— The NFL free agency process is expected to be one of the most intense of the league’s post-Super Bowl years, but the free-agency market remains a relatively young one.
Free-agent analysts believe it is expected that the NFL will see a return of at least one high-profile free agent this offseason, but only one of them will be a high-dollar one.
This year, it is still unclear which players will be coming back.
As with the free agency period prior to the draft, the NFL has limited the number of high-priced players that can be released, but many of those are players who had to be released by their respective teams to make room for a high draft pick or other talent.
The only high-cost player on the open market for the first time in 2019 is wide receiver Marqise Lee, who is expected by many to be the highest-paid receiver available next year.
The rest of the market is expected, with some teams expected to release players as soon as the free agent period ends.
The free-agents include:Kendall Fuller, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Fuller signed a four-year, $31 million deal with the Steelers last week.
He has five years and $51 million remaining on his deal, making him the highest paid cornerback in the league.
He will likely be the team’s primary slot corner, which makes him a valuable commodity.
If Fuller is not a lock for the Steelers, it could lead to an opening for free agent DeAngelo Hall.
The Eagles, Falcons, Dolphins, Titans, and Chiefs will also have players signed.
Those teams are all expected to sign a wide receiver and tackle, which could leave them with no room for an opening.
The Texans, Bengals, Rams, Ravens, and Lions will also need to fill their free- agency needs.
These teams could also open up some salary-cap space, but it will be up to each of the teams to decide which player they want to bring back.
The Bengals, Eagles, Eagles and Lions could be able to sign wide receiver Anquan Boldin, a second-round pick from the 2013 draft, if he does not sign elsewhere, but if he signs elsewhere he could not sign with them.
The Steelers and Bills could also be able offer big money to Boldin if he re-signs with them, but they could also need help elsewhere.
The Bills need help at the cornerback position if they want Boldin to stay.
The Ravens and Patriots could both be interested in Boldin but could not agree to terms.
If Boldin does not re-enter the free agents market, it may be time for the Bengals to re-evaluate their options.