Written by Ben the Pen
The NFL is gearing up to start in September and hopefully training camps in August. One thing that continued on through the coronavirus pandemic was NFL free agency.
Here is a list of the NFL's Top Free Agents on the offensive side, who signed with other teams as of May 19. This was not a huge year for offensive free agents, since many either re-signed (Amari Cooper, Drew Brees) or were given franchise tags (Dak Prescott, Derrick Henry).
1)QB Tom Brady, Tampa Bay. Former team: New England
Brady was the New England Patriots for about two decades or was it the system? Now Brady will find out if he can lift the TOMpa Bay Bucs back to the Super Bowl and what if he met the Patriots? That appears to be an extreme longshot, but the addition of Brady, even in his forties, gives the Bucs some hope. Brady will certainly be energized throwing to Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and his old pal, Rob Gronkowski. He also finished with a 79.0 overall grade according to Pro Football Focus with very little talent last season.
2)QB Philip Rivers, Indianapolis. Former Team: LA Chargers
Rivers is not coming off a good season, grading a 74.3 on PFF. His arm was never huge, but now he struggles to get the ball downfield. At 38, he's near the end, but he's still accurate and the Colts have some talent surrounding him including T.Y. Hilton and Michael Pittman from USC. Their defense is strong enough where Rivers can manage the team and he is playing in front of one of the best offensive lines in the game. Rivers did join a good situation.
3)TE Autin Hooper, Cleveland. Former team: Atlanta
Hooper is just 25 and is underrated because he's playing in the shadow of George Kittle. Hooper caught 68 passes for 768 yards and five TDs for Matt Ryan last season. The Browns are loaded with talent and Hooper can take some pressure off of Baker Mayfield.
4)OT Jack Conklin, Cleveland. Former team: Tennessee
Conklin is one of the best tackles in the NFL, especially as a run blocker (77.9 PFF). Another terrific signing for the Browns, adds to their drafting of Jedrick Wills. The Browns should be able to run the ball as well as anybody aside from Baltimore in the AFC. That will also take the pressure off of Mayfield and help Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
5)OT Bryan Bulaga, LA Chargers. Former team: Green Bay
Bulaga (77.8 PFF) has been one of the premier offensive tackles in the NFL for years. He moves to the West Coast to play for the Chargers and at 31, he still has some juice left. Assuming Tyrod Taylor is the starter, at least he'll protect a very mobile quarterback.
6)QB Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina. Former team: New Orleans
The Panthers gave up on Cam Newton and decided to take a chance on Bridgewater (73 PFF). The former Vikings/Saints quarterback showed last season at New Orleans, that he could run a football team once again and become a solid NFL starter. He threw for 1,384 yards with nine TDs and two picks.
7)RB Melvin Gordon, Denver. Former team: LA Chargers
Gordon was not happy with the Chargers and his contract. Running backs are not getting huge dollars anymore unless they are elite. Gordon is getting $16M for two years and is joining a crowded situation in the backfield in Denver. He ran for 612 yards and eight TDs but averaged just 3.7 yards per carry last season.
8)WR Robby Anderson, Carolina. Former team: NY Jets
Anderson is an underrated receiver, who played for a bad offense with a quarterback suffering from mono last season or had his rookie struggles this season before (Sam Darnold). He's not going to a great situation in Carolina, but the Panthers will have a solid trio for Teddy Bridgewater to throw to in Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore.
9)Emmanuel Sanders, New Orleans. Former team: San Francisco.
The 33-year old is still a productive receiver. Last season, he caught 66 passes for 869 yards with five TDs with the 49ers and Broncos. Another quality receiver for Drew Brees to play alongside Michael Thomas.
10)Marcus Mariota, Raiders. Former team: Tennessee
This could be what the doctor ordered for Mariota. Playing for a more offensive-minded coach in Jon Gruden, maybe what his career needs. He never got it done with the Titans, but is an athletic quarterback with some skills.
11)OT Halapouilivaati Vaitai, Detroit. Former team: Philadelphia
Vaitai had a solid PFF grade with the Eagles last season at 72.8. He's a durable player at 6-6, 320, who can play right guard or tackle.
12)RB Todd Gurley, Atlanta. Former team: LA Rams
Gurley was cut by the Rams, who surprisingly gave up on him. But they knew that even though he might be 26, his knees are 50. The Falcons do need a prime back, but is Gurley better than the 3.8 yards per carry that he averaged last season?
13)C Connor McGovern, Denver. Former team: NY Jets.
McGovern was a very solid player in Denver who owned a 72.0 PFF grade. He can play guard as well, though he started 31 of 32 games at center. He signed a three-year, $27 million contract.
14)OT Germain Ifedi, Chicago. Former team: Seattle
A huge tackle who had his struggles with the Seahawks last season. The good thing for the Bears is that he's just 25 and could move to guard, after playing mostly right tackle in Seattle.
15)OT Daryl Williams, Buffalo. Former team: Carolina.
The Bills got a versatile player who can play guard or tackle. He can start, though the Bills are set at all five positions. He'll backup at guard or tackle.
(some info from Pro Football Focus and CBS Sports)