That’s right, it’s two things.

Tomorrow you’ll hear all kinds of gossip, dirty rumors, and the details of possibly irate phone calls. And you won’t even be at your mother in-law’s house.

Or maybe that’s where you spend your Saturdays, which will make this particular Saturday all the more frenzied. Welcome to the inaugural opening of the three-day negotiation window.

That’s happening Saturday starting at midnight ET. What exactly does it mean? Well, teams can begin contacting soon-to-be available players through their agents, and only through their agents, thereby setting up the framework for a potential deal that can’t be officially signed until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. However, players without agents (i.e.: Ed Reed) can’t talk to anyone. Seriously, Reed has to stay completely silent all weekend. Can’t say a word.

This can’t be repeated or emphasized enough for clarity: THERE WON’T BE ANY OFFICIAL SIGNINGS UNTIL TUESDAY. But there’s a very real possibility that amid all the reports of general managers calling agents and possibly buying players several Ferraris, we’ll hear about a deal that’s been reached in principle. Got it? Cool.

Since no one else anywhere on the Internet is doing this, I went ahead and ranked the top 10-ish free agents for each position. The “ish” is because that’s the max cut off I used, but in a few places I didn’t get there. Hey, you try finding 10 punters worth spending anything on in free agency. Yeah yeah, they’re people too.

So below you’ll see a total of 120 players ranked, and surely you’ll become angry because I blatantly forgot someone ranked Player X wayyy too low. Keep checking back here as the chaos begins next Tuesday, because we’ll track the status of the names listed here, and update this post with the terms of the contracts signed (as we’ve already done in two instances). If you feel the desire to hate yourself and your bank account, this is where it’s at.

Before the listicle begins, a few observations/stray thoughts:

  • As is the case every year, the quarterback free agent pool is bare, and it purely consists of backups.
  • There’s depth to be found among the wide receivers (i.e: Donnie Avery). But generally speaking, the decline after the first tier is significant following Mike Wallace, Wes Welker, and Greg Jennings. That’s especially true if we assume Welker re-signs with New England.
  • Oh, and about safe assumptions: Tony Gonzalez is ranked atop the tight end list out of obligation. But it will still be quite shocking if he signs with anyone but the Falcons. He’s either staying in Atlanta for one more year, or retiring.
  • This is a great year to need a defensive back, as it’s a deep free agent class at both safety and cornerback. Need a ball hawking safety? That Ed Reed guy is pretty good, and so are Dashon Goldson, Charles Woodson, Glover Quin, and William Moore. Corner? Brent Grimes is available at a discount due to his injury, while Keenan Lewis, Sean Smith, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dunta Robinson, and two guys named Chris (Gamble and Houston) round out the deepest position this year.
  • And an important fantasy note: if you’re a keeper or dynasty league Adrian Peterson owner, you need to send a check or money order to Minnesota now to ensure the Vikings re-sign fullback Jerome Felton.


1. Matt Moore
2. Chase Daniel
3. Josh Johnson
4. David Garrard
5. Jason Campbell
6. Brady Quinn
7. Drew Stanton
8. Byron Leftwich
9. Derek Anderson
10. Matt Leinart

Wide Receivers

1. Mike Wallace
2. Wes Welker
3. Greg Jennings
4. Danny Amendola
5. Brian Hartline
6. Donnie Avery
7. Randy Moss
8. Kevin Ogletree
9. Brandon Gibson
10. Julian Edelman

Running Backs

1. Steven Jackson
2. Ahmad Bradshaw
3. Reggie Bush
4. Rashard Mendenhall
5. Michael Turner
6. Shonn Greene
7. Cedric Benson
8. Danny Woodhead
9. Peyton Hillis
10. Felix Jones

Tight Ends

1. Tony Gonzalez
2. Jared Cook
3. Martellus Bennett
4. Dustin Keller
5. Brandon Myers
6. Fred Davis
7. Dallas Clark
8. Delanie Walker
9. James Casey
10. Anthony Fasano

Offensive Tackles

1. Andre Smith
2. Jake Long
3. Eric Winston
4. Sebastian Vollmer
5. Jermon Bushrod
6. Phil Loadholt
7. Sam Baker
8. Gosder Cherilus
9. Bryant McKinnie
10. Max Starks


1. Andy Levitre
2. Louis Vasquez
3. Kevin Boothe
4. Donald Thomas
5. Matt Slausen


1. Todd McCLure
2. Brad Meester
3. Dan Koppen


1. Jerome Felton
2. Corey McIntyre
3. Ovie Mughelli

Defensive Ends/Rush linebackers

1. Cliff Avril
2. John Abraham
3. Paul Kruger
4. James Harrison
5. Michael Bennett
6. Dwight Freeney
7. Osi Umenyiora
8. Isreal Idonije
9. Connor Barwin
10. Matt Shaughnessy

Defensive Tackles

1. Richard Seymour
2. Desmond Bryant
3. Jason Jones
4. Cullen Jenkins
5. Isaac Sopoaga
6. Chris Canty
7. Ricky Jean-Francois
8. Glenn Dorsey
9. Corey William
10. Casey Hampton


1. Ed Reed
2. Dashon Goldson
3. Charles Woodson
4. William Moore
5. Glover Quin
6. Kenny Phillips
7. Chris Clemons
8. Louis Delmas
9. Adrian Wilson
10. Nate Clements

Inside linebackers

1. Rey Maualuga
2. Dannell Ellerbe
3. Brian Urlacher
4. Bart Scott
5. Takeo Spikes

Outside linebackers

1. Philip Wheeler
2. Daryl Smith
3. Nick Barnett
4. Erin Henderson
5. Justin Durant


1. Brent Grimes
2. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
3. Sean Smith
4. Keenan Lewis
5. Chris Houston
6. Chris Gamble
7. Dunta Robinson
8. Cary Williams
9. Mike Jenkins
10. Quentin Jammer


1. Jason Hanson
2. Phil Dawson
3. Lawrence Tynes
4. Mike Nugent
5. Steve Hauschka
6. David Akers
7. Billy Cundiff


1. Shane Lechler
2. Sav Rocca
3. Brian Moorman