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The Best Available 2013 NFL Free Agents

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 12, 2013

The Best Available 2013 NFL Free Agents

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    The 2013 NFL season began on March 12, when teams started officially signing free agents. 

    As the NFL draft draws near, there are still excellent players to be found and bargains to be made. 

    To satisfy your need to keep up to date on the best players available at every position, we've assembled a list of every top player still on the market.

Quarterbacks

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    This year's class of free-agent quarterbacks isn't loaded with players who have the potential to start.

    Most of these men are career backups or are in the twilight of their careers.

    That doesn't mean there isn't value to be had, though. Capable backups are oftentimes just as important to teams as a franchise quarterback, as the inherent violent nature of this game creates many instances when the main man goes down. 

    Here are the best quarterbacks available.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Record Last Year
    1 Byron Leftwich

    6'5"

    245 lbs.  10 24-26 Steelers
    2 Matt Leinart 6'5" 225 lbs. 6 8-10 Raiders
    3 Vince Young 6'5" 230 lbs. 6 31-19 FA
    4 John Skelton 6'6" 244 lbs. 3 8-9 Cardinals
    5 Charlie Batch 6'2" 220 lbs. 12 25-30 Steelers
    6 Trent Edwards 6'4" 231 lbs. 5 14-19 Eagles
    7 Tyler Thigpen 6'3" 235 lbs. 7 1-11 Bills
    8 Sage Rosenfels 6'4" 222 lbs. 7 6-6 FA
    9 A.J. Feeley 6'3"  225 lbs. 6 8-10 Rams
    10 Jamarcus Russell 6'6" 280 lbs. 3 7-18 FA
    11 Donovan McNabb 6'2" 240 lbs. 13 98-62-1 FA
    12 Tim Tebow 6'2" 236 lbs. 3 8-6 Jets
    13 Troy Smith 6'0" 225 lbs. 4 4-4 FA
    14 Chris Redman 6'3" 223 lbs. 8 4-8 FA
    15 John Beck 6'2" 215 lbs. 2 0-7 FA
    16Brian Hoyer6'2"215 lbs.40-1Cardinals
    17 Jordan Palmer 6'5" 232 lbs. 3 0-0 Jaguars
    18 J.P. Losman 6'3" 220 lbs. 7 10-23 FA
    19 Kevin O'Connell 6'5" 225 lbs. 2 0-0 FA

Running Backs

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    There's a deep crop of running backs hitting the open market this season. 

    As the NFL becomes more of a passing league, the value of running backs has slightly declined. And because the draft is always full of backs who can step in and produce, it's rare to see a veteran pull in a monster contract as a free agent anymore.

    Here are the top running backs available.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year
    1 Ahmad Bradshaw 5'11" 195 lbs. 6 Giants
    2 Michael Turner  5'10" 237 lbs.  9 Falcons 
    3 Cedric Benson 5'11" 222 lbs. 8 Packers
    4 Beanie Wells 6'2" 229 lbs. 4 Cardinals
    5 Peyton Hillis 6'1" 240 lbs. 5 Chiefs
    6 Brandon Jacobs 6'4" 256 lbs. 8 49ers
    7 Tim Hightower 6'0" 226 lbs. 4 Redskins
    8 Javon Ringer 5'9" 200 lbs. 4 Titans
    9 Kevin Smith 6'0" 210 lbs. 5 Lions
    10 Chris Rainey 5'8"  180 lbs. 1 Steelers
    11 Steve Slaton 5'10" 195 lbs. 5 Dolphins
    12 Jamie Harper 5'11" 233 lbs. 2 Titans
    13 Ryan Grant 6'1" 218 lbs. 7 Packers
    14 Joseph Addai 5'11" 210 lbs. 6 FA
    15 Jackie Battle 6'2" 238 lbs. 6 Chargers
    16 Thomas Jones 5'10" 220 lbs. 12 FA
    17 Mewelde Moore 5'11" 210 lbs. 9 Colts
    18 Cadillac Williams 5'11" 217 lbs. FA
    19 D.J. Ware 6'1" 225 lbs. 6 Buccaneers
    20 Kahlil Bell 6'0" 219 lbs. 3 Bears
    21 Brandon Jackson 5'11" 210 lbs. 6 Browns
    22 Stefan Logan 5'7"  177 lbs. 4 Lions
    23 Jerome Harrison 5'9" 195 lbs. 7 Lions
    24 Kregg Lumpkin 5'11" 222 lbs. 4 Giants
    25 Tyrell Sutton 5'9" 190 lbs. 3 FA

Fullbacks

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    As the NFL has evolved over the past 10 to 15 years, it seems as if the fullback position has become more and more obsolete. 

    But don't tell that to guys like Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore, who thrive as power running backs and rely on their fullbacks to make holes. 

    No, it's not the most glamorous position in the league, but the NFL isn't finished with fullbacks just yet. Here are the best fullbacks available.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year
    1 Ovie Mughelli 6'1" 260 lbs. 9 Falcons
    2 Earnest Graham 5'9" 215 lbs. 8 Buccaneers
    3 Lousaka Polite 6'0" 246 lbs. 9 Falcons
    4 Corey McIntyre

    6'0"

    245 lbs. 8 Bills
    5 Owen Schmitt 6'2" 251 lbs. 5 Raiders
    6 Brit Miller 6'1" 250 lbs. 4 Rams
    7 Moran Morris  6'1" 250 lbs. 11 FA

Wide Receivers

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    There is a wealth of talent available on the open market at the wide-receiver position this offseason.

    Veterans who have produced on the field won't be hard to find, but teams may be more picky about how much they'll be willing to pay because the field is so deep and the draft is loaded with young receivers.

    Here are the best receivers available.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year
    1 Brandon Lloyd

    6'0"

    200 lbs. 11 Patriots
    2 Randy Moss

    6'4"

    215 lbs. 14 49ers
    4 Titus Young 5'11" 174 lbs. 2 Lions
    5 Braylon Edwards 6'3" 212 lbs. 8 Jets
    6 Brandon Stokley 5'11" 197 lbs. 14 Broncos
    7 Steve Breaston 6'1" 175 lbs. 6 Chiefs
    8 Austin Collie 6'1" 200 lbs. 4 Colts
    9 Ramses Barden 6'6" 227 lbs. 4 Giants
    10 Josh Cribbs 6'1" 215 lbs. 8 Browns
    11 Jabar Gaffney 6'1" 205 lbs. 11 Dolphins
    12 Early Doucet 6'0" 212 lbs. 5 Cardinals
    13 Laurent Robinson 6'2" 205 7 Jaguars
    14 Deion Branch 5'9" 193 lbs. 12 Patriots
    15 Devery Henderson 5'11" 200 lbs. 9 Saints
    16 Donte' Stallworth 6'0" 197 lbs. 10 Patriots
    17 Mark Clayton 5'10" 193 lbs. 7 FA
    18 Terrell Owens 6'3" 226 lbs. 15 FA
    19 Derek Hagan 6'1" 205 lbs. 7 Raiders
    20 Chaz Schilens

    6'4"

    225 lbs. 5 Jets
    21 Brandon Banks 5'7" 153 lbs. 3 Redskins
    22 Devin Aromashodu 6'2" 202 lbs. 5 Vikings
    23 Jason Hill 6'1" 204 lbs. 6 Jets
    24 Chad Johnson 6'1" 192 lbs. 11 FA
    25 Adrian Arrington 6'3" 192 lbs. 2 FA
    26 Sammie Stroughter 5'9" 182 lbs. 4 Buccaneers
    27 Roscoe Parrish 5'10" 168 lbs. 8 Buccaneers
    28Marvin McNutt6'3"216 lbs.1Eagles
    29 Adrian Arrington 6'2" 185 lbs. 3 Saints
    30 Mike Williams 6'5" 229 lbs. 5 FA
    31 Lee Evans 5'10" 202 lbs. 8 Jaguars
    32 Micheal Spurlock 5'10" 214 lbs. 7 Chargers
    33 Mike Sims-Walker 6'2" 197 lbs. 4 FA
    34 Greg Camarillo 6'1" 190 lbs. 7 Saints
    35 Legedu Naanee 6'2" 225 lbs. 6 Dolphins
    36 Ruvell Martin 6'4" 217 lbs. 7 Bills

Tight Ends

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    Tight ends have become an integral part of teams' passing games over the course of the past 10 years, more so than ever before in NFL history. This group of tight ends is loaded with talent, and it's an extremely deep group from which to choose.

    Here are the best available tight ends.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year
    1 Dallas Clark 6'3" 257 lbs. 10 Buccaneers
    2 Todd Heap 6'5" 252 lbs. 12 Cardinals
    3 Kevin Boss 6'7" 255 lbs. 6 Chiefs
    4 Jeremy Shockey 6'5" 253 lbs. 10 FA
    5 Visanthe Shiancoe  6'4" 250 lbs. 10 Patriots
    6 Kellen Winslow 6'4" 254 lbs. 8 Patriots
    7 Randy McMichael 6'3" 248 lbs. 11 Chargers
    8 Dante Rosario 6'3" 244 lbs. 6 Chargers
    9 David Thomas 6'3" 240 lbs. 7 Saints
    10 Travis Beckum 6'3" 240 lbs. 4 Giants
    11 Leonard Pope 6'6" 250 lbs. 7 Steelers
    12 Chris Cooley 6'3" 252 lbs. 9 Redskins
    13 Billy Bajema

    6'5"

    261 lbs. 8 Ravens
    14 Will Heller

    6'6"

    250 lbs. 10 Lions

Offensive Tackles

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    Elite offensive tackles have become some of the most highly paid players in the NFL, as they are the players most responsible for protecting the most important investment of all: quarterbacks. 

    There aren't many elite tackles in this year's class of free agents, but there are a few worth paying for.

    Here are the top available offensive tackles.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year
    1 Chad Clifton 6'5" 330 lbs. 12 Packers
    2 Eric Winston 6'7" 302 lbs. 7 Chiefs
    3 Winston Justice 6'5" 300 lbs. 6 Colts
    4 Sean Locklear 6'4" 301 lbs. 9 Giants
    5 Max Starks 6'8" 345 lbs. Steelers
    6 Jared Gaither 6'9" 350 lbs. 5 Chargers
    7 Jeff Otah 6'6" 340 lbs. 3 FA
    8 Jammal Brown 6'6" 313 lbs. 7 Redskins
    9 Barry Richardson 6'6" 330 lbs. 5 Rams
    10 Frank Omiyale 6'4" 310 lbs. 6 Seahawks
    11 Demetress Bell  6'5" 307 lbs. 4 Eagles
    12 Wayne Hunter 6'5" 318 lbs. 9 Rams
    13 Brandyn Dombrowski  6'5" 323 lbs. 4 Chargers
    14 Mario Henderson

    6'6"

    302 lbs. 4 Raiders
    15 D'Anthony Batiste 6'4" 318 lbs. 5 Cardinals
    16 Tony Hills 6'5" 305 lbs. 3 Colts
    17 Lydon Murtha 6'7" 310 lbs. 3 Dolphins
    18 Pat McQuistan 6'6" 315 lbs. 7 Cardinals

Offensive Guards

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    As the workhorses of the offensive line, offensive guards don't get much glory. But if these big men don't do their jobs, offenses can't pound away with the running game and quarterbacks get eaten alive by powerful defensive tackles.

    Here are the top guards available.

    Note: Some players could be considered tackles, but they have played both positions.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year
    1 Brandon Moore 6'3" 295 lbs. 10 Jets
    2 Jake Scott

    6'5"

    283 lbs. 9 Eagles
    3 Leroy Harris 6'2" 298 lbs. 6 Titans
    4 Deuce Lutui 6'3" 340 lbs. 7 Titans
    5 Antoine Caldwell 6'3" 307 lbs. 4 Texans
    6 Rex Hadnot 6'2" 323 lbs. 9 Chargers
    7 Leonard Davis  6'6" 375 lbs. 12 49ers
    8 Bobbie Williams

    6'4"

    345 lbs. 13 Ravens
    9 Jason Slowey

    6'3"

    303 lbs. 1 Raiders
    10 Vince Manuwai 6'2" 312 lbs. 8 Jaguars
    11 Jeremy Bridges
    6'4" 301 lbs. 9 Panthers

Centers

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    Centers are invaluable members of offenses. 

    These men are often responsible for calling out assignments before plays, and the center-quarterback exchange on every play is one of the most underrated and underappreciated duties in the game of football. 

    This year's class of free-agent centers features a few players you might recognize and a few you likely haven't heard of.

    Here are the best centers available.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year
    1 Dan Koppen 6'2" 296 lbs. 10 Broncos
    2 Jeff Faine 6'3" 303 lbs. 10 Bengals
    3 Andre Gurode 6'4" 314 lbs. 10 Ravens
    4 Doug Legursky 6'1" 323 lbs. 4 Steelers
    5 Jason Brown 6'3" 313 lbs. 7 Rams
    6 Jamaal Jackson  6'4" 330 lbs. 7 Eagles

Defensive Ends

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    Defensive ends are among the highest-paid players in the NFL, as they are usually the players getting sacks and pressures on opposing quarterbacks in 4-3 defensive alignments. 

    It will be interesting to see if anyone ends up with a Mario Williams-type of contract this March, as teams will be vying for the right to claim a top-flight pass-rusher to add to their defense.

    Here are the top defensive ends available right now.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year Sacks
    1 John Abraham 6'4" 256 lbs. 13 Falcons 122
    2 Dwight Freeney
    6'1" 268 lbs. 11 Colts 107.5
    3 Israel Idonije 6'7" 290 lbs. 9 Bears 28.5
    4 Juqua Parker 6'2" 250 lbs. 12 Browns 42.5
    5 Kyle Vanden Bosch 6'4" 278 lbs. 11 Lions 58
    6 Ray Edwards 6'5" 270 lbs. 7 Falcons 33
    7 Jonathan Fanene 6'3" 290 lbs. 7 Bengals 13.5
    8 Lawrence Jackson 6'5" 261 lbs. 5 Lions 19.5
    9 Vaughn Martin 6'4" 297 lbs. 4 Chargers 3
    10 Antwan Applewhite 6'3" 246 lbs. 5 Panthers 6.5
    11 Dave Tollefson 6'4" 260 lbs. 6 Raiders 10.5
    12 Matt Roth 6'4" 272 lbs. 7 FA 23.5
    13 Antwan Odom 6'4" 277 lbs. 7 FA 23.5
    14 Trevor Scott 6'5" 256 lbs. 5 Patriots 16.5
    15 Derrick Harvey 6'5" 252 lbs. 4 FA 8

Defensive Tackles

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    Football is won and lost in the trenches.

    Defensive tackles are more often than not unheralded players who spend their entire careers doing the dirty work that wins games, stuffing the run and occupying multiple blockers to facilitate their teammates' pursuit of the ball-carrier.

    Here are the best defensive tackles available.

    Note: Also included on this list are 3-4 defensive ends and 3-4 nose tackles.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year
    1 Richard Seymour 6'6" 310 lbs. 12 Raiders
    2 Sedrick Ellis 6'1" 308 lbs. 5 Saints
    3 Casey Hampton 6'1" 320 lbs. 12 Steelers
    4 Sione Po'uha 6'3" 330 lbs. 7 Jets
    5 Spencer Johnson 6'3" 286 lbs. 9 Bills
    6 Corey Williams  6'4" 313 lbs. 9 Lions
    7 Rocky Bernard 6'3" 293 lbs. 11 Giants
    8 Shaun Cody 6'4" 292 lbs. 8 Texans
    9 Vaughn Martin 
    6'3" 331 lbs. 4 Chargers
    10 Ma'ake Kemoeatu 6'5" 335 lbs. 9 Ravens

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    Ron Edwards 6'3" 320 lbs. 12 Panthers
    12 Amobi Okoye 6'2" 302 lbs. 6 Bears
    13 Vonnie Holliday

    6'5"

    290 lbs. 15 Cardinals
    14 Ty Warren 6'5" 300 lbs. 10 Broncos
    15 Leger Douzable 6'4" 305 lbs. 4 Titans
    16 Justin Bannan 6'3" 305 lbs. 11 Broncos
    17 Antonio Johnson 6'3" 310 lbs. 5 Colts
    18 Matt Toeaina 6'2" 308 lbs. 6 Bears
    19 Trevor Laws 6'1" 297 lbs. 5 Rams
    20 Marcus Thomas 6'3" 314 lbs. 5 Broncos
    21 Nick Eason 6'3" 301 lbs. 9 Cardinals
    22 Albert Haynesworth  6'6" 320 lbs. 10  FA

3-4 Outside Linebackers

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    Elite 3-4 outside linebackers are one of the hottest commodities in the NFL these days.

    For defenses that operate in a 3-4 scheme, outside linebackers are the key to getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks and holding the edge on running plays.

    Here are the top 3-4 outside linebackers available.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year Sacks
    1 Bryan Thomas  6'4" 266 lbs. 11 Jets 33.5
    2 Travis LaBoy 6'4" 249 lbs. 7 Chargers 29.5
    3 Chris Wilson  6'4" 240 lbs. 5 Redskins 6.5
    4 Jamaal Westerman 6'3" 265 lbs. 4 Colts 5.5

4-3 Outside Linebackers

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    Speed, agility and the ability to flow from sideline to sideline are traits necessary for 4-3 outside linebackers to thrive. 

    If the recent trend of teams moving to the now-popular 3-4 scheme continues to flourish, this position will become more and more specialized. For now, though, there are still plenty of teams in need of outside linebackers. 

    There aren't any players in this class who compare to Von Miller, but there is plenty of depth and quality to be found.

    Here are the best 4-3 outside linebackers available.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year
    1 Daryl Smith 6'2" 235 lbs. 9 Jaguars
    2 Thomas Howard 6'3" 230 lbs. 7 Bengals
    3 Will Witherspoon 6'1" 234 lbs. 11 Titans
    4 Leroy Hill 6'1' 224 lbs. 8 Seahawks
    5 Nick Barnett 6'2" 240 lbs. 10 Bills
    6 Michael Boley 6'3" 236 lbs. 8 Giants
    7 Clint Session 5'10" 222 lbs. 5 Jaguars
    8 Quincy Black 6'2" 240 lbs. 6 Buccaneers
    9 Rocky McIntosh 6'2" 235 lbs. 7 Rams
    10 Gerald McRath 6'2" 220 lbs. 4 Titans
    11 Scott Shanle 6'2" 240 lbs. 10 Saints
    12 Will Herring 6'3" 241 lbs. 6 Saints
    13 Kirk Morrison 6'1" 238 lbs. 8 Bills
    14 Mario Haggan 6'3" 248 lbs. 10 Rams
    15 Demorrio Williams 6'0" 232 lbs. 9 Chargers
    16 Gary Guyton 6'2" 245 lbs. 5 Chargers
    17 Brandon Johnson 6'5" 220 lbs. 7 Steelers
    18 Justin Cole 6'3" 242 lbs. 3 Rams

Inside Linebackers

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    Inside linebackers are more often than not the quarterback of a team's defense. 

    These men must not only be athletic, fast, smart and fierce, but they must also be leaders. 

    Here are the top inside linebackers available.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year
    1 Brian Urlacher 6'4" 258 lbs. 13 Bears
    2 Larry Grant 6'1" 235 lbs. 5 49ers
    3 Bart Scott 6'2" 235 lbs. 11 Jets
    4 Takeo Spikes

    6'2"

    242 lbs. 15 Chargers
    5 Bradie James  6'2" 243 lbs. 10 Texans
    6 Keith Brooking 6'2" 245 lbs. 15 Broncos
    7 E.J. Henderson
    6'1" 245 lbs. 9 Vikings
    8 Channing Crowder 6'2" 246 lb.s 6 Dolphins
    9 Tavares Gooden 6'1" 233 lbs. 5 49ers
    10 Barrett Ruud 6'1" 242 lbs. 8 Texans
    11 Brendon Ayanbadejo  6'1" 225 lbs. 10 Ravens
    12 Mike Peterson 6'1" 230 lbs. 14 Falcons
    13 Paris Lenon 6'2" 240 lbs. 11 Cardinals
    14 Brandon Siler 6'2" 241 lbs. 6 Chiefs
    15 Rob Francois 6'2" 255 lbs. 3 Packers

Cornerbacks

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    Cornerbacks are highly valued technicians who can either propel a team's defense to greatness or sink it, depending on the level of skill they possess.

    It's a deep group of players for teams to choose from.

    Here are the best cornerbacks available.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience

    Last Year

    Interceptions
    1 Sheldon Brown 5'10" 196 lbs. 11 Browns 26
    2 Rashean Mathis 6'1" 200 lbs. 10 Jaguars 30
    3 Quentin Jammer 6'4" 204 lbs. 11 Chargers 21
    4 Terrence McGee 5'9" 195 lbs. 10 Bills 17
    5 Leigh Bodden 6'1" 195 lbs. 8 Patriots 18
    6 Jason Allen 6'2" 200 lbs. 7 Bengals 15
    7 Stanford Routt 6'1" 195 lbs. 8 Texans 12
    8 Cedric Griffin 6'0" 190 lbs. 7 Redskins 8
    9 Pat Lee 5'11" 194 lbs. 4 Lions 1
    10 William Middleton 5'10" 193 lbs. 4 Jaguars 2
    11 Shawntae Spencer

    6'1"

    181 lbs. 9 Raiders 11
    12 Ryan Mouton  5'9" 180 lbs. 4 Titans 0
    13 Will Allen 5'10" 196 lbs. 11 Patriots 15
    14 Chris Carr  5'10" 180 lbs. 8 Chargers 6
    15 Alphonso Smith 5'9" 193 lbs. 4 Lions 2
    16 Michael Adams 5'10" 195 lbs. 9 Broncos 12
    17 Drew Coleman 5'8" 173 lbs. 6 Jaguars 4
    18 Michael Coe 6'1" 190 lbs. 5 Cowboys 0

Safeties

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    Safeties are the last line of defense in the NFL, and they are also the enforcers on plays across the middle (though they must be more careful these days to avoid costly penalties).

    This year's class of safeties is deep, and given the skilled players entering the draft at the same position, it will be really intriguing to watch teams negotiate with these veterans.

    Here are the best safeties currently available.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year Interceptions
    1 Kerry Rhodes 6'3" 212 lbs. 8 Cardinals 23
    2 Quintin Mikell 5'10" 206 lbs. 10 Rams 12
    3 Charles Woodson 6'1" 200 lbs. 15 Packers 55
    4 Abram Elam 6'0" 205 lbs. 7 Chiefs 3
    5 Nate Clements 6'0" 209 lbs. 12 Bengals 36
    6 Chris Crocker 5'11" 194 lbs. 10 Bengals 13
    7 Corey Lynch  6'0" 205 lbs. 5 Chargers 5
    8 Jordan Babineaux 6'0" 210 lbs. 9 Titans 12
    9 Gerald Sensabaugh  6'1" 212 lbs. 8 Cowboys 14
    10 Atari Bigby 5'11" 211 lbs. 8 Chargers 10
    11 Madieu Williams 6'1" 193 lbs. 9 Redskins 13
    12 Eric Smith 6'1" 209 lbs. 7 Jets 6
    13 Sherrod Martin 6'0" 197 lbs. 4 Panthers 7
    14 O.J. Atogwe 5'11" 203 lbs. 7 Redskins 25
    15 Gibril Wilson 6'0" 197 lbs. 7 FA 13
    16 Deon Grant 6'2" 207 lbs. 11 FA 30
    17 Erik Coleman 5'10" 200 lbs. 9 Lions 11
    18 Matt Giordano 5'11" 194 lbs. 8 Raiders 10
    19 Brodney Pool 6'2" 208 lbs. 7 FA 13
    20 Melvin Bullitt 6'1" 200 lbs. 5 FA 7

Kickers

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    Kickers are crucial to a team's success.

    If they perform well, they are often late-game heroes who put the cherry on top of a well-fought contest.

    If they don't perform well, they are excoriated to no end on radio talk shows and around water coolers on Monday mornings.

    Here are the best kickers available.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year Career FG %
    1 Lawrence Tynes 6'1" 194 lbs. 9 Chiefs 81.5%
    2 Shayne Graham 6'0" 210 lbs. 12 Texans 85.4%
    3 Steven Hauschka 6'1" 185 lbs. 5 Seahawks 82.3%
    4 Olindo Mare 5'10" 190 lbs. 16 Bears 81.1%
    5 Billy Cundiff 6'1" 201 lbs. 9 FA 75.5%
    6 Ryan Longwell
    6'0" 199 lbs. 16 Seahawks 83.2%
    7 Neil Rackers
    6'0" 205 lbs. 12 FA 80.0%

Punters

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    Punters aren't beloved, but they are necessary to the game of football.

    And while most casual fans may not appreciate watching their team punt the ball, possessing an exceptional punter is critical for teams to win the field-position battle. 

    Here are the best available punters.

    Rank Player Height Weight Experience Last Year
    1Chris Kluwe6'4"215 lbs.8Vikings
    2 Matt McBriar
    6'0" 227 lbs. 9 Eagles
    3 Nick Harris 6'2" 218 lbs. 12 Lions
    4 Brian Moorman 6'0" 175 lbs. 12
    Cowboys
    5 Ben Graham  6'5" 230 lbs. 8 Lions
    6 Jeremy Kapinos 6'1" 235 lbs. 5 FA
    7 Jason Baker 6'1" 201 lbs. 11 FA
    8 Reggie Hodges 6'0"  226 lbs. 6 Browns
    9 Daniel Sepulveda  6'3" 229 lbs. 4 FA
    10 Brian Stahovich 6'0" 190 lbs. 1 FA

Restricted Free Agents

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    Restricted free agents are players who have three "accrued" seasons (six games or more per season) under their belt and more often than not stay with the team that drafted them.

    According to NFL.com:

    He can negotiate with any club through April 19. If the Restricted Free Agent signs an offer sheet with a new club, his old club can match the offer and retain him because the qualifying offer entitles it to a "right of first refusal" on any offer sheet the player signs. If the old club does not match the offer, it may receive draft choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer.

    Here are the top restricted free agents still available.

    Rank Player Position Last Year Qualifying Offer
    1 Victor Cruz Wide Receiver Giants First-Round Tender: $2.879M
    2 Sam Shields Cornerback Packers Second-Round Tender: $2.023M
    3 Ed Dickson  Tight End Ravens Original-Pick Tender: $1.323M

     

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