Every year in the NFL and other sports, contracts between teams and players expire. Some players test the free agent market, while others get extensions with their respective teams.
This year’s free agency period is going to be very interesting for the NFL. The COVID-19 pandemic heavily impacted teams, as many of the franchises, lost revenue without fans in the stands. The cap number is supposed to be at around $185M for the 2021 free agency period.
Despite that, many high profile free agents will be looking for long-term/high-paying contracts. Here is every position’s top free agent in this year’s class.
Quarterback: Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys)
Though his gruesome season-ending injury might play into his market value, teams will still put their cards on the table for Dak Prescott. They will be sure to take advantage of the fact that the Cowboys have not extended Prescott.
The Cowboys drafted Prescott in the 4th round out of Mississippi State in 2016. He took over for the injured Tony Romo. Since then, he has been one of the main reasons all cylinders are clicking on the offense. In his career thus far, Prescott has thrown 106 touchdowns compared to 40 interceptions. Of his five years in the league, Prescott and the Cowboys have won two divisional titles.
Unfortunately for the Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott got injured while sliding down on the turf in Week 5 against the New York Giants. Medical staff carted him off the field and doctors diagnosed him with a compound fracture to go along with a dislocated right ankle. Prescott missed the rest of the year.
From then on, Dallas fell tremendously as their weaknesses were exposed on defense and offense. Running back Ezekiel Elliott did not have the same fire power in the running game as usual due to most of the offensive line getting injured. Andy Dalton, who also is a free agent, started the rest of the season for the Cowboys.
Maybe, Jerry Jones & the crew should have paid Dak Prescott earlier.