Ben Volin of the Boston Globe takes a look at several players who could be moving on from their current teams after the 2017 season.
According to Volin, some names to keep an eye on this year are:
- Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs
- Dolphins DE Mario Williams
- Steelers OLB James Harrison
- Jets WR Eric Decker
- Jets S Calvin Pryor
- Bills WR Sammy Watkins
- Giants RB Shane Vereen
- Saints RT Zach Strief
- Bengals RB Jeremy Hill
- Packers S Morgan Burnett
- Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart
- Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence
Browns executive VP Sashi Brown explained sixth-round DT Caleb Brantley has yet to be formally charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly hitting a woman last month in Florida.
“We’ll see what the prosecutor’s office does here, but that was another thing,” Brown said, via Nate Ulrich of Ohio.com. “There was no warrant issued for his arrest. There was an allegation of what happened. So we did our diligence.”
According to Brown, there are “some corroborating witnesses on the side of Caleb.”
However, they’re well aware of the consequences if Brantley ends up being arrested for the incident.
“We’ll see what the prosecutor’s office does here, but that was another thing,” Brown said. “There was no warrant issued for his arrest. There was an allegation of what happened. So we did our diligence.”
“We don’t want to prematurely rush to a judgment or presume that we have all the facts, so [we’ll] wait to let the process play out and do as much work on it as we can and then make a decision,” Brown said. “With these legal processes, sometimes they take longer than anticipated. But we do anticipate in the next several weeks that some resolution will come.”
- Ben Volin believes Patriots WR Julian Edelman and LT Nate Solder could both be entering their final year in New England.
- Volin points out that Edelman is in the final year of his contract and will be 31 in the year future. The Patriots traded for Brandin Cooks and picked up his fifth-year option and previously moved on from Wes Welker when he was 32.
- In regards to Solder, he too is going into the final year of his contract and New England brought a potential long-term replacement in third-round pick Antonio Garcia, according to Volin.
- Volin notes that the Patriots’ spending on the running back position has increased from $4.32 million (LeGarrett Blount, James White, Dion Lewis, and Brandon Bolden) to $13.24 million in 2017 (Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, White, and Lewis).
- Sheil Kapadia of ESPN expects second-round OL Ethan Pocic to have an opportunity to win a starting job at either at right guard or right tackle this summer.
- In regards to second-round DL Malik McDowell, Kapadia expects him to see “significant snaps” as an interior pass rusher, even if he doesn’t start for them in year one.
- According to Kapadia, third-round CB Shaquill Griffin is the “biggest wild card” of the Seahawks’ draft picks, as there’s a chance he could win the starting right cornerback job this summer, depending on how he progresses in training camp.
- As of S Kam Chancellor, Kapadia expects it to be a while until there’s any news regarding an extension for him. Kapadia expects him to target a similar deal to the four-year, $55 million contract signed by Dolphins S Reshad Jones at some point.