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NFL Players Who Will Be Huge Risks in 2020 Free Agency

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By Kristopher Knox | Bleacher Report

As far as offseasons go, the NFL has one of the best.

There's enough time between the Super Bowl and the new league year to dispel any sort of football fatigue and to reignite that hunger for the NFL. There is plenty of buildup to free agency and the draft, and that creates a sense of anticipation and hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.

Much of that hope comes from free agency, as a team, by opening its proverbial wallet, can land a perennial Pro Bowler or future Hall of Famer.

Of course, not every big-name free-agent acquisition pans out. Some players are alluring enough to draw massive contracts but then disappoint because of factors such as inconsistent play, injuries or just their salaries.

Le'Veon Bell played 15 games for the New York Jets last season, but his numbers (789 rushing yards, 461 receiving yards, four touchdowns) did not live up to his four-year, $52.5 million contract.

Which notable pending free agents will be big risks in 2020? Let's take a look.

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NFL Competition Committee to Discuss Renewing Pass Interference Replay Rule

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By Scott Polacek | Bleacher Report

The NFL's experiment allowing pass interference calls and no-calls to be reviewable by instant replay may last just one season.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported the NFL's competition committee watched every play from the season in which a review was used and is discussing whether it will recommend to the owners that the rule be renewed for 2020.

"I want to wait," Atlanta Falcons president and committee chairman Rich McKay said. "I want to hear everybody out. I am one that votes in the best interests of the game. I think we all saw the frustration that we all had during the year. And I do think it began to get better. But I want to see it all and the total picture and not deal from emotion."

It is difficult to argue emotion didn't play a role in implementing the system for the 2019 campaign since the NFC Championship Game from the previous season made so many headlines.

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2020 NFL Free Agency: Top Raiders targets for the Saints

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The Raiders will be on the move in 2020, relocating from Oakland to Las Vegas with a tough slate of opponents lined up for their inaugural season — including the New Orleans Saints. Before that, though, both squads must sort through lengthy lists of pending free agents as they seek to cut dead weight and improve their roster. That means some Raiders players could appeal to the Saints once they hit the open market. Here’s the full list:
  • CB Daryl Worley
  • CB Makinton Dorleant (ERFA)
  • CB D.J. Killings (ERFA)
  • DE Benson Mayowa
  • DE Olsen Pierre
  • DE Dion Jordan
  • DE Jeremiah Valoaga (ERFA)
  • DT Josh Mauro
  • FS Curtis Riley
  • K Daniel Carlson (ERFA)
  • LB Will Compton
  • LB Vontaze Burfict
  • LB Kyle WIlber
  • LB Nicholas Morrow (RFA)
  • LB Ukeme Eligwe (RFA)
  • LS Trent Sieg (ERFA)
  • OG Jordan Devey
  • OG Richie Incognito
  • OG Cameron Hunt (ERFA)
  • OT David Sharpe
  • QB Mike Glennon
  • QB Nathan Peterman (RFA)
  • RB Isaiah Crowell
  • RB Rod Smith
  • RB DeAndre Washington
  • SS Karl Joseph
  • SS Dallin Leavitt (ERFA)
  • TE Eric Tomlinson
  • WR Dwayne Harris
  • WR Keelan Doss (ERFA)
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Brother of Saints' Bell killed in traffic accident

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One of the drawbacks of having one of the best NFL drafts in history is that everyone will start to get expensive all at the same time. Such is the case with the New Orleans Saints and the class of the 2017 NFL Draft, the draft class that produced both the offensive and defensive rookies of the year.

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Saints should play close attention to defensive backs; here are 6 to watch at the combine

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With three starters heading toward unrestricted free agency, the New Orleans Saints could be facing a hefty amount of turnover in their defensive secondary in 2020.

Safety Vonn Bell, cornerback Eli Apple and slot defender P.J. Williams are all unrestricted free agents. It's also possible late-season addition Janoris Jenkins and veteran slot corner Patrick Robinson are cut to provide salary-cap relief.

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To replace Mike Nolan, Saints promote an in-house assistant, source says

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The New Orleans Saints have promoted assistant linebackers coach Michael Hodges to linebackers coach, a source confirmed to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate on Monday morning.

Dan Hatman of the Scouting Academy first reported the news.

The Saints lost linebackers coach Mike Nolan in January when he was hired to be the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. He had been with the Saints since 2017.

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Saints promote assistant Michael Hodges to linebackers coach

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Sometimes, the next man up motto applies to coaches like it does to players in the NFL.

The Saints have been in need of a linebackers coach since Mike Nolan left the team to become the defensive coordinator in Dallas and they’ve settled on a replacement.

Per multiple reports, the Saints will promote Michael Hodges to linebackers coach.

Hodges, who has served as assistant linebackers coach, fills the void left when Mike Nolan left New Orleans to become the...
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Could the Saints give their LB room a boost? Here are 6 to watch at the combine

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Could the Saints restock their offensive line? Here are 6 OGs to watch at the combine

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The New Orleans Saints' offensive line has ranked among the best in the NFL in recent seasons, but there may be some upheaval this offseason.

Andrus Peat has started 60 games at both guard and tackle since the Saints selected him in the first round of the 2015 draft, but he is an unrestricted free agent, and New Orleans may let him walk.

When Peat went down with a broken forearm midway through the 2019 season, the offensive line did not miss a beat when Nick Easton...
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Saints promote Michael Hodges to linebackers coach

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The Saints have been in need of a linebackers coach since Mike Nolan left the team to become the defensive coordinator in Dallas and they’ve settled on a replacement.

Per multiple reports, the team will be promoting assistant linebackers coach Michael Hodges to fill the role.

Hodges has been with the Saints for the last three years. He was a defensive assistant in his first two years with the team before moving to the linebackers in 2019.

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PFT’s Free Agent Top 100

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The following are PFT’s top 100 free agents for the start of the 2020 league year. The rankings include prospective unrestricted and restricted free agents, as well as released players. The list will be updated as events warrant, with signings, tags and re-signings denoted when announced and/or reported.

1. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott

2. Saints quarterback Drew Brees

3. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

4. Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones

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Murray is a solid choice to improve the defense. If the Saints instead wanted to add to the secondary, Florida CB CJ Henderson and Alabama...
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