NFL Free Agency 2023: Best remaining free agents?

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The first wave of the 2023 NFL free agency is over, but there are still some very good free agents left on the market that can help teams.

Honestly, free agency is “won” in the later waves when lesser known players or older veterans latch onto teams who then put the finishing touches on their roster.  This year should be no different.  Between crazy trades, large contracts, and everything in between, the 2023 free agency period has not disappointed.

There are still some quality free agents left on the market and many of these players can surely help out some teams going into the 2023 season.

In no order, let’s look at some of the best remaining free agents in 2023.

NFL Free Agency 2023: Best remaining free agents?

1. Taylor Lewan, LT

Taylor Lewan was cut from the Tennessee Titans in an obvious move earlier this offseason.  Tennessee has a new GM in town in Ran Carthon, and Carthon got right to work re-working this roster that lacks talent.

Lewan has struggled with injuries the past couple of seasons but is one of the very best in the NFL when healthy.

2. Connor McGovern, C

Connor McGovern began his career in 2016 with the Denver Broncos and signed a three year deal with the New York Jets that expired after the 2022 season.  McGovern is primarily a center but has also played guard and is one of the better centers in the NFL.

3. Carson Wentz, QB

Some may disagree with this, but Carson Wentz is still a high-ceiling QB who deserves to be on a team.  He fizzled out in Washington in 2022 after having a career resurgence in 2021 with the Indianapolis Colts. Surely he’d be the perfect backup somewhere.

4. Yannick Ngakoue, DE

Wherever Yannick Ngakoue goes, he performs.  In fact, since coming into the league in 2016, Ngakoue has never had a season with less than 8.0 sacks.  This past year with the Colts, the former third round draft pick had 9.5 sacks.  It’s wild that he hasn’t been able to land a multi-year deal somewhere.

5. John Johnson, S

John Johnson began his career with the Los Angeles Rams before signing a long-term deal with the Cleveland Browns.  He was cut after the 2022 season but did notch 101 total tackles this year and has two other seasons with at least 105 total tackles.

He’s easily a starting caliber safety and should be on a team.

6. DJ Chark, WR

DJ Chark has struggled with injuries but does have a Pro Bowl and a 1,000 yard receiving season to his name.  He’s a 6’4″ specimen with 4.3 speed.  He’s got huge upside as a true WR1 and was on a one year deal with the Detroit Lions this past season and is a free agent once again.