Need a pass rusher, running back or top-level wide receiver? This is a great free agency period for your team. Just don't expect to find a quarterback, safety or offensive tackle.
Ranked below are our top 101 unrestricted free agents. We have removed all the potential free agents that have since received the franchise tag. We also keep removing players like Devin McCourty that re-signed with their own team. Keep checking our list because salary cap casualties 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
1. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions: Outside of quarterbacks and the two unanimous All-Pros (J.J. Watt, Rob Gronkowski), Suh and Odell Beckham are the two unique talents around whom we would most like to build a franchise. A double-team defeater against the run as well as the pass, Suh is on a Hall-of-Fame career path. He appears headed for Miami when free agency starts.
2. Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos: The two-time Pro Bowl selection isn't much of a blocker and has struggled with ankle injuries in multiple seasons. Those concerns are trumped by a rare skill set as a mismatch creating space in the middle of the field, excelling after the catch and posting up in the red zone. Thomas is a difference-making talent in the prime of his career.
3. DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Murray was a tackle-breaking monster for the first three months of the season en route to Offensive Player of the Year honors. The No. 1 concern for potential suitors isn't the benefit of the Cowboys' dominant offensive line. It's that Murray was saddled up for a back-breaking 497 touches. He wasn't as elusive in December and January.
Tier 2: Impact Starters
4. Mike Iupati, G, San Francisco 49ers: He has been among the best maulers in the run game at guard in the entire league throughout his career. But Iupati is not great in pass protection and isn't coming off his best season.
5. Greg Hardy, DE, Carolina Panthers: Hardy is not available to be signed until he comes off the Commissioner's Exempt List, and he could be facing further suspension. But his talent, production and age are worth ranking in the top five here. Someone will give him a chance.
6. Byron Maxwell, CB, Seattle Seahawks: He's the best option in a relatively thin cornerback crop. That makes him a candidate to be overpaid, but he'd fit well with former Seahawks assistants Gus Bradley or Dan Quinn.
7. Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Speed kills. Smith has averaged nearly 17 yards per catch for his career and regularly draws long pass interference penalties. Just don't expect him to be a true No. 1 receiver.
14. Terrance Knighton, DT, Denver Broncos: One of the NFL's premier run-stuffers, Knighton has played for new Raiders coach Jack Del Rio in every one of his six seasons. He's a better scheme fit in Oakland than Denver.
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15. Rodney Hudson, C, Kansas City Chiefs: There are whispers that Hudson's goal is to become the NFL's highest-paid center. We aren't quite as high on him as we were on Alex Mack last year. Hudson looks headed to Oakland.
Tier 3: Starters with questions
16. Derrick Morgan, DE, Tennessee Titans: Much like Graham, Morgan gets more pressures than sacks. He's also best utilized as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. He went to college in Atlanta. It's no secret that the Falcons' top need is pass rusher.
17. Brian Orakpo, OLB, Washington Redskins: Prior to getting hit with the franchise tag early last March, Orakpo held down a top-10 spot on our list -- only to go down with his third career torn pectoral injury. The Falcons were reportedly hot on his trail at this time in 2014.
18. Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Crabtree denied playing through a foot injury last season, but the game film suggests otherwise. Any team signing him will have to hope he can recover the impressive pre-Achilles tear form that helped propel the 49ers into Super Bowl XLVII.
19. Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers: While injury prone, Mathews is one of the hardest-running early-down backs in the league. He's a perfect player to pair with a pass-catching back in the draft.
20. Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans: We think AJ has more left in the tank than Steve Smith did when he left Carolina last season. Smith turned out to be a solid free agent value, and Johnson could be even better as a No. 2 option.
21. C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills: Chris Wesseling wanted to rank Spiller much higher, but "peak Spiller" has only come out once in five seasons. He's a great complementary part, not a foundation to build around.
22. Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins: More of a versatile H-back than a big-bodied tight end, Clay is reportedly seeking $6 million annually. The Dolphins want to keep him, but they'll have competition from the Bills and others. Clay is not technically a free agent because the Dolphins placed the transition tag on him, meaning they can match any offer sheet he signs elsewhere.
24. Orlando Franklin, G/T, Denver Broncos: He excelled as a guard last season, and Franklin's versatility to help out at right tackle will earn him money in a thin offensive line market. He's expected to land in San Diego.
25. Chris Culliver, CB, San Francisco 49ers: He hasn't been the most consistent player throughout his career and he previously suffered a torn ACL, but Culliver has loads of talent. He's coming off a strong season and has a high ceiling.
27. Dan Williams, NT, Arizona Cardinals: Williams has improved every season since getting taken in the first round during the Whisenhunt/Graves era. There are way more 3-4 defenses in the NFL than there are true nose tackles like Williams.
29. Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers: The Inconvenient Truth can still block, catch and turn a 1-yard stuff into a 4-yard gain like a boss. He's a nice veteran short-term pickup for a team seeking a title like Philadelphia.
31. Trent Cole, DE/OLB, Philadelphia Eagles: Cole, 32, hasn't topped eight sacks since 2011, but was still bringing the heat via hits and hurries last season. He's a better fit as a 4-3 defensive end.
33. Davon House, CB, Green Bay Packers: House is seeking a starting job after four years as a sub-package corner in Green Bay. Don't be surprised if the Packers re-sign him and allow Tramon Williams to walk.
39. Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Atlanta Falcons: Weatherspoon was the Falcons' top defender before Lisfranc, knee and Achilles injuries limited him to 20 of a possible 48 games over the last three seasons.
40. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Similar to Miles Austin a few years back, Shorts is a strong after-the-catch threat whose explosiveness has been sapped by lingering soft-tissue injuries. Word around the campfire is that he is interested in a Cleveland homecoming.
44. Perrish Cox, CB, San Francisco 49ers: Something is in the water in San Francisco, where the 49ers have coached up a lot of cornerbacks to career years. Cox played like a Pro Bowl pick for much of last season.
47. Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: Accuracy and durability are issues, but Locker has a higher ceiling than any of the other quarterback options in free agency. At best, he should compete to start.
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Tier 4: Needs the right role
55. Buster Skrine, CB, Cleveland Browns: Playing opposite Joe Haden, Skrine has been targeted more than any cornerback in the league over the past two years. At 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, he might be viewed as an inside corner on the open market.
57. Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns: If the goal is to hold the fort for a raw rookie, teams could do a lot worse than Hoyer. If the goal is to contend for the playoffs with Hoyer under center, his limitations will be exposed -- just as they were down the stretch last season.
67. Mike Adams, S, Indianapolis Colts: Adams exceeded expectations as a late-period free-agent signing, solidifying the back end of the Colts' defense. Will there be much interest in a 34-year-old safety?
69. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Nicks regained a semblance of his playmaking form down the stretch last season, but the Colts didn't think highly enough of him to bench an obviously struggling Reggie Wayne.
71. Tyvon Branch, S, Oakland Raiders: Branch was a quality starter in his prime, but severe lower-leg injuries have limited him to just five of 32 games over the past two years. We don't know how he will bounce back at age 28.
75. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Bradshaw is effective whenever he plays. Unfortunately, that seems to be roughly a half-dozen times per year. One of the most hard-charging backs in the league has been betrayed by his lower legs.
77. Adrian Clayborn, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The No. 20 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft ended up playing just 36 games in four years with the Bucs. Even when healthy, Clayborn hasn't been disruptive as a pass rusher.
79. Charles Tillman, CB, Chicago Bears: Former coach Marc Trestman believed that Tillman was playing at a Pro Bowl level early last season. On the other hand, Tillman is a 34-year-old cornerback coming off a second torn triceps injury.
80. Lance Briggs, LB, Chicago Bears: The seven-time Pro Bowl selection isn't going to hang with tight ends in coverage in his mid-thirties, but he can still provide solid run defense with a move inside if the Bears opt to bring him back for a 13th season.