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Free Agent Rentals? Chase Edmonds Has Some Thoughts

Running back sees the impact coming of lower salary cap

Chase Edmonds is a smart guy, one who keeps up on the scuttlebutt and movement around the NFL. (He's also a pretty good football player but that's not what we're talking about today.)

The running back is also under contract for 2021, so when he's talking free agency, he's not talking about himself. But he made a salient point on Twitter Wednesday about what free agency might look like with the drop in the salary cap, noting there will be "a lot of REALLY good players take one year rentals (sic)." It was such a good point that a number of NFL reporters across the country quote-tweeted it and credited Edmonds' perspective.

We will see about any superteams. I do agree there will be a lot of one-year rentals because a lot of players won't get the money they hope for. But the issue with one-year rentals, usually, is that you have nowhere to go with the cap hit. It's all in one year (unless you structure it like the Cards did with De'Vondre Campbell's deal, giving him $6 million for one year but using void years to split the cap hit $2M and then $4M in dead money in 2021.)

But could a team pile up some "names" for a one-year run? (That feels very Rams, although they have no cap room.) The superteam concept is so hard to pull off in football for so many reasons.

Still, those one-year contracts will be plentiful. Edmonds has played with a guy who might end up with one, because I could see Kenyan Drake wanting to make sure he gets his FA shot in a "regular" cap year.

RBs Chase Edmonds and Kenyan Drake celebrate a play after a TD on the road against the Jets in 2020