For the first time in years, teams will be able to fill one of the game's most important positions through free agency. (The signing period begins at 6 p.m. ET on Friday.) "I haven't seen this many good corners on the market in a long time," one veteran pro personnel man said on Sunday. By my count, nine of the top 50 free agents are cover men, including Nnamdi Asomugha, the best free-agent corner since Deion Sanders in 1995. Look for him to leave the Raiders and get paid $1 million a game by a cornerback-needy team such as the Texans or the Cowboys. Here's where I see the top 50 free agents landing. UPDATE: The Eagles have signed Asomugha, considered the NFL's top free agent, to a five-year, $60 million deal.
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RB DeAngelo Williams
Panthers use their ample cap space to keep one of their best. UPDATE: Agreed to a five-year, $43 million ($21 million guaranteed) deal with Panthers
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DE Cullen Jenkins
UPDATE: The Eagles have reportedly inked Jenkins to a five-year, $25 million contract.
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NT Aubrayo Franklin
Top nosetackle in this class and, at 30, still in his prime.
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WR Sidney Rice
Rice joins former teammate Tavaris Jackson with the Seahawks, who landed the type of big wide receiver Pete Carroll loves. UPDATE: Agreed to a five-year, $41 million ($18.5 million guaranteed) deal with Seahawks
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DE Jason Babin
Led all free-agents-to-be with 12 1/2 sacks in 2010. UPDATE: Agreed to a five-year, $28 million deal with Eagles
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WR Santonio Holmes
Has two strikes against him in player discipline. UPDATE: Agreed to a five-year, $50 million ($24 million guaranteed) deal with Jets
8 of 50Hector Gabino/MCT/Landov
T Matt Light
Only proven above-average left-tackle starter available.
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CB Antonio Cromartie
Al Davis? Overpay for a cornerback? Yup. He always does. UPDATE: Cromartie agreed to re-up and stay with the Jets.
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DE Ray Edwards
Rush end to complement the underrated Trent Cole. UPDATE: Agreed to a five-year, $30 million deal with Falcons
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CB Johnathan Joseph
Good, aggressive Pittsburgh-quality cornerback. UPDATE: Agreed to a five-year, $48.75 million ($23.5 million guaranteed) deal, including a $12.5 million signing bonus with Texans
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QB Matt Hasselbeck
Tennessee outbids Vikings on best quarterback in crop. UPDATE: Agreed to sign multi-year deal with Titans
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G-T Marshal Yanda
The highly coveted lineman decides to stay in Baltimore. UPDATE: Agreed to five-year, $32 million deal with Ravens
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T Doug Free
Dallas ponies up for rising star who'll protect Tony Romo. UPDATE: Agreed to a four-year, $32 million ($17 million guaranteed) deal with Cowboys
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RB Ahmad Bradshaw
New York wants to keep him, but not at silly money.
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FS Eric Weddle
Emerging player now the highest-paid safety in history. UPDATE: Agreed to five-year, $40 million ($19 million guaranteed) deal with Chargers
17 of 50Jeff Siner/MCT/Landov
It made no sense for a team with cap space to lose him. UPDATE: Agreed to six-year, $72 million deal with Panthers
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DT Brandon Mebane
John Fox needs interior-line beef to bolster run defense. UPDATE: Seahawks agree to deal with Mebane.
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G Harvey Dahl
Miami has to get better up front. UPDATE: Dahl will be protecting Sam Bradford for years to come after signing a four-year contract with the Rams.
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LB Barrett Ruud
Tackling machine UPDATE: The Titans signed Ruud to a one-year deal.
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CB Ike Taylor
Has strengths and weaknesses; Pittsburgh knows both. UPDATE: Agreed to four-year deal with Steelers
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SS Melvin Bullitt
Overshadowed by top safeties, but a solid NFL starter. UPDATE: Agreed to a three-year deal with Colts
23 of 50Damian Strohmeyer/SI
WR Braylon Edwards
Will want too much money. Al will likely give it to him.
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T Willie Colon
Missed 2010 (Achilles tendon); still best T option for Pitt. UPDATE: Colon re-signed with Pittsburgh for a five-year, $29 million deal
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WR Malcom Floyd
San Diego can't afford to lose Floyd and Vincent Jackson.
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FS Dashon Goldson
San Francisco has made retaining him a high priority.
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CB Josh Wilson
Baltimore's big loss is Washington's gain. UPDATE: Agreed to a three-year, $13.5 million deal with the Redskins
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T Ryan Harris
Denver wants to keep its young tackle combo intact.
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LB Paul Posluszny
Perfect MLB for desperate Jags -- and he's only 26. UPDATE: Agreed to sign with Jaguars; six years, $45 million ($15 million guaranteed)
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CB Carlos Rogers
Cincinnati is going to have to spend money on someone.
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WR Steve Breaston
Arizona has to have an option opposite Larry Fitzgerald. UPDATE: Agreed to a five-year deal with Chiefs
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SS Quintin Mikell
Should have been a star by now -- and could be in St. Louis. UPDATE: Agreed to a four-year, $27 million ($14 million guaranteed) deal with Rams
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RB Ronnie Brown
Bill Belichick loves depth and versatility at running back.
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SS Bernard Pollard
Amazing that this physical playmaker is only 26.
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RB Cedric Benson
When not in trouble with law, he's good for 1,000 yards. UPDATE: Agreed on a one-year deal to stay in Cincinnati.
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G Robert Gallery
A big upgrade to Seattle's revolving door at left guard in '10. UPDATE: Agreed to a three-year deal with the Seahawks
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SS Dawan Landry
Dallas will make a move for either Landry or Abram Elam. Jaguars agree to deal with Landry to bolster secondary.
38 of 50Gerald Herbert/AP
CB Richard Marshall
UPDATE: Agreed to a one-year deal with the Cardinals.
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CB Kelly Jennings
No kidding: Rex Ryan wants four starting-caliber CBs.
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SS Abram Elam
Physical upgrade for porous Houston secondary.
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LB-S Thomas Davis
Coming off two injury-plagued years. Only 28, though. UPDATE: Agreed to a five-year deal with the Panthers
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G Davin Joseph
Part of Tampa Bay's protection plan for Josh Freeman. UPDATE: Agreed to a seven-year, $52.5 million ($29 million guaranteed) deal with Bucs
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TE Kevin Boss
Eli Manning would sorely miss one of his favorite targets.
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T Jermon Bushrod
The Saints will value him more than other teams. UPDATE: Agreed to a two-year deal with Saints.
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LB Kirk Morrison
Expect the Giants to also go after Posluszny.
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SS Roman Harper
Don't expect New Orleans to let this key contributor leave. UPDATE: As expected, the Saints re-signed Harper, locking down the safety for another four years.
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T Jared Gaither
Enigmatic lineman wore out his welcome in Baltimore. UPDATE: Gaither agrees to deal with Oakland Raiders.
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WR James Jones
UPDATE: After lobbying by Aaron Rodgers, the Packers and Jones agreed to a three-year deal.
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CB Chris Carr
Good nickel insurance for aging cornerback group. UPDATE: Ravens' most consistent corner stays in Baltimore.
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DE Matt Roth
Rush DE-OLB could flourish in New England's scheme.
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