The NFL free agent frenzy is beginning to die down as the list of available players continuously dwindles by the day. However, that does not mean there are no impact starters out there for teams to sign.
Most of the remaining free agents are a little older, with the top guys still having years of production to give. In this article, I will identify the best NFL free agents still unsigned and what destination fits best.
Stephon Gilmore: New England Patriots
Stephon Gilmore‘s inability to land a deal yet may result from an influx of defensive backs entering free agency this season. The 2018 defensive player of the year will likely not be getting the contracting extension he might have received a couple of years ago, but I still believe he can start and excel on any team’s pass defense.
Gilmore is one of the premier man-to-man cornerbacks in all of football, and after a stint with Carolina where he failed to meet expectations, a return to the Patriots suits him well. New England lost J.C. Jackson after the free agent signed a $70 million deal with the Los Angeles Chargers.
The team has not done much so far to recover from the loss, as the signing of Malcolm Butler is not enough to replace Jackson’s influence. If the two sides agree to a short-term deal, Gilmore can boost his value in a system he is already very familiar with and has the opportunity to cash out in the free agents again next off-season.
Tyrann Mathieu: Philadelphia Eagles
Obviously, the “Honey Badger” will not be returning to Kansas City, as the Chiefs are low on cash and already signed a replacement in Justin Reid. A plethora of teams could use this leader’s services, including the Philadelphia Eagles.
On a base level, Mathieu’s personality is perfect for the culture that always exists in Philadelphia. He is a gritty, no-nonsense captain who will do everything in his power to win football games. There are comparison’s in his game with recently retired Malcolm Jenkins, who was one of the best players on the Eagles’ defense during their Super Bowl run in 2017.
Philadelphia is desperate for talent in the back end of the secondary because of its lack of talent outside of Darius Slay in the position group. With the addition of Mathieu, expect the Eagles to be one of the best statistical defenses in the NFL.
Bobby Wagner: Baltimore Ravens
Bobby Wagner‘s release from the Seattle Seahawks came as a shock to many. The 8x All-Pro was the backbone of a Seattle defense throughout the entire 2010’s decade and is still playing at an elite level.
I believe Wagner’s best fit is in Baltimore, a team already spending large so far this month. Hr would make Baltimore‘s front seven impeccable, and a linebacker duo of Patrick Queen and Bobby can shut down any running play.
With the Bengals’ offense reaching a Super Bowl and the Browns acquiring Deshaun Watson, the Ravens must add reinforcements defensively to stay on pace within the division.
Odell Beckham Jr.: Kansas City Chiefs
It was heartbreaking to see Odell Beckham tear his ACL in the Super Bowl, especially since he was balling out and silenced many critics during his tour with the Rams. Beckham proved to be more than used goods a season ago, and a move to Kansas City could solidify his position as a top-tier wideout once again.
The Chiefs are in serious danger of losing the division for the first time since 2015 after losing Tyreek Hill and seeing their rivals upgrade their rosters. Juju Smith-Schuster does not provide enough talent on the outside, making the Chiefs desperate to find another pass catcher for Patrick Mahomes.
It will take Beckham extended time to recover from his injury fully, but he can still be the solution to the Chiefs’ roster problem.