Kentucky Players in the NFL are going through the offseason and teams are now getting their rosters ready for the draft. There are 5 players that are free agents and a couple of others that might find themselves on a new team.
The Chicago Bears have already locked up their veteran linebacker with a 3 year deal. The deal is worth $21.75 million over those three years giving him an average salary of $7,250,000. Right now that makes him the 18th highest paid inside linebacker in the league.
Randall Cobb will be staying in Texas although in won’t be in Dallas. The Texans have signed the former Wildcat to a 3 year deal worth $27 Million. After the Texans traded away their star receiver in Deandre Hopkins, it looks as though they’ll rely on Cobb, Kenny Stills, and Will Fuller as their pass catchers going forward.
There is not a whole lot of chatter about the 31 year old defensive tackle and it’s likely he’ll see a cut in his salary due to his age. Peters started all 16 games this past season and ended up with 38 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, and 6 QB hits. Not great numbers but he was a solid contributor. If the Cardinals retain him, I expect a 2 year deal worth around $ 4 million.
Woodyard has hit the downhill slide of his career. Last season he only started two games and after taking that step back, I’d expect him to hit the market to see what team could give him the best chance to finish his career with more playing time.
Bud Dupree has been tagged by the Steelers. The 1 year deal is worth $15.8 million! Dupree and the Steelers will more than likely use this upcoming year to work out a longer deal to keep the pass rusher in Pittsburgh.
Avery Williamson could see himself traded or cut this offseason. Williamson’s three-year contract has a potential out after this season that would create $6.5 million in savings with only $2 million of dead cap. Williamson missed all of last year with an ACL injury.
Warford is entering his final year of the initial contract with New Orleans. He’s averaged $8.5 million throughout the last 3 years. He’s currently the 5th highest paid guard and has made the Pro Bowl the last 3 years. He’s currently making fair pay in my opinion and could seek to lock that in for the next 4-5 years. I expect the Saints to work on an exception this season or shop him around to get younger before his contract expires.