On Wednesday, March 17, the new NFL league year began but not before being preceded by the famous legal tampering period, which is a three-day period where unrestricted free agents can have preliminary negotiations with the different teams of the league. After this period has come to an end, here are the best free agents available for the new NFL year.
Top 10 Free Agents Available
1. WR Kenny Golladay
For some, it may come as a surprise that one of the best wide receivers in the league is still available on the market after the end of the legal tampering period. The reality is that Golladay, although he only played in five games last year due to injury, in 2019 finished the season with 1,190 yards passing through the air and 11 touchdown receptions, so the team that gets his services, will be in the game, leading to the best available WR in the 2021 NFL Free Agency.
2. S Anthony Harris
In his position, Harris is one of the best. In 2019 he led the NFL with six interceptions, while last year he had 104 tackles on his account (the most of his career), showing that he is a constant player and of great defensive quality. If they don’t return to the Vikings, the NFC North would be at risk of losing another great talent.
3. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
The market for wide receivers is so wide this year that, within the top 3 of free agents, we find the second player in this position. Juju is coming off another great season with the Steelers after finishing with 831 receiving yards, and 9 TD passes. In four seasons with Pittsburgh, he had 3,726 yards and 26 caught touchdowns, demonstrating his great consistency; without a doubt, the one who takes over his services, will take a tremendous player.
4. EDGE Justin Houston
Despite the fact that Houston is 32 years old, the veteran contributes and contributes extensively to defense. Last year he finished in the top eight defensive players in pass-rush rating, and, coupled with his twelve shots to the quarterback and eight sacks, he is a player who would improve the defensive side of any team by bringing too much experience for the younger players.
5. OT Alejandro Villanueva
Although Villanueva’s 2020 was not his best season, he is still one of the best players in his position. The Steelers OT became a starting player until he was 27 but has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice and has never missed a single game. The above is enough to get you into the top 10 of the best free agents available.
6. WR TY Hilton
The Colts’ best offensive player is available this year in free agency. In 2020 he led the team with 56 receptions and 762 receiving yards, in addition to this, Hilton has 5 seasons of 1000+ yards caught in 9 years of history, so, despite already crossing the 30-year barrier, he continues being a great player in his position and the Colts should consider re-signing him, as newcomer QB Carson Wentz would be of great help.
7. C David Andrews
Following Corey Linsley’s hiring by the Chargers, Andrews became the best center available on the market. The Patriots player is 29 years old and has 69 starts as a starter throughout his career, and that not counting 2019, where he was removed from the field due to difficulties with blood clots. However, even with that, the previous season showed that he is still at a great level and started 12 games with New England. Several teams are in dire need of protection, and Andrews will certainly have offers.
8. EDGE Jadeveon Clowney
2020 was not as significant for Clowney as he would have liked; After finishing without a quarterback sack in eight games played and subsequently undergoing knee surgery that ended his season quickly, the defender, who played for the Titans, is looking for a new team. How much should they pay a player who finished with 9 and 9.5 QB sacks in 2017 and 2018, respectively? The talent is still there, but maybe the price is the problem.
9. RB Chris Carson
At 26, Carson led Seattle’s rushing attack last season with 681 rushing yards and five touchdowns, plus two 1,000+ rushing seasons in just four years of career. The Oklahoma State graduate is looking for a new team to continue to shine in the NFL.
10. LB KJ Wright
The top 10 closes with another Seattle Seahawks player. Wright is probably the best linebacker still available on the market; Last year he contributed to the defense with 2 sacks, 10 passes defended, and an interception, which speaks about his good versatility despite being 31 years old, and it is precisely for that reason, (his age), that he is probably a candidate for a short-term contract, however, still has the talent to prove.