As groups transition to the minicamp portion of their offseason exercises, there are nonetheless loads of high quality gamers left on the free-agent market seeking to catch on with a staff earlier than coaching camp begins close to the top of July.
Listed below are the 5 greatest gamers nonetheless out there:
DeAndre Hopkins, WR
Whereas there’s no scarcity of groups all for including Hopkins, the issue lies in the truth that the 30-year-old receiver is reportedly asking for Odell Beckham Jr. cash ($18 million). Many groups who’ve critical curiosity in Hopkins, who’s simply two years faraway from 4 straight 1,000-yard seasons, don’t have that type of cap house.
But when the previous Professional Bowler comes down on the type of cash he needs, the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Payments, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans all have a necessity on the place, and Hopkins could be an prompt increase to the WR rooms of these groups.
Yannick Ngakoue, DE
It’s shocking Ngakoue continues to be out there given he’s solely 28 and nonetheless one of many premier pass-rushers within the league. He led the Colts with 9.5 sacks final season and ranked second on the staff in pressures (44) and QB hits (16) and third in hurries (23).
Ngakoue has by no means had fewer than eight sacks or 44 pressures in a season, and he may make sense for a staff seeking to shore up one facet of its move rush just like the Bears, Chiefs, Falcons, Giants, Packers or Titans.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB
Though the 2022 season was Elliott’s worst statistically, he nonetheless had 12 touchdowns and practically 900 yards on the bottom whereas splitting time with Tony Pollard. Nonetheless, Elliott’s largest drawback isn’t whether or not groups imagine he’s on the tail-end of his profession, it’s that groups don’t wish to dish out some huge cash for working backs. The highest two free-agent backs, Miles Sanders and David Montgomery, each signed for 4 years or fewer and $6.25 million or much less per yr.
Elliott has had double-digit dashing touchdowns in three of the final 4 seasons, together with the final two years. He will not be the 1,400-yard again he as soon as was, however for an affordable wage (within the $3 million to $4 million vary), he would possibly make quite a lot of sense for groups needing RB depth just like the Buffalo Payments, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos or New York Jets.
Frank Clark, DE
Solely 29, Clark continues to be a reliable edge-rusher who needs to be good for at the least 5 sacks, perhaps extra in the suitable system. Though it’s been 4 seasons since Clark had double-digit sacks, he nonetheless persistently will get to the quarterback, averaging 54 pressures, 40 hurries and 16 QB hits per season.
Groups can by no means have too many good pass-rushers, and Clark might be an possibility for a number of edge-rusher-needy groups together with the Bears, Bengals, Broncos, Colts, Falcons, Giants or Vikings.
Carson Wentz, QB
Whereas Wentz’s beginning days are probably behind him after two underwhelming years with the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Commanders, the previous No. 2 general decide is perhaps an possibility for a staff both searching for a mentor for a younger quarterback or a strong, reliable backup.
Groups just like the Inexperienced Bay Packers who may desire a veteran to assist ease Jordan Love into his first yr as a full-time starter, or the Las Vegas Raiders, who’re one Jimmy Garoppolo damage or failed bodily away from turning to 37-year-old Brian Hoyer or rookie Aidan O’Connell, make sense as potential Wentz touchdown spots.