Who should your team sign?
Every year, many big names get signed on the free agency. Free agency is a way for managers to make “steals” by signing star players. Here is your top 25 NFL Free Agents Of 2020.
1. Dak Prescott (QB, Dallas Cowboys)
His previous two seasons have been spotty, but 26-year-old quarterbacks with his skill set and level of production virtually never become available for a reason. I’d be stunned if he doesn’t have a new deal by October, much less next year.
2. Philip Rivers (QB, Los Angeles Chargers)
Losing Rivers just before the Chargers are scheduled to move into their new stadium would be nothing short of disastrous.
3. Chris Jones (DL, Kansas City Chiefs)
I asked resident NFL Network Scouting Gawd Daniel Jeremiah to rank Jones, Jadeveon Clowney, and Leonard Williams as potential free agents. He had the same order as me, proving once again that scouting backgrounds are overrated.
4. Jadeveon Clowney (OLB, Houston Texans)
In theory, Clowney’s a riskier long-term gambit because he’s always battling injury. In reality, he’s played over 87 percent of the Texans’ defensive snaps over the last three years, with a knack for playing his best down the stretch.
5. Amari Cooper (WR, Dallas Cowboys)
The Cowboys should prioritize signing Cooper before Ezekiel Elliott because Cooper is closer to free agency. Will they?
6. Leonard Williams (DE, New York Jets)
Still just 25 years old after four seasons, Williams has enjoyed a very strong career without quite developing into a game-wrecker. Perhaps a new defensive coordinator (Gregg Williams) will help him get there.
7. A.J. Green (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)
Green will be 32 years old when next season starts, with a growing history of injuries. He also has the talent to be one of the best free-agent wide receiver signings of all time.
8. Yannick Ngakoue (DE, Jacksonville Jaguars)
The numbers don’t lie: Pro Football Focus credits Ngakoue with 134 total pressures, including 23 sacks, over the last two seasons.
9. Brandon Scherff (OG, Washington Redskins)
It’s rare for run-blocking-first guards to blow up the free-agent market, but there aren’t many guards in the entire league who can impact a game like Scherff.
10. Rodney Hudson (C, Oakland Raiders)
PFF’s year-end rankings listed Hudson in the top five at center in each of the last three years, including №2 in 2018. Known as one of the smartest linemen alive, he could reset the center market for the second time in his career.
11. Jameis Winston (QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Winston will either play well enough for head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht to re-sign him, or he’ll play poorly enough to send this ranking plummeting.
12. Marcus Mariota (QB, Tennessee Titans)
Mariota has every intangible possible. But it’s fair to question his durability and how high his ceiling can be, considering his tangibles as a passer.
13. Byron Jones (CB, Dallas Cowboys)
The Cowboys shouldn’t lose sight of Jones when prioritizing contract extensions. If Jones puts together a season similar to his Pro Bowl 2018 campaign, he could become the highest-paid cornerback in football.
14. Melvin Gordon (RB, Los Angeles Chargers)
Gordon needs to show up for work at some point this season to become a free agent in the offseason, although it wouldn’t crush his free agency value to enter 2020 following a season with a lighter workload.
15. Hunter Henry (TE, Los Angeles Chargers)
There’s a decent chance Gordon actually makes it to free agency because the Chargers may need the franchise tag for Rivers or Henry.