2025 NFL Free Agents by Position: Dak Prescott, Brandon Aiyuk, Tee Higgins Among Top Options Next Offseason

Who are the top 2025 NFL free agents available at each position? Here are the best options projected to reach free agency next offseason.

While there are still high-quality free agents available on this year’s NFL market, it’s time to look ahead to next offseason and preview the 2025 NFL free agency.

Many of the players listed below may not be available by the time free agency begins next spring. Contract extensions and 2025 fifth-year options will deplete the upcoming free agent pool, but there will still be talent left on the board.

Who are the best 2025 NFL free agents? Let’s run through every position group and highlight the top players scheduled to reach the open market.

2025 NFL Free Agents by Position | Offense

Quarterback

In March, Jerry Jones suggested that the Dallas Cowboys will not reach an extension with Dak Prescott, which should set up the veteran passer to hit the free agent market in 2025.

Prescott, who led the NFL in touchdown passes (36) and trailed only Brock Purdy in QBR (72.7), will likely reset the quarterback market if he reaches free agency next spring.

Jordan Love and Tua Tagovailoa might earn new long-term contracts from their respective clubs over the next few months. With those starting options off the table, failed former first-round picks like Justin Fields, Sam Darnold, and Mac Jones might be the best free agent QBs available.

1) Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
2) Jordan Love
, Green Bay Packers
3) Tua Tagovailoa
, Miami Dolphins
4) Justin Fields, Pittsburgh Steelers
5) Jacoby Brissett, New England Patriots
6) Sam Darnold
, Minnesota Vikings
7) Mac Jones
, Jacksonville Jaguars 
8) Russell Wilson
, Pittsburgh Steelers
9) Jameis Winston, Cleveland Browns
10) Mike White, Miami Dolphins

Running Back

While the 2024 free agent running back market was flush with potential starters, the 2025 RB crop isn’t quite as inspiring.

Older players such as Aaron Jones and James Conner need to stay healthy this season to get another bite at the contract apple next spring, while Nick Chubb’s recovery from a devastating knee injury will dictate his next deal.

Even more youthful FA backs come with question marks. Rhamondre Stevenson and Javonte Williams have flashed but also dealt with plenty of injury issues of their own. Jaylen Warren and Khalil Herbert have primarily been deployed in rotations, while Chuba Hubbard has only one season of full-time workload experience.

1) Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots
2) Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers
3) Aaron Jones, Minnesota Vikings
4) Javonte Williams
, Denver Broncos
5) James Conner, Arizona Cardinals
6) Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers
7) Khalil Herbert
, Chicago Bears
8) Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
9) Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles
10) Alexander Mattison, Las Vegas Raiders

Wide Receiver

The 2025 free agent wide receiver market features some of the NFL’s best pass catchers — but few of these WRs will actually hit the market.

Both CeeDee Lamb and Brandon Aiyuk will either be extended or franchise-tagged. Other top wide receivers who were slated to hit the open market in 2025 such as Justin Jefferson have already been extended.

MORE: 2024 NFL Wide Receiver Rankings

Tee Higgins might be the best available WR next spring in that scenario. But the Cincinnati Bengals could assign him a franchise tag for the second consecutive season.

And while Chris Godwin could hit the market in 2025, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could consider a franchise tender, especially now that they’ve locked up safety Antoine Winfield Jr.

1) CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
2) Brandon Aiyuk
, San Francisco 49ers
3) Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
4) Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5) Stefon Diggs
, Houston Texans
6) Hollywood Brown, Kansas City Chiefs
7) Amari Cooper
, Cleveland Browns
8) Keenan Allen
, Chicago Bears
9) Diontae Johnson
, Carolina Panthers
10) Mike Williams
, New York Jets

Tight End

Tight end presents — without question — the weakest free agent group in 2025 NFL free agency.

Mike Gesicki should put up better numbers now that he’s catching passes from Joe Burrow, but he didn’t receive much interest this offseason and ultimately received less than $500,000 guaranteed.

Juwan Johnson inked an extension with the New Orleans Saints last March but managed only 368 receiving yards in 2023.

Perhaps an untested TE like Tommy Tremble, John Bates, Kylen Granson, or Brevin Jordan could post better production in a better offensive environment or with an expanded role. However, teams searching for tight ends next offseason may need to consider draft or trade alternatives.

1) Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers
2) Mike Gesicki
, Cincinnati Bengals
3) Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints
4) Tyler Conklin, New York Jets
5) Noah Gray
, Kansas City Chiefs
6) Tommy Tremble, Carolina Panthers
7) John Bates
, Washington Commanders
8) Kylen Granson
, Indianapolis Colts
9) Brevin Jordan
, Houston Texans
10) Austin Hooper
, New England Patriots

Offensive Tackle

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will likely extend Tristan Wirfs this offseason, so he’s unlikely actually to hit the open market.

Taylor Decker will be 31 next offseason but is still a high-quality left tackle. Will the Detroit Lions give him a new deal, especially given that they already extended fellow OT Penei Sewell?

Tyron Smith and Garett Bolles are older than Decker and come with injury concerns. Smith’s one-year deal with the New York Jets contains $13.5 million in incentives, signaling his questionable health.

Alaric Jackson should be in line for a significant extension if he stays in the Los Angeles Rams’ starting lineup next year. The former UDFA started 15 games for the Rams in 2023 before being assigned a second-round restricted free agent tender this offseason. Starting-caliber left tackles entering their age-27 campaign don’t grow on trees.

1) Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2) Taylor Decker
, Detroit Lions
3) Alaric Jackson
, Los Angeles Rams
4) Spencer Brown
, Buffalo Bills
5) Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos 
6) Tyron Smith
, New York Jets
7) Ronnie Stanley
, Baltimore Ravens
8) Cam Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
9) Jedrick Wills Jr., Cleveland Browns
10) Morgan Moses, New York Jets

Interior Offensive Line

The interior offensive line market exploded this offseason, and that salary rise should continue into next spring.

Creed Humphrey is arguably the NFL’s best center now that Jason Kelce has retired and could garner a long-term deal from the Kansas City Chiefs, who might have to let guard Trey Smith walk. Other former mid-round picks like Sam Cosmi, Quinn Meinerz, and Drew Dalman should do well on the open market.

It might be challenging to imagine Zack Martin playing anywhere other than Dallas — but we could’ve said the same thing about now-Jet Tyron Smith. Martin is still dominant on the interior and will command interest if he departs the Cowboys in 2025.

1) Creed Humphrey, Kansas City Chiefs
2) Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys
3) Sam Cosmi, Washington Commanders
4) Quinn Meinerz, Denver Broncos
5) Trey Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
6) Drew Dalman, Atlanta Falcons
7) Teven Jenkins, Chicago Bears
8) Will Fries, Indianapolis Colts
9) Robert Hainsey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10) James Daniels, Pittsburgh Steelers

2025 NFL Free Agents by Position | Defense

Defensive Line

Alim McNeill injured his knee in 2023 but also posted his most impressive pro campaign while posting a career-high five sacks.

Kenny Clark will turn 29 this season, but defenders who play closer to the ball often avoid a steep decline as their careers progress. Cameron Heyward, entering his age-36 campaign in 2025, might test that theory.

1) Alim McNeill, Detroit Lions
2) Kenny Clark, Green Bay Packers
3) Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers
4) Osa Odighizuwa, Dallas Cowboys
5) Milton Williams, Philadelphia Eagles
6) D.J. Jones, Denver Broncos
7) Javon Kinlaw, New York Jets
8) B.J. Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
9) Folorunso Fatukasi, Houston Texans
10) Harrison Phillips, Minnesota Vikings

EDGE

Veterans like Josh Sweat, DeMarcus Lawrence, Khalil Mack, and Haason Reddick (who may reach a new deal with the Jets in the near future) project as the best EDGE options on the 2025 free agent market.

Underrated former mid-round selections such as Baron Browning could be set up to cash in if the NFL’s premier edge defenders aren’t truly available.

1) Josh Sweat, Philadelphia Eagles
2) Khalil Mack
, Los Angeles Chargers
3) DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys
4) Haason Reddick
, New York Jets
5) Malcolm Koonce, Las Vegas Raiders
6) Matt Judon, New England Patriots
7) Baron Browning
, Denver Broncos
8) Chase Young, New Orleans Saints
9) Zaven Collins, Arizona Cardinals
10) Jonathon Cooper, Denver Broncos

Linebacker

Finally, a group of free agents that should realistically hit the 2025 market.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Ernest Jones are modern-day linebackers who can do a little bit of everything. JOK is outstanding as a blitzer and in coverage, but his small stature can make him a liability against the run. Meanwhile, Jones is better in run defense but can sometimes be picked on as a pass defender.

Dre Greenlaw is still only 26 years old and would be the No. 1 free agent LB available in 2025 had he not torn his Achilles during the Super Bowl. He’s offered near All-Pro-level production during his stint in San Francisco but has now suffered two significant injuries — including a groin issue that cost him all but three regular-season games in 2021 — in five years.

1) Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Cleveland Browns
2) Ernest Jones, Los Angeles Rams
3) Dre Greenlaw
, San Francisco 49ers
4) Nick Bolton
, Kansas City Chiefs
5) David Long Jr., Miami Dolphins
6) Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccanneers
7) Pete Werner
, New Orleans Saints
8) Kyzir White
, Arizona Cardinals
9) Jamin Davis
, Washington Commanders
10) Derrick Barnes
, Detroit Lions

Cornerback

It’s hard to imagine the Atlanta Falcons letting A.J. Terrell walk, but he’d command a massive market if he reached free agency. Charvarius Ward will be entering his age-29 campaign in 2025 but is a true lockdown CB1 who’s succeeded in multiple schemes. Tyson Campbell, Asante Samuel Jr., and Paulson Adebo have all shown stretches of dominance.

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Versatile defensive backs like Brandon Stephens and Deommodore Lenoir will have suitors. Meanwhile, starting-caliber corners like Mike Hilton, Rasul Douglas, Nate Hobbs, Donte Jackson, and Byron Murphy couldn’t even make our top 10.

1) A.J. Terrell, Atlanta Falcons
2) Charvarius Ward
, San Francisco 49ers
3) Tyson Campbell
, Jacksonville Jaguars
4
) Asante Samuel Jr., Los Angeles Chargers
5) Paulson Adebo
, New Orleans Saints
6) D.J. Reed, New York Jets
7) Brandon Stephens
, Baltimore Ravens
8) Deommodore Lenoir
, San Francisco 49ers
9) Carlton Davis, Detroit Lions
10) Benjamin St-Juste, Washington Commanders

Safety

Talanoa Hufanga earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2022 but is now working his way back from a torn ACL. His response to his recovery will determine whether the former fifth-round pick will break the bank as a do-it-all safety next offseason.

Hufanga isn’t the only talented 2025 free agent safety with question marks. Jevon Holland is a playmaker but missed five entire games and parts of others with knee issues in 2023. Budda Baker, meanwhile, will be 29 next offseason.

1) Talanoa Hufanga, San Francisco 49ers
2) Jevon Holland
, Miami Dolphins
3)
 Tre’von Moehrig, Las Vegas Raiders
4) Camryn Bynum, Minnesota Vikings
5) Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals
6) Andre Cisco, Jacksonville Jaguars
7) Ifeatu Melifonwu, Detroit Lions
8) Julian Love
, Seattle Seahawks
9) Julian Blackmon, Indianapolis Colts
10) Justin Reid, Kansas City Chiefs

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