Which NFL Teams Have the Best Odds of Signing the Top Remaining Free Agents?

March has come and gone and most of the big NFL free agency chips have fallen, but a number of players are still on the market, including a pair of former first-overall picks.

Cam Newton and Jameis Winston-the No. 1 pick in the 2011 and 2015 NFL drafts are arguably the most high-profile agents still available, along with edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, who few would have expected to be still evaluating his options come April.

Throw in veteran defensive end Everson Griffen and two-time Super Bowl winner Logan Ryan and it soon becomes apparent some big-name players could still make a move before free agency ends.

Newsweek has rounded-up the possible destinations of the top five free agents left in the NFL.

Cam Newton

Last month, the Carolina Panthers cut Newton after failing to find a trade partner and the Los Angeles Chargers have emerged as the runaway favorite to sign him.

The Chargers are 17/25 to land the first overall pick of the 2011 draft, with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins both at 24/5 and the Denver Broncos at 6/1. According to The Athletic, the New England Patriots have no interest in signing the 30-year-old, which explains why they are 6/1 outsiders.

While Newton has been hampered by serious fitness issues over the last two seasons (he missed the last two games of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury and was shut down after two weeks last season after suffering a Lisfranc fracture) he remains one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the league when fully fit.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter of their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers cut Newton last month. Grant Halverson/Getty

Jadeveon Clowney

At the beginning of free agency Clowney was expected to land a massive deal, but two days into April and the edge rusher is still available on the market and he's had to recalibrate his financial demands.

According to ESPN, the 27-year-old is now looking for a contract in the region of $17 million to $18 million per season, as opposed to the $20 million-a-year deal that was on his radar last month.

Bookmakers expect Clowney to return to Seattle next season, with the Seahawks a 4/6 favorite to re-sign their edge rusher, according to odds from BonusCodeBets.co.uk, while the New York Jets and the New York Giants follow at 6/4 and 11/5. The Tennessee Titans are fourth-favorite at 5/2, but remain interested in negotiating with the three-time Pro Bowl selection.

"We have touched base with Clowney's representation, and we're kind of seeing and navigate where that one might be," Titans general manager Jon Robinson said on Wednesday.

The former Houston Texans star started only 11 games because of injuries last season, but his impact stretched far beyond his three sacks.

Jameis Winston

Tom Brady's arrival in Tampa Bay spelt the end of the Bucs' five-year long experiment with Winston, whom they drafted as the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

In Winston's case, statistics are simultaneously a glowing reference and likely to put off some of the potential suitors. Last season, he led the NFL in passing yards with 5,109 and set a franchise record with 33 touchdowns, but also threw 30 interceptions.

The New England Patriots have not moved to replace Brady and with Winston still available, the six-time Super Bowl champions are 3/1 favorites to land the former Bucs signal caller. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the New Orleans Saints, both of whom could do with a back-up quarterback, are 4/1 and 15/2 respectively.

Everson Griffen

The Minnesota Vikings defensive end enjoyed a very productive campaign in 2019, recording 26 solo tackles, 41 total tackles and eight sacks and earning the fourth Pro Bowl selection of his career. In February, the 32-year-old opted out of a contract that would have paid him over $10 million in the coming season in search of a bigger contract.

While a return to Minnesota is still possible, bookmakers have made the Seattle Seahawks 4/5 frontrunners to land Griffen, followed by the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys at 12/5 and 14/5 respectively.

Logan Ryan

The Tennessee Titans cornerback remains on the market despite being one of the most productive players in his position in the NFL last season when he racked up four interceptions, four forced fumbles, 4.5 sacks and 113 total tackles. Versatile and capable of playing both int he slot and outside, the veteran corner has attracted interest from a number of teams, with the Detroit Lions currently 5/6 favorite to land him as they look to shore up their secondary.

The Titans are 5/2 to bring Ryan back to Tennessee, while the Dallas Cowboys are a 9/2 outsider.

Logan Ryan, Tennessee Titans
Logan Ryan #26 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates his touchdown against the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 4 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Adam Glanzman/Getty

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Dan Cancian is currently a reporter for Newsweek based in London, England. Prior to joining Newsweek in January 2018, he was a news and business reporter at International Business Times UK. Dan has also written for The Guardian and The Observer. 

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