Best Remaining Offensive Players after Free Agency Day 1
Day one of free agency is over, and it saw many valuable offensive players get signed. The San Francisco 49ers made Trent Williams the highest paid offensive tackle in NFL history, with a salary of $23.01 million, which just barely one-ups Packers OT David Bakhtiari’s contract he signed last year, which carries and average salary of $23 million. Rob Gronkowski will return to Tampa Bay on a one-year $8 million contract. The New England Patriots also brought in two top-tier tight ends in Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry on a four-year, $50 million deal and a three-year, $37.5 million deal respectively. However, despite all the major signings that took place throughout day one, there is still a lot of offensive talent left on the board for teams to sign. Here are the best players still available at each position.
Quarterback – Alex Smith (Formerly of the Washington Football Team)
Remember when I said that there is still a lot of offensive talent left on the board? Well by that, I meant a lot of offensive talent left at every position but quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick was probably the most notable quarterback in free agency this year, and he was signed to replace Smith in Washington. Last season, Smith came in for Washington and did *alright*. He ended the season with more interceptions thrown than touchdowns (6 TDs, 8 interceptions). He also had a negative CPOE, despite have the lowest intended air yards per pass attempt, by quite a bit at that. But out of the remaining quarterbacks, Smith really seems to be the best option for a team seeking a veteran presence at QB.
Running Back – Mike Davis (Formerly of the Carolina Panthers)
Mike Davis took the workload for the Panthers at the running back position last year with Christian McCaffrey out. He has proven to be a decent runner, but a great threat in the passing game. He would be a great RB2 for many teams and could see a lot of work on third downs.
Wide Receiver – Kenny Golladay (Formerly of the Detroit Lions)
The wide receiver position is still jam-packed with un-signed talent, however the former third-round pick out of Northern Illinois is the best guy out there. He battled injury last season, playing in just five games, but he had two consecutive 1000-yard receiving seasons in 2018 and 2019. He even caught a whopping 11 touchdowns in 2019. He’s easily the number one wideout on many teams, though the market for the position is virtually nonexistent right now, so Golladay may be forced to settle for a one-year deal somewhere.
Tight End – Tyler Eifert (Formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars)
Okay, so the tight end position is pretty lacking as well, so… Tyler Eifert? Eifert has had a few good seasons, but he has been plagued with injuries throughout his career. If he can stay healthy, he would absolutely be someone a team could bring in to take some snaps are tight end.
Offensive Tackle – Eric Fisher (Formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs)
This release was pretty surprising, but also understandable considering Fisher’s season ended with a torn Achilles. The former number one overall pick would really shore up many offensive lines in the league, considering how difficult it is to find a solid left tackle in the NFL. If he can get healthy, Fisher should be able to fetch a solid payday.
Offensive Guard – Austin Blythe (Formerly of the Los Angeles Rams)
Though he played center last year, Austin Blythe is a guard who was forced to play center last season. He’s been a great player for the Rams. Blythe should be able to fetch a solid payday with a team considering his versatility along the line with his ability to play center and guard at a high level.
Center – David Andrews (Formerly of the New England Patriots)
David Andrews went undrafted in 2015 and has quickly become one of the better centers in the entire league over the last few seasons. After being released by the Patriots, he should garner a lot of attention from teams that need help at the position.