Eight NFL players received the franchise tag this week, and another two of the top presumed-free agents signed extensions.
But make no mistake: The 2022 NFL free-agent class is still loaded with talent and big names who could land huge-money deals. How will it all play out? Who will sign where, and for how much? We mocked how offers and deals might go down for six of the top players available at multiple positions.
Our NFL Nation reporters acted as GMs for their respective clubs, making contract offers to important free players while staying within the team’s salary-cap constraints and achievable results. The goal wasn’t to “win,” but to correctly portray how a team may approach a negotiation. The Packers, for example, didn’t make any offers here because they were short for cash, but the Dolphins and Jaguars did, and it showed. Once all of the offers were in, national NFL reporter Dan Graziano acted as a player representative, weighing the options and “signing” each of the playmakers to a new contract.
So who is headed to a new team, and who re-signed for another go with his current franchise? Who earned the big bucks? Let’s predict this offseason’s free agency, which officially opens on March 16 after a two-day negotiating window, for six stars on the open market: Allen Robinson II, J.C. Jackson, Terron Armstead, Von Miller, Tyrann Mathieu and Chandler Jones. Here are some hypothetical pitches and landing spots.