UNLIMITED FREE AGENTS: CB Patrick Peterson, LB Anthony Barr, DE Everson Griffen, S Xavier Woods, DT Sheldon Richardson, TE Tyler Conklin, CB Mackensie Alexander, LB Nick Vigil, C Mason Cole, P Jordan Berry, T Rashod Hill, WR Dede Westbrook, G Dakota Dozier, QB Sean Mannion, DE Eddie Yarbrough, TE Chris Herndon, TE Luke Stocker, WR Chad Beebe, RB Wayne Gallman, DE Tashawn Bower.
RESTRICTED INDEPENDENTS: K Greg Joseph.
NEEDS: The defense again has significant holes at all three levels as new coach Kevin O’Connell takes over and veteran defensive coordinator Ed Donatell installs a new system for a unit that gave up the third-most yards and ninth-points in the NFL last season. Eight of their top 14 defensive players of 2021 were signed as free agents just last year, and of those, only DT Dalvin Tomlinson is still signed for 2022. The most urgent need is again at CB with Cameron Dantzler (17 career games). started) currently the most experienced player in the position. Peterson and Barr would be difficult to replace, but just as difficult to afford given the team’s tight salary cap situation. The greatest need on offense is right-back, but affording a proven free-hand starter would be a challenge.
AVAILABLE SALARY CAPACITY (approximate): $19 million over.
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