One last offseason move for all 32 NFL teams

One of the fun parts of covering the NFL is we never know when news will slow down; it’s a 365-day cycle and teams are perpetually finding ways to address and improve rosters.

That being said, the quietest time of the football calendar is usually the next five or so weeks leading up to training camp. Players, coaches and front offices get a well-deserved hiatus before the long grind that for two teams will extend into the middle of February when they are playing for a Lombardi trophy in the Super Bowl.

But before we get to the season itself, there is still business teams need to address. The Cleveland Browns having Baker Mayfield’s $18.8 million contract on the roster and a couple of franchise quarterbacks in extension talks are among items that should be determined this offseason.

So let’s go team by team and see what moves or decisions they have to (or should) make before camps begin at the end of July. Some are contract-related, quarterback-related, future-of-the-franchise-related or a combination of all three.

 

AFC East

Buffalo Bills

Add a veteran cornerback

Let’s start by acknowledging it’s hard to find a hole on the Bills’ roster. General manager Brandon Beane has done an exemplary job extending most of the key players going forward. But cornerback has been a positional talking point this offseason with Tre’Davious White recovering from a torn ACL and veteran Levi Wallace departing in free agency. First-rounder Kaiir Elam projects to play a major part, but depth at the position is critical in a pass-happy league.

 

Miami Dolphins

Make a decision on tight end Mike Gesicki

The Dolphins have a short window to extend the contract of franchise-tagged tight end, and I’d argue he had a plausible case to be tagged as a wide receiver based off of alignment this past season.

For the sake of simplicity, the relevant comp for Gesicki price-wise is Browns tight end David Njoku, who has far fewer career receiving yards despite having played more games. He recently inked a four-year deal worth up to $56.7 million, a reasonable benchmark for Gesicki to approach or surpass. Gesicki functions like a jumbo slot receiver on offense with a rare catch radius.

Author: Lucy Green