NFL Free Agency 2014: Start Date, Rumors and Early Predictions

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NFL Free Agency 2014: Start Date, Rumors and Early Predictions
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When the 2014 edition of NFL free agency kicks off on March 11 at 4 p.m. ET, the excitement surrounding the biggest names to hit the open market will have fans from every corner of the world interested in where top stars will land.

With elite players like New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham and Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy possibly hitting free agency—the franchise tag and contract negotiations with their respective teams could have them re-signed before they the market—the frenzy is picking up exponentially with each passing day.

Here are the top 50 players who could hit free agency this offseason, early predictions of where they will land and rumors surrounding two of the biggest stars in the 2014 class.

2014 NFL Free Agent Class
Player Team Position Age Predicted Landing Spot
1. Jimmy Graham NO TE 28 New Orleans
2. Greg Hardy CAR DE 26 Carolina
3. T.J. Ward CLE S 27 Cleveland
4. Jairus Byrd BUF S 27 Buffalo
5. Brian Orakpo WAS OLB 28 Denver
6. Alterraun Verner TEN CB 25 Tennessee
7. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie DEN CB 29 Retired
8. Michael Bennett SEA DE 28 Seattle
9. Michael Johnson CIN DE 27 Cincinnati
10. Randy Starks MIA DT 30 Chicago
11. Henry Melton CHI DT 27 Miami
12. Eugene Monroe BAL OT 27 Baltimore
13. Jared Veldheer OAK OT 27 Pittsburgh
14. Brent Grimes MIA CB 31 Miami
15. Eric Decker DEN WR 27 Pittsburgh
16. Jason Worilds PIT OLB 26 Pittsburgh
17. Alex Mack CLE C 28 Cleveland
18. Vontae Davis IND CB 26 Indianapolis
19. Jason Hatcher DAL DT 32 Indianapolis
20. Aqib Talib NE CB 28 New England
21. Lamarr Houston OAK DE 27 Philadelphia
22. Dennis Pitta BAL TE 29 Kansas City
23. Captain Munnerlyn CAR CB 26 Carolina
24. Arthur Jones BAL DE 28 Baltimore
25. Knowshon Moreno DEN RB 27 Denver
26. Brandon Spikes NE ILB 26 New England
27. Golden Tate SEA WR 26 Seattle
28. Jordan Gross CAR OT 34 Carolina
29. Geoff Schwartz KC OG 27 Kansas City
30. Branden Albert KC OT 29 Kansas City
31. Paul Soliai MIA DT 30 Miami
32. Hakeem Nicks NYG WR 26 New England
33. Sam Shields GB CB 26 Green Bay
34. Linval Joseph NYG DT 25 New York
35. Zach Strief NO OT 30 New Orleans
36. Walter Thurmond SEA CB 26 Philadelphia
37. Justin Tuck NYG DE 31 Oakland
38. Anthony Spencer DAL DE/OLB 30 Dallas
39. Travelle Wharton CAR OG 33 Carolina
40. Julian Edelman NE WR 28 New Orleans
41. Ben Tate HOU RB 26 New England
42. Michael Vick PHI QB 34 Oakland
43. Tyson Jackson KC DE 28 Kansas City
44. Anthony Collins CIN OT 29 Cincinnati
45. Antonio Smith HOU DE 32 Houston
46. Jared Allen MIN DE 32 Atlanta
47. Karlos Dansby ARI ILB 32 Arizona
48. Clinton McDonald SEA DT 27 Chicago
49. Jeremy Maclin PHI WR 26 Kansas City
50. Donte Whitner SF S 29 San Francisco

Source: Comcast Philly

Jairus Byrd, S, Buffalo Bills

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Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd is one of the best defensive backs on the free-agent market. While the Bills will do whatever they can to keep him on the team, other organizations are posturing for a chance to sign him this offseason.

Pick the Draft’s Twitter account reveals the master plan:

Both teams would love to have Byrd patrolling their secondary in 2014—Buffalo team president Russ Brandon told the Associated Press (via that he wants the safety back—and the Pro Bowl player should take his time making a decision to get the most money from the situation.

After a career year, Byrd has earned the right to get paid big bucks. Let the bidding war commence.

Predicted Landing Spot: Buffalo Bills

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles never got to see what wide receiver Jeremy Maclin could do in Chip Kelly’s offense—he tore his ACL before the 2013 season began—and the player will be able to test free agency this offseason.

Former agent Joel Corry told Terez A. Taylor of The Kansas City Star about the Kansas City Chiefs' reported interest in Maclin during free agency: “I’d give him a decent one-year salary and give him upside through incentives. Andy [Reid] knows him, so he shouldn’t have a problem with the offense and that’s another potential playmaker.”

Kelly and the Eagles will do whatever it takes to keep a versatile weapon such as Maclin on the roster, but if there is any allegiance between Reid and the former Mizzou star, there is a legitimate chance he ends up in Kansas City.

Predicted Landing Spot: Kansas City Chiefs

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