Sep 10, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (29) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The excitement of the NFL free agency for 2018 has come and gone, and while there are still deals to be had, the headline players have now all signed and the excitement is continuing to build towards the 2018 NFL Draft. That doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to next offseason though, with a whole host of players currently set to hit the market in 2019.
Not all of these players will reach the open market and all will be key candidates for the franchise tag should they not agree new deals with their current teams, but it’s fun to see who could be the headline players next offseason. So with that in mind, here are our top 10 players currently slated to hit free agency, in alphabetical order.
When all is said and done, we’re probably not going to appreciate just how good Atkins has been since entering the NFL in 2010 because he has played during the prime of Donald and J.J. Watt. Our second-highest graded player on the defensive interior in 2017, Atkins has graded lower than 86.0 just twice in his career, once as a rookie in 2010, and the other coming back from injury in 2014. With 70 total pressures in 2017, he should still be highly sought after next offseason.
The big question over the past few days is whether or not the New York Giants will look to trade their star wide receiver this offseason, and all of those questions make it more likely that he won’t be on the team in 2019. Beckham has had his ups and downs in New York, but was sorely missed by the Giants offense in 2017, and ranks fifth among wide receivers with 61 missed tackles forced on receptions since 2013.
Bell has been tagged as the Steelers franchise player for the second year in a row, but in today’s NFL, a running back with his ability as a receiver, both out of the backfield and moving around into the slot and out wide, he will still be highly sought after in 2019. Since arriving in the NFL in 2013, Bell has forced 235 missed tackles on 1,635 touches on offense.