NFL teams focus on tackling free agency

Super Bowl XLIX is over, but that does not mean that the conversation about football is dormant until August.  During my days leading marketing for the Detroit Lions, I remember NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell preaching that we do not have an offseason.  He reminded us that our year was divided between the playing season and non-playing season.

This is the non-playing season.  Teams are in strategy mode preparing for the playing season.  What are the gaps?  How will they be filled?  How will we manage free agency?  What player contracts can be renegotiated?  Who will we draft?

Teams will start by evaluating their current rosters and making decisions about free agents.  Ndamukong Suh, the Detroit Lions defensive tackle, is considered the top free agent.  Here are some key free agents by division for each team.  This is not a total list, but it provides a couple of essential players.

Buffalo Bills
– C.J. Spiller, running back
– Jerry Hughes, defensive end

Miami Dolphins
– Jared Odrick, defensive tackle
– Knowshon Moreno, running back
– Louis Delmas, safety

New England Patriots
– Darrelle Revis, cornerback
– Devin McCourty, safety

New York Jets
– David Harris, linebacker

Baltimore Ravens
– Pernell McPhee, defensive tackle
– Torrey Smith, wide receiver

Cincinnati Bengals
– Jermaine Gresham, tight end
– Rey Maualuga, linebacker

Cleveland Browns
– Brian Hoyer, quarterback
– Jordan Cameron, tight end
– Miles Austin, wide receiver

Pittsburgh Steelers
– Jason Worilds, outside linebacker

Houston Texans
– Kareem Jackson, cornerback
– Ryan Mallett, quarterback

Indianapolis Colts
– Reggie Wayne, wide receiver
– Hakeem Nicks, wide receiver
– Matt Hasselbeck, quarterback

Jacksonville Jaguars
– Geno Hayes, outside linebacker
– Cecil Shorts III, wide receiver

Tennessee Titans
– Michael Oher, offensive tackle
– Michael Roos, offensive tackle
– Nate Washington, wide receiver

Denver Broncos
– Demaryius Thomas, wide receiver
– Julius Thomas, tight end
– Terrance Knighton, defensive tackle
– Wes Welker, wide receiver

Kansas City Chiefs
– Jeffrey Linkenbach, guard
– Justin Houston, outside linebacker
– Kevin Vickerson, defensive tackle

Oakland Raiders
– Darren McFadden, running back

San Diego Chargers
– Brandon Flowers, cornerback
– Dwight Freeney, linebacker

NFC East
Dallas Cowboys
– DeMarco Murray, running back
– Dez Bryant, wide receiver

New York Giants
– Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive end

Philadelphia Eagles
– Brandon Graham, outside linebacker
– Jeremy Maclin, wide receiver

Washington Redskins
– Brian Orakpo, outside linebacker

Chicago Bears
– Lance Briggs, outside linebacker

Detroit Lions
– Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle
– Nick Fairley, defensive tackle

Green Bay Packers
–  Randall Cobb, wide receiver
– Tramon Williams, cornerback

Minnesota Vikings
– Christian Ponder, quarterback

Atlanta Falcons
– Osi Umenyiora, defensive end

Carolina Panthers
– Greg Hardy, defensive end

New Orleans Saints
– Mark Ingram, running back
Patrick Robinson, cornerback
– Robert Meachem, wide receiver

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
– Adrian Clayborn, defensive end
– Mike Jenkins, cornerback

Arizona Cardinals
– Antonio Cromartie, cornerback
– Larry Foote, inside linebacker

San Francisco 49ers
– Frank Gore, running back
– Michael Crabtree, wide receiver
– Mike Iupati, guard

Seattle Seahawks
– Byron Maxwell, cornerback

St. Louis Rams
– Alex Carrington, defensive end
– Kenny Britt, wide receiver
– Shaun Hill, quarterback

While Sunday afternoons may not be packed with games during the next six months, the business of football is still being conducted.

Get in the game!

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 4:23 pm

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Shavannia Williams

Shavannia is the founder of Heels & Helmets and editor of its e-magazine, She also writes the football column, Gridiron, for the e-magazine. A sports marketing professional with over 13 years of experience, Ms. Williams has worked with the NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, and WNBA. As the owner of a marketing firm, Shavannia’s client roster includes: DC Women’s Business Center, NFL Players and United Way NFL Partnership. Her love for football began at The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she worked for Michigan Football and received her B.A. in Sport Management and Communication. She is excited to bring talented women together to provide a resource to help other ladies “join the conversation at the office” and enhance their business relationships. Follow her on twitter @MzGridiron.
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