The NFL has begun its free agency period, and the NFLPA is already asking the league to offer a new contract to the players.
It’s the first time the NFL has been forced to do so after the Collective Bargaining Agreement expired in 2018, so the players will need to agree on a new deal before the season begins.
Here are the five players that are likely to be available in free agency:A.J. Hawk: Hawk, the veteran tight end from Ohio State, will likely be available at some point this offseason.
His production has been limited this season, with three catches for 38 yards and two touchdowns in six games.
However, the Steelers will need him to improve on a career-low 4.7 yards per target in 2018.
He also is a free agent after the season.
Rashaad Penny: Penny, a third-round pick out of Tennessee in 2018 who played sparingly last season, has played in 10 games this season and has six catches for 72 yards and one touchdown.
He will be a free agency casualty if he can’t get more production this season.
Darius Heyward-Bey: The veteran tight ends out of Florida State is also a free market casualty.
He is coming off an injury-riddled season, and he will need a strong season to justify the $5.5 million salary he will be offered in 2019.
The Dolphins will have the flexibility to let him walk, but it would be a surprise if they were to let Heyward go.