NFL free agency: Ranking top 30 players set to hit open market
30. Bud Dupree, EDGE
Dupree, 27, had the best season of his five-year career in 2019. He recorded a career-high 11.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss while forcing four fumbles. The advanced stats loved him, too.
The former first-round pick had a 76.3 pass-rush grade by Pro Football Focus and PFF had him recording 51 pressures. Dupree set himself up nicely for free agency. --Dalton Johnson
29. Austin Hooper, TE
Hooper has become a dependable receiving option for the Falcons, but he's not the great tight end mismatch some think he is. A little less than 76 percent of his production has come on routes through holes in a zone or underneath the defense. He's a good tight end but feels like a candidate to get massively overpaid. --Josh Schrock
28. Jack Conklin, T
Conklin, 27, is the best right tackle on the market. He took a bit of a step back in his pass protection, but was one of the best run blockers in football. Just ask Derrick Henry how that worked out.
Yeah, pretty good. --DJ
27. Robby Anderson, WR
Anderson is a dyanmic downfield threat, but it's unclear if he has what it takes to be a team's true No. 1 receiver. He's bound to get paid like one, though. --JS
26. Emmanuel Sanders, WR
Sanders was Mr. Reliable for Jimmy Garoppolo during the 49ers' Super Bowl run. He hauled in 36 receptions for 502 receiving yards and three TDs after being sent from Denver to Santa Clara.
Sanders turns 33 years old on Tuesday, but he still is a winning player. --DJ
25. Anthony Castonzo, T
At 32 years old, Castonzo still is one of the most valuable left tackles in the league. He ranked eighth in the NFL in pass-protection grade, per PFF, and ranked fifth in pass-protection grade on straight dropbacks. -- JS
24. Yannick Ngakoue, EDGE
The Jacksonville Jaguars are using the franchise tag on Ngakoue, but he has made it clear he wants out. The former Pro Bowler is coming off a season where he recorded eight sacks, six passes defensed and four forced fumbles.
Clearly, the soon-to-be 25-year-old will have suitors if the Jags can get a trade done. --DJ
23. Breshad Perriman, WR
A first-round talent that had been labeled a bust, Perriman resurrected his career last season in Tampa Bay by putting up big numbers down the stretch. He's a big-bodied receiver with a lot of talent and could be a steal once Anderson, Sanders and others make their decisions. -- JS
22. Chris Harris Jr., CB
Harris, who turns 31 years old in June, is coming off a down season where the Denver Broncos moved him to the outside. Bad idea.
Put Harris back in the slot and let him do his thing. He still can be one of the best defensive backs in football. --DJ
21. Joe Thuney, G
Guards don't get the publicity that tackles do, but Thuney has become one of the best guards in the NFL. He allowed only 16 pressures on 693 attempts in 2019. He'll make someone's offensive line very happy. --JS
20. Shaquil Barrett, EDGE
Talk about perfect timing. After going undrafted in 2014, Barrett totaled 14 sacks in five seasons with the Denver Broncos. Last season, he led the league with 19.5 in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Is Barrett for real? He certainly looked like he is last season. Now it's time to get paid. --DJ
19. Jameis Winston, QB
His 30/30 campaign in 2019 was one that kept you on the edge of your seat. Perhaps the eye surgery will help improve his decision-making. If it's a no for Bruce Arians, though, it might be a no for a lot of teams. --JS
18. Marcus Mariota, QB
Bet on Marcus Mariota. He finally will be out of Tennessee where the former No. 2 overall pick was incorrectly used for years. Mariota, one of the better people in football, could rectify his career in no time.
Someone is getting a steal in the former Heisman Trophy winner. --DJ
17. Hunter Henry, TE
If Henry can stay healthy, he's one of the best tight ends in football. He wins on the outside, in the slot and on the end of the line. Expect him to be in high demand. --JS
16. Philip Rivers, QB
Part of me wanted to put Mariota and Winston ahead of Rivers. Too often the 38-year-old looked done last season. But the future Hall of Famer still is productive and managed to toss 23 TDs last season.
If he wants to continue his career, someone will sign Rivers to a healthy contract. That's a guarantee. --DJ
15. Derrick Henry, RB
Running backs more or less are a dime a dozen. But Henry is like some sort of hard-running alien sent here to only stick defenders into the dirt and score touchdowns. His powerful running style gives teams the ability to set up a dangerous play-action game. --JS
14. Cory Littleton, LB
Littleton is one of the better cover linebackers in the NFL, which is huge for today's game. He had five interceptions and 22 passes defensed over the last two years.
PFF also gave him a 90.6 coverage grade over that span. Littleton will get paid a lot. --DJ
13. Ryan Tannehill, QB
After resuscitating his career last season, Tannehill could command a pretty penny on the open market if the Titans let him get there. Tennessee reportedly plans to make retaining Tannehill a priority after he threw for 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions after taking over for Mariota after Week 6. Was Tannehill's 2019 success just a flash in the pan? Or proof he just needed to get out of Miami to realize his potential? -- JS
12. A.J. Green, WR
The injury concerns are real. Green missed all of last season and only played nine games in 2018. The talent is real, too.
Despite averaging two missed games per season from 2011-18, Green still averaged 1,113 receiving yards and eight TDs per season. The Cincinnati Bengals figure to use the franchise tag on him, which should make Joe Burrow a happy rookie. --DJ
11. Arik Armstead, DL
Armstead had a career-year in a contract year. So, of course, people are skeptical. But he took his game to another level in 2019, more than doubling his previous career-high in total pressures. He's going to cash in this offseason. --JS
10. Anthony Harris, S
Harris is one of the NFL's most underrated players. That shouldn't be the case anymore. The 28-year-old led the NFL with six interceptions last year and had 11 passes defensed.
Harris is a versatile DB who should have plenty of suitors. --DJ
9. Justin Simmons, S
Simmons had a breakout 2019 season and will be a coveted safety on the market ... but he likely won't get there. Broncos general manager John Elway has said the team will franchise-tag Simmons if a long-term deal isn't reached. Somewhere, Jon Gruden weeps. --JS
8. Teddy Bridgewater, QB
Yes, Teddy Ballgame deserves to be this high. Bridgewater, 27, went 5-0 last season with nine touchdowns and only two interceptions when Drew Brees was hurt.
Bridgewater can be a legit starting QB when given the chance, and should get a real shot this offseason. --DJ
7. Jadeveon Clowney, EDGE
Clowney had a solid season after being traded to the Seahawks, although his sack total dropped from nine to three. He has always been decent at getting after the quarterback but he isn't an elite talent in that regard. Still, he's a good run defender and has great pass-rush ability, even if that doesn't always translate to sacks. --JS
6. Byron Jones, CB
Going from safety to cornerback changed Jones' career two seasons ago. Now, he could sign an historic contract.
While he hasn't recorded a single interception the last two years, he does have 20 passes defensed over that time. Jones is a sensational athlete who can cover any position. --DJ
5. Amari Cooper, WR
Ever since arriving in Dallas, Cooper has turned himself into a dynamic downfield weapon. In 2019, he racked up 503 yards on 20-plus yard passes and hauled in 62.5 percent of deep throws. He's going to make some offense very happy. Will it be in Dallas? --JS
4. Chris Jones, DT
The Super Bowl champs won't let Jones go, and for good reason. They are placing the franchise tag on him after he recorded nine sacks and 20 QB hits in only 13 games last season.
He made his first Pro Bowl last season and should be seen as a star. They aren't many defensive linemen better than this. --DJ
3. Drew Brees, QB
He's on his last leg, but that leg still is good enough to win one more Super Bowl. He's Who Dat Nation for life, so this won't be much of a free agency. --JS
2. Dak Prescott, QB
Josh took the old QB, so I'll take the younger, better one.
Prescott isn't perfect, far from it. Let's focus on the positive, though. He's 27 years old, threw for over 4,900 yards and tossed 30 TDs last season. He also is mobile and keeps a defense guessing. Prescott has what it takes to become a champion. It's time to open your wallet, Jerry Jones. --DJ
1. Tom Brady, QB
Sure, he'll be 43 when the 2020 season starts. Do I care? Not really. He's the GOAT and his statistical drop last season was a product of a wide receiver group that couldn't get separation and had issues with drops. If he and the Patriots split, teams that are on the cusp of a title should be fighting over Brady. -- JS