It’s that time of year again, when NFL players are hitting free agency and being linked to various teams. As fans, you want to know if the big name you’ve got your eye on who could really turn your team around this season has a shot of signing with your favorite team, and we’re here to help.
Right now, NFL teams are making moves to free up cap space and prepare for the moves they may make in free agency. Free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 9, with the legal tampering period during which teams can discuss terms with free agents, but not officially sign them, kicking off on March 7.
The Orange are in a similar position to the one they found themselves exactly one year ago, but there are some crucial differences between this team’s profile and the 2016 version. Once again, Syracuse is basing its case on an enviable collection of Top-50 wins, six in 14 tries. While three of those victories came against Top-20 ACC opponents, all of them occurred at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse’s road/neutral record stands at a woeful 2-11 after Thursday’s ACC Tournament loss to Miami.
Just like last season, Syracuse struggled through December, falling to Boston College, Connecticut, Georgetown, and St. John’s. Unlike 2016, however, Jim Boeheim wasn’t suspended during the swoon. That factor and the Orange’s lack of a non-conference win over a team likely in the field dampen Syracuse’s hopes. Remember that last season’s squad defeated both UConn and Texas A&M to win the Battle 4 Atlantis. This season’s best non-conference win came over Monmouth, a team likely headed to the NIT.
While an RPI of 84th would make Syracuse the lowest-ranked team in that metric ever selected as an at-large (destroying its own record of 70th from last season), the Orange will be in if quality wins matter as much the Committee seems to have indicated in February’s selection preview.