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Who's out there? Mason's top 100 non-Broncos free agents, version 2.0

There were a few cuts and bypassed options, but last week was a relatively quiet one on the free-agent front. As of Presidents Day, no teams had designated any franchise or transition players, leading to little movement in the top 100 free agents.

  1. RB Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh
    1. G Kevin Zeitler, Cincinnati
    2. CB Malcolm Butler, New England (RFA)
    3. Edge rusher Melvin Ingram, L.A. Chargers
    4. S Eric Berry, Kansas City
    5. DL Calais Campbell, Arizona


Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said on a Phoenix-area radio appearance last week that the team has had "great dialogue" with Jones in working on a potential long-term deal, making it clear that Jones appears to be their top retention priority, despite the presence of Campbell and safety Tony Jefferson among the year's top free agents.

  1. DL Kawann Short, Carolina
    1. QB Kirk Cousins, Washington


Whitworth told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday that he has been talking with the Bengals and hopes to work out a long-term deal. Whitworth holds plenty of cards as he approaches free agency; even though he's 35, he's at his career peak and is by far the best left tackle expected to hit the market.

Andrew Mason continues his look at free agency by running through the best options at tight end when the market opens in a few weeks. (Photos by AP)

  1. G T.J. Lang, Green Bay
    1. CB A.J. Bouye, Houston
    2. TE Martellus Bennett, New England
    3. WR Pierre Garçon, Washington
    4. G Larry Warford, Detroit
    5. NT Brandon Williams, Baltimore
    6. WR Alshon Jeffery, Chicago
    7. S John Cyprien, Jacksonville
    8. Edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants
    9. NT Dontari Poe, Kansas City


Giving him the franchise tag could be a possibility, but the cost would be prohibitive, since he was franchised last year, which would give him a cap value of 20 percent over the $13.952-million franchise-tag deal he had for 2016.

  1. WR DeSean Jackson, Washington
    1. CB Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo
    2. S Tony Jefferson, Arizona
    3. LB Dont'a Hightower, New England
    4. S Barry Church, Dallas
    5. RT Ricky Wagner, Baltimore
    6. CB Logan Ryan, New England
    7. WR Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland
    8. G Ronald Leary, Dallas
    9. OLB Nick Perry, Green Bay
    10. CB Morris Claiborne, Dallas
    11. G Andrew Norwell, Carolina (RFA)
    12. CB Prince Amukamara, Jacksonville


Take a look at Andrew Mason's top options at running back and fullback for when free agency begins in a few short weeks. (Photos by AP)


Addison's breakthrough came under Sean McDermott, now the head coach in Buffalo, so it will be interesting to see whether the Bills attempt to pursue Addison. What could preclude that is the Bills' more pressing needs in other areas; the Bills had the league's fourth-best sack rate last year (one every 14.1 pass plays).

  1. CB Dre' Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati
    1. DT Dominique Easley, L.A. Rams
    2. S Jahleel Addae, L.A. Chargers
    3. FB Kyle Jusczyk, Baltimore
    4. C J.C. Tretter, Green Bay
    5. S D.J. Swearinger, Arizona
    6. ILB Zach Brown, Buffalo
    7. ILB Kiko Alonso, Miami (RFA)
    8. CB Terence Newman, Minnesota
    9. S T.J. McDonald, L.A. Rams
    10. Edge rusher Julius Peppers, Green Bay
    11. CB Ross Cockrell, Pittsburgh (RFA)
    12. Edge rusher Charles Johnson, Carolina
    13. Edge rusher James Harrison, Pittsburgh
    14. RB Eddie Lacy, Green Bay
    15. NT Chris Baker, Washington


Who will be the best receivers on the market during the 2017 NFL free agency? Andrew Mason gives you his overview. (AP Images)


It's all about the tender for Thielen, who told *The* (Minneapolis) *Star Tribune* last week that he hoped to sign a long-term extension -- if the offer is "in our ballpark."

  1. Edge rusher Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo
    1. ILB Perry Riley, Oakland
    2. S Bradley McDougald, Tampa Bay
    3. TE Jared Cook, Green Bay
    4. S Quintin Demps, Houston
    5. C A.Q. Shipley, Arizona
    6. S Mike Adams, Indianapolis
    7. DT Alan Branch, New England
    8. ILB Gerald Hodges, San Francisco


A report in the New Orleans Advocate last week says that Fairley and the Saints would like work out a deal. But with myriad defensive needs, can the team afford to use 20 percent of more of its expected cap space on Fairley?

  1. DT Johnathan Hankins, N.Y. Giants
    1. CB Captain Munnerlyn, Minnesota
    2. CB Darius Butler, Indianapolis
    3. C Joe Hawley, Tampa Bay
    4. Edge rusher Jabaal Sheard, New England
    5. CB DeShawn Shead, Seattle (RFA)
    6. S J.J. Wilcox, Dallas
    7. RB Latavius Murray, Oakland
    8. G Jahri Evans, New Orleans


His agent, David Canter, tweeted Monday that the Jaguars would release him. His two seasons in Jacksonville were frustrating, with an elbow injury limiting him to just six games in 2016. When healthy, he's a good interior compliment to an elite edge rusher, as he showed in Miami working with Cameron Wake.

  1. TE Jack Doyle, Indianapolis
    1. G Stefen Wisniewski, Philadelphia


The 310-pound Mitchell played 48.8 percent of Miami's defensive snaps last year after returning from a calf injury that forced him onto injured reserve. He played under Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar in Houston from 2010-13, working in a rotational role before becoming a full-time starter in his final season there. The interior pressure Mitchell provides -- 13 hurries in 10 games last year, according to -- is particularly helpful. According to an report, the Broncos are one of four teams Mitchell is expected to visit this week, along with Seattle, Atlanta and San Francisco.

Andrew Mason ranks the top 20 free-agent quarterbacks who may hit the market when the signing period begins. (Photos by AP)

  1. G Luke Joeckel, Jacksonville
    1. ILB Kevin Minter, Arizona
    2. WR Dontrelle Inman, L.A. Chargers (RFA)
    3. ILB Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh
    4. WR Kenny Britt, L.A. Rams
    5. WR Kendall Wright, Tennessee
    6. RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay
    7. QB Brian Hoyer, Chicago
    8. G Riley Reiff, Detroit
    9. S Micah Hyde, Green Bay
    10. WR Kenny Stills, Miami
    11. RB LeGarrette Blount, New England
    12. WR Jeremy Kerley, San Francisco
    13. WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
    14. Edge rusher Datone Jones, Green Bay
    15. WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland
    16. TE Jordan Cameron, Miami
    17. WR Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati
    18. G/T Austin Pasztor, Cleveland
    19. G John Jerry, N.Y. Giants
    20. WR Anquan Boldin, Detroit


According to an report, the Jets declined to pick up their option on his contract, but injuries have caught up to the two-time All-Pro and longtime Broncos stalwart. Clady played just 28 of a possible 71 games (including playoffs) the last four seasons.

  1. Edge rusher Andre Branch, Miami
    1. FB James Develin, New England
    2. CB Leodis McKelvin, ex-Philadelphia


  1. WR Michael Floyd, New England
    1. CB Sam Shields, ex-Green Bay
    2. OT Sebastian Vollmer, New England
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