The 25 best NFL free agents and where they’ve landed so far

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The signing period of NFL free agency hasn’t even begun, and already, some of the top players are off the board.

This year’s NFL free agency class was highlighted by a star quarterback in Kirk Cousins, and while not overly flashy after him, had some solid players who could be difference-makers on the right team.

So far, 16 of our top 25 free agents have already landed deals with other teams.

Take a look at the top 25 free agents below and where some of them have landed so far.

* Notes a player who has been given the franchise tag.


Kirk Cousins, QB — SIGNED

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Previous team: Washington Redskins

Reported deal: Cousins is reportedly planning on signing a three-year, $84 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings.


Le’Veon Bell, RB*

Previous team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Potential landing spots: Pittsburgh Steelers

One thing to know: The Steelers gave Bell the franchise tag for the second straight season, and he doesn’t seem to happy about it. He may threaten to hold out of camp and/or the season until a long-term deal gets done.


Ezekiel Ansah, DE*

Previous team: Detroit Lions

Potential landing spots: Detroit Lions

One thing to know: The Lions applied the franchise tag to Ansah. He had 12.5 sacks in 2017 and could be a nice weapon for new head coach, Matt Patricia.


Drew Brees, QB — SIGNED

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Previous team: New Orleans Saints

Reported deal: Brees is reportedly returning to the Saints on a two-year, $50 million deal.


Allen Robinson, WR — SIGNED

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Previous team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Reported deal: Robinson is reportedly signing with the Chicago Bears on a three-year, $42 million deal.


Richard Sherman, CB — SIGNED

Previous team: Seattle Seahawks

Reported deal: Sherman signed with the San Francisco 49ers on three-year, $49 million deal.


Andrew Norwell, G — SIGNED

Previous team: Carolina Panthers

Reported deal: Norwell is reportedly signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars on a five-year, $66 million deal.


Trumaine Johnson, CB — SIGNED

Previous team: Los Angeles Rams

Reported deal: Johnson is reported signing a five-year, $72.5 million with the New York Jets.


Sheldon Richardson, DT

Previous team: Seattle Seahawks

Potential landing spots: Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs

One thing to know: Richardson wasn’t tagged by the Seahawks but could still return to Seattle if the price is right. He has just 2.5 sacks over the past two seasons.


Dion Lewis, RB — SIGNED

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Previous team: New England Patriots

Reported deal: Lewis is reportedly signing a four-year, $20 million contract with the Tennessee Titans.


Jimmy Graham, TE — SIGNED

Previous team: Seattle Seahawks

Reported deal: Graham is reportedly signing a three-year, $30 million deal with the Green Bay Packers.


Case Keenum, QB — SIGNED

Previous team: Minnesota Vikings

Reported deal: Keenum is reportedly signing a two-year, $36 million deal with the Denver Broncos.


Nate Solder, LT — SIGNED

Previous team: New England Patriots

Reported deal: Solder is reportedly signing a four-year, $62 million deal with the New York Giants.


Sammy Watkins, WR — SIGNED

Previous team: Los Angeles Rams

Reported deal: Watkins is reportedly signing a three-year, $48 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.


Dontari Poe, DT

Previous team: Atlanta Falcons

Potential landing spots: Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions

One thing to know: Poe had a down year in 2016, then took a one-year deal with the Falcons and had a strong season.


Malcolm Butler, CB — SIGNED

Previous team: New England Patriots

Reported deal: Butler is reportedly signing a five-year, $61 million deal with the Tennessee Titans.


Carlos Hyde, RB — SIGNED

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Previous team: San Francisco 49ers

Reported deal: Hyde is reportedly signing a three-year, $15 million deal with the Cleveland Browns.


Teddy Bridgewater, QB — SIGNED

Previous team: Minnesota Vikings

Reported deal: Bridgewater is reportedly signing a one-year, $15 million deal with the New York Jets.


Eric Reid, S

Previous team: San Francisco 49ers

Potential landing spots: San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers

One thing to know: Reid could draw interest from several teams, but perhaps more interestingly, many are curious how quickly he finds a job after kneeling during the national anthem the last two seasons and supporting Colin Kaepernick.


Muhammad Wilkerson, DE — SIGNED

Previous team: New York Jets

Reported deal: Wilkerson is reportedly signing a one-year, $5 million deal with the Green Bay Packers.


Ryan Jensen, G/C

Previous team: Baltimore Ravens

Potential landing spots: Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts

One thing to know: Jensen enjoyed a breakout season in 2017, ranking ninth among centers on Pro Football Focus. He could be the next big offensive lineman to get signed after Norwell and Solder.


Bashaud Breeland, CB — SIGNED

Previous team: Washington Redskins

Reported deal: Breeland is reportedly signing a three-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.


Kyle Fuller, CB*

Previous team: Chicago Bears

Potential landing spots: Chicago Bears

One thing to know: Fuller was given the non-exclusive franchise tag, meaning the Bears can match any offer he receives. NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling wonder if Fuller could become a breakout player on his next contract if another team can lure him away from Chicago.


Tyler Eifert, TE

Previous team: Cincinnati Bengals

Potential landing spots: Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars

One thing to know: Eifert is a risky signing after missing most of 2017 with a back injury. However, if healthy, he’s one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the NFL and could provide a team an offensive boost if they take a gamble on him.


Sam Bradford, QB — SIGNED

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Previous team: Minnesota Vikings

Reported deal: Bradford is reportedly signing a one-year, $20 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals.


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