What if? Who Every NFL Team Would Put In An Expansion Draft | Launderer report
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ILB Jaylon Smith, QB Ben DiNucci, WR Cedrick Wilson, OLB Francis Bernard, S Steven Parker
Frankly, it’s very tempting to include Ezekiel Elliott here. The running back’s play has waned over the past two years, an alarming trend given his position and the workload of his career. The Cowboys have a competent replacement in Tony Pollard. And Elliott’s six-year, $ 90 million contract is the ugliest on the list.
However, the Cowboys come in every season with Super Bowl aspirations (or illusions, depending on how you look at it). And it is doubtful that team owner Jerry Jones is at risk of seeing Elliott get ripped off, even if the argument can be made it would be a bad move for a new team.
On the other hand, linebacker Jaylon Smith (who is also just having a lean season, especially when it comes to coverage) is another story.
With Leighton Vander Esch, Micah Parsons, Jabril Cox and Keanu Neal as the off-ball linebacker, the Cowboys have the depth to absorb Smith’s loss and would take nearly $ 10 million off the pounds.
Given the Cowboys’ annual dance with the salary cap, the extra wiggle room would come in handy.
THE GIANTS OF NEW YORK
OT Nate Solder, WR Sterling Shepard, OLB Cam Brown, CB Quincy Wilson, S Hartage Watch
There is, without a doubt, no team in the league that would rather see a veteran poached in an expansion draft.
In 2018, the New York Giants awarded offensive tackle Nate Solder a four-year, $ 62 million contract to protect the blind side. The return on investment has been virtually nonexistent. Solder allowed 11 bags in 2019 and missed the 2020 season due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Giants would also likely get rid of veteran sixth-year wide receiver Sterling Shepard soon. After catching 66 passes for 872 yards in 2018, Shepard earned a four-year, $ 41 million extension. But he’s failed to register even 700 receiving yards in the two seasons since and has just six touchdowns in the air.
EAGLES OF PHILADEPHY
K Jake Elliott, DT Fletcher Cox, CB Michael Jacquet, G Sua Opeta, TE Caleb Wilson
To be fair, Fletcher Cox remains a very good defensive tackle. The 30-year-old may not be quite the disruptive force he was during his 2018 10.5-sack campaign, but he’s just been named to his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl.
But Cox is both an aging star and the team’s highest paid defensive player. The Eagles are in the early stages of a rebuild, and while Cox’s swap is preferable, removing him from the books in an expansion project would work as well.
The Eagles should pray that an expansion draft involves the departure of kicker Jake Elliott from town. Granting Elliott a five-year $ 19.3 million extension in 2019 was a terrible use of ceiling space, and Elliott hit a 73.7% low in his field goal attempts last season.
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM
S Landon Collins, WR Kelvin Harmon, G Najee Toran, DE Daniel Wise, OT Saahdiq Charles
There is only one name on Washington’s unprotected roster that is likely to turn heads.
When Landon Collins is healthy and on his game, he is as talented as any safe in the league. The 27-year-old has topped 100 tackles in four of his six professional seasons, was named to three Pro Bowls and made the All-Pro first team in 2016.
That resume earned Collins a six-year, $ 84 million contract with Washington in 2019. He is the team’s highest-paid player with a multi-year contract.
However, Collins’ 2020 season has been a mess. He recorded 41 career saves in seven games before tearing his Achilles tendon. With Collins sidelined, Kamren Curl has emerged as a quality starter in this position.
He also made Collins a substitute.