A look at some of the biggest names who could make a return to the field in the coming years.1.
DE: Jared Odrick, Oakland Raiders.
The defensive tackle has been on the decline in recent years, but if the Raiders are going to make any moves in free agency, they need to get him.
He has a chance to be the best pass-rusher in the NFL, but the Raiders need to add another pass-rush weapon and a true edge rusher to complement Khalil Mack.2.
DT: Trent Williams, New York Giants.
If Odrick doesn’t make it back, Williams is a nice candidate to get a shot.
He can play a lot of different spots and could be an intriguing piece for the Giants if he’s available.3.
RB: Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers.
If the Packers can re-sign Jerick McKinnon to a long-term deal, Lacy would be a nice addition.
He’d be an upgrade over the running backs they drafted at the end of the last two years, and he’d also help out a team that’s still lacking a reliable backfield.4.
WR: Randall Cobb, Atlanta Falcons.
Cobb would be an interesting addition to a Packers offense that desperately needs one, but his play this season has been a mixed bag.
The wide receiver has been plagued by injury issues and he’ll be 32 years old in 2019.
If he returns to his old form, Cobb could be a solid starter for the Falcons.5.
WR/TE: Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers.
If Olsen can return to form, the Panthers offense could have a legitimate option at wide receiver, which could be enough for Carolina to get to a Super Bowl.6.
TE: Martellus Bennett, New Orleans Saints.
Bennett has been one of the best wide receivers in the league for years and he should be back for another big season, but this is an offseason when the Saints need to make some moves.
They could potentially add a tight end, and Bennett could help fill that need.7.
DE/DT: Jared Allen, Detroit Lions.
The Lions have a ton of talent on the defensive line, but they’ll need some help there.
Allen could be one of those guys if he re-ups next year, and if he doesn’t, he could be the top free agent defensive tackle available in 2019, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.8.
CB: Byron Maxwell, Buffalo Bills.
Maxwell has struggled to stay healthy, but he should return next season and could push the Buffalo secondary in a similar direction to what the Bills did last year.9.
CB/S: Darqueze Dennard, Cleveland Browns.
Dennart has been the best cover corner in the game for a while now, and his play in 2018 was nothing short of impressive.
The Browns are expected to bring him back next season, and the Browns could use some help on the other side of the ball.10.
S: Ryan Shazier, Cincinnati Bengals.
Shaziers play should be a big factor for the Bengals defense in 2019 and 2020.
If they can keep him healthy and make the playoffs, he’ll give them some help along the defensive front and make for an interesting free agent.11.
DE / LB: DeMarcus Ware, Tennessee Titans.
Ware has played the best football of his career in Tennessee, and while he has missed some time with injuries, the Titans defense could be in for some big seasons.12.
WR : Martavis Bryant, Green Carolina Panthers (via Buffalo Bills).
Bryant could be worth a look for the Panthers, who desperately need a receiver to compliment Tyreek Hill.13.
RB : Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers offense could use another boost if Gordon returns, and Gordon would provide some of that boost.14.
CB : A.J. Bouye, Detroit Ravens.
The Ravens will have a chance at bringing back Bouye if they sign DeAndre Levy.
The cornerback is a tough guy to cover and can make plays in the run game, so he could make an impact in the AFC North.15.
S : Marcus Peters, Cincinnati Lions.
Peters was a force in the middle of Detroit’s defense in 2018, and it’s not hard to see why the Lions would want to keep him around if he makes a comeback.16.
LB : Ryan Shazer, Kansas City Chiefs.
Shazer is a great special teams player, but that could also change if he returns for a third straight season.17.
S/CB : Darquez Dennards, Cleveland Eagles.
Dennett could be another name to keep an eye on if the Eagles are willing to give him another shot.18.
CB / S : Aqib Talib, Detroit Jets.
The Jets need a safety, and they’ll probably have to wait for some time for a decision on Darrelle Revis, who is currently battling an Achilles injury.19.
DE : Mike Patterson