Below, GLS has compiled a list of the top 82 unrestricted free agents slated to become available on Friday evening. We’ll update this thing as cuts are made and we’ll cross players off as they sign.

Quarterbacks
1. Matt Hasselbeck — Predicted destination: Tennessee. Best fit: San Francisco.
2. Marc Bulger — A quality backup; hopefully no one tries to make him a starter.
3. Alex Smith — Predicted destination: Back in San Francisco.

Running backs
1. Ahmad Bradshaw — Simply more reliable than DeAngelo Williams.
2. DeAngelo Williams — Wants to stay in Carolina, but Miami and Denver are interested.
3. Cedric Benson — Legal problems hurt his stock.
4. Ronnie Brown — No longer considered a No. 1 option.
5. Marion Barber* — Works to change the pace.
6. Tiki Barber — He’ll make headlines wherever he goes, but won’t make a big difference.

Fullbacks
1. Vonta Leach — Texans are reportedly trying to keep him around.

Receivers
1. Santonio Holmes — Jets and Redskins reaching out, but I think he’ll stay in NYC.
2. Sidney Rice — Can he stay healthy? If so, he could be a difference-maker in a place like Seattle.
3. Steve Smith (Giants) — Predicted destination: Back in New York.
4. Braylon Edwards — If the Jets can’t keep both, they have to part ways with Edwards.
5. Malcom Floyd — Talented, available and still under 30. Would make a great signing.
6. Santana Moss — Has agreed to return to the Redskins.
7. Mike Sims-Walker — Seems to be interested in the Bears; but who’s interested in him?
8. T.J. Houshmandzadeh — Hasn’t been the same since ’07, but I’m still believing.
9. Mark Clayton — Fully expected to stay in St. Louis. Blazing start to 2010.
10. James Jones — Super Bowl-winning free agents are always overpaid.
11. Steve Breaston — Big-time sleeper with a chance to surprise in a new atmosphere.
12. Lance Moore — Tremendous slot receiver, but I’m sure Drew Brees will fight for him.
13. Derrick Mason* — Reliable and probably cheap. Predicted destination: Back in Baltimore.
14. Terrell Owens — Publicity signing only.
15. Randy Moss — You’d have to be real desperate.

Tight ends
1. Zach Miller — Don’t know why the Raiders might let him leave. Very consistent and well-rounded player.
2. Kevin Boss — Another very complete tight end. Less flashy, but gets the job done.
3. Bo Scaife — Titans are working to keep him in town.

Offensive tackles
1. Jared Gaither — Could be a star, but questionable work ethic.
2. Doug Free — Looks as though the Cowboys will make a strong effort to re-sign the left tackle.
3. Tyson Clabo — Reportedly staying in Atlanta.
4. Jermon Bushrod — Mediocre left tackle, but lots of teams are worse off.
5. Jeremy Trueblood — Underrated right tackle in his prime.
6. Matt Light — Veteran is past his prime, but he’ll help add depth anywhere.
7. Willie Colon — Looks as though the Steelers want to keep him around.

Guards
1. Marshal Yanda — The best guard on the market is staying in Baltimore.
2. Davin Joseph — Losing both Trueblood and Joseph would kill the Bucs, but they have tons of cap space.
3. Harvey Dahl — Losing both Clabo and Dahl would kill the Falcons.
4. Daryn Colledge — A stellar zone blocker who might not return to the champs.
5. Deuce Lutui — Another underrated offensive lineman in his prime.
6. Leonard Davis* — Three-time Pro Bowler cut by Dallas.
7. Robert Gallery — Former No. 2 pick has been an above-average guard.

Centers
1. Chris Spencer — In his prime at 29.
2. Lyle Sendlein — Very underrated; he had a superb 2010 season.
3. Olin Kreutz — Reliable vet expected to stay in Chicago.
4. Shaun O’Hara* — The three-time Pro Bowl will be cut loose from the Giants.

Defensive ends
1. Charles Johnson — One of the top free agents in this year’s class has reportedly re-signed with Carolina.
2. Ray Edwards — Can’t stop smiling after seeing that the Panthers hand Johnson $32 million guaranteed.
3. Cullen Jenkins — Ditto for him.
4. Cliff Avril — Very likely to stay in Detroit as part of a stellar defensive line.
5. Jason Babin — Had 13 sacks out of nowhere last season; was it a fluke?
6. Shaun Ellis — Very valuable as a 3-4 end on the market.
7. Mathias Kiwanuka — Still health questions, but undeniable talent.

Defensive tackles
1. Brandon Mebane — In talks to return to Seattle.
2. Aubrayo Franklin — Less likely he stays in San Francisco.
3. Barry Cofield — He’s only 27, but the Giants might be ready to move on.

Outside linebackers
1. Manny Lawson — The 27-year-old is the best of the rest after franchise tagging.
2. James Anderson — You wonder if the Panthers will forget about him during this process.
3. Matt Roth — Hot-and-cold player who gets a lot of pressure.
4. Tully Banta-Cain* — Cut by the Pats despite 14.5 sacks the last two seasons.
5. Quincy Black — Tremendous 2010 season before breaking an arm in late November.
6. Justin Durant — Versatile linebacker is getting interest from several places.

Inside linebackers
1. Barrett Ruud — Consistent tackle machine that doesn’t miss games.
2. Paul Posluszny — Less consistent and more prone to injuries, but massive upside.
3. Stewart Bradley — Injuries are a question here, too.
4. Nick Barnett* — Good enough to start in many linebacker units.
5. Kirk Morrison — Another starting-caliber player in his twenties.
6. Stephen Tulloch — Above average at 26.

Cornerbacks
1. Nnamdi Asomugha — Undisputed leader of the class.
3. Johnathan Joseph — Everyone priced out of Asomugha will chase him.
2. Ike Taylor — System guy who could struggle out of Pittsburgh. But probably won’t leave.
4. Antonio Cromartie — Interception machine and super athletic, but can he cover?
5. Josh Wilson — Not sure why Seattle dealt him, and not sure why Baltimore wouldn’t keep him.
6. Chris Carr — He can also contribute greatly on special teams.
7. Carlos Rogers — A slightly less accomplished version of Ike Taylor.

Safeties
1. Eric Weddle — Chargers signed Bob Sanders, so the Pro Bowler might walk.
2. Quintin Mikell — Has agreed to terms with the Rams.
3. Michael Huff — Extremely versatile and entering his prime.
4. Dawan Landry — Doesn’t make headlines in Baltimore, but brings a lot to the table.
5. Donte Whitner — Great against the run and only 26 years old.
6. Gerald Sensabaugh — Anxious to explore the open market.
7. Danieal Manning — The Bears can live without him, and they know it.

* In the process of being released.

Franchise tags issued (14)

  • Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley
  • Patriots guard Logan Mankins
  • Eagles quarterback Michael Vick
  • Jets inside linebacker David Harris
  • Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson
  • Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata
  • Colts quarterback Peyton Manning
  • Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali
  • Vikings outside linebacker Chad Greenway
  • Browns kicker Phil Dawson
  • Panthers center Ryan Kalil
  • Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis
  • Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai
  • Raiders outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley

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