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NFL Rumors: Predicting Where the Top 20 Remaining Free Agents Will Land

It's now been more than two months since the open of NFL free agency. Which players are still available, who are the top names and where are they most likely to land at this point in the offseason?
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NFL Rumors: Predicting Where the Top 20 Remaining Free Agents Will Land

It's now been more than two months since the open of NFL free agency. Which players are still available, who are the top names and where are they most likely to land at this point in the offseason? Here's a full breakdown of the top 20 remaining guys available.

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20. Ndamukong Suh, DT

Suh is a shell of the on-field menace he once was. However, the five-time Pro Bowler showed last year for the Buccaneers that he can still contribute to a playoff team, having posted 6 sacks and appearing in all 17 contests. A contender has to be at the top of his list, and the Browns seem like a good fit given their losses of Malik Jackson and Malik McDowell in free agency.

19. Darrel Williams, RB

As if the draft had to confirm it, running backs just aren't the priority they were a year ago or a year before that. Still, Williams eclipsed 500 yards last year when he earned a 67.2 player grade from Pro Football Focus. The 27-year-old is a great backup and could serve as a lead back in a pinch. Looking at the current landscape around the league, he'd slide into a role nicely with the Titans.

18. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE

Without a doubt, JPP is struggling to find a home because of his 2021 campaign. He was handed a 49.1 PFF grade, had only three sacks and one forced fumble in his 12 games. Back in 2020, though, the veteran showed out with 9.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles in a full 16-game season for the Bucs. There's been rumors of him going to Cleveland, but Dallas would welcome his talents, and I bet he winds up there.

17. Larry Ogunjobi, DT

At first glance, it's shocking to see that Ogunjobi is still out on the market. At just under 28 years old, he had his most productive season in 2021, as he racked up eight sacks across his 493 pass rush snaps. The thing is, he was awful against the run and seems stuck between a tackle and end role. If anyone could help find that perfect spot for him, it might be the Jets' Robert Saleh. Ogunjobi has been visiting with New York, and he seems destined to join Sheldon Rankins and Quinnen Williams, making for a nice three-headed monster up front.

16. Daryl Williams, OT

I can't be the only one to think Williams is going entirely overlooked in this trimmed-down free agent market. The seven-year is healthy and versatile, showing that he can play both inside and outside along the offensive line. A year ago, he started 17 games for Buffalo and earned a 72.4 pass blocking grade in more than 1,100 snaps. He's likely to fill a void for a team that failed to do address a need in the draft, and the first team to come to mind is the Chicago Bears. They lost bodies in the offseason, have yet to do enough to assist sophomore Justin Fields, and they have the cap space to accommodate a worthy vet like Williams.

15. Joe Haden, CB

Haden just wrapped up (at least assumedly so) a five-year stint with the Steelers for which he earned at least $49 million. At age 33, he's probably going to be settling for a much more cap-friendly, short-term deal either to re-sign or go elsewhere. There have been rumors of him returning to Pittsburgh or to his first team in Cleveland, but if Haden wants to start the Browns might not be the ideal spot given the presence of two thriving first-round picks in Denzel Ward and Greg Newsome II. A contender like the Bills could be the right move given Levi Wallace's departure in free agency and a young rookie -- Kaiir Elam-- set to be opposite Tre'Davious White.

14. Carlos Dunlap, DE

Since his departure from Cincinnati back in 2020, Dunlap hasn't shown much in the way of slowing down. In 25 games (8 starts) with Seattle, the 33-year-old accumulated 13.5 sacks and 28 quarterback hits. Last year alone, he played his way to a 72.1 PFF grade with balanced grades versus the run and pass. The Miami Dolphins are in line for veteran defenders, after losing Emmanual Ogbah, so their lack of talent on the edge makes this a perfect match.

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13. Kyle Fuller, CB

Following a great run from 2017 to 2019 in Chicago, Fuller's level of play has fallen off the last two seasons, but he's still service in his corner position. He struggled in coverage last year for Denver only to put up outstanding marks in stopping the run and rushing the passer off the outside. A number of teams could use him as a depth piece, and that includes the Falcons, who signed Casey Heyward but would upgrade their nickel spot or at least have Fuller as a backup in the case something happens to Heyward or A.J. Terrell.

12. Julio Jones, WR

No one can expect to get 2015 or 2018 Julio Jones at this point, particularly after the veteran failed to play more than 10 games for a second consecutive time in 2021. What he does bring is a proven pass-catcher who could do a lot more than expected if he's able to practice and stay on the field. A reunion with Matt Ryan could be in order in Indianapolis.

11. T.Y. Hilton, WR

Speaking of those Colts, this might be the first year in which we don't see Hilton join them in the blue and white. The 32-year-old remains on the market because of his own health issues and lack of production (no more than 56 catches and 762 yards) over the last three seasons, yet again, there's always a place for a veteran receiver with his past success. The Saints were eliminated with their signing of Jarvis Landry, so that points to the Cowboys as a destination if the two sides are able to work out a small deal for T.Y. to make a run at a Super Bowl late in his career.

10. Will Fuller, WR

Another one? Well, yes and no. A receiver? Yes. A 30-year-old receiver? Not quite. The former Miami Dolphin only recently turned 28, but it's worth noting that he's yet to notch a full season in his injury-riddled career. Nonetheless, he's but a season removed from turning 53 catches into 879 yards and 8 touchdowns. If he can still turn on the burners and produce downfield, Fuller is a natural replacement for Marquez Valdes-Scantling in Green Bay.

9. Melvin Ingram, DE

Update: Melvin Ingram has signed with the Miami Dolphins

The long-time Charger bounced between Pittsburgh and Kansas City last year, making his mark to the tune of an 83.5 run grade, 74.1 pass grade and 79.7 overall grade, per PFF. He can play in pretty much any system and would bring a ton of experience along with him. A number of teams could be in play, but the Giants make a ton of sense if Ingram is willing to go to a non-contender. The 33-year-old would contribute right away and aid in bringing along first-round pick Kayvon Thibodeaux on the other side.

8. Duane Brown, OT

Brown is as proven and steady as the come along the offensive line. At 36, he's logged five Pro Bowl seasons across his years with the Texans and Seahawks, and just this past year earned a 71.5 PFF grade. It doesn't sound like he's going to stick in Seattle, and assuming he's able to get respectable money elsewhere, Chicago should be the leader in the clubhouse as they own the sixth-most cap space, according to Spotrac.

7. Akiem Hicks, DE

Spotrac lists Hicks' market value at about $5.5 million per season for a two-year deal, and rightfully so. The veteran is still in the latter stages of his prime as a defensive lineman, and this past year he was one of the few standouts for the Chicago defense, earning a 72.3 player grade. The Browns are in play for Hicks.

6. Landon Collins, S

The Commanders opted to release Collins as a means to shed cap space, as the 28-year-old had an out in his contract that allowed the team to do so. There are reports that he wouldn't mind signing back, but there could be other willing suitors for a three-time Pro Bowler of his caliber. Injury issues have kept him from playing at the level he once did, but his 82.5 run grade was elite in 2021. The Lions were second-to-last against the run and could utilize him alongside Tracy Walker.

5. Odell Beckham, Jr., WR

Essentially, Beckham Jr. is the pinnacle of all the players available who are a shell of what they once were at the height of their careers. This past season, he wasn't the 100-catch receiver he was right away with the Giants, but he did manage to turn things around after moving from the Browns to the Rams midseason. Over 8 games with the eventual champs, he was able to contribute more than 300 yards and 5 touchdowns, and another 288 yards and 2 scores in the playoffs before tearing his ACL in the Super Bowl win. This being OBJ's second ACL tear, he could bounce back better or be further down his decline at age 29. Either way, the talent and experience is there for someone like the Raiders, who could wait on his health and then pair him with Davante Adams on the outside.

4. Rob Gronkowski, TE

Who knows is Gronk is going to play this year? Maybe Gronk, maybe Tom Brady, or maybe no one (including Gronk himself). With so little rumblings since Brady's brief retirement and return, he might be hanging the cleats up. However, if we're going to humor him running it back, it has to be with his one true quarterback -- the GOAT -- in Tampa, right? It's very difficult to see him going elsewhere.

3. James Bradberry, CB

The sequence of events for Bradberry's last three or four seasons has been reminiscent of Nnamdi Asomugha back in the tail end of his prime. Bradberry excelled in Carolina, came to New York and performed well in year before, and dropped off hard for both sides to come to the conclusion that it was a bad scheme fit. But even though the 28-year-old gave up 60 catches a year ago, there's reason to be optimistic about where he could end up and what that could mean. It's very possible that he stays in the division with either the Commanders or Eagles, and if I had to give the edge to one it would be the Commanders given Bradberry's previous connection with Ron Rivera.

2. J.C. Tretter, C

A center can be boring, but a center can also be a very impactful player when it's someone like Tretter. Through eight seasons, he's yet to post a Pro Bowl performance, but don't let that fool you. In 2021, the 31-year-old allowed only 1 sack over 1,039 snaps and produced a 78.7 PFF grade and 83.7 in pass-blocking alone. The Vikings are the prime destination for the simple fact that their current center -- Garrett Bradbury -- has been abysmal in the pass game since he was draft in 2019. Tretter's presence would do wonders for pushing Kevin O'Connell's offense forward in year one.

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE

The reason Clowney remains unsigned has to boil down to the money, right? After all, the 29-year-old's market value sits at $12.7 million a year for what figures to be a two- to four-year deal wherever he ends up. Some teams would have to make a maneuver or two to make the financials work, but Clowney and his pass-rushing ability is worth it. He played in 14 games, had a 69.1 pass rush grade and posted 11 sacks opposite Myles Garrett this past season. It will likely be his fourth team in four seasons, and based on the financials and need the Panthers could be in the driver's seat. Carolina's cap space tops the league, while their pass rush is reeling from the departure of Haason Reddick in free agency.

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