Some of the biggest NFL free-agent dominoes have yet to fall with the 2021 preseason rapidly approaching.

Headlined by edge-rusher Justin Houston, a few major names at premium positions remain available. Whether it's waiting for the right contract, fit or merely until an opening appears, several free agents could instantly boost teams in need.  

Below, we'll look at the top available names left on the free-agent market. Past and projected production plays a big part, as do positional value and holes that the players can fill. We'll also outline best remaining fits for each player based on team needs. 


K.J. Wright, LB

K.J. Wright has been a steady workhorse for the Seattle Seahawks since entering the league in 2011.

The 32-year-old linebacker has played at least 13 games in all but one of his 10 NFL seasons, and he posted 86 total tackles, two sacks, 10 passes defensed and one interception last year.

He earned a 75.3 Pro Football Focus grade last season, which ranks firmly in the starter category. 

Wright doesn't rack up a ton of sacks or turnovers, so teams didn't prioritize him in free agency over pressure-creating edge-rushers. But he's reliable and isn't slowing down, which should make him a target of interest as camps kick into full gear.

Best Fits: Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals


Geno Atkins, DT

While defensive tackle isn't a premium position, Geno Atkins has been a standout for most of his NFL career.

In his 11 years with the Cincinnati Bengals, Atkins racked up 76 sacks across 161 games. He might not be Aaron Donald, but his relentless pocket pressure routinely enabled Cincinnati to keep more of its back seven in coverage.

However, the wheels fell off for Atkins last year, as he suffered a shoulder injury near the start of the season. He played in only eight games and finished without a sack for the first time in his career.

Atkins was cleared for all football activity in mid-June, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, so his market should pick up soon. Only three years removed from a 10-sack season, he would be a great pickup for a team in need of rotational pressure help. 

Best Fits: Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys