He is too expensive for his return in production and will be cut.
Stewart averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry in 2017, and the 10-year Panther will turn 31 in March. His saving grace might end up being his nose for the end zone (7 more TDs) and more sentimentality from the team. This feels 50-50. We say he stays, as the team might trim center Ryan Kail and defensive end Charles Johnson for bigger savings, instead.
OK, Crabtree technically has never been to a Pro Bowl, but as a 2016 alternate, he has the feel of these other guys. Although he matched his 2016 TD catch mark with 8 more in ’17, Crabtree saw his catches (89 to 58) and yards (1,003 to 618) decrease dramatically. He also contributed to some team dysfunction issues. He won’t be part of the second Gruden era in Oakland.
Sammy Watkins, WR* Headed to: Kansas City Chiefs | Age: 25 News: Sammy Watkins headed to Kansas City Teicher: Watkins provides another playmaker After a 1,047-yard season for the Bills in 2015, Watkins combined for 1,023 receiving yards over the next two years for the Bills and Rams.
In other words, his career arc moved in the wrong direction as free agency approached.
But his size (6-foot-1, 211 pounds) and efficiency (eight touchdowns on 39 receptions last season) will intrigue some shoppers.
Dontari Poe, DT* Headed to: Carolina Panthers | Age: 28 News: Dontari Poe leaves Falcons, reaches deal with Panthers Poe proved reliable, if nothing else, after signing a one-year deal with the Falcons.
He was on the field for 745 snaps, the second most on the Falcons’ defensive line, and started all 16 games.
Mitchell bounced around several teams before landing with the Chiefs, as current Browns general manager John Dorsey snapped him up in 2016.
Mitchell showed more than the Chiefs could have expected in 2016, but he was torched for stretches in 2017 and benched more than once.
By the time the playoffs rolled around, Mitchell played zero defensive snaps so the Chiefs could run a visibly disinterested Darrelle Revis out at corner alongside Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson.
Mitchell also got a three-year, $12 million deal, presumably out of fear that the Browns wouldn’t be able to use one of their 10 draft picks on a player better than the Oregon product.