The top NFL free agents per position (NFL teams are allowed to sign free agents starting Tuesday):
There’s no future Hall of Famer looking for a new driver’s seat this year and the last Super Bowl-winning quarterback just got locked down.
Young, healthy running backs usually don’t reach free agency. They get locked down contractually until they’re older, damaged running backs.
The guys who protect the pass rusher and the big prize is also the big question mark.
Everyone likes long-armed tackles. At guard, the key is finding a mauler if you run straight power, someone at tad more nimble if you run a zone scheme.
Much like speed wide receivers, tight ends who can get up the seam and split the defense wide open usually don’t hit the market.
This year’s crop looks like a bunch of defensive end Neil O’Donnells: above average guys who’ll make more than they should because they’re the best this year in a coveted role.
A group so underwhelming the top five guys hitting free agency might not be able to win jobs from the top five retiring.
Everybody wants Ed Reed. Not the 11-year veteran Ed Reed who might be available and a year or two from retirement. They want the 2004 Ed Reed reincarnated on patrol in their secondary.
With teams lining up in three and four wideout as a standard set, teams tend to hang onto any corners they can get.