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2024 NFL Free Agency Primer: Top 10 free agents at every position

2RWP2PB Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) reacts after scoring a touchdown during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

• It's a good year to need offensive line help: The interior positions, in particular, feature a surplus of talent.

• Minnesota's QB tandem is set to hit the open market: Kirk Cousins and Josh Dobbs are both pending free agents, leading the way at the quarterback position.

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While some of the annual NFL free agency disclaimers are necessary — namely, that franchise tags, early extensions and late-season injuries can always shrink these lists — the 2024 free agent class looks to be quite strong at several positions.

The defensive side of the ball offers high-end starting caliber players at every position, with a good mix of talented players who fit varying schemes and have different traits and skill sets that could help any team interested in an upgrade. A loaded 2019 first round produced many defensive linemen who were extended this past offseason, but edge defenders Josh Allen and Brian Burns, as well as interior defender Christian Wilkins, boast difference-making ability if they find their way to unrestricted free agency.

On offense, marquee wide receivers both young and old, headlined by Tee Higgins, Michael Pittman Jr. and Marquise Brown Jr., could provide a boost to plenty of offenses in need of more reliable pass-catchers. While the 2024 draft class is not viewed as strong at interior offensive line, the free agent class is quite the opposite, with centers and guards aplenty.

All in all, as of this writing, the free agent class looks impressive in comparison to the typical class, with plenty of veteran depth and rotational contributors to go along with the flashier names.



  1. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
  2. Josh Dobbs, Minnesota Vikings
  3. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
  4. Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints
  5. Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  6. Gardner Minshew, Indianapolis Colts
  7. Tyler Huntley, Baltimore Ravens
  8. Sam Darnold, San Francisco 49ers
  9. Teddy Bridgewater, Detroit Lions
  10. Tyrod Taylor, New York Giants

Running Back

  1. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  2. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
  3. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
  4. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
  5. Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys
  6. D’Andre Swift, Philadelphia Eagles
  7. J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens
  8. Zack Moss, Indianapolis Colts
  9. Ezekiel Elliott, New England Patriots
  10. Devin Singletary, Houston Texans

Next up: Kareem Hunt (CLE), D’Onta Foreman (CHI)


  1. Connor Williams, Miami Dolphins
  2. Andre James, Las Vegas Raiders
  3. Lloyd Cushenberry, Denver Broncos
  4. Tyler Biadasz, Dallas Cowboys
  5. Coleman Shelton, Los Angeles Rams
  6. Evan Brown, Seattle Seahawks
  7. Connor McGovern, New York Jets
  8. Trystan Colon, Arizona Cardinals
  9. Sam Mustipher, Baltimore Ravens
  10. Ryan Jensen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


  1. Kevin Zeitler, Baltimore Ravens
  2. Robert Hunt, Miami Dolphins
  3. Jon Runyan Jr., Green Bay Packers
  4. Kevin Dotson, Los Angeles Rams
  5. Aaron Brewer, Tennessee Titans
  6. Dalton Risner, Minnesota Vikings
  7. John Simpson, Baltimore Ravens
  8. Jonah Jackson, Detroit Lions
  9. Damien Lewis, Seattle Seahawks
  10. Phil Haynes, Seattle Seahawks

Next up: Ezra Cleveland (JAX), Isaiah Wynn (MIA)

Offensive Tackle

  1. Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys
  2. Trent Brown, New England Patriots
  3. Michael Onwenu, New England Patriots
  4. Mekhi Becton, New York Jets
  5. Jonah Williams, Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Austin Jackson, Miami Dolphins
  7. Donovan Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
  8. Jermaine Eluemunor, Las Vegas Raiders
  9. George Fant, Houston Texans
  10. Josh Jones, Houston Texans

Tight End

  1. Dalton Schultz, Houston Texans
  2. Noah Fant, Seattle Seahawks
  3. Hunter Henry, New England Patriots
  4. Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers
  5. Adam Trautman, Denver Broncos
  6. Austin Hooper, Las Vegas Raiders
  7. Mike Gesicki, New England Patriots
  8. Colby Parkinson, Seattle Seahawks
  9. Pharaoh Brown, New England Patriots
  10. Harrison Bryant, Cleveland Browns

Wide Receiver

  1. Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
  2. Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts
  3. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  4. Marquise Brown, Arizona Cardinals
  5. Calvin Ridley, Jacksonville Jaguars
  6. Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears
  7. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
  8. Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills
  9. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
  10. D.J. Chark, Carolina Panthers

Next up: Odell Beckham Jr. (BAL), Josh Reynolds (DET), Noah Brown (HOU), Curtis Samuel (WSH), Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (TEN), K.J. Osborn (MIN)


Interior Defender

  1. Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Christian Wilkins, Miami Dolphins
  3. Leonard Williams, Seattle Seahawks
  4. Justin Madubuike, Baltimore Ravens
  5. Grover Stewart, Indianapolis Colts
  6. D.J. Reader, Cincinnati Bengals
  7. Sheldon Rankins, Houston Texans
  8. Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
  9. Michael Pierce, Baltimore Ravens
  10. Teair Tart, Tennessee Titans

Next up: Maurice Hurst (CLE), A’Shawn Robinson (NYG), Shelby Harris (CLE), Javon Kinlaw (SF), Raekwon Davis (MIA), Quinton Jefferson (NYJ), Calais Campbell (ATL), DaQuan Jones (BUF), Poona Ford (BUF)

Edge Defender

  1. Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. Brian Burns, Carolina Panthers
  3. Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings
  4. Chase Young, San Francisco 49ers
  5. Bryce Huff, New York Jets
  6. Jonathan Greenard, Houston Texans
  7. Za’Darius Smith, Cleveland Browns
  8. Leonard Floyd, Buffalo Bills
  9. Jadeveon Clowney, Baltimore Ravens
  10. Josh Uche, New England Patriots

Next up: Andrew Van Ginkel (MIA), Carl Lawson (NYJ), Brandon Graham (PHI), Denico Autry (TEN), Dorance Armstrong (DAL), Mario Edwards Jr. (SEA), Marcus Davenport (MIN)


    1. Frankie Luvu, Carolina Panthers
    2. Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    3. Jordyn Brooks, Seattle Seahawks
    4. Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
    5. Azeez Al-Shaair, Tennessee Titans
    6. Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    7. Patrick Queen, Baltimore Ravens
    8. Anthony Walker Jr., Cleveland Browns
    9. Blake Cashman, Houston Texans
    10. Oren Burks, San Francisco 49ers


Next up: Drue Tranquill (KC), Jordan Hicks (MIN), Josey Jewell (DEN), Willie Gay (KC)


  1. Jaylon Johnson, Chicago Bears
  2. L’Jarius Sneed, Kansas City Chiefs
  3. Kendall Fuller, Washington Commanders
  4. Chidobe Awuzie, Cincinnati Bengals
  5. Kenny Moore II, Indianapolis Colts
  6. Stephon Gilmore, Dallas Cowboys
  7. Steven Nelson, Houston Texans
  8. Adoree’ Jackson, New York Giants
  9. Sean Murphy-Bunting, Tennessee Titans
  10. Tavierre Thomas, Houston Texans


  1. Antoine Winfield Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  2. Kyle Dugger, New England Patriots
  3. Kamren Curl, Washington Commanders
  4. Julian Blackmon, Indianapolis Colts
  5. Grant Delpit, Cleveland Browns
  6. Xavier McKinney, New York Giants
  7. Jordan Whitehead, New York Jets
  8. Jordan Fuller, Los Angeles Rams
  9. Geno Stone, Baltimore Ravens
  10. DeShon Elliott, Miami Dolphins

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