Top 30 NFL Free Agents

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Top 30 NFL Free Agents


Top 30 NFL Free Agents

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Top 15 Offensive Free Agents: 

  • Davante Adams: Green Bay Packers

Davante Adams is the top offensive free agent of this cycle and yet may not even hit free agency. The Green Bay Packers have said they would like to get a long-term deal done with Adams which would be estimated at around $25,000,000 a year to make him the highest-paid wide receiver. If that doesn’t work they also have the franchise tag option. Yet if Adams somehow does test the free agency market, a team will be getting a true number one receiver who has accumulated 7,192 receiving yards, 69 touchdowns, and is extremely reliable. 

  • Terron Armstead: New Orleans Saints

With offensive line a widespread need around the NFL, Terron Armstead is set for a free agency period where he is highly sought after. Despite never having played a full season, Armstead is still one of the best-left tackles in the league. He is a dominant pass-blocker and can help in both a zone or gap run scheme. Armstead’s value will be right around $20,000,000 a year and given the Saints current cap situation and other positions they need to address they likely won’t be able to bring him back. A three-time Pro Bowler like Armstead won’t be on the market for long in this cycle. 

  • Rob Gronkowski: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Despite saying early on that he didn’t want to play with another quarterback other than Tom Brady. Gronkowski hasn’t retired yet though and has mentioned he wouldn’t mind playing with Joe Burrow. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have plenty of free agents they will have to figure out contracts with, including a vacant quarterback spot. With Gronkowski entering the later portion of his career he won’t want to play for a rookie or backup quarterback. Despite missing part of the season with a rib injury, Gronkowski still put up 918 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. With Gronkowski’s large catch radius and blocking ability, he can still be the player we saw in his prime.

  • Allen Robinson: Chicago Bears

After back-to-back 1,000 receiving yard seasons, the Chicago Bears decided to franchise tag Robinson before the 2021 season. Except they barely used him, he was only targeted 66 times and hauled in only 38 passes for 410 yards. He may not have elite speed but he has been mostly reliable and can be a great number one receiver in contested catch scenarios. There is a chance this new Bears regime could convince Robinson to come back, but with being 28 it’s more likely he takes a discount to go and compete for a Super Bowl contender.

  • Leonard Fournette: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Leonard Fournette went on to have success with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well. After an impressive season in 2020, the Buccaneers brought him back on a one-year prove-it deal which he did again with 812 rushing yards, 454 receiving yards, and 10 total touchdowns. After another strong season, it should be expected that Fournette will be a top running back that teams try to sign for around $10,000,000 per year. Fournette has only had two fumbles over his career and has shown that he can win with his powerful running style. 

  • Odell Beckham Jr.: Los Angeles Rams

After seeing the best season of his career in a long time, Odell Beckham Jr. will more than likely be staying in Los Angeles. Beckham was a key player that helped the Rams get to and win the Super Bowl and the Rams valued him heavily. Beckham also ended up suffering an ACL injury during the Super Bowl which will make his timetable for return unclear at the moment. This also means teams could be uncertain to sign him based on him not being ready until after the season starts. The Rams on the other hand already know how Beckham fits in their system and Beckham himself already said he would take a discount to stay with the team. He still makes this list though on the small chance he doesn’t get a deal done with the Rams. 

  • Chris Godwin: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Chris Godwin is going to be coming off of a torn ACL and MCL as well as a season where he was franchise tagged. The Buccaneers could retain Godwin on another franchise tag as if he tried to hit the market teams may be wary about if he’ll be fully recovered in time. This could also go in the Buccaneers favor to re-sign him for a longer contract around the $16,000,000 per year range just due to teams being uncertain about his injury timeline. Before his injury, Godwin put together a 2021 season where he had 1,103 receiving yards and five touchdowns over 98 receptions. It would be ideal for the Buccaneers to keep him with Mike Evans to make things easier for whoever fills their quarterback spot. 

  • Ryan Jensen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The center position is a strongly sought-after one as everything from running the ball to passing the ball starts with them playing well. Jensen does just that and has been a crucial player on the Buccaneers offensive line. Since coming to the Buccaneers in 2018 he has not missed a game and has played over 4,000 snaps. He is reliable and would be able to fit on any offense that needs him to right away. He is 30 now, and when it comes to market value teams usually don’t have to pay much for centers. Given the fact Jensen will probably want to go to a team with a star quarterback with a chance to win another Super Bowl, a team should be able to sign him to a one or two year deal around $13,000,000 per year. 

  • Orlando Brown: Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs traded first-round picks to acquire Orlando Brown and given his performance it would be hard to imagine they let him go. In pass protection he is very fluid in his movements and did a great job of protecting Patrick Mahomes. Brown’s 350-pound frame makes him almost impossible to win against and he was a key in helping the run game too. Again there are plenty of offensive line needy teams that would love to have a guy like Brown on their line. The Chiefs know this as well and will most likely get an extensive contract done for Brown to become their franchise left tackle. 

  • Christian Kirk: Arizona Cardinals

Christian Kirk has been overshadowed on the Arizona Cardinals with receivers like Larry Fitzgerald and DeAndre Hopkins. That doesn’t take away from the fact that he is still a top slot receiver in the NFL accumulating 2,902 yards, 17 touchdowns over 236 receptions in his first four seasons. Kirk also turned into Kyler Murray’s favorite downfield threat in 2021 as he had an average depth of target of 11.6 yards. Kirk being just 25 years old is just entering the prime of his career and will be in the market for an annual salary of $11,900,000. The Cardinals would have to free up cap space to keep Kirk on the team and while they can, Kirk may want a change of scenery to see if he can be fully maximized in a new offensive scheme. 

  • Cordarrelle Patterson: Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons finally figured out how to unlock the true potential in Cordarrelle Patterson. He wasn’t just a running back, but instead he also played a pivotal role in the passing game, as a returner, and the team’s fifth-string safety. Having someone as versatile as Patterson on their team is essential as the NFL evolves. He may be 30 years old but his on-field performance did not reflect it as he had 153 rushing attempts for 618 yards, 52 receptions for 548 yards, and 11 total touchdowns. The Falcons could potentially bring him back by adjusting their cap space because after this last season where he agreed to a $3,000,000 contract, Patterson will most likely want a slight boost in pay. If they can’t, Patterson would have to decide if another team would be able to maximize his versatility. 

  • Mike Williams: Los Angeles Chargers

Mike Williams enjoyed a breakout season with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2021. Williams had 76 receptions for 1,146 yards and nine touchdowns as he and quarterback Justin Herbert started to build a strong connection. With that, it is hard to see the Chargers letting Williams go as they need to keep core pieces around Herbert all while still adding depth to the wide receiver position. There are plenty of wide receiver needy teams that would love to sign Williams with the physicality and skill set he brings to a team if he doesn’t return to the Chargers. The market value for Williams is right around $16,700,000, and while the Chargers have 20 free agents to address they also are projected to have around $77,000,000 in cap space to work with. 

  • Dalton Schultz: Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have two options for the franchise tag, Randy Gregory or Dalton Schultz. In his first few seasons Schultz was used primarily as a blocker, but these past two seasons he has turned into a top safety target for Dak Prescott accumulating 141 receptions for 1,423 yards and 12 touchdowns. While the Cowboys would like to keep Schultz they also have 21 players set to hit free agency and will have to make some decisions. Schultz is an all-around tight end the team would like to still have for Prescott because if he hits the market he may not be a free agent for long given that his value is right around the $12,600,000 per year range.  

  • Jameis Winston: New Orleans Saints

Given the outlook of the rest of the quarterback free-agent market in 2021, Jameis Winston is at the top for this position. Winston suffered an ACL injury during the middle of the 2021 season but has shown massive improvements in his recovery and should be ready for the start of the season and even training camp. He finally had an NFL season where he did not have double-digit interceptions and instead only had three. He has what teams look for in quarterbacks and that is the ability to attack the ball downfield while also being able to pick up yards with his legs. Winston will most likely end up on another one-year deal around $9,000,000 to prove he can be consistent. 

  • Zach Ertz: Arizona Cardinals 

After being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles, Zach Ertz experienced a resurgence in production with the Arizona Cardinals. Ertz still proved he can be a starting tight end as after he was traded he caught 56 passes for 574 yards and three touchdowns in just 11games. Ertz is another tight end who provides value as a pass blocker as well. He has come out and said he would like to stay with the Cardinals and the Cardinals should make it a priority to bring him back. For Ertz, his contract would be around the $10,000,000 per year mark. 


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