Best NFL free agents still available: DeAndre Hopkins, Ezekiel Elliott among top 2023 players remaining

Ezekiel Elliott

The bulk of recruiting for the 2023 NFL offseason is complete, but that doesn’t mean teams will stop beefing up their rosters ahead of training camp. Struggling with injuries and certain positions being thin, teams will inevitably sign more experienced free agents.

Surprisingly, there are many notable names among the players not yet signed, some of whom have been released by their former teams. Here’s an updated look at the pool sorted by location:

NFL FREE AGENCY 2023: Rating of all 32 teams, from best to worst

The Best NFL Free Agents Still Available for 2023


  • Carson Wentz, Commanders
  • Teddy Bridgewater, Dolphins
  • Matt Ryan, Colts
  • Nick Foles, Colts
  • Joe Flacco, Jets
  • Chase Daniel, Chargers

Wentz and Bridgewater are still hoping to keep up as recently well-travelled bridge QBs. Ryan isn’t officially retired, although he has decided to join CBS as an analyst. His former teammate Foles was simply fired.

running backs

  • Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
  • Kareem Hunt, Browns
  • Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers
  • Darrel Williams, Cardinals
  • Kenyan drake, raven
  • Latavius ​​Murray, Broncos
  • Dontrell Hilliard, Titans
  • Royce Freeman, Texan
  • Young Bernard, privateer
  • David Johnson, Saints
  • Justin Jackson, Lions
  • JD McKissic, Commanders
  • Rex Burkhead, Texan
  • Mark Ingram, Saints
  • Jonathan Williams, Commanders

The law of supply and demand is at work once again, with another influx of talented rookie running backs and cheaper replacement options for young veterans. For most of them, this should be the quick end of the NFL line. Elliott, Hunt and Fournette have garnered surprisingly little interest.

Ezekiel Elliott

wide receiver

  • DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
  • Julio Jones, Buccaneers
  • Demarcus Robinson, Ravens
  • Jarvis Landry, Saints
  • Byron Pringle, Bears
  • Breshad Perriman, privateer
  • Rashard Higgins, Panthers
  • Sammy Watkins, Ravens
  • N’Keal Harry, Bears
  • Jake Kumerow, Bills

Hopkins was released late by Arizona and there are concerns about what he might have left at 30 after not giving much to his former team in 2022. Future Hall of Famer Jones is 34 and could be last in line, much like 2011’s first-round draftmate AJ Green. Landry also slowed down at 30.

tight ends

  • Cameron Brate, Buccaneers
  • Geoff Swaim, Titans
  • Kyle Rudolph, Buccaneers
  • Adam Shaheen, Dolphins
  • Marcedes Lewis, Packers
  • Maxx Williams, Cardinals
  • Ryan Griffin, Bears

Brate is most attractive here due to its recent prolific past, but every option here is just for sheer receive or block depth.

Cameron Brate

Offensive tackles

  • Taylor Lewan, Titans
  • George Fant, Jets
  • Ty Nsekhe, Rams
  • Eric Fisher, Dolphins
  • Jason Peters, Cowboys
  • Brandon Shell, Dolphins
  • Mike Remmers, Jets
  • Chris Hubbard, Browns
  • Ja’Wuan James, Ravens
  • Dennis Kelly, Colts
  • Yodny Cajuste, Patriots
  • Marcus Cannon, Patriots

Lewan and Fant have been waiting for calls the longest. Most of these guys are worn out older players who were once effective starters.


  • Justin Pugh, Cardinals
  • Chase Rouiller, Commanders
  • Gabe Jackson, Seahawks
  • Ben Jones, Titans
  • Roger Saffold, Bills
  • AJ Cann, Texan
  • Dalton Risner, Broncos
  • Trai Turner, Commanders
  • Pat Elflein, Panthers
  • Max Garcia, Cardinals
  • Tom Compton, Broncos
  • Rodney Hudson, Cardinals
  • Justin Britt, Texan
  • Jesse Davis, Steelers
  • Nick Martin, Commanders
  • Bobby Hart, Bills
  • Michael Schofield, Bears
  • Matt Skura, Rams
  • Hello Aboushi, Rams
  • Billy Price, Cardinals

As usual, there is a wide range of support for the inside offensive line as the supply is much greater than the demand. Pugh and Rouiller have the best chance of getting somewhere to start in a pinch.

edge rusher

  • Leonard Floyd, Rams
  • Frank Clark, Chiefs
  • Jadeveon Clowney, Browns
  • Yannick Ngakoue, Colts
  • Robert Quinn, Eagles
  • Dawaune Smoot, Jaguars
  • Justin Houston, Ravens
  • Melvin Ingram, Dolphins
  • Carl Nassib, privateer
  • Carlos Dunlap, Chiefs
  • William Gholston, Buccaneers
  • Mario Addison, Texan
  • Trey flowers, dolphins

Defensive tackles

  • Chris Wormley, Steelers
  • Shelby Harris, Seahawks
  • Matt Ioannidis, Panthers
  • Akiem Hicks, Buccaneers
  • Ndamukong Suh, Eagles
  • Michael Brockers, Lions
  • Linval Joseph, Eagles
  • Maurice Hurst, 49ers
  • Corey Peters, Jaguars
  • Mike Pennel, Bears
  • Tyeler Davison, Chargers

Wormley and Harris have garnered little interest since beginning free agency, with Hicks and Suh promising to continue their careers. Ioannidis remains an average depth player.


  • Zach Cunningham, Titans
  • Myles Jack, Steelers
  • Kyle Van Noy, Chargers
  • Deion Jones, Browns
  • Kwon Alexander, Jets
  • Anthony Barr, Cowboys
  • Nick Vigil, Cardinals
  • Kevin Pierre-Louis, Texan
  • Jarrad Davis, Lions
  • Damien Wilson, Panthers
  • Nick Kwiatkoski, Falcons
  • Michael Kiser, Raiders
  • Rashaan Evans, Falcons
  • Jon Bostic, Commanders
  • Dakota Allen, Broncos

This group is mostly made up of many running assist tackle types over 30 with less help in hitting pass coverage.


  • Byron Jones, Dolphins
  • Anthony Brown, Cowboys
  • Marcus Peters, Ravens
  • Bradley Roby, Saints
  • Bryce Callahan, Chargers
  • Casey Hayward, Falcons
  • Ronald Darby, Broncos
  • William Jackson, Commanders
  • Troy Hill, Rams
  • Rock now, Raiders
  • Kyle Fuller, Ravens
  • Chandon Sullivan, Vikings
  • Eli Apple, Bengals
  • Anthony Averett, Raiders

Jones was made expendable when Jalen Ramsey joined Xavien Howard in Miami. Brown, Peters and Roby should attract more interest as viable experienced outsiders in the late stage. Callahan and Hayward can help the most at this stage. Corner now has the most reinforcement opportunities in free agency than any other position.



  • Adrian Amos, Packers
  • John Johnson III, Browns
  • LaMarcus Joyner, Jets
  • Logan Ryan, Buccaneers
  • Daniel Sorensen, Saint
  • Prince Clayton, Dolphins
  • Chris Banjo, Cardinals
  • Duron Harmon, Raiders
  • Andrew Adams, Titans
  • Ronnie Harrison, Browns
  • Armani Watts, Colts

Amos and Johnson have the most appeal hearings. Others are third swing options behind a dependable free-strong combination.

table football

  • Robbie Gould, 49ers
  • Ryan Succop, Buccaneers
  • Mason Crosby, Packers
  • Brett Maher, Cowboys
  • Randy Bullock, Titans
  • Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals

Gould was replaced in San Francisco by rookie draft pick Jake Moody.


The 40-year-old has been in the NFL since 2004 but things are looking bad for him as he was replaced in Arizona by fellow free agent Matt Haack.

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