NFL free agency is underway, and many of the best players already have been taken off the market. The top four players on our original Top 99 free agents received the franchise tag, and seven of our initial top 12 also were tagged. There has never been this much salary-cap room for teams.
We'll continue to update our top 99 free agents below as players get released and remove players as they sign. The rankings are based on answering one simple question: Which player would we want to sign most?
UPDATE: Jackson signed a six-year contract with the Jaguars. Per Rapoport, the deal is worth $90 million with $42 million in guarantees.
UPDATE: Smith has agreed to terms with the Raiders on a four-year, $40 million deal ($20 million guaranteed), per Getlin and Rapoport.
UPDATE: Okung has signed a five-year deal worth $12 million per season with the Denver Broncos, a source told Rapoport.
19. Alex Mack, Cleveland Browns center: Two years removed from signing an offer sheet with the Jaguars after being transition tagged, Mack is back on the market after voiding his contract with the Browns. He passed up $8 million with Cleveland, so it's safe to say he'll make more than that despite coming off a down year at age 30.
Starters with questions
UPDATE: Long agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots, a source informed of his thinking told Rapoport.
UPDATE: Ayers agreed to a three-year deal with the Bucs worth $21 million with $10 million guaranteed, Rapoport reports.
UPDATE: Gipson signed a five-year, $35.5 million deal with the Jaguars, sources told Rapoport and Getlin.
45. Aldon Smith, Oakland Raiders pass rusher: He is suspended until at least the middle of November and it's possible he won't be reinstated (or signed) until 2017. With all that said, Smith is eligible to sign with a new team and represents a rare top-10 pass rusher talent available at a reduced price. Someone will give him a third chance.
UPDATE: Raji said in a statement he is taking a hiatus from the NFL and will not play during the 2016 season.
UPDATE: Getlin reported that Johnson has agreed to terms with the Titans on a one-year deal, per a source informed of the move.
Needs the right role
UPDATE: Daniel is joining his old offensive coordinator, Doug Pederson, in Philly. Daniel and the Eagles have agreed to a deal.
UPDATE: Thornton signed a four-year deal with the Cowboys. His deal is worth $18 million, a source informed told Rapoport.
UPDATE: Kearse agreed to terms on a re-signing with the Seahawks on a three-year deal, Rapoport reports.
UPDATE: Galette has agreed to a one-year deal with the Redskins that could be worth up to $4.1 million, a source informed of the deal told NFL Media's Albert Breer.
73. William Hayes, Los Angeles Rams defensive end: Hayes has been one of the premier rotational defensive ends of the past half-decade. As a Jeff Fisher favorite going back to their time together in Tennessee, he's a good bet to re-sign with the Rams as Chris Long's replacement in the starting lineup.
UPDATE: The Lions are re-signing Whitehead to a two-year deal worth more than $8 million, Rapoport reports.
UPDATED: Grimes agreed to terms with the Bucs on two-year deal worth $16.5 million, Getlin reports.
91. Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver: Quick might have been the most physically gifted wideout on the Rams' roster, but he lost the majority of the past two seasons to a severe shoulder injury. Given the Rams' history of failing to develop wide receivers, he's an interesting flier for teams seeking a size/speed reclamation project.
93. Zach Miller, Chicago Bears tight end: A quarterback at Nebraska-Omaha, Miller has always been among the league's most athletic receiving tight ends. He just couldn't the injury bug since entering the league with the Jaguars all the way back in 2009. That changed in the second half of last season, when he emerged as a reliable playmaker for Jay Cutler.
UPDATE: Miller has agreed to a two-year deal with the Bears worth $6 million, a source told Rapoport.
98. Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals running back: A more patient and physical Johnson was second in the league in rushing before hitting the wall in November. David Johnson's emergence as one of the NFL's best backs suggests Chris' initial success may have been a byproduct of Arizona's pick-your-poison offense.