As we approach the opening of free agency, there are likely to be some players who surprisingly end up on the market.
The first one to drop is Chicago Bears guard Josh Sitton, who will surprisingly have his $8 million contract option declined next season, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
It doesn’t appear Sitton is interested in returning to Chicago on a new deal.
“I am planning on playing and hitting free agency and continuing to play at a high level,” Sitton told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “I believe I have prime years left.”
The 31-year-old guard could be a good option for the Vikings as they aim to further improve their offensive line.
Last year, he ranked as Pro Football Focus’s fifth best guard. Throughout his career, the former Packer has been one of the league’s best at his position. Here are his year-by-year grades:
Sitton plays left guard, which would cause the Vikings to shuffle things around. They would have the option to slide Nick Easton over to right guard or move tackle Mike Remmers to the right guard spot, where he played well in Week 17.
If they moved Remmers, that would make Easton as a high quality backup interior lineman and open up the possibility of the Vikings drafting a starting right guard in the draft.
Sitton is not the only quality guard on the market. Carolina’s Andrew Norwell, New York’s Justin Pugh and Kansas City’s Zach Fulton will also be available.