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Top Remaining NFL Free Agents

Last Call for Roster Upgrades

NFL mandatory minicamps are in full swing, with the regular season under three months away. Free agency is in the rearview mirror for most teams as they shift their focus to prepping for the 2023-24 season. However, there are a few stragglers in free agency drawing interest. Some players were recently cut, while others have simply not found a home during this long process.

Let’s look at the top available free agents. Where could they land? How will their decisions impact betting online? The sportsbook is also offering odds for the most notable free agents.

Top Remaining NFL Free Agents
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals | Christian petersen/getty images/afp

WR DeAndre Hopkins

After shopping DeAndre Hopkins on the trade market, the Arizona Cardinals released the five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver in the last week of May. The Hopkins sweepstakes are beginning to heat up. He visited the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and is expected to visit the New England Patriots on Wednesday and Thursday. A reunion with quarterback Deshaun Watson on the Cleveland Browns has also been rumored. According to NFL odds,  the Patriots are the favorite (+325), followed by the Cowboys (+425) and Browns (+450).

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RB Dalvin Cook

Running back Dalvin Cook was another big name added to the free agency pool last week. The former Minnesota Vikings tailback is a four-time Pro Bowler and has totaled at least 1,100 rushing yards in four consecutive seasons. It could be a while before a team secures his talents. Tom Pelissero reported Cook is looking for a “significant contract” which could reach the $10 million per year mark.

While he remains one of the NFL’s best running backs, this kind of money could cause many teams to avoid Cook. Las Vegas NFL odds have the Miami Dolphins as the early favorite (-300). If the Dolphins land Cook, several futures for Miami – like making the playoffs – could become must-bets.

EDGE Yannick Ngakoue

After spending four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Yannick Ngakoue has been on four different teams since 2020. The 28-year-old edge rusher has produced, recording 19.5 sacks over the last two seasons. Yet, Ngakoue has not found a long-term home. He entered the offseason as one of the best defensive ends available. NFL expert picks have yet to tab a leader for Ngakoue. The Browns have been rumored, but this no longer makes sense after they traded for Za’Darius Smith.

EDGE Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney is another talented pass rusher sitting on the open market. His time in Cleveland came to an ugly end. During the season, he refused to play at times, and reports claimed he was unhappy playing alongside Myles Garrett. Perhaps the off-the-field drama is the primary reason Clowney is still available. His production was also down last season, with two sacks and 28 tackles.

CB Marcus Peters

Marcus Peters returned from a torn ACL last season and remained a solid starter. He is one of the top cornerbacks available. It’s unlikely Peters re-signs with the Baltimore Ravens after they acquired Rock Ya-Sin in free agency. However, the veteran cornerback is still drawing interest, mainly from the Las Vegas Raiders. The two met in May; the holdout could be due to contract disputes.

CB Ronald Darby

Along with Peters, Ronald Darby is another quality starting cornerback available. The Denver Broncos released the 29-year-old CB in March. Darby tore his ACL in October, meaning he could not be ready until mid-season. The Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions could use the cornerback help.

RB Kareem Hunt

The running back market continues to decline, which has led to several veterans hitting free agency. Outside of Cook, Kareem Hunt could be the next-best available. He finished the 2022 season with a career-low 3.8 yards per carry. However, Hunt produced in his previous five seasons. He could make a big impact on the right team. The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals are potential landing spots that make sense. Hunt would also get his chance for revenge in AFC North battles with the Browns.

RB Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott’s production sharply dropped over the last three seasons. With the emergence of Tony Pollard, the Dallas Cowboys elected to release Elliott. The former Ohio State tailback will not become a workhorse in a starting role. However, he could make an impact on a team looking to contend for a Super Bowl. Elliott is still a great blocker and excels in short-yardage situations. A return to the Cowboys has not been ruled out, and other potential playoff teams, like the Buffalo Bills, are worth watching.

RB Leonard Fournette

It’s unlikely Leonard Fournette’s decision has a big impact on NFL predictions. He struggled last season at 3.5 yards per carry, the second-worst mark of his career. Like Elliott, Fournette will likely take on a backup role on a contending team. Teams like the Cowboys, Bengals and Bills could use more depth in their backfields.

G Dalton Risner

Few interior offensive linemen with Dalton Risner’s run-blocking chops last this long on the market. Concerns surround his mobility and pass blocking, which narrows Risner’s potential landing spots, as he cannot fit in some schemes. Still, Risner could be a steal for a team looking for improved run blocking. The New York Giants are one team that comes to mind.

Hopkins and Cook could have a big impact on NFL picks, especially regarding win totals. Keep an eye on the top remaining free agents. Several teams could still make notable upgrades, making them a more intriguing bet.

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