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The 2023 NFL offseason is fully underway. We've already seen big names like Derek Carr, Daniel Jones and Geno Smith land new contracts even before the official start of free agency. The flurry of moves kicked off on Monday as teams began negotiating with unsigned veterans. Deals can be finalized -- along with trades -- starting Wednesday, March 15.
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Where are the top free agents headed? Who's still available? We've got you covered right here. Below, you'll find a running tracker of the top 100 free agents of 2023, compiled from senior writer Pete Prisco's annual ranking of the best veterans on the market.
Monday, March 13 marks the start of the legal tampering period, when teams can begin negotiations with respective free agents in preparation for the official opening of free agency: Wednesday, March 15 at 4 p.m. EST.
Here are the best remaining players available on the open market. This list will be updated as free agency progresses. Signed players will be removed from the list and replaced with the next highest-ranked free agent on PFF's free agency rankings, which includes PFF grades, stats and analysis on every player listed below.
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Entering the offseason with ample salary cap space and the No. 1 pick in the draft, Poles made the most of those resources, executing a slew of impactful moves. On the first two days of the new league year March 15-16, he signed nine free agents and acquired veteran receiver DJ Moore in a blockbuster trade with the Panthers.
"But what's cool is we've used different methods to improve. With the trade, with DJ Moore and the draft picks this year but also for the future, I think it sets us up nicely. And then free agency, I really wanted to marry need and value, and where that came together. I thought we did that well.
"I've had that happen to me in negotiating settings with agents," Poles said. "So I really don't do that; specifically shop deals around. I don't like that. But if I have something better, I have something better, and we can keep talking."
? LB Krys Barnes Details: Agreed to terms with Arizona, March 25 Instant analysis: The fourth-year linebacker became a free agent earlier this month after not receiving a restricted tender. Signed an undrafted free agent in 2020, Barnes started 23 games over his first two seasons with the Packers, recording 157 tackles (103 solo), nine tackles for a loss, two sacks, two QB hits, four passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Barnes battled injuries this past season, playing in just six games. Inside linebacker remains one of the deepest positions on Green Bay's roster, with De'Vondre Campbell, Quay Walker, Isaiah McDuffie and Eric Wilson all set to return in 2023.
? S Rudy Ford Details: Re-signed with Green Bay, March 20 Instant analysis: A longtime NFL special-teams ace, Ford had a career year in Green Bay after signing with the Packers a week before the regular season. The six-year veteran recorded 40 tackles (29 solo), a career-high three interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three passes defensed in 17 games (six starts). Ford led Green Bay with 87 yards on INT returns, tied for seventh in the NFL. With Adrian Amos a free agent, Ford could be a candidate to start on the backend next season. The 6-foot, 204-pound safety offers special-teams flexibility, producing four coverage tackles on special-teams snaps last season.
? DL Dean Lowry Details: Agreed to terms with Minnesota, March 17 Instant analysis: A fourth-round pick out of Northwestern in 2016, Lowry was one of the longest-tenured players on the Packers' roster. The 6-foot-6, 296-pound defensive lineman recorded 252 tackles, 16 deflections, 15 sacks and four fumble recoveries in 111 games (80 starts). Known for his durability, Lowry missed only three games in seven seasons with Green Bay, playing 3,742 defensive snaps (535 per season). He's the second starting defensive lineman to depart in free agency. The Packers have five defensive linemen on their offseason roster. Two-time Pro Bowler Kenny Clark leads a room that will return recent draft picks Devonte Wyatt (2022, first round), Jonathan Ford (2022, seventh) and T.J. Slaton (2021, fifth), and practice-squad holdover Chris Slayton.
? LS Matt Orzech Details: Signed with Green Bay, March 17 Instant analysis: For the second straight offseason, the Packers dove into unrestricted free agency to address their special teams with the signing of Orzech. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound long snapper has played in 50 career games over his three NFL seasons. He won a Super Bowl ring during his two-year stint with the Los Angeles Rams after breaking into the NFL as the Jacksonville Jaguars' long snapper in 2019. The Packers will be Orzech's sixth NFL team. He joins incumbent Jack Coco as the two long snappers on the Packers' offseason roster.
? DL Jarran Reed Details: Signed with Seattle, March 17 Instant analysis: The 6-foot-3, 306-pound defensive lineman returns to Seattle after a 2022 season with Green Bay in which Reed registered 52 tackles, 14 quarterback hits and 2 sacks in 17 games (14 starts). A second-round pick out of Alabama in 2016, Reed spent his first five seasons with the Seahawks before signing as an unrestricted free agent with Kansas City in 2021. Reed played 705 defensive snaps last season for the Packers, second only to Kenny Clark's 807. Green Bay likely will turn to 2022 first-round pick Devonte Wyatt and third-year veteran T.J. Slaton to help fill Reed's void next season.
? TE Robert Tonyan Details: Agreed to terms with Chicago, March 16 Instant analysis: One of Green Bay's best undrafted-and-developed stories, Tonyan returns to his home state after spending his first five NFL seasons with the Packers. A native of McHenry, Ill., Tonyan caught 137 passes for 1,437 yards and 17 touchdowns in 68 regular-season games (17 starts). The 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end enjoyed his best season in 2020, when he tied Paul Coffman's single-season franchise record for the most TD receptions by a tight end with 11 in 2020. He bounced back from a season-ending ACL injury in 2021 to finish third on the offense with 53 receptions last season. The Packers are slated to return former third-round pick Josiah Deguara and Tyler Davis, with veteran Marcedes Lewis current an unrestricted free agent.
Players who can receive a one-year tender (first round, second round and right of first refusal), which allows Green Bay to match any free-agent contract the player would sign or receive draft-pick compensation corresponding to the first two tenders. There is no compensation for the lowest tender.
While the Bears fell to the Eagles in their Week 15 matchup, Fields broke the Bears' single-season rushing record by a quarterback during that game, rushing for 95 yards on 15 attempts, including breaking free for an impressive 39-yard gain in the second quarter.
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All eyes will be on the quarterback position with Lamar Jackson scheduled to hit free agency along with Tom Brady, Geno Smith, Daniel Jones, and Jimmy Garoppolo. There will be no shortage of options at the running back position either with Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, and Tony Pollard available.
David's age brings him down a few spots but make no mistake, he's still among the most productive linebackers in the game. As long as father time doesn't hit him like a freight train, he'll be well worth the price in free agency.
Engram regained form as one of the top tight ends in the league during his first season in Jacksonville. The former Giant set the Jaguars record for catches (69) and receiving yards (739) by a tight end. Not a bad way to head into free agency.
Meyers has gone from undrafted free agent to the top free agent in the 2023 wide receiver class. He was among the most reliable options in the Patriots offense over the last few seasons. It'll be interesting to see how a change of scenery impacts his production if he lands outside New England.
Jones has slowly but surely improved in the turnover department while showcasing his talents as a dual-threat quarterback. Those qualities go a long way in today's NFL and should earn him a solid contract as a free agent.
Pollard has emerged as one of the top dual-threat running backs in the league. Even with Ezekiel Elliott stealing carries, Pollard managed to top 1,000 scrimmage yards for the second consecutive year. Having fresh legs only adds to his appeal in free agency.
Payne enjoyed a career year with the Commanders to set himself up well in free agency. Even if his huge 2022 season was an anomaly, the 2018 first-rounder would be a fine addition to the middle of any defensive line.
Bates balled out on the franchise tag and should be rewarded for it with a sizable deal in free agency. It probably won't be in Cincinnati, however, as the Bengals took his potential replacement Daxton Hill in the first round of last year's NFL Draft. 041b061a72