TheRisen999 Posted January 24 Share Posted January 24 (edited) I saw someone say the free agency pool for this coming season wasn’t deep so I decided to look.. ehh, I’d say there are plenty of options to fill our areas of need. These are just the top guys.. We know Terry is going to be flipping over stones to find gems too. The Ravens are keeping Jackson so I’ll say top 50 The list of NFL quarterbacks headed for free agency in 2023 is long. The list of wide receivers, offensive linemen and cornerbacks is short. In general, this is a shallow crop of free agents at the top, but plenty of starters will hit the open market. I can't remember there ever being such a small gap between No. 10 on the board and No. 50. Much will change between now and March -- three of the players I would have ranked in my top 30 (Elgton Jenkins, Jack Conklin and J.J. Watt) werere-signed or announced plans to retire in the last week alone. Expect a lot of movement as the regular season winds down. In the meantime, here are my top 51 players. NOTES: Players are listed with current teams. Each player's listed age represents how old he will be on Sept. 1, 2023, around when the next NFL season is poised to kick off. These rankings are not a prediction of how much money each player will get, but rather how much I'd want someone at market value. Rank 2 Roquan Smith Baltimore Ravens · LB · Age: 26 Jackson's contract situation puts greater pressure on the Ravens to sign Smith before free agency. A great player in Chicago over the previous four seasons, the do-it-all linebacker has gone to another level in Baltimore since being traded there. EDITOR'S UPDATE: Smith and the Ravens have agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract that includes $45 million fully guaranteed and $60 million in total guarantees, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Rank 3 Geno Smith Seattle Seahawks · QB · Age: 32 While Geno's play has leveled off following his hot start to the 2022 season, it's only declined to the level of league-average starting quarterback who can't overcome poor surroundings. Pro Bowl quarterbacks with quality years left don't come available often. Rank 4 Javon Hargrave Philadelphia Eagles · DT · Age: 30 Undervalued in free agency in 2020, when he signed a three-year, $39 million deal with the Eagles, Hargrave could get bigger money this time after back-to-back monster seasons (17.5 sacks combined). Rank 5 Orlando Brown Kansas City Chiefs · OT · Age: 27 I'm not sure if left tackle is Brown's best position, but an above-average starter with great physical traits will get paid, even if Chiefs fans haven't always loved Brown. Kansas City offered Brown, who has played this season on the franchise tag, a big contract last offseason and figures to do the same again. Rank 6 Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers · QB · Age: 46 For most of this season, Brady has played like a guy who would still excel if surrounded by the right coaching and pieces. The stretch run (7:7 TD-to-INT ratio since Week 13) has been cause for concern. Rank 7 Chauncey Gardner-Johnson Philadelphia Eagles · S · Age: 25 NFL general managers won't value an undersized slot corner/safety as highly as I do here, but Gardner-Johnson (eligible to return in Week 17 after going to injured reserve with a lacerated kidney suffered in Week 12) is a dog who is perfect for any secondary in this era. Rank 8 James Bradberry Philadelphia Eagles · CB · Age: 30 Available for too long after being released by the Giants last offseason, Bradberry signed a prove-it deal with the Eagles. He proved in Philadelphia that he's a top-shelf corner when on his game. Rank 9 Saquon Barkley New York Giants · RB · Age: 26 A running back with Barkley's receiving chops must be game-planned against. That has value, even if Barkley won't get the kind of money bound for some of the players below. Rank 10 Daron Payne Washington Commanders · DT · Age: 26 A plug-and-play, quality starter who has improved as a pass rusher and doesn't need to come off the field much. Rank 11 Jessie Bates Cincinnati Bengals · S · Age: 26 Bates, playing on the franchise tag, is likely out of Cincinnati after the Bengals drafted his replacement (Daxton Hill) in Round 1 last year. Bates might have greater value to a team that plays more single-high safety, although there are fewer of those teams every year. Rank 12 Odell Beckham Free agent · WR · Age: 30 The two ACL tears Beckham has suffered since 2020 make it hard to assess his value as a player, especially in light of the Cowboys' hesitation to sign him this year without seeing him work out. Then again, he's the most dynamic receiver available in a thin market where everyone is looking for wideouts. Rank 13 Mike McGlinchey San Francisco 49ers · OT · Age: 28 It helps McGlinchey that nearly half the league is running a version of Kyle Shanahan's offense, in which the veteran has ably performed for 4,300 snaps since being drafted ninth overall in 2018 to play right tackle. The recent deals given to Jack Conklin and Elgton Jenkins made the O-line market even thinner. Rank 14 Daniel Jones New York Giants · QB · Age: 26 It would be fascinating to see Jones operate with consistent pass protection and better weapons. He's shown this season he can limit mistakes and play efficient football. The deep quarterback market, however, could hurt his earning power. Rank 15 Dre'Mont Jones Denver Broncos · DT · Age: 26 He was in the top 20 in pressures among defensive tackles last year, according to Pro Football Focus, and was tied for fifth this season before suffering a hip injury in Week 14 that sent him to injured reserve. Rank 16 JuJu Smith-Schuster Kansas City Chiefs · WR · Age: 26 Still just 26 years old, Smith-Schuster has great career production as a possession receiver who adds a physical run-after-catch element to any offense. Rank 17 Jamel Dean Tampa Bay Buccaneers · CB · Age: 26 He's probably been the Bucs' most consistent cornerback this season. While he doesn't have the physical skills of his teammate Carlton Davis, he's a young starting cornerback, and a contract similar to what Davis received in 2022 (three years, $45 million) would make sense. Rank 18 Jakobi Meyers New England Patriots · WR · Age: 26 Meyers is somewhere between a solid No. 2 receiver and a perfect No. 3, able to win on the inside and outside with crisp routes. He'd fit in any offense. Rank 19 Zach Allen Arizona Cardinals · DL · Age: 26 Few players made themselves more money in 2022. In Year 4 with the Cardinals, Allen went from a quality innings-eater to a true ascending difference-maker who can play in any gap. Rank 20 Tony Pollard Dallas Cowboys · RB · Age: 26 Pollard is a weapon. One of the most effective per-touch running backs in football the last two years, he'd add juice to any offense. Rank 21 Josh Jacobs Las Vegas Raiders · RB · Age: 25 Jacobs' breakout season in 2022 comes with a minor red flag because of his heavy usage (he's logged a career-high 353 touches through Week 16). But Jacobs has been durable as a pro, is excellent in the passing game and nearly always makes the first defender miss. Rank 22 Marcus Davenport New Orleans Saints · Edge · Age: 26 Pressure is production. Davenport creates pressure with a power game that is only ranked this low because he struggles to finish plays or play more than 500 snaps. Rank 23 Evan Engram Jacksonville Jaguars · TE · Age: 28 It's amazing how much Engram's career has been helped by having a coach who knows what the explosive tight end does well. He's been durable, with nearly 200 receptions over the last three years. Rank 24 Jordan Poyer Buffalo Bills · S · Age: 32 Could Poyer get better in his 30s like Devin McCourty? He seemed to show that he will in 2022, posting one of his best seasons. Rank 25 David Long Tennessee Titans · LB · Age: 26 A December hamstring injury won't erase Long's breakout season as one of the most dynamic off-ball linebackers in football. Every team needs a dude who can stay on the field for all three downs. Rank 26 Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco 49ers · QB · Age: 31 Jimmy G was playing his best ball since 2017 this season, but the foot injury that knocked him out in early December is an example of the kind of long-term viability issues that led Kyle Shanahan to draft Trey Lance in the first place. Rank 27 Cameron Sutton Pittsburgh Steelers · CB · Age: 28 An improving starting cornerback with plenty of experience is rare in this market. Rank 28 Lavonte David Tampa Bay Buccaneers · LB · Age: 33 The only reason he’s not in the top 10 on this list is his age, and the idea that he has more value in Tampa than anywhere else. His play remains elite. Rank 29 Dalton Schultz Dallas Cowboys · TE · Age: 27 Although Schultz’s production declined this season, he’s a quality starting tight end who can play in-line, in the slot and out wide. The Cowboys essentially chose to tag Schultz over keeping Amari Cooper last year. Rank 30 Dalvin Tomlinson Minnesota Vikings · DE · Age: 29 Sign me up for any 328-pounder who can rush the passer. Rank 31 Yannick Ngakoue Indianapolis Colts · Edge · Age: 28 Ngakoue’s inability to stop the run is why he’s been on five teams in four years, but sacks and QB hits still sell. Rank 32 Mike Gesicki Miami Dolphins · TE · Age: 27 More athletic than his rendition of the Griddy would indicate, Gesicki needs to get back in an offense that uses him like a slot receiver. Rank 33 D.J. Chark Detroit Lions · WR · Age: 26 A lot of teams could use a player like Chark, who can stretch the field. The thin wideout market will help him. Rank 34 Byron Murphy Arizona Cardinals · CB · Age: 25 He played more on the outside this season, which should only help his value, but he can also play in the slot. Rank 35 Brandon Graham Philadelphia Eagles · Edge · Age: 35 The Eagles’ decision to use Graham as a part-time pass rusher paid off in 2022, with the veteran producing incredible per-snap production. He makes for a fine one-year signing. Rank 36 Tremaine Edmunds Buffalo Bills · LB · Age: 25 Throughout his up-and-down Bills tenure, Edmunds never lacked for energy. He improved his coverage skills and has had way fewer breakdowns in 2022. Rank 37 Ben Powers Baltimore Ravens · OG · Age: 26 Powers went from a position battle in training camp to one of the most consistent interior lineman in football. Will other teams think he was a product of the Ravens' system? Rank 38 Poona Ford Seattle Seahawks · DT · Age: 27 Ford is hitting free agency after a down year. He didn’t appear to fit in Pete Carroll’s new 3-4 scheme, but he’s shown a high level previously as a penetrator. Rank 39 Nate Davis Tennessee Titans · OG · Age: 26 Arguably the Titans' most-reliable lineman, Davis should easily find a starting job. Rank 40 Dalton Risner Denver Broncos · OG · Age: 28 Perhaps best known as the man who pushed Denver backup quarter Brett Rypien on the sidelines during the Broncos' Christmas Day loss to the Rams, Risner has started 61 games at an above-average level overall. Rank 41 Rock Ya-Sin Las Vegas Raiders · CB · Age: 27 Traded from the Colts to the Raiders in exchange for Yannick Ngakoue, Ya-Sin can help out a team that likes to play press-man coverage. Rank 42 Miles Sanders Philadelphia Eagles · RB · Age: 26 He's averaging more that 5 yards per carry for his career and showed in 2022 he can lead a backfield. Rank 43 Vonn Bell Cincinnati Bengals · S · Age: 28 A terrific free-agent signing by the Bengals three years ago, Bell is a tight end stopper. Rank 44 Kaleb McGary Atlanta Falcons · OT · Age: 28 Another player who significantly improved his value in 2022, McGary has developed into a quality starter at right tackle, especially in the running game. Rank 45 Drue Tranquill Los Angeles Chargers · LB · Age: 28 He proved this season he's an every-down player, excelling in coverage and as a blitzer. Rank 46 Arden Key Jacksonville Jaguars · Edge · Age: 27 When Key replaced an injured Travon Walker in the lineup, the Jaguars' pass rush improved. He is a perfect rotational piece for virtually any system. Rank 47 Patrick Peterson Minnesota Vikings · CB · Age: 33 Playing on his second straight one-year contract in as many seasons, Peterson is Minnesota's best cornerback in the 2022 campaign despite his age. Rank 48 Melvin Ingram Miami Dolphins · Edge · Age: 34 Every year I rank Ingram high, no NFL team seems to want him and then he balls out. Even if he goes off-script sometimes, the chaos is worth it. Rank 49 Isaac Seumalo Philadelphia Eagles · OG · Age: 29 He hasn’t always been a starter in Philadelphia, but his run blocking has been a big part of the Eagles' success this year. Rank 50 Jadeveon Clowney Cleveland Browns · Edge · Age: 30 It wouldn’t be a free-agent list without Clowney, still getting pressures after all these years. Rank 51 Mike White New York Jets · QB · Age: 28 I’m just putting White here as a placeholder for all the bridge quarterback options who can change their value. Baker Mayfield, Teddy Bridgewater, Gardner Minshew and Sam Darnold qualify here, too. Edited January 24 by TheRisen999 rounz 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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