Like this draft class, the 2014 free-agent crop is deep and talented. Teams looking for a defensive lineman or cornerback are especially in luck.
Ranked below are our top 101 unrestricted free agents. Players designated with the franchise tag have been removed. Keep checking our list because salary cap casualities could be added before free agency starts. Based on who's available, these are the players we'd want to sign:
TIER 1: Difference-makers
TIER 2: Impact starters
2) Eugene Monroe, OT, Baltimore Ravens: Of all the offensive linemen available, Monroe offers the best mix of age, talent and demonstrated production in both the running and the passing game.
3) Michael Johnson, DE, Cincinnati Bengals: Johnson's sacks took a dip in 2013, but disruption still counts as production. In addition to providing stout run defense, Johnson was among the leading defensive ends in batted passes and quarter hurries.
4) Alex Mack, C, Cleveland Browns: Considering age, pedigree and effectiveness in both the pass and run games, there's no center we would rather have. (UPDATE: The Browns placed the transition tag on Mack on Monday.)
5) Lamarr Houston, DE, Oakland Raiders: Houston is hardly a household name, but he's a young, scheme-versatile lineman capable of pushing the pocket and stopping the run. That's a rare NFL commodity.
6) Jared Veldheer, OT, Oakland Raiders: Measuring in at a towering 6-foot-8, Veldheer is athletic enough that he was tried at center early in his career. With a projected $65 million in cap space, the Raiders have no excuse for letting him get away.
7) Branden Albert, OT, Kansas City Chiefs: Albert isn't a strong run blocker, but he's been an elite pass protector for years. The Chiefs don't pay him, the Cardinals and Dolphins will be happy to oblige.
9) Michael Bennett, DE, Seattle Seahawks: He's been one of the most underrated and underpaid pass rushers in the NFL for the last two years. That should end in March.
10) Aqib Talib, CB, New England Patriots: Some off-field questions remain, but he's one of the most physical man coverage cornerbacks in football. A return to New England would not be a surprise.
11) T.J. Ward, S, Cleveland Browns: Ward is better as an extra linebacker in the box than in coverage.
12) Brent Grimes, CB, Miami Dolphins: Undersized and over 30 years old, Grimes might not break the bank compared to his younger cornerback counterparts. However, he's one of the very best at his position. (UPDATE: The Dolphins announced they have signed Grimes to a new contact.)
14) Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos: The worst-case scenario for Decker is that he's a true No. 2 receiver that will be overpaid as a No. 1. There's no question he's a young, quality starter.
15) Jason Worilds, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Finally trusted with a starting job, Worilds racked up seven sacks and 20 quarterback hits in the final eight games of the 2013 season. Was that a career turnaround or a contract push? (UPDATE: Worilds was given the transition tag by the Steelers, and quickly signed it.)
16) Jason Hatcher, DT, Dallas Cowboys: Age (32) is a big concern, but Hatcher was as disruptive as nearly any interior defensive lineman in the league last season. He's a better pass rusher than run defender.
17) Henry Melton, DT, Chicago Bears: A year ago, he could have been No. 1 on this list. So why not swing for the fences for a young player that has displayed top-five talent at his position? (Even if he's coming off a torn ACL.)
18) B.J. Raji, DT, Green Bay Packers: Raji is a candidate to be overpaid based on his name value. Yet there's no denying he's in his prime and has shown ability to be a plus starter if motivated.
19) Everson Griffen, DE, Minnesota Vikings: Though never a starter, Griffen has flashed dominant pass-rushing ability as a highly athletic and versatile nickel-package specialist.
21) Randy Starks, DT, Miami Dolphins: Starks is everything Raji is billed to be, but he's now on the wrong side of age 30.
22) Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants: On the list of players responsible for the Giants' Super Bowl XLVI trophy, Nicks ranks no lower than third. That said, his playmaking has all but vanished over the past two seasons. Can he regain it or have chronic lower-leg injuries stalled his career?
23) Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers: Finley is a major injury risk after undergoing cervical fusion surgery. Would you rather roll the dice on a difference-maker's best-case scenario or go the safe route in Dennis Pitta? You have our answer.
24) Linval Joseph, DT, New York Giants: The 2010 second-rounder is a young, improving run-plugger capable of pushing the pocket from the interior.
TIER 3: Starters with questions
25) Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Maclin is still talking to the Eagles, but he would be better off on a one-year, make-good deal in Denver or Detroit now that Riley Cooper has re-signed. (UPDATE: Maclin agreed to terms with the Eagles.)
26) Donald Butler, LB, San Diego Chargers: Still just 25 years old and just a notch below Pro Bowl-caliber, Butler is the Chargers' top offseason priority as one of the few nucleus players on defense. (UPDATE: Butler agreed to terms with the Chargers.)
28) Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens: He might not truly be a top-100 NFL player, but he's a quality pair of hands that Joe Flacco trusts. He's not going anywhere. (UPDATE: Pitta agreed to terms with the Ravens.)
29) Brandon Spikes, LB, New England Patriots: Spikes plays just two downs, but he makes an impact on those snaps as one of the league's most ferocious run-stoppers.
30) Jared Allen, DE, Minnesota Vikings: Don't discount Allen's endurance. He's not the pass rusher he once was, but he can still credibly play more snaps than practically any other player.
31) Arthur Jones, DE, Baltimore Ravens: The oldest of the Jones brood that includes UFC's Jon "Bones" and Patriots sack artist Chandler, Arthur is about to get paid as a run-stopping defensive end capable of disrupting the passing game.
32) Michael Vick, QB Philadelphia Eagles: Vick might be entering the stage of his career where he's just good enough to get you beat. (And he's still an upgrade on many starters out there.)
33) Paul Soliai, NT, Miami Dolphins: There aren't many humans on the planet built like him. He's a one-person solution to your run defense problems.
34) Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks: A destitute man's Hines Ward, Tate is a demon as a blocker and with the ball in his hands after the catch. His numbers have been artificially deflated in the NFL's run-heaviest offense.
35) Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans: Tate is a strong one-cut runner that doesn't excel in the passing game. He has the most promise in a weak crop of free-agent backs.
36) Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints: It wasn't long ago that Jenkins was viewed as one of the league's brightest young safeties.
37) Walter Thurmond, CB Seattle Seahawks: Nickel back is a starting job in today's NFL. And there aren't many better at it than Thurmond, who could be an intriguing choice for current Jaguars coach -- and former Seahawks defensive coordinator -- Gus Bradley.
38) Karlos Dansby, LB Arizona Cardinals: It's hard to imagine Dansby replicating his success in most systems, but he was positively electric in Arizona last year.
39) Justin Tuck, DE, New York Giants: After two straight down years, Tuck was strong against the run and rushing the passer in 2013. Don't be surprised if he leaves New York.
41) Rodger Saffold, OL, St. Louis Rams: Saffold is a capable blocker at both tackle and guard. What he can't do is stay healthy.
42) Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Similar to Reggie Wayne two offseasons ago, Boldin likely will have to settle for a three-year deal worth $5 to 6 million per. (UPDATE: Boldin struck a deal Monday to stay with the 49ers.)
43) Anthony Collins, OT, Cincinnati Bengals: Perhaps the NFL's premier swing tackle over the past half-decade, Collins has flashed plus pass protection every time he's gotten a shot at extended playing time.
44) Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers: Will all of those bone-jarring hits catch up to Whitner as he enters his ninth season?
45) Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: Underrated as an athlete and playmaker, Edelman is an injury-prone role player whose career year was largely the result of filling the vacuum left by better talents in New England. If you weren't willing to pay him last year, why break the bank now?
46) Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders: Can he duplicate Reggie Bush's success in a greener pasture? McFadden can't be relied upon for 16 games, but at least one team will be tempted to help him recapture 2010 to 2011 form when he was one of the most effective per-play backs in the NFL.
47) D'Qwell Jackson, LB, Cleveland Browns: Jackson is a plug-and-play starter on the inside that will add leadership to any team he joins. (UPDATE: Jackson agreed to a four-year, $22 million contract with the Colts on Thursday; deal includes $11 million in guaranteed money.)
49) James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers: Jones is a smart, tough receiver that is dynamic after the catch. He could be a bargain despite his inconsistent hands.
50) Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: He's craftier than explosive. That might cause teams to see him as a slot receiver. New England showed interest last year.
51) Antoine Bethea, S, Indianapolis Colts: There aren't many safeties that are good in coverage who make it to the market. Bethea's pricetag could be significant.
52) Captain Munnerlyn, CB, Carolina Panthers: Munnerlyn can't handle bigger receivers one-on-one on the outside, but he turns in as many big plays as any cornerback in the league.
53) Michael Oher, OT, Baltimore Ravens: The anticlimactic ending for "The Blind Side 2" would include Oher winding up as a mid-level NFL free agent. He's a backup option to the top tackles available.
54) Tyson Jackson, DE, Kansas City Chiefs: He wasn't worth the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, but Jackson has developed into an excellent run-stopping 3-4 defensive end. There aren't a ton of guys quite like him.
55) Willie Young, DE, Detroit Lions: Young pass rushers that have shown flashes of excellence are candidates to get big money on the open market.
56) Pat Sims, DT Oakland Raiders: There are games he completely blows up the opposing offensive line, and games he disappears quietly.
57) Tarell Brown, CB, San Francisco 49ers: Brown is probably no better than an average NFL starter. That's still worth plenty.
58) Daryl Smith, LB, Baltimore Ravens: Smith quickly made everyone forget about Ray Lewis with a nice mix of big playmaking and smarts.
59) Jon Asamoah, G, Kansas City Chiefs: The 2010 third-round draft pick always was a solid starter until he was inexplicably benched for Geoff Schwartz down the stretch last season.
TIER 4: Effective in the right role
61) Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos: Coming off a career year, Moreno benefited from slack boxes provided by the threat of Peyton Manning's aerial attack. He was outplayed by Montee Ball during the Broncos' Super Bowl run. An injury risk prior to 2013, Moreno is ideally used as a tandem back.
62) Shaun Phillips, DE, Denver Broncos: He was surprisingly effective last season, but will be a target for a short-term deal because he turns 33 in May.
63) Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions: He became a punching bag in Detroit for his poor hands, yet he's a complete player that could start for most teams in the league.
64) LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots: Blount has never received high marks for fundamentals, but he was an unstoppable juggernaut for a few games in the Pats' makeshift power-based offense.
68) Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: The NFL's rushing leader in 2011, Jones-Drew is the latest example that change happens quickly in the NFL. He lost all semblance of big-play ability in his eighth season. How much of that was supporting cast?
69) Andre Roberts, WR, Arizona Cardinals: It's easy to forget he gained 759 yards through the air as a 24-year-old. Roberts is a fine rotation receiver.
70) Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders: A fine pickup to split up the workload as long as you don't pay him like a starter.
71) Charles Tillman, CB, Chicago Bears: The defense's answer to Jones-Drew, Tillman was alternately injured and ineffective one season after joining the discussion for Defensive Player of the Year. He appears to be toeing the cliff.
72) Sidney Rice, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Rice is still just 27 years old, but is coming off a torn ACL on top of concussion and hip injuries earlier in his career.
73) Anthony Spencer, DE/LB, Dallas Cowboys: Staring down the barrel of age 30 and coming off microfracture knee surgery is not an enviable position for a free agent. Take the money that's on the table while you still can.
74) Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Atlanta Falcons: With no hint of pass rushing ability, Babineaux has been one of the Falcons premier defenders the past few seasons. That speaks volumes about Atlanta's defensive shortcomings.
75) Chris Cook, CB, Minnesota Vikings: Cook will tempt teams with ideal size and plus athleticism, but he's had character issues and has been burned too often in coverage.
76) Josh McCown, QB, Chicago Bears: The journeyman outplayed Jay Cutler last season. If he could arrange for "quarterback whisperer" Marc Tresman to follow him in a package deal, McCown would make for a much more attractive stopgap option.
77) Antonio Smith, DE, Houston Texans: An excellent free-agent acquisition back in 2009, Smith has been a durable, scheme-versatile pass rusher. On the downside, he turns 33 years old early next season.
79) Perry Riley, LB, Washington Redskins: A nice bargain pickup candidate if he can improve his tackling.
80) Matt Cassel, QB, Minnesota Vikings: The quintessential "bridge" quarterback, Cassel can hold the line until a rookie is ready.
82) Clinton McDonald, DT, Seattle Seahawks: A key cog in Seattle's defensive line rotation, McDonald is an effective -- if undersized -- pass rusher.
83) Geoff Schwartz, OL, Kansas City Chiefs: A hulking road-grader, Schwartz bounced around the league as a swing lineman before taking Jon Asamoah's job down the stretch last season.
84) Brandon Browner, CB, Seattle Seahawks: Browner was coming off a subpar season even before the suspension announcement. At his size, he's a scheme-specific corner. Will Jaguars coach Gus Bradley be interested in a reunion?
88) Dustin Keller, TE, Miami Dolphins: Players come back from ACL injuries with little trouble these days, but Keller shredded and dislocated his knee last August. He's not guaranteed to be ready for Week 1.
89) Austin Howard, OT, New York Jets: Howard is no longer a liability as a pass protector. That doesn't mean he should be paid like a quality starter.
90) Wesley Woodyard, LB, Denver Broncos: One of the league's premier coverage linebackers in 2012, Woodyard was ill-suited to the middle linebacker role and fell out of favor during the Super Bowl run.
91) Garrett Graham, TE, Houston Texans: There is some untapped potential here as a catch-first tight end.
92) Alex Carrington, DE, Buffalo Bills: Big, scheme-versatile pass rushers aren't easy to find.
94) Asante Samuel, CB, Atlanta Falcons: He's a great candidate to get paid just $3-4 million and still start 16 games.
95) Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Wesseling believes Gerhart might wind up as a starter in 2014.
96) Kendrick Lewis, S, Kansas City Chiefs: A 25-year-old that has started 56 games with competence.
97) Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants: There's a good chance he'll be back with the G-Men.
100) Earl Mitchell, DT, Houston Texans: A 17-game starter over the past two seasons, Mitchell is better suited to a 4-3 scheme.
101) Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans: He looked like the worst player in the NFL at times last year. Watch the tape. Some team will try to turn his career around.