The initial waves of 2023 NFL free agency are behind us.
Although most of the top free agents have signed ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft, there are still some big names that have yet to sign. Among those notable names are Lamar Jackson, Marcus Peters, and Isiah Wynn.
These players may have to wait until the NFL Draft is over to sign with a new club, which is normal for lingering veteran assets.
NFL Free Agent Rankings: Top 100
Contrary to last year’s NFL free-agent class, which was wide receiver-heavy, the 2023 group is lacking at that position. It is more quarterback- and running back-dominant when it comes to offensive skill position players.
The 2023 NFL free-agent class has a slew of talent at defensive back and along the defensive front, but not so much on the offensive line. If a team has needs at wide receiver or on the offensive line, you may find them addressing those voids via trade or in the 2023 NFL Draft.
|Rk||Player Name||POS||POSRK||Age||2022 Team||Signed|
|24||Odell Beckham Jr.||WR||WR-03||30||DNP||Ravens|
|65||Leighton Vander Esch||LB||LB-05||27||Cowboys||Cowboys|
|74||Kyle Van Noy||LB||LB-07||32||Chargers|
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Quarterback Free-Agent Signings 2023
Derek Carr, New Orleans Saints (4 Years, $150M)
The Saints won the Derek Carr sweepstakes. He was the first quarterback domino to drop this offseason. Carr regressed last year, but threw for at least 4,049 yards in four straight seasons leading up to 2022.
Since the Saints play in what looks to be the worst division in the NFL, his addition to a defensive-heavy roster could be enough for New Orleans to win the NFC South, assuming the Panthers, Buccaneers, and Falcons don’t make any signal-caller moves of note.
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Jimmy Garoppolo, Las Vegas Raiders (3 Years, $72.75M)
In a move that shocked no one, Garoppolo landed with the Raiders and Josh McDaniels.
Though many view Garoppolo and Derek Carr as similar, it is hard to argue that the former has won more in the NFL. He is also more familiar with McDaniels’ system and how he wants to run the offense.
If you think Garoppolo puts the Raiders over the top, bet on Las Vegas to win the NFC West (+1000) at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Jacoby Brissett, Washington Commanders (1 Year, $8M)
The Commanders could be in the mix to select a quarterback early in the NFL Draft.
They say they like Sam Howell, but they have only invested a fifth-round pick in him. Brissett is a quality addition who will serve as a bridge to whoever the Commanders view as their franchise signal-caller.
Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 Year, $4M)
The Buccaneers brought in Mayfield to compete with Kyle Trask for the starting job in the post-Tom Brady era. Though this is a team with talented offensive weapons, the quarterback room is a mess. Mayfield doesn’t really move the needle.
Taylor Heinicke, Atlanta Falcons (2 Years, $14M)
The Falcons moved off Marcus Mariota and brought in Taylor Heinicke. In a weak NFC South, this is a team that has been busy in free agency. With the right quarterback, they can compete, but that guy still may not be on the roster.
Atlanta could be in play for a notable rookie prospect. But as things stands, it looks like Heinicke will compete with Desmond Ridder for the QB1 job.
Running Back Free-Agent Signings 2023
Miles Sanders, Carolina Panthers (4 Years, $25M)
Sanders is going to be the de facto No. 1 running back in Carolina. He is already its best offensive player since the team traded Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore around last year’s trade deadline. This is a big-time addition for a Frank Reich offense that is historically run-centric.
David Montgomery, Detroit Lions (3 Years, $18M)
The Lions’ backfield was a conundrum last season. With the Montgomery signing, it looks like nothing will change. Montgomery’s addition also spells the end of Jamaal Williams in Detroit.
Barring a D’Andre Swift trade, look for Montgomery to handle the early-down and short-yardage work, while the former acts as a change-of-pace and pass-catching back. This is the best offensive situation that Montgomery has ever played in, which could mean a boom year.
Jamaal Williams, New Orleans Saints (3 Years, $12M)
Williams could very well be the No. 1 running back for the Saints in 2023 since Alvin Kamara is looking at a suspension. A veteran presence who will make an impact both on and off the field, Williams can hold down the fort until Kamara is good to go, assuming he remains with the team. The Saints could also add a running back in the draft.
Rashaad Penny, Philadelphia Eagles (1 Year, $1.35M)
Penny’s addition to the Eagles is a low-key outstanding move. Though durability is a massive concern, Penny is one of the NFL’s most efficient backs when he is on the field.
The 27-year-old enters a situation where he will play within the best offense of his career. Considering what he signed for, Penny could be the most valuable free agent signing of the offseason when all is said and done.
Samaje Perine, Denver Broncos (2 Years, $7.5M)
The Perine signing may fly under the radar, but it shouldn’t. This is a No. 2 back who can get the job done at a high level when his number is called. And considering the uncertainty surrounding the health of Javonte Williams, Perine could open 2023 as Denver’s RB1.
Damien Harris, Buffalo Bills (1 Year, 1.77M) — NEW
Bringing in Harris spelled the end of Devin Singletary‘s tenure with the Bills. A familiar face formerly of the Patriots, Harris is going to slide into the early-down/short-yardage role for Buffalo. James Cook will remain the primary passing down back.
Considering the rumors that the Bills want Josh Allen to take fewer hits, Harris could be busy near the goal line as well.
Devin Singletary, Houston Texans (1 Year, $3.75M) — NEW
The Texans have had a very good offseason. Singletary is a terrific signing, who will slide into the change of pace back role in an offense already loaded with Dameon Pierce as the primary rusher. Houston’s backfield will pack a one-two punch for opposing defenses. Singletary should also be busy as a receiver out of the backfield as well.
Wide Receiver Free-Agent Signings 2023
Allen Lazard, New York Jets (4 Years, $44M)
Lazard is expected to serve as the Jets’ No. 2 wide receiver behind Garrett Wilson. This is a move to make Aaron Rodgers happy, whether he wants to admit to that or not. Lazard may have stumbled as Green Bay’s No. 1 wideout last season, but you can’t take away the fact that he is one of the more reliable No. 2s in the league.
The much-anticipated Rodgers to the Jets trade is expected to be completed sooner rather than later, which means New York is going to be viewed as a Super Bowl contender in 2023.
If you think Lazard (and eventually Rodgers) can get the Jets to 10 wins, bet the Over on 9.5 wins (-130) at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Jakobi Meyers, Las Vegas Raiders (3 Years, $33M)
With Darren Waller heading to the Giants, Meyers will serve as the No. 2 pass-catching opinion on the new-look Raiders offense behind Davante Adams.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, New England Patriots (3 Years, $25.5M)
Is Smith-Schuster an upgrade over Jakobi Meyers? That is debatable.
However, one thing is for sure, he was certainly the more cost-effective option. Barring another significant move at receiver, the Patriots’ passing attack will operate with Smith-Schuster and Mike Gesicki as the top two options for Mac Jones.
Robert Woods, Houston Texans (2 Years, $15.25)
Woods is a terrific veteran addition for a young team like Houston. The Texans are clearly rebuilding, but he will be able to help whoever the Texans draft at quarterback. While this team figures itself out, Woods will likely be a greater addition off the field than he will be on it.
D.J. Chark, Carolina Panthers (1 Year, $5M)
Chark will start in two-wide sets for the Panthers in 2023 in the wake of the D.J. Moore trade. When healthy, he is one of the better downfield threats in the league.
Adam Thielen, Carolina Panthers (3 Years, $25M)
Thielen may be on the back end of his career, but he still commanded a lucrative deal on the open market from the receiver-needy Panthers. This is a veteran who is going to work wonders for a young and rebuilding locker room. Thielen’s presence and reliability should also help whichever rookie quarterback the Panthers select in April’s NFL Draft.
Mecole Hardman, New York Jets (1 Year, $6.5M)
Hardman lands with the Jets, a team loading up for Aaron Rodgers (we think). The speedy wideout never popped with the Chiefs and is likely going to serve as a role-player in a receiver room that includes Garrett Wilson and Allen Lazard.
Odell Beckham Jr., Baltimore Ravens (1 Year, $18M) — NEW
Beckham’s deal is worth up to $18 million, including $15 million in guaranteed money. In Todd Monken‘s air raid passing attack, the Ravens need reliable veteran wideouts and Beckham is just that. He also has experience in this system from their time together with the Browns.
The addition of Beckham also improves the Ravens’ chances to retain Lamar Jackson.
Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (1 Year, $3M) — NEW
This will be Jones’ second stint with the Lions. He will likely start in three-wide sets and is a serviceable veteran backup should either Jameson Williams or Amon-Ra St. Brown miss time.
Tight End Free-Agent Signings 2023
Hayden Hurst, Carolina Panthers (3 Years, $21.75M)
Hurst to the Panthers is a great move for all parties involved. He could be in line for a career-high in targets playing in Frank Reich‘s system, which is tight-end-heavy at times in the passing game. With an underwhelming receiving corps, Hurst is going to be busy in Carolina.
Mike Gesicki, New England Patriots (1 Year, $9M)
It looks like the Patriots want a more versatile option at tight end when it comes to the passing game. Gesicki brings just that to the table. He can line up all over the field as a receiver, just don’t ask him to block.
Gesicki could be a focal point of New England’s new-look passing attack run by Bill O’Brien.
Robert Tonyan, Chicago Bears (1 Year, $2.65M)
Tonyan will serve as the No. 2 tight end in the Bears offense behind Cole Kmet. When it comes to what he will bring to the table is to be determined. Chicago’s offense is going to run through Justin Fields, its running backs, and D.J. Moore. Tonyan will have to make the most of whatever touches are left.
Austin Hooper, Las Vegas Raiders (1 Year, $2.75M)
Hooper has never been the same from a production standpoint since leaving the Falcons. However, he once again lands in a spot where he will likely start. The Raiders traded Darren Waller and Foster Moreau was set to sign in New Orleans before his physical revealed he has Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Dalton Schultz, Houston Texans (1 Year, $9M)
Schultz could have inked a three-year deal worth $36 million with the Cowboys last offseason. However, he decided to bet on himself and lost. He only got a one-year deal worth $9 million, following a slow tight end market. Schultz will have a significant role in a new-look Texans offense.
Offensive Lineman Free-Agent Signings 2023
- Orlando Brown, Jr., LT, Cincinnati Bengals: Brown is a big-time signing for the Bengals. It is clear they think protecting Joe Burrow is the difference between winning a Super Bowl and getting bounced in the AFC title game.
- Jawaan Taylor, LT, Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs lost both Andrew Wylie and Orlando Brown Jr. Filling those voids was a priority. Taylor fills one hole. Look for them to fill the other in the draft.
- Mike McGlinchy, RT, Denver Broncos: McGlinchy is a terrific veteran add to a Denver offense that is going to run the ball and throw it deep. Keeping Russell Wilson upright and healthy is a must if the Broncos are going to improve from a horrendous 2022.
- Nate Davis, OG, Chicago Bears: The Bears have been one of the busiest teams in free agency, which was to be expected considering they had the most cap space coming in. Davis is a great addition to a Chicago offensive line that needs to improve from a mediocre showing.
- Andre Dillard, LT, Tennessee Titans: The Titans moved on from Taylor Lewan. Dillard will slip right in as the new starter. The Titans are rebuilding, so getting younger at key positions like left tackle is imperative.
Defensive Player Free-Agent Signings 2023
- Javon Hargrave, DL, San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers have positioned themselves to have one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL. Hargrave may be 30 years old, but he is one of the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL. He had a career-high 11 sacks in 2022, showing he is more than just a run-stuffer.
- Marcus Davenport, EDGE, Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings defense was a mess last year. They needed to improve at all three levels. Davenport adds a menacing pass-rushing threat to their front seven.
- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Chicago Bears: The Bears made splash moves on both sides of the ball. In addition to Edmunds, they also added T.J. Edwards to Matt Eberflus‘ new-look defense.
- James Bradberry, CB, Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles suffered a slew of significant free-agent losses, but they managed to keep key pieces in their secondary together by retaining both Bradberry and Darius Slay.
- Cameron Sutton, CB, Detroit Lions: The Lions are a team on the rise. Their greatest 2022 handicap was defending the pass. Sutton is a veteran addition who adds experience to the back end.
- Patrick Peterson, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Peterson rejuvenated his career with the Vikings, showcasing that he still has some tread on the tires. This addition is a gap-filler since Pittsburgh lost Cameron Sutton to Detroit.
- Jessie Bates III, S, Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons defense was a dumpster fire in 2022, notably on the back end. Bates was the top safety in free agency and will instantly help Atlanta’s defense.
- Vonn Bell, S, Carolina Panthers: If there are any positive takeaways from the Panthers’ 2022 season, it is that their defense showed promise. Bell could be the guy who helps Carolina put it all together and become an elite defensive unit.
- Bobby Wagner, LB, Seattle Seahawks: Wagner lands back with the Seahawks following a one-year stay with the Rams. Seattle’s defense improved in 2022 and Wagner’s leadership and production should help that unit take another leap in 2023.
Teams to Watch in NFL Free Agency
Expect the Chicago Bears to be one of the busier teams when it comes to signing free agents. The Bears enter the offseason with roughly $94.4 million in cap space, tops in the NFL.
With their franchise quarterback in place, or so we think, in Justin Fields, we could see the Bears take a similar approach as last year’s Jaguars, who were heavy spenders on the open market.
Between NFL Draft capital and expected heavy spending on the open market, the Bears could take a leap, which means they will be a hot team to bet on when it comes to their team futures in the NFL betting front.
The Bears won three games last season. We could see oddsmakers set their team win-total odds at an attainable number no matter what they do this offseason. That is one NFL futures market to keep an eye on when those particular odds drop.
Although the Baltimore Ravens are perennial contenders when it comes to Super Bowl odds, this is a team that has a tough decision to make. Notably, on the future of Lamar Jackson, the No. 1 free agent in the 2023 class.
The Ravens have the ninth-most cap space at around $25 million, but that number will be eaten up in one fell swoop if they franchise-tag Jackson, which is the expectation. Even if they tag Jackson, they will either look to re-sign him to a long-term deal or kick the tires on a possible trade.
If the Ravens trade Jackson, they will have ample cap space to play with to improve their team enough to contend in the AFC North. It may seem preposterous to move off a caliber of talent like Jackson, but this is an organization that, historically, has been run well by Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta.
Furthermore, the Ravens have won both its Super Bowls with average-to-slightly above-average signal callers that include Trent Dilfer and Joe Flacco. Perhaps Jackson is not as appealing to the front office as one would think compared to the contract he is commanding in fully guaranteed money.
The Cincinnati Bengals are in what some would call a rare spot. They have the sixth-most cap space with $35.7 million and are coming off back-to-back seasons that ended in AFC title game appearances and a Super Bowl. This is the magic of having a franchise quarterback on a rookie deal.
Although it seems like the Bengals could be busy on the open market for a third straight offseason, they need to pay Joe Burrow sooner rather than later while also considering paying some of the exposing contacts coming up in 2024.
There are a lot of them, including Burrow, Trey Hendrickson, and Tee Higgins. Ja’Marr Chase will also be coming up for a new deal shortly thereafter.
Outside of paying some of their own, the Bengals may wait until the second wave of free agency to make any significant moves, so they can snag players at a value.
New York Giants
The New York Giants exceeded expectations in 2022. New head coach Brian Daboll won Coach of the Year, resurrected the career of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley, and even won a playoff game.
And while the Giants have $46.7 million in cap space, good for the fourth most at the time of this writing, general manager Joe Schoen has some tough decisions to make of his own — both Barkley and Jones are impending free agents and want to get paid.
The Giants will likely re-sign Jones at a relative value, but Barkley will be the tough one. Jones will likely take a team-friendly deal while Barkley may not, considering the lack of longevity of a running back’s career.
Assuming the Giants can get both deals done, they could still have some room to bring in quality pass-catchers, a dire need when you look at who Jones was throwing to last year. Since the wide receiver position is relatively dull on the open market, we could see New York targeting a playmaking tight end like Mike Gesicki or Hayden Hurst.