The 2019 NFL free agent market doesn't look as strong as past years. There are only a couple of quarterbacks that might land starting gigs next season, and there's very little star-like talent when it comes to the wide receiver, tight end and running back positions.
When it comes to the defensive side of the ball, however, there are plenty of superstars who promise to make the big bucks. The 2018 market was devoid of Pro Bowl talent when it came to defensive players, but that will change entirely in 2019. Teams who need ball-hawking safeties, top-tier linebackers and game-changing pass rushers will have lots of options when free agency opens.
Of course, the free agent market is the only place where big moves happen. Plenty of teams will be looking to trade and/or release Pro Bowl-caliber players, for the sake of saving much-needed cap space. The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks stunned the world by releasing superstars Tyrann Mathieu and Richard Sherman, respectively, but they simply decided it was time to move on and secure financial security. Heck, who would have guessed a year ago that Khalil Mack would be a Chicago Bear right now?
2019 won't be any different in that regard. Teams will be releasing some of their best players in March, and other teams will happily pick them up.
Finally, some teams will be looking to trade superstars - especially ones who are entering the final year of their respective contracts. These clubs will decide they don't want to extend these players long-term, so they'll trade the stars away for draft selections.
Here are 20 major NFL blockbusters that you can expect to see in the offseason.
20 Detroit Lions Sign Tevin Coleman
The Detroit Lions needn't a reminder about how porous their rushing offense has been. They haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since the 2013 season, when Reggie Bush accomplished the feat.
Detroit's ground game has been better in 2018, but not exactly game-changing. Veteran LeGarrette Blount likely won't be brought back. Expect him to hit the open market, meaning the Lions need another RB to complement Kerryon Johnson.
The Atlanta Falcons surely won't re-sign Tevin Coleman; not with Devonta Freeman the No. 1 back in that offense.
Coleman has the ability to be a legitimate No. 1 back and would work nicely as a pass-catcher for Matthew Stafford here. Matt Patricia loves his running backs, and Coleman is the ideal player for his sort of offense.
19 Cincinnati Bengals Cut Vontaze Burfict
Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict has a reputation for being the dirtiest player in the NFL. Per Spotrac.com, Burfict has been suspended three times (a total of 10 games), and has lost approx. $4.038 million in fines alone.
The Bengals have employed this troubled star for far too long, and it's time to move on from Burfict, who has two years left on his contract. Per Spotrac, the dead money for 2019 and 2020 would be approx. $1.806 million and $903,125, respectively.
It's time for Cincinnati to start rebuilding a roster that hasn't come close to bringing them to a Super Bowl. Cutting Burfict and changing up the culture in the locker room makes perfect sense here.
18 Tennessee Titans Sign Randall Cobb
The Tennessee Titans have most of the necessary pieces to be a title contender: A young, fast and ball-hawking defense, a franchise quarterback, a power rushing game and a stout offensive line.
However, Marcus Mariota has never had a game-changing wide receiver, and 2019 will mark his fifth season in the NFL. The goal for the Titans has to be to supply Mariota with the necessary wideouts.
Randall Cobb will most certainly hit the free agent market after what will be another unproductive year in Green Bay. The Titans need a quick and reliable route-runner in Cobb, so signing him to a short-term deal should be atop GM Jon Robinson's wish list. Cobb just might rediscover his old form in Tennessee.
17 Seahawks Trade Bobby Wagner
The Seahawks are on the verge of a major rebuild. There's a reason why they moved on from Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and others last season - and why they won't be bringing back Earl Thomas this offseason.
It makes sense for the rebuilding Seahawks to deal four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Bobby Wagner, who only has one year left on his contract.
There are a handful of teams that will want a linebacker of his caliber. Wagner will only be 29 years of age next season, so Seattle could get multiple draft picks for him.
Who would the Seahawks trade Wagner to? Maybe a contending team that's built to win now like the Titans or Pittsburgh Steelers. The Kansas City Chiefs would love to find a playmaker to fix their defense.
Either way, don't be surprised if the Seahawks decide to cut ties with Wagner.
16 Raiders Sign Clay Matthews
The Packers may be hesitant about signing six-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Clay Matthews to a long-term deal. He will be 33 next season, and his stats have declined significantly in recent years.
Green Bay's entire defense needs to get younger and faster; Matthews is no longer a major pass-rushing threat, and he's been burned in coverage far too often this season. But Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders could value his leadership and personality, so a deal here makes sense.
It's probably best for Matthews to sign a one-year deal in hopes of resetting his value for the 2020 class. The Raiders should get Matthews for around $10 million on the one-year pact.
15 Golden Tate Signs With Buffalo
The Bills have arguably the most lackluster wide receiving unit in the league, and they're unlikely to bring back the under-performing Kelvin Benjamin. That leaves Sean McDermott and co. without a playmaker, so they'll have to be aggressive in the free agent market.
Speedster Golden Tate is the ideal wideout for Josh Allen to work with. He's aiming for his fourth 1,000-yard season in five years, so Tate stands to be one of the highest paid offensive players this offseason.
Tate will be 31 next year, so the Bills will have to make sure the term is short. Maybe a two-year deal worth around $20 million gets it done. Tate, Allen and LeSean McCoy would bring this long-struggling offense to a whole new level.
14 Houston Texans Sign Mark Ingram
The Saints likely won't overpay for pending UFA Mark Ingram, and there isn't much of a reason to. Alvin Kamara is ready for No. 1 reps, and Ingram turns 30 next year.
With young stars Michael Thomas and Marshon Lattimore needing big contracts down the road, it makes sense to move on from Ingram.
That's where the Texans need to jump in and make a play for Ingram.
After a productive season with Houston in 2016 (1,063 yards), Miller hasn't been as effective and continues to struggle behind a porous offensive line.
A two-year deal worth around $12 million should get it done.
13 Seattle Seahawks Sign Ryan Kalil
For much of Russell Wilson's career, the Seahawks have employed one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Had it not been for Wilson's incredible speed and scrambling abilities, the Seahawks' o-line would garner more criticism.
Well, the front office has to make a move and shore up its long-term problems in the trenches. Five-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil is the top o-lineman on the market, and he'd instantly make an impact for Seattle's pass and run blocking game.
Kalil will be 34 next season, but he's worth the risk. A three-year deal worth around $30 million should be enough to make both sides happy.
12 New York Giants Sign Geno Atkins
The Giants won their last two Super Bowls on the basis of a great pass rush, but they've had a tough time getting after the quarterback in 2018. The team has too many holes to fill on draft day, so it'd be wise for the front office to shore up some weaknesses in free agency as well.
The Bengals likely won't engage in a bidding war for star pass rusher Geno Atkins, given their long history of refusing to spend big money. This is where the G-Men can make a splash and give Atkins a mammoth deal.
He's registered at least nine sacks in the last three years, and Atkins should get to double-digits by the time 2018 ends.
New York's defense needs a massive makeover, and after they re-sign safety Landon Collins to a long-term deal, the priority should be to get Atkins on a multi-year
11 New England Patriots Cut Julian Edelman
Julian Edelman has settled right back into the Patriots receiving corps and his chemistry with Tom Brady appears to be as strong as ever, but this is the Patriots we're talking about. When do they keep a wide receiver into his mid 30s making what Edelman is making? Edelman is now 34 and will be 35 by the time 2019 rolls around. The Pats like to get rid of players a year too early rather than a year too late and letting Edelman walk when his contract expires in 2020 might feel like a year too late. There's also the chance Edelman gets traded, but we wouldn't put it past Belichick to outright cut him.
10 Chiefs Sign Ezekiel Ansah
Patrick Mahomes is enjoying an MVP-caliber season, but the Chiefs have arguably the worst defense in the NFL. If the Chiefs don't fix this unit, they simply won't be contending for Super Bowls - no matter how great of an offense Mahomes is leading.
The Lions are unlikely to bring back Ezekiel Ansah, who has developed into one of the game's top pass rushers. Ansah has averaged double-digit sacks twice in his career, and he looks to get paid top dollar on the market.
The Chiefs desperately need to fill up that pass rush, and Ansah is the perfect player to turn it around. A four-year contract worth around $45 million seems reasonable for Ansah, and KC may finally have its solution.
9 Miami Dolphins Cut Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill hasn't been a superstar, but he's been above-average since the Miami Dolphins drafted him six years ago. However, it sounds like the team could be looking to head into another direction next season.
Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman said "some in the league believe Tannehill will be gone from Miami after this season." Citing Spotrac.com, Freeman noted that Tannehill's cap hit is at $8.7 million, but it jumps all the way up to $26.6 million next season.
Miami will want to get out of that contract and cut Tannehill, who will be 31 and has a knee injury history that could scare them too much.
After that, Miami could look to sign Teddy Bridgewater, Nick Foles or simply draft a quarterback. But don't be surprised if 2018 is Tannehill's last as a Dolphin.
8 Buccaneers Sign Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
The 2016 Pro Bowl safety admitted in a recent interview with Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal that he expects 2018 to be his final season in Green Bay. Clinton-Dix will enter free agency, and he'll be one of the most sough-after defensive players on the market.
The Buccaneers have owned a weak secondary for several years now, wasting the pass rushing talents of Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy. There will be plenty of cap space for the Bucs to chase a big-time playmaker, and Clinton-Dix is the guy to turn that around.
Tampa may need to overpay, but a five-year contract worth around $50 million makes sense. They'll get a young, talented safety that can hopefully fix the secondary once and for all.
7 Cincinnati Bengals Trade A.J. Green
On paper, it doesn't make sense for the Bengals to cut a player who's reached the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons. A.J. Green is one of the NFL's most dynamic playmakers, but the Bengals are in need of a major facelift, and trading their star player makes more sense than you may believe.
The Bengals never hand out big contracts, and Green will be 31 next season, so it's hard to see them extending him long-term. If the Bengals miss the playoffs again, change will be necessary.
Cincinnati could land at least two draft picks (maybe second and third-rounders), for Green's services. It makes to get something for him, rather than potentially overpay Green or lose him for nothing in 2020 free agency.
The Packers may be willing to offer up picks for Green in order to give Aaron Rodgers his next No. 1 wide receiver.
6 Giants Cut Eli Manning, Draft His Successor
The Giants had the golden chance to draft a successor, but the team took the risk and hoped he had more gas in the tank. Thus, they passed on the likes of Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen and selected Saquon Barkley instead.
While Barkley has been a force in the backfield, Manning is enduring yet another miserable season.
The Giants will have the easy choice to release the two-time Super Bowl champion after this season. Then comes the next part: Finding his successor.
New York will almost certainly land a top-five pick; and teams ahead of them may not necessarily need a quarterback. Oregon product Justin Herbert should top their wish list, otherwise Drew Lock of Missouri makes sense. The Giants could even trade down, acquire more picks and find their next quarterback later.
It's simply time to end the Manning era and build towards the future.
5 Larry Fitzgerald Signs With Saints
Larry Fitzgerald is going to the Hall of Fame. The only thing missing on his otherwise flawless resume is a Super Bowl title.
Fitzgerald has maintained that he doesn't want to play anywhere but Arizona. But what if New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees gives 'Fitz' a call, where he sells him the idea of teaming up together to chase a Super Bowl?
Fitzgerald will decide to come back for one final season in the NFL, and he'll opt to join the NFL's all-time passing leader and co. Another year with Arizona just doesn't make sense, considering they're rebuilding and figure to be several years away from being good again.
4 Denver Broncos Sign Nick Foles
Ever since Peyton Manning retired, John Elway hasn't been able to find his new franchise quarterback. Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler all flopped. Free agent acquisition Case Keenum isn't the answer, and Elway will be forced to try his hand somewhere else in 2019.
With most teams already set at quarterback, the market for Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles won't be so high. But if Elway decides to cut ties with Keenum, he could look at handing Foles a short-term deal to see if the Super Bowl hero is the answer behind center.
The Eagles simply won't try to outbid other teams in order to retain Foles as Carson Wentz's backup. They'll let him find a starting role elsewhere, and the Broncos will make Foles their next signal-caller.
3 Indianapolis Colts Sign Earl Thomas
The Seahawks wouldn't re-sign Earl Thomas to an extension, and his tenure in the Pacific Northwest ended on a sour note. There's no way the tense relationship continues now; he's hitting the free agent market and leaving Seattle.
The Colts make all the sense in the world for Thomas.
There's little talent on this defense; one of NFL's worst over the last five years. They have so much cap space to pay Thomas what he wants, and the six-time Pro Bowler can single-handedly change the dynamic of their defense.
A five-year deal worth around $50 million should get it done. Thomas gets paid and the Colts find their new franchise defensive player to build around. It's a win-win.
2 Le'Veon Bell Signs With Jets
Star running back Le'Veon Bell will almost certainly leave the Steelers. If he rejected a five-year contract worth$70 million and decided to sit out half the season, why should we expect the parties to come to a resolution?
Bell is the top offensive player on the market, and someone will come forward and pay him. The Jets seem like the best fit, as quarterback Sam Darnold needs another playmaker to work with.
New York also has the cap space to offer him more money than any other team. Bell won't get $70 million, but a four-year deal in the $55-60 million range seems reasonable. Look for the Jets to pick him up.
1 Seattle Seahawks Trade Russell Wilson
In September, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the Seahawks haven't had contract extension talks with Russell Wilson, whose deal expires after the 2019 season. La Canfora also talked to rival GMs who told him "Wilson could fetch potentially three first-round picks," in a possible trade.
The Seahawks are in full-on rebuilding mode, as evidenced by the decisions to move on from Richard Sherman, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and others in the offseason. If Seattle is bent on trading Wilson, then 2019 is the time to do it - when someone can acquire the Pro Bowler then sign him to a massive extension.
If we're playing the guessing game, the Jaguars look like a great landing spot for Wilson. They can move on from Blake Bortles and surrender multiple draft picks - and none of them will be high selections. Seattle won't get three first-rounders from a rebuilding team that needs a quarterback.
As crazy as it sounds, don't be surprised if Wilson's traded this offseason, and if the Jaguars are the team that lands him.