While the NFL hasn't quite reached the free agency fever pitch that the NBA has in recent years, player movement is becoming a much more common affair.
Just last offseason, the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots lost top-tier pass-rusher Trey Flowers to the Detroit Lions on a 5-year, $90 million deal, while the Super Bowl MVP from the year prior (Nick Foles) signed a 4-year, $88 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With that in mind, here are some top upcoming NFL free agents that could command massive contracts this offseason.
1. Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott, WR, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Given how much Dak Prescott's production has improved since Amari Cooper joined the Dallas Cowboys, it's hard to imagine Jerry Jones letting either player leave town next spring. In Prescott's first seven games last season, he averaged 202.4 passing yards per game with eight TDs to four INTs. Once Cooper got there, those numbers jumped to 274.2 passing yards per game with 14 TDs to four INTs. Prescott has jumped out to a similarly strong start to the 2019 season, despite Dallas' 3-3 record, averaging 321.2 passing yards per game while tossing 11 TDs to six INTs over his first five games (Cooper missed most of Week 6). With both players set to hit the free agent market this offseason, Dallas could look to break the bank to keep its dynamic duo intact.
2. Chris Jones, DT, Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Jones is arguably the best defender on a Kansas City Chiefs' defense that sorely needs him to return soon. A second-team All-Pro in 2018, Jones had 15.5 sacks last season (No. 3 in the NFL) and racked up 29 QB hits (T-No. 5 in the NFL). He's one of the most disruptive interior pass-rushers in the NFL, but he's also excellent against the run, evidenced by KC's inability to stop the run without the 25-year-old talent on the field. Jones missed a significant chunk of time in Week 5, and couldn't suit up in Week 6. Kansas City went on to surrender an average of 186.0 rushing yards per game during that stretch, losing both contests. Now that KC has gotten a taste of life without Jones, the Chiefs could be looking to make him one of the highest-paid interior linemen this offseason.
3. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks traded Jacob Martin, Barkevious Mingo and a 2020 third-round pick to the Houston Texans in exchange for one of the NFL's premier pass-rushers, Jadeveon Clowney. While they didn't have to pay a particularly high price to acquire Clowney, the Seahawks will likely need to spend big to retain his services. Seattle has moved Clowney all over the defensive line this season, and the results have paid off. Clowney is the highest-graded defender on the team, per Pro Football Focus, at 87.1. No one else on the defense is higher than 80.6. Given his draft pedigree (No. 1 overall pick in 2014) and top-tier production, a handful of NFL teams will likely be looking to pay a king's ransom to sign Clowney this offseason.
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