Projecting Market Values for Notable Offensive 2017 Free Agents

Projecting Market Values for Notable Offensive 2017 Free Agents
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With most of the 2016 NFL free agents locked into new deal (or retired), we'll push ahead to the projected class of 2017, starting with a look at notable offensive players set to hit the open market. We've included current average salaries, our calculated projections for their next contract, and "likely" AAVs based on recent signings and market trends.

Related: View the full list of 2017 NFL Free Agents

Quarterbacks
It's rare that the quarterback position has ANY notable free agents, but it's arguably the most interesting list heading toward the regular season.
Player team age Current AAV Calc. Value AAV likely AAV
Drew Brees NO 37 $20M $21.2M $22M
Kirk Cousins WAS 27 $19.953M $22M $20M
Tyrod Taylor BUF 26 $1.1M $21.9M $20M

  » Complete list of 2017 Free Agent Quarterbacks

 
Running Backs
Le'Veon Bell is arguably the top overall player set to hit the open market. A potential suspension and 2015 injury have red flags waving.
Player team age Current AAV Calc. Value AAV likely AAV
Le'Veon Bell PIT 24 $1M $9.3M $9M
Eddie Lacy GB 25 $848,103 $5.9M $5M
Latavius Murray OAK 25 $566,550 $3.1M $3M
Darren McFadden DAL 28 $1.5M $2.6M $2.5M

  » Complete list of 2017 Free Agent Running Backs

   
Wide Receivers
Unlike 2016, the 2017 wide receiver free agent list is loaded with names, also including Larry Fitzgerald, Pierre Garcon, Vincent Jackson, Markus Wheaton, and Kendall Wright.
Player team age Current AAV Calc. Value AAV likely AAV
Alshon Jeffery CHI 26 $14.6M $12.8M $14M
Emmanuel Sanders DEN 29 $5M $11.6M $10M
Michael Floyd ARI 26 $2.5M $8.2M $9M
Kamar Aiken BAL 27 $2.5M $6.5M $6.5M
DeSean Jackson WAS 29 $6M $6.8M $6M

  » Complete list of 2017 Free Agent Wide Receivers

   
Tight Ends
The upcoming free agent tight end class appears to be rather weak, with the exception of Bennett who can play his way toward the highest paid TE mark with a great year in New England.
Player team age Current AAV Calc. Value AAV likely AAV
Martellus Bennett NE 29 $5.1M $9M $9.5M
Jordan Cameron MIA 27 $7.5M $3.5M $3M
Ryan Griffin HOU 26 $559,670 N/A N/A
Larry Donnell NYG 27 $1.6M N/A N/A

  » Complete list of 2017 Free Agent Tight Ends

 
Offensive Linemen
The Falcons should look to lock in Schraeder to a multi-year deal sooner than later, as he'll max out should he hit the open market.



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