Top 2017 NFL Free Agents

Did your team miss the playoffs this year in the NFL? Isn’t that just the worst thing? You’re favorite team tries for months to build a winning football team and it all just blew up in your face. You know what your reward is? Watching other football teams (and likely ones you really hate) play for a championship while you’re favorite team contemplates what went wrong this year.

I have some good news for you if the above sentence relates to you. NFL FREE AGENCY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!!!

Now, anyone who knows me knows how I feel about free agency. It can be an absolute fantastic thing if you spend your money wisely. Usually, the “winner” of free agency ends up blowing a lot of money on players that other teams couldn’t wait to get rid of (usually a red flag in my book) and it ends up a giant mess. However, sometimes a team can get lucky and bring in just the right players which can improve the team tremendously (case in point, this year’s New York Giants defense).

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Isn’t that how everything in life works? Anyway, here are the top free agents in the NFL this year listed by position.

NFL teams, please remember to TREAD CAREFULLY when free agency starts……..

 

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Top NFL Free Agents for 2017

 

*UFA means the free agent is unrestricted and can sign with whoever he pleases

*RFA means the free agent is restricted and the team has the ability to match whatever is offered

*PFF grade is the grade that player earned from Pro Football Focus for the 2016-17 NFL season. Obviously, the higher the grade, the better.

 

Quarterbacks:

Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins) – UFA (PFF grade – 85.9)

Brian Hoyer (Chicago Bears) – UFA (PFF grade – 80.6)

Matt Barkley (Chicago Bears) – UFA (PFF grade – 73.1)

Mike Glennon (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – UFA (PFF grade – 69.0)

Geno Smith (New York Jets) – UFA (PFF grade – 67.5)

Shaun Hill (Minnesota Vikings) – UFA (PFF grade – 66.5)

Matt Schaub (Atlanta Falcons) – UFA (PFF grade – 64.8)

Running Backs:

Le’Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers) – UFA (PFF grade – 86.6)

Eddie Lacy (Green Bay Packers) – UFA (PFF grade – 77.3)

Jacquizz Rodgers (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – UFA (PFF grade – 77.2)

Terrance West (Baltimore Ravens) – RFA (PFF grade – 76.5)

Mike Gillislee (Buffalo Bills) – RFA (PFF grade – 76.3)

Rex Burkhead (Cincinnati Bengals) – UFA (PFF grade – 74.5)

DeAngelo Williams (Pittsburgh Steelers) – UFA (PFF grade – 72.2)

Latavius Murray (Oakland Raiders) – UFA (PFF grade – 72.0)

Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland Browns) – RFA (PFF grade – 70.8)

Damien Williams (Miami Dolphins) – RFA (PFF grade – 70.1)

Wide Receivers:

Pierre Garcon (Washington Redskins) – UFA (PFF grade – 85.8)

Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings) – RFA (PFF grade – 81.6)

Taylor Gabriel (Atlanta Falcons) – RFA (PFF grade – 81.3)

Alshon Jeffery (Chicago Bears) – UFA (PFF grade – 78.7)

Terrelle Pryor (Cleveland Browns) – UFA (PFF grade – 78.6)

Dontrelle Inman (San Diego Chargers) – RFA (PFF grade – 77.6)

Kenny Britt (Los Angeles Rams) – UFA (PFF grade – 76.5)

Russell Shepard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – UFA (PFF grade – 76.1)

Brandon LaFell (Cincinnati Bengals) – UFA (PFF grade – 75.7)

Jeremy Kerley (San Francisco 49ers) – UFA (PFF grade – 74.7)

Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans) – UFA (PFF grade – 74.6)

Terrance Williams (Dallas Cowboys) – UFA (PFF grade – 74.1)

Kenny Stills (Miami Dolphins) – UFA (PFF grade – 73.8)

Roberts Woods (Buffalo Bills) – UFA (PFF grade – 73.2)

Aldrick Robinson (Atlanta Falcons) – UFA (PFF grade – 73.1)

Marquess Wilson (Chicago Bears) – UFA (PFF grade – 72.8)

Ted Ginn (Carolina Panthers) – UFA (PFF grade – 72.5)

Anquan Boldin (Detroit Lions) – UFA (PFF grade – 72.0)

Jeremy Ross (Arizona Cardinals) – UFA (PFF grade – 70.4)

Tight Ends:

Martellus Bennett (New England Patriots) – UFA (PFF grade – 82.7)

Jacob Tamme (Atlanta Falcons) – UFA (PFF grade – 77.6)

Anthony Fasano (Tennessee Titans) – UFA (PFF grade – 76.5)

Jack Doyle (Indianapolis Colts) – UFA (PFF grade – 76.0)

Vernon Davis (Washington Redskins) – UFA (PFF grade – 73.3)

Jared Cook (Green Bay Packers) – UFA (PFF grade – 72.9)

Centers:

J.C. Tretter (Green Bay Packers) – UFA (PFF grade – 84.1)

A.Q. Shipley (Arizona Cardinals) – UFA (PFF grade – 82.4)

Ryan Groy (Buffalo Bills) – RFA (PFF grade – 79.5)

John Sullivan (Washington Redskins) – UFA (PFF grade – 76.6)

Joe Hawley (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – UFA (PFF grade – 76.0)

Wesley Johnson (New York Jets) – RFA (PFF grade – 70.2)

Guards:

Kevin Zeitler (Cincinnati Bengals) – UFA (PFF grade – 87.1)

T.J. Lang (Green Bay Packers) – UFA (PFF grade – 85.7)

Andrew Norwell (Carolina Panthers) – RFA (PFF grade – 85.7)

Larry Warford (Detroit Lions) – UFA (PFF grade – 82.0)

Ronald Leary (Dallas Cowboys) – UFA (PFF grade – 81.8)

John Jerry (New York Giants) – UFA (PFF grade – 78.2)

Austin Pasztor (Cleveland Browns) – UFA (PFF grade – 77.3)

Patrick Omameh (Jacksonville Jaguars) – UFA (PFF grade – 77.1)

Brian Winters (New York Jets) – UFA (PFF grade – 77.1)

Jahri Evans (New Orleans Saints) – UFA (PFF grade – 76.8)

Stefen Wisniewski (Philadelphia Eagles) – UFA (PFF grade – 75.2)

Evan Mathis (Arizona Cardinals) – UFA (PFF grade – 74.9)

Ryan Jensen (Baltimore Ravens) – RFA (PFF grade – 73.1)

Ted Larsen (Chicago Bears) – UFA (PFF grade – 72.3)

Oday Aboushi (Houston Texans) – UFA (PFF grade – 71.9)

Tim Lelito (New Orleans Saints) – UFA (PFF grade – 70.5)

Offensive Tackles:

Andrew Whitworth (Cincinnati Bengals) – UFA (PFF grade – 91.3)

Ricky Wagner (Baltimore Ravens) – UFA (PFF grade – 84.5)

Ty Nsekhe (Washington Redskins) – RFA (PFF grade – 75.4)

Christopher Hubbard (Pittsburgh Steelers) – RFA (PFF grade – 72.8)

Cameron Fleming (New England Patriots) – RFA (PFF grade – 71.9)

Menelik Watson (Oakland Raiders) – UFA (PFF grade – 70.0)

Edge Defenders (OLB/DE):

Melvin Ingram (San Diego Chargers) – UFA (PFF grade – 88.1)

Chandler Jones (Arizona Cardinals) – UFA (PFF grade – 87.4)

Jason Pierre-Paul (New York Giants) – UFA (PFF grade – 86.2)

James Harrison (Pittsburgh Steelers) – UFA (PFF grade – 84.4)

Mario Addison (Carolina Panthers) – UFA (PFF grade – 83.6)

Nick Perry (Green Bay Packers) –  UFA (PFF grade – 83.5)

Charles Johnson (Carolina Panthers) – UFA (PFF grade – 81.4)

Lorenzo Alexander (Buffalo Bills) – UFA (PFF grade – 80.6)

Julius Peppers (Green Bay Packers) – UFA (PFF grade – 80.2)

Jabaal Sheard (New England Patriots) – UFA (PFF grade – 79.1)

John Simon (Houston Texans) – UFA (PFF grade – 78.3)

Darryl Tapp (New Orleans Saints) – UFA (PFF grade – 78.0)

Jamie Collins (Cleveland Browns) – UFA (PFF grade – 77.8)

DeMarcus Ware (Denver Broncos) – UFA (PFF grade – 77.4)

Jarvis Jones (Pittsburgh Steelers) – UFA (PFF grade – 77.0)

Dwight Freeney (Atlanta Falcons) – UFA (PFF grade – 73.5)

Alex Okafor (Arizona Cardinals) – UFA (PFF grade – 72.5)

Trent Cole (Indianpolis Colts) – UFA (PFF grade – 72.0)

Chris Long (New England Patriots) – UFA (PFF grade – 71.9)

Datone Jones (Green Bay Packers) – UFA (PFF grade – 71.9)

Ryan Davis (Dallas Cowboys) – UFA (PFF grade – 71.2)

Josh Martin (New York Jets) – UFA (PFF grade – 70.7)

Interior Defensive Linemen:

Calais Campbell (Arizona Cardinals) – UFA (PFF grade – 90.4)

Kawann Short (Carolina Panthers) – UFA (PFF grade – 87.7)

Chris Baker (Washington Redskins) – UFA (PFF grade – 82.2)

Abry Jones (Jacksonville Jaguars) – UFA (PFF grade – 81.5)

Karl Klug (Tennessee Titans) – UFA (PFF grade – 81.3)

Stacy McGee (Oakland Raiders) – UFA (PFF grade – 79.9)

Dominique Easley (Los Angeles Rams) – RFA (PFF grade – 79.1)

Alan Branch (New England Patriots) – UFA (PFF grade – 78.0)

Lawrence Guy (Baltimore Ravens) – UFA (PFF grade – 76.2)

Brandon Williams (Baltimore Ravens) – UFA (PFF grade – 75.9)

Stephen Paea (Cleveland Browns) – UFA (PFF grade – 75.7)

C.J. Wilson (Chicago Bears) – UFA (PFF grade – 75.5)

Mike Pennel (Green Bay Packers) – RFA (PFF grade – 73.2)

Cullen Jenkins (Washington Redskins) – UFA (PFF grade – 72.5)

Tony McDaniel (Seattle Seahawks) – UFA (PFF grade – 72.0)

Dontari Poe (Kansas City Chiefs) – UFA (PFF grade – 70.5)

Cam Thomas (Los Angeles Rams) – UFA (PFF grade – 70.4)

Linebackers:

Dont’a Hightower (New England Patriots) – UFA (PFF grade – 85.1)

Perry Riley (Oakland Raiders) – UFA (PFF grade – 84.2)

Zach Brown (Buffalo Bills) – UFA (PFF grade – 84.1)

Gerald Hodges (San Francisco 49ers) – UFA (PFF grade – 82.4)

Korey Toomer (San Diego Chargers) – RFA (PFF grade – 81.2)

Kevin Minter (Arizona Cardinals) – UFA (PFF grade – 81.0)

Ray-Ray Armstrong (San Francisco 49ers) – UFA (PFF grade – 80.4)

Sio Moore (Arizona Cardinals) – UFA (PFF grade – 76.7)

Todd Davis (Denver Broncos) – RFA (PFF grade – 76.0)

Sean Spence (Tennessee Titans) – UFA (PFF grade – 74.0)

Bruce Carter (New York Jets) – UFA (PFF grade – 73.8)

Karlos Dansby (Cincinnati Bengals)  – UFA (PFF grade – 73.5)

Ramon Humber (Buffalo Bills) – UFA (PFF grade – 72.6)

Kiko Alonso (Miami Dolphins) – UFA (PFF grade – 71.9)

Josh Bynes (Detroit Lions) – UFA (PFF grade – 71.7)

Paul Worrilow (Atlanta Falcons) – UFA (PFF grade – 71.2)

Michael Morgan (Seattle Seahawks) – UFA (PFF grade – 70.4)

Cornerbacks:

A.J. Bouye (Houston Texans) – UFA (PFF grade – 90.9)

Malcolm Butler (New England Patriots) – UFA (PFF grade – 90.8)

Terence Newman (Minnesota Vikings) – UFA (PFF grade – 86.4)

Morris Claiborne (Dallas Cowboys) – UFA (PFF grade – 84.9)

Darius Butler (Indianapolis Colts) – UFA (PFF grade – 82.6)

Logan Ryan (New England Patriots) – UFA (PFF grade – 81.9)

Trumaine Johnson (Los Angeles Rams) – UFA (PFF grade – 81.0)

Ross Cockrell (Pittsburgh Steelers) – RFA (PFF grade – 80.3)

Deshawn Shead (Seattle Seahawks) – RFA (PFF grade – 79.0)

Leon Hall (New York Giants) – UFA (PFF grade – 77.7)

Prince Amukamara (Jacksonville Jaguars) – UFA (PFF grade – 76.6)

Captain Munnerlyn (Minnesota Vikings) – UFA (PFF grade – 75.5)

Dre Kirkpatrick (Cincinnati Bengals) – UFA (PFF grade – 74.7)

Micah Hyde (Green Bay Packers) – UFA (PFF grade – 73.3)

Stephon Gilmore (Buffalo Bills) – UFA (PFF grade – 73.2)

Sterling Moore (New Orleans Saints) – UFA (PFF grade – 72.3)

Jerraud Powers (Baltimore Ravens) – UFA (PFF grade – 70.3)

Marcus Williams (New York Jets) – RFA (PFF grade – 70.1)

Safeties:

Tony Jefferson (Arizona Cardinals) – UFA (PFF grade – 88.6)

Eric Berry (Kansas City Chiefs) – UFA (PFF grade – 87.8)

John Cyprien (Jacksonville Jaguars) – UFA (PFF grade – 87.8)

Barry Church (Dallas Cowboys) – UFA (PFF grade – 86.2)

D.J. Swearinger (Arizona Cardinals) – UFA (PFF grade – 86.1)

Quintin Demps (Houston Texans) – UFA (PFF grade – 85.3)

Jahleel Addae (San Diego Chargers) – UFA (PFF grade – 85.2)

Mike Adams (Indianapolis Colts) – UFA (PFF grade – 83.3)

J.J. Wilcox (Dallas Cowboys) – UFA (PFF grade – 81.6)

Bradley McDougald (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – UFA (PFF grade – 79.0)

Duron Harmon (New England Patriots) – UFA (PFF grade – 78.5)

Brynden Trawick (Oakland Raiders) – UFA (PFF grade – 76.6)

T.J. McDonald (Los Angeles Rams) – UFA (PFF grade – 75.3)

Steven Terrell (Seattle Seahawks) – RFA (PFF grade – 75.1)

Daimion Stafford (Tennessee Titans) – UFA (PFF grade – 74.1)

Rafael Bush (Detroit Lions) – UFA (PFF grade – 73.7)

Daniel Sorenson (Kansas City Chiefs) – RFA (PFF grade – 71.1)

Jaylen Watkins (Philadelphia Eagles) – RFA (PFF grade – 70.9)

Rashad Johnson (Tennessee Titans) – UFA (PFF grade – 70.4)

Jordan Poyer (Cleveland Browns) – UFA (PFF grade – 70.4)

And there we are! Who do you want your favorite NFL team to sign? Feel free to let me know as I love hearing everyone’s opinions.

Enjoy NFL free agency when it starts in almost exactly two months!

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