Top NFL free agents will sign with teams in the next few weeks. Some of them have multiple offers to mull over as they gear up for training camp.

Most of the top defensive players available will head into the upcoming campaign a little past their prime years, but they've been productive in recent seasons. With the right team, many of them could play their best football to date.

We'll highlight the top eight defenders on the free-agent market and match them with three of the best landing spots for their skill set.

In every case, the veteran would fill a roster need or fit a club's scheme. For example, a versatile defensive back who can play multiple positions for a unit that features three safeties in nickel packages.

Let's see where notable veterans could suit up this summer.


LB Kwon Alexander

Early in his career, Kwon Alexander battled injuries that capped his production, but he's played in at least 12 contests in the previous three seasons. In fact, Alexander suited up for every game with the New York Jets in 2022.

Going into his age-29 term, Alexander can fill a starting spot at linebacker with the ability to handle green-dot responsibilities because of his experience (eight pro seasons) and play on the weak side of the formation.

In recent years, Alexander has played well on all three downs. Since 2021, he's allowed a passer rating below 90 and recorded four sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Last season with the Jets, the 6'1", 227-pounder only missed 5.5 percent of his tackle attempts. He's a trustworthy veteran who can immediately fill a need in the middle of a defense.

The Raiders should be the first team linked to Alexander. Even though Divine Deablo has a chance to develop into a starter and leader at the position, the club should consider a veteran who's been there and done that already. Alexander fits the description.

Potential Landing Spots: Las Vegas Raiders; New York Giants; Dallas Cowboys