As the 2021 NFL season comes to an end, speculation about the top 2022 NFL free agents has already started.
Here are some of the best NFL 2022 free agents you're likely to read about this offseason.
Disgruntled and Determined
Some of the best 2022 NFL free agents might not be happy with their current teams. Look for these 2022 NFL free agents to seek new homes this offseason.
- Deshaun Watson: The Texans QB has been agitating for a trade since 2019. With ongoing legal challenges, Watson watched from the sidelines this year. His versatility and dual-threat skills make Watson an elite talent. Look for him be one of the best 2022 NFL free agents this offseason.
- Marlon Mack: The Colts often injured, supremely talented, RB has clearly been supplanted by sophomore sensation Jonathan Taylor. Mack was a healthy scratch most of the season. Although it looked like the Colts would trade Mack before the trade deadline, a deal never materialized. All sign are pointing that the Colts will either cut Mack or trade him before the NFL draft in April.
- Antonio Brown: The mercurial pass catcher made headlines when he was busted for using a fake COVID vaccine card and when he quit during the third quarter of a pivotal game this season. With the Buccaneers cutting ties with Brown in a messy divorce of sorts, he will likely seek one final fresh start with a team desperate for talent and willing to take risks.
Rising from the Ashes
Many of the best 2022 NFL free agents are players who were cut and written off by several teams before. However, when these players are able to shine in a new spot, they often look to capitalize on their value in the open 2022 NFL free agent market.
- Cordarrelle Patterson: When the Vikings, Bears, and Patriots moved on from Patterson in quick succession, it looked like his NFL career might be coming to an end. However, Patterson shined when converting to RB in Atlanta, where he become one of the teams leading rushers and receivers. Look for Patterson to ink a lucrative contract with a team willing to bet on his talents.
- Brandon Cooks: The Houston Texans leading receiver this season, Cooks has been traded or cut in each of the past three seasons. Cooks will likely test the free agent market for a team desperate for WR depth and/or a true deep-threat option.
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