The top free agents that are still out there for your team.
By: Adam Martin
After a crazy few days of ‘legal tampering’ we have seen lots of players make some big money moves. Joe Thuney moving to the Kansas City Chiefs on a 5 year $80m deal was one of the biggest deals. The New England Patriots went on a spending spree after bringing in players like Jonnu Smith and Matthew Judon. The LA Chargers signed Corey Linsley on a $62.5m deal and many many more. However, there are still plenty of quality free agents out there and we have put together the top 15 free agents still available.
Kenny Golladay deserves to be top of this list and it is surprising that he hasn’t been taken yet. He had an injury plagued season last year but that doesnt matter as he was so good previously. Golladay towers over defenders and wins plenty of 1-on-1 matchups. Its just a matter of time before someone spends big on him.
Fuller was on target for a great season in 2020 until he had a PED suspension. He has shown that when he is fit and healthy he can produce big numbers and make everyone around him better. Fuller has amazing speed and there are plenty of teams needing someone who has that. He hasn’t completed a whole season but that talent is there and someone will take a chance on him.
Juju Smith-Schuster is a high end number two but not quite good enough to be the main receiver for a team. He has shown how good he can be when he received 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns back in 2018. Smith-Schuster is a bit of a throwback who loves to do the dirty work and has great toughness. At only 24 he has many years ahead of him and any team would be happy to have him.
T.Y Hilton has been a solid performer for the Colts over the years and is capable of being a good receiver for a few more years. He has had over 1,000 yards five times in his eight year career but will struggle to hit them heights now. He would be a decent number two for a team looking to kick on.
Justin Houston has been a top end pass rusher for a decade now and he is capable of keeping it going. Although he is 32 he still managed to get eight sacks last year. He would be a good option for a team in need but he would need to be used sparingly as he gets older.
Another pass rusher is worthy of being on the list and Carlos Dunlap showed at Seattle he is good for a job. Dunlap is a good pass rusher but the Seahawks didnt want to pay $14m for him in this market. He was great for Cincinnati in 2019 and gave the Seahawks a push last year which shows he is still capable at 32.
Adoree Jackson has not lived up to where he was drafted but he has shown that he can be good when not injured. He has had performances where he would be considered a top ten corner in the league. There isn’t many corners around for teams to bring in so Jackson becomes a top target for teams needing to fill that position.
Melvin Ingram has been a quality edge rusher over the years but he has missed 12 games in the last two seasons. There are plenty of teams in need of a rusher and although Ingram might not be as reliable he is still good. He is still a force when he does play and will help any team become nasty to play against.
Chris Carson is an undervalued running back who deserves a big contact but is unlikely to get one. He has a reputation of being injured a lot but he has suited up in 41 of his last 48 games. He finished as the number nine running back in 2019 and is more than capable of doing that again. Who wouldn’t want that in their backfield?
Eric Fisher is a perfect example of the cap space crunch as the Chiefs needed to make space. The former number one pick back in 2013 was having a good season but got injured in January. Although he is 30 years old you would expect a team to pick him up for a couple of years.
Malcolm Butler just had his best season with the Tennessee Titans but would of cost to much to keep. As previously said there are not many quality corners in free agency so Butler becomes a great buy. He is highly competitive player and had four interceptions last year. He is worth a punt even if he is getting older.
Sammy Watkins is not the greatest receiver around but he can turn up and produce big games. The main area of worry is that he has missed six games in three of his last five seasons. Although you wont get a full season out of him he is still capable of being a decent squad player. Someone will pick him up on the cheap.
Casey Hayward has been a consistent performer for many years in the NFL and someone will pick him up. He had problems last year, which came out of the blue but he is more than capable of getting back to his usual standards. One of the most underrated corners is still worth his place at 32.
Ndamukong Suh has had a strong career since being picked at number two back in 2010. He finally won a Superbowl last year with Tampa Bay and he was a big contributor. He had six sacks last year and showed that although he is 34 he still can have a role for a contender. A team will pick him up on a one year deal.
James Conner has struggled during his time in Pittsburgh but a team will take a chance on him. The biggest worry is his injury record and he hasn’t played a whole season in his career yet. However, the Steelers o-line has not helped him and he would make a good number two in a backfield.