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NFL Free Agency 2021: Top 5 Free Agents in Every Position

Wild Card Round - Seattle Seahawks v Philadelphia Eagles
Wild Card Round - Seattle Seahawks v Philadelphia Eagles
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Modified 19 Feb 2021
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One of the best ways for an NFL team to take positive strides during the offseason is to recruit well in free agency.

A lot of great players are likely to be out of contract this spring/summer and teams landing one of them could prove to be the difference between success and failure once the season gets underway.

Not every player will end up changing teams, of course, as many will be re-signed by the franchise they currently represent. Others can expect to get tagged, and some will just retire. Even so, we've decided to rank the top 5 free-agents in every offensive and defensive position that remain available for teams to sign.

Let's get started with the top 5 free agents for each position on offense:

Best quarterbacks available in NFL free agency

New York Giants v Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants v Dallas Cowboys
  1. Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys)
  2. Mitch Trubisky (Chicago Bears)
  3. Andy Dalton (New York Jets)
  4. Jameis Winston (New Orleans Saints)
  5. Cam Newton (New England Patriots)

Best wide receivers available in NFL free agency

New Orleans Saints v Detroit Lions
New Orleans Saints v Detroit Lions
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  1. Allen Robinson ll (Chicago Bears)
  2. Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  3. Kenny Golladay (Detroit Lions)
  4. JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  5. Will Fuller (Houston Texans)

Best running backs available in NFL free agency

Super Bowl LV
Super Bowl LV
  1. Aaron Jones (Green Bay Packers)
  2. Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks)
  3. Leonard Fournette (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  4. Kenyan Drake (Arizona Cardinals)
  5. Todd Gurley (Atlanta Falcons)
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Best fullbacks available in NFL free agency

Washington Football Team v San Francisco 49ers
Washington Football Team v San Francisco 49ers
  1. Kyle Juszczyk (San Francisco 49ers)
  2. Nick Bellore (Seattle Seahawks)
  3. Anthony Sherman (Kansas City Chiefs)
  4. Michael Burton (New Orleans Saints)
  5. Anthony Firsker (Tennessee Titans)

Best tight ends available in NFL free agency

Green Bay Packers v Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers v Detroit Lions
  1. Rob Gronkowski (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  2. Hunter Henry (Los Angeles Chargers)
  3. Jared Cook (New Orleans Saints)
  4. Robert Tonyan (Green Bay Packers)
  5. Jonnu Smith (Tennessee Titans)
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Best left tackles available in NFL free agency

Washington Redskins v Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins v Philadelphia Eagles
  1. Trent Williams (San Francisco 49ers)
  2. Russel Okung (Carolina Panthers)
  3. Allejandro Villanueva (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  4. Jason Peters (Philadelphia Eagles)
  5. Cam Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Best guards available in NFL free agency

Chicago Bears v Washington Redskins
Chicago Bears v Washington Redskins
  1. Brandon Scherff (Washington football team)
  2. Nick Easton (New Orleans Saints)
  3. Joe Thuney (New England Patriots)
  4. Lane Taylor (Green Bay Packers)
  5. John Miller (Carolina Panthers)
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Best centers available in NFL free agency

Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears
  1. Corey Linsley (Green Bay Packers)
  2. Mike Pouncey (Los Angeles Chargers)
  3. David Andrews (New England Patriots)
  4. Austin Reiter (Kansas City Chiefs)
  5. Alex Mack (Atlanta Falcons)

Best right tackle available in NFL free agency

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Super Bowl LII - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots
Super Bowl LII - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots
  1. Matt Feiler (Pittsbugh Steelers)
  2. Cam Fleming (New York Giants)
  3. Kendall Lamm (Cleveland Browns)
  4. Daryl Williams (Buffalo Bills)
  5. Demar Dotson (Denver Broncos)

Seemingly, every season in the NFL, teams remind us that it's really the defense that wins championships. Take a look at the top 5 free agents in each position on defense:

Best defensive ends available in NFL free agency

Cincinnati Bengals v Houston Texans
Cincinnati Bengals v Houston Texans
  1. J.J. Watt (Unattached)
  2. Leonard Williams (New York Giants)
  3. Jadaveon Clowney (Tennessee Titans)
  4. Yannick Ngakoue (Baltimore Ravens)
  5. Tyrone Crawford (Dallas Cowboys)

Best defensive tackle available in NFL free agency

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Atlanta Falcons
  1. Leonard Williams (New York Giants)
  2. Shelby Harris (Denver Broncos)
  3. Dalvin Tomlinson (New York Giants)
  4. Sheldon Rankins (New Orleans Saints)
  5. Ndamukong Suh (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Best outside linebackers available in NFL free agency

Super Bowl LV
Super Bowl LV
  1. Von Miller (Denver Broncos)
  2. Shaquil Barrett (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  3. Bud Dupree (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  4. Hasson Reddick (Arizona Cardinals)
  5. Leonard Floyd (Los Angeles Raiders)

Best cornerbacks available in NFL free agency

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Denver Broncos v New England Patriots
Denver Broncos v New England Patriots
  1. J.C. Jackson (New England Patriots)
  2. A.J. Bouye (Denver Broncos)
  3. Patrick Peterson (Arizona Cardinals)
  4. Darious Williams (Los Angeles Rams)
  5. Richard Sherman (San Francisco 49ers)

Best safeties available in NFL free agency

Tennessee Titans v Denver Broncos
Tennessee Titans v Denver Broncos
  1. Justin Simmons (Denver Broncos)
  2. Anthony Harris (Minnesota Vikings)
  3. Duron Harmon (Detroit Lions)
  4. Jalen Mills (Philadelphia Eagles)
  5. Thomas Sorenson (Kansas City Chiefs)

Perfect execution on special teams wins football games!

Best kickers available in NFL free agency

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Las Vegas Raiders v Atlanta Falcons
Las Vegas Raiders v Atlanta Falcons
  1. Younghoe Koo (Atlanta Falcons)
  2. Daniel Carlson (Las Vegas Raiders)
  3. Joey Slye (Carolina Panthers)
  4. Ryan Succop (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  5. Cairo Santos (Chicago Bears)

Best punters available in NFL free agency

Miami Dolphins v New York Jets
Miami Dolphins v New York Jets
  1. Matt Haack (Miami Dolphins)
  2. Pat O'Donnell (Chicago Bears)
  3. Kevin Huber (Cincinatti Bengals)
  4. Andy Lee (Arizona Cardinals)
  5. Jordan Berry (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Published 19 Feb 2021, 01:32 IST
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