Top 5 NFL Free Agents
Free Agents are set to start negotiating with teams today, so which free agents are the best on the market? We broke them down for you.
1. DE Malik Jackson
Denver's monstrous pass rusher is by far the most coveted among free agents in this years class. The Broncos will clearly look to re-sign him, but will they have enough room? After placing the franchise tag on LB Von Miller, and with Brock Osweiler their top priority, Jackson is most likely to end up elsewhere.
Jackson, 25, is 6' 6" and 290 pounds and can be a hassle for offensive linemen. In 2015 he had 45 tackles and five sacks. Jackson became a player who attracts an extra blocker in order to keep him in check, yet provides a needed pas rush to help put pressure on the quarterback.
Teams that will be interested in Jackson include the Giants, Raiders, Jaguars, and Redskins.
2. OL Kelechi Osemele
Easily a Pro-Bowl caliber guard, Kelechi Osemele's versatility to play tackle makes him the best offensive player available in free agency this year. His blocking ability was clutch in the Baltimore Ravens run through the playoffs as they won Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers.
Osemele, 26, is 6' 5" and 330 pounds with quick feet that allow him to be able to play multiple positions across the offensive line. Osemele hasn't played a full season since his rookie year in 2012, but his potential outweighs the injury possibility.
Teams interested in Osemele include the Titans, Raiders, Lions, Giants, Browns, and Chargers.
3. CB Sean Smith
The 28-year-old Kansas City Chiefs cornerback is one of the most coveted among skill positions in this free agency class. The 6'3" corner has the height and the speed to compete with some of the biggest wide receivers and tight ends in the league.
Smith has 10 career interceptions over his 8-year career which started in Miami. Kansas City will look to re-sign Smith and try to keep the duo of Smith and Defensive Rookie of the Year Marcus Peters together for at least the next three seasons.
There will be a big market for a guy like Smith. The Raiders will likely be the favorite considering they are trying to fill the shoes of Charles Woodson, but don't forget about the Jaguars, Giants, and Steelers, who would most likely be the best fit.
4. QB Brock Osweiler
Brock Osweiler is the best available quarterback in this free agent class. What he did in the absence of Peyton Manning this past season increased his value considerably. In his 8 games subbing for Manning, Osweiler had an 86.4 QBR with 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions while the Broncos went 5-3 over those eight games.
Osweiler will likely stay with the Broncos since Peyton Manning announced his retirement, but that isn't a certainty. There are a number of other teams that could be interested in Osweiler to be their starting quarterback this upcoming season. The Texans, Browns, and Rams are teams that could pursue the free agent should he not end up back in Denver.
5. T Mitchell Schwartz
Brother of former Giants guard Geoff Schwartz, Mitchell is making a name for himself too. Considered by many as arguably one of the best tackles in the league behind teammate Joe Thomas, Mitchell Schwartz is about to find a new team and make a big impact.
Never missing a start over his four year career, Schwartz is ready to get out from the shadow of teammate Joe Thomas and a new team will surely help with that.
The Jets are a prime landing spot for Schwartz as they look to upgrade from Breno Giacomini. However, the Raiders, Lions, and Jaguars are also possible options.