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2023 NFL Free Agency Guide: Everything you need to know


The 2023 offseason is kicking into high gear with new league year and start of free agency.

GM Joe Schoen and coach Brian Daboll will look to boost all three sides of the ball as they try to build off of last season's success in Year 2 with the organization.

The Giants got things started early when they signed Daniel Jones to a four-year contract and placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Saquon Barkley.

Starting March 15 at 4 p.m. ET, hundreds of players around the NFL will hit the market and start signing with clubs. But first, the two-day negotiating period began Monday at noon. During that time, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2022 player contracts. No prospective unrestricted free agent is permitted to execute a contract with a new club, though, until 4 p.m. on March 15.

Here is everything you need to know about this year's free agency.

View photos of every move made by the Giants during the 2023 cycle.

The Giants currently have 16 pending unrestricted free agents and one restricted free agent. As mentioned above, QB Daniel Jones has already re-signed with the team while RB Saquon Barkley was given the non-exclusive franchise tag. Additionally, veteran linebacker Jarrad Davis, punter Jamie Gillan, long snapper Casey Kreiter and guard Wyatt Davis have signed new contracts with the Giants.

Below is a list of the Giants' pending free agents and important offseason dates:

Unrestricted free agents (16)

  • RB Matt Breida
  • LB Landon Collins
  • DL Justin Ellis
  • OL Jon Feliciano
  • C Nick Gates
  • WR Richie James
  • S Tony Jefferson
  • WR Marcus Johnson
  • S Julian Love
  • CB Fabian Moreau
  • WR Sterling Shepard
  • WR Darius Slayton
  • LB Jaylon Smith
  • OLB Jihad Ward
  • DL Nick Williams
  • OLB Oshane Ximines

Restricted Free Agent (1)

  • DL Henry Mondeaux

Important Offseason Dates

  • March 13-15: Legal negotiation window ahead of free agency.
  • March 15 (4 p.m. ET): 2023 NFL League Year begins. Teams must be under the salary cap. Trading period and free agency open. Deadline to submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents (RFAs) and exclusive rights free agents (ERFAs). Teams must exercise contract options for 2023.
  • April 3: Teams with new head coaches can begin offseason workout programs.
  • April 17: Teams with returning head coaches can begin offseason workout programs.
  • April 21: Last day of restricted free agent signing period.
  • April 27-29: 2023 NFL Draft from Kansas City.
  • May 1: Deadline to exercise fifth-year option (for 2024) for players chosen in Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft.
  • July 17: Deadline for teams and franchise tagged players to sign multi-year contract extension.

View the players set to become free agents when the new league year begins on March 15. top 101 free agents's Gregg Rosenthal recently released his annual list of the top 101 free agents.

The list will continue to change as more players are cut prior and during the start of the new league year.

Here are the top 10 free agents on Rosenthal's list, along with commentary from the analyst:

1. Javon Hargrave, DT

"Undervalued in free agency three years ago, Hargrave should get bigger money this time after back-to-back monster seasons. The Eagles tend to pay younger free agents, so he may get his full value elsewhere."

2. Orlando Brown, OT

"Left tackle may not even be Brown's best position, but he's an above-average starter with great physical traits. Even if Chiefs fans have had mixed feelings, the Chiefs front office offered him a huge contract last offseason for a reason. Another franchise tag could be coming."

3. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S

"NFL general managers probably won't value an undersized slot corner/safety this highly, but I do! Gardner-Johnson is a dog, nipping at the heels of opponents. His versatility makes him ideal for this pass-happy era, and he can still deliver big hits."

4. James Bradberry, CB

"Now famous for his costly penalty in Super Bowl LVII, Bradberry showed in Philadelphia he's still a top-20 NFL cornerback. After signing a one-year prove-it deal last offseason, he proved it."

5. Jessie Bates, S

"Bates, who played 2022 on the franchise tag, is likely out of Cincinnati after the Bengals drafted his presumed replacement, Daxton Hill. Bates has more value to a team that plays with a single high safety the majority of the time, although there are fewer of those teams every season."

6. Mike McGlinchey, OT

"It helps McGlinchey that nearly half the league is running Kyle Shanahan's offense; it's not hard to project how he'd do for those teams as a plug-and-play right tackle. Supply-and-demand dynamics should lead to him becoming one of the richest free agents available. "

7. Dre'Mont Jones, DT

"Raise your large defensive-line-playing children to become pass rushers. No one will get too caught up in Jones' inconsistencies as a run-stopper when he was tied for fifth among interior linemen in pressures at the time he went down to a late-season hip injury (through Week 14), according to Pro Football Focus."

8. Zach Allen, DE

"Allen just kept getting better and better in his fourth NFL season, graduating from a solid starter to one of the Cardinals' best players. Few players made themselves more money in 2022."

9. Odell Beckham Jr., WR

"On one hand, OBJ, who did not play at all in 2022, has had time to recuperate from his second ACL surgery last February. On the other, he's had two ACL surgeries since 2020. In a dry season for free agent receiver talent, Beckham would still bring juice to any offense."

10. Jamel Dean, CB

"For most of last season, Dean was the Bucs' best cornerback. He doesn't have the physical skills of teammate Carlton Davis, but something similar to the contract Davis signed last year to stay in Tampa (three years, $45 million) could be in store for Dean as a young, experienced starter."

Check out the gallery below to view the full list of's top 101 free agents

View photos of's list of the top 101 free agents of 2023.