Madden 19: Best Impending Free Agents


With another Super Bowl in the books all eyes are on free agency and where those players that are out of contract will play in 2019. Teams can of course negotiate with their own impending free agents at any time, and there is always the franchise tag looming over players which could pull them out of free agency and put them on a lucrative one-year deal to stay at their team, but for everyone else it is a chance to test the market and get a big pay day, while teams are looking for players that can give them that extra boost toward the Super Bowl.

In Madden 19 you can get a head start on your free agency in Franchise Mode. If you go to the “My Team” tab and select “Salaries” you can see the contract details not only of your own players but of every player in the NFL. Those with 1 year remaining on their contract will be free agents at the end of the current season and will be available for you to sign unless their team signs them to a new deal. Let’s take a look at the best impending free agents after season 1 of Madden 19.

For a full list of impending free agents over 80 OVR please see the table at the bottom of the page

Earl Thomas, FS, Seattle Seahawks (OVR 96)

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Age: 29

Development Trait: Star

Contract Expectation: 5 years/$55 million

Best Stats: Zone Coverage (97), Play Recognition (94), Awareness (94), Acceleration (92), Speed (90), Hit Power (87)

The best impending free agent in Madden 19 is Seattle’s superb free safety Earl Thomas. Thomas has been at the heart of Seattle’s success ever since they drafted him 14th overall in 2010. He was the linchpin in Pete Carroll’s cover 3 defense and the dominant Legion Of Boom secondary that took Seattle to its first Super Bowl victory and within a yard of a second.

Thomas has racked up 28 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles during his time with Seattle, though injury cut his 2018 season short. His ability to cover acres of space in the middle of the field, make plays on the ball, and bring down runners will make him a vital part of any Madden team. He is the highest rated safety on the game, and if Seattle allow him to hit free agency then there are very few teams that shouldn’t prioritize signing him.

Le’Veon Bell, HB, Pittsburgh Steelers (OVR 93)

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Age: 26

Development Trait: Superstar

Contract Expectation: 4 years/$43 million

Best Stats: Juke Move (96), Agility (95), Ball Carrier Vision (95), Acceleration (93), Break Tackle (92), Stiff Arm (92), Speed (90), Spin Move (90)

Le’Veon Bell is a dynamic, game-breaking threat in Madden 19. An electrifying and elusive runner, Bell joined the Steelers as a second-round draft pick in 2013 and immediately flashed quality. As a rookie Bell scored 8 touchdowns on the ground and caught 45 of his 66 targets.

It was in his second year that Bell really exploded. He was named First Team All-Pro as he put up 2,215 yards from scrimmage, scored 11 times, and finished the year with 83 catches and 4.7 yards per carry. Bell’s patient style and extreme agility made him a very awkward prospect for defenses to deal with.

Bell’s rookie contract expired after the 2016 season. He played the 2017 season on the franchise tag, but when the Steelers attempted to do the same thing for the 2018 season Bell refused to sign it and sat out the whole year. If he makes it to free agency in Madden 19 then you can expect to have to offer him in the region of $43 million over 4 years, but you can also expect a lot of competition for his signature.  

Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia Eagles (OVR 93)

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Age: 30

Development Trait: Star

Contract Expectation: 4 years/$58 million

Best Stats: Power Moves (92), Tackle (91), Play Recognition (91), Awareness (91), Block Shedding (87), Acceleration (86)

This years free agent class is rich in outside pass rushers, but the best available on Madden 19 could well be Brandon Graham. The Eagles edge defender was the 13th overall pick in 2010 but took some time to develop. He picked up just 3 sacks as a rookie and barely played in his second season. In 2012 he had 5.5 sacks and slowly became a reliable player for the Eagles. In 2016 & 2017 he began to finally give a return on his promise though. In those two years he had 15 sacks, 32 QB hits, and 4 forced fumbles.

Graham will turn 31 before the second season of Madden 19, but he is one of the most talented pass rushers in the game, and with the Eagles having a slew of free agents to deal with there is every chance he makes it to free agency in your franchise mode.

Jadeveon Clowney, OLB, Houston Texans (OVR 91)

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Age: 25

Development Trait: Star

Contract Expectation: 5 years/$73 million

Best Stats: Play Recognition (94), Awareness (94), Pursuit (93), Acceleration (90), Block Shedding (89), Power Moves (88)

Jadeveon Clowney came to prominence in college when he obliterated a Michigan running back during the 2013 Outback Bowl. His raw athleticism and rare size made him the first overall pick for the Houston Texans in 2014 but as a rookie Clowney barely played due to requiring knee surgery.

In his second year he picked up 4.5 sacks, using is natural athleticism to beat blockers, but slowly Clowney developed technical skills and good instincts for the art of pass rushing. Over the last 2 years Clowney has racked up 18.5 sacks, 42 QB hits, and 37 tackles for loss and is now one of the most consistent edge defenders in the NFL. Clowney is going to be Houston’s priority when it comes to re-signing players, so he is unlikely to make it to the open free agency period. If he does though, then he can fit into both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes, making him an ideal signing for every team.

DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Dallas Cowboys (OVR 91)

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Age: 26

Development Trait: Star

Contract Expectation: 5 years/$75 million

Best Stats: Finesse Moves (94), Play Recognition (91), Awareness (91), Power Moves (89), Acceleration (88), Block Shedding (87)

Didn’t I say this class was rich in outside pass rushers! Here is another 90+ defensive end in DeMarcus Lawrence. He joined Dallas as a second-round pick in 2014 and didn’t see much action as a rookie. In his second year he became a started and picked up 8 sacks, but injuries in 2016 slowed his progress again.

In 2017 Lawrence really broke out, he played all 16 games and finished the year with 14.5 sacks and 26 QB hits. As a result the Cowboys put Lawrence on the franchise tag for the 2018 season where he was once again a key part of their team. Dallas have a few important contracts coming up and several other pieces hitting free agency, but Lawrence is likely to be Dallas’ priority in Madden 19.

There are plenty of other very good potential free agents after season 1 of Franchise Mode. Jason Verrett is a nice option if you need a cornerback, and both Golden Tate and Cole Beasley can fill your slot receiver position. On the offensive line Trent Brown and Matt Paradis could be available, while CJ Mosley and Frank Clark are other defensive stars that could join your team if you are willing to pay.

Every potential free agent with an OVR of 81 or higher

Player
Current Team
Position
OVR
Earl Thomas
SEA
FS
96
Brandon Graham
PHI
DE
93
Le'Veon Bell
PIT
HB
93
DeMarcus Lawrence
DAL
DE
91
Jadeveon Clowney
HOU
OLB
91
Cameron Wake
MIA
DE
89
Ndamukong Suh
LAR
DT
89
Michael Pierce
BAL
DT
89
Grady Jarrett
ATL
DT
89
Tyrann Mathieu
HOU
SS
89
Tyler Eifert
CIN
TE
89
Matt Paradis
DEN
C
88
Trey Flowers
NE
DE
88
Marshawn Lynch
OAK
HB
88
Adrian Amos Jr
CHI
SS
88
Jared Cook
OAK
TE
88
Sheldon Richardson
MIN
DT
87
Lamarcus Joyner
LAR
FS
87
CJ Mosley
BAL
MLB
87
Dee Ford
KC
OLB
87
Jason McCourty
NE
CB
86
Frank Clark
SEA
DE
86
William Hayes
MIA
DE
86
Mark Ingram
NO
HB
86
Ryan Shazier
PIT
MLB
86
Golden Tate
PHI
WR
86
Kareem Jackson
HOU
CB
85
Jay Ajayi
PHI
HB
85
Robbie Gould
SF
K
85
Anthony Barr
MIN
OLB
85
Josh Gordon
NE
WR
85
Jason Verrett
LAC
CB
84
Chris Long
PHI
DE
84
Rodger Saffold
LAR
G
84
Aldrick Rosas
NYG
K
84
Terrell Suggs
BAL
OLB
84
Landon Collins
NYG
SS
84
Ronald Darby
PHI
CB
83
Brandon Carr
BAL
CB
83
Muhammad Wilkerson
GB
DE
83
Haloti Ngata
PHI
DT
83
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
WAS
FS
83
Tre Boston
ARI
FS
83
Tevin Coleman
ATL
HB
83
KJ Wright
SEA
OLB
83
Za'Darius Smith
BAL
OLB
83
Tyrell Williams
LAC
WR
83
Cole Beasley
DAL
WR
83
Robby Anderson
NYJ
WR
83
Mitch Morse
KC
C
82
Bryce Callahan
CHI
CB
82
Brent Grimes
TB
CB
82
Ezekiel Ansah
DET
DE
82
Julius Peppers
CAR
DE
82
David Irving
DAL
DT
82
Steve McLendon
NYJ
DT
82
Ramon Foster
PIT
G
82
DJ Fluker
SEA
G
82
Stephen Gostkowski
NE
K
82
Thomas Davis Sr
CAR
OLB
82
Mychal Kendricks
SEA
OLB
82
Brian Orakpo
TEN
OLB
82
Daryl Williams
CAR
OT
82
Ben Watson
NO
TE
82
Dez Bryant
NO
WR
82
Trevor Williams
LAC
CB
81
Mike Hilton
PIT
CB
81
Kyle Williams
BUF
DT
81
Darren Sproles
PHI
HB
81
Alex Collins
BAL
HB
81
Harrison Butker
KC
K
81
Preston Smith
WAS
OLB
81
Trent Brown
NE
OT
81
Antonio Gates
LAC
TE
81
Mike Wallace
PHI
WR
81
Randall Cobb
GB
WR
81
Devin Funchess
CAR
WR
81

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