Free company’s first few waves within the NFL have come and gone as groups received busy executing their offseason plans. The NFL world will wait to see the place Lamar Jackson finally ends up on the non-exclusive franchise tag tender — maybe again with the Ravens after they added Odell Beckham — whereas groups that do not want quarterbacks will have interaction in bidding wars for the highest free brokers.
Here’s a have a look at the highest 10 free brokers obtainable primarily based on Pete Prisco’s prime 100 free agent rankings. There are some bargains left available.
1. Lamar Jackson
Jackson does have the non-exclusive franchise tag, that means the Ravens can match any supply that comes his method from one other staff. Baltimore can have 5 days to match and if they do not want, they are going to obtain two first-round picks in return.
The Ravens are 45-16 in Jackson’s 61 begins since he entered the league in 2018. They common 28.0 factors per recreation when Jackson is on the sphere in comparison with 20.0 when Jackson misses video games. Jackson is considered one of six gamers in NFL historical past to achieve 100-plus passing touchdowns and 4,000-plus speeding yards in a profession, and the quickest to achieve the mark by 31 video games. The Ravens are averaging 184.8 speeding yards per recreation with Jackson as a starter in his profession — probably the most by any beginning quarterback because the 1970 merger.
Basically Jackson is the highest free agent on the board. There must be a frenzy to signal him for quarterback-needy groups. Former MVPs at 26 years outdated do not hit free company daily.
2. Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney had simply 29 pressures and two sacks final season in 12 video games, definitely not the season he needed heading into free company. The strain charge of 10.2% was his lowest since 2018, whereas Clowney’s 4 quarterback hits are the bottom since his rookie season — when he performed simply 4 video games.
Outside of Clowney’s 2021 season when he had 53 pressures and 9 sacks with 19 quarterback hits, he has been held to 3 or fewer sacks in three of the final 4 years. He hasn’t completed with 20 quarterback hits in a season since 2018 and has been held to beneath 30 pressures in a season two of the previous three years.
3. Rock Ya-Sin
One of the great man-cover corners within the recreation, Ya-Sin allowed a 63.2 passer ranking when opposing quarterbacks focused him final season. He allowed simply 51.7% of passes thrown his technique to be caught with no touchdowns allowed.
For groups searching for a dependable nook, Ya-Sin supplies wonderful worth.
4. Yannick Ngakoue
Ngakoue is a pure cross rusher, which is able to make him engaging to groups in want of an edge participant. He is not nice towards the run although, which might damage his worth.
5. Dalton Risner
Risner has been a starter since his rookie season in 2020. He has been higher in cross safety than within the run recreation, however that might be as a result of he is a transformed sort out. He turns 28 in July.
6. Chris Wormley
Wormley is not flashy, however he is a great regular veteran who can maintain up towards the run. He performed down finish in Pittsburgh’s scheme, however can be an inside participant in others.
7. Matthew Ioannidis
He signed a one-year cope with the Panthers and had a pleasant season in 2022. He is not flashy, however for groups searching for inside depth, he would match that function.
8. Poona Ford
Ford is a smallish inside participant, however he can push the pocket and is dependable towards the run, though his play was down some final season.
9. Marcus Peters
Peters turned 30, so he’s coming to the tip of his profession and he had some tough moments early final season coming off a torn ACL in 2020. At his greatest, he can nonetheless lock down prime receivers.
10. Justin Houston
Houson’s 111.5 profession sacks are the fourth-most amongst all lively gamers, trailing solely Von Miller (123.5), Cameron Jordan (115.5) and Chandler Jones (112.0). The 34-year-old had 9.5 sacks, his most since 2019, in 2022 at 33 years outdated. Houston has some juice left within the tank for playoff hopefuls needing a bit extra juice off the sting.
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