There will be plenty of talent on the field for the 2022 Pro Bowl, which takes place on Sunday, Feb. 6, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Several NFL players who earned nods will hit the free-agent market in the offseason.
Many of these players enjoyed strong 2021 seasons, which could lead to decent paydays when the period opens. These are the top 10 unrestricted free agents who made the Pro Bowl this season.
Honorable Mention: Outside linebacker Harold Landry III (Titans), Center Ryan Jensen (Buccaneers)
10. Guard Brandon Scherff, Commanders
Brandon Scherff has consistently been one of the best offensive guards in the NFL. He’s been a staple of the Washington Football Team‘s (Commanders) front line, which is why he’s made the Pro Bowl five out of the last six seasons.
The Iowa product is the only Washington player to earn an All-Pro selection since Dan Snyder has been with the team. The team used the franchise tag on Scherff the past two seasons. If the two sides can’t reach an agreement, he could be heading elsewhere in 2022.
Scherff has battled injuries, which have caused him to miss time. He’ll also be sitting out the 2022 Pro Bowl.
9. Safety Quandre Diggs, Seahawks
Quandre Diggs was an underrated piece of the Seattle Seahawks defense in 2021. The former Texas Longhorns star is making his second Pro Bowl appearance after putting together a solid season.
Diggs finished the season with 94 tackles, seven forced fumbles, and five interceptions. He continues to prove why he’s one of the best free safeties in the NFL. The 29-year old will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, so he should be seeking a big payday.
According to the Seattle Times‘ Adam Jude, Diggs could look elsewhere for a contract if the Seahawks don’t want to pay him.
8. Offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr., Chiefs
Orlando Brown Jr. has earned his third Pro Bowl selection and his first as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. The former Oklahoma Sooners standout offensive lineman played his first three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens traded Brown to Kansas City, allowing him to play left tackle like his father, Orlando Brown Sr. The 25-year-old can still improve his game, but he enjoyed a solid 2021 season. He excels when pass protecting against power rushers but could use some work against more athletic speed rushers.
Still, the potential for greatness exists for Brown. The Chiefs should make every effort to re-sign him in free agency.
7. Running back James Conner, Cardinals
James Conner has been one of the better free-agent signings in 2021. He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers before signing with the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason.
Conner battled some injuries early in his career, leading to inconsistent production. However, he found a home in Arizona. The Pitt product rushed for 752 yards and 15 touchdowns on 202 carries. He also caught 37 passes for 375 yards and another three scores.
Joining the Cardinals has revived Conner’s career, and he most likely played his way into a solid payday in free agency.
6. Center Jason Kelce, Eagles
Quiet as kept, Jason Kelce is one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. Centers often don’t get much love, but the Philadelphia Eagles know exactly how valuable Kelce is.
While he may not be as well-known as his brother, Travis, Kelce is as reliable as they come. He’s started every game for the Eagles over the past seven seasons. Unfortunately, he won’t participate in the Pro Bowl for undisclosed reasons.
Kelce is the unquestioned veteran leader of the Eagles. It’s hard to imagine him playing anywhere else. Retirement isn’t off the table yet, either.
5. Outside linebacker Chandler Jones, Cardinals
Chandler Jones is sure to be a hot commodity in free agency. Even at 31 years old, the Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker is still one of the most feared pass-rushers in the game.
Jones registered 10.5 sacks in the 2021 season to go along with 41 tackles and 26 quarterback hits. With the NFL shifting more and more to a pass-heavy league, quality edge-rushers have become more valuable than ever before.
The four-time Pro Bowler will have his fair share of suitors in the offseason, and he could walk away with a considerable payday.
4. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore, Panthers
Carolina Panthers cornerback Stephon Gilmore wasn’t an official Pro Bowl selection. However, he will be in Las Vegas to replace LA Rams star Jalen Ramsey, who’ll be playing in the Super Bowl.
The 10th-year veteran suffered a quad injury toward the end of the 2020 season. He didn’t play a down for the New England Patriots in 2021. Instead, the team traded Gilmore to the Carolina Panthers. He appeared in just eight games, recording 16 tackles, two interceptions, and two pass defenses.
Gilmore was once the best cornerback in the NFL. It will be interesting to see if he can return to elite form in 2022.
3. Safety Tyrann Mathieu, Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs defense struggled early in the 2021 season. However, Steve Spagnuolo’s unit turned things around in the second half. Tyrann Mathieu played a massive role in the defensive improvement.
The Honey Badger is not only a veteran leader, but he’s one of the most versatile defensive backs in the game today. Mathieu is a game-changer whether he’s blitzing or dropping back in coverage. The Chiefs would be wise to bring him back in 2022. However, if another team picks him up, it would be getting one of the best the game has to offer.
2. Cornerback J.C. Jackson, Patriots
Even though J.C. Jackson made the Pro Bowl, he appears to be an underrated player. Not many cornerbacks earn the title of shutdown, but the New England Patriots cover man fits the bill.
Jackson finished the year with 58 tackles, 23 pass defenses (league-high), and eight interceptions. The Patriots could use the franchise tag on the 26-year-old. If they don’t, expect a few teams to be willing to break the bank to land one of the best corners in the NFL.
1. Wide receiver Davante Adams, Packers
Davante Adams is hands down the top free agent playing in the 2022 Pro Bowl and the best in the entire class. The Green Bay Packers wideout continues to stake his claim as the best wide receiver in the NFL.
Adams recorded 123 receptions for 1,553 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2021. He experienced some touchdown regression after scoring a league-high 18 touchdowns in 2020. However, Adams is matchup proof and unguardable in one-on-one situations.
Expect several teams to be lining up for Adams’ services in free agency.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference
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