Here are the best remaining 2022 NFL free agents

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Here are the best remaining NFL free agents that originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have strengthened their defensive line.

The Bucs have signed defensive lineman Akiem Hicks to a one-year deal worth up to $10 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Hicks, 32, has spent the past six years in Chicago, where he made a Pro Bowl and had three seasons with at least seven sacks. Now he joins a Bucs defensive front that already features Vita Vea and 33rd overall pick Logan Hall.

Even with Hicks heading to Tampa Bay, several high-profile free agents are still unsigned. From Odell Beckham Jr. to Anthony Barr and more, here’s a look at some of the best players left on the open market.

Anthony Barr, LB, Minnesota Vikings

Barr, the Minnesota Vikings’ No. 9 overall pick in 2014, has been limited by injuries the past two seasons. His 2020 season ended after two games due to a torn pec, while knee and hamstring issues kept him out for six games in 2021. Prior to those last two seasons, Barr had appeared in at least 13 games from 2015-19. The 30-year-old played in four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2015-2018.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Los Angeles Rams

After a spectacular mid-season outing from the Cleveland Browns, Beckham Jr. played a key role in the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI run. In eight regular season games with Los Angeles, the three-time Pro Bowler had 27 catches for 305 yards and five touchdowns. Then, in the playoffs, Beckham Jr. caught 21 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns in four games, including a Super Bowl score.

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Unfortunately, 29-year-old Beckham Jr. suffered a torn ACL during the Rams’ Super Bowl triumph over the Cincinnati Bengals, which is sure to have an effect on his market. With Allen Robinson now in the fold, a return to Los Angeles for OBJ seems less likely, although the Rams are still hoping to retain him.

Antonio Brown, WR

If we’re just talking about talent, Brown is definitely one of the best players available. The 33-year-old receiver had 42 receptions for 545 yards and four touchdowns in just seven games last season.

But he was limited to seven games due to a suspension for misrepresenting his COVID-19 vaccination status and being released for dropping out of the Bucs midgame at MetLife Stadium, in addition to a back injury. ankle. Brown claimed his infamous outburst against the New York Jets was because the Bucs wanted him to play despite the ankle injury, while head coach Bruce Arians said it was out of lack of goals.

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Brown recently said he won’t be playing in 2022, but will he really not listen if a team comes calling?

Duane Brown, OT, Seattle Seahawks

After Terron Armstead joined the Miami Dolphins, Brown became the best remaining offensive tackle. During his 36-year-old season, Brown started all 17 games for the Seahawks en route to his fifth Pro Bowl appearance. The 2021 campaign was actually the third time in the last four seasons that Brown has played a full season and the eighth time overall in his 15-year career. Brown, a 2008 Texans first-round pick, has spent the past four seasons in Seattle.

Trey Flowers, DE

The Detroit Lions released Flowers early in free agency in a cost-cutting move, saving more than $10 million. The two-time Super Bowl champion has struggled with injuries the past two seasons, playing 14 games combined. This ended a four-year period where he was both enduring and productive. From 2016 to 2019, Flowers totaled at least 6.5 sacks and 14 games played each season. Flowers is still on the safe side of 30, as he turns 29 in August.

Will Fuller, WR, Miami Dolphins

Fuller’s first season with the Dolphins didn’t go as planned. He appeared in just two games due to suspension, a personal issue and a broken finger after joining Miami for a $10 million year. The speedy passer hasn’t played more than 11 games since his rookie season in 2016. But Fuller just turned 28 and had a strong 2020 campaign, where he had 53 receptions for 879 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games. with the Houston Texans.

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Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Even at age 32, Gronkowski continued to produce as one of the best tight ends in the game. Gronk had the seventh-most receiving yards (802) among tight ends while appearing in 12 games last season. That 12-game production put him on pace for a 1,100+ yard season. Gronkowski has never played a season in the NFL without quarterback Tom Brady and that looks likely to remain the case in 2022.

Julio Jones, WR

Julio Jones’ experiment lasted just one season in Tennessee, with the seven-time Pro Bowler being cut by the Titans in March. Jones, 33, recorded 31 receptions for 434 yards and a touchdown in 2021 as he struggled to stay healthy for a second straight season. After being limited to nine games in his final season with Atlanta, Jones played 10 games with the Titans.

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