Many star NFL players are set to become free agents following the 2021 season. The 2022 NFL offseason has serious potential to shake up the league with how many superstars can go to new teams. The market is large and favorable for teams shopping for new players. Among all of the great options, here are the five best free agents in the upcoming 2022 offseason.
Best available 2022 NFL free agents
#5 - EDGE Von Miller, Los Angeles Rams
Von Miller was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Los Angeles Rams prior to the 2021 NFL trade deadline. He has bounced back strong this year after missing almost the entirety of the 2020 season due to injury. He recorded 4.5 sacks across his first four games with the Broncos this season and has also recorded five sacks in his last five games with the Rams.
Von Miller will be 33 years old next season, so considering his age paired with the recent injuries he's suffered, teams might hesitate at the chance to sign him as a free agent. Miller has proven to still be a force when healthy and apart from his ankle issues in the 2020 season, he has remained relatively injury free throughout his career. Miller has only missed just one game across the previous six years combined.
#4 - WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Godwin has emerged as one of the top wide receivers in the NFL. He is only 25 years old and could realistically still be improving. Over the last four seasons, Godwin has averaged more than 75 receptions and over 1,000 receiving yards with seven touchdowns per season.
One major concern with Chris Godwin is the unfortunate timing of his severe injury. He suffered a season-ending knee injury that required major surgery and a lengthy recovery process. He was in line for a huge pay day as a 2022 free agent, but his value may have taken a hit because of the situation.
Best available NFL free agents in the 2022 offseason
Here are the best available free agents for the 2022 NFL offseason.
#3 - EDGE Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals
Chandler Jones has been one of the most consistently dominant edge rushers over the last several years. In six of the last seven seasons, he has appeared in 15 or more games while recording more than 10 sacks and forcing at least two fumbles each year.
Chandler Jones will be 32 years old when he becomes a free agent in the 2022 NFL offseason. There have been no real signs of regression in his production, but it could possibly on the horizon. For now, he is still in his prime and would be an absolute weapon on the edge of just about any defense in the NFL.
#2 - CB J.C. Jackson, New England Patriots
J.C. Jackson has emerged as one of the best coverage cornerbacks in the NFL. Across his four years in the league, he has accumulated 25 interceptions, including 17 interceptions over the last two seasons.
There is always a market for solid cornerbacks in the NFL, and J.C. Jackson is one of the best in the business. He figures to land himself a big pay day, especially considering he is only 26 years old. He should prove be a popular free agent target this year, with many teams vying for his signature.
#1 - WR Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
Davante Adams is the best available free agent in the 2022 NFL offseason. In three of the last four seasons, he has eclipsed 110 receptions with over 1,300 receiving yards and at least 11 touchdowns. He has been the most consistently dominant wide receiver in the NFL over that time frame.
Davante Adams is planning on becoming the highest paid wide receiver in NFL history. He has earned a major payday, that many feel he will almost certainly receive. The highest cap hit of any wide receiver in the 2021 NFL season is Amari Cooper's 22 million dollars. It wouldn't be surprising if Davante Adams receives 25 million or more annually.