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Best NFL free agents remaining: Top 25 available players still unsigned in 2024 | Sporting News United Kingdom

NFL free agency has been through many waves in the 2024 offseason, but the veteran carousel is still spinning for signings ahead of training camp, with wide receivers being the most notable recent additions.

For teams that need helpful depth at wideout or other positions, there are plenty of available players still on the market, especially in the secondary.

Here’s a quick look at whether these vets will find a place to try to play soon:

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Ryan Tannehill, Titans. The Steelers chose to get Russell Wilson and Justin Fields for Arthur Smith again. It might take an injury for Tannehill to get a backup flier on a third team.

Running back

Dalvin Cook, Ravens. Cook fizzled with the Jets and Ravens following his release from the Vikings. He soon might not to be able stay in the NFL with his brother James, let alone the same division.

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Wide receivers

Hunter Renfrow, Raiders. Renfrow offers another slot who has come through when getting significant target volume inside. He also should find a home soon.

Michael Thomas, Saints. The former proflic and busy go-to guy now is 31 with injuries and availability issues piling up of late in his career. He can still be useful as a veteran pure possession type.

Tight ends

Logan Thomas, Commanders. Thomas made the most of his opportunity in Washington and has little left ahead of turning 33 on July 1.

Robert Tonyan, Bears. Tonyan just hit 30 and will be hard-pressed to find more than deep backup receiving duty.

Offensive tackles

David Bakhtiari, Packers. It’s surprising the Jets didn’t take a flier on him for Aaron Rodgers after adding Tyron Smith, Morgan Moses, and Oli Fashanu, and his best chance to maintain his oft-injured career at 32 might be gone.

Donovan Smith, Chiefs. The long-time Buccaneers left tackle was OK with the Chiefs in front of Patrick Mahomes, but he’s better as a swing backup now.

Charles Leno Jr., Commanders. The former Bear was pretty solid last season and should get some more attention as a backup ahead of turning 33.

D.J. Humphries, Cardinals. Humphries just turned 30 last December and is coming off a very shaky protection year in Arizona.


Connor Williams, Dolphins. The terrific young center from Miami will be only 27 ahead of the season, but it’s clear there are major concerns about the big knee injury he suffered last December. He will get a look at some point when he can get on the field.

Dalton Risner, Vikings. The former Broncos second-rounder is probably done after standing out as a weak link in Minnesota.

Defensive tackles

Calais Campbell, Falcons. The potential future Hall of Famer will turn 38 just ahead of the season, so it’s a long shot he finds his fifth team.


Steven Nelson, Texans. The aging former Chief, Eagle, Steeler, and Texan was still solid as a cover man last season and could be a pinch starter and contingency for a young corner.

Stephon Gilmore, Cowboys. Gilmore is like Nelson, except just a little removed from top play and about to turn 33. He can likely latch on to a sixth team late.

Xavien Howard, Dolphins. It’s kind of shocking the four-time Pro Bowler is still out there at 30. His best hope still might be the Vikings and Brian Flores.

Adoree’ Jackson, Giants. The former Titans first-rounder is only 28, but he is only good for adding a little speed to a depth chart after he struggled in coverage last season.

J.C. Jackson, Patriots. The 28-year-old is likely at the end of the line after fizzling with the Chargers and not getting it done at all in his New England return.

Patrick Peterson, Steelers. The 34-year-old is still speedy, but the dropoff in coverage was evident after his Minnesota stint. He just might settle to retire as a future Hall of Famer.


Justin Simmons, Broncos. He was named second-team All-Pro for a fourth time in 2023 and doesn’t turn 31 until November. The market is typically slow for this deep position, but he can still land a late starting gig.

Jamal Adams, Seahawks. He can still be a valuable situational blitzing safety, but that might not be enough to get the fading 28-year-old former Jets high first-rounder to sign anywhere.

Quandre Diggs, Seahawks. The former Lion has faded to the point that he will be hard-pressed to find reserve duty.

Marcus Maye, Saints. Maye still can be a situational playmaker off the bench at 30.

Eddie Jackson, Bears. The 30-year-old is five years removed from his fine prime. He could latch on with the Rams.

Jayron Kearse, Cowboys. The 30-year-old could end up giving support for his old schematic defense with Dan Quinn and the Commanders.