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The Names to Know Among 2022 NFL Free Agents

By Matt Schauf | Updated on Tue, 01 Aug 2023 . 2:10 PM EDT

Have you already started jumping into 2022 best-ball fantasy football drafts? Are you managing offseason dynasty rosters?

Whether you're doing 1 or both -- or even just getting a headstart on 2022 draft plans -- free agency will play a key role in player valuations. It's obviously about more than just where the most prominent names land. Plenty of movers will impact not only their new rosters, but available opportunity on the teams they leave behind.

So we've used the Spotrac free-agent listing to compile the potentially fantasy-relevant players facing NFL free agency this March. Keep these names in mind as you make your draft and/or roster decisions this offseason. And we'll be watching to see where these guys wind up.

I've been pretty liberal with who counts as "relevant" here, but feel free to let me know of anyone you believe should be added.

(Players listed alphabetically by 1st name.)


Andy Dalton
Cam Newton
Jameis Winston
Marcus Mariota
Mitchell Trubisky
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Teddy Bridgewater


Boston Scott (restricted)
Chase Edmonds
Cordarrelle Patterson
D'Ernest Johnson (restricted)
Darrel Williams
David Johnson
J.D. McKissic
James Conner
Jeff Wilson Jr.
Justin Jackson
Marlon Mack
Melvin Gordon
Raheem Mostert
Rashaad Penny
Ronald Jones
Sony Michel


A.J. Green
Allen Robinson
Cedrick Wilson
Chris Godwin
Christian Kirk
D.J. Chark
Davante Adams
Emmanuel Sanders
Jakobi Meyers (restricted)
James Washington
Jamison Crowder
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Michael Gallup
Mike Williams
Odell Beckham Jr.
Preston Williams (restricted)
Russell Gage
Tre'Quan Smith
Will Fuller
Zay Jones


Anthony Firkser
C.J. Uzomah
Dalton Schultz
David Njoku
Eric Ebron
Evan Engram
Gerald Everett
Jared Cook
Mike Gesicki
O.J. Howard
Rob Gronkowski
Robert Tonyan
Tyler Conklin
Zach Ertz

The IDP side gets a little trickier for position designations -- especially with shifting to "true position" formats for 2022. That should mean better grouping of similar players (think T.J. Watt and Myles Garrett at the same position).

For now, I've tried to group these players appropriately. But if you don't see a guy at the position he plays in your league, make sure to check the other designation he might carry.


Akiem Hicks
Al-Quadin Muhammad
Austin Johnson
B.J. Hill
Calais Campbell
Derek Barnett
Jadeveon Clowney
Jarran Reed
Larry Ogunjobi
Mario Addison
Ndamukong Suh
Rasheem Green
Sebastian Joseph-Day
Sheldon Richardson
Tyquan Lewis


Chandler Jones
Charles Harris
Dante Fowler
Emmanuel Ogbah
Haason Reddick
Harold Landry
Jason Pierre-Paul
Jerry Hughes
Lorenzo Carter
Malik Reed
Randy Gregory
Von Miller


Alec Ogletree
Alex Singleton (restricted)
Alexander (A.J.) Johnson
Anthony Walker Jr.
Azeez Al-Shaair (restricted)
Christian Kirksey
De'Vondre Campbell
Foye Oluokun
Ja'Whaun Bentley
Jayon Brown
Jonas Griffith (exclusive rights)
Josey Jewell
Kamu Grugier-Hill
Kwon Alexander
Kyzir White
Leighton Vander Esch
Rashaan Evans
Robert Spillane (restricted)
Troy Reeder (restricted)


Anthony Averett
Carlton Davis
Casey Hayward
Charvarius Ward
Chris Harris Jr.
D.J. Reed
Darious Williams
Desmond King
Donte Jackson
Eli Apple
J.C. Jackson
Joe Haden
K'Waun Williams
Kyle Fuller
Levi Wallace
Mike Hughes
Rasul Douglas
Sidney Jones
Stephon Gilmore


Andrew Wingard
Anthony Harris
Devin McCourty
Erik Harris
Jabrill Peppers
Jaquiski Tartt
Jessie Bates III
Jordan Whitehead
Justin Reid
Kareem Jackson
Marcus Maye
Marcus Williams
Quandre Diggs
Rodney McLeod
Terrell Edmunds
Tracy Walker
Tyrann Mathieu
Xavier Woods

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Matt Schauf, Editor
Matt has earned two Fantasy Pros accuracy awards for IDP rankings and won thousands of dollars as a player across best ball, dynasty, and high-stakes fantasy formats. He has been creating fantasy football content for more than 20 years, with work featured by Sporting News, Rotoworld, Athlon, Sirius XM, and others. He's been with Draft Sharks since 2011.
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