There are only four teams left fighting for Super Bowl LVI, which means 28 teams are deeply engrossed in the Business Season of the NFL. The first major tentpole event of that season is free agency, which begins at 4 p.m. ET March 16. Teams are aware of the salary cap for the 2022 season, and are planning to build out their rosters accordingly.
We’ve decided to give them some help. Cap and negotiations aside, we’ve determined one pending free agent (as of the time of publication) that isn’t currently on each team for each team.
Based on our results, expect hot markets for CB J.C. Jackson, WR Mike Williams and DT Akiem Hicks — none of which should be considered a surprise for anyone. There are interesting names that might not be the first considered in such an exercise, but compelling arguments are made.
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Patriots — WR Chris Godwin (Buccaneers)
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Would Bill Belichick take extra pleasure in stealing away Godwin from Tom Brady? It’s hard to imagine the Patriots spending more at the receiver position after last year’s big free agency, but if there’s any player who would justify it, it’s Godwin. He would be an ideal fit for New England’s system, and would set Mac Jones on a steeper upward trajectory. If the Patriots can make the money work, they should sign Godwin. They will need more firepower to compete with the Chiefs and Bills in the AFC. –Henry McKenna, Patriots Wire
Bills — OL Andrew Norwell (Jaguars)
The Bills have had improved play from their offensive line as of late. However, Buffalo should not sit on their hands. At tackle, the Bills are locked in with Dion Dawkins and Spencer Brown. In the middle is where an addition could be made and former All-Pro Norwell could be the perfect fit. When you have quarterback Josh Allen, you throw the ball a ton. Norwell, 30, just finished his ninth NFL season. In all of them, Pro Football Focus…