The list of 2023 NFL free agents is incredibly full right now. That includes former NFL MVP Lamar Jackson and one of the best wide receivers in the game, Deebo Samuel of the San Francisco 49ers.
Obviously, this list will dwindle as top-end players sign contract extensions. The NFL franchise tag will also play a role in who hits the open market in March of 2023.
As it stands, here’s our list of the NFL free agents for 2023. This includes a positional break down. At the bottom, you’ll also notice 2019 first-round picks who have had decisions made on their contract options. All of this will be updated regularly.
1. Lamar Jackson, quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
Jackson and the Ravens continue to be at a standstill with reports surfacing that the quarterback is not in a rush to sign an extension with Baltimore. This is complicated by the fact that he’s represented by his mother in contract talks.
What we do know is that Jackson is highly unlikely to hit the NFL free agent market. The former first-round pick from Louisville has been absolutely dynamic throughout his four-year NFL career — accumulating 105 total touchdowns against 31 interceptions. Look for him to be extended here soon despite rumors to the contrary.
2. Deebo Samuel, wide receiver, San Francisco 49ers
Deebo Samuel stats (2021): 77 receptions, 1,405 yards, 365 rushing yards, 14 TD
San Francisco has made it a priority to sign Samuel to a massive extension this offseason. Unfortunately, the new deals that Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill signed with their current teams changes the dynamics here.
As you can see, Samuel is among the most-dynamic skill-position players in the NFL. He’s likely going to net north of $28 million annually on a long-term deal. Whether that’s with San Francisco remains to be seen. Samuel has reportedly requested a trade, placing the 49ers in a bad situation.