Top Ten NFL Free Agents Available This Offseason

Ansh Suchdeve

The Super Bowl has concluded, and now the anticipation awaits football fans across the world as hundreds of free agents will either resign with their current team, or sign with a different team to continue their respective careers. Veteran quarterbacks such as Tom Brady and Phillip Rivers could potentially find new homes, while defensive stars Jadeveon Clowney and Shaq Barrett have the potential to change the landscape of a defense if they are signed by a new team. For now, here are the top ten free agents available in this year’s class, ranked by value, overall potential, and ability.

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1. Dak Prescott – Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys

In terms of value, Dak Prescott is the top free agent available due to him playing the most important position in the sport. He is also at an age where he can still effectively play the position at an extremely high level for the next several years, being a top fifteen quarterback in the league in many metrics. Just last season, Prescott threw for 4,902 passing yards, 30 touchdown passes compared to 11 interceptions through 16 starts, according to Pro Football Reference. Moreover, Prescott’s negotiation process has commenced rather slowly. Vice president of the Cowboys, Stephen Jones, stated that he “doesn’t feel any pressure to rush the situation,” according to Jon Machota last April.  Overall, Prescott’s market value should be considerably high as the top veteran signal-caller set to hit the open mark this off-season.

2. Chris Jones – Defensive Tackle, Kansas City Chiefs

After winning the Super Bowl, Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs will look to have a large payday this off-season, deservingly so as he is considered to be one of the best defensive tackles around the NFL. Statistically, Jones accumulated nine sacks and eight tackles for loss as the top defensive lineman for Kansas City. Expect Jones to re-sign with the Chiefs on a long-term deal, and he may just become the highest paid nose tackle in the NFL.

3. Jadeveon Clowney – Edge, Seattle Seahawks

While Jadeveon Clowney did not exactly have a breakout season for an edge rusher with the Seattle Seahawks, he still generated tons of pressure on the quarterback with 17 QB hurries and 10 quarterback knockdowns last season. Clowney will also expect a large payday this off-season, as his market value sits at $20 million annually, according to Spotrac. The former first overall pick in 2014 recently demanded to play for a contending team this past January, as he exclaimed, “I just want to win. I want to get that Super Bowl, by any means. That’s what I’m looking for. Who’s going to get me there? I’m not looking to get on no sorry team for no money. That ain’t gonna fly,” Clowney said, in an interview with NBC Sports Northwest, per ProFootballTalk.

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4. Byron Jones – Cornerback, Dallas Cowboys

Considered to be the top defensive back available on the open market, Byron Jones will command a massive contract as he contributed a solid season for the Dallas Cowboys’ defense last season. In 2019, Jones allowed just 351 receiving yards through 15 games played, which ranked seventh among all cornerbacks. Overall, Jones will likely leave Dallas due to their current cap situation and sign with a team willing to sacrifice a great deal of their cap percentage in order to acquire him, due to his high-asking price.

5. Amari Cooper – Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys

As well as Byron Jones, Amari Cooper put together an incredible season for Dallas. However, it happened to be on the offensive side of the ball. Through last season, Cooper caught 119 passes for 1,189 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, which was a part of the reason why he was named to the NFC’s Pro Bowl team. In all likelihood, Cooper will likely join the aforementioned Dak Prescott back in Dallas, as the young, potent, duo continues to produce great numbers for the Cowboys.

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6. Shaquil Barrett – Outside Linebacker/Edge, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Shaquil Barrett entered the 2019 season an unknown, as he had yet to produce a noteworthy season with the Denver Broncos. However, with his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Barrett had a career season, where he generated 19.5 sacks through 16 games as a starter, making him the league leader in the category. Essentially, Barrett earned himself a massive contract with Tampa Bay, as he has become a must-re-sign for the Buccaneers as he is considered to be one of the most valuable pass rushers across the league. He is just 27-years old, considerably young for a stud pass rusher.

7. Joe Thuney – Left Guard, New England Patriots

The first New England Patriot to enter this list will be the reliable Joe Thuney. While he may not return to New England due to their lack of cap space needed to pay for him, Thuney will still command a huge contract as he was named to the second team all-pro group in 2019. Thuney will likely join a team like the Miami Dolphins, who have plenty of cap flexibility, and are in need of a remarkable left guard to fill their voids at the offensive line positions.

8. Tom Brady – Quarterback, New England Patriots

With Joe Thuney potentially leaving the Patriots, Tom Brady essentially holds the key to success in Foxborough. While he may have had a down season with the Patriots in his 42-year old campaign, Brady was still somewhat effective, as he led an offense that was plagued with injuries to Julian Edelman (who still played with multiple injury concerns), and rookie pass catchers that were just beginning to learn the playbook, such as N’Keal Harry. Wherever Brady lands this off-season, expect him to demand a contract upwards of $30 million annually, and a consistent group of stud pass catchers to bolster his success, and potentially contend for a Super Bowl.

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9. Derrick Henry – Running Back, Tennessee Titans

Another breakout season ensued for a young free agent, as Derrick Henry led the league with 1,540 rushing yards, tallied 16 touchdowns, and essentially carried the Tennessee Titans offense to the AFC Championship game (where they would eventually fall to the Kansas City Chiefs). Henry have an incredible regular season, having ran for over 180 yards against one of the top defenses in 2019 in the New England Patriots, and he rushed for 195 yards in a shocking victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Expect Henry to sign as one of the top paid running backs in the league due to his spectacular season with Tennessee, as they continue to be a potential playoff threat to the powerhouse-like teams in the AFC.

10. Arik Armstead – Defensive End, San Francisco 49ers

Despite being on the losing end of the Super Bowl, Arik Armstead put together a productive season for the San Francisco 49ers, as he tallied ten sacks in his second full season with the 49ers. Armstead had 29 solo tackles, which ranked tenth for his positional group last season (according to PlayerProfiler), and he has also generated three forced fumbles in his tenure with San Francisco. As a young pass rusher, Armstead will likely command a contract over $10 million annually, which will certainly take a toll on the 49ers’ salary cap for the foreseeable future.