Avery Williamson is likely the least known player on this shortlist, but trust me when I tell you he’s a stud and has been since coming into the league back in 2014.
After spending his first four years in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, Williamson signed a three-year deal worth $22.5 million with the New York Jets in 2018. The deal appeared to be well worth the investment, as he recorded a career-high 120 tackles to go along with three sacks and an interception. It was a fine season and the Jets very excited about pairing him with 2019 splash Free Agency signing C.J. Mosley.
Unfortunately for them, Williamson tore his ACL during the preseason and subsequently missed the entirety of the 2019 season. Now, New York has to decide if they want to keep both Williamson and Mosley under contract in 2020. They have the cap space to do so, but cutting Williamson gives the team $6.5 million back in cap space which can be used to upgrade the roster elsewhere.
Should the Jets cut ties with Williamson, the Baltimore Ravens would be more than happy to swipe him up.
Williamson is averaging nearly 100 tackles and three sacks season and is a sideline-to-sideline kind of linebacker. Baltimore could lose their top-three linebackers this offseason, but Williamson would be the best of the bunch even if all three came back. If he’s available, the Ravens should inquire about his services.