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Who's out there? Mason's top 100 non-Broncos free agents, version 1.0

Posted Feb 13, 2017

In fewer than four weeks, the new league year will begin, and with it, the 2017 free-agent signing period. Who are the best players set to hit the market?

Le'Veon Bell


How often is the best player at his position also available on the market? Bell is not just good, he's historically good -- he's the only player in NFL history to accumulate over 6,000 yards from scrimmage and average over 128 yards from scrimmage per game in his first four seasons.

2. G Kevin Zeitler, Cincinnati
3. CB Malcolm Butler, New England (RFA)
4. Edge rusher Melvin Ingram, L.A. Chargers
5. S Eric Berry, Kansas City
6. DL Calais Campbell, Arizona
7. Edge rusher Chandler Jones, Arizona
8. DL Kawann Short, Carolina
9. QB Kirk Cousins, Washington

Andrew Whitworth


Age is the only thing that keeps Whitworth from being higher, but in his mid-30s, the tenacious, smart left tackle is playing the best football of his career and could be a perfect final piece of the puzzle for a team built to win now.

11. G T.J. Lang, Green Bay
12. CB A.J. Bouye, Houston
13. TE Martellus Bennett, New England
14. WR Pierre Garçon, Washington
15. G Larry Warford, Detroit
16. NT Brandon Williams, Baltimore
17. WR Alshon Jeffery, Chicago
18. S John Cyprien, Jacksonville
19. Edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants

Dontari Poe


He's one of the rare three-down nose tackles in the NFL, but is coming off his worst season to date. Nose tackles of his size (346 pounds on a 6-foot-3 frame) typically have a steep drop-off in their late 20s, which could depress his market value.

21. CB Trumaine Johnson, L.A. Rams
22. WR DeSean Jackson, Washington
23. CB Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo
24. S Tony Jefferson, Arizona
25. ILB Dont'a Hightower, New England
26. S Barry Church, Dallas
27. RT Ricky Wagner, Baltimore
28. CB Logan Ryan, New England
29. WR Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland

Ronald Leary


It's not just about how well he played for Dallas -- it's how he responded in 2016 after recovering from a knee injury the previous year that resulted in him losing his starting spot to La'El Collins -- by playing the best football of his career once he got back into the lineup. He requested a trade after Collins took his spot, but didn't let his own frustrations create a locker-room rift, and then delivered when he got a second chance.

31. OLB Nick Perry, Green Bay
32. CB Morris Claiborne, Dallas
33. G Andrew Norwell, Carolina (RFA)
34. CB Prince Amukamara, Jacksonville
35. Edge rusher Mario Addison, Carolina
36. CB Dre' Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati
37. DT Dominique Easley, L.A. Rams
38. S Jahleel Addae, L.A. Chargers
39. FB Kyle Jusczyk, Baltimore

J.C. Tretter


When he plays, he's effective, but he has dealt with injuries throughout his career and missed nine regular-season games last year. He's one of the NFL's most versatile offensive linemen, having practiced at all five positions, but his injury history could mean a prove-it contract.

41. S D.J. Swearinger, Arizona
42. ILB Zach Brown, Buffalo
43. ILB Kiko Alonso, Miami (RFA)
44. CB Terence Newman, Minnesota
45. S T.J. McDonald, L.A. Rams
46. Edge rusher Julius Peppers, Green Bay
47. CB Ross Cockrell, Pittsburgh (RFA)
48. Edge rusher Charles Johnson, Carolina
49. Edge rusher James Harrison, Pittsburgh

Eddie Lacy


Ankle issues that forced him to injured reserve and past weight issues likely add up to a one- or two-year contract for Lacy, who is productive on a per-game and a per-carry basis and is not a liability in pass protection.

51. NT Chris Baker, Washington
52. WR Adam Thielen, Minnesota (RFA)
53. Edge rusher Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo
54. ILB Perry Riley, Oakland
55. S Bradley McDougald, Tampa Bay
56. TE Jared Cook, Green Bay
57. S Quintin Demps, Houston
58. C A.Q. Shipley, Arizona
59. S Mike Adams, Indianapolis

Alan Branch


At 32, he is playing the best football of his career. At 350 pounds, when the end of his playing career comes, it will come quick. Some team might give him a multi-year contract, but that might be too much of a risk at this point.

61. ILB Gerald Hodges, San Francisco
62. DT Nick Fairley, New Orleans
63. DT Johnathan Hankins, N.Y. Giants
64. CB Captain Munnerlyn, Minnesota
65. CB Darius Butler, Indianapolis
66. C Joe Hawley, Tampa Bay
67. Edge rusher Jabaal Sheard, New England
68. CB DeShawn Snead, Seattle (RFA)
69. S J.J. Wilcox, Dallas

Latavius Murray


The Broncos saw his explosiveness first-hand in Week 9 of the 2016 season, but he struggled down the stretch. Murray averaged just 2.8 yards per carry in the last two regular-season games and a playoff loss to Houston as Oakland's offense buckled and collapsed with defenses' attention focused on the Raiders' rushing game in the wake of Derek Carr's season-ending injury.

71. G Jahri Evans, New Orleans
72. TE Jack Doyle, Indianapolis
73. G Stefen Wisniewski, Philadelphia
74. G Luke Joeckel, Jacksonville
75. ILB Kevin Minter, Arizona
76. WR Dontrelle Inman, L.A. Chargers (RFA)
77. ILB Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh
78. WR Kenny Britt, L.A. Rams
79. WR Kendall Wright, Tennessee

Jacquizz Rodgers


The 5-foot-6 back went full Yoda on opponents -- i.e. "judge me not by my size" -- after stepping in because of injuries, with back-to-back 100-yard games for the Bucs in wins over the Panthers and 49ers that answered the question of whether he could be an every-down option.

81. QB Brian Hoyer, Chicago
82. G Riley Reiff, Detroit
83. S Micah Hyde, Green Bay
84. WR Kenny Stills, Miami
85. RB LeGarrette Blount, New England
86. WR Jeremy Kerley, San Francisco
87. WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
88. Edge rusher Datone Jones, Green Bay
89. WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland

Jordan Cameron


Given his concussion history, it's hard to imagine many teams would roll the dice on Cameron at this point.

91. WR Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati
92. G/T Austin Pasztor, Cleveland
93. G John Jerry, N.Y. Giants
94. WR Anquan Boldin, Detroit
95. Edge rusher Andre Branch, Miami
96. FB James Develin, New England
97. CB Leodis McKelvin, ex-Philadelphia
98. WR Michael Floyd, New England
99. CB Sam Shields, ex-Green Bay

Sebastian Vollmer


Injuries have caught up to him, and he spent the season on injured reserve. According to a report in the Boston Herald, Vollmer has "slimmed down considerably," a sign he "might be ready to retire."

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