2024 NFL free agent rankings: Top 50 players available include Xavien Howard, Justin Simmons and more

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He’s getting older, returning from injury and still hasn’t been able to produce a decisive performance in the postseason. But playing quarterback consistently is also difficult, and Cousins ​​is still a borderline top-10 pocket passer with an eye for the big play. (Signing with the Falcons) 2
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Having returned to full form following a few injury-filled seasons, Hunter remains one of the most productive and physically imposing defenders in the game. He has almost the same number of sacks (87.5) as starts (90). (Signing with the Texans) 3
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Williams was more than solid as a pass rusher up until his contract year, but he has been rock-steady as an interior gap-plugger since entering the NFL. He is as reliable a run defender as they come. (Signing with the Raiders) 4
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He didn’t live up to expectations until the arrival of Roquan Smith, but Queens also has the size, speed and physicality to remain a sideline-to-sideline difference-maker after a star turn for an elite defense. (Signed with the Steelers) 5
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He looked rough at times in his Jaguars debut, which showed his great chemistry with Trevor Lawrence. But even at 29 years old, Ridley has electric speed and big-play experience, making him a high-end downfield threat. (Signing with the Titans) 6
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Running backs are more replaceable than ever, and he has suffered some lazy stretches due to injury. However, Barkley is still only 27 years old, and even when healthy he has dual-threat mobility that can’t be taught. (signing with the Eagles) 7
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Williams, who was transferred by the New York Giants in mid-2023, has now played well for three different teams/systems in his career. Even his final years have been solid as a versatile inside man. (Re-signing with the Seahawks) 8
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A Cap casualty in Denver, Simmons is no spring chicken, at 31, and has battled injuries the past two years. But few defensive backs have been better leaders or ballhawks since his arrival (30 career interceptions). 9
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One of the biggest projections of this year’s free agent class, Huff has started just seven games in four years. But the strong, explosive rotational guy has been ultra-efficient when deployed, fresh off a 10-sack breakout. ,Signed with the Eagles) 10
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Availability was occasionally an issue in New York due to on-field and off-field injuries, but whenever he has been healthy, the Alabama product has been wide-ranging and impressive. At 25, he profiles as a potential long-term difference-maker. (Signing with the Packers) 11
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He has missed extended time in two of his four NFL seasons, but when active, his pass-rushing impact has been steady. Will Anderson Jr. headlined Houston in 2023, but he led Demeco Ryan’s front in sacks and tackles for loss. (Signing with the Vikings) 12
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Henry was not destined for the big bucks due to age (30) and wear and tear (2,030 career carries) at a devalued position. But his credibility hasn’t faded over time, and his sizable frame will help him remain strong as a contender. (Signed with the Ravens) 13
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He hasn’t played a full season in almost a decade, which means he’ll need valid insurance beforehand. But even at age 33, Smith is an upper-tier left tackle, and a road-grading blind-side blocker is always a premium find. (Signing with the Jets) 14
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All the concerns about Derrick Henry should probably apply to Jacobs, whose tough physicality has lent itself to bumps, bruises and lingering strains. But his stature as a do-it-all guy is very high, and he’s just turned 26. (Signing with the Packers) 15
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After stops in Baltimore and Arizona it’s pretty clear that Brown is best served as a No. 2 type, but he’s only going at 27 with proven deep-ball speed. Put him in front of a legitimate wideout, and he’ll help get over the top of the defense. (Signing with Chiefs) 16
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There may not be a more underrated free agent in recent memory. While Floyd has never really surprised with gaudy stats, he ranks 10th in total sacks since 2020 (39.5). He is the definition of a safe bet in this position. (Signed with 49ers) 17
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Like Kendall Fuller, his resume shows signs of being a good fit for Washington’s poor defense. But he compensated for the abundance of splash plays with a reputation for general reliability, racking up 385 tackles over four years. (Signed with Ram) 18
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After a quiet start to his career with the Jets, Lavu has emerged as a ferocious, downhill-charging sack artist for the Panthers in recent years. He is an off-ball linebacker by nature, but has the ability to get behind the pocket. (signature with commanders) 19
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One of several mercurial edge rushers on the market, Smith will be 32 when the new season begins, but he is as solid as they come, having eclipsed 20 quarterback hits in five of his last six seasons. . (re-signing with the Browns) 20
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Notice a theme with these top free agent wideouts? Unlike Calvin Ridley and Marquise Brown, Davis hasn’t been the epitome of consistency, but guy can fly. His elite performances should also hold up, considering he is only 25 years old. (signing with the Jaguars) 21
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Normally you don’t want to be the victim of a rookie defense starting with a brutal defense, but Fuller has been a relatively stable perimeter guy for both the Chiefs and Commanders now. You could perform worse at such an important spot. (sign with dolphins) 22
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Did he set the world on fire with the Buccaneers? No, but he still exceeded expectations, provided impressive enthusiasm and led the playoff race with superior ball control. If he’s unspectacular, call him a lousy QB1 who is still very valuable. (Re-signing with the Buccaneers) 23
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Three times in his career he could not play many matches due to injury. But the former Cowboys guard has performed well while active, including anchoring Miami’s line. If he can stay on the field, he still has Pro Bowl potential. 24
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Like basically every other lineman for the Dolphins in 2023, Hunt succumbed to injuries. But before that he was progressing as a top interior man, paving the way for Mike McDaniels’ explosive run game. (Signed with the Panthers) 25
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It’s hard to praise anyone who has “headlined” New England’s scrappy front in recent years, but Onwenu is well-regarded for his versatility and has emerged as a legitimate tackle. He could potentially start at any position. (Re-signed with the Patriots) 26
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This is the opposite of the resume. Young’s once-promising career has been mostly sidelined due to injury, but with his freakish physical talent and youth (he’ll be 25), he remains an interesting bet for the long term. (Signed with Saints) 27
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Running backs, we know. But Swift finally reached full form in Philadelphia, and produced aggressive performances every time he touched the ball. He may still benefit from pitch count, but at 25, he may also be at his best. (sign with bear) 28
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Age is just a number for David, whose instincts and sheer tenacity helped push the Buccaneers into the playoffs late in the year. He may never leave Tampa Bay, and he’s clearly a short-term player at 34, but his feel for the game remains top-notch. (Re-signing with the Buccaneers) 29
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Rankins has rarely been described as a scary interior guy, but he has now had back-to-back reliable campaigns for a pair of playoff-caliber defenses. You know what you’re getting here: a steady, gap-solving presence. (Signed with the Bengals) 30
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At 34 years old, coming off his 12th season, Zeitler is certainly a better fit as a rental for any team. But he was a key part of Lamar Jackson’s MVP season, earning the first Pro Bowl award of his career. (sign with lion) 31
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A third wheel of sorts with the San Francisco 49ers, Al-Shayer emerged fully from the shadow of Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw at Tennessee. His best work has come closer to the line, making him a potential loss tackle machine. (signing with texas) 32
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He’s getting there, but the former star cover man made some vintage appearances for Team America in 2023. 33
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He’s never been much of a rotational contributor, but it’s hard to deny the ball skills after a seven-pick breakout. (Signed with the Bengals) 34
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The Lions’ offensive line was an integral part of Detroit’s Cinderella run. Glasgow had a big hand in this interior. (re-signing with the Lions) 35
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The presence of Myles Garrett probably helped Cleveland. But he can still be a edge-stopping monster. 36
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Despite a strange turn of events in Cincinnati, there may be no safe bet on a perfect deal in this market. (Signing with the Cardinals) 37
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Age and availability are concerns following his release from Miami. But he has a track record as a top-class playmaker. 38
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Like Lavonte David, he is approaching retirement. Until then, he continues to use smarts to compensate for any loss of athleticism. (signature with commanders) 39
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Cornerback is a fluid position, but Nelson has been quite flexible for all four teams who have deployed him. 40
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Ultimately given the workhorse role in 2023, Pollard was a perfect fit. As a fast bowler who changes pace, he has got more value. (Signing with the Titans) 41
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Another cap casualty in Miami, Baker has done it all as a dependable defensive lynchpin. Can he stay healthy? 42
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Despite the Eagles’ collapse he enjoyed a personal resurgence in 2023. But maybe he’ll finally hang up the cleats. (retired) 43
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Brooks hasn’t often been a highlight-reel star, but his consistency and durability stood out in Seattle. (sign with dolphins) 44
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After several solid seasons with the Broncos, Risner performed well as a last-minute addition to Minnesota’s interior. 45
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He’s clearly ready for a gadget role, but his dynamic versatility still gives him value as a No. 3-type wideout. (signature with bills) 46
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Medical track record is a concern, but Reeder has the size, skill and experience to be a trench tone-setter. (sign with lion) 47
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An underrated back-end leader for the tough Jets defense, Whitehead also played for the title-winning 2020 Bucs. (Signing with the Buccaneers) 48
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He has struggled to stay on the field in the last two years, but the always active center fielder has the ability to make plays on time. (signing with the Eagles) 49
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He has now been a part of several inspiring Rams playoff runs, providing range and strong tackling marks on the back end. (Signed with the Panthers) 50
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He’s certainly older, but he’s also been proven as a smart, instinctive leader of the linebacker corps. (Signed with the Panthers)



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