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One underrated 2024 NFL free agent at every offensive position

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Jacoby Brissett has impressed in limited showing:He earned 76.3 and 82.6 PFF grades in more meaningful playing time in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

J.K. Dobbins could be a free-agent steal: He has averaged 5.6 yards per attempt in his NFL career, is just 25 years old, and has just 266 NFL carries over four seasons.

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The NFL season is now officially in the rearview mirror and while there’s still plenty of time for the Kansas City Chiefs to celebrate, the NFL world has now almost entirely turned its attention to the offseason. 

March will yield huge free agency signings, but sometimes the most important are those that don’t break the bank. Here, we are highlighting an underrated free agent at every position, starting with the offensive side of the ball (click here for defense).

Quarterback: Jacoby Brissett, Washington Commanders

Brissett made just two appearances for the Commanders in 2023 because the team was committed to seeing what it had in Sam Howell. He looked good when he did see the field though, going 18-for-23 for 224 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. He also earned 76.3 and 82.6 PFF grades in more meaningful playing time in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

Running Back: J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens

Were it not for an Achilles injury that ended his 2023 season in Week 1, Dobbins could have been hitting the offseason with a chance to be one of the top-paid running backs in free agency. That injury likely means a one-year prove-it deal for a player who has averaged 5.6 yards per attempt in his NFL career, is just 25 years old and has just 266 NFL carries over four seasons.

Wide Receiver: Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots

Bourne might not be a flashing receiver in what could be a market with a handful of stars available, but he does offer a safe pair of hands that would be a good fit as a secondary receiver on pretty much any NFL roster. He didn’t drop a pass on 37 catchable targets in 2023 before going down to a season-ending injury and has a 6.4% drop rate for his career.

Tight End: Hunter Henry, New England Patriots

Henry won’t turn 30 years old until late in the 2024 NFL season despite already having eight NFL seasons under his belt. He’s coming off another productive season in New England, pulling in six touchdowns, dropping just 4.5% of the catchable passes thrown his way and ranking sixth among all tight ends with 10 contested catches.

Offensive Tackle: Mike Onwenu, New England Patriots

Onwenu has moved all around the offensive line in the NFL so far in his career but spent most of the 2023 season at right tackle where he looked more than comfortable. With four NFL seasons to his name, Onwenu has yet to have a season where he has earned a PFF pass-blocking grade below 68.0, so he brings talent along with positional versatility to the table.

Guard: Kevin Zeitler, Baltimore Ravens

Zeitler looks set to continue his career and that should interest any team looking to fill a short-term need on the interior offensive line. He had a rough couple of weeks to start the year for the Ravens but impressed more the longer the season went on. He had just one game with a PFF pass-blocking grade below 70.0 after Week 3.

Center: Connor Williams, Miami Dolphins

Injury disrupted, before eventually ending, Williams’ season, which will have an impact on his interest levels in free agency, but when he was on the field, he was one of the best centers in the league. He set a career high with a 90.5 PFF run-blocking grade and his 71.7 PFF pass-blocking grade marked the fourth straight season where he has earned a PFF grade above 65.0 in that facet.


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