If you read our NFL offseason primer Tuesday, first of all, thanks for subscribing, and second of all, you probably were left thinking, "Great, but how does this all affect my team?" We've got you covered.
With free agency exactly one month away, we've prepared a brief offseason preview on each of the 32 teams, with key free agents, possible cuts, surprise moves you might not see coming and more. It might not all break down exactly this way, but at least you'll be prepared for most of what's to come.
We discussed Tuesday that the NFL and NFL Players Association are still deciding the final salary-cap number for 2021. We're using $181 million as the estimate right now, which is from the ESPN Roster Management System. Many teams roll over cap space from 2020, too, and so our projected cap-space numbers account for that extra cash.
ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN
CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND
JAX | KC | LV | LAC | LAR | MIA | MIN | NE
NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | WSH
Projected salary-cap space: $15 million
Prominent free agents: CB Patrick Peterson, RB Kenyan Drake, WR Larry Fitzgerald, OLB Haason Reddick, TE Dan Arnold
Potential cut candidates: CB Robert Alford (saves $7.5 million), TE Maxx Williams (saves $3.1 million), C Justin Pugh (saves $7.25 million)
What you need to know: The Cardinals face tough decisions at linebacker. Reddick had 12.5 sacks in a prove-it year and is a candidate for the franchise tag ($14.6 million) or a long-term deal. That could force another move at the position, such as releasing Devon Kennard, which saves $5.5 million.
Chandler Jones, one of the game's premier pass-rushers, will likely want a new deal. Extending the 2022 free agent can lessen the $15.5 million cap hit for next year. But he missed 11 games because of biceps surgery and turns 31 later this month. He's easily a $20 million per year player. Arizona could also use that money to replenish several spots on defense. -- Fowler
Los Angeles Rams