We’ve heard enough about the 2015 NFL season, so let’s talk about preparing for the 2016 season and beyond. This is dynasty we’re talking about here, so we need to be ahead of the rest of our league mates. Expiring contracts provide opportunity and uncertainty in the dynasty community. Let’s explore the unrestricted free agent class of 2016 and potential ramifications.
For the purposes of this article, I will list the age of each player prior to the start of the 2016 season.
Eli Manning, NYG
35 years old
The Giants have a big decision to make regarding Eli. His cap hit is just under $20 million in 2015, but he just came off of one the best seasons of his career in 2014. Will they lock him up or start the rebuild? I would imagine they sign him because the only notable backup is Ryan Nassib and he isn’t good enough to start.
Sam Bradford, PHI
28 years old
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Bradford play in a regular season game due to numerous injuries. How he performs this season will have huge ramifications for the rest of his career. If he steps up and has a great season, the Eagles will sign him to a huge contract. If he gets hurt again, he’s destined to go to a non-competitive franchise and may not start again. Then again, nobody knows what Chip Kelly will do (Shady McCoy owners nod their heads). For that simple fact, I would stash Mark Sanchez or Matt Barkley late in the season. Both are signed for the 2016 season and could walk into the starting job on a great offense.
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