Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling combined their personal rankings to formulate NFL.com's Top 101 NFL Free Agents of 2019. This list will be constantly updated as players put pen to paper.
This ranking isn't a prediction of how much guaranteed money Bell will earn. It's a reflection of his status as one of the transcendent players of this century at his position -- and the fact that he just turned 27 years old.
UPDATE: The Jets signed Bell to a four-year contract worth $52.5 million that includes $25 million fully guaranteed, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero report. The deal also includes $3 million training camp reporting bonuses in 2021 and 2022.
The center fielder has maintained his high level of play as a potential future Hall of Famer and isn't yet 30 years old. With two of Thomas' last three seasons being marred by injury, though, some possible suitors could waver if the price gets too high.
UPDATE: The Ravens and Thomas have agreed to a four-year, $55 million contract that includes $32 million guaranteed, Rapoport reports.
While Flowers is more of an interior player or a 3-4 defensive end rather than a prototypical pass rusher, he can make noise from a variety of positions. He's the perfect Swiss Army Knife for a modern defense that changes fronts on a down-to-down basis, and he's already been the most disruptive presence on a Super Bowl championship team.
UPDATE: The Lions signed Flowers to a five-year, $90 million contract that includes $40 million fully guaranteed at signing, Pelissero and Rapoport report.
Foles needs to find the right system to play in, but isn't that true of any quarterback? His play late in the 2018 season showed that his Super Bowl run was no fluke. This ranking reflects the premium placed on any starting quarterback who becomes available during his prime, because it happens so rarely.
UPDATE: The Jaguars signed Foles to a four-year, $88 million contract worth up to $102 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo report.
It's possible that Collins is ranked higher by us than NFL teams, who may think his name is bigger than his all-around game. He's at his best near the line of scrimmage, but to be a truly great safety, Collins must also excel in coverage.
UPDATE: The Redskins signed Collins to a six-year, $84 million contract that includes $45 million guaranteed, Rapoport reports.
A four-time Pro Bowl selection in five NFL seasons, Barr is an excellent blitzer and one of the most well-rounded off-ball linebackers. His appeal will likely be limited to teams with a base 4-3 scheme.
UPDATE: After initially deciding to join the Jets, Barr changed his mind and agreed to sign a five-year, $67.5 million contract with the Vikings that includes $33 million guaranteed, Garafolo and Rapoport report.
Another member of the quadruple Pro Bowl club, Mosley has been the dependable backbone of Baltimore's redoubtable defense for the past half-decade. The Ravens want to keep him, and they might have to make him the league's highest-paid inside linebacker to do so.
UPDATE: The Jets signed Mosley to a five-year, $85 million contract that includes $51 million guaranteed, per Rapoport.
While there are some concerns about Houston's age (30) and previous injuries, he's played nearly 2,000 snaps at a very high level over the last two seasons, with 112 total pressures, according to PFF. Houston remains a pro's pro.
UPDATE: Houston signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Colts according to Rapoport.
Perennially overlooked on a star-studded Seattle defense, Wright is now heading into his age-30 season after battling a lingering knee injury throughout 2018. Interested teams will have to wonder if he's past his prime.
UPDATE: The Seahawks are re-signing Wright to a two-year contract worth up to $15.5 million, Rapoport reports.
Rent-a-hulk. In large part due to character concerns, Richardson has been unable to land a long-term deal the past two offseasons. His value should be on the rise after a bounce-back year in Minnesota.
UPDATE: The Browns signed Richardson to a three-year, $36 million deal, per Rapoport.
Mathieu remains a deceptively hard hitter and a versatile ballhawk, even if he's no longer the game-changing playmaker that he was early in his Arizona tenure. Still just 26 years old, he shouldn't have to settle for another one-year contract.
UPDATE: The Chiefs are signing Mathieu to a three-year contract worth $42 million, Rapoport reports.
Still a three-down starter at age 32, but the three-time All-Pro seemed to coast through the 2018 regular season before flipping the switch in a dominant playoff run.
UPDATE: The Buccaneers agreed to a one-year deal worth $9.25 million (worth up to $10 million with incentives) with Suh, per Rapoport.
Not as dynamic as the purest edge rushers, but Smith offers the size to stuff the run in addition to pressuring the passer. He was one of the most underrated outside linebackers in the league last season.
UPDATE: The Packers signed Smith to a four-year, $52 million contract that will pay him $27.5 million over the first two years, Rapoport reports.
Joyner offers versatility as a former cornerback who can cover deep center field and creep into the box on run downs. One of the highest-paid safeties in the league last year, the 28-year-old didn't draw a second straight franchise tag after seeing a slight drop-off in effectiveness.
UPDATE: The Raiders signed Joyner to a four-year, $42 million contract that includes $16.7 million fully guaranteed, Rapoport and Garafolo report.
If he stays healthy, he's good for double-digit sacks. That's a Brobdingnagian "if" after injuries limited him to a combined six sacks in 2016 and '18. Ansah is already looking down the barrel of 30 after getting a late start to his football career.
UPDATE: The Seahawks are signing Ansah to a one-year deal worth a base value of $9 million, Rapoport reports.
PFF credited Smith with 10 sacks, 17 QB hits and 33 hurries in the regular season, which is monster production for someone with 690 snaps. He plays with laudable fury.
UPDATE: The Packers signed Smith to a four-year contract worth $66 million that will pay him $34.5 million in the first two years, Rapoport reports.
Even if he stays under 200 touches per season like he did in Atlanta, Coleman can add reliable juice to any zone-based running team looking for a boost in explosive plays.
UPDATE: The 49ers signed Coleman to a two-year, $8.5 million contract that has a max value of $10.6 million, Pelissero report.
A torn ACL will hurt Darby's value, but the physical cornerback is still the class of a soft cornerback crop of free agents.
UPDATE: Darby and the Eagles agreed to a one-year contract worth $8.5 million, according to Rapoport.
Good tackles are so hard to find in free agency that Williams, a second-team All-Pro in 2017, should still inspire plenty of interest despite missing nearly all of the 2018 campaign with a knee injury.
UPDATE: The Panthers are re-signing Williams to a one-year, $7 million contract, Rapoport reports.
The tight end market is absolutely barren behind Cook, who could add 800 yards of seam-stretching offense to just about any attack. The Packers should have kept him a few years back, because they could use a player like him now.
He's the top guard available, with his dominant performance against Cowboys linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch in the playoffs fresh in the minds of decision makers. Don't be shocked if Saffold becomes the league's highest-paid guard, despite the fact that he'll turn 31 in June.
Hicks is a three-down, rock-solid linebacker who can steady the middle of a defense. He's the type of very good Pro Bowl sub who gets paid handsomely in free agency.
UPDATE: The Cardinals are signing Hicks to a four-year contract worth $36 million and includes $20 million guaranteed, Rapoport reports.
Alexander's torn ACL came at the worst time. The former fourth-rounder makes a few too many mistakes because of his aggressiveness, but that aggression also pays off with a tempo-setting attitude and game-changing plays.
UPDATE: The 49ers signed Alexander to a four-year contract worth $54 million, Rapoport reports.
Teddy's underwhelming Week 17 start was more about a rag-tag backup Saints offensive line that didn't protect Bridgewater than it was about anything else. He showed enough last preseason to compete for a starting job somewhere in 2019.
UPDATE: Despite meeting with the Dolphins earlier in the week, Bridgewater ultimately decided to re-sign with the Saints on a one-year deal worth up to $12.5 million that includes $7.25 million guaranteed, Rapoport reports.
Where have we heard this before? The Patriots took a flier on an unsung starter, maximized his role and turned him into a key cog on a Super Bowl champion. The behemoth Brown won't have the luxury of Tom Brady's pre-snap acumen and post-snap release in his next locale.
Tate gets a pass for his disappearing act in a new offense following his midseason trade to Philadelphia. A slot receiver with a running back's physicality, he's averaged roughly 90 catches and 1,000 yards over the past five years.
UPDATE: Tate and the Giants have agreed to a four-year, $37.5 million contract ($23 million fully guaranteed), according to Rapoport.
More has missed 14 games due to injuries over the past two years. When healthy, he's been the steady shot-caller for a consistently overlooked offensive line.
UPDATE: The Bills and Morse have agreed to a four-year, $44.5 million contract that includes $26.5 million guaranteed, Garafolo and Pelissero report.
One of the most physical, athletic and productive inside linebackers of the past few seasons. Brown seemed to fall out of favor with Washington's coaching staff late last year after playing at a Pro Bowl level in September and October.
UPDATE: The Eagles have signed Brown to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million, per Pelissero.
Football analytics have noted that slot-corner efficiency is aberrantly unpredictable from season to season. That said, Callahan was one of the position's premier playmakers prior to his season-ending foot injury in December.
UPDATE: Callahan agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract that includes $10 million guaranteed, Rapoport reports.
Denver's best offensive lineman of the post-Peyton era, which isn't quite as damning as Case Keenum's status as the best quarterback of said three-year drought. A quality starter, Paradis is recovering from the foot surgery that ended his season in November.
UPDATE: The Panthers signed Paradis to a three-year, $27 million contract that includes $13.5 million guaranteed, Rapoport and Pelissero report.
Although he tallied a mere four sacks between Jacksonville and Los Angeles in the regular season, Fowler was a terror behind the line of scrimmage in December and January.
UPDATE: The Rams re-signed Fowler to a one-year contract worth up to $14 million ($12 million guaranteed), Rapoport and Pelissero report.
The Dolphins considered moving on from James last offseason but never could find an upgrade at right tackle. He's a prime candidate to get overpaid by a desperate organization.
UPDATE: The Broncos are signing James to a four-year contract worth $51 million ($32 million guaranteed), Rapoport reports.
He's probably better used as a rotational player rather than an every-down starter, but Jackson was still causing plenty of disruption late last season in Jacksonville.
UPDATE: The Eagles signed Jackson to a three-year contract worth $30 million, Rapoport reports.
Mr. Inside to Alvin Kamara's Mr. Outside, Ingram is a hard-nosed runner who has worked hard to round out his game as a pass-catching threat. Who's willing to shell out big bucks for a 29-year-old running back?
UPDATE: The Ravens and Ingram have agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract, Rapoport reports.
Without question the hardest-hitting cornerback in the league -- and an egregious Pro Bowl snub -- last year. More of a safety-corner hybrid, Jackson's coverage skills aren't quite as consistent as his tackling prowess.
UPDATE: The Broncos and Jackson have agreed to a three-year deal worth $33 million ($23 million fully guaranteed), Rapoport reports.
A Pro Football Focus darling ranked second among all safeties in 2017 and seventh in 2018, Amos completes his assignments with aplomb. His old coordinator, Vic Fangio, could try to bring him to Denver.
UPDATE: The Packers signed Amos to a four-year contract worth $37 million that will pay him $21 million in the first two years, Rapoport reports.
A younger, cheaper Golden Tate? Crowder creates separation quickly near the line of scrimmage and was often Kirk Cousins' favorite target. Just 25, he could be available at a bargain price coming off an injury-plagued season.
UPDATE: The Jets are signing Crowder to a three-year, $28.5 million contract that includes $17 million fully guaranteed, Rapoport and Garafolo report.
Deep speed is hard to find in free agency and Williams has it. He would make for an excellent addition as a role player in a spread-the-wealth offense.
UPDATE: The Raiders signed Williams to a four-year, $44 million contract that includes $22 million in guarantees, Rapoport and Pelissero report.
One of the NFL's hardest tacklers, Perryman stuffs the run when he's healthy. Unfortunately, he's missed a total of 20 games over the last three seasons.
UPDATE: The Chargers re-signed Perryman to a two-year, $12 million contract, Rapoport reports.
Brown rewarded the Ravens for taking a chance on him last season, and he shouldn't come as cheaply this time around. Perhaps his old coach, Bruce Arians, will try to reunite with "Smokey" if the Bucs don't keep DeSean Jackson.
UPDATE: The Bills nd Brown have agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract, Good Morning Football's Peter Schrager and Ian Rapoport report.
Stifled by playing behind Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware early in his career, Barrett was a consistent jolt of energy off the bench for the Broncos. He can win one-on-one pass-rushing matchups and could be a terrific bargain signing.
UPDATE: Barrett and the Bucs have agreed to terms on a one-year, $5 million contract, Rapoport reports.
Sure, Suggs is not a long-term solution. But anyone who watched Suggs consistently set the edge and create 59 total pressures in 2018 knows he's on the James Harrison career-arc plan -- still effective deep into his 30s.
UPDATE: The Cardinals and Suggs agreed to terms on a one-year deal, Rapoport reports.
If Clinton-Dix hit free agency a year or two ago, he might have ranked in the top 15 of this list. But his occasional coverage lapses caused the Packers to give up on him in Year 5. Even an average starting safety, however, has plenty of value.
UPDATE: The Bears signed Clinton-Dix to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, Rapoport and Garafolo report.
There are games when Funchess can body opponents like a young Brandon Marshall. He hasn't been able to maintain that level on a consistent basis, but he's far from the draft mistake that he looked like after his first two seasons.
UPDATE: The Colts signed Funchess to a one-year contract worth up to $13 million, Pelissero reports.
Desir emerged as a solid starter in 2018, earning well-deserved praise for stifling DeAndre Hopkins in the Wild Card Round.
UPDATE: The Colts are re-signing Desir to a three-year contract worth $25 million that includes $12 million guaranteed, Rapoport and Garafolo report.
Good football player alert: Humphries is a tough slot receiver with good hands, easy separation between the numbers and a punt returner's ability to make something out of nothing after the catch. Julian Edelman -- after taxes.
UPDATE: The Titans have agreed to terms with Humphries on a four-year, $36 million contract, Pelissero and Garafolo report.
Acquired in a draft-day trade with the Colts last offseason, Anderson proved to be a savvy pickup by Mike Maccagnan, tying for the team lead with seven sacks.
UPDATE: The Jets are re-signing Anderson to a three-year, $25.2 million contract, Rapoport reports.
Not quite as stingy in coverage as he was in his breakout 2017 season, Claiborne still shattered a career high with 14 passes defensed as the Jets' top corner last year.
Weddle was savvy enough to earn Pro Bowl accolades in each of his three seasons with the Ravens after turning 30. Can he compensate for the loss of speed and playmaking ability at age 34 after seeing his interceptions and passes defensed plummet last year?
UPDATE: The Rams signed Weddle to a two-year contract worth up to $12.5 million, Rapoport reports.
Verrett was a deserving Pro Bowl selection in his last healthy season -- when Peyton Manning was still reigning over the AFC West. He's played just five games in the last three years, undergoing two knee surgeries and an Achilles repair.
A former special teamer, Phillips earned his first Pro Bowl nod as a linebacker/safety hybrid in 2018. It's fair to wonder if he's best suited to Gus Bradley's defense, which makes heavy use of dime packages.
UPDATE: The Chargers and Phillips have agreed to terms on a new contract, the team announced.
Although no longer a double-digit sack artist at 37, Wake still has enough life in his legs to help a Super Bowl contender as a rotational edge rusher.
UPDATE: The Titans and Wake agreed to a three-year deal worth $23 million (with $10 million guaranteed), Pelissero reports.
Besieged by whispers of inconsistent effort, Collins never developed into the superstar that the Patriots or Browns hoped he would. At 29, however, he can still provide capable snaps as an off-ball starter.
UPDATE: Collins signed a one-year deal for $1.05 million with $250,000 guaranteed (deal can be worth up to $5 million), per Rapoport.
The final pick in the first round of the 2015 draft has started 62 games (including the playoffs) for a team that has appeared in three consecutive Super Bowls.
UPDATE: Brown and the Saints have agreed to terms on a three-year, $15 million contract, according to Rapoport.
The undersized Bucannon struggled to make an impact under a new coach last year and might need a reunion with Bruce Arians (Buccaneers) or James Bettcher (Giants) to put his career back on track.
UPDATE: The Buccaneers are signing Bucannon to a one-year prove-it contract, Rapoport reports.
Matthews can't be blamed for thinking he's owed a couple of would-be sacks that made him the poster boy for mind-boggling penalties in September. He can, however, be blamed for being outplayed by backup Kyler Fackrell the rest of the way.
UPDATE: The Rams are signing Matthews to a two-year contract worth up to $16.75 million, Rapoport and Garafolo report.
The skills are there. So are the injuries, however, and the whispers that Ajayi has never quite maximized all of his talent.
Slot cornerbacks are starting cornerbacks. Slot cornerbacks are starting cornerbacks. Slot cornerbacks are starting cornerbacks. Justin Coleman is a good slot cornerback.
UPDATE: The Lions signed Coleman to a four-year, $36 million contract, Rapoport and Pelissero report.
It was a lost year for Breeland after he hurt his foot just before free agency last offseason, but it's not like he's a totally different player than he was at that time, when he cracked our top 25 players available.
UPDATE: The Chiefs are signing Breeland to a one-year, incentive-laden deal worth up to $5 million, Rapoport reports.
Largely ignored in free agency one year ago, Vaccaro joined the Titans in August and immediately solidified their secondary. He's averaged more than 800 snaps in his six seasons.
UPDATE: The Titans are re-signing Vaccaro to a four-year, $26 million contract that includes $11.5 million in guarantees, Rapoport reports.
There are games in which Geathers is all over the field, limiting yards after the catch everywhere he roams. He appeared to put his neck issues behind him during a solid 2018 campaign.
UPDATE: The Colts have re-signed Geathers, the team announced.
Teams never appear particularly excited about acquiring McCourty, who then consistently puts up quality cornerback snaps at a bargain price. He's perfect for a team like the Patriots that only uses him in the right matchups.
UPDATE: The Patriots have re-signed McCourty to a two-year contract, Garafolo reports.
One of the NFL's best overall special teams players, Patterson has added value on end-arounds and limited routes as a wide receiver.
UPDATE: The Bears signed Patterson to a two-year, $10 million deal that includes $5 million guaranteed, according to Pelissero.
How much has Cobb been slowed by injuries over the years and how much of his stagnation was Mike McCarthy's system? That's the question teams will have to decide when considering Cobb.
UPDATE: Signed a one-year deal worth $5 million, Rapoport reports.
A shaky starter on an irrelevant team; a high-end backup on a contender.
UPDATE: Taylor signed a two-year, $11 million deal that includes $6 million guaranteed in Year 1, according to Rapoport.
What to make of a rotund running back who was cut twice before breaking the century mark in each of his first three games as an emergency starter for the Rams? Anderson proved he has something to offer as a straight-ahead bulldozer.
UPDATE: Signed a one-year deal, Garafolo reports.
A 103-game starter over eight seasons with the Chargers, Liuget's free agency timing couldn't be worse. He's coming off late November surgery for a torn quadriceps muscle.
A first-round flameout in San Diego and New York, Fluker resurfaced as a mauler in Seattle, setting a physical tone for one of the league's fiercest ground attacks.
UPDATE: The Seahawks and Fluker agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $9 million, Around the NFL's Herbie Teope reports.
Entering the market at age 25, Philon might just hit the jackpot after emerging as a solid starter on last year's Chargers playoff squad.
UPDATE: Philon is signing a two-year, $10 million deal, according to Pelissero and Rapoport, with $5 million fully guaranteed and a maximum value of $12 million with incentives.
A perfectly capable starter, Gipson may got lost in a crowded safety market.
UPDATE: The Texans announced they signed Gipson.
Declining speed is an issue at age 31, but Crabtree should still find regular snaps at a time when many top offenses are using four-receiver rotations.
Much like the Titans' rushing attack, Spain combined occasional outbursts of dominance with lengthy dry spells as a 42-game starter over the past three years.
UPDATE: The Bills announced they signed Spain to a one-year deal.
Have heft, will travel. The veteran run-plugger went unsigned through Week 1 of last season, but still came away as one of the few bright spots on Oakland's otherwise porous defense.
UPDATE: The Raiders re-signed Hankins to a two-year contract, the team announced.
Golden broke out with 12.5 sacks in 2016 only to miss the majority of 2017 with a torn ACL and manage just 2.5 takedowns last year while switching from outside linebacker to defensive end.
UPDATE: The Giants are signing Golden to a one-year contract, Rapoport reports.
Ward can't avoid the injury bug, but his ability to play safety as well as cornerback should attract plenty of interest in the heyday of nickel and dime defenses.
UPDATE: The 49ers re-signed Ward to a one-year, $5 million contract, Rapoport reports.
Still running hard, after all these years. While his lack of passing-down skills is a major minus, Peterson's 2018 season proved he can still create extra yards if used in the right role.
UPDATE: The Redskins re-signed Peterson to a two-year, $8 million contract, Rapoport and Garafolo report.
The red flags are numerous, but we aren't ready to completely discount any receiver who gained nearly 2,000 yards combined in his first two seasons.
Nelson, 26, started all 16 games for the Chiefs last season, but he was often the guy who opposing quarterbacks targeted.
UPDATE: The Steelers and Nelson have agreed to terms on a three-year, $25.5 million contract, Rapoport reports.
Perhaps it was the play-calling, but Beasley struggled to make plays over the last two seasons after his breakout 2016 campaign. It's fair to ask if Cowboys coordinator Scott Linehan served him well.
UPDATE: The Bills and Beasley have agreed to a four-year, $29 million contract that includes $14.4 million guaranteed, Garafolo reports.
Ranked 40th on this list a year ago, Eifert has a proven Pro Bowl skill set and massive durability issues. He's been able to play in just 14 games combined during the last three years.
Yeldon quietly has gained nearly 3,200 yards from scrimmage in his four seasons, barely less than fellow free agent Tevin Coleman. He's a solid third-down back in a league that values that skill set more than ever.
UPDATE: The Bills signed Yeldon to a two-year contract, the team announced.
Davis' release from the Panthers was surprising because he was still playing at a relatively high level. The former Walter Payton Man of the Year would immediately bring credibility to any locker room.
UPDATE: The Chargers and Davis have agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million contract that includes $5.25 million guaranteed, Pelissero reports.
Okafor has been solid across the board as a 26-game starter the past two years in New Orleans. Unfortunately, he's an edge rusher who rarely lays his hands on the quarterback.
UPDATE: The Chiefs signed Okafor to a three-year contract worth up to $24 million, Rapoport reports.
Although physically gifted, Moncrief simply hasn't caught the ball with any degree of consistency while seeing too many snaps on cratering offenses in Indianapolis and Jacksonville.
UPDATE: The Steelers signed Moncrief to a two-year contract, the team announced.
Wilkerson has managed just eight sacks in three years since breaking his fibula at the end of a 12-sack campaign in 2015. He's more name than game at this point.
A versatile defensive back, Poole has played more than 70 percent of Atlanta's snaps since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2016.
UPDATE: Signed with the Jets(terms undisclosed), the team announced.
Barron has played a lot more snaps (2,700 over the last three years) than you'd expect for a guy who has barely been healthy enough to practice. His toughness is not a question, but his speed has diminished with age.
Quin played at a Pro Bowl level in 2017 but seemed to fall out of favor upon Matt Patricia's arrival in Detroit. If he commits to another season at age 33, the 10-year veteran should have no problem finding a taker for his services.
Berry's health is a total question mark and the reason for this low ranking, but he would bring unquestioned leadership and savvy to any locker room he joins.
Morgan vanished last season while playing through knee and shoulder injuries. On a positive note, he tallied a healthy 16.5 sacks in 2016 and '17.
Perry has struggled to stay on the field since signing a lucrative deal with Green Bay two years ago, seeing his sack totals plummet from a career-high 11 in 2016 to 8.5 in the last two years combined. Still just 29 years old in April, he can help a contender if he's healthy.
Sure, no one is entirey sure whether Bradford can stay healthy for a season again. But some team will look back at his excellent 2016 season and give him a chance to keep his career going as a backup.