According to general manager John Schneider, Thomas isn’t likely to stage a long-term holdout over his contract.
My sense is that he wants to be here, Schneider said during an appearance with 710 ESPN Seattle. I haven’t got that sense from his agents at all.
The Buccaneers offensive line was not good in 2017. As a unit, it allowed 40 sacks and produced the league’s 27th-ranked run game last season (90.6 yards per game). One of the starting members of that unit, guard J.R. Sweezy, could be a cap casualty this offseason.
The reason for this is fairly simple. Sweezy is set to earn more than $7 million this season and may not even have a legitimate shot at starting.
The Buccaneers have Ali Marpet, Evan Smith and rookie third-round pick Alex Cappa at guard. Sweezy ended last season with a foot injury and may be unable to compete with these three early in the offseason.
If Pamphile doesn’t win the starting job, Tennessee could decide to part ways before the start of the season. While Pamphile would be a solid depth player, the Titans could save $1 million by releasing him. Su’a-Filo, who has a salary of just $880,000, would be a more cost-efficient backup. Releasing Spain would save the team nothing, as his $1.9 million salary is fully guaranteed.
It could be starter or bust for Pamphile with the Titans this season. Considering he was a starter on a Buccaneers line that was bad in both the rushing and passing games, that could be a bad proposition. Pamphile has enough talent to make a roster in 2018, but it may not be Tennessee’s.
As is the case with many players on this list, Washington Redskins defensive tackle Evander Ziggy Hood’s future could be determined by the number of players at his position the team decides to keep.
The drafting of former Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne pushes Hood down the pecking order. He’s a lock to make the roster. Defensive linemen Jonathan Allen, a first-round pick in 2017, and Stacy McGee, who signed a five-year, $25 million deal last offseason, likely are as well.