By Adam McCalvy-USA TODAY SportsThe market for elite defensive ends is booming, and it’s becoming a much more crowded one.
With some of the biggest names in the NFL entering free agency, it’s going to be tough for teams to keep all their best players.
It’s also going to become increasingly difficult to find those players who can play the middle of the defense and help keep the team’s offense on the field.
There are two teams who have the most potential to succeed this offseason: the 49ers and Giants.
Both of those teams have the potential to go deep in the playoffs, and while they may have to take a few steps back in the coming years to do so, they both have a ton of money on the table.
San Francisco will have $53.8 million in cap space to work with in 2019, according to Spotrac.
The Giants will have a cap of $56.4 million, but they have the cap space available to them to get into the postseason.
With that, here are the top three free agents that are the most valuable in 2019.
First up, the Giants have the money to spend in the 2018 free agency period, which could pay off big for the franchise.
They have a $10.9 million cap number to work around, which is a lot of money for a team that is already in the thick of the playoff hunt.
The 49ers will be left with a cap number of $33.8M, which will leave them just $11.5M short of the salary cap in 2019 according to CapFriendly.
The 49ers have a lot more cap room than the Giants, which should be enough to make this deal happen.
The first big free agent signing for the 49s will be defensive tackle David Parry.
Parry will make $5.4M, and he will be a key piece of the team in their defensive scheme.
Parr will bring a big body to a team in need of a physical, physical presence at the nose tackle position.
The 26-year-old will also give the 49er a much needed nose tackle in a need of one, and the team is willing to give Parry a much-needed extension.
There is a reason that the 49ed with the most cap space in the league.
The organization has made significant strides over the past two offseasons, but this offseason was different.
The team made several significant changes to the defensive line, and with Parry, defensive end Carlos Dunlap and defensive end Anthony Davis signing extensions, they have a solid group of players to add to the mix.
The team has plenty of cap space, and they could have enough cap space for several years to come.
The next big free-agent signing for San Francisco is cornerback Patrick Peterson.
Peterson is entering the final year of his contract, and his $3.9M salary in 2019 is more than enough to get him to the next level.
Peterson has a very good reputation as a great tackler and will likely be a solid cornerback in the NFC West.
The franchise will also be able to add another big play threat in the form of receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who will earn $6.2M in 2019 with the 49S.
Hopkins will provide the 49ing with one of the most talented receivers in the game.
The last player on the list worth watching is wide receiver Mike Williams.
The 30-year old wideout will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020, and many believe that he will sign a contract extension with the team.
The San Francisco 49ers should be looking to keep Williams around, and adding him to a receiving corps that already features Victor Cruz, Marquise Goodwin, Nelson Agholor and Andre Roberts should help the team make some serious moves.
The 2016 season was a massive one for the Niners, and this offseason will be no different.
The Niners will have plenty of salary cap space with the signings of tight end Vernon Davis, wide receiver Austin Hooper and tight end Greg Olsen.
With all of the talent on the roster, the Niner’s roster should be in pretty good shape.
The franchise will have about $20.3M to work off of this offseason, and as long as they are able to sign all of their key free agents, the team should be able be in a position to contend for a playoff berth in 2019 and beyond.