Here’s a running list of Available 2021 NFL Free Agents broken down by position. We’ll be making changes to the list throughout the offseason as players are signed and released.
2021 NFL Free Agent List
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Top NFL free agents of 2022: Davante Adams likely to hit market
A lot of the top NFL free agents of 2022 will be off the market once the new league year opens next March. Teams will pick up fifth-year player options on rookie deals here soon.
In no way does this mean there won’t be a ton of top-end players available as the NFL salary cap increases in 2022.
Pittsburgh Steelers edge rusher and top-end NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate T.J. Watt was previously our top-ranked free agent before signing a massive extension. He’s been replaced by Davante Adams, who might very well be entering his final season with the Green Bay Packers.
Below, we look at the top-25 NFL free agents of 2022 with updates throughout the year regarding contract status and the like.
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1. Davante Adams, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers
After re-signing one of the top NFL free agents from last spring’s cycle, running back Aaron Jones, and with the Aaron Rodgers’ situation up in the air after the 2021 season, there’s absolutely no telling what the Packers plan to do with Adams. What we do know is that the 28-year-old former Fresno State star is one of the top-three receivers in the game.
Last season saw Adams record 115 receptions for 1,374 yards while hauling in a league-high 18 touchdown catches and coming down with 77% of his targets. Green Bay must think long and hard about an extension before its season starts Sunday or it could face a major quagmire come March.
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2. Orlando Brown Jr., offensive tackle, Kansas City Chiefs
Orlando Brown is one pending star NFL free agent unlikely to hit the open market next March. The young 25-year-old two-time Pro Bowler will now protect Patrick Mahomes‘ blindside with the Kansas City Chiefs after a blockbuster trade during the spring.
It’s a role he performed well in last season with Baltimore after Ronnie Stanley went down with an injury. If the two-time Pro Bowler performs at the same level in front of Mahomes this season, he’s going to demand north of $20 million annually on the open market.
3. Allen Robinson, wide receiver, Chicago Bears
The 28-year-old Robinson’s future in Chicago is in doubt after they placed the franchise tag on him this past offseason. Robinson wants out of dodge. A trade could happen as early as the in-season deadline with Robinson now slated to hit free agency.
If not, we fully expect this Pro Bowl performer to leave the Bears once NFL free agency opens next March. The Penn State product has been stellar over the past two seasons, recording a combined 200 receptions for 2,397 yards with 13 touchdowns.
4. Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers
Early this past offseason, there was some thought given to the idea that Ben Roethlisberger could be playing in another city after the two-time Super Bowl champion spent his first 17 NFL seasons in Pittsburgh. That did not happen after the two sides came to terms on a new contract.
Even then, Big Ben is 39 years old and the Steelers apparently have a starter in waiting, Mason Rudolph. Could this lead to the future Hall of Famer leaving following the 2021 season? We’ve seen stranger things.
5. Von Miller, EDGE, Denver Broncos
After seeing Denver exercise the $18 million option on Miller’s contract for the 2021 season, he’s set to hit the open market next March. There’s been a lot of rumblings that the former Super Bowl MVP might end up closing out his career in another city. Miller, 32, has registered 216 quarterback hits and 106 sacks throughout his decade in the NFL. If he returns healthy this season after missing the 2020 campaign, there’s a good chance he’ll get that last big pay day.
6. Chris Godwin, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Godwin’s situation is a bit different than the aforementioned Allen Robinson. He helped lead Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl title last season and saw the franchise tag placed on him during the offseason. However, there’s no rift between the star receiver and his organization.
In no way does that mean the Buccaneers are going to be able to retain the 25-year-old Pro Bowler beyond the 2021 campaign. Over the course of the past three seasons, Godwin is averaging 70 receptions for north of 1,000 yards and nearly eight touchdowns. If he hits NFL free agency, the Penn State product will receive $20 million annually — at the very least.
7. Brandon Scherff, guard, Washington Football Team
One of the best NFL free agents of the past two cycles, Scherff didn’t hit the open market either time. Rather, Washington opted to place the franchise tag on him both times — guaranteeing the All-Pro guard north of $33 million combined.
That won’t be the case come 2022. Washington would have to pay him $25 million to franchise the four-time Pro Bowler again. It won’t happen. Once he hits the open market, Scherff will get that long-awaited big-time contract.
8. Mike Gesicki, tight end, Miami Dolphins
A second-round pick back in 2018, it took Gesicki only one year to prove his worth in the NFL. The Penn State product has recorded a combined 104 receptions for 1,273 yards and 11 touchdowns over the past two years. He’s a sure-handed threat at tight end and a plus-level blocker.
That type of dual-threat ability is important in today’s NFL, and has netted similar tight ends huge paydays in the recent past (see Mark Andrews). If he hits the open market, Gesicki will be the next in line.
Related: Are the Miami Dolphins legitimate Super Bowl contenders?
9. JuJu Smith-Schuster, wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
It was an absolute shock to see Smith-Schuster have to settle for a one-year, $8 million contract to return to the Steelers during the offseason. While the USC product struggled back in 2019 without Ben Roethlisberger in the mix, he was among the best possession receivers in the NFL in 2020 — recording 97 receptions and catching 76% of his targets.
Still only 24, Smith-Schuster is banking on himself in 2021. Should he perform up to expectations, he will be among the highest-paid NFL free agents come March of 2022.
10. Tyrann Matthieu, safety, Kansas City Chiefs
“Honey Badger,” as he is known, is among the best ball hawks in the entire NFL. In two seasons with the Chiefs after being a surprise release of the Arizona Cardinals, this former LSU standout has dominated.
He’s earned an All-Pro appearance each year, tallying a combined 21 passes defended and 10 interceptions. Shockingly, Mathieu is still only 29-year-old. This could lead to an absolutely huge payday on the NFL free agent market next March. The recent Jamal Adams extension adds another layer to this.
11. Terron Armstead, offensive tackle, New Orleans Saints
A small-school product from Arkansas-Pine Bluff back in 2013, Armstead looked the part of a franchise left tackle out of the gate. He’s been a full-time starter since his sophomore campaign and is coming off three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances as Drew Brees’ blindside protector.
If Armstead is able to continue at this level protecting Jameis Winstonin 2021, he’s looking at north of $20 million annually as one of the top NFL free agents next March. That’s not even in question.
12. Chandler Jones, EDGE, Arizona Cardinals
Prior to missing all but five games a season ago, the 31-year-old Jones was right up there with new teammate J.J. Watt as the most-productive pass rusher in the game. From his rookie season of 2012 to 2019, this former first-round pick recorded a combined 162 quarterback hits, 105 tackles for loss, 96 sacks and a whopping 27 forced fumbles.
If Jones is able to recapture this with Watt as his running partner in the desert this season, he’s going to get that one final payday next March. Take that to the bank.
13. Jameis Winston, quarterback, New Orleans Saints
A lot of the talk in New Orleans during the offseason surrounded the likelihood that Taysom Hill replaces the aforementioned Brees under center with the Saints in 2021. That didn’t come to fruition after Winston outplayed him during the preseason.
The former Pro Bowler and No. 1 overall pick will now have an ability to prove himself as a starter-caliber quarterback heading into free agency. With the Saints’ coaching and skill-position talent on offense, I wouldn’t put it past Winston to have a career-best season.
14. Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, New England Patriots
The NFL Defensive Player of the Year back in 2019, Gilmore regressed a tad last season. He recorded just three passes defended and an interception in 11 games.
Gilmore also yielded a 90-plus quarterback rating when targeted. Even then, we’re talking about a two-time All-Pro performer who has more left in the tank. In what is a weak class at cornerback, Gilmore will be one of those NFL free agents to get paid next March as long as he returns from his current stint on injured reserve and performs well.
15. Jessie Bates, safety, Cincinnati Bengals
A second-round pick out of Wake Forest back in 2018, Bates has started all 48 games in three seasons with the Bengals. He’s recorded 100-plus tackles each season and a whopping 31 passes defended during that span.
According to Pro Football Focus, Bates had the highest grade among all NFL safeties a season ago. He’s still only 24 years old and plays centerfield in the Bengals’ defense. If they are unable to extend him this offseason or refuse to place the franchise tag on the youngster next March, Bates will get paid big time on the open market.
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16. Will Fuller, wide receiver, Miami Dolphins
Fuller, 27, was forced to settle for a one-year contract with the Dolphins this past March. That came after he was suspended six games a season ago for violating the NFL’s Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) policy. Despite this, the speedy receiver has an opportunity to increase his market with Tua Tagovailoa tossing him the rock in 2021.
Prior to being suspended in 2020, Fuller was making sweet music with Deshaun Watson. In fact, he recorded 53 receptions for 879 yards and eight touchdowns in just 11 games. If he’s able to perform at this level in South Beach, watch out.
17. Courtland Sutton, wide receiver, Denver Broncos
Despite missing all but one game a season ago with a torn ACL, Sutton remains one of the best young pass-catchers in the league. Back in 2019, the Southern Methodist product recorded a resounding 72 receptions for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns while catching passes from Joe Flacco and Drew Lock.
If Sutton provides that he’s back at 100% this season and performs at the same level, he’ll ascend our NFL free agent rankings big time moving forward. A lot of that will depend on the performance of Teddy Bridgewater under center in Denver.
18. Marshon Lattimore, cornerback, New Orleans Saints
The former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and three-time Pro Bowler struggled to an extent this past season — yielding a 92.5 QB rating when targeted. Even then, there’s absolutely no reason to believe the 25-year-old Ohio native won’t cash out big time once free agency opens in March. He has the pedigree and past success to still be considered a shutdown cornerback in the NFL.
19. D.J. Chark, wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars
A second-round pick back in 2018, Chark has more than lived up to expectations in Duval. Over the course of the past two seasons, the LSU product has recorded 126 receptions for 1,714 yards and 13 touchdowns. He should make sweet music with rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence in 2021, leading to a lucrative contract in free agency next March.
20. Wyatt Teller, guard, Cleveland Browns
A fifth-round pick of the Bills back in 2008, Teller struggled in his only season in Western New York. Since latching on with the Browns the following season, he’s morphed into a darn good guard. Back in 2020, the Virginia Tech product started all 11 games in which he appeared — finishing as the eighth-best guard in the NFL per Pro Football Focus metrics.
21. Michael Gallup, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys
With Amari Cooper playing under a $100 million contract and youngster CeeDee Lamb showing out, it’s likely this will be the final season for the 25-year-old Gallup in Big D. If so, some team is going to get an absolute steal once NFL free agency opens in March. The Colorado State product has recorded a combined 125 receptions for 1,950 yards and 11 touchdowns over the past two seasons.
22. Duane Brown, offensive tackle, Seattle Seahawks
A four-time Pro Bowler, Brown might be a bit long on the tooth at 35 years old, but he continues to play at a high level when on the field. It has led to the veteran left tackle demanding a contract extension from Seattle. Should that not come to fruition, some team will pay him a nice annual salary on a short-term contract come March.
23. Evan Engram, tight end, New York Giants
A Pro Bowl performer back in 2020, Engram’s career has been up and down. The former first-round pick jumped on to the scene as a rookie back in 2017, recording 64 receptions for 722 yards, before struggling the next two seasons. Engram, 26, then picked it up last season. He has the athleticism and tools to be a dominating tight end. Should the Mississippi product continue his ascension in 2021, he’ll be a highly sought-after NFL free agent.
24. Jamison Crowder, wide receiver, New York Jets
One of the better slot receivers in the game, the 28-year-old Crowder is averaging 60 receptions for 711 yards and five touchdowns over the past five seasons. During that span, he’s caught an eye-opening 65% of his targets. Should Crowder show out with rookie Zach Wilson tossing him the rock in 2021, he’ll get paid next spring.
25. Brandon Williams, defensive tackle, Baltimore Ravens
Brandon Williams is among the best run-stuffing defensive tackles in the NFL. Not just that, he’s played a huge role in opening up pass-rush lanes for Baltimore’s edge rushers. With that said, the 32-year-old Pro Bowler might be limited by scheme. He can only perform in a 3-4 defense, potentially limiting his options come March.
The best of the rest: Top NFL free agents by position
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington Football Team
- Andy Dalton, Chicago Bears
- Tyrod Taylor, Houston Texans
- Marcus Mariota, Las Vegas Raiders
- Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints
- Cam Newton, free agent
- Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos
- Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- David Johnson, Houston Texans
- Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
- Robert Tonyan Jr., Green Bay Packers
- Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
- Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons
- David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
- O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- A.J. Green, Arizona Cardinals
- Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
- Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts
- Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
- Braden Smith, Indianapolis Colts
- David DeCastro, free agent
- Eric Fisher, Indianapolis Colts
- Cam Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Laken Tomlinson, San Francisco 49ers
- Haason Reddick, Carolina Panthers
- Jason Pierre-Paul, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Akiem Hicks, Chicago Bears
- Calais Campbell, Baltimore Ravens
- Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles
- Jayon Brown, Tennessee Titans
- Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys
- Jarrad Davis, New York Jets
- Dont’a Hightower, New England Patriots
- Ja’Whaun Bentley, New England Patriots
- Darious Williams, Los Angeles Rams
- Kyle Fuller, Denver Broncos
- Jason Verrett, San Francisco 49ers
- J.C. Jackson, New England Patriots
- Joe Haden, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Marcus Maye, New York Jets
- Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints
- Jimmie Ward, San Francisco 49ers
- Jaquiski Tartt, San Francisco 49ers
- Jabrill Peppers, New York Giants
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2021 NFL Free Agents: Top remaining following the NFL Draft
The NFL free agency “legal tampering window” opened on Monday, March 15, and since then a lot of the best players have been signed. However, following the 2021 NFL Draft, there are still some intriguing free agents available for teams looking to add veteran experience to their rosters. So let’s take a look at the top available free agents still remaining on the market.
Top remaining free-agent quarterbacks in 2021
1) Robert Griffin III, Baltimore Ravens
With Dak Prescott off the market, the QB position lacks star power
After Prescott became the second-highest-paid QB in NFL history, he has left behind a somewhat empty market of QB free agents in 2021. Compared to last offseason, the QB position does not contain any surefire starting talent.
With Alex Smith now retired, the option in terms of free agent QBs got significantly shorter. Smith joins a list that includes Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, and Matt Schaub.
Nick Mullens inked a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. Former Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Blake Bortles joined the Green Bay Packers on a one-year deal worth just over $1 million. Hoyer signed a similar deal to remain with the New England Patriots.
Griffin hasn’t formally retired quite yet, but he’s apparently drawing widespread interest as a television analyst by Fox and ESPN. Blaine Gabbert re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers so he can chase another ring while backing up Tom Brady.
Top remaining NFL free-agent wide receivers in 2021
1) Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
2) Golden Tate, New York Giants
3) Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
4) Dez Bryant, Baltimore Ravens
5) De’Anthony Thomas, Baltimore Ravens
6) Marqise Lee, New England Patriots
Aging veterans remain the top options after biggest names sign
There is little in the way of sure-fire wide receiver talent available. Larry Fitzgerald still hasn’t decided on his future. Tate is still a free agent, as is Jeffery, and neither has made a decision on their future yet. Jeffery has certainly lost a step but could be a veteran presence that is used in a limited or focused role on a team looking to compete.
Westbrook is the most intriguing name on this list. Entering 2020, he was highly thought of as a candidate to have a big season. Westbrook had back-to-back 100 target seasons in 2018 and 2019.
Damiere Byrd joined the Chicago Bears on a one-year deal worth over $1.1 million. Dez Bryant could find himself in a tryout situation as a big slot that could help in the red zone.
Top remaining running backs on the market
1) Latavius Murray, New Orleans Saints
2) Todd Gurley, Atlanta Falcons
3) Adrian Peterson, Detroit Lions
4) Devonta Freeman, New Orleans Saints
5) LeSean McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6) Alfred Morris, New York Giants
Behind Aaron Jones, there are a lot of questions about the running back position in the 2021 NFL free-agent class
The running back position is another intriguing group. Aaron Jones was the clear standout. His decision to remain in Green Bay could remove the only back capable of receiving a deal with an average annual value of more than $10 million a year.
The signing of James Conner by the Cardinals took the last really viable starting RB off the board. Bell recently made waves after commenting on Andy Reid as a coach. Johnson is still a back that can come in with limited touches and create as a pass catcher and as a runner.
The veteran experience of Peterson is likely to see him find a role somewhere. He’s been rumored to both the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants. He’s never needed much spin-up time, so it’s unlikely we see him sign anywhere before the start of training camp. Brian Hill signed a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, taking one of the younger names off the market.
Top available 2021 free-agent tight ends remaining
1) Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts
2) Tyler Eifert, Jacksonville Jaguars
3) MyCole Pruitt, Tennessee Titans
4) Josh Perkins, Philadelphia Eagles
The free-agent TE landscape wiped clean by New England
Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith headlined this group from a talent standpoint and both ended up in New England. The top 2021 NFL free-agent tight ends will team up to give Cam Newton — or perhaps Mac Jones — a unique pair of targets in the middle of the field.
The top three names in Burton, Eifert, and James all provide solid options as backup tight ends. Burton has flashed in the past, and actually has 14 touchdowns and 119 catches over the past four seasons. Eifert had 13 touchdowns in 2015, but that feels like a lifetime ago. Still, he received 60+ targets in the past two seasons.
Like the position itself, the free-agent crop of tight ends has some talent at the top end but lacks depth.
Top available 2021 NFL free-agent offensive line players remaining
1) Russell Okung, Carolina Panthers
2) Kelechi Osemele, Kansas City Chiefs
3) Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs
4) Austin Reiter, Kansas City Chiefs
The offensive line free-agent group is extremely top-heavy in the 2021 NFL offseason
The offensive line group was intriguing when free agency opened, but the majority of the main options are gone. However, following the selection of Teven Jenkins in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bears released Charles Leno Jr. Leno immediately became the top-rated free agent at the position and quickly signed with the Washington Football Team.
The Colts signed offensive tackle Eric Fisher on a one-year deal worth over $8 million. His Achilles’ injury muddles his projection, but he’s off the market. It will be interesting to see where Schwartz eventually ends up. He is still a strong player when healthy. Back injuries are never good, but he can be an upgrade for a team needing protection on the right side.
Best remaining defensive players available
1) Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals
2) Richard Sherman, CB, San Francisco 49ers
3) Damon Harrison, DT, Green Bay Packers
4) Olivier Vernon, EDGE, Cleveland Browns
5) Kawann Short, DT, Carolina Panthers
6) Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Arizona Cardinals
A lot of talented defensive options remain available in the 2021 NFL free-agent class
The defensive group of free agents does not lack talent even this late in the cycle. Atkins and Sherman have both proven to be valuable starters over the course of their career. Harrison was considered one of the best defensive linemen in the league just a couple of seasons ago. Even after a couple of down years, he is still extremely talented and could be a valuable addition.
There are a number of intriguing cornerback and defensive line options among the remainder of the group. Sheldon Richardson ended up returning to the Minnesota Vikings on a one-year deal. Malik Hooker still has intriguing upside, but he hasn’t stayed healthy and has never played at a consistent level in the NFL.
Poole can still start for a team as a slot cornerback and won’t be too expensive, especially this late in the game. Kawaan Short hasn’t played much football recently, but that should not stop teams from seriously considering the 32-year-old defensive tackle. In his last healthy season, he had 3 sacks and 12 tackles for loss on the season. Olivier Vernon had a massive season in 2020, but he ruptured his Achilles’ tendon late in the season.
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Nfl agents top free available
Top remaining NFL free agents at each position: Richard Sherman, Larry Fitzgerald headline big names left
Almost all of this year's top NFL free agents have found new homes or re-signed to familiar ones, but most teams peruse the market all the way through summer and up to the start of the season. Once the draft comes and goes, plenty of squads turn back to the pool of lingering veterans to fill remaining holes and gather competition for training camp.
With that in mind, here's a look at the top remaining free agents at each position (players' previous teams in parentheses):
Others available:Blaine Gabbert (Buccaneers), Robert Griffin III (Ravens)
With former Giants backup Colt McCoyexpected to join the Cardinals as Kyler Murray's No. 2, it's slim pickings at QB. Everyone else is a replacement-level No. 2, if not No. 3.
Others available: Rex Burkhead (Patriots)
You could probably sign three of these guys and make them capable Day One starters. The problem is, you can probably find equal talents in the middle rounds of the draft. Gurley (26) is young but carries medical baggage. The best bets might be the lesser names, like Johnson and Burkhead, as short-term complementary backs.
Others available: Alshon Jeffery (Eagles), Damiere Byrd (Patriots), Dede Westbrook (Jaguars)
Still a few notable names left from a deep free agent WR class. Both Brown and Fitzgerald could be high-floor No. 2s and are best suited for contenders. Tate probably has a little more in the tank than most realize. Otherwise, it's a crapshoot for reserve depth.
Others available: Ricky Seals-Jones (Chiefs), Luke Willson (Jaguars), Jeremy Sprinkle (Washington)
Don't come here looking for a starter. This is a bunch of old or oft-injured vets who, frankly, might stay unsigned into August. Burton is underrated when healthy, and Rodgers finished well in Philly, but there's a reason this crop is still unsigned.
Others available: Jason Peters (Eagles), James Carpenter (Falcons), Bobby Massie (Bears)
The elite blockers are all gone, but if you're desperate for short-term starting experience, you can do a whole lot worse. Schwartz, Fisher and Villanueva would make for decent Day One tackles. Plenty of mid-tier emergency options in this group.
Much like the other spots, we've got a lot of older or oft-injured vets here, albeit with plenty of starting experience. Teams won't want to dip in here until exhausting draft options, but guys like Casey and Peters can still be quality 4-3 DTs or 3-4 DEs.
Others available: Everson Griffen (Lions), Trent Murphy (Bills)
This might be the strongest remaining group of any free-agent position. Each could easily be added as a starter in 2021. Vernon, in particular, probably isn't getting enough love for his return to form.
Others available: L.J. Fort (Ravens), Sean Lee (Cowboys)
The edge rushers offer more upside, but this group isn't bad, either. Wright and Williams are both short-term solutions at 31, but they can start pretty reliably. Younger options Campbell, meanwhile, should certainly be in starting lineups come fall.
Others available: Quinton Dunbar (Seahawks), Gareon Conley (Texans)
If you need a quick fix on the outside, there are plenty of options here. Sherman is a risky bet because of his age and health, but the floor is high if he's healthy. Breeland and Nelson could easily be one-year flyers and give you 14-16 adequate starts.
Others available: Kenny Vaccaro (Titans), Sean Davis (Steelers)
Not a whole lot of certainty here. The best gamble would be Hooker, who has struggled mightily with injuries but flashed play-making ability earlier in his career. If you need an experienced No. 3 or something, this wouldn't be a bad group to pick from.
The top 6 remaining NFL free agents as season begins originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
We are only one game into the 2021 NFL season, but injuries are already in the headlines.
The Baltimore Ravens’ backfield has been hammered, as J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill are all done for the season with knee injuries. In addition, Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters is out for the year with a torn ACL.
As the season goes along, injuries are bound to happen. But that means teams will be keeping an eye on the available free agents to bring in as replacements if needed. The Ravens have already been busy, signing Le’Veon Bell, DeVonta Freeman and Lativius Murray to their practice squad.
Even with the Ravens scooping up those running backs, there are other notable veterans who remain unsigned. Here are some of the top free agents who are still on the market.
Cam Newton, quarterback
Bill Belichick created the biggest story during cut day when the New England Patriots released Cam Newton, making rookie quarterback Mac Jones the starter. Newton started each of the Patriots’ three preseason games, but the team reportedly became frustrated with him after a “misunderstanding” with COVID-19 protocols kept him away from the team for five days last week.
Newton threw eight touchdowns, ran for another 12 and tossed 10 interceptions during his first season in New England, which ended with a 7-9 record. The former NFL MVP could be an enticing option for a team seeking an experienced backup signal caller.
Olivier Vernon, defensive end
Olivier Vernon would have surely been signed this offseason, if not for tearing his Achilles in the final regular-season game with the Cleveland Browns in 2020. As a result, the 30-year-old is without a team to start the season, as he continues to rehab his injury.
Vernon spent time with the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants before being included in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade to the Browns. In two seasons in Cleveland, Vernon racked up 12.5 sacks, including nine last year, playing opposite of Myles Garrett on the D-line. He is a resourceful player when healthy, and could offer a spark late in the season for a team if he recovers in time.
Mitchell Schwartz, offensive tackle
A back injury prior to Week 6 eventually landed Mitchell Schwartz on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the end of November last season. The former Kansas City Chiefs tackle underwent back surgery in February, and the team waived him in March.
Now that he’s on his way to 100% health, he could provide a team with help on the right side of the offensive line. The 32-year-old has been one of the best in the business at right tackle, with a first-team All-Pro selection and three second-team honors. Once he’s cleared, he could be a boost to a team in need of protection from the edge.
Russell Okung, offensive tackle
A first-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks back in the 2010 draft, Russell Okung has bounced around a bit the last few seasons. After six seasons with the Seahawks, Okung has spent the last five with the Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers. Over the last two seasons, he’s only played in 13 games as he’s dealt with injuries.
Okung said in July he’s waiting for a “satisfactory offer”, which clearly did not come to fruition given his free agency status. He made $13.5 million last season with Carolina and his last Pro Bowl season came in 2017, so it's unclear what Okung views his value at. But playing the long game may work in Okung’s favor if a team suffers injuries along the line. It also may provide another opportunity for Okung to invest a contract into Bitcoin, a play that certainly benefited the tackle last season.
Todd Gurley, running back
It has been a long fall from grace for Todd Gurley. He was the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2015, the Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and helped bring the Los Angeles Rams to Super Bowl LIII. But by the 2020 offseason, his knees had diminished his production and he was released by the Rams.
He signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons last year, rushing for a career-low 678 yards and nine touchdowns. The 27-year-old no longer provides the offensive explosiveness he once displayed and certainly will not be able to handle a full workload. But given the rest of the options, if a team is in desperate need for help at running back, it may be worth taking a flier on the former Georgia Bulldog.
Quinton Dunbar, defensive back
It’s been an … eventful year and a half for cornerback Quinton Dunbar. Dunbar started his career with the Washington Football Team, signing as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He had five fairly productive seasons in Washington before being traded to the Seahawks in 2020. That summer, he was arrested for armed robbery and was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. He was reinstated before the beginning of the season, as the charges were dropped. But Dunbar played just six games with Seattle before being shut down with a knee injury.
Dunbar signed with the Detroit Lions in August, but spent less than a week with the team before he was released. He had talks with the Seahawks as well about a return before he signed with Detroit. A return to the Northwest could remain an option, but the 29-year-old may have to look elsewhere for another opportunity.
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