(Market Value) based on tiered salary analysis
Market demand by position
The free agent's previous value
The free agent's coaching and team situation
What is the free agent's current NFL team's NFL draft standing (where they pick, how many picks)? They may not attempt to retain a player at a particular position due to the depth at his position in the NFL Draft or free agency.
Other teams in the market, what is their NFL Draft situation? Draft or free agency depth at a particular position might affect a player's value on the market in a given year.
Player performance in recent years
What are the combined top 5 average annual NFL salaries by position vs. the average? We provide an example below.
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QB Top 5: $37.2M (Cap % 20.7%) vs. Avg $6.9M
Top Avg Contract: Patrick Mahomes $45M
RB Top 5: $14.3M (Cap % 7.2%) vs. Avg $1.9M
Top Avg Contract: Christian McCaffrey $16M
WR Top 5: $21.7M (Cap % 11.0%) vs. $2.6M
Top Avg Contract: $27.2M
Williams has the least wear and tear on the top five list, and that is one of the many reasons he resides at 5th on our list. Williams has proven to be an excellent player whether he is filling in full-time for Aaron Jones or sharing time; he is one of the top three-down players in the NFL. Williams is a solid receiver and can pass block at a high level. He may not have the accolades that others possess or the name cache, but he is a player to keep an eye on. We are likely the outlier rating his value somewhere in the top 16 to 20 range of average salary among RB's. Still, we are comfortable with the projection and believe he is in prime territory to maximize his value.