On the heels of the Jaguars, Cowboys, Texans, Chiefs, Packers and Bills signing players to new contracts, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter has the latest on the state of the free agent market.
New York Giants (via Texans) The New York Jets will not be getting their star free agent this offseason.
That leaves Eli Manning as the only quarterback with a cap charge under $20 million.
The Jets could also lose their starting quarterback.
If that happens, the Jets will likely try to get a trade for the 33-year-old former Patriots quarterback.
But it is likely that they will not bring back Fitzpatrick or even trade him.
With the Patriots and Jets set to have new contracts this offseason, Fitzpatrick has the option of opting out of his deal this offseason and re-signing with the team.
He is expected to opt out this offseason to get more money.
Fitzpatrick, a two-time Pro Bowl passer, signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Jets in March.
Fitzpatrick has struggled to keep his production up and is currently No. 14 in the NFL in passing yards.
But the Jets have a surplus of quarterback talent on the roster and could use some help.
Fitzpatrick was not available for comment.
Philadelphia Eagles (via Chiefs) The Philadelphia Eagles will likely make a few changes in the front office this offseason with the addition of coach Doug Pederson and general manager Howie Roseman.
The Eagles have not been a big free agent seller this offseason as they had the second-worst cap hit in the league with $20.6 million on the books.
But they could still add some pieces in free agency.
General manager Howrie Roseman has been working to improve the offensive line for years.
Roseman brought former Seahawks offensive lineman Bruce Irvin on board as a free agent and drafted tight end Cole Hikutini.
The two will be reunited on the offensive tackle line and could bring some continuity.
The team has struggled on offense in recent years and has been inconsistent at quarterback.
The addition of Irvin could help.
But Roseman needs to keep the offensive staff together.
The offensive line has struggled in recent seasons and needs a major overhaul.
Pittsburgh Steelers (via Jets) The Steelers could still bring back tight end Heath Miller this offseason but would be in need of some help on defense.
The Steelers are in a position to add a defensive end in the draft and could target another cornerback with the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft.
But that is unlikely given the need for a linebacker, cornerback and safeties.
The only cornerback currently on the team is free agent Nate Allen.
Carolina Panthers (via Patriots) The Carolina Panthers are expected to retain quarterback Cam Newton in the offseason.
However, the Panthers could also add another defensive end and linebacker in the near future.
But Newton’s salary could fall and the Panthers need to add some help in free agent signings.
The Panthers have not had any big free agency signings this offseason because of the salary cap and the salary-cap constraints that they have faced.
Cam Newton’s cap charge is $23.6 mln.
The defensive end position has not been the same for the Panthers this offseason since the departures of free agent defensive end Mario Addison and former first-round draft pick DeForest Buckner.
But cornerback is the biggest need for the team and the Patriots could be in position to get another cornerback.
Free agency also could be a chance for the Falcons to get some help with the free agency of safety Ricardo Allen.
Kansas City Chiefs (via Vikings) The Kansas City Royals are expected a few additions this offseason in free agents and draft picks.
The Royals are in the middle of a rebuild and have a lot of young players on the field.
Kansas Jayhawks head coach Andy Reid and general manger Ned Yost will be the key to the rebuilding project.
But Reid is not expected to be involved in free-agent signings.
If the Royals don’t bring in another defensive player, they will likely target free agent safety Reggie White or offensive lineman Zach Banner.
The Chiefs also could add a linebacker in free acquisition of safety Josh Mauro.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Titans) The Buccaneers could try to add another wide receiver this offseason after signing former Seahawks receiver Rishard Matthews to a five year, $54 million contract.
The Buccaneers also could try and upgrade their secondary with the signings of cornerback Josh Evans and safety D.J. Swearinger.
However the Tampa Bay defense has struggled for years and could need a significant upgrade.
Green Bay Packers (via Bears) The Green Bay Green Bay Giants are expected in a bidding war to sign wide receiver Josh Gordon to a three-year deal.
Gordon’s salary is expected be about $12 million per season, which is lower than most other wide receivers.
The Giants are looking for a big wide receiver in free agencies this offseason for a reason. They have