How to make the most of the NFL’s free agency period
A new look at the NFL free agency process could soon be upon us, with the league taking a closer look at how it allocates salary cap space.
The league is looking at a new model to determine how much teams should spend on players.
The process is expected to take several months.
The NFL is taking a new approach to its free agency by looking at how to allocate salary cap slots in the coming months.
It’s expected to come into effect as soon as the 2020 season, but the NFLPA is still waiting for more information from the league.
Free agency is typically one of the busiest parts of the offseason, and the NFL expects to be spending millions of dollars in cap space for the next few months.
One of the biggest things to look for in the free agency window is how much money teams should allocate toward free agents.
If the league decides that more than 50 percent of cap space is needed, teams will have to spend more than the salary cap to do so.
The salary cap currently stands at $155.9 million.
The NFLPA said it wants to see that number increased, so the league can spend more money on players during the season.
If the cap increases to 50 percent, the NFL is expected not to allocate as much cap space as the other three salary categories: $45.9 to $75.9, $60.9 for players over the age of 30, and $65.9 or more for players under the age 20.
The cap for 2018-19 is projected to be around $130 million.
With the league considering a new system for how it decides which free agents should be paid, there will be a lot of debate among owners and fans about the best way to allocate cap space, and what the best deals will be for players.
Teams are expected to use their cap space to bring in new players, while players in free agency are likely to be used to fill some of the holes on the roster.
The players currently eligible for free agency will be those who have played for at least two NFL teams, but some will also be eligible for deals worth less than the amount they are paid.
If that’s the case, the teams will be able to use players in the contracts of players who were signed before the free agent signing period started.
The two players who will be the most sought after are quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Jon Beason, who both have two years remaining on their contracts.
Cassel is scheduled to earn $15 million in 2018 and 2019, and Beason will earn $10 million in 2020 and 2021.
Cassel, who signed with the Falcons last year, was a popular free agent this offseason.
He signed a five-year, $52.8 million contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons last December, and he was considered one of those big free agents to be signed this offseason, even though he was under contract for just one year.
The other big free agent to be a target for teams was quarterback Derek Carr, who also signed a six-year contract extension earlier this offseason with the Oakland Raiders.
Carr was under team control for four more seasons, and his agent, Michael Bidwill, has said Carr could get a contract in the range of $40 million.
The Raiders also are looking to sign wide receiver Andre Holmes, who was a free agent after last season.
Holmes has been a steady presence for the Raiders, scoring a combined 25 touchdowns in the last three seasons.
The Raiders are expected on the hunt for wide receivers, and Holmes could be the guy that fills that void for them.
The second biggest free agent on the market is cornerback Brandon Carr, a free agency favorite.
Carr is coming off a good year in 2017, which included a team-high 10 interceptions.
He is also coming off an Achilles injury in 2017 that limited him to just 16 games, and it was a career year for Carr.
The contract he signed with Oakland last offseason was a four-year deal, with $27 million guaranteed, $21 million guaranteed for each of the next two years, and another $7 million guaranteed in 2019.
He was under the franchise tag for two more years at the time.
Carr signed a four year, $43 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars in January.
Carr had two seasons remaining on his contract, and was expected to earn at least $12 million for each year of the deal.
Carr also had an opt-out clause in his contract that could be triggered by injury.
He has four years left on his deal, and if he does not make it to free agency this offseason it is expected that Carr will not be signed to a long-term contract.
The final free agent for teams is defensive end Justin Houston, who is set to make $6 million in 2016, but that figure is set at $5 million in 2019 and $6.8 in 2020.
Houston has a player option for 2020 that would see him make $11.9 in 2020, $10.4 in 2021