A good chunk of NFL free agency has come and passed. At the stroke of noon on Monday, March 16, the NFL's legal tampering period began. What followed that was a flurry of announced deals that couldn't be signed until the new league year opened at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 18.
That date has now come and gone as well. Many of the best players on the market have already agreed to terms with their new (or old) teams. That includes quarterback Tom Brady, who will be signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As the week comes to an end, it's time to do a bit of a reset on our top free-agent rankings. With only five players of our original top 50 overall free agents still available, the market has drastically changed in under a week's time. That said, there are still plenty of potential contributors available at premium positions, and there is quite a lot of depth at the receiver position in particular.
Here's a look at the top 15 players that are still available as NFL free agency continues into another week.
Teams looking for defensive line help this offseason will have plenty of options at their disposal.
The 2020 free agent class is loaded with young, talented defensive tackles and edge rushers. One of them is New England Patriots DT Danny Shelton.
While you won't find him on this list, Shelton was rock-solid in 2019. The 26-year-old tallied three sacks to go along with a forced fumble and 61 total tackles.
If the Patriots move on from Shelton, they could look to replace him with one of the many intriguing defensive tackles on the market. Defensive end is a deep position as well if New England looks to go in that direction.
Here's a look at our top 10 free agent defensive tackles and defensive ends.
Before the Houston Texans traded star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks, they were close to pulling off a deal with the Miami Dolphins.
Miami made it known it was interested in Clowney's services, but ultimately the 26-year-old wasn't into the idea of taking his talents to South Beach. Partly because he didn't want to join a rebuilding team, and partly because he had no interest in playing for Dolphins head coach and ex-Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores.
John McClain, a longtime Texans insider for the Houston Chronicle, reports Clowney didn't want to play for another disciple of Bill Belichick after playing for Bill O'Brien.
“Clowney also didn’t want to play for new Dolphins coach Brian Flores, who left New England for Miami. Clowney wasn’t interested in playing for another Bill Belichick disciple after spending five years with O’Brien."
Clowney ironically ended up playing for Pete Carroll, New England's head coach before Belichick, instead.
Although they whiffed on Clowney, the Dolphins still worked out a trade with the Texans that sent wide receiver Kenny Stills and left tackle Laremy Tunsil to Houston for two first-round picks, a second-round pick, former Pats cornerback Johnson Bademosi, and offensive lineman Julien Davenport.
Clowney tallied nine sacks and three fumble recoveries in 15 games last year.
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