It’s been a little over two weeks since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl. The offseason got started even before the Super Bowl was played with the Matthew Stafford/Jared Goff deal. Now there are already rumblings about what could happen when the league year starts in a little less than a month.
The 2021 NFL league year starts on March 17th at 4 pm ET. This is when teams can officially sign free agents and trades also become official. So both major quarterback trades that have happened will not be official until the start of the league year.
There is a decent amount of time until the offseason begins. But it is never too early to speculate on where some of the biggest free agents could end up. After evaluating every team’s major needs and taking into consideration this year’s salary cap here is where the NFL’s Top-25 Offensive Free Agents could play next season.
25. Marvin Jones Jr., Wide Receiver
If Marvin Jones hadn’t been a member of one of the worst teams in the league he would be recognized as one of the best complementary receivers in the league. It is underrated how much of a threat Jones is in the red zone. Jones has had nine touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. Since Kenny Golladay missed most of the season Jones stepped up in a major way and lead the team in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns this past season.
It was reported a few weeks ago that Jones wants to sign with a Super Bowl Contender. The Green Bay Packers were one game away from the Super Bowl a season ago and have a need for a legitimate secondary receiver. If Jones takes a slight discount the Packers would love to add Jones, who they have played twice a year since 2016, to their very dynamic offense.
Prediction: Marvin Jones Jr. signs a two-year, $18 million deal with the Green Bay Packers
24. Curtis Samuel, Wide Receiver
Coming out of Ohio State Curtis Samuel was a swiss army knife offensive weapon who needed to find the right role in an offense. Every year he has been in the league Samuel has had a bigger role in the Panther’s offense. This past season Samuel reached 1,000 scrimmage yards for the first time despite the Panthers adding Robby Anderson. Samuel had a career-high 851 receiving yards and 200 rushing yards in 2020.
On another team Samuel could potentially have a larger role on the offense. Samuel was only on the field for only 70.9% of the Panther’s offensive sets. If he was to reunite with former Panthers coaches Ron Rivera and Scott Turner in Washington Samuel would have a much larger role on the offense. Samuel would immediately become the team’s second option and give Washington a dangerous tandem at receiver. Washington’s offense would also have two versatile skill players in Samuel and Antonio Gibson.
Prediction: Curtis Samuel signs a four-year $54 million deal with the Washington Football Team
23. Corey Davis, Wide Receiver
The beginning of Corey Davis’ career has not been great. The Titans took Davis fifth overall in 2017 and he has failed to emerge as the team’s number one receiver. Coming out of college many saw Davis as an athletic freak with production at the college level. He had looked like a complete bust until this past season. He tied his career-high with 65 receptions and had career highs with 984 receiving yards and five touchdowns. This year he proved that he could be a starting NFL receiver.
Davis feels like the type of project Bill Belichick and the Patriots would have picked up on a cheap deal if he didn’t have the type of season he had this past year. But that shouldn’t stop the Patriots from signing Davis to a reasonable contract. Davis was taken fifth overall for a reason and if there is one thing the Patriots are good at it is turning former early draft picks who have not performed well into stars. Plus the Patriots desperately need help at wide receiver. Davis could emerge as the number one receiver that the Patriots lacked last season.
Prediction: Corey Davis signs a three-year $30.2 million deal with the New England Patriots
22. Alex Mack, Center
Five years ago when the Atlanta Falcons signed Alex Mack he was the best center in football. Now in 2020, he is still one of the elite players at the position. Despite not making a Pro Bowl since 2018, Mack is still viewed as a premier interior offensive lineman. Mack only allowed one sack and had three penalties in 972 snaps last season. After drafting Matt Hennessy last offseason the Falcons appear to have their plan at center past Mack if he was to leave this offseason.
Russell Wilson has gone on record saying he wants more protection. Since entering the league in 2012 Wilson is the most hit quarterback in the NFL. Seattle has had a bellow average starting center for a couple of seasons now and could use an upgrade. Adding a lineman like Mack gives Wilson more of the protection he longs for and help Wilson lead the Seahawks back into Super Bowl contention.
Prediction: Alex Mack signs a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks
21. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Quarterback
The biggest free-agent quarterback who is expected to change teams this offseason is Ryan Fitzpatrick. Since there are plenty of teams looking for an upgrade at starting quarterback this offseason Fitzpatrick is likely to land one of those jobs. Last season Fitzpatrick threw for 2,091 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions in seven starts (nine games total) for the Dolphins. Now that the team has Tua Tagovailoa they will no longer need a bridge quarterback like Fitzpatrick and he will likely move on to his ninth team.
Alex Smith was a great story for the Washington Football Team this past season, but it appears the team may look in another direction at quarterback. Smith was only able to play in eight games (six starts) last season and didn’t put up great numbers despite the 5-1 record during his starts. Washington could get $14 Million in salary cap space by cutting Smith. Especially now that Smith has publicly said that Washington did not want Smith to attempt his comeback this season it appears that the team will more than likely cut him.
Washington will be in need of a quarterback and it appears unlikely that they could get a quarterback to take advantage of their playoff roster via the draft. Fitzpatrick is the best quarterback available for Washington to start this season to potentially return them to the playoffs. He may not be the long-term answer at the position, but he is a more than serviceable bridge until they figure out what that is.
Prediction: Ryan Fitzpatrick signs a one-year, $17 million deal with the Washington Football Team
20. Jonnu Smith, Tight End
In a league depleted at the tight end position, Jonnu Smith is one of the better receiving tight ends. The Titans have officially moved on from Delaine Walker this past season and make Smith their TE1. He posted career-high numbers with 41 receptions, 448 receiving yards, and 8 touchdowns. He is what a team expects from their starting tight end. Smith is a reliable third option in a passing game that is a threat to make plays over the middle of the field and in the red zone.
Since Greg Olsen was released by the Carolina Panthers last offseason the team has done nothing to fill the void. Ian Thomas has not developed into the tight end some speculated he could become. Now that Curtis Samuel is expected to sign elsewhere as well the team is in need of a reliable third option in this offense. Smith will not be able to replace everything that Samuel or Olsen could do, but he can take a chunk of the targets both had as members of the Panthers and give whoever Carolina’s starting quarterback is next season a reliable security blanket in the passing game.
Prediction: Jonnu Smith signs a four-year, $29.6 million deal with the Carolina Panthers
19. Kenyan Drake, Running Back
After finishing the 2019-20 season red hot with the Arizona Cardinals, Kenyan Drake appeared to lose that spark in 2020-21. Drake wasn’t used enough in the passing game and was used as a downhill runner which isn’t the best way to utilize Drake’s skills. Arizona’s backfield was split down the middle between Drake and Chase Edmonds. It was Edmonds who took on the pass-catching-back role that Drake had a season ago. Overall Drake did have a solid season. He rushed for 955 yards and 10 Touchdowns. Arizona’s decision to bring Drake back isn’t about his talent, but rather is about the price of signing him to a long-term second contract compared to the other options available in free agency or via the draft.
If the Cardinals and Drake decide to part ways the New England Patriots would be a great landing spot for Drake. The only running back in New England last year who had a solid year was Damien Harris who rushed for 691 yards in ten games. Both Rex Burkhead and James White are free agents so the Patriots will be in need of a running back that could contribute in the passing game. Drake came into the league originally as a receiving back and it could be argued that Drake is a better version of the type of running backs that Burkhead and White are. He’d create a great one-two punch with Harris. The cherry on top is that Drake played for Bill Belichick’s good friend Nick Saban at Alabama during his time in college.
Prediction: Kenyan Drake signs a two-year, $17 million deal with the New England Patriots
18. Rob Gronkowski, Tight End
Last season in shocking fashion Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement and got traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to reunite with his long-time teammate and friend Tom Brady. The future Hall of Famer had a solid season by average tight end standards. He had 623 receiving yards off of 45 catches and 7 touchdowns. During the Super Bowl Gronkowski caught six of his seven targets for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns.
There is no way that Gronkowski will be going anywhere except Tampa Bay next season. Gronkowski only came out of retirement to play with Brady in Tampa Bay. Especially after the success, the team had last season Gronkowski will take a discount in order to remain on the team and retain all of the major free agents under the salary cap.
Prediction: Rob Gronkowski signs a one-year, $7 million deal to stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17. Taylor Moton, Right Tackle
Over the last couple of seasons, Taylor Moton has become one of the best right tackles in football. Moton allowed three sacks and had only two penalties in his 1,032 snaps this season. He earned an 81.2 grade from Pro Football Focus last year. That is the highest grade given to a right tackle last season.
It is hard to imagine the Carolina Panthers letting Moton walk in free agency. This is especially since Moton is one of the few players along the Panther’s offensive line that have shown promise to be a part of the team’s future. If Moton and the Panthers cannot get a long-term deal done it wouldn’t be shocking to see them hit him with a franchise tag.
Prediction: Taylor Moton signs a five-year, $67.5 million deal to stay with the Carolina Panthers
16. Will Fuller, Wide Receiver
Will Fuller is going to have an interesting market if the Texans let him walk in free agency. On one hand Fuller showed this season that he is fully capable of being a team’s number one wide receiver putting up career highs with 879 yards and 8 touchdowns on 53 catches. While on the other hand, Fuller has not played a full sixteen-game season since entering the league.
The most games he has played in a season were 14 in his rookie year. During the first five years of Fuller’s career, he has played in 53 out of 80 regular-season games. His outstanding speed and ability to be the most dangerous player on the field makes him a really appealing player. But teams must ask how much of a commitment can they make to a receiver that cannot stay on the field when the free agency market and the draft is loaded at the position.
The team that makes the most sense to take a chance on Fuller is a team he played twice a year the Indianapolis Colts. There is a very good chance that the Colts will be moving on from T.Y. Hilton this offseason who is also a free agent. This leaves a void for a speed receiver that stretches down the field to play across from last year’s second-round pick Michael Pittman Jr. and slot receiver Parris Campbell who was a second-round pick in 2019 and is recovering from a season-ending knee injury. Fuller could take advantage of the fact that the Colts are trying to win this season and grow his value if he stays healthy.
Prediction: Will Fuller signs a one-year, $16.4 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts
15. Antonio Brown, Wide Receiver
After serving his eight-game suspension Antonio Brown came out of retirement and played the rest of the season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Over the second half of the season, Brown had 45 receptions for 483 yards and 4 touchdowns. Even though Brown could very well be the oldest wide receiver in football next year (If Larry Fitzgerald and Dez Bryant retire) he is expected to have a market. Brown is still capable of being a team’s starting receiver at this point of his career.
Brown cannot just join any locker room. After what he has done in the past he needs to join a team with a strong locker room that cannot get distracted by Brown’s antics and a head coach that will keep him in check. John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens have established a great culture in their building. The situation with Earl Thomas was a great example of Baltimore not letting a star with off-the-field issues distract the team. Brown has been connected to the Ravens in the past. On multiple occasions, Brown has worked out with Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and his cousin Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. The Ravens are in need of another playmaker at receiver and Brown would be willing to make a discount to play with them.
Prediction: Antonio Brown signs a one-year, $8 million deal that only has $1 million guaranteed. But the deal has incentives that could bring the total to $10 million.
14. Alejandro Villanueva, Left Tackle
Alejandro Villanueva has been a staple of the Pittsburgh Steelers elite offensive line for the last couple of seasons. Now that Pittsburgh has multiple free agents and very little cap space available it seems like Villanueva could be on a new team in 2021. This past season Villanueva only allowed three sacks and had four penalties in 1,097 snaps. The former Pro Bowler had a 74.6 grade from Pro Football Focus last season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the most salary cap space with over $83.7 available. The last time the Jaguars made the playoffs was after the 2017 offseason where they went on a spending spree. Even though the Jaguars finished with the worst record in football last season, their offensive line has four solid starters. Now that Cam Robinson is a free agent the Jaguars can try to improve at left tackle. Villanueva would be an upgrade over Robinson and be a great blindside protector for the quarterback the Jaguars take first overall.
Prediction: Alejandro Villanueva signs a four-year, $62 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars
13. Hunter Henry, Tight End
After getting franchise tagged last season Hunter Henry will likely get a long-term deal in the next few weeks. Henry had a career-high 60 receptions this past season and had similar stats to last year with 613 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. Henry has all the tools to be in that elite tight end group but hasn’t gotten there yet. The team who signs Henry will have to be okay with the fact that Henry has never played a complete 16 game season.
When the Jaguars select a quarterback in the first round of this year’s draft they are going to need a reliable tight end over the middle of the field to be his security blanket. Henry was an important piece of the offense that produced Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert last season. The Jaguars have two solid young wide receivers but are lacking a receiving threat at tight end. The Jaguars shouldn’t mind giving their rookie quarterback all the pieces he needs to succeed early and Henry could be one of those pieces.
Prediction: Hunter Henry signs a four-year, $46 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars
12. Kenny Golladay, Wide Receiver
This year was a rough time for Kenny Golladay to deal with hamstring and hip issues that limited him to only five games. During those games, Golladay had 20 catches for 338 yards and two touchdowns. He is coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. Golladay led the league in receiving touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl during the 2019-20 season.
It makes sense for both sides for the Lions to franchise tag Golladay. They will likely try to get a long-term deal done with Golladay but could try to lowball him after his injury-riddled season. If Golladay stays healthy and has a great season in 2021-22 the Lions will likely pay him like the top-tier receiver that he is.
Prediction: Kenny Golladay gets franchise tagged by the Detriot Lions for $16.3 million
11. David Andrews, Center
The New England Patriots offensive line was the only unit that played well for the team last season. Overall the team was a total mess. Now the Patriots have just under $69 Million in cap space to renovate their roster. However one of the most important pieces of their offensive line David Andrews is a free agent. In 724 offensive snaps, Andrews only gave up two sacks and had only one penalty. He had a 67.7 grade from Pro Football Focus last season.
It would be shocking to see New England let Andrews hit the market. If there is one position that New England doesn’t mind paying their guys it is along the offensive line. The Patriots will get a long-term deal done with Andrews.
Prediction: David Andrews signs a four-year, $44 million deal with the New England Patriots
10. Chris Godwin, Wide Receiver
The most interesting free agent for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is Chris Godwin. He is one of the league’s elite slot receivers and threats to get into the endzone. But if need be the Buccaneers can find a talented receiver to replace Godwin for a cheaper price tag or via the draft. In 2019-20 Godwin had a breakout year having 86 catches for 1,333 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. He also made his first Pro Bowl that season. This past year Godwin’s numbers dipped closer to his career average with 65 catches for 840 yards and 7 touchdowns in twelve games. During the NFC Championship against Green Bay Godwin had 5 catches for 110 yards.
Tampa Bay is going to do all they can to keep the band together. That means players will have to take discounts on short contracts. Godwin could have a major market if he was made available. The Buccaneers should franchise tag Godwin to ensure he stays on the team for at least another season.
Prediction: Chris Godwin is franchise tagged by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for $15.3 million
9. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Wide Receiver
Out of all the major free agents coming out of Pittsburgh this season, it seems that JuJu Smith-Schuster is the most likely to go. After putting up an outstanding 111 catches for 1,426 yards for 7 touchdowns in 2018-19 Smith-Schuster has been disappointing even though Antonio Brown was released making Smith-Schuster the team’s likely number one option. In 12 games in 2019-20, Smith-Schuster failed to reach 550 receiving yards. But this past season Smith-Schuster looked better having career-highs with 97 catches and 9 touchdowns but only 831 receiving yards. Smith-Schuster led the team in catches, tied Chase Claypool for receiving touchdowns, and was behind only Diontae Johnson in team receiving yards.
Another thing to consider is the antics that come with Smith-Schuster. Towards the middle of the season, Smith-Schuster’s Tik Toks became a major distraction to the team. Especially when the team was losing games down the stretch reporters were asking if these dances were a distraction to the team. He was doing the “Corvette Corvette” dance on the opposing team’s logos in the middle of the field. As it could be seen in this video opposing defenders did not appreciate Smith-Schuster’s dances very much.
Despite Smith-Schuster wanting to stay in Pittsburgh the team may look to move on for multiple reasons. The most important reason is the emergence of both Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. Also, Smith-Schuster’s price tag as well feels like an unnecessary expense for a team that is tight on cap space. Thirdly his antics are distracting to a locker room that is trying to win now.
However, the Jacksonville Jaguars would be a perfect fit for Smith-Schuster. The Jaguars currently have the youngest roster in the NFL so Smith-Schuster’s personality would fit well there. His personality would draw more attention to the Jaguars who need it because they are one of the smallest markets in the league. The Jaguars have the cap space to pay Smith-Schuster as much as anyone in the league. Finally, the Jaguars appear to be a receiver short of having legitimate offensive weapons. D.J. Chark has shown potential and Laviska Shenault Jr. had a solid rookie year. Smith-Schuster would fill the void left by slot receiver Keelan Cole Sr. and could be the team’s true number one receiver.
Prediction: JuJu Smith-Schuster signs a five-year, $85 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Joe Thuney, Offensive Guard
It is unfortunate that the New England Patriots and Joe Thuney have struggled to get a long-term deal done. Thuney was a Second Team All-Pro in 2019 and has been great for the team since then. This past season Thuney only allowed 2 sacks last season and had three penalties in 980 snaps.
If the Patriots haven’t gotten a long-term deal with Thuney yet it is unlikely they ever will. After versatile rookie Mike Onwenu emerged last season the Patriots have the flexibility to move off Thuney.
The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t known for spending a lot of money in free agency in the past. But last season the Bengals spent on some big-name defensive players including D.J. Reader, Trae Waynes, and Vonn Bell. First overall pick Joe Burrow was sacked 32 times in ten games and was lost for the season after a torn ACL. The Bengals need to protect Burrow and should invest in one of the top free-agent offensive linemen. If the Bengals are serious about protecting Joe Burrow they should outbid everyone to sign Thuney to their roster.
Prediction: Joe Thuney signs a five-year, $75 million Deal with the Cincinnati Bengals
7. Corey Linsley, Center
Corey Linsley had the best season out of any NFL center in 2020-21. Linsley only allowed one sack and had zero penalties in 734 snaps. Pro Football Focus gave Linsley an 89.9 grade. He also was voted First Team All-Pro this past season.
Even though Linsley had a breakout season it is unlikely that he will return to the Green Bay Packers. He would be a luxury on a roster who can likely win with solid production from the position. The Los Angeles Chargers need to gut most of their offensive line and get better players to protect Justin Herbert. Everyone besides Bryan Bulaga and Trai Turner should be replaced. Now that Mike Pouncey has retired the Chargers have a void at center. The Chargers have the cap space to give Linsley the contract he will demand on the market. Linsley would be an upgrade over Pouncey and could help protect last season’s offensive player of the year.
Prediction: Corey Linsley signs a five-year, $65 million deal with the Los Angeles Chargers
6. Chris Carson, Running Back
The Seattle Seahawks took Chris Carson in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Since then Carson has become the teams lead running back. Carson had back-to-back 1,100+ yard rushing seasons in 2018 and 2019. This past season Carson was limited to twelve games and rushed for 681 yards. Carson has also had nine total touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.
Reports have already come out that the Seahawks do not want to resign Carson because of his price tag. Carson’s production when he is on the field is enough to demand a large contract. But Carson has only played in 70.3% of his regular-season games and seems to always be dealing with some kind of injury.
One of the few teams that could afford Carson and needs a lead running back is the New York Jets. The Jets needs a lead back, but not necessarily a work horseback. If Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur runs his offense similar to his former colleague Kyle Shanahan he will use a committee. If the Jets add Carson he will likely split carries with La’Michal Perine and another rookie the Jets could add. Keeping Carson carries around 150 should be enough to keep him healthy. But if Carson is part of a committee the Jets won’t likely pay him top dollar.
Prediction: Chris Carson signs a two-year, $18 million deal with the New York Jets
5. Brandon Scherff, Offensive Guard
Brandon Scherff has not disappointed since Washington drafted him in 2015. He has emerged as one of the elite interior offensive linemen in the league. Scherff made his fourth Pro Bowl this past season and was named First-Team All-Pro for the first time. He allowed three sacks and had two penalties in 857 snaps last season. Scherff received an 84.1 grade from Pro Football Focus last season.
Washington cannot let Scherff hit the open market. He is one of the only great pieces currently a part of their offense. If Washington has to make Scherff the highest-paid guard in the league that shouldn’t stand in their way from retaining him.
Prediction: Brandon Scherff signs a five-year, $80 million deal with the Washington Football Team
4. Aaron Jones, Running Back
The premier running back on the market during this free agency period is Aaron Jones. He has been phenomenal for the Packers the past couple of seasons. Jones has rushed for 1,000 yards the past two seasons. After rushing for 1,084 yards and 16 touchdowns last season Jones had a career-high 1,104 yards and 9 touchdowns in 14 games this season. Despite his production, the Packers will likely let Jones walk after drafting A.J. Dillon in the second round last year.
Aaron Jones could finally be free if he joins the Miami Dolphins. According to the Miami Herald Aaron Jones and the Miami Dolphins are interested in each other. Last season both veterans the Dolphins brought in Jordan Howard and Matt Breida were extremely disappointing. Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed were the teams leading rushers at the end of the year.
Jones could become the team’s lead back and become a workhorse for the Dolphins. The Dolphins could just Jones for about 70% of the snaps which is more than the 51.88% he had last year in Green Bay. Gaskin can be the change of pace back and a high-end backup who can step in if something happened to Jones.
Prediction: Aaron Jones signs a four-year, $50 million Deal with the Miami Dolphins
3. Trent Williams, Left Tackle
After refusing to play for the Washington Football Team for the 2019-20 season the team traded Trent Willaims to the San Fransisco 49ers for a fifth-round pick in 2020 (Keith Ismael) and a third-round pick in 2021. Williams was one of the best run-blocking tackles in football last year and was rewarded with his eighth Pro Bowl nod. Williams may have let up 4 sacks and had 10 penalties last season, but Pro Football Focus gave him a 91.9 grade.
The San Fransisco 49ers could attempt to replace Williams with a rookie taken with the 12th overall pick. But the best option would be to give Williams a long-term contract that could last the rest of his career. The 49ers are a run-first team and need to keep their fantastic run blocking left tackle if they want to return to Super Bowl form from the 2019-20 season.
Prediction: Trent Williams signs a five-year, $92.5 million Deal with the San Fransisco 49ers
2. Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver
The Chicago Bears cannot afford to lose Allen Robinson. After a rough start during his tenure with the team, he got his act together and has become one of the league’s elite wide receivers. Robinson had 102 catches for 1,250 yards and 6 touchdowns. For the past two seasons, Robinson has been the only consistent star for the Bears offense for the past two seasons. David Montgomery emerged over the second half of last season, but without Robinson, the Bear’s passing offense would become one of the worst in the league.
The problem with Robinson being franchise-tagged is that it is very unlikely he would sign long-term with the Bears. If he was to hit the market he would want to join a contender. An option for Chicago is to trade Robinson for an asset that could help them get a quarterback. If a deal was proposed that would land the Jets Allen Robinson and the Chicago Bears get Sam Darnold. If the Jets throw in a Day 2 pick with Darnold who says no? Chicago gets their quarterback of the future and the Jets get a legitimate number one receiver.
Prediction: Allen Robinson is franchise tagged by the Chicago Bears for $17.88 million. Then Chicago trades Robinson to the New York Jets for Sam Darnold and the 66th overall pick.
1. Dak Prescott, Quarterback
For the second season in a row, The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott will be negotiating a new contract. Negotiations got a lot more difficult when Prescott missed eleven games after a major ankle injury. But during the five games, Prescott played he was outstanding. Prescott looked like an MVP candidate and was on a record-setting pace when he was on the field.
Overall Prescott had 1,856 passing yards, 9 passing touchdowns, and 3 rushing touchdowns last season. Without factoring in the fifth game where Prescott got hurt against the Giants Prescott averaged 422.4 passing yards, 2.25 passing touchdowns, and .75 rushing touchdowns a game. If those stats are multiplied over sixteen games Prescott would have had 6,749 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, and 12 rushing touchdowns this season. He would have shattered the record for most passing yards in a season and only would have had fewer total touchdowns than Aaron Rodgers.
As unfortunate as it is for both parties it is extremely likely that the Cowboys franchise tag Prescott for another season. Jerry Jones likely wants to see a full season of Prescott under head coach Mike McCarthy. Unless an agreement happens before next season Prescott will be a Cowboy under the franchise tag.
Prediction: Dak Prescott is Franchise Tagged by the Dallas Cowboys for $37.88 million