*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
Tier 3: Starters with questions
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 Dolphinsplaced the transition tag on him, meaning they can match any offer sheet he signs elsewhere.