Fantasy Footballers Show Recap: Free Agent Predictions for 2021

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We are just days away from the start of NFL free agency and The Fantasy Footballers, sans Mike but plus Jay Griz, are here to get you prepped. In the most recent episode, Jason and Andy went thru the top free agents at each position and gave their prediction for where they might end up. Last week, I engaged the #FootClan for your free agency wishlist, but now we get to hear what The Ballers think will happen. This year’s free agency was made all the wilder with the salary cap shrinking from $198 million to $182 million. Many teams don’t have much money to spend and many players are available that wouldn’t be in a normal year. Once again, thanks 2020!

Cap Space / Restricted vs Unrestricted Explanation

Before diving into the players and their potential destination, we wanted to make sure you understood some of the terms surrounding NFL free agency.

  • Unrestricted Free Agent – The player is allowed to sign with any team.
  • Restricted Free Agent – The player can sign an offer sheet with any team, but his 2020 team can keep him on the roster by signing him to a restricted tender. Usually, the player was a UDFA.
  • Exclusive Rights Free Agent – The player will return to his 2020 team unless the team opts to make him an unrestricted free agent.
  • Cap Hit – A player’s cap hit is not necessarily how much he’s paid in a given year, but how much he’ll count against a team’s salary cap during that season.
  • Dead money – That is the guaranteed money left on a player’s contract at the time he is let go or traded. That money will count against a team’s cap that next year. If a player is cut after June 1, the dead money is split over the next two seasons.
  • Monday, March 15th – Legal tampering period begins, teams are permitted to enter contract negotiations
  • Wednesday, March 17th – 2021 league year + free agency begins at 4:00 p.m ET

Note: Once free agency kicks off, be sure to check our Free Agent Tracker to keep on top of all the moves being made. Bookmark it now!

Quarterbacks

Needy Teams: ATL, CAR, CHI, DEN, JAX, NE, NO, NYJ, SF, WAS

Cut Candidates

  • Derek Carr | LV | 2 Years Remaining | 2021 Dead Cap: $2.5 million | 2022 Dead Cap: $0
  • Matt Ryan | ATL | 3 Years Rem | 2021 Dead Cap: $49 million | 2022 Dead Cap: $26.5 mil
  • Jimmy Garoppolo | SF | 2 Years Rem. | 2021 Dead Cap: $2.8 mil | 2022 Dead Cap: $1.4 million
  • Teddy Bridgewater | CAR | 2 Years Rem | 2021 Dead Cap: $20 mil | 2022 Dead Cap: $5 million

Unrestricted Free Agents

When looking at QBs, the teams that need to fill that position are more likely to do so in the draft or going after one of the cut candidates mentioned above. The free-agent market doesn’t really seem able to fill most team’s needs. The biggest names available are Jameis Winston and Mitch Trubisky, and since Trubisky is the worst, Jameis stands alone. While no definitive predictions are made, Jason does mention that he would like to see Jameis in New England. The guys also agree, yet again, that Cam is D-U-N.

Running Backs

Needy Teams: ARI, ATL, MIA, PIT, TB

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Cut Candidates

Restricted Free Agents

  • Phillip Lindsay | DEN | Restricted | 26.6 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $575,000
    • Broncos GM George Paton confirmed the team plans to tender restricted free agent Phillip Lindsay.
  • Gus Edwards | BAL | Restricted | 25.9 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $750,000
    • Ravens GM Eric DeCosta said if they can’t get an extension done, the Ravens will tender Edwards. Edwards was given a 2nd-Round tender during the show
  • Darrel Williams | KC | Restricted | 25.9 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $750,000

Unrestricted Free Agents

Aaron Jones | GB | Unrestricted | 26.3 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $2,133,000

  • Predictions: Andy – Miami | Jason – Miami | Mike – Atlanta

Chris Carson | SEA | Unrestricted | 26.5 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $2,133,000

  • Predictions: Andy – Buffalo | Jason – Seattle | Mike – Buffalo

Kenyan Drake | ARI | Unrestricted | 27.1 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $8,483,000

  • Predictions: Andy – Washington | Jason – NY Jets | Mike – Houston

Other Free Agent RBs Not Really Discussed (and their ages)

Wide Receivers

Needy Teams: ARI, BAL, CIN, CLE, DET, GB, KC, IND, MIA, NE, NYG, NO, NYJ, PHI, TEN, WAS

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Cut Candidates

  • Alshon Jeffery | 2021 Dead Cap: $10.5 million
    • Ian Rapport tweeted that The Eagles will be releasing Jeffery when the league year begins
  • Jamison Crowder | NYJ | 1 Year Remaining | 2021 Dead Cap: $1 million
  • Odell Beckham Jr. | CLE | 3 Years Remaining | 2021 Dead Cap: $12.8 million
  • Jarvis Landry | CLE | 2 Years Remaining | 2021 Dead Cap: $3 million | 2022: $1.5 mil
  • Julian Edelman | NE | 1 Year Remaining | 2021 Dead Cap: $2.6 million

Restricted Free Agents

  • Tim Patrick | DEN | Restricted | 28 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $750,000
    • Broncos GM George Paton confirmed the team plans to tender restricted free agent Tim Patrick.
  • Zach Pascal | IND | Restricted | 27 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $660,000

Exclusive Rights Free Agents

  • Allen Lazard | GB | Exclusive Rights | 26 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $675,000

Unrestricted Free Agents

Kenny Golladay | DET | Unrestricted | 27.4 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $2,133,000

  • Predictions: Andy – New England | Jason – Baltimore | Mike – Cincinnati

JuJu Smith-Schuster | PIT | Unrestricted | 24.3 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $1,037,152

  • Predictions: Andy – NY Jets | Jason – NY Jets | Mike – Miami

Will Fuller V | HOU | Unrestricted | Turns 27 Years Old in a month | 2020 Earnings: $10,162,000

  • Predictions: Andy – Jacksonville | Jason – Washington | Mike – Jacksonville

Curtis Samuel | CAR | Unrestricted | 24.6 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $1,613,415

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  • Predictions: Andy – Washington | Jason – Las Vegas | Mike – Washington

Corey Davis | TEN | Unrestricted | 26.2 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $4,017,921

  • Predictions: Andy – Las Vegas | Jason – New England | Mike – Arizona

Marvin Jones | DET | Unrestricted | 31 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $6,500,000

  • Predictions: Andy – Houston | Jason – Green Bay | Mike – NY Giants

Other Free Agent WRs Not Really Discussed (and their ages)

Tight Ends

Needy Teams: BAL, BUF, CAR, HOU, JAX

Cut Candidates

  • Zach Ertz | PHI | 1 Year Remaining | 2021 Dead Cap: $7.77 million
  • Jimmy Graham | CHI | 1 Year Remaining | 2021 Dead Cap: $3 million
  • O.J. Howard | TB | 1 Year Remaining | 2021 Dead Cap: $0
  • Cameron Brate | TB | 3 Years Remaining | 2021 Dead Cap: $0 | 2022 Dead Cap: $0
  • Jack Doyle | IND | 2 Years Rem. | 2021 Dead Cap: $1.5 mil | 2022 Dead Cap: $750k

Restricted Free Agents

  • Robert Tonyan | GB | Restricted | 27 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $750,000
  • Mo Alie-Cox | IND | Restricted | 28 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $660,000

Unrestricted Free Agents

Hunter Henry (26) | LAC | Unrestricted | 26 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $10,607,000

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  • Predictions: Andy – Buffalo | Jason – Indianapolis | Mike – Buffalo

Jonnu Smith (25) | TEN | Unrestricted | 25 Years Old | 2020 Earnings: $2,133,000

  • Predictions: Andy – New Orleans | Jason – Seattle | Mike – Indianapolis

Other Free Agent TEs Not Really Discussed (and their ages)

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