The NFL offseason isn’t far from its official kickoff, just a month and a half away. Free agency and new league year opens on March 15 with the league legal tampering period beginning two days earlier.
Although the biggest prizes might again be available via trade like last year with Aaron Rodgers being on the block in Green Bay, there are still many talented unrestricted free agents set to test the open veteran market.
Some of these key players are bound to be re-signed or franchise-tagged before free agency, but many others will be allowed to find new teams based on their next contract values.
Here’s our look at the best overall unrestricted free agents in the 2023 class and also breaking down the top players by position:
NFL free agency 2023: Ranking the top 50 players
1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens (age: 26) (franchise-tagged at $32.4 million)
The Ravens would like to keep the dynamic dual threat one-time MVP QB but they must give in to specific terms, value and guaranteed money Jackson’s camp should think he’s worth. A tag-and-trade scenario is also in play.
2. Kaleb McGary, OT, Falcons (age: 27)
McGary had a dominant run-blocking season in his big breakout for Atlanta and should command top-market value at right tackle should the team not keep him.
3. Daniel Jones, QB, Giants (age: 25) (re-signed for 4 years, $160 mllion)
The Giants need to decide how much Jones is worth ($30 million range or up to $40 million) after not picking up his fifth-year option ahead of his best NFL season. Jones found his passing and running groove despite limited weapons under the strong offensive-minded combination of Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka. New York is likely to still lock him up long-term, but it’s not a given.
4. Jason Kelce, C, Eagles (age: 35) (returning to Eagles)
There’s a chance, depending on the outcome of Super Bowl 57 playing opposite his tight end brother Travis, that this Kelce may retire. If he doesn’t, he can still anchor the middle of a line at a high level.
5. Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders (age: 24) (franchise-tagged at $10.09 million)
Jacobs won the rushing title with 1,653 yards and also led the league with 393 touches and 2,053 yards. He is a rare special workhorse still with limited wear and there’s a good chance he stays in Las Vegas to keep thriving in Josh McDaniels’ offense.
6. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Vikings (age: 28)
Tomlinson is one of the league’s most disruptive interior pass rushers and he’s also a solid force against the run.
7. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders (age: 31) (signed with Saints for 4 years, $130 million)
Carr had an unceremonious end to his long tenure in Oakland and Las Vegas but remains an above-average starter in the league dependent on some good pieces around him. He is efficient, but the concern is his lack of aggressiveness in using his downfield arm when throws aren’t “safe.”
8. Jessie Bates III, S, Bengals (age: 25)
Bates is an excellent run-stopping safety who won’t return to Cincinnati after being franchise-tagged in 2023. He is also is pretty reliable making plays in coverage.
9. Geno Smith, QB, Seahawks (age: 32) (re-signed for 3 years, $105 million)
Smith had a Comeback Player of the Year season being elevated to replace Russell Wilson from journeyman backup status. The Seahawks would like to bring him back on a reasonable contract, but it also might have him bridge the position for a rookie.
10. Javon Hargrave, DT, Eagles (age: 29) (signed by 49ers for 4 years, $84 million)
Hargrave’s job is to get upfield and get to the quarterback with inside pressure and he’s done it well for three seasons in Philadelphia, highlighted by his career 11 sacks.
11. Bobby Wagner, LB, Rams (age: 32)
Wagner had a big first and only season in Los Angeles after coming down from rival Seattle. He remains an elite run defender but is also very active vs. the pass.
12. Lavonte David, ILB, Buccaneers (age: 33)
David is near the end of his career as a well-rounded playmaker but he can still provide plenty of pop vs. run and pass with savvy leadership to go with it.
13. Orlando Brown Jr., OT, Chiefs (age: 26)
Brown is sometimes up-and-down with his play but he still grades out as a sound left tackle in front of Patrick Mahomes.
14. Isaac Seumalo, G, Eagles (age: 29)
Seumalo is another strong interior piece of Philadelphia’s league best offensive line with pass protection being his best asset.
15. Ethan Pocic, C, Browns (age: 27)
Pocic has been solid in every capacity coming over from the Seahawks replacing J.C. Tretter.
16. Brandon Graham, EDGE, Eagles (age: 34) (re-signed for 1 year, $6 million)
Graham has come back from a 2021 season lost to injury to post some his best play from his long career, including a career-high 11 sacks.
17. Jimmie Ward, S, 49ers (age: 31)
Ward can sometimes be a liability in coverage and doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher but he still plays like an active linebacker vs. the run.
18. Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants (age: 25) (franchise-tagged at $10.09 million)
Barkley had an important explosive and healthy season as their workhorse and the Giants are working to keep him as one focal point of the new offense.
19. James Bradberry, CB, Eagles (age: 29)
Bradberry was a great pickup opposite Darius Slay as he found his shutdown and ballhawking groove in coverage again.
20. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Bills (age: 24)
Edmunds’ calling card remains his work in the passing game, where he can have a huge impact both in coverage and on the pass rush.
21. Jamel Dean, CB, Buccaneers (age: 26)
Dean (6-1, 206 pounds) uses his size well with physical coverage and also can provide great run support
22. Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys (age: 26) (franchise-tagged at $10.09 million)
Pollard had a fantastic all-around season with his explosiveness, power and receiving that unfortunately ended with him breaking his left fibula in the playoffs. There’s a chance he explores free agency with Ezekiel Elliott set to return.
23. Jonathan Jones, CB, Patriots (age: 29) (re-signed for 2 years, $20 million)
Jones is a steady, savvy cover man who sometimes can be spectacular making plays on the ball.
24. Dalton Schultz, TE, Cowboys (age: 26)
Schultz played on the franchise tag as a key target for Dak Precott, especially in the red zone, but the team should make him available given it can be OK with Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot.
25. Ryan Neal, S, Seahawks (age: 27)
Neal had an outstanding overall season in which he covered well despite being tested a lot and also delivered against the run.
26. Isaiah Oliver, CB, Falcons (age: 26)
Oliver gave the Falcons some reliable corner play in every capacity to complement A.J. Terrell well in 2022.
27. Mike McGlinchey, OT, 49ers (age: 28) (signed by Broncos for 5 years, $87.5 million)
McGlinchey remains a rock of a run blocker who fares well with his athleticism for Kyle Shanahan.28. T.J. Edwards, LB, Eagles (age: 26) (signed with Bears for 3 years)
Edwards shored up a consistent weakness well with his best season, cleaning up well with his upfield play vs. run and pass but also being pretty solid in coverage.
29. Daron Payne, DT, Commanders (age: 25) (re-signed for 4 years, $90 million)
Payne produced 12 sacks working with Jonathan Allen but that’s balanced out by him being a poor run stuffer at a still young stage of his career.
30. Drue Tranquill, LB, Chargers (age: 27)
Tranqulll is another player that doesn’t hold up well against the run but makes up for it as an active effective blitzer and very rangy cover man.
31. Conner McGovern, C, Jets (age: 29)
McCovern, not to be confused with the same-named Cowboys guard, is a plug-and-play athletic starter in the middle.
32. Patrick Peterson, CB, Vikings (age: 32)
Peterson has slowed down quite a bit considering he’s close to 33, but he still has the savvy to win often in coverage and his 5 INTs he can still make a lot of timely big plays.
33. Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Cowboys (age: 25)
Vander Esch has settled in as a premier cover linebacker to complement ace pass-rusher Micah Parsons.
34. Evan Engram, TE, Jaguars (age: 28) (franchise-tagged at $11.35 million)
Engram stayed healthy and had a big first receiving season in Jacksonville, living up to his one-time first-round promise with the Giants. The Jaguars should bring him back for Trevor Lawrence.
35. Jadeveon Clowney, EDGE, Browns (age: 29)
Clowney remains a special run stopper with his physical presence and is down to be a limited complementary pass rusher.
36. Cameron Sutton, CB, Steelers (age: 27) (signed by Lions for 3 years, $33 million)
Sutton is a steady cover man who also uses his size well (5-11, 188 pounds) in run support.
37. Jakobi Meyers, WR, Patriots (age: 26)
Meyers is a productive possession slot man who remains key on third downs and has become better as a red zone threat.38. Alex Singleton, LB, Broncos (age: 29)
Singleton is the classic pursuer and tackler vs. the run who is decent enough vs. the pass to stay on the field on third downs.
39. Vonn Bell, S, Bengals (age: 28)
Bell is a well-rounded starter who doesn’t dominant in any one area but can be effective as an extra linebacker type.
40. Kaden Elliss, LB, Saints (age: 27)
The 2019 seventh-rounder broke out in 2022 with his ability to fly around the field and make plays on the ball wherever needed, succeeding most in getting upfield.
41. Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles (age: 25)
Sanders is coming off a healthy and explosive career-best 2022 season with 1,269 yards rushing and 11 TDs. He is a fine mid-volume runner but he can be inconsistent and doesn’t offer much in the passing game.
42. Juan Thornhill, S, Chiefs (age: 27)
Thornhill is very active in playing the pass, either handling targets downfield or working to get to thE QB shooting upfield.
43. Hayden Hurst, TE, Bengals (age: 29)
He was good in giving a Joe Burrow a replacement for C.J. Uzomah at the position so it will be interesting to see whether they keep the former Raven and Falcon.
44. David Montgomery, RB, Bears (age: 25)
Montgomery is short on rushing pop and explosiveness, but he’s a good volume shooter in racking up the power yardage that’s there rushing and delivering when needed as adept receiver.
45. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Chiefs (age: 26)
The former Steelers standout Smith-Schuster quietly put up 78 catches for 933 yards in the remixed committee for Patrick Mahomes.
46. Matt Gay, K, Rams (age: 28)
He had a big Pro Bowl season during their Super Bowl run in 2021 and the former Buccaneer may look to cash in shore up another team’s field-goal group.
47. Arden Key, EDGE, Jaguars (age: 26)
Key was a surprise bright spot in the Jaguars’ front seven with his balanced situational play that included five sacks.48. Devin Singletary, RB, Bills (age: 25)
Singletary is a solid power runner with some burst but he’s down to not really having a role as a receiver.
49. Garrett Bradbury, C, Vikings (age: 27)
Bradbury was on the brink of being deemed a huge first-round disappointment. to smooth interior play in the new offense.
50. Marcus Davenport, EDGE, Saints (age: 26)
Davenport has some untapped upside as a pass rusher and run blocker but he should be seen more as an effective situational starter.
51. Taylor Rapp, S, Rams (age: 25)
Rapp had an outstanding season living up to his college promise coming out of Washington. He stood out vs. the run but showed some big-play flashes vs. the pass.
52. Mike Gesicki, TE, Dolphins (age: 27)
Gesicki still has soft hands as a red zone threat (who loves doing the bad Griddy) but he just didn’t fit well catching passes in Mike McDaniel’s scheme.53. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Eagles (age: 25)
Gardner-Johnson was a steal from the Saints because he fit so well in the system under Jonathan Gannon. Beyond the six interceptions, however, he is more solid than spectacular, stronger vs. the pass than run.
54. Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Broncos (age: 26)
Jones was an effective inside pass rusher in Denver last season with seven sacks but he is a limited player vs. the run.
55. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers (age: 31) (signed by Raiders for 3 years, $67.5 million)
Garoppolo has aced it in Kyle Shanahan’s system so he needs to find a San Francisco satellite or Josh McDaniel’s Raiders, ranging from starting as a bridge for the Texans to backing up for the Rams.
56. Zach Allen, DT, Cardinals (age: 25)
Allen is a pretty good pass rusher with six sacks but he is also is a slightly above average run defender.
57. Jordan Poyer, S, Bills (age: 31)
Poyer is a fine reliable plug-and-play starting safety whose strength remains making plays in coverage.
58. Jabrill Peppers, S, Patriots (age: 27)
Peppers keeps playing well as a run support safety given his linebacker hybrid nature but is limited vs. teh pass.
59. David Long, LB, Titans (age: 26)
Long is a terrific upfield linebacker in terms of getting after the run and rushing the passer but is below-average in coverage.
60. Byron Murphy, CB, Cardinals (age: 25)
Murphy is a decent all-around young starter when healthy who does a little of everything well.
2023 NFL free agents: Top players available by position
- Lamar Jackson, Ravens (franchise-tagged at $32.4 million)
- Daniel Jones, Giants (re-signed for 4 years, $160 million)
- Derek Carr, Raiders (signed by Saints for 4 years)
- Geno Smith, Seahawks (re-signed for 3 years, $105 million)
- Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers (signed by 3 years, $67.5 million)
- Jacoby Brissett, Browns
- Sam Darnold, Panthers
- Baker Mayfield, Rams
- Taylor Heinicke, Commanders
- Andy Dalton, Saints
- Carson Wentz, Commanders
- Teddy Bridgewater, Dolphins
- Cooper Rush, Cowboys
- Mike White, Jets (signed by Dolphins for 2 years, $16 million)
- Drew Lock, Seahawks
- Mason Rudolph, Steelers
- Jarrett Stidham, Raiders (signed by Broncos for 2 years, $10 million)
- Marcus Mariota, Falcons
- Case Keenum, Bills (signed by Texans for 2 years)
- Kyle Allen, Texans
- C.J. Beathard, Jaguars
- Chad Henne, Chiefs
- Blaine Gabbert, Buccaneers
- Nick Mullens, Vikings
- Brandon Allen, Bengals
- Chase Daniel, Chargers
- Joe Flacco, Jets
- Josh Jacobs, Raiders (franchise-tagged at $10.09 million)
- Saquon Barkley, Giants (franchise-tagged at $10.09 million)
- Tony Pollard, Cowboys (franchise-tagged at $10.09 million)
- Miles Sanders, Eagles
- David Montgomery, Bears
- Devin Singletary, Bills
- Damien Harris, Patriots
- D’Onta Foreman, Panthers
- Kareem Hunt, Browns
- Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers
- D’Ernest Johnson, Browns
- Rashaad Penny, Seahawks
- Jamaal Williams, Lions
- Alexander Mattison, Vikings
- Samaje Perine, Bengals
- Jeff Wilson Jr., Dolphins
- Raheem Mostert, Dolphins
- Boston Scott, Eagles
- Darrel Williams, Cardinals
- Kenyan Drake, Ravens
- Jerick McKinnon, Chiefs
- Matt Breida, Giants
- Dontrell Hilliard, Titans
- Ronald Jones II, Chiefs
- Royce Freeman, Texans
- Giovani Bernard, Buccaneers
- Latavius Murray, Broncos
- Jonathan Williams, Commanders
- Justin Jackson, Lions
- Marlon Mack, Broncos
- Mike Boone, Broncos
- Malcolm Brown, Rams
- David Johnson, Saints
- Mark Ingram, Saints
- Rex Burkhead, Texans
- Trenton Cannon, Titans
- Ameer Abdullah, Raiders
- Jakobi Meyers, Patriots
- JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chiefs
- Allen Lazard, Packers
- D.J. Chark, Lions
- Parris Campbell, Colts
- Adam Thielen, Vikings
- Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
- Richie James, Giants
- Julio Jones, Buccaneers
- Marvin Jones Jr., Jaguars
- Demarcus Robinson, Ravens
- DeAndre Carter, Chargers
- Mack Hollins, Raiders
- Jarvis Landry, Saints
- Odell Beckham Jr., street
- Robert Woods, Titans
- Trent Sherfield, Dolphins
- Byron Pringle, Bears
- Chris Moore, Texans
- Nelson Agholor, Patriots
- Randall Cobb, Packers
- Marquise Goodwin, Seahawks
- Marquez Callaway, Saints
- Damiere Byrd, Falcons
- Sammy Watkins, Ravens
- Sterling Shepard, Giants (re-signed for 1 year)
- T.Y. Hilton, Cowboys
- Jamison Crowder, Bills
- Braxton Berrios, Jets
- Chosen Anderson, Cardinals
- Dalton Schultz, Cowboys
- Evan Engram, Jaguars (franchise-tagged at $11.35 million)
- Hayden Hurst, Bengals
- Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
- Robert Tonyan, Packers
- Irv Smith, Vikings
- Austin Hooper, Titans
- Dan Arnold, Jaguars
- MyCole Pruitt, Falcons
- Jordan Akins, Texans
- Geoff Swaim, Titans
- Drew Sample, Bengals
- Josh Oliver, Ravens
- Ross Dwelley, 49ers
- Marcedes Lewis, Packers
- Tyler Kroft, 49ers
- Eric Tomlinson, Broncos
- Kaleb McGary, Falcons
- Orlando Brown Jr., Chiefs
- Mike McGlinchey, 49ers
- Donovan Smith, Buccaneers
- Taylor Lewan, Titans
- George Fant, Jets
- Cameron Erving, Panthers
- Jermaine Eluemenor, Raiders
- Cameron Fleming, Broncos
- Ty Nsekhe, Rams
- Kelvin Beachum, Cardinals
- Josh Wells, Buccaneers
- Andrew Wyile, Chiefs (signed by Commanders for 3 years, $24 million)
- Brandon Parker, Raiders (re-signed)
- Eric Fisher, Dolphins
- Andre Dillard, Eagles
- Isaac Seumalo, Eagles
- Elijah Wilkinson, Falcons
- Michael Schofield, Bears
- Evan Brown, Lions
- Max Scharping, Bengals
- Oday Aboushi, Rams
- Ben Powers, Ravens (signed by Broncos for 4 years, $52 million)
- Connor McGovern, Cowboys (signed by Bills for 3 years, $23 million)
- Graham Glasgow, Broncos
- Gabe Jackson, Seahawks
- Will Hernandez, Cardinals
- Dan Feeney, Jets
- Nick Gates, Giants
- Nick Leverett, Buccaneers
- Jason Kelce, Eagles
- Ethan Pocic, Browns
- Connor McGovern, Jets
- Garrett Bradbury, Vikings
- Bradley Bozeman, Panthers
- Jon Feliciano, Giants
- Austin Blythe, Seahawks (retired)
- Ben Jones, Titans
- Scott Quessenberry, Texans (re-signed for 1 year)
- Will Clapp, Chargers
- Tyler Larsen, Commanders
- Rodney Hudson, Cardinals
- Brandon Graham, Eagles
- Jadeveon Clowney, Browns
- Arden Key, Jaguars
- Marcus Davenport, Saints
- Calais Campbell, Ravens
- Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Texans
- Samson Ebukam, 49ers
- Bud Dupree, Titans
- DeMarcus Walker, Titans
- Justin Houston, Ravens
- Leonard Floyd, Rams
- Melvin ingram, Dolphins
- Dawuane Smoot, Jaguars
- Carl Nassib, Buccaneers
- Carlos Dunlap, Chiefs
- Dante Fowler Jr., Cowboys
- John Cominsky, Lions
- Lorenzo Carter, Falcons (re-signed for 2 years)
- Charles Omenihu, 49ers
- Dalvin Tomlinson, Vikings
- Javon Hargrave, Eagles
- Daron Payne, Commanders (re-signed for 4 years, $90 million)
- Dre’Mont Jones, Broncos
- Zach Allen, Cardinals
- Andrew Billings, Raiders
- Chris Wormley, Steelers
- Khyiris Tonga, Vikings
- Fletcher Cox, Eagles
- Sheldon Rankins, Jets
- David Oneymata, Saints (signed by Falcons for 3 years, $35 million)
- Shelby Harris, Seahawks
- Matt Ioannidis, Panthers
- Dean Lowry, Packers
- Shy Tuttle, Saints
- Taven Bryan, Browns
- Jarran Reed, Packers
- Akiem Hicks, Buccaneers
- Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Buccaneers
- Ndamukong Suh, Eagles
- Larry Ogunjobi, Steelers
- Derrick Nnadi, Chiefs
- Bobby Wagner, Rams
- Lavonte David, Buccaneers
- Tremaine Edmunds, Bills
- T.J. Edwards, Eagles
- Drue Tranquill, Chargers
- Leighton Vander Esch, Cowboys
- Alex Singleton, Broncos
- Kaden Elliss, Saints
- David Long, Titans
- Bobby Okerke, Colts
- Azeez Al-Shaair, 49ers
- Eric Kendricks, Vikings
- Denzel Perryman, Raiders
- Sione Takitaki, Browns
- Kyzir White, Eagles
- Zach Cunningham, Titans
- Kwon Alexander, Jets
- Kyle Van Noy, Chargers
- Cory Littleton, Panthers
- Anthony Barr, Cowboys
- Damien Wilson, Panthers
- James Bradberry, Eagles
- Jamel Dean, Buccaneers
- Jonathan Jones, Patriots
- Isaiah Oliver, Falcons
- Patrick Peterson, Vikings
- Cameron Sutton, Steelers
- Byron Murphy, Cardinals
- Sean Murphy-Bunting, Buccaneers
- Tavierre Thomas, Texans
- Emmanuel Mosley, 49ers
- Anthony Brown, Cowboys
- Marcus Peters, Ravens
- Bryce Callahan, Chargers
- Antonio Hamilton, Cardinals
- Troy Hill, Rams
- Rock Ya-Sin, Raiders
- Cameron Dantzler, Vikings
- Chandon Sullivan, Vikings
- Mike Hughes, Lions
- Eli Apple, Bengals
- Shaquill Griffin, Jaguars
- Tre Herndon, Jaguars
- Brandon Facyson, Colts
- Bobby McCain, Commanders
- Jessie Bates III, Bengals
- Jimmie Ward, 49ers
- Ryan Neal, Seahawks
- Vonn Bell, Bengals
- Juan Thornhill, Chiefs
- Taylor Rapp, Rams
- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Eagles
- Jordan Poyer, Bills
- Jabrill Peppers, Patriots
- Rodney McLeod, Saints
- Davin McCourty, Patriots (retired)
- Adrian Amos, Packers
- Julian Love, Giants
- Chris Banjo, Cardinals
- Duron Harmon, Raiders
- Geno Stone, Ravens
- Terrell Edmunds, Steelers
- Deshon Elliott, Lions
- Andrew Adams, Titans
- Donovan Wilson, Cowboys
- Logan Ryan, Buccaneers
- Matt Gay, Rams
- Greg Joseph, Vikings
- Robbie Gould, 49ers
- Brett Maher, Cowboys
- Joey Slye, Commanders
- Mason Crosby, Packers
- Matt Prater, Cardinals
- Greg Zuerlein, Jets
- Randy Bullock, Titans
- Sam Martin, Bills (re-signed for 3 years, $7.5 million)
- Riley Dixon, Rams
- J.K. Scott, Chargers
- Jake Bailey, Patriots
- Matt Haack, Colts
- Bradley Pinion, Falcons
- Andy Lee, Cardinals
- Thomas Morstead, Dolphins
- Matt Overton, Cowboys
- Carson Tinker, Seahawks
- J.J. Jansen, Panthers (re-signed for 1 year)
- Morgan Cox, Titans
- Jon Weeks, Texans (re-signed for 1 year)
- Patrick Scales, Bears
Published at Mon, 13 Mar 2023 18:17:00 +0000