Every Team's Biggest Needs, Remaining Cap Space After 2024 NFL Free Agency, Draft

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 13, 2024

Every Team's Biggest Needs, Remaining Cap Space After 2024 NFL Free Agency, Draft

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    Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh
    Chargers head coach Jim HarbaughAllen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

    The early stages of NFL free agency and the 2024 draft have both come and gone. However, the process of preparing for the upcoming season is ongoing. Many teams have already turned to post-draft free agency to fill needs, and that will continue through the remainder of the offseason.

    Teams will get a better idea of where their biggest holes reside once they get on the practice field for organized team activities later this month and for training camp in late July.

    However, we can identify potential remaining needs by examining past performance, depth charts and the moves that were or were not made during the offseason.

    Throughout the 2024 offseason, B/R's Alex Ballentine (AFC) and Kris Knox (NFC) will provide updated analysis for all of the ways each team can improve ahead of the 2024 campaign. This week, they'll dive into each team's offseason, current cap situation and biggest remaining needs and top options for addressing them.

Arizona Cardinals

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    New Cardinals WR Marvin Harrison Jr. and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
    New Cardinals WR Marvin Harrison Jr. and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell John Smolek/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: DL Justin Jones, CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, DL Bilal Nichols, LB Mack Wilson, OT Jonah Williams, WR Marvin Harrison Jr., DL Darius Robinson

    Notable Departures: WR Marquise Brown, DT Leki Fotu, CB Antonio Hamilton, OT D.J. Humphries, WR Rondale Moore, LB Ezekiel Turner

    Remaining Team Needs: DL, CB, Edge

    Cap Space: $28.9 Million

    Realistic Targets: DL Lawrence Guy, CB Steven Nelson, Edge Emmanuel Ogbah

    The Arizona Cardinals addressed their biggest need in a huge way by staying at No. 4 and drafting Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. As the top-ranked prospect at any position on the Bleacher Report Scouting Department's big board, Harrison will give quarterback Kyler Murray an elite No. 1 receiver.

    With a new-look offensive line that includes offensive tackle Jonah Williams and rookie third-round guard Isaiah Adams, Murray should have a chance to return to Pro Bowl form in 2024.

    However, a Cardinals defense that ranked 25th overall and 31st in points allowed last season remains a work in progress. Additions like Justin Jones, Mack Wilson and rookie Darius Robinson will help. Yet Arizona does not have a top-tier defense like the one head coach Jonathan Gannon oversaw with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022.

    The Cardinals will likely use Robinson as a pass-rusher, even if he's still a bit underdeveloped in that department.

    "Robinson isn't a high-level athlete, which is currently limiting his pass-rush arsenal," Matt Holder of the B/R Scouting Department wrote. "... He shouldn't be expected to be a significant contributor as a rusher right away."

    It would behoove the Cardinals to add to their pass rush, and Emmanuel Ogbah, who recorded 5.5 sacks with the Miami Dolphins last season, should garner strong consideration. He last played in a Vic Fangio defense, a system that shares many similarities with Gannon's.

    Defensive lineman Lawrence Guy could help bolster a defensive interior that lacks depth, while cornerback Steven Nelson would quickly bolster a secondary that ranked 30th in net yards per pass attempt allowed in 2023.

    Nelson, who allowed an opposing passer rating of 73.3 in 2023, is one of the top defensive backs still available. Arizona has the remaining cap flexibility to target some of the top veterans left on the open market.

Atlanta Falcons

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    New Falcons QB Michael Penix Jr.
    New Falcons QB Michael Penix Jr. Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: QB Kirk Cousins, CB Antonio Hamilton, WR Ray-Ray McCloud, WR Darnell Mooney, QB Michael Penix Jr., DL Ruke Orhorhoro

    Notable Departures: C Matt Hennessy, WR Van Jefferson, CB Jeff Okudah, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, QB Desmond Ridder, TE Jonnu Smith

    Remaining Team Needs: Edge, CB, LB

    Cap Space: $6.4 Million

    Realistic Targets: DL Calais Campbell, LB Shaquille Leonard, CB Eli Apple

    The Atlanta Falcons' first-round selection of Michael Penix Jr. was puzzling, to say the least. The former Washington signal-caller may have the goods to be Atlanta's long-term answer at quarterback, but he's likely to offer little, if any, aid in 2024.

    Atlanta signed Kirk Cousins to a four-year, $180 million deal to be the quarterback of the present. That kind of contract, which included $100 million guaranteed, suggested that the Falcons were prepared to win now.

    However, by picking Penix, Atlanta passed on a prospect who could help it win in 2024. Specifically, the Falcons passed up the opportunity to add an elite edge-rusher, which could have addressed a long-standing position of need.

    Second-round rookie Ruke Orhorhoro should help strengthen the defensive interior, but getting after opposing quarterbacks could be a big issue with the current roster.

    Unfortunately, the Falcons aren't equipped with a surplus of cap space. Convincing Calais Campbell—who led the team with 6.5 sacks in 2023—to return on a team-friendly contract might be the best option.

    Campbell hasn't committed to playing this season, but he hasn't ruled it out either.

    "I'm gonna go through my process, but I'm leaning toward playing again," Campbell told Kelly Price of Fox 5 Atlanta in January.

    Atlanta should continue adding to a defense that ranked 18th in points allowed last season, and it should target players who could be open to a low-value "prove-it" deal.

    Linebacker Shaquille Leonard, for example, was released by the Indianapolis Colts in-season and failed to impress after latching on with Philadelphia. A return to form would give a big boost to Atlanta's 20th-ranked run defense.

    Cornerback Eli Apple was merely a role player for the Dolphins in 2023 after spending two seasons as a Cincinnati Bengals starter. He could help replace nine-game starter Jeff Okudah.

Baltimore Ravens

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    The Ravens selected Nate Wiggins in the first round of the 2024 NFL draft.
    The Ravens selected Nate Wiggins in the first round of the 2024 NFL draft.John Smolek/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: RB Derrick Henry, OL Josh Jones, WR Deonte Harty, CB Nate Wiggins, OT Roger Rosengarten

    Notable Departures: LB Patrick Queen, Edge Jadeveon Clowney, RB Gus Edwards, S Geno Stone, OT Morgan Moses, OG John Simpson, OG Kevin Zeitler, CB Ronald Darby

    Remaining Team Needs: IOL, Edge, S

    Cap Space: $6.6 million

    Realistic Targets: IOL Dalton Risner, Edge Emmanuel Ogbah, S Terrell Edmunds

    The Ravens were forced to walk a tight line with their cap situation this offseason and it shows. Their ability to draft and develop will be tested in 2024 as they lost several key contributors without the means to replace them all.

    That's most evident along the offensive line and on defense.

    Defensively, Patrick Queen and Jadeveon Clowney were among their most productive players but they'll be wearing different colors this season. Third-round pick Adisa Isaac could help matters, but they should probably look to the free agent market for added depth there.

    Carl Lawson is an intriguing option that makes sense. He dealt with a back injury for much of the 2023 campaign and was stuck in a deep defensive line rotation with the Jets but he's only 28 and has solid production in previous seasons.

    The biggest concern right now is still fielding a strong starting five on the offensive line. The Ravens' only returning starters are center Tyler Linderbaum and left tackle Ronnie Stanley. Ben Cleveland and Patrick Mekari or Rosengarten are logical options at right guard and tackle, but left guard remains a weakness.

    Dalton Risner could solve the issue. He was a late-signing free agent last offseason and ended up helping the Minnesota Vikings with 11 starts and no sacks allowed, per PFF.

    Safety isn't a grave concern. Marcus Williams and Kyle Hamilton are still the starters but Geno Stone allowed Hamilton to be deployed in a variety of roles. A veteran like Terrell Edmunds would give them added flexibility in the secondary.

Buffalo Bills

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    Keon Coleman
    Keon ColemanStacy Revere/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: WR Curtis Samuel, WR Mack Hollins, LB Nicholas Morrow, DL Austin Johnson, Edge Dawuane Smoot, S Mike Edwards, WR Keon Coleman, S Cole Bishop

    Notable Departures: WR Stefon Diggs, S Jordan Poyer, C Mitch Morse, WR Gabe Davis, Edge Leonard Floyd, LB Tyrel Dodson, CB Dane Jackson, DT Tim Settle, DT Poona Ford, S Micah Hyde

    Remaining Team Needs: CB, Edge, WR

    Cap Space: $3.6 million

    Realistic Targets: CB Fabian Moreau, Edge Jerry Hughes, WR Mecole Hardman

    The Buffalo Bills might not have improved in the 2024 offseason but they did get a lot younger. The Bills will be counting on Josh Allen to help them through a time of transition as they reload the roster for another championship window.

    On offense, the biggest shift is at wide receiver. Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis are gone. The Bills didn't outright replace them in free agency or the draft, but they did address the position by drafting Keon Coleman and signing Curtis Samuel and Mack Hollins.

    The Bills' need at receiver might be a little overstated. Khalil Shakir was highly efficient last season and could have a breakout season after catching 39 of his 45 targets for 611 yards last season. If Coleman can blossom into a No. 1 receiver, then they could become a good one-two punch.

    Still, it wouldn't hurt to add a low-cost vet like Mecole Hardman who works as an additional vertical threat.

    The defense will turn a new chapter in 2024. Multiple veteran starters are gone, but the Bills did a good job of targeting affordable stopgap options.

    That being said, they could still use depth at two of the most important positions. Bringing back Jerry Hughes would be a cheap way to give them some depth on the edge. Von Miller was reduced to a rotational role last season and the Bills have to replace Leonard Floyd's production.

    Fabian Moreau would be a similar addition for the cornerback room. There's not a lot of experience among the group beyond Rasul Douglas, Christian Benford, Taron Johnson and Kaiir Elam.

Carolina Panthers

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    New Panthers WR Xavier Legette
    New Panthers WR Xavier LegetteStacy Revere/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: Edge Jadeveon Clowney, S Jordan Fuller, G Robert Hunt, WR Diontae Johnson, G Gamien Lewis, DL A'Shawn Robinson, WR Xavier Legette, RB Jonathon Brooks

    Notable Departures: S Vonn Bell, C Bradley Bozeman, Edge Brian Burns, CB Donte Jackson, LB Frankie Luvu, TE Hayden Hurst

    Remaining Team Needs: TE, Edge, CB

    Cap Space: $9 Million

    Realistic Targets: TE Robert Tonyan Jr., Edge Markus Golden, CB Stephon Gilmore

    The Carolina Panthers, rightfully, put a lot of offseason effort into supporting second-year quarterback Bryce Young.

    Trading for Diontae Johnson and using a first-round pick on Xavier Legette should finally give Young a quality group of receivers with which to work. Running back Jonathon Brooks should help improve the league's 23rd-ranked rushing offense, while additions like Robert Hunt and Damien Lewis should help improve the offensive line.

    If left tackle Ikem Ekwonu can rebound from a miserable 2023 campaign—he was responsible for 12 penalties and 11 sacks allowed, according to Pro Football Focus—Young should have a chance to succeed.

    The Panthers still have questions at tight end, though, and taking a flier on Robert Tonyan Jr. would sense. Tonyan had a couple of productive years with the Green Bay Packers before largely disappearing in the Chicago Bears offense last season. He could provide competition for fourth-round rookie Ja'Tavion Sanders and shouldn't drain Carolina's limited remaining cap resources.

    Defensively, the Panthers need to find more pieces to replace the production of Brian Burns, who was traded early in the offseason. Jadeveon Clowney will help, but consistency has never been his biggest asset.

    Markus Golden, who produced four sacks with the Steelers last season, is another potential bargain option to consider.

    In the trade to acquire Johnson from Pittsburgh, Carolina parted with cornerback Donte Jackson. The Panthers should keep pushing to bring back Stephon Gilmore as a replacement.

    While he'll turn 34 in September, Gilmore remains a quality starter. He started all 17 games for the Dallas Cowboys last season and allowed an opposing passer rating of only 82.7 in coverage.

    Gilmore had his last Pro Bowl campaign with the Panthers in 2021, and a reunion would make sense if Gilmore is open to a team-friendly deal. According to The Athletic's Joseph Person, however, there has "been no movement" on a deal between the two parties.

Chicago Bears

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    Rome Odunze and Caleb Williams
    Rome Odunze and Caleb WilliamsMichael Reaves/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: WR Keenan Allen, C Ryan Bates, TE Gerald Everett, C Coleman Shelton, RB D'Andre Swift, QB Caleb Williams, WR Rome Odunze

    Notable Departures: G Dan Feeney, QB Justin Fields, RB D'Onta Foreman, WR Darnell Mooney, DL Justin Jones, QB Nathan Peterman

    Remaining Team Needs: Edge, DL, OL

    Cap Space: $23.2 Million

    Realistic Targets: Edge Yannick Ngakoue, DL Jonathan Allen (trade), G Dalton Risner

    As most expected, the Chicago Bears used the No. 1 overall pick in the draft on quarterback Caleb Williams. Chicago has also done a remarkable job of setting the stage for Williams to find early success.

    Rookie receiver Rome Odunze and trade acquisition Keenan Allen will partner with returning standouts DJ Moore and Cole Kmet to give Chicago one of the conference's most impressive receiving corps. D'Andre Swift will join Roschon Johnson and Khalil Herbert to give Williams a potent rushing attack.

    There aren't many holes remaining on the offense, though it wouldn't hurt to add some offensive line depth. Braxton Jones (neck) and Nate Davis (ankle) both missed significant time last season, and the line suffered.

    Dalton Risner, who has 73 career starts on his resume, is one of the top linemen still available and would give Chicago a starting-caliber option on the interior.

    Defensively, Chicago needs to continue building a defensive front that showed a lot of promise after last year's addition of Montez Sweat. Specifically, the Bears could use a high-end defensive tackle capable of impacting both the ground and passing games.

    With the defensive-tackle pool largely dry, Chicago should see if the Washington Commanders are willing to part with Jonathan Allen. There's no guarantee that Washington will deal, but some teams believe that it's possible.

    "The people I've talked to believe Washington will need to either rework his contract eventually or decide whether it will entertain trade interest, which it has rebuffed in the past," ESPN's Jeremy Fowler wrote.

    The Bears could also use edge depth behind Sweat, and bringing back Yannick Ngakoue would be logical. Ngakoue suffered a season-ending broken ankle but appeared mostly healthy in a workout video he posted on May 2. Ngakoue recorded just four sacks last season but had at least eight in every prior pro campaign.

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Bengals defensive tackle Kris Jenkins
    Bengals defensive tackle Kris JenkinsKevin Sabitus/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: OT Trent Brown, DT Sheldon Rankins, S Vonn Bell, TE Mike Gesicki, S Geno Stone, RB Zack Moss, OT Amarius Mims, DL Kris Jenkins

    Notable Departures: OT Jonah Williams, DT DJ Reader, RB Joe Mixon, CB Chidobe Awuzie, TE Irv Smith, S Nick Scott, WR Tyler Boyd

    Remaining Team Needs: IOL, Edge, CB

    Cap Space: $24.1 million

    Realistic Targets: IOL Dalton Risner, Edge Emmanuel Ogbah, CB Marcus Peters

    Overall, the Bengals have done a really nice job of directly addressing the most pressing needs on their roster. For every loss there's a reasonable plan in place to replace them.

    Trent Brown is an upgrade over Jonah Williams. DJ Reader is now gone, but Sheldon Rankins, Kris Jenkins and McKinnley Jackson should be able to pick up the slack. Zack Moss and Chase Brown can combine to more than make up for the loss of Joe Mixon.

    Wide receiver remains a long-term question. Tee Higgins is set to play under the franchise tag but has requested a trade. Jermaine Burton is an intriguing replacement for Tyler Boyd as a vertical threat from the slot, but the Bengals should still be on the lookout for Higgins' long-term replacement if they aren't going to extend him.

    Chidobe Awuzie is one loss the Bengals might not be fully prepared to replace. Cam Taylor-Britt and DJ Turner II might be ready to lead the cornerback room, but it's always nice to have solid veteran in the rotation.

    The Bengals might want to give Marcus Peters the opportunity to take over that role. His tenure in Las Vegas didn't work out, but he's a veteran with a lot of AFC North experience as a former Raven.

    Dalton Risner should be on a lot of teams' wish lists. The one thing the Bengals didn't do this offseason was find some competition for Cordell Volson at left guard. Risner would challenge him for a starting spot.

    Trey Hendrickson could create a major need for the Bengals. He joined Higgins in requesting a trade. If there's a holdout coming, they are going to need more depth, and Emmanuel Ogbah makes sense as a similar power rusher.

Cleveland Browns

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    Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Mike Hall Jr.
    Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Mike Hall Jr.Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: WR Jerry Jeudy, DT Quinton Jefferson, LB Jordan Hicks, RB D'Onta Foreman, LB Devin Bush, QB Jameis Winston, DL Mike Hall Jr., IOL Zak Zinter

    Notable Departures: QB Joe Flacco, LB Anthony Walker Jr., LB Sione Takitaki, TE Harrison Bryant, C Nick Harris

    Remaining Team Needs: Edge, LB, CB

    Cap Space: $13.6 million

    Realistic Targets: LB Kwon Alexander, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, Edge Yannick Ngakoue

    The Cleveland Browns featured one of the best defenses in the league last season while the offense struggled.

    The Browns' best hope in making a leap in 2024 is that Deshaun Watson comes back healthy. General manager Andrew Berry has done a strong job of building a Browns roster that doesn't have many holes.

    The remaining team needs are really just depth-related on defense. They have answers at the starting positions on both sides of the ball. However, the linebacker corps took a hit with the loss of Sione Takitaki and Anthony Walker Jr. Free-agent signees Devin Bush and Jordan Hicks should start alongside Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, but there isn't much depth behind them.

    Kwon Alexander is a veteran who would fit the scheme and remains unsigned.

    The Browns have a great cornerback trio in Denzel Ward, Martin Emerson and Greg Newsome II, but if any of them get injured it's hard to be confident in the options.

    Ahkello Witherspoon fits the archetype that they look for as a bigger corner who can play press coverage. He allowed a passer rating of just 75.7 with the Rams last season.

    Myles Garrett anchors this pass rush and bringing back Za'Darius Smith means they will have one of the better units again, but they could have another option to go with Ogbo Okoronkwo and Alex Wright.

    Yannick Ngakoue is a well-traveled quarterback hunter who would add even more juice to the position group.

Dallas Cowboys

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    New Cowboys OT Tyler Guyton
    New Cowboys OT Tyler GuytonBrian Bahr/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: RB Ezekiel Elliott, LB Eric Kendricks, OT Tyler Guyton, Edge Marshawn Kneeland, IOL Cooper Beebe

    Notable Departures: Edge Dorance Armstrong, C Tyler Biadasz, DL Neville Gallimore, WR Michael Gallup, DL Johnathan Hankins, RB Tony Pollard, OT Tyron Smith

    Remaining Team Needs: RB, CB, OL

    Cap Space: $4.5 Million

    Realistic Targets: RB Jerick McKinnon, CB Stephon Gilmore, OT Donovan Smith

    The Cowboys didn't enter the offseason with a ton of cap flexibility, and they apparently weren't very interested in creating space. Dallas' lone early addition was that of linebacker Erick Kendricks. After the draft, the Cowboys brought back former starting running back Ezekiel Elliott.

    The Cowboys lost several key contributors from 2023, and they're betting heavily on rookies like Tyler Guyton and Cooper Beebe to help replace them.

    Dallas did not, however, draft a running back. Elliott, who averaged just 3.5 yards per carry last season, has clearly lost a step. Having him lead a committee that also includes Rico Dowdle, Deuce Vaughn and Royce Freeman is a questionable strategy. The Cowboys can afford to add more to their backfield rotation.

    Receiving back Jerick McKinnon would be a fine budget add, as he's shown in recent years that he can be impactful with a limited role. Despite being a role player, he caught 94 regular-season passes over the last three years.

    Bringing back Stephon Gilmore would be logical, if Dallas can work out the financials. Trevon Diggs (ACL) should be back on the field in 2024, but Gilmore was a solid starter in 2023, and no playoff hopeful can have too many good corners.

    While the plan is to have Guyton and Beebe round out the offensive line, the Cowboys would be wise to add some veteran insurance. This is especially true at left tackle, where Guyton is slated to play.

    The Oklahoma product only has one year of starting experience and earned it at right tackle. If his transition doesn't go smoothly, it could create real problems for quarterback Dak Prescott.

    Donovan Smith isn't a perfect left tackle, but he's a two-time Super Bowl winner and the top option still available. He played on a one-year, $3 million deal last season, so Smith might be open to a team-friendly deal. Unless the Cowboys start making some cap room, that's all they can afford.

Denver Broncos

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    Denver Broncos QB Bo Nix
    Denver Broncos QB Bo NixHyoung Chang/The Denver Post

    Key Offseason Additions: Edge John Franklin-Myers, CB Levi Wallace, LB Cody Barton, WR Josh Reynolds, S Brandon Jones, QB Bo Nix, Edge Jonah Elliss

    Notable Departures: QB Russell Wilson, WR Jerry Jeudy, C Lloyd Cushenberry III, S Justin Simmons, LB Josey Jewell, DT Jonathan Harris, TE Chris Manhertz

    Remaining Team Needs: CB, IOL, LB

    Cap Space: $12 million

    Realistic Targets: CB Steven Nelson, IOL Connor Williams, LB Shaquille Leonard

    The Broncos had one of the most difficult assignments for the 2024 offseason. They had to re-tool a roster that went 8-9 last season while facing the difficult financial situation of paying Russell Wilson $35.4 million this season and $49.6 million next year to not play football for them.

    It left them with a modest budget to improve a defense that ranked 27th in points allowed per game and remodel an offense with a big hole at quarterback.

    The move to trade for Russell Wilson and the fallout with the veteran quarterback were disastrous developments for the franchise and it left them with limited resources. All things considered, there are still reasons for the Broncos faithful to be intrigued.

    Bo Nix was not the highest-rated quarterback, but he does have skills that fit with Payton's vision for the offense. Losing Jerry Jeudy wasn't ideal for a team looking to break in a rookie quarterback, but Josh Reynolds and Troy Franklin were cost-effective additions to help soften the blow.

    The Broncos could still look at add a starting center to replace Lloyd Cushenberry III. Connor Williams is the most talented player in the free-agent pool, but he's also recovering from a torn ACL that ended his season.

    The biggest weaknesses remaining are on defense, though. Steven Nelson could compete with Levi Wallace to take over as the team's second outside corner opposite Patrick Surtain II.

    Shaquille Leonard has struggled to get back to form due to back injuries. However, the Broncos could offer an interesting place for him to try. Cody Barton and Alex Singleton are the projected starters at this point.

Detroit Lions

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    New Lions CB Terrion Arnold
    New Lions CB Terrion ArnoldTodd Rosenberg/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: Edge Marcus Davenport, CB Carlton Davis, DL DJ Reader, G Kevin Zeitler, CB Terrion Arnold, CB Ennis Rakestraw Jr.

    Notable Departures: S C.J. Gardner-Johnson, G Jonah Jackson, DL Benito Jones, WR Josh Reynolds, S Tracy Walker III

    Remaining Team Needs: Edge, LB, WR

    Cap Space: $26.2 Million

    Realistic Targets: DL Calais Campbell, LB Kwon Alexander, WR Marquise Goodwin

    Thanks to two consecutive strong offseasons, the Detroit Lions are coming out of the draft with very few significant needs.

    Last year, Detroit bolstered its run defense while forging the dangerous backfield duo of Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery. The Lions secondary was an issue in 2023, but the drafting of Terrion Arnold and Ennis Rakestraw Jr.—along with the trade for Carlton Davis—should help solve it.

    Detroit added Marcus Davenport to help complement pass-rusher Aidan Hutchinson, but adding more to the pass rush would be beneficial. Ideally, James Houston, who missed the bulk of last season with a leg injury, will return to the form he flashed as a rookie (eight sacks in seven games).

    However, a Super Bowl contender can never have too many pass-rushing options. Adding Calais Campbell, who finished the 2023 season with 6.5 sacks and 24 quarterback pressures, could help give Detroit a championship-caliber defense.

    The Lions could further round out their pass defense by adding a coverage linebacker. The market is relatively thin at this point in the offseason, but Kwon Alexander remains available. He appeared in nine games with Pittsburgh last season and allowed an opposing passer rating of only 76.3.

    Offensively, the Lions are nearly set but could use a bit more receiver depth. Josh Reynolds departed in free agency, and 2022 first-round pick Jameson Williams remains a project. We might see more from 2023 trade acquisition Donovan Peoples-Jones in his second year as a Lion.

    Peoples-Jones topped 800 receiving yards with the Browns in 2022.

    However, some receiver insurance wouldn't hurt. Though he played sparingly for Cleveland last season, Marquise Goodwin still possesses game-changing speed. He'd provide value as a fourth or fifth situational target.

Green Bay Packers

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    New Packers RB Josh Jacobs
    New Packers RB Josh JacobsJeff Bottari/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: RB Josh Jacobs, K Greg Joseph, S Xavier McKinney, OL Jordan Morgan, LB Edgerrin Cooper

    Notable Departures: OT David Bakhtiari, LB De'Vondre Campbell, RB Aaron Jones, S Jonathan Owens, G Jon Runyan, S Darnell Savage

    Remaining Team Needs: CB, DL, IOL

    Cap Space: $19.6 Million

    Realistic Targets: CB Xavien Howard, DL Jonathan Allen (trade), IOL Dalton Risner

    It's been an interesting offseason for the Green Bay Packers, who made a 2023 playoff run as the league's youngest team. General manager Brian Gutekunst has traditionally used a draft-and-develop approach to roster construction but made a pair of win-now moves in free agency.

    Running back Josh Jacobs will replace Aaron Jones as Green Bay's lead back. Safety Xavier McKinney will add another playmaker to the back end of the Packers defense.

    If Jordan Love can take a few more positive steps in his second full season as the Packers' starting QB, Green Bay could be a serious contender in 2024. However, the Packers could stand to further strengthen their roster.

    Though they traded cornerback Rasul Douglas during the 2023 season, the Packers didn't really address the corner position until drafting Penn State's Kalen King in the seventh round. Adding a veteran to the cornerback room would be advisable, and Xavien Howard certainly fits the bill.

    Howard battled a foot injury with the Miami Dolphins last season but still allowed an opposing passer rating of just 81.3 in coverage. Though he'll turn 31 in July, he's still capable of boosting a secondary.

    After ranking just 23rd in rushing yards allowed last season, the Packers should look to strengthen their defensive front. Few quality defensive tackles remain unsigned, so making a trade offer for Washington's Jonathan Allen could be Green Bay's best option.

    It would also be smart to add to the offensive line. Rookie Jordan Morgan is expected to be Green Bay's left tackle of the future, but Green Bay lost a quality guard when Jon Runyan left for the New York Giants.

    Dalton Risner has been a solid if unspectacular starter over the past five years and could help shore up Love's protection in a big way.

Houston Texans

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    Houston Texans WR Stefon Diggs
    Houston Texans WR Stefon DiggsJames Gilbert/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: EDGE Danielle Hunter, WR Stefon Diggs, LB Azeez Al-Shaair, CB Myles Bryant, RB Joe Mixon, DL Denico Autry, CB C.J. Henderson, CB Jeff Okudah, DT Foley Fatukasi, CB Kamari Lassiter, OT Blake Fisher

    Notable Departures: RB Devin Singletary, DT Maliek Collins, iOL Michael Deiter, LB Blake Cashman, EDGE Jonathan Greenard, DT Sheldon Rankins, LB Denzel Perryman

    Remaining Team Needs: CB, IOL, OL

    Cap Space: $23 million

    Realistic Targets: S Justin Simmons, CB Patrick Peterson, IOL Greg Van Roten

    The Texans were one of the biggest surprise teams of 2023 and were aggressive in trying to become a contender in 2024. They had plenty of cap space and they spent it making two of the splashiest moves of the offseason, trading for Stefon Diggs and signing Danielle Hunter.

    Hunter gives them a top pass-rusher to pair with Will Anderson Jr. and should move the needle on an emerging defense. Diggs gives the receiver room a veteran with playoff experience and the potential to put up a top-10 receiver season if he can shake off the malaise that saw him fade down the stretch in 2023.

    Their offseason wasn't just tied to those two, though. They did a good job of plugging in solid veterans, trading for Joe Mixon and signing Azeez Al-Shaair and Denico Autry.

    They added new blood at all three levels of the defense, but the secondary could use at least one more veteran. The Texans are relying on C.J. Henderson or Jeff Okudah to shake the bust label and play opposite Derek Stingley Jr.

    Patrick Peterson would be an insurance policy for both but also could play safety. He lined up there late in the season for the Steelers and the Texans could use depth there as well. Jimmie Ward hasn't played a full season for a while and rookie Calen Bullock might need to improve his play strength before being a full-time player.

    Justin Simmons is a target for the same reason.

    It would also make sense for the Texans to look for offensive line help. Tytus Howard's guard-tackle flexibility gives them options, but they are a bit thin up front when you consider that 59th pick Blake Fisher could be a starter.

    Greg Van Roten is old (34), but he was a strong plug-and-play option for the Raiders last season.

Indianapolis Colts

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    Michael Pittman Jr.
    Michael Pittman Jr.Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: DT Raekwon Davis, QB Joe Flacco, Edge Laiatu Latu, WR Adonai Mitchell

    Notable Departures: QB Gardner Minshew II, RB Zack Moss, Edge Jacob Martin

    Remaining Team Needs: CB, S, TE

    Cap Space: $28.2 million

    Realistic Targets: CB Xavien Howard, S Jayron Kearse, TE Daniel Bellinger (trade)

    The Indianapolis Colts seem to be taking the patient approach to building off the 9-8 record in Shane Steichen's first year as head coach. Even with Gardner Minshew II taking over for an injured Anthony Richardson, the Colts showed a lot of promise under Steichen.

    Despite having a healthy amount of cap space, the Colts didn't make many splashy moves but focused on retaining their own talent. Michael Pittman Jr. was the key re-signing but they also extended DeForest Buckner and re-signed Grover Stewart, Kenny Moore and Zaire Franklin.

    They were fortunate that a wave of offensive talent allowed Laiatu Latu to fall to them in the first round. He could be the No. 1 edge-rusher this defense needs to take the next step.

    The one interesting area they didn't address was the secondary. Bringing back Moore to play in the slot and Julian Blackmon at safety kept it from being a massive need, but they should be looking for reinforcements to help out a young group.

    Xavien Howard is one of a few veterans who can still play. The 30-year-old limited opposing passers to an 81.3 passer rating last season and was let go by the Dolphins primarily for financial reasons.

    Bringing Blackmon back is a good start at the safety position, but if Nick Cross isn't ready to be a starter, then a veteran like Jayron Kearse could give them a reliable option.

    Offensively, it feels like the Colts should have added a potential starter at tight end somewhere along the way. The free-agent market is picked over at this point, but targeting someone like Daniel Bellinger who is now in a tight end room that includes Darren Waller and rookie Theo Johnson is a reasonable idea.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Brian Thomas Jr.
    Brian Thomas Jr.Todd Rosenberg/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: WR Gabe Davis, C Mitch Morse, S Darnell Savage, CB Ronald Darby, DT Arik Armstead, WR Brian Thomas Jr., DL Maason Smith

    Notable Departures: WR Calvin Ridley, S Rayshawn Jenkins, DT Foley Fatukasi, CB Darious Williams, Edge K'Lavon Chaisson, CB Tre Herndon

    Remaining Team Needs: CB, Edge, WR

    Cap Space: $34 million

    Realistic Targets: CB Steven Nelson, Edge Yannick Ngakoue, WR Michael Thomas

    It's easy to follow the Jaguars plan on defense this offseason. The biggest addition was Arik Armstead. He's a more exciting player than Foley Fatukasi and he brings another level of pass rush and versatility to their group of interior defensive linemen.

    He'll also be a great mentor for Maason Smith who has potential to outplay his draft slot if he can stay healthy.

    Ronald Darby is at least equal to, if not greater than, Darious Williams. The combination of Darnell Savage and Antonio Johnson should give them at least one safety who can play in the box and another who can man the slot.

    Still, it would have been good to see them go after one more veteran edge-rusher. Travon Walker and Josh Allen are the main attractions, but losing K'Lavon Chaisson and Dawuane Smoot opens up snaps.

    A reunion with Yannick Ngakoue, who is still a productive pass-rush specialist, could at least give them additional competition for Yasir Abdullah and Trevis Gipson in the rotation.

    The cornerback depth is concerning overall. They are going to get help in the slot from the safeties, but Ronald Darby has struggled with injuries before and Tyson Campbell missed six games last season.

    Steven Nelson is one of the most consistent corners remaining and the Jags should be familiar with him from his time in the AFC South with the Houston Texans.

    On offense, the big question is how they are going to replace Calvin Ridley. He defected to the Tennessee Titans, leaving the Jags to replace his production with Gabe Davis and rookie Brian Thomas Jr.

    Both are vertical threats for Trevor Lawrence, but another receiver who can work the intermediate areas, like Michael Thomas, could be huge.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Xavier Worthy
    Xavier WorthyStacy Revere/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: WR Marquise Brown, TE Irv Smith, QB Carson Wentz, WR Xavier Worthy, OT Kingsley Suamataia

    Notable Departures: CB L'Jarius Sneed, OT Donovan Smith, LB Willie Gay Jr., S Mike Edwards, WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, OG Nick Allegretti

    Remaining Team Needs: DT, WR, RB

    Cap Space: $15.3 million

    Realistic Targets: DL Calais Campbell, WR Michael Thomas, RB Dalvin Cook

    The Kansas City Chiefs will attempt to do what no team has done in the history of the league by winning three Super Bowls in a row. Today's salary-cap rules and free agency have made that feat even more difficult, but the Chiefs have some things working for them.

    First, they've done a tremendous job of drafting and developing. That's especially true on the defensive side of the ball where they may be able to cope with the loss of L'Jarius Sneed with a homegrown secondary that features Joshua Williams, Jaylen Watson, Trent McDuffie and Nic Jones.

    The more concerning area of the defense is on the interior. Chris Jones has covered for weaknesses there in the past. Re-signing him was a huge relief for this unit. However, coaxing Calais Campbell to chase a ring with the Chiefs would be a huge addition to shore up the run defense while adding a little pass-rushing help.

    The offense is in good hands with Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes, but additional help would be nice.

    The Chiefs added Xavier Worthy, but Rashee Rice's off-field actions could create a need at wide receiver. Police are investigating him for allegedly hitting a photographer at a nightclub. This comes on the heels of him facing eight felony charges stemming from his involvement in a multi-car crash on the highway in March.

    The Chiefs were one of several teams that receiver Zay Jones recently visited before signing with the Cardinals. They could shift their sights to Michael Thomas. If anyone can help him get back to his former glory, it's Reid and Mahomes.

    They could also use a running back to take on some of Jerick McKinnon's role as a pass-catching back. Dalvin Cook is going to be 29 years old in August, but he could still help with that workload.

Las Vegas Raiders

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    New Raiders head coach Antonio Pierce
    New Raiders head coach Antonio PierceEthan Miller/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: DT Christian Wilkins, QB Gardner Minshew II, RB Alexander Mattison, TE Harrison Bryant, IOL Cody Whitehair, TE Brock Bowers, IOL Jackson Powers-Johnson

    Notable Departures: RB Josh Jacobs, OG Greg Van Roten, G/T Jermaine Eluemunor, CB Amik Robertson, DT Bilal Nichols, TE Austin Hooper, DT Jerry Tillery

    Remaining Team Needs: QB, OT, CB

    Cap Space: $21.9 million

    Realistic Targets: CB Adoree' Jackson, OT Dan Moore Jr. (trade), OT Chris Hubbard

    This might not be the offseason that some Raiders fans were hoping for, but there's still a lot to like.

    Some might have envisioned this being the year the Silver and Black found their long-term starter at quarterback. The draft didn't fall their way, but the new front office led by Tom Telesco did a good job of preparing for that possibility by signing Gardner Minshew II.

    That will keep them from making any desperate moves at the position even if it remains a major need.

    One concerning need that needs to be addressed before too long is at right tackle. Thayer Munford is probably penciled into the lineup for now, although rookie DJ Glaze might be able to compete for it.

    It would be good to see the Raiders add a veteran to compete or add depth before training camp. Dan Moore Jr. could be a trade option. He has been the Steelers' starter at left tackle but will likely be replaced by first-round pick Troy Fautanu.

    Perhaps flipping over to the right side would extend his run as an NFL starter and the Steelers might be willing to part with him.

    If not, someone like Chris Hubbard should be a consideration. He's made a career out of being a dependable stopgap option and posted a respectable 69.0 grade from PFF last season.

    The defense will look to build on a hot end to the season under Antonio Pierce, and adding Christian Wilkins to the defensive line only builds the hype. However, the secondary could still use some depth, and Adoree' Jackson is familiar with defensive coordinator Patrick Graham from their days with the Giants.

Los Angeles Chargers

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    Chargers edge-rusher Khalil Mack
    Chargers edge-rusher Khalil MackMichael Owens/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: RB Gus Edwards, TE Hayden Hust, C Bradley Bozeman, LB Denzel Perryman, CB Kristian Fulton, TE Will Dissly, WR DJ Chark Jr., OT Joe Alt, WR Ladd McConkey

    Notable Departures: RB Austin Ekeler, WR Keenan Allen, WR Mike Williams, LB Kenneth Murray, LB Eric Kendricks, C Will Clapp, DT Austin Johnson, TE Gerald Everett

    Remaining Team Needs: WR, CB, IDL

    Cap Space: $30.4 million

    Realistic Targets: WR Treylon Burks (trade), S Justin Simmons, DL Calais Campbell

    The Chargers started the offseason with a really difficult cap situation. The payroll was bloated with veterans and a roster that consistently underachieved under Brandon Staley.

    They enter the 2024 season with a roster in transition and a much cleaner cap sheet under Jim Harbaugh and new general manager Joe Hortiz.

    Harbaugh's teams have traditionally been built on toughness and physicality. Their roster choices this offseason paint the same picture. They saved money by parting ways with both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, opting to stick with edge-rushers Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa.

    The moves do leave the Chargers with a questionable receiver group. The Chargers will look to run the ball more than most teams, but you still have to have an effective group of pass-catchers to win in this league.

    Ladd McConkey will be a part of that and second-year player Quentin Johnston will need to have a breakout campaign. DJ Chark Jr. was a good late offseason addition, but the team could afford to take a swing on another young receiver.

    It would be worth putting in a call for Treylon Burks. The Titans signed Calvin Ridley, still have DeAndre Hopkins and recently added Tyler Boyd, giving them a veteran trio and less space for Burks to emerge.

    Ja'Sir Taylor is a potential weak link in the secondary. He'll get a shot at being the team's primary slot defender, but signing a veteran safety like Justin Simmons would free up Derwin James to play that role too.

    Calais Campbell would be a logical target as well. He's a big, strong defensive lineman that fits their culture and would help fortify the interior, which doesn't have a lot of experience.

Los Angeles Rams

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    New Rams edge Jared Verse
    New Rams edge Jared VerseKevin Sabitus/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: G Jonah Jackson, S Kamren Curl, CB Tre'Davious White, CB Darious Williams, Edge Jared Verse, DL Braden Fiske

    Notable Departures: DT Aaron Donald (retirement), S Jordan Fuller, C Coleman Shelton, QB Carson Wentz, DL Jonah Williams

    Remaining Team Needs: LB, Edge, CB

    Cap Space: $12.4 Million

    Realistic Targets: LB Kwon Alexander, Edge Yannick Ngakoue, CB Steven Nelson

    The Los Angeles Rams were one of the bigger surprises in 2023. Thought to be rebuilding, the Rams instead made a push back to the postseason—thanks in no small part to young impact players like Kobie Turner, Puka Nacua and Kyren Williams.

    Los Angeles should be poised to make another run after shoring up the offensive line and the secondary. While replacing the retired Aaron Donald in the middle of the defense won't be easy, rookies Jared Verse and Braden Fiske should partner with Turner to provide a functional defensive front.

    Continuing to reload the defense would be wise, as L.A. ranked just 20th in total defense and 19th in points allowed last season.

    While the secondary should be better, L.A. could use a strong coverage linebacker to improve its second-level defense. Kwon Alexander, who allowed an opposing passer rating of only 76.3 last season, could help there.

    By partnering Verse and Fiske with Turner and Byron Young, the Rams might actually improve on a pass rush that produced 41 sacks last season. It wouldn't hurt to add another piece to the rotation, though, and Yannick Ngakoue could be a fine situational piece if fully recovered from last year's broken ankle.

    The Rams would be wise to add more depth at cornerback, as the incoming Tre'Davious White does have a significant recent injury history. Steven Nelson, who was a reliable defender for the Texans in 2022 and 2023, would be a great addition.

    Nelson allowed an opposing passer rating of only 80.5 in 2022 and an opposing passer rating of 73.3 last season. He has 115 starts on his resume and could step right into a starting role if White isn't able to recapture his pre-injury Pro Bowl form.

Miami Dolphins

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    Dolphins OT Patrick Paul
    Dolphins OT Patrick PaulKevin Sabitus/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: CB Kendall Fuller, C Aaron Brewer, S Jordan Poyer, LB Jordyn Brooks, TE Jonnu Smith, LB Anthony Walker Jr., WR Odell Beckham Jr., Edge Chop Robinson, OT Patrick Paul

    Notable Departures: DT Christian Wilkins, S DeShon Elliott, CB Xavien Howard, EDGE Andrew Van Ginkel, LB Jerome Baker, OG Robert Hunt, WR Cedrick Wilson Jr., EDGE Emmanuel Ogbah

    Remaining Team Needs: S, iOL, CB

    Cap Space: $8.9 million

    Realistic Targets: IOL Dalton Risner, CB James Bradberry (trade), S Adrian Phillips

    The Dolphins had to make some tough decisions based on their salary-cap situation. They released Xavien Howard and Jerome Baker in addition to losing Christian Wilkins in free agency.

    There were other losses too, and the Dolphins had to find value on the free-agent market to replace them. Chris Grier's ability to find those solutions will be tested this season. There were some promising additions like Kendall Fuller and Jordyn Brooks.

    They could stand to look at additional options at cornerback. Fuller should start alongside Jalen Ramsey on the outside with Kader Kohou playing in the slot.

    However, Fuller and Ramsey are both older players, and depth could become important as the season wears on.

    James Bradberry could be an intriguing option. The Eagles could save money by trading him after June 1. He had a disappointing 2023 season but was instrumental to the Eagles' success in 2022. His salary is only $1.2 million.

    He would give them a third option on the outside and allow the flexibility to move Ramsey into the slot if the situation calls for it.

    The offensive line still has some questions. The Dolphins found their eventual Terron Armstead replacement in Patrick Paul, but the left guard spot remains a question.

    Isaiah Wynn and Lester Cotton are back to compete for the job, but Dalton Risner would probably be an upgrade over either. He's a realistic target for a lot of teams, though, so the Dolphins would probably have to move some cap space around to sign him.

Minnesota Vikings

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    New Vikings QB J.J. McCarthy
    New Vikings QB J.J. McCarthyDavid Buono/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: LB Blake Cashman, QB Sam Darnold, Edge Jonathan Greenard, CB Shaquill Griffin, RB Aaron Jones, DL Jonah Williams, QB J.J. McCarthy, Edge Dallas Turner

    Notable Departures: QB Kirk Cousins, Edge Marcus Davenport, LB Jordan Hicks, Edge Danielle Hunter, K Greg Joseph, WR K.J. Osborn, LB D.J. Wonnum

    Remaining Team Needs: OL, TE, WR

    Cap Space: $17.4 Million

    Realistic Targets: G Dalton Risner, TE Robert Tonyan Jr., WR Hunter Renfrow

    The Minnesota Vikings are entering a new era in 2024, one that doesn't include Kirk Cousins. The veteran quarterback departed for the Falcons in free agency, leaving Minnesota to find its new franchise quarterback in the draft.

    Rookie J.J. McCarthy will have to compete with Sam Darnold in camp, but it would be a major shock to see McCarthy sit for all or most of 2024.

    Fortunately, the Vikings have a strong supporting cast for their new quarterback. Minnesota has two standout receivers in Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison, and it will have an elite tight end in T.J. Hockenson if and when he returns from a torn ACL and MCL.

    While Minnesota will want to improve a defense that ranked 16th overall last season, further supporting McCarthy should be the team's primary goal.

    Bringing back Dalton Risner would make a ton of sense, as he was a dependable starter in 2023. The 28-year-old was a late addition last year but played well once his number was called. Yet he's again available late in free agency.

    "I played 11 games and they relied on me every Sunday," Risner told 13 WIBW (h/t Trevor Squire of Heavy). "I thought that things would change this offseason; here I am in April about to be May and I don't have a job."

    While Hockenson is reportedly "ahead of schedule" in his recovery, adding some tight end insurance would be sensible. Robert Tonyan Jr. has been a capable pass-catcher in the past, and after playing for the Packers and Bears, he'd bring plenty of divisional familiarity to Minnesota.

    Minnesota also needs to find a reliable third receiver behind Jefferson and Addison. Hunter Renfrow is a former Pro Bowl slot specialist who would be a tremendous outlet receiver if he can return to his 2021 form.

New England Patriots

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    Drake Maye and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell
    Drake Maye and NFL commissioner Roger GoodellJohn Smolek/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: WR K.J. Osborn, LB Sione Takitaki, RB Antonio Gibson, TE Austin Hooper, OT Chukwuma Okorafor, QB Jacoby Brissett, QB Drake Maye, WR Ja'Lynn Polk

    Notable Departures: OT Trent Brown, TE Mike Gesicki, LB Mack Wilson, WR DeVante Parker, DB Jalen Mills, QB Mac Jones

    Remaining Team Needs: OT, WR, CB

    Cap Space: $50.2 million

    Realistic Targets: WR Tee Higgins (trade), OT Dan Moore Jr. (trade), OT Donovan Smith

    The 2024 offseason feels like a much-needed reboot of the New England Patriots franchise. Sure, they kept things in-house with their head coaching hire. But Jerod Mayo is not Bill Belichick and that's a good thing at this point.

    They also moved on from Mac Jones and drafted Drake Maye to be the future at quarterback.

    The only problem with the Patriots going with a quarterback with the third pick in the draft is they don't have the cast to properly support him in Year 1. Things might get ugly for Maye based on the offensive line in front of him and his weapons.

    The offensive line has some bright spots. New England brought back Mike Onwenu, and the guard combo of Cole Strange and Sidy Sow is promising. The scary part is the team's current answer at left tackle could be Vederian Lowe or third-round pick Caedan Wallace.

    The Pats have the cap space to make an additional signing or even swing a trade. Dan Moore Jr. has been brought up as a trade candidate earlier. Troy Fautanu's arrival in Pittsburgh could have him on the trade block.

    Donovan Smith is a free agent to watch. The veteran might not be in his prime anymore, but he's an experienced starter.

    The receiving corps is also a work in progress for Maye. There's a lot to like about rookies Ja'Lynn Polk and Javon Baker, but it's fair to wonder if they can be top contributors from the beginning of their rookie seasons.

    A true No. 1 receiver would bring the room together quite nicely. The factors that have made Tee Higgins a trade candidate all offseason still loom for the Bengals, and the Pats have plenty of money to make something happen.

New Orleans Saints

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    New Saints OL Taliese Fuaga
    New Saints OL Taliese FuagaJustin Casterline/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: LB Willie Gay, QB Nathan Peterman, WR Cedrick Wilson Jr., Edge Chase Young, IOL Taliese Fuaga, CB Kool-Aid McKinstry

    Notable Departures: LB Zack Baun, CB Lonnie Johnson, DL Malcolm Roach, QB Jameis Winston, CB Isaac Yiadom

    Remaining Team Needs: OL, Edge, WR

    Cap Space: $7.6 Million

    Realistic Targets: OL Jon Feliciano (trade), Edge Yannick Ngakoue, WR Hunter Renfrow

    The New Orleans Saints came close to winning the NFC South in 2023, and they believe that they're trending in the right direction with quarterback Derek Carr.

    "I think the arrow is up and we're excited about what Derek brings to the table," general manager Mickey Loomis told SiriusXM NFL Radio (h/t ProFootballTalk's Myles Simmons).

    While Loomis wasn't equipped with a surplus of cap space, he did a commendable job of reloading the roster around Carr. Cedrick Wilson Jr. will give Carr another pass-catching option, while first-round rookie Taliese Fuaga should provide some more stability along the offensive line.

    However, the Saints could use additional depth at guard, assuming Fuaga will replace Trevor Penning at left tackle. New offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak could add a familiar face with a trade for San Francisco 49ers guard Jon Feliciano.

    The 49ers, who employed Kubiak as their pass game coordinator in 2023, signed Feliciano to a new one-year deal this offseason. However, the veteran could be viewed as expendable after the third-round selection of Dominick Puni. It's worth a call to try adding some experience to the interior.

    New Orleans' receiver depth is still questionable behind Chris Olave, and while Wilson will help, there's room for another addition. Reuniting Carr with former Raiders target Hunter Renfrow would be logical.

    Renfrow's 2021 Pro Bowl campaign came with Carr taking 99 percent of Las Vegas' offensive snaps.

    Defensively, the Saints are fairly sound but could use more pass-rushing help after recording just 34 sacks in 2023. Adding Yannick Ngakoue would give New Orleans a productive rotational player to complement Cameron Jordan and free-agent addition Chase Young.

New York Giants

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    New Giants WR Malik Nabers
    New Giants WR Malik NabersZach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: Edge Brian Burns, OT Jermaine Eluemunor, QB Drew Lock, WR Isaiah McKenzie, DB Jalen Mills, DL Jordan Phillips, G Jon Runyan, RB Devin Singletary, WR Malik Nabers, S Tyler Nubin

    Notable Departures: RB Saquon Barkley, S Xavier McKinney, DL A'Shawn Robinson, QB Tyrod Taylor, DL Jihad Ward

    Remaining Team Needs: RB, TE, CB

    Cap Space: $6.2 Million

    Realistic Targets: RB Kareem Hunt, TE Robert Tonyan Jr., CB Eli Apple

    The New York Giants opted not to draft a new quarterback in 2024, though they did make a push for North Carolina's Drake Maye.

    "The Giants, hot for quarterback Drake Maye, put their bid in — believed to be the No. 6 pick this year, their second-round pick (No. 47 overall) and their 2025 first-round pick," Paul Schwartz of the New York Post wrote.

    The Patriots didn't bite on New York's offer and instead took Maye for themselves. This leaves the Giants looking at a season of Daniel Jones, Drew Lock or some combination of the two at quarterback.

    The good news is that the Giants are finally equipped to give their quarterbacks a strong supporting cast. Jermaine Eluemunor and Jon Runyan will help solidify the offensive line, while rookie Malik Nabers should be the No. 1 wideout New York has lacked.

    Offensively, the biggest remaining challenge will be trying to replace do-it-all running back Saquon Barkley. Devin Singletary is poised to be the new starter, but the Giants will likely employ a committee approach.

    Adding Kareem Hunt would give New York a viable short-yardage and goal-line back to round out that committee.

    The Giants could also use insurance at tight end, as 2023 addition Darren Waller continues to mull retirement. An experienced pass-catcher like Robert Tonyan Jr. would provide solid depth alongside Daniel Bellinger and rookie fourth-round pick Theo Johnson.

    Defensively, the Giants should continue addressing a secondary that ranked 24th in net yards per pass attempt allowed last season. They might not have the cap space to pursue a top cornerback, but they could likely afford a reunion with Eli Apple.

    Apple was a role player in Miami last season, but after New York traded him in 2018, he became a reliable starter for the Saints and Bengals.

New York Jets

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    Quinnen Williams
    Quinnen WilliamsJames Gilbert/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: Edge Haason Reddick, WR Mike Williams, OT Tyron Smith, OT Morgan Moses, OG John Simpson, CB Isaiah Oliver, OT Olu Fashanu, WR Malachi Corley

    Notable Departures: OG Laken Tomlinson, S Jordan Whitehead, Edge Bryce Huff, DT Quinton Jefferson, OT Mekhi Becton

    Remaining Team Needs: S, WR, DT

    Cap Space: $9.2 million

    Realistic Targets: WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR Hunter Renfrow, DT Mike Purcell

    Everything the Jets have done this offseason lines up with the idea that they believe they can contend in 2024. That's obviously the goal when you trade for Aaron Rodgers at his age.

    The draft addressed two of their biggest needs with their first two picks. They have much better depth on the offensive line after drafting Olu Fashanu to go with Morgan Moses and Tyron Smith. Former Ravens guard John Simpson should help too.

    Malachi Corley gives them some much-needed firepower in the receiver room. However, he's a scheme-specific player that fits into a somewhat niche role.

    They signed Mike Williams, but he's a pretty big injury risk at this point in his career. It would be good to see them pursue another receiver who can stretch the field vertically, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling has experience with Rodgers.

    Hunter Renfrow would be a good target if the Jets don't feel Corley is ready for a full-time role in the slot early in the season.

    There are fewer question marks overall on defense, but they could add to their defensive depth chart along the interior specifically.

    Quinnen Williams is elite on the interior, but a group that includes Javon Kinlaw, Leki Fotu and Solomon Thomas doesn't inspire much confidence. Mike Purcell is one of the few veterans available on the market who has a legitimate resume as a run-stuffing player on the interior.

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Quinyon Mitchell and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell
    Quinyon Mitchell and NFL commissioner Roger GoodellGregory Shamus/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: RB Saquon Barkley, LB Zack Baun, LB Oren Burks, WR Parris Campbell, DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson, OL Matt Hennessy, Edge Bryce Huff, WR DeVante Parker, CB Quinyon Mitchell, CB Cooper DeJean

    Notable Departures: S Kevin Byard III, DL Fletcher Cox (retirement), C Jason Kelce (retirement), QB Marcus Mariota, Edge Haason Reddick, RB D'Andre Swift, WR Quez Watkins, WR Olamide Zaccheaus, G Sua Opeta

    Remaining Team Needs: LB, S, DL

    Cap Space: $25.6 Million

    Realistic Targets: LB Tony Fields II (trade), S Jamal Adams, DL Calais Campbell

    General manager Howie Roseman has done a masterful job of reloading a defense that finished the 2023 season ranked 26th overall and 30th in points allowed.

    Veteran additions like C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Bryce Huff and Devin White will bolster a unit that struggled in most areas last season. Rookie corners Quinyon Mitchell and Cooper DeJean should help solidify the secondary.

    However, if Philly is going back to the free-agent well—and it has the cap space to do so—it should continue to address its defense. After adding running back Saquon Barkley, receiver Parris Campbell and wideout DeVante Parker, the Eagles should have a fairly complete offense.

    Philadelphia's tackling and second-level defense were atrocious last season, and even with linebackers like White and Zack Baun in the fold, there's room for more depth. Roseman should try placing a call to former Eagles VP Andrew Berry to see if Tony Fields II can be had.

    Fields has shown flashes in three seasons with the Browns, albeit mostly in a reserve capacity. He appeared in all 17 games last season and recorded 34 tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown while allowing an opposing passer rating of 82.0 in coverage.

    After the Browns added Devin Bush and Jordan Hicks, Fields—who is entering the final year of his contract—could be buried on the depth chart and expendable.

    Signing hybrid safety/linebacker Jamal Adams could give the Eagles even more depth in the back seven while providing new coordinator Vic Fangio with a versatile chess piece.

    Calais Campbell could help strengthen a defensive front that added Huff but traded Haason Reddick and lost Fletcher Cox to retirement. Philly's pass rush was serviceable in 2023 but saw its sack production fall from 70 in 2022 to 43.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Russell Wilson
    Russell WilsonJustin K. Aller/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: QB Russell Wilson, QB Justin Fields, LB Patrick Queen, CB Donte Jackson, WR Quez Watkins, DT Dean Lowry, S DeShon Elliott, WR Van Jefferson, OL Troy Fautanu, IOL Zach Frazier

    Notable Departures: QB Kenny Pickett, WR Diontae Johnson, QB Mitch Trubisky, CB James Pierre, OT Chukwuma Okorafor, DT Armon Watts, LB Mykal Walker

    Remaining Team Needs: WR, CB, Edge

    Cap Space: $18.2 million

    Realistic Targets: WR Courtland Sutton (trade), CB Xavien Howard, Edge Markus Golden

    The Steelers had a strong defense last season but didn't have the offense to back it up and become a real threat in the AFC. They're hoping that some major changes to the offense will be enough to fare better in 2024.

    Kenny Pickett and Mason Rudolph are gone, and Russell Wilson and Justin Fields are in at quarterback. There's no guarantee that the aging Wilson will play at a high level in 2024, and the trade market for Fields was not as robust as originally anticipated.

    Still, they could be an upgrade over what they had last year.

    Bringing in Arthur Smith as the offensive coordinator should be an upgrade over Matt Canada, but a lot depends on the supporting cast they've put around the quarterbacks.

    It would be easier to feel more comfortable with the situation if they had one more difference-making wide receiver. They are putting a lot of faith in George Pickens, Van Jefferson and Roman Wilson right now.

    USA Today's Jarrett Bailey reported the Steelers inquired about Sutton's availability both before and after the draft. It would make sense to reunite him with Wilson after he led the Broncos in receiving last season.

    On the defensive side, the cornerback position is still a concern. They brought in Donte Jackson to pair with Joey Porter Jr., but another veteran would solidify the group.

    Xavien Howard is probably the best on the market, and the Steelers have the money to make a run at him.

    The edge-rusher group is a little thin as well. T.J. Watt is elite and Alex Highsmith has proved to be a decent sidekick. However, there's room for another proven rusher, and Markus Golden had four sacks while playing 22 percent of the snaps last season but remains unsigned.

San Francisco 49ers

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    New 49ers WR Ricky Pearsall
    New 49ers WR Ricky PearsallStacy Revere/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: LB De'Vondre Campbell, QB Joshua Dobbs, DL Jordan Elliott, Edge Leonard Floyd, LB Ezekiel Turner, DL Yetur Gross-Matos, CB Rock Ya-Sin, CB Isaac Yiadom, WR Ricky Pearsall, CB Renardo Green

    Notable Departures: DL Arik Armstead, LB Oren Burks, QB Sam Darnold, Edge Clelin Ferrell, Edge Randy Gregory, DL Javon Kinlaw, WR Ray-Ray McCloud, G Matt Pryor, Edge Chase Young

    Remaining Team Needs: OT, DL, Edge

    Cap Space: $6.3 Million

    Realistic Targets: OT Jack Conklin (trade), DT Lawrence Guy, Edge Carl Lawson

    The 49ers, who lost Super Bowl LVIII in overtime, didn't enter the offseason with many glaring needs. Though San Francisco did experience some roster turnover, it still has few true holes to fill.

    One of them is at right tackle, where Colton McKivitz has been serviceable at best and a liability at his worst. McKivitz was responsible for two penalties and nine sacks allowed in 2023, according to Pro Football Focus.

    The problem for San Francisco is that there isn't a clear upgrade left on the open market. If the 49ers want to get improved tackle play opposite Trent Williams, they may have to facilitate a trade—a difficult task with limited cap space.

    If San Francisco can generate the cap room to make a deal—possibly by giving receiver Brandon Aiyuk a new backloaded contract—Cleveland's Jack Conklin would be a quality trade target.

    Conklin suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 last season but is a two-time first-team All-Pro. With Conklin out, the Browns uncovered a potential future starter in Dawand Jones. While Cleveland may not be eager to part with valuable line depth, general manager John Lynch would be wise to place a few phone calls.

    Defensively, the 49ers should look to continue rebuilding their defensive front. Players like Maliek Collins and Leonard Floyd should help fill the voids created by the departures of Arik Armstead and Chase Young. However, there's room for a bargain addition or two.

    Lawrence Guy is one of the few starting-caliber defensive linemen left on the market, and his last deal paid just under $2.9 million annually. Pass-rusher Carl Lawson could be open to a team-friendly deal after seeing sparse playing time with the Jets in 2023.

    Lawson appeared in only six games last season, but in 2022 he was a 17-game starter and recorded seven sacks.

Seattle Seahawks

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    New Seahawks DL Byron Murphy II
    New Seahawks DL Byron Murphy IISteph Chambers/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: LB Jerome Baker, LB Tyrel Dodson, OT George Fant, C Nick Harris, DT Johnathan Hankins, S Rayshawn Jenkins, G Laken Tomlinson, DL Byron Murphy II, IOL Christian Haynes

    Notable Departures: LB Jordyn Brooks, LB Devin Bush, TE Will Dissly, DL Mario Edwards, QB Drew Lock, LB Bobby Wagner

    Remaining Team Needs: IOL, LB, TE

    Cap Space: $251,658

    Realistic Targets: IOL Phil Haynes, LB Shaquille Leonard, CB Daryl Worley

    The Seattle Seahawks spent much of the offseason addressing their two biggest problem areas—the offensive line and a defense that ranked 30th overall last season.

    Additions like George Fant, Nick Harris, Laken Tomlinson and rookie Christian Haynes should help improve a line that struggled mightily in 2023. However, the Seahawks could afford to add more depth on the interior.

    Defensively, additions like Jerome Baker, Johnathan Hankins and rookie Byron Murphy II should make an early impact. Yet Seattle could use more linebacker depth following Bobby Wagner's departure. It could also use more secondary depth after ranking 22nd in pass defense in 2023.

    Unfortunately, the Seahawks are extremely limited financially. Even if general manager John Schneider can generate some cap space, he'll likely be forced to focus on bargain free agents.

    Bringing back Phil Haynes, who played on a one-year, $4 million deal last season, might be Seattle's best option along the line. While Haynes isn't familiar with new head coach Mike Macdonald and his staff, he does have experience blocking for Geno Smith, Kenneth Walker III and Zach Charbonnet.

    Cornerback Daryl Worley—who spent the past two-plus seasons bouncing between Baltimore's practice squad and active roster—is familiar with Macdonald. He could provide depth and experience in Macdonald's defensive scheme.

    Linebacker Shaquille Leonard could be worth a flier, if he's willing to accept a team-friendly "prove-it" deal. The four-time Pro Bowler missed most of 2022 with a back injury, was released by the Colts during the 2023 season and didn't exactly shine during a brief stint with Philadelphia.

    A return to form, however, could make Leonard a worthy replacement for Wagner.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    New Buccaneers OL Graham Barton
    New Buccaneers OL Graham BartonZach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: Edge Randy Gregory, CB Bryce Hall, G Sua Opeta, S Jordan Whitehead, IOL Graham Barton, Edge Chris Braswell

    Notable Departures: Edge Shaquil Barrett, CB Carlton Davis, G Nick Leverett, G Aaron Stinnie, LB Devin White

    Remaining Team Needs: CB, Edge, RB

    Cap Space: $398,298

    Realistic Targets: DB Dee Delaney, Edge Yannick Ngakoue, RB Kareem Hunt

    As has been the case in recent offseasons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers focused on player retention early. Lavonte David, Mike Evans, Baker Mayfield and Antoine Winfield Jr. are all back in the fold, which should give Tampa a solid chance to again win the NFC South.

    Though the Bucs did add the likes of Jordan Whitehead and Randy Gregory in free agency, their biggest additions came through the draft. Graham Barton should quickly earn the starting center job, while Chris Braswell will help replace the edge-rushing production of Shaquil Barrett.

    However, the Buccaneers could stand to add a few more pieces, even if they'll need to generate some cap space to do it.

    It would be wise to add more cornerback depth following the trade of Carlton Davis. Bringing back Dee Delaney, who played on a one-year, $1 million deal last season, might be Tampa's most realistic option.

    Delaney was only a part-time player in Tampa, but he did show some flashes. Last season, he appeared in all 17 games and allowed an opposing passer rating of only 54.7 in coverage.

    Tampa could also benefit from adding another rotational pass-rusher. While the Bucs recorded 48 sacks in 2023, YaYa Diaby was the only edge-defender to record more than five sacks.

    Yannick Ngakoue might be open to a team-friendly deal after recording just four sacks in 2023 and finishing the season on injured reserve.

    Offensively, the Buccaneers should consider adding more running back depth behind rookie Bucky Irving and 2023 starter Rachaad White. While White recorded an impressive 1,539 scrimmage yards last season, he averaged just 3.6 yards per carry.

    While Kareem Hunt has lost a step, he can still get the tough yards (9 TDs in 2023) and is a capable receiver out of the backfield. He also has experience catching passes from Mayfield after spending three seasons with him in Cleveland.

Tennessee Titans

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    DETROIT, MICHIGAN - APRIL 25: JC Latham celebrates after being selected seventh overall by the Tennessee Titans during the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza on April 25, 2024 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    Key Offseason Additions: CB L'Jarius Sneed, WR Calvin Ridley, RB Tony Pollard, C Lloyd Cushenberry III, CB Chidobe Awuzie, LB Kenneth Murray, WR Tyler Boyd, OT JC Latham, DL T'Vondre Sweat

    Notable Departures: RB Derrick Henry, LB Azeez Al-Shaair, C Aaron Brewer, DL Denico Autry, CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, S K'Von Wallace

    Remaining Team Needs: S, Edge, CB

    Cap Space: $30.9 million

    Realistic Targets: S Justin Simmons, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, Edge Emmanuel Ogbah

    The Titans offseason was all about supporting Will Levis and moving into a new era with Ran Carthon now building a team that fits Brian Callahan's coaching style.

    The biggest moves includes signing wide receiver Calvin Ridley. They added to the room with Tyler Boyd rejoining his former offensive coordinator in a post-draft signing.

    The offensive line was a major issue last season, but the Titans have probably done all they can to improve it for next season.

    The biggest remaining needs might be on a defense that underwent a lot of reconstruction in its own right. The Titans were specifically aggressive in addressing the cornerback position where L'Jarius Sneed and Chidobe Awuzie are the presumed starters on the outside.

    Sneed gives them a certain edge and physicality on the outside that should set the tone for the secondary. Ahkello Witherspoon is one of the few available free agents who can play in that same vein.

    Sneed and Awuzie are a good starting duo, but Witherspoon would give them another good player at a position where depth is usually critical.

    The safeties are still a question mark. Elijah Molden might have to help out in the slot, so you'd like to see them be three-deep at the position, but that's not where they are right now.

    Adding Justin Simmons—who is our top available free agent right now—would give them additional flexibility to get their best 11 on the field.

Washington Commanders

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    New Commanders QB Jayden Daniels
    New Commanders QB Jayden DanielsJohn Smolek/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions: G Nick Allegretti, Edge Dorance Armstrong, C Tyler Biadasz, S Jeremy Chinn, RB Austin Ekeler, Edge Dante Fowler Jr., LB Frankie Luvu, QB Marcus Mariota, LB Bobby Wagner, QB Jayden Daniels, DL Jer'Zhan Newton

    Notable Departures: LB Cody Barton, QB Jacoby Brissett, G Saahdiq Charles, S Kamren Curl, CB Kendall Fuller, RB Antonio Gibson, K Joey Slye

    Remaining Team Needs: OT, Edge, CB

    Cap Space: $43.8 Million

    Realistic Targets: OT Donovan Smith, Edge Yannick Ngakoue, CB Stephon Gilmore

    The Washington Commanders are set to enter a new era with a new head coach in Dan Quinn, a new quarterback in Jayden Daniels and several new faces who arrived in free agency.

    While Washington can give Daniels a strong supporting cast, it should add insurance at left tackle. Former starter Charles Leno Jr. has departed, and the Commanders are likely eyeing a competition between former backup Cornelius Lucas and rookie third-round pick Brandon Coleman.

    Donovan Smith is the top left tackle left on the market, and adding him would help ensure that the left tackle spot isn't a complete liability. Smith has also won Super Bowls with the Buccaneers and Chiefs and could implement a much-needed culture change in Washington.

    While Washington added a couple of Qunn's former Cowboys players in pass-rushers Dante Fowler Jr. and Dorance Armstrong, it could use more aid on the edge. The Commanders traded both of their top pass-rushers—Chase Young and Montez Sweat—at the 2023 deadline and did not use an early draft selection on a replacement.

    Washington did take a seventh-round flier on Notre Dame's Javontae Jean-Baptiste, but it could afford more experienced depth behind Armstrong, Fowler and Clelin Ferrell. Free agent Yannick Ngakoue, who has 69 career sacks, could provide it.

    The Commanders should be eager to add more to a secondary that ranked dead-last in passing yards allowed last season. After playing for Quinn in Dallas last season, Stephon Gilmore should be a logical target.

    Gilmore started all 17 games for the Cowboys last season and performed well. He'd add talent, experience and leadership to a cornerback room that needs it.

    *Cap and contract information via Spotrac.