The NFL season finished yesterday with the Buccaneers Super Bowl win over the Chiefs. Congratulations to Tampa Bay snapper Zach Triner who, like many snappers, had an usual and indirect path to the NFL. Triner played lacrosse at Siena before transferring to play football at Assumption University and it took a few years to make an NFL roster. Veteran snapper Garrison Sanborn will also get a ring as a member of the Bucs practice squad.
With the Super Bowl in the rearview mirror, the NFL season never really stops, so attention turns to veteran free agency in mid-March and NFL Draft at the end of April.
Before looking at veteran free agency, it is important to review a few more snappers that have signed reserve/future deals as they could impact veteran free agency. For example, Colin Holba and Steven Wirtel each signed deals with the Rams, Christian Kuntz signed with the Steelers and Nick Moore signed with the Ravens.
Moore filled in for one game due to COVID issues impacting Morgan Cox and the Ravens have stated they will not re-sign Cox, who had an exceptional 11-year career in Baltimore. It also appears the Rams may move on from Jake McQuaide. A total of nine snappers have signed future deals to date, almost double the typical number.
Here are the snappers that will become free agents starting in March. Exclusive and restricted free agents have limited ability to move teams if offered a one-year deal or if they sign an extension, while any unrestricted snapper is free to sign elsewhere if not signed before the start of free agency. Prior to free agency, Taybor Pepper signed a new two-year deal with the Niners and avoided becoming a restricted free agent.
EXCLUSIVE (1): Zach Triner (Buccaneers)
RESTRICTED (1) : Trent Sieg (Raiders)
UNRESTRICTED (11): Morgan Cox (Ravens); J.J. Jansen (Panthers); Patrick Scales (Bears); Clark Harris (Bengals); L.P. Ladouceur (Cowboys); Don Muhlbach (Lions); Jon Weeks (Texans); Jake McQuaide (Rams); Casey Kreiter (Giants); Matt Overton (Titans); and Nick Sundberg (Washington)