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Top NFL free agents of 2024: Top 400 players, including Kirk Cousins, Chris Jones

Some of the top 2024 NFL free agents will soon be hitting the open market. Others will have the dreaded franchise tag placed on them.

What we do know is that it’s going to be a player-friendly market with multiple teams boasting a ton of room under the 2024 NFL salary cap.

Will star Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones cash in with another team after winning back-to-back titles? What is going to happen with Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl quarterback Kirk Cousins?

Here, we take a look at the top-400 NFL free agents of 2024 with a positional breakdown a bit further below.

Related: Updated 2024 NFL mock draft

1. Chris Jones, defensive tackle, Kansas City Chiefs

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Jones has been an absolute force for the Chiefs since they made him a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was a finalist for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2022 before tallying 29 QB hits and 10.5 sacks this past season. Jones and his Chiefs have had their contractual issues, leading many to believe he’ll end up joining another team during NFL free agency. The question here is whether Kansas City will once again place the franchise tag on him after he helped them to another Super Bowl title.

2. Kirk Cousins, quarterback, Minnesota Vikings

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For a while this past season, it seemed as if Cousins was playing out the string for the Minnesota Vikings. Once he went down with an Achilles’ injury eight games in, that was magnified further. Now, we’re not so sure. As one of the top NFL free agents of 2024, Cousins will certainly draw interest. Minnesota can’t franchise him. But we envision a scenario in which he returns. In his six seasons with the Vikings, Cousins is averaging 3,900 passing yards with 29 touchdowns and nine interceptions. That’s not too bad at all.

Related: Russell Wilson eyeing Minnesota Vikings as potential landing spot

3. Danielle Hunter, EDGE, Minnesota Vikings

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Hunter just continues to turn in awesome season after awesome season. This past regular season saw the 29-year-old edge guy record a league-high 23 tackles for loss to go with 16.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. There were rumblings leading up to the in-season NFL trade deadline that he could be moved. We’re not expecting a return to Minnesota. Instead, Hunter will be one of the top NFL free agents to actually hit the market.

Related: 6 players Minnesota Vikings must re-sign in NFL free agency

4. Josh Allen, EDGE, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Allen was good throughout his first four seasons with the Jaguars, averaging roughly seven sacks per. At issue here was the fact that the former Kentucky star didn’t live up to his status as a top-seven pick. This changed big time in 2023 with Allen recording a whopping 17.5 sacks. He also registered 33 QB hits and 17 tackles for loss. Fret not Jaguars fans, he’ll likely have the franchise tag placed on him ahead of NFL free agency.

5. Saquon Barkley, running back, New York Giants

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Barkley, 26, was expected to be one of the top NFL free agents last offseason before New York placed the franchise tag on him. A lengthy stalemate led to the two sides coming to terms on a one-year deal. Heading into this year’s free agency, it seems unlikely that he’ll be tagged again. The former top-two pick recorded north of 1,200 total yards with 10 touchdowns last season. However, he also averaged less than four yards per rush. With his injury history and work usage, buyer should definitely beware.

6. Brian Burns, EDGE, Carolina Panthers

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Burns, 25, has recorded at least 7.5 sacks in each of his first five NFL seasons. He did have a down 2023 campaign, registering eight sacks compared to 12.5 the previous year. Still, we’re talking about a youngster who boasts a ton of upside. It remains to be seen whether Carolina will franchise Burns given the questionable status of the team’s coaching staff and front office right now.

7. Tee Higgins, wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals

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Heading into the 2023 season, most around the league viewed Higgins as a No. 1 receiver. He just couldn’t be that behind Ja’Marr Chase in Cincinnati. While this still might be the case, he underperformed expectations in 2023 (42 receptions, 656 yards). It’s going to be interesting to see whether teams view that as a product of Joe Burrow’s injury-plagued campaign. We’re betting on it.

8. Antoine Winfield Jr., safety, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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It goes without saying that Winfield Jr. will be one of the top NFL free agents should the Buccaneers let him test the open market. The former second-round pick from Minnesota recorded 122 tackles with six sacks, six forced fumbles and three interceptions en route to earning First-Team All-Pro honors this past season. The kid is just 25 years old and is now hitting his prime. He seems to be prime franchise tag material.

Related: Updated NFL trade rumors

9. Christian Wilkins, defensive tackle, Miami Dolphins

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A first-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2019 out of Clemson, Wilkins could not have picked a better time to put up a career-best season. He recorded 23 QB hits, 10 tackles for loss and nine sacks. He’s solid stopping the run and has morphed into a potentially elite pass-rushing interior lineman. It might very well lead to Miami placing the franchise tag on Wilkins rather than seeing him test NFL free agency.

10. Mike Evans, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Early in the 2023 season, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Evans would leave. He’s slated to be among the top-10 NFL free agents and has proven himself as a consistent threat. That includes a record 10 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to open his career. This past regular season saw Evans put up 79 receptions, 1,255 yards with a league-leading 13 touchdowns. Whether with the Buccaneers or another team, Evans age of 30 years old will likely lead to a shorter-term contract.

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11. Chase Young, EDGE, San Francisco 49ers

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Acquired from the Washington Commanders during the in-season NFL trade deadline, Young finished the regular season with 15 QB hits, 7.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss. It represented a career-best performance for the former No. 2 pick. The question here is whether the 49ers or another team is going to pay for upside rather than previous production. At 24, we’re banking on it.

12. Michael Pittman Jr., wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts

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Call him a possession receiver. Say he can’t take the top off the defense. That’s fine. But all Pittman Jr. has done since entering the league as a second-round pick of the Colts in 2020 is produce. He put up career-highs in receptions (109) and receiving yards (1,152) this past season despite having to catch passes from journeyman Gardner Minshew throughout. We know that the Colts would love to retain Pittman Jr. The franchise tag is also likely on the table. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out.

13. Baker Mayfield, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Talk about having a rebound season and proving yourself capable as a QB1. In leading the Buccaneers to a surprise NFC South title, Baker Mayfield completed 64% of his passes for 4,044 yards with 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. It will more than likely lead to him re-signing with the Buccaneers on a lucrative long-term contract.

14. Josh Jacobs, running back, Las Vegas Raiders

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The rushing champion in 2022, Jacobs had a down 2023 campaign. He averaged just 3.5 yards per attempt and put up 805 rushing yards. That came after tallying an absurd 1,653 yards the year prior. A lot of this had to do with Jacobs holding out during the summer for a new contract. He’s still one of the top NFL free agents of 2024. Just don’t expect a huge long-term contract in today’s running back climate around the league.

15. Xavier McKinney, safety, New York Giants

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Yet another candidate for the franchise tag, McKinney has been nothing short of great in his first four seasons. This past year saw the former Alabama star record 11 passes defended and three interceptions. Opposing quarterbacks posted a mere 69.8 passer rating when targeting him. He’s a jack-of-all-trades, meaning that the safety can also play slot corner in a pinch. If he hits the open market, expect widespread interest.

16. Tyron Smith, offensive tackle, Dallas Cowboys

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It certainly would be odd to see this eight-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer play with another team outside of the Cowboys. Smith has been starring in Big D for the past 13 seasons. Sure, he’ not the player he was in his prime. But Smith put up a rebound performance in 2023 after three consecutive injured-plagued campaigns. That included earning Second-Team All-Pro honors. We’re intrigued to see what happens here.

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17. Calvin Ridley, wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars

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After missing the entire 2022 campaign due to a suspension for gambling, Ridley was back up to his old tricks for the Jaguars this past season. Still only 29, it’s going to lead to some big-time interest in NFL free agency. After all, he hauled in 76 passes for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns. Ridley is a borderline WR1, and should get paid like it.

18. Tony Pollard, running back, Dallas Cowboys

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Pollard’s first season as a full-time RB1 didn’t necessarily go too swimmingly. He recorded just over 1,000 yards at a clip of a mere 4.0 yards per rush. However, Pollard did add 55 receptions and an 82.1% catch rate. His dual-threat ability should be of intrigue as one of the top NFL free agents at the running back position.

19. Derrick Henry, running back, Tennessee Titans

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At 30-year-old, it’s highly unlikely that Derrick Henry will get much more than a one or two-year contract in NFL free agency. The wear and tear on his body adds another layer to this. What we do know is that contending teams will show interest in a dude who still went for nearly 1,400 total yards and 12 touchdowns with the Titans last season. He’s also highly unlikely to be back with Tennessee in 2024.

20. L’Jarius Sneed, Kansas City Chiefs, cornerback, Kansas City Chiefs

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A former fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech, Sneed turned in an absolutely amazing 2023 campaign. He acted the part of a true shutdown corner, yielding a mere 51% completion and 56.2 QB rating when targeted. Opposing signal callers averaged a mere 4.8 yards when targeting Sneed. At 27, the dude is just now hitting his prime. He’ll be among the top NFL free agents when March comes calling. That’s for sure.

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Top 2024 NFL free agents by position

Quarterbacks

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  • Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
  • Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Jacoby Brissett, Washington Commanders
  • Jimmy Garoppolo, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Jake Browning, Cincinnati Bengals (exclusive rights free agent)
  • Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
  • Carson Wentz, Los Angeles Rams
  • Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints
  • Sam Darnold, San Francisco 49ers
  • Mitchell Trubisky, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Gardner Minshew, Indianapolis Colts
  • Tyrod Taylor, New York Giants
  • Tyler Huntley, Baltimore Ravens
  • Mitchell Trubisky, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Joshua Dobb, Minnesota Vikings
  • Easton Stick, Los Angeles Chargers
  • Joe Flacco, Cleveland Browns
  • Chase Daniel, free agent
  • Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Marcus Mariota, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Kyle Allen, Buffalo Bills
  • Drew Lock, Seattle Seahawks

Related: What the Los Angeles Rams can learn after loss in NFL Playoffs

Running backs

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  • Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  • Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
  • Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys
  • Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
  • Dalvin Cook, Baltimore Ravens
  • Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns
  • Devin Singletary, Houston Texans
  • A.J. Dillon, Green Bay Packers
  • Antonio Gibson, Washington Commanders
  • Leonard Fournette, Buffalo Bills
  • Ezekiel Elliott, New England Patriots
  • Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons
  • D’Andre Swift, Philadelphia Eagles
  • D’Onta Foreman, Chicago Bears
  • Kenyan Drake, Green Bay Packers
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Cam Akers, Minnesota Vikings
  • Damien Harris, Buffalo Bills
  • Rashaad Penny, Philadelphia Eagles
  • J.K.Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens
  • Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
  • Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Zack Moss, Indianapolis Colts
  • Dwayne Washington, Denver Broncos
  • Deejay Dallas, Seattle Seahawks
  • D’Ernest Johnson, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Ameer Abdullah, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Chase Edmonds, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fullbacks

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  • Keith Smith, Atlanta Falcons
  • Jakob Johnson, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Michael Burton, Denver Broncos

Wide receivers

2024 nfl free agent: tyler boyd
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  • Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts
  • Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Marquise Brown, Arizona Cardinals
  • Gabe Davis, Buffalo Bills
  • Odell Beckham Jr., Baltimore Ravens
  • Calvin Ridley, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
  • Chase Claypool, Miami Dolphins
  • Jarvis Landry, free agent
  • Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears
  • T.Y. Hilton, free agent
  • Demarcus Robinson, Los Angeles Rams
  • Van Jefferson, Atlanta Falcons
  • DJ Chark, Carolina Panthers
  • Parris Campbell, New York Giants
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones, Detroit Lions
  • Curtis Samuel, Washington Commanders
  • Kenny Golladay, free agent
  • Jauan Jennings, San Francisco 49ers
  • Josh Reynolds, Detroit Lions
  • N’Keal Harry, Minnesota Vikings
  • Brandon Powell, Minnesota Vikings
  • Tre’quan Smith, New Orleans Saints
  • Sammy Watkins, free agent
  • Devin Duvernay, Baltimore Ravens
  • Nelson Agholor, Baltimore Ravens – Re-Signed with Ravens
  • Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Noah Brown, Houston Texans
  • K.J. Osborn, Minnesota Vikings
  • Cedrick Wilson, MIami Dolphins
  • Mack Hollins, Atlanta Falcons
  • Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots
  • Quez Watkins, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Phillip Dorsett, Denver Broncos
  • Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
  • Ray-Ray McCloud, San Francisco 49ers
  • Rashid Shaheed, New Orleans Saints
  • Lil-Jordan Humphrey, Denver Broncos
  • Jamal Agnew, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Braxton Berrios, Miami Dolphins
  • Denzel Mims, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Nick Westbrook, Tennessee Titans
  • Jakeem Grant, Cleveland Browns
  • Jalen Reagor, New England Patriots
  • Laviska Shenault, Carolina Panthers
  • Collin Johnson, Chicago Bears
  • K.J. Hamler, Denver Broncos
  • Trent Sherfield, Buffalo Bills

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Tight ends

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  • Dalton Schultz, Houston Texans
  • Noah Fant, Seattle Seahawks
  • Mike Gesicki, New England Patriots
  • Austin Hooper, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Robert Tonyan Jr., Chicago Bears
  • Durham Smythe, Miami Dolphins
  • Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers
  • Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams
  • Hunter Henry, New England Patriots
  • Tyler Brate, free agent
  • Marcedes Lewis, Chicago Bears
  • Adam Trautman, Denver Broncos
  • Irv Smith Jr., Cincinnati Bengals
  • Harrison Bryant, Cleveland Browns
  • Albert Okwuegbunam, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Maxx Williams, free agent
  • Geoff Swaim, Arizona Cardinals
  • Colby Parkinson, Seattle Seahawks
  • Eric Saubert, Houston Texans
  • Devin Asiasi, free agent

Offensive tackles

2024 nfl free agents: tytus howard
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  • Jonah Williams, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys
  • Mekhi Becton, New York Jets
  • Yosh Nijman, Green Bay Packers
  • Cornelius Lucas, Washington Commanders
  • Duane Brown, New York Jets
  • Isaiah Wynn, Miami Dolphins
  • Cameron Fleming, Denver Broncos
  • Jason Peters, Seattle Seahawks
  • Trent Brown, New England Patriots
  • James Hurst, New Orleans Saints
  • Yodny Cajuste, New York Giants
  • George Fant, Houston Texans
  • Ja’Waun James, free agent
  • Jamarco Jones, free agent
  • Eric Fisher, free agent
  • Greg Little, free agent
  • Austin Jackson, Miami Dolphins
  • Jermaine Eluemunor, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Kendall Lamm, Miami Dolphins
  • Chris Hubbard, Tennessee Titans
  • Germain Ifedi, Buffalo Bills
  • Marcus Cannon, free agent
  • Matt Nelson, Detroit Lions
  • Chuma Edoga, Dallas Cowboys
  • Brett Toth, free agent
  • Matt Peart, New York Giants
  • Alaric Jackson, Los Angeles Rams

Guards

2024 nfl free agents: michael onwenu
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  • Andrus Peat, New Orleans Saints
  • Michael Onwenu, New England Patriots
  • Connor Williams, guard, Miami Dolphins
  • Ezra Cleveland, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Kevin Zeitler, Baltimore Ravens
  • Dalton Risner, Minnesota Vikings
  • Cody Whitehair, Chicago Bears
  • Rodger Saffold, New York Jets
  • Justin Pugh, New York Giants
  • Oday Aboushi, free agent
  • Trai Turner, New Orleans Saints
  • Jonah Jackson, Detroit Lions
  • Robert Hunt, Miami Dolphins
  • Jon Runyan, Green Bay Packers
  • Josh Jones, Houston Texans
  • Gabe Jackson, Carolina Panthers
  • Damien Lewis, Seattle Seahawks
  • Graham Glasgow, Detroit Lions
  • Nick Allegretti, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Evan Brown, Seattle Seahawks
  • Jesse Davis, San Francisco 49ers
  • A.J. Cann, free agent
  • Robert Hunt, Miami Dolphins
  • Aaron Stinnie, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Max Scharping, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Greg Van Roten, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Billy Price, Dallas Cowboys
  • Michael Deiter, Houston Texans
  • Cody Ford, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Jack Driscoll, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Ben Bredeson, New York Giants
  • Wyatt Davis, New York Giants
  • Lucas Patrick, Chicago Bears
  • Dan Feeney, Chicago Bears
  • Cesar Ruiz, New Orleans Saints
  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Detroit Lions

Centers

top 2024 nfl free agents: matt hennessy
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  • Matt Hennessy, Atlanta Falcons
  • James Ferenz, New England Patriots
  • Tyler Biadasz, Dallas Cowboys
  • Ben Jones, free agent
  • Andre James, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Aaron Brewer, Tennessee Titans
  • Nick Harris, Cleveland Browns
  • Pat Elflein, Arizona Cardinals
  • Brian Allen, Los Angeles Rams
  • Nick Martin, free agent
  • Scott Quessenberry, Houston Texans
  • Hroniss Grasu, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Tyler Larsen, Washington Commanders

EDGE

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  • Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings
  • Brian Burns, Carolina Panthers
  • Chase Young, San Francisco 49ers
  • Yannick Ngakoue, Chicago Bears
  • Frank Clark, Seattle Seahawks
  • Derek Barnett, Houston Texans
  • Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Leonard Floyd, Buffalo Bills
  • Darrell Taylor, Seattle Seahawks
  • Dorace Armstrong, Dallas Cowboys
  • Carl Lawson, New York Jets
  • Justin Houston, free agent
  • Melvin Ingram, Miami Dolphins
  • Jadeveon Clowney, Baltimore Ravens
  • Marcus Davenport, Minnesota Vikings
  • Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles
  • A.J. Epenesa, Buffalo Bills
  • Jason Pierre-Paul, free agent
  • Markus Golden, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Quinton Jefferson, New York Jets
  • Carlos Dunlap, free agent
  • Josh Uche, New England Patriots
  • Jerry Hughes, Houston Texans
  • Tyquan Lewis, Indianapolis Colts
  • Robert Quinn, free agent
  • Mario Addison, free agent
  • Yetur Gross-Matos, Carolina Panthers
  • K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Marquis Haynes, Carolina Panthers
  • Kyle Van Noy, Baltimore Ravens
  • Trey Flowers, free agent
  • Carl Granderson, New Orleans Saints
  • Romeo Okwara, Detroit Lions
  • Malik Reed, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Carl Nassib, free agent
  • Shelby Harris, Cleveland Browns
  • Vinny Curry, free agent
  • Charles Harris, Detroit Lions
  • Clelin Ferrell, San Francisco 49ers
  • Solomon Thomas, New York Jets
  • Deshawn Williams, Carolina Panthers

Defensive tackles

top 2024 nfl free agents: christian wilkins
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  • Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Christian Wilkins, Miami Dolphins
  • D.J. Reader, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Ndamukong Suh, free agent
  • Chris Wormley, Carolina Panthers
  • Linval Joseph, Buffalo Bills
  • Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Lawrence Guy, New England Patriots
  • Montravius Adams, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Denico Autry, Tennessee Titans
  • Sheldon Rankins, Houston Texans
  • Akiem Hicks, free agent
  • Justin Ellis, Miami Dolphins
  • Javon Kinlaw, San Francisco 49ers
  • Raekwon Davis, Miami Dolphins
  • William Gholston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Bilal Nichols, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Mike Purcell, Denver Broncos

Linebackers

top 2024 nfl free agents: patrick queen
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  • Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Jordyn Brooks, Seattle Seahawks
  • Patrick Queen, Baltimore Ravens
  • Isaiah Simmons, New York Giants
  • Jerome Baker, Miami Dolphins
  • Kenneth Murray, Los Angeles Chargers
  • Willie Gay Jr., Kansas City Chiefs
  • Zach Cunningham, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings
  • Jayon Brown, free agent
  • Rashaan Evans, Dallas Cowboys
  • Kwon Alexander, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Deion Jones, Carolina Panthers
  • Nick Vigil, Minnesota Vikings
  • Dakota Allen, free agent
  • Sione Takitaki, Cleveland Browns
  • Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Josey Jewell, Denver Broncos

Cornerbacks

top 2024 nfl free agents: adoree jackson
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  • L’Jarius Sneed, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Adoree Jackson, New York Giants
  • Chidobe Awuzie, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Kenny Moore, Indianapolis Colts
  • Stephon Gilmore, Dallas Cowboys
  • Marcus Peters, free agent
  • Ronald Darby, Baltimore Ravens
  • Shaquill Griffin, Carolina Panthers
  • Casey Hayward, free agent
  • Anthony Brown, New York Jets
  • Fabian Moreau, Denver Broncos
  • Byron Jones, free agent
  • Troy Hill, Carolina Panthers
  • Eli Apple, Miami Dolphins
  • Kyle Fuller, free agent
  • Anthony Averett, free agent
  • Tre Flowers, Atlanta Falcons
  • Noah Igbinoghene, Dallas Cowboys
  • William Jackson, free agent
  • Bryce Callahan, free agent
  • C.J. Henderson, Carolina Panthers
  • Terrance Mitchell, free agent
  • Jeff Okudah, Atlanta Falcons
  • Artie Burns, Seattle Seahawks
  • Kendall Fuller, Washington Commanders
  • Michael Davis, Los Angeles Chargers

Safeties

top 2024 nfl free agents: micah hyde
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  • Xavier McKinney, New York Giants
  • Antoine Winfield Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Micah Hyde, Buffalo Bills
  • Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears
  • John Johnson, Los Angeles Rams
  • Rodney McLeod, Cleveland Browns
  • Kyle Dugger, New England Patriots
  • Jordan Whitehead, New York Jets
  • Adrian Phillips, New England Patriots
  • Jayron Kearse, Dallas Cowboys
  • Adrian Amos, New York Jets
  • Jonathan Owens, Green Bay Packers
  • Tracy Walker, Detroit Lions
  • Malik Hooker, Dallas Cowboys

2020 NFL Draft team options (full list)

PlayerTeamPositionOptionValue
Joe BurrowBengalsQBExercised$29.5M
Chase Young49ersEDGEDeclined$17.45M
Jeff OkudahFalconsCBNot eligible (trade)$11.51M
Andrew ThomasGiantsOTExercised$14.18M
Tua TagovailoaDolphinsQBExercised$23.17M
Justin HerbertChargersQBExercised$29.50M
Derrick BrownPanthersDTExercised$11.67M
Isaiah SimmonsGiantsLBDeclined (traded)$12.72M
C.J. HendersonPanthersCBDeclined$11.51M
Jedrick WillsBrownsOTExercised$14.18M
Mekhi BectonJetsOTDeclined$13.57M
Tristan WirfsBuccaneersOTExercised$18.24M
Javon Kinlaw49ersDTDeclined$10.46M
Jerry JeudyBroncosWRExercised$12.99M
A.J. TerrellFalconsCBExercised$12.34M
CeeDee LambCowboysWRExercised$17.99M
Austin JacksonDolphinsOTDeclined$14.18M
K’Lavon ChaissonJaguarsEDGEDeclined$12.14M
Jalen ReagorPatriotsWRDeclined$12.99M
Justin JeffersonVikingsWRExercised$19.74M
Kenneth MurrayChargersLBDeclined$11.73M
Cesar RuizSaintsCDeclined$14.18M
Brandon Aiyuk49ersWRExercised$14.12M
Jordan LovePackersQBContract extensionN/A
Jordyn BrooksSeahawksLBDeclined$12.72M
Patrick QueenRavensLBDeclined$12.72M
Noah IgbinogheneCowboysCBDeclined (traded)$11.51M
Clyde Edwards-HelaireChiefsRBDeclined$5.46M

2024 NFL free agents: FAQ

Let’s look at some frequently asked questions relating to NFL free agents in 2024.

When does 2024 NFL free agency start?

The legal tampering period for NFL free agency in 2024 runs from March 11-13. Teams will be able to officially sign players with free agency itself opening on March 13.

Who has the most cap room to sign NFL free agents?

As of right now, the Washington Commanders are expected to have an NFL-high $84.34 million in cap room. They are followed by the Houston Texans ($74.84 million) and Tennessee Titans ($73.91 million).

Who is in the worst cap situation to sign NFL free agents?

The New Orleans Saints are a projected $82.46 million over the 2024 NFL salary cap. The Los Angeles Chargers come in second with $44.02 million to cut in order to be cap compliant.

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