The National Football League is full of talented players. But as we all know, there’s only one football and just 22 starting jobs.
Depth is a rare commodity in today’s game, but there are teams that are well-stocked at certain positions. Of course, the reason for that is free agency, now beginning its third decade in the NFL.
The following 20 players are all unrestricted free agents, meaning if they are still unsigned or haven’t been given the franchise tag, they will all hit the open market on March 12. And we’ve listed two of three at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker and defensive back.
As far as how we decided on who makes the list, there are all kinds of reasons a player could be considered underrated. It could be for playing behind a Pro Bowl performer or excelling on a team and/or a unit not known for its success. Or, it may be a former starter seemingly forgotten due to numerous changes on the club, but he still is more than capable of performing at a high level when, perhaps, given a fresh start.
We’ll be focusing on the players’ total resumes for the most part, not just last season.
Agree or disagree? Did we leave someone off the list that’s more deserving than the players we chose? That’s up to you to decide.