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Top 20 NFL Free Agents

By on March 7, 2014

NFL Free agency begins on Tuesday, March 11th. This is the date that teams can officially start putting pen to paper on contracts. Some players who were released can and have already agreed to terms with new teams, such as D’Qwell Jackson with the Indianapolis Colts.

Here are the @NFLRT top 20 Free Agents for 2014:

1) Jarius Byrd, Free Safety, 27 years old – The Bills chose not to franchise one of the best safeties in the NFL after tagging him in 2013. The two sides were unable to come to terms on a reasonable contract, meaning Byrd is going to demand top safety money from another team. Jarius Byrd has recorded 22 interceptions in 73 games and could help a poor secondary needing a jump-start in turnovers.

*UPDATE: Signed with Saints

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2) Eugene Monroe, Offensive Tackle, 26 years old – After being traded from the Jaguars to the Ravens midseason (Ravens traded 4th & 5th round picks), Monroe’s play elevated. He was the 8th overall pick in the draft in 2009 and still has his best years ahead of him. The Ravens will try to get him re-signed, but other teams may look at him as their potential Left Tackle for the next 5 years and offer him a considerable amount of money.

*UPDATE: Re-signed with Ravens

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3) Michael Bennett, Defensive End, 28 years old – After 9 sacks in 2012, Bennett was forced to sign a 1-year deal with the Seahawks with no better offers on the table. He responded in 2013 with 8.5 sacks, 9 TFL, 26 QB hits, and a Super Bowl victory. Bennett has been reliable, steady and durable during his career and will be able to cash in from teams trying to add a productive player from a championship defense to their locker room.

*UPDATE: Re-signed with Seahawks

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4) Alterraun Verner, Cornerback, 25 years old – Verner has not missed a game in his career and is coming off a Pro Bowl campaign in which he recorded a career-high 5 interceptions. He is still very young and hasn’t tapped into his full potential yet. The Titans are a frugal franchise and it’s unlikely that he returns with the amount of CB-needy teams in the league.

*UPDATE: Signed with Buccaneers

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5) T.J. Ward, Strong Safety, 27 years old – The Browns will be looking to keep Ward in Cleveland, but they must be willing to overpay him because they have not been a stable franchise during tenure and he could take less money for a chance to play for a winning organization. Ward had 112 tackles and 2 interceptions in all 16 games in 2013. Safeties are hard positions to scout in the draft and teams covet free agents who are proven commodities. Despite his struggles in coverage, Ward is a great in-the-box safety who will get offered top safety money from a contending team.

*UPDATE: Signed with Broncos

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