Apr
02
2021

The Best NFL Free Agents Available At This Point

Who are the best NFL free agents still available? Well, the rush of free agency in the NFL has certainly slowed down after its initial wave. However, there are still good football players that can be signed. A lot of the signings that take place now will be players looking to plug a hole in a roster for a short period of time or veteran depth. Let’s take a look at the best free agents still available.

Quarterback

  1. Alex Smith
  2. Nick Mullens
  3. Robert Griffin III

One fit I really like here is Nick Mullens with the New York Jets. New head coach Robert Saleh brought over Mike McDaniel from the San Francisco 49ers to be his offensive coordinator. The Niners just made a massive trade to get up to three in the NFL draft and there is speculation that it is for Mac Jones. Whether it is Jones or another quarterback, the Sam Darnold era is likely over in New York. Mullens could be the veteran behind whoever they draft at three.

Running Back

  1. Cordarelle Patterson
  2. Rex Burkhead
  3. Wayne Gallman

There are not many running backs that I would have interest in at this point. There are some bigger names like James Conner, Le’Veon Bell, and Adrian Peterson, but I, unfortunately, think that players like that have seen their best days come and go. An interesting fit here would be Wayne Gallman with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are likely going to be looking at RB at some point in the draft. Gallman would be a good veteran to go along with Myles Gaskin. Gallman showed he has some juice when he replaced Saquon Barkley during his injury this past season.

Wide Receiver

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Dede Westbrook
  3. Laquon Treadwell

Antonio Brown is certainly an interesting name here. He seemed to stay quiet and play well with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year during their Super Bowl run. One interesting fit would be the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs just brought back Demarcus Robinson on a one-year deal, but they are certainly in the market for a WR. Brown, if he can keep his head on straight, would be really interesting in the Chiefs offense next to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.

Offensive Line

  1. Russell Okung
  2. Alejandro Villanueva
  3. Dennis Kelly

There are some big veteran names, especially at tackle that are still available. I, once again, am going to go back to Kansas City and say they end up signing one of them. I could honestly see a reunion with Eric Fisher or Mitchell Schwartz later in the year if they both can get back healthy. For now, I will say they sign Okung.

Edge Rusher

  1. Jadeveon Clowney
  2. Melvin Ingram
  3. Aldon Smith

Clowney’s market never is what I think I expect it to be. He is a big name but never has had double-digit sacks in his career. An interesting fit would be with the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are looking like a team that could make a real step forward in the upcoming season. Clowney would be another solid piece on an already talented defense.

Interior DL

  1. Geno Atkins
  2. Jurrell Casey
  3. Daquan Jones

Do you know what would be really interesting? Adding Geno Atkins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ already stellar pass rush. I don’t know if they could make it work with the cap and they just re-signed Ndamukong Suh, but adding Atkins to the mix would be really interesting.

Linebacker

  1. KJ Wright
  2. Reuben Foster
  3. Kwon Alexander

The most interesting name here to me is Reuben Foster. Foster is only 26 years old. He has only played in two NFL seasons because of injury and has a bit of a troubled past. However, he was one of the most talented players coming out of high school and was dominant at The University of Alabama.

It would be interesting to see what a player like him could do in a stable organization and if he was fully healthy. The New England Patriots come to mind here. He could be teamed up along the inside with another former Bama great, Donte Hightower.

Cornerback

  1. Casey Heyward
  2. Quentin Dunbar
  3. Richard Sherman

Some really solid veterans are still left at corner. I could see Kansas City scoop up someone like Casey Heyward or Quentin Dunbar. I think Richard Sherman signing back with Seattle or signing with the Dallas Cowboys seem to make sense though as well.

Safety

  1. Malik Hooker
  2. Bradley McDougal
  3. Tre Boston

Malik Hooker was the 15th overall pick in the 2017 draft and has been really underwhelming so far in his career. The Tennessee Titans require safety help and Hooker is a former rival. It would be an interesting fit to see if Head Coach Mike Vrabel could revitalize Hooker’s career.

The best thing about the NFL is that it never goes away. Teams are going to continue to work over their rosters until their respective GMs get them to exactly the way they want them. We are going to see more players become free agents the closer we get to the draft and after the draft due to cuts and we are going to see many more players get signed. Having a complete roster is key to success in the NFL. You need to build your roster through the draft, but filling it out with veteran free agents is also very crucial and that is what a lot of these players will end up being.