With NFL offseason offically underway, breaking down top 55 free agents

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Dak Prescott, while obviously not the most accomplished quarterback on our list, is the year's most attractive free agent, never mind quarterback. Why? He's 26 and just now entering the prime of his career with loads of schematic flexibility and impressive durability at the most important position.

    Dak Prescott, while obviously not the most accomplished quarterback on our list, is the year's most attractive free agent, never mind quarterback. Why? He's 26 and just now entering the prime of his career with loads of schematic flexibility and impressive durability at the most important position. Associated Press

 
By Arthur Arkush
aarkush@profootballweekly.com
Updated 2/7/2020 6:30 AM

So long, Super Bowl 54, and welcome to the Super 55, a list of the top 55 unrestricted free agents for the 2020 NFL campaign.

With less than six weeks remaining until the new league year kicks off, the clock is ticking for teams to finalize their offseason shopping lists. As always, their wisest course is to juxtapose the strengths and weaknesses of this year's free agent and draft classes and help ensure they can squeeze every ounce of value from this spring while addressing as many roster issues as possible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

And although we'll go deep on the second- and third-wave free agent evaluations (read: generally where teams find the biggest bang for their buck), consider this our jumping-off point from the initial free agency and draft overviews we shared late last month at profootballweekly.com.

Of course there will be disagreements with our list -- including a number of staff quarrels prior to this publish -- because this is an entirely subjective exercise. So know the author prioritized positional value and age the most in putting together the Super 55, which also weighs past production vs. untapped potential, schematic surroundings and volatility, among other factors.

A few examples: Dak Prescott, while obviously not the most accomplished quarterback on our list, is the year's most attractive free agent, never mind quarterback. Why? He's 26 and just now entering the prime of his career with loads of schematic flexibility and impressive durability at the most important position.

By contrast, Tom Brady might be the greatest ever, but he's 43, coming off perhaps the worst season of his career and contemplating a scheme and culture change for the first time in his unrivaled career.

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On the other side of the ball, Jadeveon Clowney may be the best overall defender available, but in today's NFL, we value Chris Jones and Yannick Ngakoue -- more established pass rushers -- a bit more. Derrick Henry was a monster for the Titans en route to the NFL rushing title and a pair of playoff dragon slayings, but he's still a running back, which is the easiest position in sports to replace.

The value of versatility is reflected throughout our list but perhaps most prominently at tight end and linebacker, where one-trick ponies obviously aren't as likely to earn lucrative multiyear contracts as their more multiple counterparts.

Will all of these free agents hit the market March 18? Hardly. The window to apply franchise and transition tags opens Feb. 25, and we'll adjust our list accordingly. Expect at the very least Prescott and Jones to be among those tagged.

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