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NFL’s top 100 free agents of 2016

From Malik Jackson to Isa Abdul-Quddus, these are the NFL's top 100 free agents of 2016.

With NFL free agency opening this week, it’s time for teams get busy with roster rebuilding. Offers can be made to players starting Monday, and they can sign contracts when the new league year begins on March 9 at 4 p.m. ET. Ahead of the madness, we rank the top 100 free agents available and break down where they best fit for 2016. And follow along here as we grade every deal of NFL free agency.

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1. Malik Jackson, DT

2016 team: Jaguars (six-year deal)

In just two years, Jackson, once a situational pass rusher, has become tremendous against the pass and run. The question of whether or not he’ll be the same player away from Denver DL coach Bill Kollar still lingers. Best fit: Jaguars.

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2. Brock Osweiler, QB

2016 team: Texans (Four-year deal)

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3. Kelechi Osemele, OG

2016 team: Raiders (five-year deal)

He’s had back issues in the past, but when he’s healthy, Osemele is among the best guards in the league. He can also play tackle. Best fit: 49ers.

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4. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB

2015 team: Jets

Fitzpatrick has played winning football for both the Texans and Jets over the past two seasons. That’s an upgrade in a lot of places. Like Osweiler, he’s an option for all teams in need of a QB. Best fit: Jets.

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5. Mario Williams, DE

2016 team: Dolphins (two-year deal)

Williams exposed himself as a bit of a diva with his complaints about Rex Ryan’s scheme over the past year, but he can still get to the passer, preferably in a 4–3 scheme. Best fit: Jaguars.

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6. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE

2016 team: Giants (one-year deal)

He was a rising superstar until his Fourth of July fireworks accident. He’s still able to get to the passer consistently, he just doesn’t finish very well. Best fit: Giants.

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7. Janoris Jenkins, CB

2016 team: Giants (five-year deal)

Jenkins is a boom-or-bust coverage player, but the ability is there to be a top man cornerback. Will he ever be focused enough to realize that talent? Best fit: Jaguars.

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8. Damon Harrison, NT

2016 team: Giants (five-year deal)

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9. George Iloka, S

2016 team: Bengals (five-year deal)

He has steadily improved during his career to the point where he’s now a very good two-way safety. His age (26) will land him a big contract. Best fit: Bengals.

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10. Sean Smith, CB

2016 team: Raiders (four-year deal)

Smith is of the most physically imposing corners in the game (6' 4", 214 pounds), but we’ll see if teams think he’s lost a step or not. Best fit: Giants.

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11. Olivier Vernon, DE

2016 team: Giants (five-year deal)

The Dolphins have right of first refusal so he’s likely staying put, but his underappreciated two-way ability might yield an offer sheet. Best fit: Dolphins.

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12. Alex Mack, C

2016 team: Falcons (five-year deal)

He wasn’t the same dominating player in ’15 after coming back from a broken fibula, but if he regains his old form, a team will be landing an elite and heady center. Best fit: Colts.

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13. Russell Okung, LT

2016 team: Broncos (five-year deal)

Okung has had a lot of trouble staying healthy and that’s caused him to drop from elite to good. But pair him with the right coach and he still has some good football left in him. Best fit: Raiders.