At the moment, the 2020 free-agent class looks stellar. It’s loaded with current, former and potential franchise quarterbacks and one big-time wide receiver
It also has some strong pass-rushers. There are a few solid offensive linemen and a smattering of talented players at other positions. There could also be some big additions that could be added to the list if their current teams decide to cut salary and let them go.
Hypothetically, this could rank as the best free-agent class ever. But let’s keep in mind that much can change between now and the official opening of free agency in March.
When it comes to the very top players on the list, their current teams are going to fight like heck to sign them to new contracts. That’s especially true with the quarterbacks.
Think about this for a second — who’s the last true franchise quarterback to switch teams in free agency? I say Drew Brees, who went from the Chargers to the Saints in 2006. Even then, the circumstances were unique. Brees had a severe shoulder injury and there was uncertainty about whether he would be able to play again. Plus, the Chargers had Philip Rivers waiting in the wings. The Saints took a gamble on Brees, and it paid off hugely.
But again, that situation is rare. The list of free agents will look much different in March than it does now.
Still, it’s fun to look at who is scheduled to be available in free agency. Here’s a list of the top 25 players, who, at the moment, are supposed to be available in March and it includes a couple of players who are likely to be added to the list (Cam Newton, for example) who are likely to be released by their current teams and join the free-agent pool.
Interior linemen seldom get big money in free agency. But Scherff could be the exception. He’s a dominant run blocker, and those are hard to come by. The No. 5 overall pick of the 2015 draft out of Iowa, Scherff earned Pro Bowl honors in two of his first four pro seasons.