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At age 30, he could be on his last legs. To the booth he goes? Top NFL free agents of Kirk Cousins tops the board. Due in part to an obsessive work ethic, Cousins has improved every year in the league. Brees benefits from a dynamic ground attack and can't drive the ball like he used to, but he remains one of the most valuable assets in the league at age What were the Dolphins expecting? One of the league's most dangerous deep threats in , Robinson followed a disappointing season with a torn ACL in Mathieu was released by the Cardinals because he carried a high cap number and because the Cards already have his backup Budda Baker in place.
Richardson's Pro Bowl talent may be undeniable, but he's totaled just 2. On one hand, he's a year-old with obvious talent and No. Undrafted out of Ohio State, Norwell has developed into a Pro Bowl-caliber performer in a league that finds it increasingly difficult to field a quality offensive line.
We might be higher on Fuller than most after watching him lead the league in passes defensed last year, per Pro Football Focus. A relative down year and Shakespearean-tragedy ending to his Patriots career in the Super Bowl could keep Butler's price down. Physical, above-average starting cornerbacks get paid like superstars in free agency. He's either ranked way too high or way too low.
Like Bridgewater, Bradford is a mystery because of his knee. Breeland is streaky, but few young cornerbacks with his talent get to free agency in their prime. Solder is virtually the only true starting left tackle available in free agency. Poe showed in Atlanta he could hold up as an every-down player after losing weight and making a consistent impact in the passing game. Look past the sack numbers. Dez Bryant lacks the quickness and explosion that once made him a perennial top-five playmaker at his position.
Pugh timed free agency poorly, coming off a season marred by a back injury and playing out of position at tackle. A talented tease early in his career, Brown has emerged in the last two seasons as one of the league's premier run-stuffing inside linebackers. The NFL's premier cornerback since he entered the league in , Sherman has reached the mystery phase of his career.
Wilkerson's attitude problems forced the Jets ' hand, but he does fall under Bill Parcells' "planet" theory. There are weeks in which he looks like a tackle-breaking terror with intriguing ability in the passing game.
Graham is still earning Pro Bowl nods due to his red-zone prowess and name recognition, but it's been four years since he's played at that consistent level. Billed as a hybrid safety-corner-linebacker early in his career, Vaccaro has never lived up to his potential in New Orleans. Can Reid continue to play with abandon as a back-end enforcer with concussion concerns, a torn biceps and a PCL sprain on his medical chart?
A run-and-chase linebacker limited to systems, Bradham is coming off a career year for the Super Bowl champions. Although strong against the run, Williamson is a base inside linebacker with less-than-ideal coverage skills. Burnett has been Green Bay's most consistent performer in the secondary the past two years, but injuries are starting to add up for a player nearing the age barrier. Lewis is one of the most effective per-play backs in the league, but he's also an undersized injury risk best utilized in space.
Lotulelei is a dependable starter on the interior, but he doesn't make enough impact plays to merit a high-dollar contract. A standout early in his career, the year-old missed 12 games in because of a concussion. His disastrous season in Washington doesn't erase the ball skills and after-catch ability he displayed in his 1,yard campaign for the Browns.
A pound behemoth, Hankins was stellar against the run last season. Traded to Buffalo in the Sammy Watkins deal, Gaines completed a rock-solid season as a starter in the Bills ' cornerback-friendly defense. McCarron was a mixed bag in his four starts in , and there's no telling how he's developed since then. Blocked by Zach Ertz for playing time, Burton excelled when Ertz was out with injury. Limited to roughly 1, snaps combined over the last two years because of knee injuries, Mewhort was an excellent second-round find at right guard before that.
One of the biggest X-factors in this free agency class, Eifert is among the best tight ends in football when healthy. He proved in Philadelphia he can produce out of the slot, with catches in his first three seasons. A favorite sleeper on this list, Jones has position versatility and the ability to take on multiple blockers. Still good for double-digit sacks in his late 30s, Peppers has reached the stage of a Hall of Fame career where it will prove difficult to lure him away from his hometown Carolina team.
Whitehead has been the best linebacker in Detroit the past two years, which speaks more to the Lions ' lack of star power than his own prowess as an above-average starter. The end could come at any time for a cornerback entering his mids, but Grimes is still playing at a high level as one of the most explosive NFL athletes of the past decade.
The bizarro Marqise Lee , Richardson is a dangerous big-play threat best utilized on downfield routes. Crabtree may be past his prime, but only four receivers have hauled in more touchdowns than his 25 over the past three years. Claiborne might never live up to his No. Once christened the "albino tiger" for his rare appearances on the field, Lee has suited up for 30 of Jacksonville's past 32 regular-season games. A backup for three years, Jensen solidified Baltimore's pivot position as a game starter in Rent-a-corner keeps supplying league-average starter value on one-year contracts.
The ideal bridge quarterback, McCown is essentially a player-coach at this stage of his career. Tailor-made for Sean McDermott's defense, Brown tied for the league lead in tackles last season. For the second time in three seasons, Pro Football Focus' grading system appreciated Sitton more than his own team. Like so many intriguing free agents, Brown has a history of injuries that makes him a boom-or-bust option.
Hitchens can play on the outside and filled in capably at middle linebacker when Sean Lee was hurt. McKinnon is the type of "space" player who can excel as a receiver and runner, with his quickness translating to any system.
Robinson is on this list for the second time in three years after a career-best season covering the slot for the Eagles. Ebron's history of drops and mental errors are red flags. A breakout season on the field and in front of the camera in should help Boston avoid the type of low-cost one-year deal he signed last April.
After cleaning up his life as a recovering alcoholic, Seferian-Jenkins looked like a new player with the Jets.
With Andrew Luck , Moncrief looked headed for greatness. His lightning strike of a six-sack game against Dallas shouldn't overshadow the rest of his disruptive as a pass rusher. The quintessential journeyman prior to last season, Melvin emerged as Indy's top cover corner in Vontae Davis ' absence.
Colvin was one of the league's most reliable tacklers in the slot, but nobody pays big money for that species. Davis rehabilitated his value with a strong season in his Big Apple return after a pair of disappointing campaigns in and ' An infamous dinosaur denier, Hayes didn't play like a creature facing extinction at age Nelson lost some of his explosiveness after tearing his ACL in and never quite got it back.
One of the most underrated stars of the past decade figures to return to Buffalo for a 13th season. A true wild card, Easley is a first-round talent with major knee issues and a history of tantalizing play in limited snaps. Just good enough to be a productive starter for a low-wattage aerial attack. How much value does Bowman have as a soon-to-be year-old, two-down thumper in a pass-heavy league? Kline saw a drop-off in effectiveness last season after playing a key role in DeMarco Murray 's bounce-back campaign.
He has a limited skill set, but that skill speed and big plays pays. Crowell can be the lead back in a committee attack, but he's nobody's idea of a dynamic playmaker.
Defensive coordinator James Bettcher knew just how to use Branch's ability to cover tight ends. Behind a tattered O-line, Peterson showed power, explosiveness and lateral agility in the second half of last season. Twelve seasons into an incredible career, Ngata still held up well as a role player when healthy in Detroit. Playing with Tom Brady , Burkhead basically proved what everyone believed about him. In this market, any sentient offensive lineman is going to find a job.
Inside linebackers who specialize as run-stoppers don't get paid, but Davis is a capable piece to the puzzle. Bennett's value is down after an injury-plagued season, but he will make an offense much harder to defend because of his pass-catching and blocking skills. In this tackle-starved market, the Patriots ' fourth-string OT in will probably get paid after holding up well throughout the playoffs. Surprisingly durable, DRC was still providing quality snaps for the Giants last season.
The run-stopper and former Eagle didn't make a huge impact after settling for a one-year contract last offseason. Now properly regarded as a clutch playoff performer, Amendola's highest value is to the Patriots. While Kaepernick straddles the line between talented backup quarterback and potential starter, it was crazy to see his talent fall out of the league last season.
Wilson held his own as a starter for a year and a half, but the Lions seemed overly eager to hand his job to converted cornerback Quandre Diggs late last season. A liability in the passing game, Hill played himself out of a starting job with three years of sluggish football after a strong rookie season. Underwhelming in his Nashville debut, Decker might have left his playmaking ability on the operating table last offseason. Freeman has been a solid starter when he suits up, but he's coming off a torn pectoral after serving PED suspensions in each of the past two seasons.
McPhee was only healthy enough to play a total of snaps over the last two seasons, but he's an impact pass rusher when he stays on the field.