Top three 2024 NFL free agents at every defensive position: Stephon Gilmore, Justin Simmons best available

A month into NFL free agency has come and gone as the league is past its second wave of the offseason signings. The top players have already signed, and the next crop of free agents have found a home for 2024. There are still some good players available, but the market has significantly dried up over the past few weeks. 

Teams are focusing on the draft before free agency ramps up in its third wave, when compensatory picks no longer factor into the equation. Players who should be rostered are still available for the taking, if any team can’t wait until after the draft. 

These are the top three free agents available at every position on defense. To see the top offensive players still available, click here. 

Edge rusher

The best pass rusher available, Ngakoue is coming off a down season by his standards. He finished with career lows in sacks (4.0), pressures (34) and pressure rate (8.7%), snapping a streak of seven consecutive seasons with 8+ sacks.

Ngakoue signed later in the summer last season, so perhaps signing earlier could get him back to his 2016-2022 form. 


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