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5 Available Free Agents to Watch

Posted Mar 16, 2017

A few unsigned players to keep an eye on.

1. RB Adrian Peterson
According to NFL.com, Peterson is the top free agent still on the market. The former Viking was the No. 8 free agent when NFL.com rolled out their top 101 list a few weeks back. The next-best available running back is former Chief Jamaal Charles, followed by former Patriot LeGarrette Blount.

2. DE Mario Williams
High-level pass-rushers are hard to come by, and Williams has proven to be more than capable over the course of his 11-year career. He’s recorded 97.5 sacks in his career, but finished with just 1.5 in a situational role with the Dolphins in 2016. Williams is the second-best defensive end available, according to NFL.com, and the No. 15 overall player.

3. C Nick Mangold
Mangold was released this offseason after an 11-year stint with the Jets, during which he was named to the Pro Bowl seven times. On Wednesday, the Buccaneers agreed to terms with their center from a year ago, Joe Hawley, but Mangold as the top available offensive lineman, Mangold is certainly a player to watch.  

4. QB Geno Smith
The Buccaneers lost their backup quarterback when Mike Glennon signed with the Bears at the start of free agency. With his departure, the Bucs do not have a backup behind Jameis Winston with starting experience. Smith is the fourth-best available quarterback, behind Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Fitzpatrick. And he’s just 26 years old.

5. RB Christine Michael
While Peterson will likely command a higher price tag, Michael could be a more practical addition to Tampa Bay’s backfield. He was the No. 89 player on the market when free agency began but is averaging 4.3 yards per attempt throughout his career. And, like Smith, Michael is still just 26.

For NFL.com's complete free agency tracker, click HERE.