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Notable NFL Free Agents in 2024 (Offense)

There is a big haul of offensive stars who will enter the 2024 season with a question mark hanging above their helmet. They will be free agents. Will we see these studs in new colors next season?

Let’s go through some of the biggest names who will draw attention going into the next off-season. I want to examine a few things: what they still have to offer, what sort of contract to expect, and some ideal landing spots for each.

Notable NFL Free Agents in 2024 (Offense)

Kirk Cousins, QB Minnesota Vikings

While Cousins continues to heal from his Achilles injury, it will make his presence in FA interesting considering he won’t be fully recovered by March. The Vikings staff from top to bottom has voiced their interest in the QB staying in Minnesota next year, but is this possible?

On par with something close to what Derek Carr signed in the offseason (4-year $150 million yikes), you would expect something similar, though maybe a year or two shorter of a commitment given his age.

Cousins was leading the league in touchdown passes and was second in passing yards before he went down in Week 8. Needless to say, Kirk will be one of the hottest free-agent quarterback names up for grabs in 2024.

Kirk Cousins

Potential Landing Spots

Tampa Bay Bucs- Cousins would instantly elevate this roster more so than Mayfield or Trask. Pair KC with a consistent ground game and this could be a fun little era in Tampa!

New York Giants- The Giants could use his consistent QB play, but do they have the cap space after the huge deal to which they signed Daniel Jones? Cousins would help this reeling Giants team tremendously, but the salary cap and lack of offensive weaponry may not be a recipe for landing him.

Washington Commanders- Hear me out. He never should have left in the first place. If Rivera gets fired (likely), then a new Head Coach (Bieniemy?) would salivate over a guy like Cousins. Howell has potential but needs to work on some things to get to the level of starting franchise QBs. Maybe a year or two learning under KC would be a smart move.

Minnesota Vikings- Clearly this is still a possibility, but another issue when it comes to paying him: they have guys like Justin Jefferson, Christian Darrisaw, and Danielle Hunter who are also up for extensions at the same time.

Tee Higgins, WR Cincinnati Bengals

Despite all of the outstanding abilities Higgins possesses, he hasn’t quite been able to notch that WR1 nod playing alongside Ja’Marr Chase. His big-bodied control and field vision make him extremely valuable to any receiver-starved team.

Organizations like New York (Giants) and New England have been thrown around, but their quarterback situations may not be a lure to Higgins. A team will need to be able to pay him his worth: somewhere around the $20-25mil/year mark.

Potential Landing Spots

Houston- When you see what CJ Stroud and this offense are without a superstar like Higgins, he has to at least listen to any offers should Houston attempt to woo him. He could absolutely be the number 1 guy with that veteran presence and do something special with a young team.

Detroit- The thought of Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tee Higgins lining up together on this Ben Johnson-led offense would scare any team. I could certainly see the Lions considering adding this weapon to Jared Goff’s arsenal.

Green Bay- Typically, Green Bay does not sign many free-agent skill players, but Higgins joining this young and limitless offense would be a killer move for the Packers (please, Packers?).

Mike Evans, WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The long-time Buccaneer recorded his 10th-straight 1,000-yard season in his illustrious career. At just 30 years old, it does not appear that Evans is slowing down anytime soon figuratively and literally. He recently clocked in at 21 mph via GPS technology. His speed, athletic ability, and consistent nature would strengthen any offense.

Teams should expect to offer the receiver a contract in the $ 20-25 million/year range. It appears Tampa Bay is not the spot if he wants to win another Super Bowl anytime soon.

Potential Landing Spots

Kansas City- KC lacks the athletic, big-bodied playmaker/WR1 that Evans would bring to the table. This has to be a dream destination to play with Mahomes and Andy Reid.

Detroit- The Lions will have around $58 mil in cap space in 2024 so this would afford a guy like Evans. The tandem of ARSB and Evans would be a nightmare for defenses.

Green Bay- GB could really bolster the league’s youngest offense with a true WR1 who also brings veteran leadership. I still feel it’s unlikely Green Bay will grab Evans (or Higgins or any free agent), but it’s worth dreaming up!

Josh Jacobs, RB Las Vegas Raiders

Superstar Running Back Josh Jacobs hardly came to an agreement for this season, so I think it’s safe to assume that he will explore his options in 2024. His time in Vegas has certainly been rocky and it appears a fresh start for both parties may be for the best.

Jacobs warrants something like $10mil/year at the most. There are some unconfirmed rumors about heading to an NFC team, but I also see a big chance of him going to Foxboro.

Potential Landing Spots

New England- Though Stevenson is on another contract year in 2024, and he’s been functional, Josh Jacobs would really help get their ground game going. They can say goodbye to Elliott and welcome the shifty runner to help revive this once-feared team.

Minnesota – Mattison does not seem to have the consistency of which they relied on Dalvin Cook. They wanted him to be RB1 so badly and, aside from some flashes, he just simply needs more help as he averages 3.8YPC in 2023. In could enter Josh Jacobs who also adds more threats as a pass-catcher and finds the endzone a lot more than AM. Jacobs’ YPC (this year) is eerily similar to Mattison’s, but his upside is much higher as we know what he is capable of.

Las Vegas- The only way I see him sticking around Sin City is if Interim HC Antonio Pierce is officially hired on for next season.

Derrick Henry, RB Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry

I really do not see Henry sticking around in Tennessee. Despite his personal success, this team continues to underachieve. He will be looking to join a contending team with a fresh start. Not to mention, the Titans were fielding inquiries about the RB before the trade deadline. They will acquire some good draft capital that they could really use. Expect a $8-10mil/year contract for King Henry.

Potential Landing Spots

Baltimore- Linking a threat like Henry with QB Lamar Jackson seems pretty wild, right? Baltimore tends to roll with a run-first offense and Dobbins is finishing out his last season on a rookie contract (while also recovering from his Achilles tear). The timing for this move could not be any more perfect for an ultra-competitive Ravens squad.

Tampa Bay-There was definitely smoke around this before the 2023 trade deadline. While Rachaad White is coming into his own, a one-two punch of Henry/White could really improve the Bucs’ ground game-something they are lacking.

Believe it or not, there are many other stars hitting the FA market in a matter of months. These are just some of the most notable! Check out next week’s article where I will highlight some defensive stars entering the market in 2024.

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