No. 2: Shaquil Barrett, Denver Broncos
Unlike the previous three names on this list, where players’ respective teams may be forced to make tough financial decisions, the Denver Broncos’ Shaquil Barrett finds himself in a situation where he’s the victim of a deep roster at EDGE.
KNBR 680’s Brad Almquist described the context of Barrett’s situation:
"The former undrafted free agent has become a quality edge rusher in Denver and lined himself up for a solid payday this offseason. Barring injury, Barrett isn’t likely to usurp Von Miller and Bradley Chubb as a starter in Denver. A greater opportunity likely awaits elsewhere, potentially with San Francisco."
Barrett, an undrafted free agent with plenty of depth value, could easily be a low-risk, high-reward option for San Francisco this offseason.
Sure, the traditional numbers aren’t there. He’s managed just seven sacks over the last two seasons. But when one considers those were from solely a rotational role behind both Miller and Chubb, who are going to be Denver’s key pieces going forward, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the 49ers to look to get more out of Barrett than the Broncos did.
And he’s certainly going to be a much cheaper option than many of the other players on this list.