AFC North Free Agents

AFC North Free Agents
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Let’s get our feet wet in the shallow end of free agency.
With the franchise tag now available for teams to apply, let’s take a look at some unrestricted free agents around the AFC North for 2016.  The cost of the franchise tag for each position is listed below. With the AFC North having plenty of offensive line talent up for grabs, remember, the OL tag no longer distinguishes between positions.
Quarterback: $18.51 million
Defensive end: $14.78 million
Linebacker: $13.17 million
Cornerback: $13.05 million
Offensive line: $12.92 million
Wide Receiver: $12.8 million
Defensive Tackle: $11.17 million
Running Back: $10.93 million
Safety: $9.6 million
Tight end: $8.33 million
Kicker/Punter: $4.12 million
Projected cap: $151M

Baltimore Ravens:
Chris Carter, LB
Jimmy Clausen, QB
Morgan Cox, LS
Chris Givens, WR
Richard Gordon, TE
Albert McClellan, LB
Kelechi Osemele, G
Allen Reisner, TE
Matt Schaub, QB
Justin Tucker, K
Courtney Upshaw, LB
Shareece Wright, CB


My take: Tucker will be a priority, and the franchise tag might be cheaper than a long term deal (Cundiff signed a 3 year/15M deal after 2011).


Cincinnati Bengals:
Wallace Gilberry, DE
Leon Hall, CB
George Iloka, S
Adam Jones, CB
Marvin Jones, WR
Emmanuel Lamur, OLB
Reggie Nelson, S
Vincent Rey, OLB
Mohamed Sanu, WR
Pat Sims, DT
Andre Smith, OT
Brandon Tate, WR
Brandon Thompson, DT
Eric Winston, OT


My take: Safety, cornerback and wide receiver tags are probably more expensive than the Bengals are willing to pay for their numerous free agents at those positions.


Cleveland Browns:
Johnson Bademosi, CB
Travis Benjamin, WR
Tank Carder, ILB
Tashaun Gipson, S
Don Jones, S
Austin Pasztor, G
Terrelle Pryor, WR
Craig Robertson, ILB
Mitchell Schwartz, OT


My take: The Browns have to decide if they want to remake the offensive line, and that depends on whether Alex Mack decides to opt out or not. Keeping Joe Thomas, Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz, (either through a new deal or the tag), will be expensive. A blessing and a curse, the Browns don’t have big money tied into a large QB contract.


Pittsburgh Steelers:
Will Allen, S
Kelvin Beachum, OT
Antwon Blake, CB
Brandon Boykin, CB
Ramon Foster, G
William Gay, CB
Clifton Geathers, DT
Robert Golden, S
Bruce Gradkowski, QB
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR
Will Johnson, FB
Doug Legursky, C
Steve McLendon, DT
David Nelson, WR
Sean Spence, LB
Byron Stingily, OT
Cam Thomas, DT
Jordan Todman, RB
Michael Vick, QB
Greg Warren, LS – Warren signed a one year deal (terms undisclosed) 2/12/16


My take: Beachum should be a priority.


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