SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes provides his opinion on the five most impactful players on the NFL free agency market and why they all deserve big pay days.
Super Bowl LIV was a matchup of NFL franchises which hadn’t won a Lombardi Trophy in quite some time. Of course, the Kansas City Chiefs ended a 50-year wait with their 31-20 victory – extending the dry spell of the San Francisco 49ers, the first team to win five Super Bowls, to 25 years.
There are still a dozen organizations in the league that have never hoisted a Lombardi. And while New England Patriots fans grapple with nearly 400 days without a new ring – sorry, kids – the Niners have joined a list of a half-dozen clubs at least a quarter century removed from Super Sunday glory. (The Dallas Cowboys will boost that figure to seven a year from now if they don’t win Super Bowl LV.)
So who’s closest to a Chiefs-level breakthrough? Let’s rank the “contenders” (most recent title listed in parentheses):
18. Jacksonville Jaguars (never reached Super Bowl): When you’re bleeding core talent like CB Jalen Ramsey, allowing executive VP Tom Coughlin to scare off free agents…