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2018 NFL Free Agent Top 100

Monday, March 12, 2018


( ) = Age at start of Free Agency
This list will be depleted by tags & re-signings.
This list will be supplemented by releases.
Players are ranked roughly on expected annual average of contract value.



1. Kirk Cousins (29) – Likely to become NFL’s highest-paid player. Vikings heavily rumored favorites.
2. Drew Brees (39) – Sounds committed to Saints, willing to take small pay cut to make it happen.
3. Allen Robinson (24) – Tore left ACL last Week 1. Plus-sized big-play WR scored 20 TDs '15-16. 
4. Case Keenum (30) – Has history with Broncos exec Gary Kubiak. DEN reportedly has interest.
5. Trumaine Johnson (28) – Plus-sized CB will walk after LAR traded for Marcus Peters & Aqib Talib.
6. Nate Solder (29) – Easily this year’s top free agent LT. Expected to land $12+ million annually.
7. Andrew Norwell (26) – This year’s top free agent guard expected to interest SF, ARZ, and NYG.
8. Kyle Fuller (26) – Young CB coming off breakout year. Bears slapped Fuller with transition tag.

9. Ndamukong Suh (31) -- Still playing at extremely high level. PFF's No. 7-graded DT in 2017.
10. Sheldon Richardson (27) – Ranked 7th among DTs in QB hurries and always a plus run stopper.
11. A.J. McCarron (27) – Candidate to be 2018’s Mike Glennon. CLE out after Tyrod Taylor trade.
12. Justin Pugh (27) – Lost 13 games to back/knee woes last 2 years. Quality LG/RT when healthy.
13. Sammy Watkins (24) – Never formed bond w/ Jared Goff after August trade. Did stay healthy.
14. Aaron Colvin (26) – Physical slot CB allowed zero TDs in 2017. Has injury/suspension history.
15. Malcolm Butler (28) – Will SB52 benching hurt him? High-end No. 2 CB at worst. Plays man.
16. Weston Richburg (26) – Missed last 12 games (concussion). Quality LG/C starter when healthy.
17. Dontari Poe (27) – Massive NT shined on 1-year, $8 million Falcons deal after slow ‘17 market.
18. E.J. Gaines (26) – Difference-maker CB when in lineup for Bills defense. Long injury history.
19. Kenny Vaccaro (27) – Has been up and down, but safety/slot corner versatility will help him.
20. Prince Amukamara (28) – Solid CB starter on underrated Bears pass defense. Not big INT guy.
21. Sam Bradford (30) – Knee-hobbled QB played well last 2 years in MIN. Possible Week 1 starter.
22. Josh McCown (39) – Surprise top-15 QB in ’17. Another possible Week 1 starter in bridge role.
23. Teddy Bridgewater (25) – Arrow up before 2016 knee injury. Should get incentive-laden offers.
24. Adrian Clayborn (29) – Career-high 9.5 sacks, although 6 came in 1 game. Still a monster year.
25. Julius Peppers (38) – Ageless wonder led CAR in sacks (11). Reportedly wants to keep playing.
26. Jimmy Graham (31) – Avg’d 24.0 yards over last 8 games. Not expected back with Seahawks.
27. Marqise Lee (26) – Can’t shake nagging injuries. Did flash quality No. 2 WR ability last 2 years.
28. Paul Richardson (25) – After early injuries, has become a deep threat/contested-catch stud.
29. Josh Sitton (31) – Has been cut twice last 3 years. Still PFF’s No. 6-graded guard for ‘17 Bears.

30. Muhammad Wilkerson (28) -- Cut by Jets after falling out with org. Stud 3-4 DE when focused.

31. Bashaud Breeland (26) – Inconsistent No. 2 CB in Washington. May be best utilized at slot CB.
32. Jay Cutler (34) – After coming out of retirement, Cutler mostly bombed as Dolphins ‘17 starter.
33. Morgan Burnett (29) – Chess piece with experience at safety, slot CB, nickel/dime linebacker.
34. Bennie Logan (28) – Run-plugging nose tackle wore down on 1-year, $8 million Chiefs rental.
35. Star Lotulelei (28) – Fell into rotational DT role with Panthers, never became difference maker.
36. Navorro Bowman (29) – Onetime star ILB cut by 49ers last October, then shined with Raiders.
37. Avery Williamson (26) – Elite run-stopper ILB lost playing time on passing downs in Tennessee.
38. Josh Kline (28) – Passable starting RG/LG in TEN & NE last 3 years. Weak OL market helps him.
39. DaQuan Jones (28) – Run-stopping five-technique DE or NT in 3-4. Tore biceps in December.
40. Eric Reid (26) – Played FS, SS, WLB for 49ers. Lost starting SS job to Jaquiski Tartt last season.
41. Dion Lewis (27) – Pats beat writers think dynamic all-purpose back isn’t long for New England.
42. Jack Mewhort (26) – Recurring knee injuries cost Colts best OG 17 games the past 2 seasons.
43. Kyle Williams (34) – Long underrated DT still plays at high level. May be weighing retirement.
44. Haloti Ngata (34) – Tore biceps in October. Said he wants to keep playing, re-sign with Detroit.
45. Ryan Jensen (26) – Experience at all 3 interior OL positions, including 16 starts at center in ‘17.
46. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (25) – ASJ reportedly turned down two-year, $8 million offer from Jets.
47. Trey Burton (26) – Athletic catch-first TE deserves shot to shine outside of Zach Ertz’s shadow.
48. Tyler Eifert (27) – Missed 40/64 games (63%) past 4 years. Should get incentive-based offers.
49. Carlos Hyde (27) – Tackle breaker with passing-game limitations. Best running from shotgun.

50. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (31) -- Cut by Giants. Still quality starter at slot or outside CB.
51. Jerick McKinnon (25) – Poor man’s Alvin Kamara w/ arrow pointing up as in-space playmaker.
52. Zach Brown (28) – Inconsistent but rangy off-ball linebacker. Has played 3-4 ILB and 4-3 WLB.
53. Nigel Bradham (28) – 3-down WLB w/ sketchy off-field past. Favorite of Philly DC Jim Schwartz.
54. Isaiah Crowell (25) – Averaged 4.58 YPC over final 11 games. Seems unlikely to stay w/ Browns.
55. Demario Davis (29) – 3-down inside linebacker led Jets in sacks (5) & NFL in solo tackles (97).
56. Chris Hubbard (26) – Capable of playing all 5 OL positions. Steelers starting RT for most of ‘17.
57. Morris Claiborne (28) – Man-to-man CB plagued by groin, foot, knee, and hamstring injuries.
58. Rashaan Melvin (28) – Man-coverage corner had breakout ‘17 before year-ending hand injury.
59. Patrick Robinson (30) – Had career year as Eagles slot CB. 4 different teams in last 4 seasons.
60. T.J. Carrie (27) – Has played outside CB, S, slot corner. Broke out as Raiders slot CB last year.
61. Johnathan Joseph (33) – Aging CB gave up too many big plays in ’17. Wants to stay in Houston.
62. Tre Boston (25) – Solidified Chargers FS position, breaking out for career-high 5 interceptions.
63. Terrelle Pryor (28) – Bust in WAS after 1,000-yard year with Browns, who now want him back.
64. Mike Wallace (31) – Still quality role player. Led Ravens in receiving yards each of last 2 years.

65. Pernell McPhee (29) -- Cut by Bears. Unreliable knees. Productive edge rusher when healthy.
66. Trent Murphy (27) – 9 sacks in 2016. Missed all of 2017 with ACL/MCL tear, 4-game PEDs ban.
67. Todd Davis (25) – Two-year Broncos ILB starter excelled versus run but struggled in coverage.
68. Preston Brown (25) – Earned Bills every-down MLB job in ’17. Minimal playmaking production.
69. Nevin Lawson (26) – Big step back after promising ’16, falling into No. 2 CB rotation with Lions.
70. Jordan Matthews (25) – Slot WR coming off knee/ankle surgeries & career-worst year in BUF.
71. John Brown (27) – Onetime rising star WR hasn’t been same since 2016 sickle-cell diagnosis.
72. Jay Bromley (25) – Young rotational DT managed 2 sacks in 4 seasons (55 games) with Giants.
73. Rex Burkhead (27) – Versatile RB/special teamer totaled 518 yards, 8 TDs in 10 games for NE.
74. Kendall Wright (28) – Slot WR led Bears in catches (59) & receiving yards (614) as 2017 rental.
75. Albert Wilson (25) – Slot WR set career highs in yards (554) & catch rate (68%) with ’17 Chiefs.
76. Davon House (28) – Big, talented but inconsistent CB was up & down in 12 starts with Packers.
77. Nickell Robey-Coleman (26) – Elite slot CB undervalued by NFL due to smurfish size (5’7/169).
78. Eric Decker (31) – Should be available cheaply after pedestrian season in TEN (54/563/10.4/1).
79. Donte Moncrief (24) – Underachiever battled shoulder, hamstring, ankle injuries past 2 years.
80. Junior Galette (30) – Disruptive situational pass rusher with checkered off-field/injury history.
81. Connor Barwin (31) – 3-4 OLB may be running out of gas after disappointing season with Rams.
82. William Hayes (32) – Was Dolphins best all-around DE before year-ending hamstring surgery.
83. Brandon Fusco (29) – Replacement-level OL offers starting experience at both guard positions.
84. John Sullivan (32) – Reemerged as solid starting C with Rams after injury-caused 2-year hiatus.
85. Matt Slauson (32) – Starting experience at LG & C. Suffered year-ending biceps tear in Week 7.
86. Spencer Long (27) – Starting experience at LG & C. Concerning history of knee/quad injuries.
87. D.J. Fluker (27) – Emerged as Giants starting RG before year-ending toe injury. Also plays RT.
88. Senio Kelemete (27) – Can play every OL position except LT. 22 starts past 3 years for Saints.

89. Martellus Bennett (31) -- Went 55/701/7 for NE in '16. Has been cut by Packers & Patriots since.
90. Luke Joeckel (26) – Predictable free agent flop as Seahawks starting LG. Recurring knee woes.
91. Travis Swanson (27) – Starting experience at C & RG. Has worrisome history of concussions.
92. Zach Fulton (26) – Jack of many trades, master of none. Starting experience at RG, LG, C, RT.
93. Anthony Hitchens (25) – Best in run defense. Made starts at MLB, WLB, and SLB with Dallas.

94. Quintin Demps (32) -- Broke arm in Week 3, cut by Bears. Previously ballhawk FS in Houston.

95. Tyvon Branch (32) – Underrated slot corner/SS can’t kick injury bug. Tore his ACL last Week 10.
96. Tahir Whitehead (27) – At his best in run defense. Made starts at MLB, WLB, and SLB with Lions.

97. Alex Boone (30) -- Power-blocking OG has played for 3 different teams in the last 3 seasons.

98. Jahri Evans (34) -- Late-career mercenary had solid season as Packers starting right guard.

99. Tom Johnson (33) -- Forced into starting job with MIN last year. Better used as rotational DT.

100. Dominique Easley (25) -- Has long battled injuries. Disruptive interior rusher when healthy.

 

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Additional Noteworthy 2018 Free Agents: RB DeMarco Murray (30); ILB Jerrell Freeman (31); RB Frank Gore (34); RB Darren Sproles (34); RB Alfred Morris (29); RB LeGarrette Blount (31); RB Charles Sims (27); DE Charles Johnson (31); DT Tyrunn Walker (28); WR Taylor Gabriel (27); WR Bruce Ellington (26); WR Brice Butler (28); DL Tank Carradine (28); WR Cody Latimer (25); OLB Aaron Lynch (25); RB Jeremy Hill (25); DE Denico Autry (27); DE Alex Okafor (27); OLB Devon Kennard (26); OLB Kareem Martin (26); DE Kony Ealy (26); OLB Jerry Attaochu (25); DE David Bass (27); DT Shamar Stephen (27); DT Beau Allen (26); DT Nick Fairley (30); DT Justin Ellis (27); FB Zach Line (27); FB Anthony Sherman (29)



Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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