T.J. Lang (GB, OG, 29) – You can make an excellent argument that Lang – and not Kevin Zeitler – is the best free agent OL on the market, but he’s two years older than the Cincy guard. And for what it’s worth, Lang has shown more versatility than Zeitler in his career, having played every OL spot but center (he has spent almost the entirety of his last four years at RG, however). Noted for his physicality, Lang can fit just about anywhere there is a need for an interior lineman, and he could be cheaper than Zeitler. Keep in mind ProFootballFocus rated Lang as an elite pass protector, and “merely” a strong run blocker.
Jason Pierre-Paul (NYG, DE, 28) – JPP had “just” 7 sacks in 2016 (in 12 games, before sports hernia surgery), but he showed a consistently high motor, and proved that his tragic hand injury wasn’t going to limit him severely. He’s now hitting the open market (it may be tough for the Giants to re-sign him) coming off a mostly productive year, and he proved that he can fight through adversity in a huge way. JPP is a three-down player who defends the run as well – if not better – than he rushes the passer, so he will be a hot commodity. He’s an excellent IDP DL, so it’s clearly worth following him.
Kawann Short (Car, DT, 28) – Like the rest of the Panthers, Short’s production took a hit in 2016, as he fell from 11 sacks to 6, but he still made 55 combined tackles and was a rock-solid DT IDP. Regarded as one of the best interior defensive lineman in the NFL, Short will probably be looking for a contract in the $100 million range given the one Fletcher Cox signed last year, but could also play on the franchise tag – the Panther could well apply the tag, but as we saw last year with Josh Norman, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be in a Panther uniform next year.
Melvin Ingram (LAC, OLB, 28) – Ingram finally started to live up to his first-round pedigree the last two seasons – he went #18 overall in 2012. He registered 18.5 sa...