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PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100

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The following are PFT’s top 100 free agents for the start of the 2017 league year. The rankings include prospective unrestricted and restricted free agents, as well as released players. Players expected to be released won’t be added until the transaction is official, and the list will be updated as events warrant, with signings, tags and re-signings denoted when announced and/or reported.

1. Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (got the franchise tag from the Steelers on Feb. 27).

2. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins (got the exclusive franchise tag).

3. Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (got the franchise tag from the Chargers on Feb. 27).

4. Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short (got the franchise tag from the Panthers on Feb. 27).

5. Chiefs safety Eric Berry (signed a six-year deal to stay with Chiefs).

6. Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones (initially got the franchise tag, then later agreeed to an extension with the Cardinals).

7. Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (got the franchise tag).

8. Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye (agreed to a rich contract with the Jaguars).

9. Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower (signed a new deal to stay with the Patriots).

10. Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (will reportedly sign a rich contract with the Jaguars).

11. Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler (reportedly agreed to a deal with the Browns to become the league’s highest-paid guard).

12. Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (agreed to terms with the Eagles).

13. Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson (will reportedly sign a rich contract with the Buccaneers).

14. Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson (reportedly plans to sign with the Ravens).

15. Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams (signed a long-term deal to stay with the Ravens).

16. Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (will reportedly sign a rich contract with the Patriots).

17. Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (got the franchise tag).

18. Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (signed a one-year deal with Washington).

19. Packers guard T.J. Lang (signed with the Lions, his hometown team).

20. Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (signed with the Rams).

21. Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons (agreed to a two-year deal with the Dolphins).

22. Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe (signed a one-year deal with the Falcons).

23. Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry (signed a deal to stay with Green Bay).

24. Ravens offensive tackle Rick Wagner (reportedly has agreed to terms with the Lions).

25. Cowboys guard Ronald Leary (reportedly agreed to terms with the Broncos).

26. Lions guard Larry Warford (reportedly agreed to a deal with the Saints).

27. Patriots safety Duron Harmon (agreed to a deal to stay with the Patriots).

28. Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (restricted, got the first-round tender)

29. Washington defensive end Chris Baker (agreed to a deal with the Buccaneers).

30. Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (signed with the Packers).

31. Jaguars cornerback Prince Amukamara (signed a one-year deal with the Bears).

32. Lions offensive tackle Riley Reiff (reportedly agreed to a deal with the Vikings).

33. Packers safety Micah Hyde (signed with the Bills).

34. Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (signed a new deal to stay with the Dolphins).

35. Patriots outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (signed with the Colts).

36. Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan (signed with the Titans).

37. Packers offensive lineman JC Tretter (reportedly will sign with the Browns.

38. Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (signed with the Bears).

39. Cardinals safety D.J. Swearinger (agreed to a three-year deal with Washington).

40. Cowboys safety Barry Church (signed with the Jaguars).

41. Broncos offensive tackle Russell Okung (signed with the Chargers).

42. Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (agreed to terms with the Jets).

43. Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (agreed to a deal to stay with the Bengals).

44. Cardinals linebacker Kevin Minter (signed with Bengals).

45. Texans outside linebacker John Simon (signed a three-year deal with the Colts).

46. Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan (signed with the Chiefs).

47. Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley (signed a long-term deal to stay with the Saints).

48. Bills linebacker Zach Brown.

49. Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

50. Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon (signed with the 49ers).

51. Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso (restricted, got the first-round tender).

52. Jets offensive tackle Ryan Clady.

53. Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (announced his retirement).

54. Jaguars safety Jonathan Cyprien (signed with the Titans)

55. Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer (signed with the 49ers).

56. Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (signed a new deal to stay with the Bills).

57. Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (signed a four-year deal with the Panthers).

58. Raiders running back Latavius Murray (signed a three-year deal with the Vikings).

59. Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (signed a deal to stay with Carolina).

60. Ex-Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

61. 49ers linebacker Gerald Hodges.

62. Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch (agreed to a deal to stay with the Patriots).

63. Jaguars offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (signed with the Jets).

64. Browns running back Isaiah Crowell (restricted, got the second-round tender from the Browns).

65. Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount.

66. Packers running back Eddie Lacy (signed with the Seahawks).

67. Rams safety T.J. McDonald.

68. Colts tight end Jack Doyle (reportedly agreed to a new deal with the Colts).

69. Eagles offensive lineman Stefen Wisnieswki (signed a new deal to stay with the Eagles).

70. Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (signed a two-year deal to stay with the Steelers).

71. Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk (signed with the 49ers).

72. Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (signed with the Cardinals).

73. Ex-Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil.

74. Packers tight end Jared Cook (signed with the Raiders).

75. Buccaneers safety Bradley McDougald.

76. Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (restricted, got the second-round tender).

77. Ex-Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (agreed to a deal with the Giants).

78. Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt (agreed to a four-year deal with the Browns).

79. Ex-Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner.

80. Rams defensive tackle Dominique Easley (restricted).

81. Cowboys defensive end Jack Crawford (agreed to a three-year deal with the Falcons).

82. Titans tight end Anthony Fasano (reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Dolphins).

83. Ex-Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

84. Ex-49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith (plans to sign with the Eagles)

85. Washington center John Sullivan.

86. Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden.

87. Ex-Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

88. Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (plans to sign with the Raiders).

89. Dolphins tight end Dion Sims (reportedly agreed to a deal with the Giants).

90. Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers (signed with the Panthers).

91. Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox (agreed to terms with the Buccaneers).

92. Texans tight end Ryan Griffin (agreed to a new deal to stay in Houston).

93. Bills wide receiver Robert Woods (signed with the Rams)

94. Seahawks linebacker Michael Morgan.

95. Ex-Jets center Nick Mangold.

96. Ex-Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy

97. Vikings offensive tackle Andre Smith (signed with the Bengals).

98. Browns offensive lineman Austin Pasztor.

99. Chargers safety Jahleel Addae (agreed to a deal to remain with the Chargers).

100. Ravens defensive end Lawrence Guy (signed with the Patriots).

101. Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (signed with the Ravens)

102. Raiders outside linebacker Perry Riley.

103. Ex-Jaguars defensive tackle Jared Odrick.

104. Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (signed with the Ravens).

105. Buccaneers center Joe Hawley (signed a new to stay in Tampa Bay).

106. Packers outside linebacker Datone Jones (signed with the Vikings).

107. Seahawks tight end Luke Willson (signed a one-year deal to stay in Seattle).

108. Colts safety Mike Adams (signed a two-year deal with Carolina).

109. Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken

110. Ravens running back Terrance West (restricted).

111. Packers outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott (restricted, signed a one-year deal to stay in Green Bay).

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42 Responses to “PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100”
  1. johnnyblood24 says: Feb 27, 2017 2:06 PM

    Ahhh, the annual list of players who won’t end up in Green Bay.

  2. Sharksman says: Feb 27, 2017 2:10 PM

    You know its bad when Pryor ends up as 18th
    Way too high

  3. jeff4life says: Feb 27, 2017 2:10 PM

    Where is Malcolm Butler, I see other restricted free agents?

  4. spratz13 says: Feb 27, 2017 2:12 PM

    No Malcolm Butler? I know he’s restricted but 2016 2nd team all pro and 2015 pro bowler

  5. tomterrific121212 says: Feb 27, 2017 2:13 PM

    ummm how is Malcolm Butler not on this list? Isn’t he a restricted free agent? Second team all-pro, but not on the list, let alone top 20 talent

  6. tomterrific121212 says: Feb 27, 2017 2:14 PM

    How long until you add Malcolm Butler to this list?

  7. mightymightylafootball says: Feb 27, 2017 2:24 PM

    I thought for sure that JPP would end up at 9…

  8. mcjon22 says: Feb 27, 2017 2:29 PM

    Actually a pretty deep class this year

  9. craftyslinger33 says: Feb 27, 2017 2:34 PM

    Please, Scot, re-sign Captain Kirk for whatever market value, Peter Waiter for his last big payday, and Body By Bake (heart of the D). Those guys will bleed to the last drop.

    Let DJax get overpaid elsewhere.

    Hail

  10. zatko says: Feb 27, 2017 2:36 PM

    In a few days, and as a Viking fan, I’ll gladly take the money in cap space over the player, when Adrian Peterson is added to this list.

  11. kenberthiaume says: Feb 27, 2017 2:36 PM

    What about Keenan Robinson LB Giants? Isn’t he a free agent?

  12. sportoficionado says: Feb 27, 2017 2:45 PM

    as maligned as the Brandon Carr deal was in Dallas, he showed up every Sunday, through the tenure of his contract and played better than most thought he did. I don’t see the Cowboys bringing back all 6 of these listed top FAs (14 total on roster) but I would not mind having Carr back, along with Wilcox and Church, which both had very team friendly deals and played well in Marinelli’s system.

  13. vottorific says: Feb 27, 2017 2:48 PM

    Andrew Whitworth gets no respect.

  14. 1967forever says: Feb 27, 2017 3:02 PM

    Duron Harmon over Logan Ryan? Hmmm

  15. highdimension2015 says: Feb 27, 2017 3:13 PM

    Why, if he’s the top ranked OT listed here?

  16. johnnnyschatzan says: Feb 27, 2017 3:19 PM

    Robert Woods

  17. packer49ers says: Feb 27, 2017 3:28 PM

    The Packers appreciate you keeping this list updated, bookmarking the link for June.

  18. clashpoint says: Feb 27, 2017 3:56 PM

    Only three of my Steelers and I think we’re gonna get the better two back eventually. Timmons will cost about $10 million less against the cap than last year. That alone is huge for Pittsburgh towards signing Bell and Brown.

  19. rraider says: Feb 27, 2017 4:05 PM

    Nice when you see list and only 2 guys from your team are on it…..and neither a game changer. Would like to keep both though. Good job Reggie! let dust settle and pick over scraps to fill holes.

  20. redsoxu571 says: Feb 27, 2017 4:06 PM

    Melvin Ingram ahead of Chandler Jones. That’s…interesting.

  21. idiedpretty says: Feb 27, 2017 4:08 PM

    I am shocked thar Brady’s stolen jersey didn’t make the list.

  22. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Feb 27, 2017 4:23 PM

    Jarvis Jones is in the top 100? Hooboy! That’s a stretch. He’s a giant bust.

  23. stevejjones says: Feb 27, 2017 4:42 PM

    Other than Cousins, this is an expansion team roster. Reward your own with the 85% you are required to spend.

  24. blowfishes says: Feb 27, 2017 5:16 PM

    Have I missed a signing update as it’s the only reason I can think of for Terence Newman not making this list… especially if James Harrison is on it!

  25. butski29 says: Feb 27, 2017 5:34 PM

    I am a Vikings fan and I am perplexed as to why Captain Munnerlyn is even on this list, much less at 56. Patterson has finally grown as a man and has invested himself in the game. Munnerlyn should have been flat out cut in week ten. Patterson is one of the top returners in the league and has befriended Adam Thielen, who is one of the most underrated, if not the most underrated player in the NFL. Patterson’s routes are improved and his attitude is excellent. The Vikings need to let Peterson go and invest in Patterson.

  26. spillertime21 says: Feb 27, 2017 5:35 PM

    It’s atrantthere are no Redskins on that list.

    We’ve been bitten by the PC bug again

  27. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says: Feb 27, 2017 5:54 PM

    So I’m not allowed to say that the top two on the list are Spartans? That makes perfect sense. Thanks for being so rational

  28. razorbyrd says: Feb 27, 2017 5:54 PM

    Latavius Murray at #57?!
    behind Brian Hoyer?!

    c’mon now…

  29. tunechi90 says: Feb 27, 2017 6:22 PM

    Cordarrelle Patterson over Nick Mangold? Joke.

  30. defscottyb says: Feb 27, 2017 10:08 PM

    Garcon should be ranked higher than Desean Jackson. He’s a better player and more valuable. #HTTR

  31. omeimontis says: Feb 27, 2017 10:24 PM

    Gerald Hodges is probably not going to be retained by the 49ers. He was an ILB and the Niners were terrible against the run, the main job of an ILB.

  32. whispersd says: Feb 28, 2017 1:37 AM

    Butler should be ahead of his secondary mates Harmon and Ryan. Even though he didn’t go to Rutgers.

  33. dylanjharper says: Feb 28, 2017 5:19 AM

    Only one 49er player. That must mean we’re just so good at getting our talent signed to long term deals, right?

  34. 13forgbp says: Feb 28, 2017 8:33 AM

    Will you – or anyone else – turn to stone if the word Redskins appears? Pathetic and sad.

  35. inozwetrust says: Feb 28, 2017 1:57 PM

    See quite a few Ravens on this list – Yikes!!

  36. Umbra Aeternus says: Feb 28, 2017 3:19 PM

    As a Steelers fan… how…. why is Lawrence Timmons ahead of Poe?

  37. billbrasky72 says: Feb 28, 2017 3:44 PM

    I assume this list is in no particular order?

  38. tcostant says: Mar 1, 2017 2:00 PM

    Is the Ravens kicker a free agent? Would love the Giants to grab him, he is money!

  39. razzlejag says: Mar 7, 2017 6:55 PM

    Warford and Jefferson to Jacksonville and watch us leap from 3-13 to 4-12. Look out above!

  40. atthemurph says: Mar 9, 2017 10:47 AM

    Perry back to Green Bay.

  41. pftcommentureswyfe says: Mar 12, 2017 4:06 AM

    Missing BYU alumni on this list. No love 4the greatest college god has ever made

  42. icebowler says: Mar 15, 2017 2:52 PM

    I believe #89 TE Dion Sims signed with the Bears, not the Giants.

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