While the 2023 NFL campaign is still ongoing, it’s never too early to consider the 2024 NFL free agent class. Contending teams can search for their roster’s final piece on next year’s open market, while rebuilding clubs can try to find younger players who match their timeline.

Who are the best 2024 NFL free agents? Let’s run through every position group and highlight the top players scheduled to reach the open market.

2024 NFL Free Agents by Position | Offense


Although starting-caliber quarterbacks rarely reach free agency, Kirk Cousins will be available. His Achilles injury might reduce his market value, and he may simply re-sign with the Minnesota Vikings, but Cousins will be the best QB on the market.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might franchise tag Baker Mayfield, while Jacoby Brissett and Gardner Minshew should at least get the chance to compete for starting jobs in 2024.

1) Kirk Cousins2) Baker Mayfield3) Jacoby Brissett4) Gardner Minshew 5) Joe Flacco 6) Mason Rudolph7) Jameis Winston8) Sam Darnold9) Ryan Tannehill 10) Joshua Dobbs

Running Back

After being franchise-tagged in 2023, Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, and Tony Pollard should hit the open market next offseason. But the nature of the running back position, and the wide variety of available free agent RBs, might limit that trifecta’s earning power.

Meanwhile, aging stars like Austin Ekeler and Derrick Henry will try to land another payday, preferably with a contender.

1) Saquon Barkley2) Josh Jacobs 3) Tony Pollard 4) Austin Ekeler 5) D’Andre Swift 6) Derrick Henry 7) Zack Moss 8) Devin Singletary 9) Antonio Gibson10) J.K. Dobbins

Wide Receiver

Tee Higgins appears unlikely to receive an extension from the Cincinnati Bengals. But they could franchise tag him, hoping to keep Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase together for another run at the Super Bowl. If Higgins actually reaches free agency, he should easily clear $24 million annually.

Michael Pittman Jr. is coming off the best season of his career, and there’s almost no way the Indianapolis Colts will let him get away. Mike Evans should secure a significant salary on a short-term deal, while Calvin Ridley and Gabe Davis could earn more money with standout playoff performances.

1) Tee Higgins2) Mike Evans 3) Michael Pittman Jr.4) Calvin Ridley5) Marquise Brown6) Gabe Davis7) Darnell Mooney8) Curtis Samuel9) Tyler Boyd 10) K.J. Osborn

Tight End

Dalton Schultz, franchised by the Dallas Cowboys in 2022 before signing a one-year deal with the Houston Texans in 2023, should get paid next offseason after a productive campaign catching passes from C.J. Stroud.

The Seattle Seahawks’ Noah Fant might be the only other free agent TE in line to receive a multi-year deal in 2024, and even that’s not a guarantee.

1) Dalton Schultz 2) Noah Fant 3) Hunter Henry 4) Mike Gesicki 5) Gerald Everett 6) Colby Parkinson7) Adam Trautman 8) Harrison Bryant 9) Irv Smith Jr. 10) Austin Hooper

Offensive Tackle

Mike Onwenu and Jonah Williams should grab multi-year deals as free agents, but the rest of the offensive tackle class is a question mark.

Mekhi Becton is physically talented but comes with health and motivation questions, while Tyron Smith, Trent Brown, and Donovan Smith have their own injury and age concerns.

1) Mike Onwenu 2) Jonah Williams 3) Mehki Becton4) Tyron Smith5) Trent Brown 6) Donovan Smith7) Yosh Nijman 8) George Fant9) Jermaine Eluemunor10) Josh Jones

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Interior Offensive Line

The free agent interior offensive line group might be the weakest position among the 2024 class.

Still, starting-quality options like Jonah Jackson and Lloyd Cushenberry will find a market for their services. Robert Hunt has the highest upside of any FA interior offensive lineman, while Kevin Zeitler might rank No. 1 among guards if not for his age (34 in March).

1) Jonah Jackson 2) Lloyd Cushenberry 3) Robert Hunt 4) Kevin Zeitler 5) Connor Williams 6) Jon Runyan 7) Ezra Cleveland 8) Kevin Dotson 9) Aaron Brewer 10) Tyler Biadasz

2024 NFL Free Agents by Position | Defense

Defensive Line

Chris Jones tried to work out an extension with the Kansas City Chiefs over the summer before eventually acquiescing in negotiations. He could be tagged in 2024, while the Miami Dolphins could use the franchise tender on Christian Wilkins. That could leave Justin Madubuike — whose 13 sacks lead all interior defenders — in line for a massive payday.

1) Chris Jones 2) Christian Wilkins 3) Justin Madubuike 4) Leonard Williams 5) DJ Reader 6) Fletcher Cox7) Grover Stewart 8) Denico Autry 9) Sheldon Rankins 10) Javon Kinlaw


After quarterbacks, elite edge rushers are probably the second-hardest asset to locate on the FA market. While Josh Allen and Brian Burns are nominally pending FAs, they’ll likely be extended or franchise-tagged.

Still, Chase Young and Danielle Hunter shouldn’t have any trouble reaching free agency and might be able to reach $20 million annually. Meanwhile, how will the NFL value Bryce Huff, who’s always among the league leaders in pressure rate but rarely plays a full complement of defensive snaps?

1) Josh Allen 2) Brian Burns3) Chase Young 4) Danielle Hunter5) Bryce Huff6) Jonathan Greenard7) Jadeveon Clowney8) Andrew Van Ginkel 9) A.J. Epenesa 10) Josh Uche


Alongside the interior OL, the linebacker class might be the weakest defensive position in 2024 free agency. Bobby Wagner and Lavonte David are aging, while former first-rounders like Patrick Queen, Jordyn Brooks, and Devin White have dealt with injuries or poor play. Frankie Luvu may end up garnering 2024’s largest free agent LB contract.

1) Frankie Luvu 2) Patrick Queen 3) Willie Gay 4) Lavonte David 5) Jordyn Brooks 6) Bobby Wagner 7) Drue Tranquill 8) Blake Cashman 9) Azeez Al-Shaair 10) Devin White


The Chicago Bears held onto Jaylon Johnson despite receiving ample interest at the trade deadline and now seem likely to either extend or franchise the 24-year-old corner ahead of free agency. In that case, L’Jarius Sneed will become the top CB on the market after developing into a shutdown defender in 2024.

1) Jaylon Johnson2) L’Jarius Sneed3) Kendall Fuller4) Chidobe Awuzie 5) Stephon Gilmore6) Kenny Moore 7) Tavierre Thomas8) Kristian Fulton9) Jeff Okudah10) Steven Nelson


There might not be a more impressive free agent positional group from top to bottom than the 2024 safety class. The top-10 options on our list have all been efficient players on the backend and are 26 years old or younger.

If your team needs a safety, next offseason will offer plenty of choices.

1) Antoine Winfield Jr. 2) Geno Stone 3) Kamren Curl 4) Kyle Dugger5) Xavier McKinney 6) Julian Blackmon7) Jordan Whitehead 8) Jordan Fuller 9) DeShon Elliott 10) Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

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