NFL free agency is open! Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling have combined forces (and their own personal rankings) to come up with NFL.com's Top 101 Free Agents. These are the best players -- across all positions -- to hit the open market in 2017.
We'll continue to update our Top 101 Free Agents below, removing the listed players who are signed and adding certain guys who get released. The rankings are based on answering one simple question: Which player would we want to sign most?
1) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears wide receiver: Despite injury concerns, a PED suspension and a somewhat incomplete skill set, Jeffery could become the highest-paid receiver in football. No. 1 receivers with an uncanny ability to come down with 50-50 balls don't become available often in their prime.
2) Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals defensive end: There's no other player quite like Campbell, as thoughtful and savvy as he is physically overwhelming at 6-foot-8, 300 pounds. Still only 30 years old and able to play in any system, he would make a great "get over the hump" piece for a team looking for a title.
UPDATE:Hightower is staying with the Patriots, signing a four-year deal worth $43.5 million (with $19 million guaranteed), Rapoport reported.
5) A.J. Bouye, Houston Texans cornerback: No NFL player raised his value more in 2016 than Bouye, who started the season as Houston's fourth cornerback and finished as a Pro Bowl-caliber starter on the league's stingiest total defense. He will emerge from the shadows to become a household name once he gets a mega contract.
8) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings running back: Peterson is free agency's Rorschach test. He has played in just 20 games in the past three years, but he's bringing fresh legs and extra motivation to his next team. He eked out 1.9 yards per carry last year, but can the 2015 NFL rushing leader be blamed for a microscopic sample size and a pathetic offensive line? On the wrong side of age 30, he's still an obvious candidate for the best age-32 season in history.
UPDATE:Jackson has agreed to a three-year, $33.5 million deal (including $20 million in guarantees) with the Buccaneers, according to Rapoport.
UPDATE:Hyde is signing with the Bills on a five-year deal worth $30 million (with $14 million guaranteed), Rapoport reported.
30) Nick Fairley, New Orleans Saints defensive tackle: A prime example of Bill Parcells' planet theory, Fairley is one of the few humans alive capable of exploding through offensive lines with freakish power and speed at 6-foot-4 and more than 300 pounds. He did an excellent job of rebuilding his value last season.
32) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers running back: The good news: Lacy averaged a career-high 5.07 yards per carry in a small sample size of work before a season-ending ankle surgery. The bad news: Through a series of weight fluctuations, his footwork has not returned to the preternaturally nimble form that sparked his success in 2013 and '14.
36) Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback: Glennon was close to a league-average starting quarterback in his first two NFL seasons, which is especially impressive considering his coordinators were Mike Sullivan, Jeff Tedford and Marcus Arroyo. Glennon represents an intriguing blend of youth, experience and accuracy.
42) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs running back: Battling lingering knee problems, Charles has managed just 404 yards on 83 carries over the past two seasons. He boasted difference-making talent in his prime, but will have to accept a one-year, incentive-laden contract to prove he can still play at a Pro Bowl level at age 30.
UPDATE:Branch is headed back to Miami on a long-term deal, per Rapoport.
UPDATE:Alexander agreed on a two-year deal to remain with Buffalo.
72) Rex Burkhead, Cincinnati Bengals running back: A bit of a factor back/slot receiver hybrid, Burkhead outplayed Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill in Cincinnati's backfield last season. His game is well-suited to today's offenses, where spread looks proliferate. He could be sneaky effective on the right team.
73) Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears quarterback: Taking over for an injured Jay Cutler, Hoyer reeled off four consecutive 300-yard performances before going down with a season-ending arm injury in late October. The ideal backup, he can move an offense with more proficiency than many starters, only to have his limitations come to the forefront when he's overexposed.
UPDATE: Munnerlyn is headed back to Carolina, where he began his career.
UPDATE:Smith is signing a five-year, $26.5 million deal (with $13 million guaranteed) with the 49ers, Garafolo reported.
UPDATE:*Klug has agreed to terms to return to Tennessee, the team announced. *
UPDATE:Butler is returning to the Colts on a one-year deal with a maximum value of $4.5 million, per Rapoport.