Free agency is still about a month and a half away, but rumors are already starting to swirl about some of the players that could reach the open market on March 10. In his latest video report, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report weighs in on a few of those players, including the top running back eligible for free agency. Here are the highlights:
- Reiterating that the Cowboys will use their franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant if necessary, Cole says that if the team wants to re-sign DeMarco Murray, the running back probably won’t come cheap. Cole’s sources expect Murray to command between $7-10MM annually on a new deal, and at this point, Dallas seems unwilling to go that high. Cole echoes a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, which suggests that at last check, the Cowboys’ best offer was worth just $4MM per year, though I’d expect the club to increase that offer before letting Murray walk.
- David Harris is viewed as the top inside linebacker eligible for unrestricted free agency this offseason, and he’s not overly committed to re-signing with the Jets, according to Cole. While a return to New York is possible, Harris would like to play for a contending team, and may be open to taking a little less money to make that happen.
- The Seahawks have locked up impact players like Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Michael Bennett, and others, and a big extension for Russell Wilson is around the corner. Given the commitments to those players, the team may have to part ways with cornerback Byron Maxwell. Per Cole, Maxwell is expected to reach the open market and will be a “hot commodity” if he’s available.