Update On Top 25 NFL Free Agents

A little over two days after I identified PFR’s top 50 free agents of the offseason, many of those players have re-signed with their own teams or tentatively reached agreements with new teams, which will be finalized on Tuesday.

Given how fast and furious the action has been so far, here’s a quick rundown of where the top half of the players in our our top 50 currently stand:

  1. Ndamukong Suh, DT: Reportedly agreed to sign with Dolphins for six years, $114MM.
  2. Devin McCourty, S: Agreed to re-sign with Patriots for five years, $47.5MM.
  3. Randall Cobb, WR: Re-signed with Packers for four years, $40MM, despite reportedly receiving bigger offers, including one from the Dolphins.
  4. Julius Thomas, TE: Reportedly nearing a deal with the Jaguars.
  5. Jerry Hughes, DE: Re-signed with the Bills for five years and about $45MM.
  6. Jeremy Maclin, WR: Reportedly agreed to sign with the Chiefs on a deal worth about $11MM per year.
  7. DeMarco Murray, RB: Taking his time and weighing his options; he’s said to be open to leaving the Cowboys, and his camp is confident in signing for about $8MM per year. The Jaguars have been cited as a possible suitor.
  8. Pernell McPhee, OLB: Reportedly agreed to sign with the Bears for five years, $40MM.
  9. Byron Maxwell, CB: Reportedly agreed to sign with the Eagles for six years, $63MM.
  10. Bryan Bulaga, T: The Bills, the Buccaneers, the Jaguars, and Washington have been mentioned as possible suitors for Bulaga, in addition to the Packers. A deal worth at least $7-8MM per year appears likely.
  11. Greg Hardy, DE: There have been no reports on Hardy since the legal tampering period began. Teams may be waiting for the NFL to announce potential discipline for off-field legal troubles.
  12. Mike Iupati, G: The Raiders, Jets, and Bills are all believed to have serious interest in Iupati.
  13. Brandon Graham, DE/OLB: Re-signed with the Eagles for four years, $26MM.
  14. Jason Worilds, OLB: The Eagles had been considered a top contender, but likely won’t get too involved with Graham back in the mix. The Titans are one possibility.
  15. Torrey Smith, WR: Announced he won’t be back with the Ravens; the 49ers are considered the frontrunners.
  16. Terrance Knighton, DT: Washington, the Colts, and the Bears all have – or had – real interest in Knighton, but the Raiders appear to be in the lead to sign him.
  17. Rodney Hudson, C: Reportedly agreed to sign with the Raiders for five years, $44.5MM.
  18. Nick Fairley, DT: Having lost out on Suh, the Lions are expected to make an effort to bring back Fairley.
  19. Brian Orakpo, OLB: The Falcons, Jaguars, Cardinals, and Washington are all in the running; Atlanta is viewed as the favorite.
  20. Derrick Morgan, DE/OLB: The Titans are trying to re-sign him, but at least a half-dozen other teams are also involved.
  21. Kareem Jackson, CB: Re-signed with the Texans for four years, $34MM.
  22. Brandon Flowers, CB: Re-signed with the Chargers for four years, $36MM.
  23. Jared Odrick, DT: Expected to sign with the Jaguars for a deal worth $7MM per year.
  24. Chris Culliver, CB: The Jets are the only potential suitor he has been linked to so far, though more teams should get involved.
  25. Orlando Franklin, G: Reportedly agreed to sign with the Chargers for five years, $36.5MM.

Note: Players who received the franchise tag weren’t included in our top 50. Neither was cornerback Darrelle Revis, who may hit the market tomorrow, and would have been the No. 2 player on our list.

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