The Bills were more active than expected last offseason, signing safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer to multiyear deals and seeing instant results. Their cap situation this March will depend on whether quarterback Tyrod Taylor is kept, traded or released, but there is a potential for Buffalo to have $40 million or more in cap space.
The Wizards are 7-2 since John Wall went down with a knee injury at the end of January, and Beal has gotten a blitz of defensive attention in that span. His scoring (21.8 points) and shooting (45.5 percent from the field) have dipped without Wall, but he is averaging 6.4 assists and has done a nice job covering for the lack of a true playmaker.
Washington misses Wall, of course, but Beal has softened the blow and kept the team in position for one of the top seeds in the East.
Drummond has fixed the glaring holes in his game, working on his ability to pass out of the post and racking up 3.6 assists per game, which is up considerably from his 0.7 career average before this year.
But the biggest change has been the foul shooting, which is up to 62.5 percent for the year after he made only 38.6 percent last year. That’s allowed the Pistons to leave him on the floor in late-game situations. He’s scoring 15.1 points per game and leading the league with 15.7 rebounds.
As arguably the most popular and most requested player in all of sports, Curry is generous with his time. After every pregame workout routine, he signs close to 100 autographs before heading back into the locker room. He also meets with young fans who are sick and wish to have a conversation with the star.
NFL free agency in 2018 won’t open for business until the new league year kicks off at 4 p.m. ET on March 14. But in the next month-plus, teams will hope to reach terms on long-term extensions with the free agents they would like to keep for next season and beyond.
Still, many quality players who are too expensive for their teams’ salary caps or have rising/declining value will hit the market.
NFL teams between Feb. 20 and March 6 also will need to decide which (if any) unrestricted free agents on whom to use the franchise tag, which tenders a player at a lucrative one-year guaranteed salary in line with the best-paid players at his position.