NFL: Top 5 Players Set to Hit Free Agency

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Nov 9, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) is defended by San Diego Chargers cornerback Patrick Robinson (26) on a 14-yard reception in the second quarter in a NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 9, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) is defended by San Diego Chargers cornerback Patrick Robinson (26) on a 14-yard reception in the second quarter in a NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 2, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (24) reacts in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (24) reacts in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

CB: Josh Norman

It probably wouldn’t be a best list without Josh Norman on it, especially after the year he has had with the Carolina Panthers, and it is still going. Norman has been the star of this Carolina secondary and it has come at the perfect time. The question teams will be asking is, can he keep it up?

His 2015 season has been nothing short of spectacular. His four interception, which two were returned for touchdowns, 56 combined tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three tackles for a loss, and 18 pass deflections were impressive enough to catch many teams attention and even put pressure on Carolina if they want to keep him.

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He will not command the same pay as some of the proven corners might, because it is only one year of success but the best scenario for him is for Carolina to consider a franchise tag. As he sits right now, I don’t see him making Derrelle Revis money but he might get a five year deal worth around $50 million. Then again, I have been wrong many times in the past.

There are a number of great free agents in 2016. When you have names like Muhammad Wilkerson, Cordy Glenn, and many others set to hit free agency if a contract doesn’t come, it makes a list like this incredibly hard. This might also be good for teams because there are so many options. You can bet however, when deals start to be made, the chips for many of these free agents will fall quickly into place.

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