NFL Free Agency 2023: Top 10 Available Players Led By Lamar Jackson, Orlando Brown
The NFL is in the legal tempering period as teams implement their offseason plans. The NFL world will wait and see where Lamar Jackson will end up in the non-exclusive franchise tag bidding, while other teams that don’t need quarterbacks will engage in bidding wars for the best free agents available.
As free agency is about to begin, check out the top 10 available free agents here Pete Prisco’s Top 100 Free Agent Rankings. The madness has begun.
1. Lamar Jackson
Jackson has the non-exclusive franchise tag, meaning the Ravens can match any offer that comes his way from another team. Baltimore has five days to fold, and if the Ravens decline, they get two first-round picks in return.
The Ravens are 45-16 in Jackson’s 61 starts since joining the league in 2018. They average 28.0 points per game when Jackson is on the field compared to 20.0 when Jackson is missing games. Jackson is one of six players in NFL history to have 100+ career passing touchdowns and 4,000+ rushing yards, and the fastest to reach the mark after 31 games. The Ravens are averaging 184.8 rushing yards per game with Jackson as a starter in his career — the most of any starting quarterback since the 1970 merger.
Basically, Jackson is the best free agent on the board. There should be a frenzy to sign him for quarterback-needy teams. Former MVPs aged 26 don’t find free hands every day.
Don’t let the stats fool you when evaluating Davenport’s 2022 season. Davenport had just a half-sack and eight quarterback hits last year but finished with 34 pressings. He comes to quarterback despite the lack of sacks available to him.
Teams find excellent value for money at Davenport. Will they pay the highest dollar?
The Chiefs, who allow Brown to test the free-agent market, have other teams salivating to bring one of the league’s best tackles up their offensive line.
Brown has been one of the top tackles in the game for the past four seasons, the only offensive tackle to make the Pro Bowl in each of the past four years. The Chiefs’ left tackle allowed four sacks and 39 pressings in the regular season while allowing 10 pressings in three postseason games. Brown hasn’t allowed a sack since Week 15 against the Texans and just two sacks since Week 9 against the Titans.
Good left tackles are hard to find in this league. Brown is one of those players.
Bradberry had a monster year defending the Eagles, cementing himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Opposing quarterbacks targeting Bradberry completed just 32.5% of their passes and had a 44.5 passing rating this season because Bradberry only allowed two passing touchdowns while having three interceptions.
Arguably the best cover corner out there, teams pay a premium to get Bradberry on their defense.
As one of the top safes on the market and a leader in the Bills dressing room, Poyer will be of great value to any team that signs him.
Poyer had a great year at the age of 31, finishing with 63 tackles, eight passes defended and four interceptions. The Bills were 12-0 when Poyer played last season and are the only player with 20-plus interceptions and 10-plus sacks since 2017.
Poyer appears to be on his way from Buffalo.
6. CJ Gardner-Johnson
The list of fine free-agent safeties continues with Gardner-Johnson, who was tied for the NFL lead with six interceptions last season despite only playing 12 games. Only Trevon Diggs and Justin Simmons have more interceptions than Gardner-Johnson over the past two seasons.
The Eagles are trying to hold Gardner-Johnson, but he has a strong market. Opposing quarterbacks only had a 63.8 passer rating last season, targeting Gardner-Johnson, who can play both safety and cornerback.
McGary is arguably having his best season in right tackle (allowing 27 sacks in his first three seasons). He started every game this season with the right tackle for the Falcons, allowing six sacks and 18 pressures, a career low pressure rate of 3.7%.
The Falcons could take over McGary, but he will have a market if Jawaan Taylor signs with the Chiefs.
8. Dre’Mont Jones
Jones is a power pass rusher who had his best season rolling over the passer with 6.5 sacks. He can slide the pocket inside, which is valuable for any team.
Age has been David’s only problem since he was 33, but he makes up for it with his soccer skills. He’s a pro and would make sense for any team looking for an experienced leader in their defense for a few years.
10. Isaac Seumalo
For a side looking for a good starting line-up, Seumalo makes sense. He is a strong man who is also a good pass protector. He will be 30 in October.
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