NFL free agency 2021: There are still multiple cornerbacks left on the market who are without a team. With training camp set to start on July 27th, these players could be signed very soon.
With there still being plenty of talent left in free agency, here’s a look at the top 5 cornerbacks who could make an immediate difference:
1. Richard Sherman
Sherman has already been in talks about a potential contract with various teams. The future Hall of Famer claimed he could wait until training camp to sign with a new team.
Sherman had a spectacular season in 2019, allowing just 368 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. He was unfortunately dealing with injuries last season which reduced his playing time.
The 33-year-old still has plenty of talent left in the tank. His most valuable asset would be his experience and leadership, which would be ideal for defenses looking for leaders or a veteran who younger players can learn from.
2. Steven Nelson
Nelson had a down year last season, allowing 732 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. However, he has still proven to be a very solid cornerback in the past.
In 2019, he allowed a 50% completion percentage and 0 touchdowns as per ProFootball Reference. He’s a flexible player who can play both in the slot and outside, while he’s still just 28 years old.
3. Brian Poole
Brian Poole played just 9 games last season, but looked solid in his limited playing time. He allowed a passer rating of 61.6 which is spectacular. If he played the entire season, he would be on pace to allow roughly 457 yards which is above average.
He could compete for a starting role when signed, but would probably have to take a prove-it deal as he has been restricted by injuries in the past.
4. Dre Kirkpatrick
The 31-year-old recorded three interceptions and seven passes defended last season. He allowed 660 receiving yards last season in 14 games with the Cardinals.
Kirkpatrick recently visited the New Orleans Saints who could be a good scheme fit for the veteran. The Saints might find Kirkpatrick as a potential replacement for Janoris Jenkins who left the team signing with the Titans this offseason.
5. Nickell Robey-Coleman
The 29-year-old isn’t in his prime anymore, but is still a viable option for various teams. He provides solid depth at the cornerback position and can be a good rotational piece as well.
He was a star nickel cornerback in the past, so can still offer solid experience at the position and could be a low-cost option.