The NFL 2021 Salary cap number will be in between 180 and 185 million dollars, down from 198.2 million for the 2020 season.
This means that spending money wisely will be more important than ever before and some of these teams that are deep into the red are in big trouble.
As usual, there are numerous average players who will get paid good money and good players who will get paid great money, and with such a low cap, being able to avoid those kinds of mistakes is going to be very important.
1. Jadeveon Clowney
Let us start off with one of the most overrated players in the league.
He is a decent run defender but his pass-rushing skill and overall ability is often blown out of proportion by the public.
He has never had double-digit sacks in a year and in the eight games he played in last year, he had zero sacks.
That brings me to my next point, he has only played 16 games in a season once, but has been in the NFL for seven years.
If you are going to be paying a player as much money as he demands, they better be able to stay healthy because the best ability is availability.
Jadeveon Clowney has made 27.5 million dollars in the past two years, which is elite money for a defensive player.
Just like last year, I think he will hold out for money he does not deserve, and eventually, a team as desperate as the Titans were for pass rushers will cave and completely overpay him.
Note on pending free agent former #Titans pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney: He should be fully cleared from surgery to repair his torn meniscus in April, source said. He’s close to be ready now, but it could delay his signing with a new team for a few weeks.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 2, 2021
2. Bud Dupree
Another overvalued edge rusher is Bud Dupree.
He is the product of a phenomenal front seven in Pittsburgh.
While he does have great quickness off of the edge, any serviceable edge rusher would be able to put up the same numbers that he did in Pittsburgh, but for a much cheaper price.
Any team does that does sign him should buy at their own risk, especially if they do not have other pass rushers to distract from Dupree because he has played second fiddle to T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward for his whole career.
He is rehabbing a torn ACL as we speak which is never a good thing, especially if you are spending upwards of 10 million a year.
Any contract in the double digits annually would be an overpay.
3. Corey Davis
Corey Davis is t-2nd (68%) for highest contested catch rate since 2019 💪 https://t.co/erLFSbobji
— PFF Washington (@PFF_Washington) March 2, 2021
Davis has struggled his entire career since being drafted 5th overall in 2017, at least until this year.
He finally somewhat lived up to his perceived potential, but his success can be attributed to Tennessee’s system as much as anything else.
He is a big body and was an excellent receiver in college but he does not bring much to the table outside of his frame.
He has been slowly improving throughout his career but I am just not sold on his talent.
A team is going to pay him 15 million per year or more and for that much money, the player needs to be special.
For me, he is not that, but if someone can get him for 10 million it would be.