The 28-year-old addressed the topic of retirement at his post- Super Bowl press conference, telling reporters, “I’m definitely going to look at my future, for sure. I’m going to sit down the next couple of weeks and see where I’m at.”
The Raiders have been busy upgrading their defensive back seven with top free agents in linebacker Tahir Whitehead and cornerback Rashaan Melvin. Now defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, formerly of Cincinnati, can go after someone to flank Whitehead and Bruce Irvin on the weak side. Strictly playing-style speaking, Smith is a ferocious, relentless pursuit player in the vein of the Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict.
The Dolphins could go in many directions defensively, but the release of Ndamukong Suh makes tackle a monster need and lines up perfectly with Vea’s value. He’s an explosive player who can be a fixture in Miami’s line rotation for years.
Quarterback: Do we really need to go into detail here? Tyrod Taylor will be No. 29 since 1999. Drew Stanton is in, and DeShone Kizer, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan are out. There’s an opening for that first-round quarterback.
Secondary: The Browns added Green Bay’s Damarious Randall via trade, but the unit needs depth. Cleveland needs to find a few opportunistic defensive backs after finishing 31st in the NFL with just seven interceptions last season.
Offensive line: Hall of Fame tackle Joe Thomas retired, and that leaves a gap to fill that won’t be easy to replace.
What will be extra challenging for Keenum is working with a less talented supporting cast than the one he had with the Vikings. So the onus is on Elway to find some help for a shaky offensive line that allowed 52 sacks last season (third worst in the league) and an aging receiving corps. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are 30 and 31, respectively, and coming off down seasons due in large part to poor quarterback play.