With only four NFL teams’ seasons remaining alive, naturally many are already looking forward to offseason transactions.
A big part of that, of course, is free agency, and earlier this week, ESPN’s Kevin Seifert published a list ranking the top 50 free agents in the league (plus 20 more in alphabetical order), and two players with local ties cracked the list, both among the top No. 25.
At No. 7 is former Utah Utes safety Marcus Williams of the New Orleans Saints, and at No. 23 is former Bingham High tight end Dalton Schultz of the Dallas Cowboys.
Of Williams, Seifert wrote, “Williams played last season on the franchise tag for the cap-strapped Saints, an indication of how important they thought he was to their defense. A starter for all of his five years in New Orleans, with comparable skills against the run and the pass, Williams was named a second-team All-Pro by Pro Football Focus this season.”
Of Schultz, Seifert wrote, “Only three NFL tight ends caught more passes during the past two seasons than Schultz: Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews and Darren Waller. Schultz was also among the most efficient during that period, catching 74.2% of passes thrown in his direction, fifth-highest in the league. At the moment, he is part of a big tight end class that would test the demand for pass-catchers at the position.”
Seifert noted that Williams will be 25 entering the 2022 season, and Schultz will be 26.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams topped the list.