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Top 15 NFL Free Agents of 2023 to Keep An Eye On

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Top 15 Current NFL Free Agents of 2023 to Watch Out For

While the bulk of NFL free agency has already happened, there are still a lot of players out there on the market who can contribute to an NFL team’s success. Let’s look at the 15 best free agents still remaining who can be important players next season if they land in the right home. And if you want to watch these players on their future teams, make sure you’re subscribed to Fubo, which features regional games on CBS and FOX on Sunday afternoons as well as national games on ABC, ESPN, NBC and NFL Network. Fubo subscribers can also add the RedZone Channel to watch action from all across the NFL.

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The 15 Best Available NFL Free Agents of 2023

15. Abram Smith – RB

Smith, who was an undrafted rookie out of Baylor last year and spent training camp with the Saints, played in the XFL this past season, where he was the league’s top running back. In 10 games, Smith carried the ball 157 times for 788 yards, an average of 5.02 yards per attempt. He found the end zone seven times and also added 13 receptions for 91 yards.

NFL teams love young running backs, so it would be a surprise if Smith doesn’t at least land on a training camp roster. He doesn’t have the same NFL pedigree as other players on this list, but he’s an enticing young prospect who has a lot of potential.

14. Frank Clark – DE

Clark, who will be 30 when the 2023 NFL season kicks off, spent the last four years in Kansas City, where he wracked up 23.5 sacks over 58 games and forced six fumbles.

A key piece of KC’s defensive line, Clark doesn’t have the explosiveness he had earlier in his career, and no one should expect double-digit sack numbers like he had twice during his first four seasons with the Seahawks. But as a rotational defensive end, he can still contribute to a team’s success.

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13. Jarvis Landry – WR

Landry’s not the player he once was, when he led the NFL in receptions back in 2017 with 112 as a member of the Dolphins. Last season, he played just nine games for the Saints, catching 25 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown.

But the 30-year-old is still a reliable veteran slot receiver who can provide some depth for a team, and while he hasn’t served as a full-time return man since his Miami days, he did field a couple of punts last year and could contribute on special teams.

12. Teddy Bridgewater – QB

While the 30-year-old quarterback’s window for being an NFL starter has passed, many teams around the league could use a reliable veteran backup at the position. Last season with the Dolphins, Bridgewater started two games, completing 62% of his passes with four touchdowns and four picks. The year before, he started 14 games for Denver and put up solid numbers, completing 66.9% of his throws for 3,052 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven picks.

In fact, Bridgewater has thrown 75 touchdowns to 47 interceptions across his 78 games played, with 65 of those being starts. He’s also added some contributions on the ground, with 11 career rushing scores.

11. Adrian Amos – S

30-year-old safety Adrian Amos started all 17 games for the Packers last season. In fact, he actually played every possible game during his four years in Green Bay. He picked off seven passes over that span and had 30 pass deflections.

The veteran safety has also been a tackling machine, recording a career-high 102 tackles last season for the Pack. He had at least 83 tackles in all of his seasons with the team.

10. Chris Wormley – DT

The 29-year-old defensive tackle struggled last season, recording a career-low 0.5 sacks. But a team looking at him in free agency is really just hoping his 2021 season is something that can be replicated.

That year, Wormley had seven sacks and 10 QB hits, as well as 51 tackles and six tackles for loss. He also had three pass defenses and a forced fumble. Wormley looked like a budding star. Could he get back to that level?

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9. Leonard Fournette – RB

The 28-year-old running back was selected fourth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, but lasted just three seasons in Jacksonville, though two of those years saw him finish with over 1,000 rushing yards. He ended up playing the next three years with the Buccaneers, where he rushed for 812 yards and eight touchdowns in 2021 before struggling last year, with his yards per carry dropping from 4.5 to 3.5.

But Fournette also had a career-high 523 receiving yards last season. Once viewed as a one-dimensional back, Fournette has showcased some receiving chops over the last couple of seasons. He would be a valuable RB2 on a contending team.

8. Kareem Hunt – RB

The Browns spent the last few seasons juggling playing time between Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, but the team moved on from the 27-year-old back after last season, when he finished with 468 yards on the ground and a career-low 3.8 yards per carry.

Still, Hunt has a place in the NFL as a change-of-pace back, a good complement to a between-the-tackles starter like Chubb. He does bring some baggage with him after serving a suspension in 2019 for pushing and kicking a woman at a hotel in 2018.

7. Justin Houston – LB

34-year-old Justin Houston’s been around the NFL for a long time, but he had a resurgent season for the Ravens last year, with his 9.5 sacks being his most since 2019, though he tied his career low in tackles.

The veteran linebacker probably won’t be able to play every down for a team, but he showed in 2022 that he still has some value on passing downs as a rusher. A team looking for some rotational help in the front seven could do worse than to bring in Houston.

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6. Marcus Peters – CB

Peters—who has led the NFL in interceptions once, interception yards three times and pick sixes twice—had a career-low one pick last year for the Ravens, but he still started 13 games for Baltimore. Maybe he’s not the ballhawk that he once was, but the 30-year-old defensive back still brings value to the field. He forced a pair of fumbles last year and had 47 tackles.

5. Dalton Risner – G

There’s not a ton of offensive line talent left on the market, which is why it’s surprising that Dalton Risner hasn’t signed somewhere yet.

The 27-year-old spent his first four seasons in Denver, where he committed just one holding penalty and three false starts during his time there. A member of the All-Rookie Team in 2019, Risner would be an upgrade at guard for a number of NFL clubs.

4. Matt Ioannidis – DT

The 29-year-old Ioannidis played for the Panthers last year, starting all 13 games he played. His numbers didn’t really pop on the stat sheet with just one sack, but he had nine QB hits and his Approximate Value—an all-in-one stat that Pro Football Reference uses—was the highest he’s had since 2019, and the second-highest of his NFL career. Plenty of teams could use Ioannidis on their defensive line.

3. Yannick Ngakoue – DE

After four good years in Jacksonville, Ngakoue has bounced around, playing for four teams over the past three seasons. But he remains productive, with 9.5 sacks and 16 QB hits last season for the Colts. Maybe he won’t be the star that he looked destinated to be after his 2017 Pro Bowl campaign with the Jaguars, but he’s someone you can plug into your defensive line and get good production from. It’s surprising he’s yet to find a new team.

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2. Jadeveon Clowney – DE

The former No. 1 overall pick with the Texans had one of his worst seasons last year with the Browns, recording just two sacks and four QB hits. But you have to think there are teams that still think the talent’s there with Clowney, a four-time Pro Bowler who was Second Team All-Pro back in 2016 with the Texans. He has the versatility to play linebacker and defensive end, and in a role where he’d be asked just to rush the quarterback, he’d likely post much better sack numbers.

1. DeAndre Hopkins – WR

The newest player on this list to enter free agency, Hopkins was released in late May by the Cardinals. Hopkins has six 1,000-yard seasons between his time with the Texans and Cardinals, and last year he averaged 79.7 receiving yards per game over nine games—essentially, Hopkins would have sailed past 1,000 yards if he’d played 17 games.

Maybe he’s lost a step, but Hopkins is by far the best free agent on the market right now. He’s also the one most likely to be off the market soon, with a number of teams aggressively pursuing him now that he’s on the open market.

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Justin Carter
Justin Carter
Justin Carter is an editor and writer for Fubo.

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