NFL Free Agency 2022: Ranking the top 25 offensive players who are no longer under contract

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You could say that Adams is the best receiver in the league, and it’s hard to refute that opinion. Double first-team All-Pro absolutely destroys games when given the chance, and no matter what happens with Aaron Rodgers in the near future, the Green Bay Packers have no intention to let Adams take calls from other teams. Never say never, though, and if they make the mistake of not scoring him as a franchise, he’ll reset the market to position — easily. Since really finding his groove as a WR1 in 2016, the five-time Pro Bowler has amassed 7,192 receiving yards (12.4 yards per reception) and 69 touchdowns. Enough said. 2
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The New Orleans Saints’ biggest free agent name, you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll try to figure out their cap situation to allow for the retention of one of the best offensive tackles in all of football. Armstead is an All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler who will generate a ton of interest if he is cleared to field calls in March, despite struggling with an injury in 2021 – which he was able to come back from when many thought he was. wouldn’t. The Saints aren’t expected to be able to afford to tag him as a franchise, so his offers will start pouring in soon, and they won’t be small. 3
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Chris Godwin, who nearly lost the spot to Allen Robinson when you consider — like Odell Beckham and Michael Gallup — he’s trying to come back from a season-ending torn ACL in 2022. Godwin has been mostly durable lately, before his recent injury, and his production shows it. In total, between the Winston and Brady era, he has produced 4,643 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns since 2017. Those are WR1 numbers relegated to a WR2 only due to the presence of world talent Mike Evans. 4
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Things got so weird between Robinson and the Chicago Bears, contractually, that it fueled a fan movement that flooded the organization with chants aimed at forcing them to pay him for a long-term contract. It never happened and, as such, the Pro Bowl wide is entering free agency after seeing a drop in his production due to Matt Nagy’s attempt to make Andy Dalton a good QB on the season. last and the O line’s inability to protect Justin Fields, but you have to look no further than what he did in 2019 and 2020 – and who he did it with – to understand why he didn’t. there are arguably more WRs more valuable than him entering free agency. 5
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It’s hard to quantify what Williams meant to the Los Angeles Chargers offense and Justin Herbert’s development. The definitive WR1 for Herbert, Williams drove in for 1,146 receiving yards and nine touchdowns last season alone — his second season for 1,000 yards on his last three attempts. Any team in need of a star receiver can get one at Williams, but he won’t come cheap, and that’s assuming the Chargers let the 27-year-old out of the building. 6
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Beckham isn’t the only top receiver on this list working to come back from a torn ACL. Gallup also suffered one in 2021, but he remains one of the most electric game changers in the NFL when looking at all of his work. He would like to stay with the Dallas Cowboys and they would like to keep him, but other clubs will also have a chance, and he is looking to be paid well. 7
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One word: brutal. Beckham found his way to the Rams after a toxic split from the Cleveland Browns and immediately established himself as THE dominant receiver against eventual Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp. But just one game away from glory and what was to be one of the most favorable offseasons of his career, he suffered a torn ACL in Super Bowl LVI. That puts a damper on what he could be offered given he’s also a tear, but Beckham is still one of the top 10 names to watch going forward. 8
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All Brown wanted was to be moved to tackle, but that wasn’t in the plans for the Baltimore Ravens, so they traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs — who honored his request. He then started all 16 games at tackle for the Chiefs in 2021, and the three-time Pro Bowler will be a huge plus for anyone in need of an improvement on offense. Being five years younger than Scherff is what puts him above the longtime Washington veteran. 9
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One of the most valuable offensive linemen heading to free agency, the All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl guard has spent his entire career in the losing environment of the Washington Commanders and could be at the fore. looking for a change. And there will be no shortage of people willing to help him pack his bags and bring his talent to their team. ten
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Much-maligned after his split from the Buccaneers — a move that paved the way for Brady and Co.’s arrival — Winston patiently studied behind Drew Brees until the keys were thrown at him in 2021 to start dismantling Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers before finally suffering an ACL tear, but he’s easily the only free agent QB worth mentioning on this list, and his arm is still the same cannon it always was. 11
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While there are younger tight ends available (see below), none of them are a future first-round Hall of Famer like Gronk. And the fact that he’s shown he can still produce only bolsters his value, with the only real question being whether he’s interested in playing for a quarterback not named Tom Brady – having hinted that he saw great things in Joe Burrow (hint?). 12
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When Blake Jarwin went down with a torn ACL in 2020, Schultz was asked to stop being just a blocking TE who sometimes caught passes from a point guard/chain mover. He has shown he understands the mission, effectively taking the TE1 job from Jarwin in 2021 and presumably pulling out of Dallas in the process. Look for it to command a pretty penny this offseason. 13
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Conner left the Pittsburgh Steelers in hopes of reminding the NFL that he could get back to playing games and, well, mission accomplished. The two-time Pro Bowl running back produced 1,127 yards from scrimmage last season in the desert, but his 18 touchdowns are even more striking. Conner is an end zone machine that almost every team would do well to add to their roster. 14
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Kirk is young and has the ability to be electric. He never quite became the WR1 in Arizona, even when DeAndre Hopkins was injured, but his 982 receiving yards and five touchdowns show what he can do in the right system that sees him as a dominant WR2 that can sometimes play games. recognition value WR1. 15
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Being able to thrive in the toxic wasteland of the Jacksonville Jaguars is a feat for anyone, and Chark did it without ever knowing who his franchise QB was in any given week. His 2021 season ended prematurely with a broken ankle, but he should be 100% for 2022 and when there’s a young 1,000-yard electric receiver on the market, you call him. 16
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All Gesicki did for the Dolphins was improve year after year, going from a rotational talent as a rookie with just 202 receiving yards and no touchdowns in 2018 to a major contributor for Tua Tagovailoa. After producing 13 combined touchdowns and 2,053 receiving yards in his last three seasons in Miami, there will be needy TE teams looking to play to reach him on the phone. 17
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After the back and forth of wanting to stay with the Cleveland Browns and wanting out, then changing his mind, Njoku is finally free to decide where he wants to play next without interference. A great tight-end talent, he can be someone’s red-zone threat while stretching the pitch at the seams from time to time. A player who averaged nine yards per target in 2021 cannot be overlooked. 18
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If you want to know how valuable Patterson was to the Atlanta Falcons in 2021, look no further how they struggled without him in the lineup. The four-time All-Pro was a force last season — capable of providing production as a running back, wide receiver and kick returner — and should be one of the most sought-after names in free agency. 19
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Things didn’t go the way Gordon would have liked in his quest for a major deal with the Los Angeles Chargers before joining the Denver Broncos in 2020, but you could tell he was back in shape. The two-time Pro Bowl running back racked up a total of 2,275 scrimmage yards with 20 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Broncos — despite Denver being a mess at QB. 20
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When Fuller is on, he’s hot. The problem is that, lately, he’s seen his mark tarnished by an NFL suspension and then a season-ending broken thumb after moving from the Houston Texans to the Miami Dolphins. Still, he’s easily one of the best free-agent wide receivers available this offseason, and if the Dolphins don’t want a mulligan with him, their loss will be someone else’s gain. 21
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It’s no secret that NFL games are won and lost in the trenches, and Corbett helped the Rams buy plenty of time for Matthew Stafford to make plays and the running game to remain viable after the loss of Cam Akers. Even better for Corbett is the fact that he’s still young, a 26-year-old inside offensive lineman who can also bring some flexibility to the table — with his Super Bowl LVI ring. 22
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He didn’t get the long-term deal he initially wanted with the Philadelphia Eagles and was instead traded to the Arizona Cardinals in 2021 – where he became an immediate and dangerous weapon for Kyler Murray. Ertz can do the same for any QB in the league, and tight ends like Ertz will always have a top rating, and being a three-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion doesn’t hurt either. 23
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Playoff Lenny was in full effect during the Super Bowl hosted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, and his 812 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns really polished his regular season mark. After nearly saving the day in this year’s playoff loss to eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, Fournette showed he still has the ability to RB1. 24
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Quality attacking tackles don’t grow on trees, let alone ones that can both start and stay mostly sustainable. Moses started in every game for the Washington Commanders in the six years leading up to their split in 2021 and joining the New York Jets, and he will be a quality for anyone who needs to upgrade their QB protection. 25
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Smith-Schuster is still working to earn a long-term contract somewhere after his second consecutive season for failing to prove he deserves it. Teams will want to know he’s back in full gear after a season-ending shoulder injury, so another one-year deal feels good here. Honorable mention
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Once one of football’s most dominant receivers, Hilton is now on the wrong side of 30 and with several injuries on his resume, but he can still bring a lot of value to a club in need of WRs – assuming he stays. in good health.

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