Patriots held more high-end talent, but there are certainly plenty of decisions for Bill Belichick to make after yet another successful season. None are as notable as what ended up going down as a curious hold on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo last spring, but the Patriots may look different in several key spots next season.
The Pats enter the offseason with more than $19 million in cap room, a number they'll Ian Kinsler Womens Jersey grow with releases. Martellus Bennett and Dwayne Allen aren't likely to return at their current salaries, and cutting the pair of tight ends would free up $11.2 million in cap space. Linebacker David Harris, who has been inactive for stretches this season, also isn't likely to return at a cap number of $2.7 million.
On defense, the Patriots are likely to let cornerback Malcolm Butler leave in free agency after a disappointing final season in Foxborough. Butler was frequently burned in coverage in 2017, and the Pats aren't likely to commit the $10 million-plus per season Butler will get in free agency after they signed Stephon Gilmore last year. Johnson Bademosi could return after filling in early this season, but the starting job will likely go to Eric Rowe or Jonathan Jones in 2018.
Jones is one of several special-teams contributors who might play a bigger role next season, given that Bademosi, Matthew Slater and Nate Ebner are all free agents. The 32-year-old Slater seems destined to spend his entire career in New England, but some team might try to blow away the Patriots with an offer for the seven-time Pro Bowler. Ebner went on injured reserve with a knee injury and might not be healthy enough to start the 2018 campaign; he could return to the Patriots on a short-term deal.
The offense, though, may be the most impacted of all. Left tackle Nate Solder is a free agent amid his son's fight against cancer. Marcus Cannon will return from injury, but the team's current right tackle rotation of LaAdrian Waddle and Cameron Fleming are also about to hit the market. Running backs Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis are both free agents, and it will be interesting to see whether Belichick -- who rarely pays well to retain running backs and just made an exception to that rule by re-signing James White in April -- will match what the market might offer to Lewis. And receiver Danny Amendola will hit free agency after restructuring his deal three times in five years with the Patriots.
The Eagles already have done much of their offseason business by re-signing talent Keith Kinkaid Jersey during the regular season. They locked up receiver Alshon Jeffery and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan to extensions at midseason, securing two starters for the foreseeable future. As a result, the Eagles enter the 2018 season with more than $187 million committed to their cap, leaving Philly $4.3 million over the maximum even after rolling over $3.8 million in space. They've got some work to do.
To start, Philly will decline the option on receiver Torrey Smith and free up $5 million while earning a possible compensatory pick. The Eagles probably will have to either ask Brent Celek to take a http://www.baseballcardinalsonline.com/WOMENS-MIKE-SHANNON-JERSEY.html pay cut or cut the 10-year veteran, given that Philly can't really afford to pay its second tight end $5 million. The Eagles also have to look at offensive tackle Jason Peters, who will be coming off a torn ACL and has a cap hold of $11.7 million. If Peters retires, the Eagles would save $5.4 million on their cap; if he chooses to continue his career, Philly could designate him as a post-June 1 release and free up $8 million in 2018.
Those three moves would net the Eagles around $12 million, which they can use to sign their draft class and look at re-signing at least one of their free agents. Trey Burton will likely get starting tight end money from someone, which would be too rich for Philly with Zach Ertz under contract. Running back Darren Sproles isn't a lock to return, and the Eagles will replace Blount with Jay Ajayi. Linebacker Nigel Bradham has been an every-down player for Philadelphia, and if the market doesn't deliver him a multiyear deal, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him return to work with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz again. Slot cornerback Patrick Robinson had a career year even before his Kyrie Irving Youth jersey pick-six in the NFC Championship Game, which likely priced him out of Philly's market.
Likewise, the Steelers are http://www.officialmlbstoreco.com/MLB_JERSEYS_ATLANTA_BRAVES-c-1_6.html $2 million over the cap Henrik Borgstrom Womens Jersey heading into 2018 -- and that's before doing anything with running back Le'Veon Bell. If the Steelers want to franchise Bell, they'll owe him $14.5 million. Throw in a draft class, a few players on the bottom of the roster and a modicum of cap space, and Pittsburgh probably has to clear out about $22 million or so in room.
Finding space will be challenging for the Steelers. They would have likely signed Ryan Shazier to an extension this offseason to lower his $8.8 million cap hold, but with Shazier's professional future uncertain, the Steelers will be forced to pay their star linebacker his fifth-year option in full. Pittsburgh could cut safety Mike Mitchell, who has a cap hold of $8.1 million in the final year of his deal, to free up $5 million. Backup J.J. Wilcox, who played 127 defensive snaps after coming over http://www.authentichurricanestore.com/nathan-gerbe-jersey_c-444.html from Tampa, probably won't be back at his $3.1 million cap hit.
After that, you're looking at restructures. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's deal is probably off the table given its length (two years remaining) and Roethlisberger's advancing age. Receiver Antonio Brown can clear out $12.9 million by taking most of his base salary and all of his $6 million roster bonus as a signing bonus, which seems like the obvious move.
Pittsburgh's only free agents who played more than 100 snaps on offense or defense (besides Bell) are offensive lineman Chris Hubbard and inside linebacker Sean Spence, who was signed after Shazier's injury and started the final four games of the season. Hubbard has been an effective sixth lineman and started 10 games in 2017 mostly filling in for the injured/suspended Marcus Gilbert at right tackle, but the Steelers won't have the cap room to retain him given the offers Hubbard will likely get on the free-agent market.