2023 NFL offseason: 32 players who need a fresh start on a new team

We’re fast approaching the NFL’s version of Silly Season as the free agent negotiation period begins March 13 ahead of the league’s March 15 start of the year.

Many players will be paid by their current teams while others will be on their way. Our goal here was to select one player on each team who might want to move on to a new situation. Whether it’s young guys looking for more playing time, players who would benefit from the new scheme, or veterans who might not want to be part of the rebuild, we asked our NFL Nation writers to pick one person from the team they’re covering who should be happy. with a new home for the 2023 season.

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Buffalo Bills

Devin Singletery, RB

There is no obvious player in the Bills who needs a change. But Singletary, who led the team in yards (819), should become a free agent, and a team change could be beneficial to both sides. As snaps and rookie James Cook’s production picked up towards the end of 2022, Singletary’s has dwindled, so Cook should play a bigger role in 2023. The Bills also traded for Nyheim Hines during the season, looking for a player who could handle returns and be a receiver. back. — Alena Getzenberg

Miami Dolphins

Mike Gesicki, TE

Last season saw a sharp decline for Gesicki, who played under the franchise tag. Durham Smythe effectively replaced him in the Dolphins’ starting tight end near the end of training camp, with Gesicki recording the lowest catch and total yards since his rookie season. He is still a dangerous receiver, but is unlikely to play a major role in Mike McDaniel’s offense, especially with Gesicki an unrestricted free agent this offseason. –Marcel Louis-Jacques

New England Patriots

Isaiah Wynn, OT

Georgia’s 2018 first-round pick fizzled out after he was handed a $10.4 million salary in 2022 as a result of his fifth-year option being selected by the team. He played in nine games (seven starts), indicating that four of his five seasons at the club were cut short by injury, as he played in 43 of a possible 82 regular season games. Wynn is an unrestricted free agent and there is no doubt about his talent. Perhaps a change of scenery will help him stay on the field longer and become a more reliable option. — Mike Reiss

New York Jets

James Robinson, RB

Robinson was hailed as the perfect offseason when he was acquired from the Jaguars on a trade – a day after the Jets lost RB rookie Brice Hall to a season-ending knee injury – but Robinson fell short of expectations. and became dissatisfied. He lacked spurt and didn’t fit into the out-of-zone running pattern. He was overtaken by rookie Zovan Knight and complained to Sportzshala in late November that not playing “pisses me off”. He was inactive in six of his 10 games for the Jets. Robinson will become a restricted free agent. The Jets have a new offensive coordinator, Nathaniel Hackett, but his scheme is not much different from the previous one. — Rich Jiminy


Baltimore Ravens

Chuck Clark, S.

Clarke has been a solid player and a great leader starting Baltimore’s last 60 games. But the Ravens need to figure out what Kyle Hamilton, No. 14 overall in 2022, can do safely after spending his rookie season as a nickelback. In addition, Baltimore could create much-needed space for a $3.5 million salary cap by freeing Clark. — Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals

Eli Apple, CB

Apple ends its second year in a row with the Bengals. With rookie Cam Taylor-Britt biding its time, it makes sense for Apple to test the market, even if it’s another year-long deal, but this time in a place where the path to launch is much clearer. It could also be Apple’s best chance for a potential multi-year deal. — Ben Baby

Cleveland Browns

Jadevon Clooney, Delaware

The 2014 No. 1 was unhappy with his second season in Cleveland and had only two sacks in 12 games. As his 2021 nine-sack season has shown, Cloney can still perform at a high level when healthy. But after he called up the organization at the end of the year, Clowney, a free agent, and the Browns look set to part ways this offseason. — Jake Trotter

Pittsburgh Steelers

Devin Bush, ILB

The Steelers rejected Bush’s option for a fifth year ago, and while he showed improvement in 2022, it’s clear that the former top-10 pick is no good for Pittsburgh and will become an unrestricted free agent when the league’s new year begins. In 2019, the Steelers made a rare move on draft day, trading 10 up to catch Bush, and he had an encouraging rookie season. But Bush never lived up to his potential after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in 2020. In subsequent seasons, he stabilized—and even regressed somewhat—physically and mentally. Bush has played just 10 defensive snaps in his last two games. — Brooke Pryor


Houston Texans

Brandin Cooks, WR

Despite hiring new coach DeMeco Ryans, Cooks needs a new home after posting the third-highest single-season yards of his career (699) in 2022 after consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Cooks wanted to be traded at the trade deadline and missed the game after it didn’t happen. He has since stated that he does not want to be involved in the restoration. Cooks can still play at impressive levels, as he showed in the season finale against the Colts when he caught five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. – Favorite DJ

Indianapolis Colts

Kenny Moore II, CB

Moore was the centerpiece of the Colts’ defense in former coordinator Matt Eberflus’s scheme. But after the departure of Eberflux, Moore had contract disputes and found it difficult to adapt to Gus Bradley’s system. Moore’s corner slot is downplayed in the current scheme, reducing his once significant influence and making him less valuable to the Colts. — Steven Holder

Jacksonville Jaguars

Shaquille Griffin, CB

Griffin missed 12 games in 2022 with a back injury but played poorly before the injury. The Jaguars signed him to a three-year, $50 million contract with $29 million guaranteed in 2021, but Griffin had no interceptions, opposing quarterbacks completed 67% of his passes, and he allowed six touchdowns when he was the closest quarterback at 19. games with Jaguars. With Jacksonville’s salary cap over $31 million, he is likely to be released, saving the team $13.15 million. –Michael DiRocco

Tennessee Titans

Caleb Farley, CB

Farley’s rookie season was cut short due to a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. Then, due to a herniated disc, he did not enter the field for the last two months of last season. At training camp last season, Farley was replaced by rookie defenseman Roger McCreary. McCreery is likely to remain in the starting lineup, once again leaving Farley in a backup role. Farley will benefit from a fresh start with a team that allows him to play in close quarters. — Turron Davenport


Denver Broncos

Dalton Risner, G

Risner is poised to become an unrestricted free agent after starting 62 games over the past four seasons. Until he went to injured reserve for the final two games of the 2022 season, he was one of the few examples of continuity on an injury-riddled offensive line. But the team never made any serious moves to negotiate a contract extension, and his 2022 season was a model of frustration with some outbursts on the field and a confrontation with backup quarterback Brett Ripien during a crushing loss to the Rams. — Jeff Legvold

Kansas City Chiefs

Clyde Edwards-Heler, RB

The Chiefs may keep him for the final season of the contract he signed as a first-round pick in the 2020 draft, but Edwards-Heler doesn’t seem to be playing much of a role after the arrival of Isaiah Pacheco. Pacheco, a seventh-round pick last year, was everything the Chiefs hoped Edwards-Heler would be, and Edwards-Heler was a healthy scratch for Super Bowl LVII. Edwards-Heler’s long-term future at the Chiefs looks bleak at best. — Adam Teicher

Las Vegas Raiders

Clein Ferrell, Delaware

It’s not Ferrell’s fault that the Raiders drafted him 4th overall in 2019; The winger rusher was their top need that year, and Ferrell was their second player in that position after Nick Bosa, who was the second overall pick in that draft. Ferrell’s scoring has plummeted since he started 15 games as a rookie and hit 4.5 sacks. Since then, he has 5.5 sacks in 15 combined games, and over the past two years, the Raiders have replaced him with Yannick Ngakue and Chandler Jones. Ferrell has been a solid player on special teams, but if he wants to start over, it looks like it has to be somewhere else. — Paul Gutierrez

Los Angeles Chargers

Nasir Adderley, S.

Adderley, who was selected in the second round in 2019, has yet to develop into a consistent playmaker. Now that he is set to become an unrestricted free agent, it would be best for the Bolts and Adderley to part ways. Last season, Alohi Gilman, a 2020 sixth-round pick, started over Adderley in week six and again in the most important game of the season, the playoffs against the Jaguars. In four seasons, including most of his rookie year on the injured reserve, Adderley had 227 tackles, three interceptions and 12 passes defended. — Lindsey Thiry

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

Kelvin Joseph, CB

Joseph was one of the best members of the special Cowboys team. This is not enough to be selected in the second round of 2021. When the Cowboys lost Anthony Brown to a torn left Achilles last season, Joseph couldn’t hold the starting position. There is no more guaranteed money in his contract. It’s probably better for both sides to move on. — Todd Archer

New York Giants

Kenny Golladay, WR

It just didn’t work with the giants. The final tally will be that Golladay has grossed $40.5 million for 43 catches, 602 yards and one touchdown in the two seasons since signing with the team. Most likely Holland…


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