Top 50 NFL Free Agents And Their Likely Destinations

Free agency is about to heat up.
03/07/2017 11:27 am ET Updated Mar 07, 2017
Adrian Peterson is one of the hottest names on the free agent market.
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Adrian Peterson is one of the hottest names on the free agent market.

The NFL Free Agency period unofficially, kinda-sorta-but-not-really, kicks off this afternoon (12 noon EST) when teams can begin the legal tampering period.

So, let’s take a look at the 50 best available free agents and where they could likely end up when it is all said and done.

The rankings are based off NFL.com’s rankings of the 101 top free agents. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and my coverage on Sports Rants and DiMoro Sports throughout NFL free agency.

 

1) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears wide receiver: Jeffery is a rarely available wide receiver talent that is hitting the free agent market.

Destination: Los Angeles Rams

Dark Horse: Chicago Bears

2) Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals defensive end: 6-foot-8, 300-pound lineman don’t come around every day, especially those elite players in their prime.

Destination: Denver Broncos

Dark Horse: Indianapolis Colts

3) Brandon Williams, Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle: The run-stuffing defensive tackle will earn a big paycheck from teams looking to improve their run defense

Destination: Oakland Raiders

Dark Horse: Miami Dolphins

4) Dont’a Hightower, New England Patriots linebacker:

Destination: New England Patriots

Dark Horse: Indianapolis Colts

5) A.J. Bouye, Houston Texans cornerback:

Destination: New York Jets

Dark Horse: Cincinnati Bengals

6) Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo Bills cornerback:

Destination: Chicago Bears

Dark Horse: New York Jets

7) Kevin Zeitler, Cincinnati Bengals guard: Miami needs a proven, nasty, physical guard to help protect Ryan Tannehill and pave alleys for Jay Ajayi.

Destination: Miami Dolphins

Dark Horse: San Francisco 49ers

8) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings running back:

Destination: Oakland Raiders

Dark Horses: New England Patriots, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

9) Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns wide receiver:

Destination: Cleveland Browns

Dark Horse: San Francisco 49ers

10) Dontari Poe, Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle:

Destination: Indianapolis Colts

Dark Horse: Houston Texans

11) Johnathan Hankins, New York Giants defensive tackle:

Destination: Baltimore Ravens

Dark Horse: Indianapolis Colts

12) DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins wide receiver: Jackson led the league with 17.9 yards per catch and offers teams a veteran, legit deep threat.

Destination: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dark Horse: Philadelphia Eagles

13) Tony Jefferson, Arizona Cardinals safety:

Destination: Jacksonville Jaguars

Dark Horse: New York Giants

14) T.J. Lang, Green Bay Packers guard: Easily the 2nd best guard, or offensive lineman, on this list.

Destination: Indianapolis Colts

Dark Horse: Miami Dolphins

15) Nick Perry, Green Bay Packers linebacker:

Destination: Green Bay Packers

Dark Horse: Los Angeles Chargers

16) Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots tight end:

Destination: New York Giants

Dark Horse: Jacksonville Jaguars

17) Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle:

Destination: Cincinnati Bengals

Dark Horse: Indianapolis Colts

18) T.J. McDonald, Los Angeles Rams safety:

Destination: Los Angeles Rams

Dark Horse: Jacksonville Jaguars

19) Riley Reiff, Detroit Lions offensive tackle:

Destination: Detroit Lions

Dark Horse: Buffalo Bills

20) Zach Brown, Buffalo Bills linebacker: Brown flourished in Rex Ryan’s system and the talent level drops off significantly after him.

Destination: Buffalo Bills

Dark Horse: Miami Dolphins

21) Larry Warford, Detroit Lions guard:

Destination: Detroit Lions

Dark Horse: Miami Dolphins

22) Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins wide receiver:

Destination: Tennessee Titans

Dark Horses: Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals

23) Logan Ryan, New England Patriots cornerback:

Destination: New England Patriots

Dark Horse: Dallas Cowboys

24) Alan Branch, New England Patriots defensive tackle:

Destination: New England Patriots

Dark Horse: Houston Texans

25) Micah Hyde, Green Bay Packers defensive back:

Destination: Green Bay Packers

Dark Horses: New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals

26) Chris Baker, Washington Redskins defensive end:

Destination: Washington Redskins

Dark Horse: Houston Texans

27) Ricky Wagner, Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle:

Destination: Baltimore Ravens

Dark Horse: Indianapolis Colts

28) Barry Church, Dallas Cowboys safety:

Destination: New Orleans Saints

Dark Horse: Dallas Cowboys

29) Jabaal Sheard, New England Patriots defensive end:

Destination: New England Patriots

Dark Horse: New York Giants

30) Nick Fairley, New Orleans Saints defensive tackle:

Destination: Dallas Cowboys

Dark Horse: New York Giants

31) Kenny Britt, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver:

Destination: Los Angeles Rams

Dark Horse: Kansas City Chiefs

32) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers running back:

Destination: New England Patriots

Dark Horses: New York Giants, Green Bay Packers

33) Brandon Marshall, New York Jets wide receiver:

Destination: Tennessee Titans

Dark Horses: San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers

34) Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers tight end:

Destination: Green Bay Packers

Dark Horses: New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys

35) Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback:

Destination: Chicago Bears

Dark Horse: New York Jets

36) Michael Floyd, New England Patriots wide receiver:

Destination: Dallas Cowboys

Dark Horse: Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals

37) Bennie Logan, Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle:

Destination: Philadelphia Eagles

Dark Horses: Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans

38) Kevin Minter, Arizona Cardinals linebacker:

Destination: New York Jets

Dark Horse: Cincinnati Bengals

39) Prince Amukamara, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback:

Destination: Jacksonville Jaguars

Dark Horse: Carolina Panthers

40) Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver: 

Destination: Arizona Cardinals

Dark Horses: Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins

41) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs running back:

Destination: Retirement

Dark Horse: Dallas Cowboys

42) Dre Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback:

Destination: Pittsburgh Steelers

Dark Horse: Tennessee Titans

43) Morris Claiborne, Dallas Cowboys cornerback:

Destination: Carolina Panthers

Dark Horses: Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers

44) Johnathan Cyprien, Jacksonville Jaguars safety:

Destination: Tennessee Titans

Dark Horse: Jacksonville Jaguars

45) Charles Johnson, Carolina Panthers defensive end:

Destination: Denver Broncos

Dark Horse: Carolina Panthers

46) Russell Okung, Denver Broncos offensive tackle:

Destination: Carolina Panthers

Dark Horse: Indianapolis Colts

47) Julius Peppers, Green Bay Packers linebacker:

Destination: Green Bay Packers

Dark Horse: Carolina Panthers

48) Ronald Leary, Dallas Cowboys guard:

Destination: Seattle Seahawks

Dark Horse: Denver Broncos

49) DeMarcus Ware, Denver Broncos linebacker:

Destination: Denver Broncos

Dark Horse: New England Patriots

*50) Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker: On NFL.com’s list, Jared Odrick was the 50th ranked player with Timmons in at #51. I swapped the players simply because I believe Timmons will be a more valued and sought after free agent commodity.

Destination: Pittsburgh Steelers

Dark Horse: Miami Dolphins

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