Players ready to break the bank

NFL Free Agency 2022: Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints looks for a pass during an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Caesars Superdome on October 31, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana . (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The 2022 offseason is set to begin, as teams prepare to rebuild, retool and reload. Some free agents hit the market at the right time, and now they’re ready to make big bucks in the open market.

Now that Super Bowl LVI is behind us, we’re into 2022. We’ve got some exciting NFL free agency approaching as big names hit the market, plus other hidden gems that might be lining up for more. big business.

Whether it’s the depth of the running back squad with the likes of Leonard Fournette, Cordarrelle Patterson and Rashaad Penny, or one of the greatest free agents in Davante Adams ready to smash all receiver offers, he There are many topics to discuss as the fun begins. with legal forgery on March 14.

So I’ve compiled a list of players who might be in line to break the bank at their respective positions. Let the games begin!

2022 NFL Free Agency: QB — Jameis Winston

All the 30-for-30 jokes were a treat after Winston’s 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions season in 2019. He would go on to attend quarterback school for Sean Payton and Drew Brees in New Orleans during the 2020 season, as he sat behind the latter in the final season of his Hall of Fame career.

The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner would show he was a viable student once his name was called in 2021. Winston got off to a fast start, going 5-2 as a starter with a 14-3 ratio, TD to INT, going toe to toe with a career-high 102.8 passer rating and 64.4 QBR (the second-best rating of his career). Unfortunately, his 21st season was cut short due to ACL and MCL tears in Week 8 against his former team Tampa Bay.

Although in a much smaller sample size, Jaboo also had career-high marks with TD% (8.7) and INT% (1.9). He also had a 70.4% on-target shooting rate, the highest all-season for Winston in the last four seasons (according to Pro Football Reference). The No. 1 overall pick of 2015 showed flashes of brilliance under Payton, but we may never know how this story might have ended as the Saints’ leader hangs up the whistle for now.

Despite his rocky career and recovery from knee surgery, Winston is hitting the market at the perfect time. In terms of fellow free agents, the former Pro Bowler has very little competition at QB. Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Mitch Trubisky, and Ryan Fitzpatrick all seem to be on par with the guys who may be low-end starters but might be better suited as top-tier backups.

Winston seems to be the most physically talented of this group, but he can also fit into most projects with his strong arm and subtle athleticism. There are plenty of QB needy teams he could pick, but one stands out for me.

Landing spot prediction: Indianapolis Colts

One of the best offensive minds in the game, Colts head coach Frank Reich enjoyed success in Indy, totaling three winning seasons in four years for a 37-28 record. The biggest problem ? Determine who is lining up under the center.

We saw the magic Reich could do with the Hall of Famer almost destined to be Andrew Luck, as he won the Returning Player of the Year award and carried the Colts to an 11-5 season in 2018. Then he flipped the world on its axis in one of the most botched retirement announcements of all time.

Jacoby Brissett, Brain Hoyer, Phillip Rivers, and most recently Carson Wentz have all had a swing, but none of these guys have proven to be long-term options, let alone any of them. been the full-time starter for longer. only one season. Seeing how well he played with another QB whisperer in Payton, Reich might be the guy who gets the most out of Winston if he’s brought into the fold.

Despite not getting any money for Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen, Winston could be in line for a deal in the region of $20m a year, a huge improvement from his $5.50 salary. million in 2021. That $20 million range is right behind Derek Carr’s $25. million and above Saints teammate Taysom Hill ($10 million).

At just 28 years old, I predict Winston will get a three-year contract worth $60 million, which will end after he turns 31.