When the Super Bowl is over, every team is back to square one, trying to build a roster capable of winning the next one. A big part of that is through free agency. There is a plethora of talent on the open market that can help take a franchise to the next level.
Best 2019 NFL Free Agents
11. Kareem Hunt, RB
Even though Hunt was embroiled in a horrible domestic violence situation, the fact is he's still a good football player, and in the NFL, that's what matters. Some team will take the PR hit to have a player on their team for what should be a smaller contract as he works to rehabilitate his image.
10. Teddy Bridgewater, QB
While many will point to Nick Foles as the top quarterback option on free agency, there is still uncertainty as to what the Philadelphia Eagles are going to do with him, with a trade being a plausible scenario.
Enter Teddy Bridgewater, who opened the eyes of teams after his strong preseason with the New York Jets. Now a free agent, Bridgewater can be the main guy for teams in need of a starting quarterback, or could serve as a bridge-type signal caller for franchises who take a rookie in the upcoming NFL Draft.
9. Frank Clark, DE
Clark played a pivotal role in the surprising success of the Seattle Seahawks this season. Clark recorded 13 sacks, which was tied for seventh-most in the NFL. While Clark could be a franchise tag option for the Seahawks, teams will certainly be clamoring for his services, especially for those in need of a pass rusher.
8. Dee Ford, OLB
Leaving the neutral infraction penalty in the AFC Championship out of this, Ford had a strong 2018 campaign with the No. 1 seeded Kansas City Chiefs. Ford is entering the prime years of his career, which means he can only grow from here. Expect teams in need of a starting linebacker to meet with him, but that's if the Chiefs don't franchise him or extend him first.
7. Landon Collins, S
Landon Collins was one of the lone bright spots on the New York Giants defense this past season. Despite missing the final month of the season due to shoulder surgery, Collins recorded 96 combined tackles. It will be hard to imagine the Giants let him walk, but he'll certainly have a long list of suitors.
6. Grady Jarrett, DT
Grady Jarrett is the top defensive tackle available on the open market, and will certainly be shown the big bucks for teams in need of interior help. Coming off a 52-tackle and 6-sack season at the age of 25, Jarrett's stock will certainly rise come March.
5. Earl Thomas, S
Earl Thomas would have been much higher on the list if he had not suffered a broken leg early on in the season. Despite that, Thomas' skill set and role in Seattle's "Legion of Boom" will have many of teams clamoring for his talents (cough Dallas Cowboys cough). Don't expect the Seahawks to bring him back, thanks in part to their rather strained relationship.
Since 2010 – Earl Thomas has allowed just a 70.0 passer rating on all throws into his coverage pic.twitter.com/xfLANObsdr— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 20, 2019
4. Jadeveon Clowney, OLB
The former No. 1 overall pick is looking to cash in on free agency. However, he could be limited, as the Houston Texans are expected to tag him. Regardless of that, Clowney expressed his desire to remain in Houston, and it looks like that's going to happen.
3. Trey Flowers, DE
While Trey Flowers is an edge rusher in name, he is a jack of all trades. He can play on the outside, inside, and even at linebacker. Bill Belichick got the most out of Flowers' skill set and used them to perfection. As a result, a Brinks truck will be backing up into Flowers' driveway.
2. Le'Veon Bell, RB
Le'Veon Bell's tenure in Pittsburgh ended in rather disastrous fashion. The running back made it clear he wants to be paid like a running back AND wide receiver. It is unknown if Bell will get that kind of money, but there are going to be a long list of potential suitors, despite his exit from the Steelers.
Le’Veon Bell droppin truth bombs in the B/R Instagram comments pic.twitter.com/Kmk9SMl4Nb— Simms & Lefkoe (@SimmsAndLefkoe) January 21, 2019
1. DeMarcus Lawrence, DE
If we learned anything about today's NFL it's that you need a dynamic quarterback and a pass rusher in order to succeed. As a result, Lawrence ranks atop this year's free agency class, thanks to his stats while playing through a torn labrum this season.
Despite Lawrence's desire to remain with the Dallas Cowboys, it will be a hard task for Jerry Jones, who still has to pay Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper in the near future. If not with the Cowboys, Lawrence will be bathing in cold hard cash.