(s) could be interested in:
Mike Iupati, G
Jeremy Maclin, WR
Nick Fairley, DT
Terrance Knigton, DT
Derrick Morgan, DE
Brian Orakpo, OLB/DE
Michael Crabtree, WR
Brandon Flowers, DB
CJ Spiller, RB
Antonio Cromartie, DB