2021 NFL Free Agents: Guards

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2021 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2021.
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  1. Joe Thuney, G, Patriots. Age: 28.
    Signed with Chiefs (5 years, $80 million)

    Joe Thuney is an excellent offensive lineman. Not only does he block extremely well; he can play numerous positions on the front. He deserves a huge contract.

  2. Brandon Scherff, G/OT, Redskins. Age: 29.
    Franchised by Redskins

    When healthy, Brandon Scherff is one of the top guards in the NFL. He can also play tackle. He’s not yet 30 as well. All of this would give him 4.5 stars or more, but the problem is that he has a dubious injury history. Scherff has missed three, five and eight games over the past three seasons.

  3. David DeCastro, G, Steelers. Age: 31.
    David DeCastro is one of the best guards in the NFL, when healthy. The Steelers wouldn’t have cut him if he didn’t have some injury issues, and that appears to be the case with his troublesome ankle. DeCastro is 31, but because guards can play well into their mid-30s, he could recover and eventually be a force for some team.

  4. Matt Feiler, G, Steelers. Age: 29.
    Signed with Chargers (3 years, $21 million)

    Matt Feiler was sorely missed down the stretch when he was sidelined with an injury. He’s a very talented guard, and he should be able to perform on a high level throughout the duration of his next contract.

  5. Lane Taylor, G, Packers. Age: 31.
    Signed with Texans (1 year)

    Lane Taylor is a very talented guard, but he’s also a 31-year-old coming off a knee injury, so there is definitely major risk involved.

  6. Kevin Zeitler, G, Giants. Age: 31.
    Signed with Ravens (3 years, $22 million)

    The Giants saved $12 million by cutting Kevin Zeitler, though that still seems like a mistake. Zeitler is coming off a down year, but still played well. He’s 31 now, but interior guards can play well into their mid-30s. Some team may strike gold by buying low.

  7. Trai Turner, G, Chargers. Age: 27.
    Signed with Steelers

    It seemed like the Chargers obtained a steam when they traded for Trai Turner in exchange for Russell Okung. Turner, however, had an injury-ravaged 2020 campaign, which was his worst in the NFL. Turner is still young, however, so he figures to rebound in 2021 and beyond.

  8. Kyle Long, G, Bears. Age: 32.
    Signed with Chiefs (1 year, $5 million)

    Kyle Long announced his retirement following the 2019 season, but he has returned to the NFL. He’s 32, and it’s unclear if he’s in great shape following his year off. Also, he has an extensive injury history; he missed 20 games in his final two years, and he hasn’t played more than 10 games since 2015. Still, Long was a talented guard when healthy, so if he can stay on the field, he could be a major upgrade for the team that signs him.

  9. Jon Feliciano, G, Bills. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with Bills (3 years, $17 million)

    The Buffalo running backs missed Jon Feliciano’s fierce run blocking when the guard was sidelined with a pectoral injury the first seven weeks of the season.

  10. Richie Incognito, G, Raiders. Age: 38.
    Re-signed with Raiders

    Richie Incognito missed all but two games with an ankle injury. There’s no telling if he’s 100 percent, or how he’ll play at 38, but Incognito was recently a Pro Bowl-caliber lineman in 2019.

  11. Mike Iupati, G, Seahawks. Age: 34.
    Seattle missed Mike Iupati when he was sidelined in 2020. He still blocks well at his age, but his durability is a major issue.

  12. Jermaine Eluemunor, G/OT, Patriots. Age: 26.
    Signed with Dolphins

    Jermaine Eluemunor has been a career backup thus far, but he played well in relief for New England last year. He deserves a chance to compete for a starting job, and at 26, he has some upside.

  13. John Miller, G, Panthers. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Panthers (1 year)

    John Miller is a capable starter, but has some injury concerns. He’s played just one full season in his career.

  14. Tom Compton, G, 49ers. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with 49ers (1 year)

    Tom Compton entered the year as a backup offensive lineman, but he played very well in relief of some injured players. He’s a passable starter for now.

  15. Chris Reed, G, Panthers. Age: 29.
    Signed with Colts (1 year)

    Chris Reed was forced into the starting lineup because of injury, and he handled himself pretty well.

  16. Brian Winters, G, Bills. Age: 30.
    Signed with Cardinals

    Brian Winters did a solid job filling in for injured Buffalo guards this past season.

  17. Pat Elflein, G, Jets. Age: 27. — Signed with Panthers (3 years, $13.5 million)
  18. Joe Dahl, G, Lions. Age: 28.
  19. Zach Fulton, G, Texans. Age: 29. — Signed with Giants
  20. J.R. Sweezy, G, Saints. Age: 32.
  21. Forrest Lamp, G, Chargers. Age: 27. — Signed with Bills
  22. Nick Easton, G, Saints. Age: 29.
  23. Dan Feeney, G/C, Chargers. Age: 27. — Signed with Jets (1 year)
  24. James Carpenter, G, Falcons. Age: 32.
  25. Oday Aboushi, G, Lions. Age: 30. — Signed with Chargers (1 year, $1.75 million)
  26. Ryan Groy, G, Chargers. Age: 30.
  27. Rashod Hill, G, Vikings. Age: 29. — Re-signed with Vikings (1 year)
  28. Alex Redmond, G, Bengals. Age: 26. — Signed with Patriots
  29. Michael Schofield, G, Ravens. Age: 30.
  30. Rashaad Coward, G, Bears. Age: 26.
  31. Matt Gono (RFA), G/OT, Falcons. Age: 25. — Re-signed with Falcons
  32. Cole Toner (RFA), G, Chargers. Age: 27. — Signed with Texans (1 year)
  33. Senio Kelemete, G, Texans. Age: 31. — Signed with 49ers
  34. Kelechi Osemele, G, Chiefs. Age: 32.
  35. Justin McCray, G, Falcons. Age: 29.
  36. Danny Isidora, G, Steelers. Age: 27.

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