Now that the Super Bowl is over and all 32 teams walk into the 2016 season on even footing, let the race begin! With free agency and the NFL Draft on the horizon, there will plenty of wheeling and dealing to report about. Will the rich get richer? Which team will make a huge splash with veteran signings? Here are a few thoughts on the off season.
VON MILLER WILL RECEIVE FRANCHISE TAG
Denver has a dilemma now that they enter into free agency. If Peyton Manning does in fact retire, the Broncos will have to decide how much they are willing to pay Brock Osweiler, and if they do pay him, what happens to other potential free agents?
According to NFL.com, it has been reported Denver will place the franchise tag on linebacker Von Miller and try to work out a contract extension with their future signal caller.
While Denver’s quarterback situation enters the offseason in a precarious spot, there are still questions about Osweiler’s future that could help keep the price down slightly — even in a desert-dry market. There are zero questions about Miller’s future as one of the most dominant edge rushers in the NFL.
Miller figures to be one of the most sought after defensive free agents this season. He wants to be paid as one of the highest, if not the highest defensive player in football.
JOSH NORMAN WILL STAY WITH THE PANTHERS
Carolina will not have to worry about what to do with their defensive back, Josh Norman, as free agency now approaches.
ESPN.com is reporting that should contract talks stall with Norman, they will likely franchise him as well.
Norman, 28, told the Panthers before this season that he would play out his contract — $1.59 million in 2015 — because he deserved to be paid among the top cornerbacks in the NFL.
A season where Norman proved he was one of the best corners in the league should be enough leverage for him to negotiate a top contract. Norman backed that up his decision with a superb season in which he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time. He posted career highs with four interceptions, 18 passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
REGGIE BUSH NOT GOING TO RETIRE
Despite the fact he has been hit by injuries, Reggie Bush said he does not have any plan to retire.
Bush played in five games last season for the San Francisco 49ers, gaining 28 yards. He was placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury against St. Louis in Week 8, slipping on the concrete at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Lions cut Bush after an injury-plagued 2014 season, and he said Sunday that he wanted to remain there. Prior to playing in Detroit, he was drafted by New Orleans out of USC.
REX RYAN DECLARES BILLS SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS IN 2016
You need not worry over who will win the Super Bowl in 2016, mainly because Rex Ryan has already told us who will win the Lombardi Trophy next season. Meet the Buffalo Bills – your champions of the NFL.
Ryan was all about making a splash this past week when asked about his team heading into the 2016 season. Mike Rodak of ESPN.com wrote how Ryan was with three of his Buffalo Bills players in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, and then was in San Francisco for the Super Bowl, and had some fun with it. Ryan was asked in a YouTube video how he felt about his team next season by comedian Ben Schwartz.
Ryan’s reply was priceless.
“Oh, please. Next year? I feel fantastic. We’re going to the Super Bowl. No question. No question.”