2024 NFL free agency: Best available receivers, defensive backs

Michael Pittman Jr. caught 336 passes for 3,662 yards and 15 touchdowns in four seasons with the Colts. Photo by Marc Lebryk/USA TODAY Sports

As the NFL's legal tampering period approaches -- teams can begin negotiating with free agents on March 11 -- I'm breaking down the league's free agent market by position and tier.

The goal is to try to understand who's likely to be available to teams next week and what that means for the negotiating power on both sides. I've gone through the pending free agents for 2024 and included potential cap casualties to see whether there's a surplus or a shortage of starting-caliber talent available.

On Feb. 26, I evaluated the quarterbacks, tight ends and offensive linemen, and then I covered running backs and linebackers Thursday. Now, the focus moves back toward the passing game, with wide receivers and defensive backs. I'll start on offense, where there's a clear top wideout and a murky group of talent behind him.

Jump to a position:
Wide receiver | Defensive back

More position tiers:
QB, TE, OL | RB, off-ball LB

Wide receivers

Tier 1: Franchise players