This year's free-agent crop is a lot like this year's draft class: It's not that exciting at the top, but there is better depth than usual.
Ranked below: My top 85 free agents set to hit the market with free agency starting Tuesday. Originally, we had guys like Joe Flacco, Ryan Clady, Henry Melton, and Dwayne Bowe at the top of this list. We've since removed seven of our top 11 players because of long-term deals and franchise tag designations getting doled out. We've also added players that were released like Beanie Wells and Antoine Winfield.
This is not a list of the 85 players who will make the most money. It's the list of players I'd want, divided into five tiers.
Let me know where you disagree.
TIER 1: Impact starters
1) Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Speed kills. He might not be a complete receiver, but there's no reason Wallace can't get Vincent Jackson money. (UPDATE: Agreed to terms with Miami Dolphins.)
2) Sebastian Vollmer, OT, New England Patriots: Vollmer is a young, quality starter who is more important to the Patriots' future than Wes Welker. This is where some of Tom Brady's cap savings might go. (UPDATE: Agreed to terms with New England Patriots.)
6) Cliff Avril, DE, Detroit Lions: He's not great against the run and only played 66 percent of Detroit's defensive snaps in 2012, but Avril hustles and gets to the quarterback. He's a solid bookend starter who will be paid like a great one. (UPDATE: Signed with the Seattle Seahawks)
9) Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons: Gonzalez is coming back, and it's expected to be for the Falcons. As free agency gets set to kick off, Gonzo is technically headed for free agency. (UPDATE: Re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons)
TIER 2: Solid starters
10) Paul Kruger, OLB/DE, Baltimore Ravens: Be leery of paying a Dexter Jackson-like Super Bowl-run tax to Kruger. Especially when he mostly sat in the Super Bowl in favor of Courtney Upshaw for run-defense reasons. (UPDATE: Signed with the Cleveland Browns.)
11) Jake Long, OT, Miami Dolphins: Will a team get early-career Jake Long or late-career Tony Boselli? Long is a prime candidate to get overpaid. (UPDATE: Long agreed to a four-year, $34 million contract with the St. Louis Rams.)
13) Brent Grimes, CB, Atlanta Falcons: He'd be among the top 10 players if not for the torn Achilles' tendon suffered in Week 1 last year. That's a big "if," though. Grimes could sign a short-term deal, but his talent is worth the risk. (UPDATE: The Dolphins signed Grimes to a one-year, $5.5 million contract, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.)
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14) Aqib Talib, CB, New England Patriots: I'd take my chances with Grimes over Talib, whose on-field play can be as erratic as his off-field behavior. (UPDATE: Signed a one-year contract with the Patriots.)
15) Phil Loadholt, G, Minnesota Vikings: Loadholt is a throwback to the days when right tackles were maulers in the run game and not great at protecting the quarterback. Hidden value: His name is Loadholt. (UPDATE: Re-signed a multi-year deal with the Vikings.)
16) Dannell Ellerbe, LB, Baltimore Ravens: The Ray Lewis-sized hole at the core of Baltimore's defense makes the versatile Ellerbe a priority to re-sign. He can rush, cover and stop the run. (UPDATE: Signed with the Dolphins.)
18) Antoine Winfield, CB, Minnesota Vikings: He's still one of the best run-stopping cornerbacks in the NFL and can help a team looking for a slot defender.
20) Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets: Yes, there's a chance he gets a whole lot better away from Mark Sanchez, Tony Sparano and the rest of the Jets' offensive morass. (UPDATE: Signed with Miami Dolphins.)
21) Ed Reed, S, Baltimore Ravens: His post-Super Bowl/Oscars hangover could be mitigated if picked up by the Colts (Chuck Pagano) or the Patriots (Bill Belichick). (UPDATE: Signed two-year deal with Houston Texans.)
22) Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams: OK, here's a receiver who should be compared to Welker. This former "Hard Knocks" hero in Dallas is a great slot man who can't shake the injury bug. (UPDATE: Signed with the New England Patriots)
23) Glover Quin, S, Houston Texans: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was smart to make Quin's cover skills at safety a huge part of his defense. Now the Texans will have to pay to keep him. (UPDATE: Signed with the Detroit Lions)
24) Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins: Davis was one of the league's most promising young tight ends before tearing his Achilles' tendon. He could be a great bargain. (UPDATED: Signed with the Redskins.)
TIER 3: Starters with questions
28) Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Philadelphia Eagles: It's not a great sign that two teams have seemingly given up on DRC in his young career. But how much cash would he have commanded if on the market after his second pro season? (UPDATE: Rodgers-Cromartie signed with the Broncos.)
29) Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants: A 26-year-old who seems to have the body of a 30-year-old. But there is no better free-agent running back when healthy.
30) Dwight Freeney, DE, Indianapolis Colts: It wasn't just about the scheme change. Freeney hasn't been that explosive for the last two years.
31) Osi Umenyiora, DE, New York Giants: Like Freeney, Osi would best be deployed in smaller doses as a situational pass rusher. (UPDATE: Umenyiora has agreed to a two-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons, Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor, Jay Glazer reported.)
32) Richard Seymour, DL, Oakland Raiders: There are health and motivation concerns here with Seymour headed for a steep pay cut, but there never have been questions about his ability.
33) Sam Baker, OT, Atlanta Falcons: Baker will be the perfect test case for proving what an average starting tackle gets on the open market. (UPDATE: Baker has agreed to terms on a six-year contract to remain with the Falcons.)
34) Jermon Bushrod, OT, New Orleans Saints: Bushrod will be the perfect test case for proving what an average starting tackle with a random Pro Bowl nod gets on the market. (UPDATE: Agreed to five-year deal with the Bears.)
35) Desmond Bryant, DT, Oakland Raiders: His recent arrest notwithstanding, Bryant is a massive man with a lot of unharnessed talent. (UPDATE: Bryant has agreed to terms on a contract with the Browns, NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Tuesday.)
36) Connor Barwin, DE, Houston Texans: He should have taken Houston's long-term contract offer before 2012. Barwin suffered through a disastrous year, ranking among the worst starting defensive ends in the league by ProFootballFocus. At least he's young with a history of production. (UPDATE: Agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles)
37) Delanie Walker, TE, San Francisco 49ers: The proverbial "movable chess piece," to use a Greg Cosell-ism. He will block your face off even if his hands are suspect. (UPDATE: Agreed to terms with the Titans.)
38) Jared Cook, TE, Tennessee Titans: The Titans chose not to use the franchise tag on Cook, an enigmatic talent who has never quite lived up to his potential as a big-time playmaker. (UPDATE: Signed with the St. Louis Rams.)
40) Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams: The veteran back can handle goal-line carries and passing downs, but there is a big risk of paying for past production. (UPDATE: Agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons)
42) Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: He's a talented young player with potential to be an above-average starter at a cheap price. On the downside: Even Mike Tomlin couldn't get through to him. (UPDATE: Signed with the Arizona Cardinals.)
43) Eric Winston, OT, Kansas City Chiefs: A solid short-term solution at right tackle. The biggest question: Why has he been cut twice in two years other than his high salaries?
44) Martellus Bennett, TE, New York Giants: If you can overlook the flaky off-field persona, Bennett fits the mold as a complete tight end who can block and catch. (UPDATE: Agreed to terms with the Bears.)
45) James Harrison, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: He was paid too much by the Steelers, but Harrison was their best pass rusher by the end of last year. He should still have an effective season left as a starting OLB.
49) Dunta Robinson, CB, Atlanta Falcons: He wasn't worth top-tier cornerback money, but Robinson is still capable of playing a lot of snaps. (UPDATE: Robinson agreed to a three-year deal with Kansas City.)
50) Spin the wheel of starting kickers (Steven Hauschka, Mike Nugent, Jason Hanson): There are too many quality kickers available this offseason. It shouldn't be too hard to find one.
TIER 4: Effective in the right role
51) Adam Jones, CB, Cincinnati Bengals: I'm afraid of what would happen to the former Pacman away from Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, but Jones was an excellent slot cornerback and return man last season. (UPDATE: Jones agreed to a three-year contract to remain in Cincy.)
54) Cary Williams, CB, Baltimore Ravens: It has to count for something that he was able to hold up as Baltimore's best starting cornerback by the end of the season. (UPDATE: Agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles)
56) Bradley Fletcher, CB, St. Louis Rams: At times, Fletcher has looked like an above-average starting cornerback. At worst, he won't kill your team. (UPDATE: Fletcher was signed by the Eagles on Tuesday.)
57) LaRon Landry, S, New York Jets: A Pro Bowl year with the Jets helped rehab Landry's value, but he's still a bigger name than impact player. (UPDATE: Landry signed a four-year deal with the Colts.)
58) Louis Delmas, S, Detroit Lions: Injuries have sapped his explosiveness as a tackler and Delmas was never the most instinctive player in coverage. (UPDATE: Delmas has agreed to a two-year deal with the Lions).
60) Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: He's better than a few starters out there (like Christian Ponder) but would be better suited for a backup role for Christian Ponder. (UPDATE: Agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings)
61) Matt Shaughnessy, DE, Oakland Raiders: Once wildly underrated, Shaughnessy has lost two seasons to injury and ineffectiveness. He could prove to be a nice bargain. (UPDATE: Signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.)
62) Israel Idonije, DE, Chicago Bears: Idonije offers quality veteran snaps for a low price.
63) Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals: The disappointing first-round pick could still help a team looking for a short-yardage back.
64) Rey Maualuga, ILB, Cincinnati Bengals: Coach Marvin Lewis told Around The League he wanted Maualuga back, but at what price? The USC product has never quite stepped up to leadership status. (UPDATE: Re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals)
65) Daryl Smith, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars: One of the most underrated linebackers of his era, Smith is coming off major injury.
69) Shane Lechler, P, Oakland Raiders: The best punter of his era picked a bad time to have a down season. Lechler, 36, should remain in the league. (UPDATE: Lechler signed a contract with the Houston Texans.)
70) Erin Henderson, LB, Minnesota Vikings: Two-down linebackers don't get paid much, but Henderson should be able to help a team stop the run. (UPDATE: Henderson agreed in principle on a two-year contract to remain with the Vikings.)
72) Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots: It wouldn't be a surprise if he returned to New England.
75) Sedrick Ellis, DT, New Orleans Saints: The former No. 7 overall pick has shown flashes, but has quietly been one of the bigger busts of the last five years.
76) Cullen Jenkins, DT, Philadelphia Eagles: He can still help teams in a rotation. A return to Green Bay makes some sense. (UPDATE: Jenkins signed with the Giants on Sunday, NFL.com's Kimberly Jones reported.)
81) Brad Jones, LB, Green Bay Packers: Jones proved last year he can play inside. He makes a perfect reserve linebacker who can start at multiple positions when necessary. (UPDATE: The Packers brought back Jones)
Just missed the cut: Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Victor Butler, LB, Dallas Cowboys (UPDATE: Agreed to contract with Saints); Kerry Rhodes, S, Arizona Cardinals; Michael Boley, LB, New York Giants; Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders (UPDATE: Agreed to contract with Colts); DeAngelo Hall, CB, Washington Redskins (UPDATE: Agreed to contract with Redskins); Antwan Barnes, LB, San Diego Chargers; Shaun Phillips, OLB, San Diego Chargers; LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Arizona Cardinals; Dawan Landry, S, Jacksonville Jaguars; Ronde Barber, CB/S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Nick Barnett, LB, Buffalo Bills; Kevin Walter, WR, Houston Texans; Jason Campbell, QB, Chicago Bears; Takeo Spikes, LB, San Diego Chargers Tracy Porter, CB, Denver Broncos; Cedric Benson, RB, Green Bay Packers; Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders (UPDATE: Agreed to deal with Giants).
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