NFL free agency 2023: Bobby Wagner, Adam Thielen headline top remaining players available at each position
The first wave of free agents is coming to an end as many of the best free agents leave the board, signing new contracts with other teams or returning to their current franchise. The first few days were hyped, but the market dried up as a second wave is expected.
However, there are many good players out there. These are the best left in each position.
While Jackson has a non-exclusive franchise label and the Baltimore Ravens can match any offer, it is available to any team that can be contracted. Jackson is the best remaining free agent in the league.
The Ravens are 45-16 in Jackson’s 61 starts since he entered the league in 2018. They average 28.0 points per game when Jackson is on the field, compared to 20.0 when Jackson misses games. Jackson is one of only six players in NFL history to reach over 100 passing touchdowns and over 4,000 career rushing yards, and is the fastest to hit the 31-game mark. The Ravens are averaging 184.8 yards per game with Jackson as a starter in his career, more than any starting quarterback since the 1970 merger.
Former MVPs at 26 don’t use free agents that often.
On the way back
This shows how the running back market has shrunk over the past few days as all the best speculators have disappeared from the board. Elliott is the best player left in a dry market.
Elliott had arguably the worst start in the league last season, finishing last in the NFL in yards per carry (3.8), tackle evasion (32), and 10-plus rushing percentage (7.4%). His yards per game has declined with each season due to the number of touches he has accumulated over his entire career, averaging 58.4 yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry in 2022.
The market for receivers is shrinking, but teams can get a good pass catcher in Thielen. Still productive on the road and in the game, Thielen finished last season with 70 catches for 716 yards and six touchdowns.
The two-time pro bowler has 30 touchdowns in the past three seasons and is only 32.
Arguably the best tight end available, especially due to his ability to catch passes. Schultz has 135 receptions (fourth among tight ends), 1,385 receiving yards (sixth) and 13 receiving touchdowns (fifth) over the past two years, which shows how good a pass catcher he was among his peers.
With Mike Gesicki stepping down from the board, the market is now turning to Schultz.
Over the years, Levan has received a lot of injuries, but still remains a good player on the field. Allowed four sacks and 22 pressing in his last full season (2021). Levan can hold a fort with a left tackle, in a league that doesn’t have many good tackles.