Here are the best NFL free agents for 2015, according to NFL.com
Super Bowl XLIX has come and gone, but it's not quite 2015 on the NFL calendar just yet.
That doesn't happen until March 10, the date the new league year officially begins.
It also marks the start of free agency as all 2014 player contracts expire that day at 4 p.m. ET. Between then and now, front offices will get all their ducks in a row before making offers, counteroffers, and counter-counteroffers to players who can potentially bolster rosters.
NFL.com ranked the 25 best of those set to hit the market and included Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who broke into the top five. But before we get to the list, here is a refresher on the timetable for free agency:
March 7-10 - Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2014 contracts. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m. ET on March 10.
March 10 - Prior to 4:00 p.m. ET, clubs must exercise options for 2015 on all players who have option clauses in their 2014 contracts. Clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation. All 2014 player contracts expire while the 2015 league year, free agency and trading periods begin at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Here are the top 25 NFL free agents for 2015, according to NFL.com:
- Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions defensive tackle
- Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher
- Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver
- Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos wide receiver
5. Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants defensive end
- Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos tight end
- Mike Iupati, San Francisco 49ers guard
- Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers wide receiver
- Devin McCourty, New England Patriots safety
- DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys running back
- Jerry Hughes, Buffalo Bills pass rusher
- Jason Worilds, Pittsburgh Steelers pass rusher
- Jared Odrick, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle
- Pernell McPhee, Baltimore Ravens pass rusher
- Terrance Knighton, Denver Broncos defensive tackle
- Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver
- Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles pass rusher
- Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver
- Greg Hardy, Carolina Panthers pass rusher
- Byron Maxwell, Seattle Seahawks cornerback
- C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills running back
- Nick Fairley, Detroit Lions defensive tackle
- Brandon Flowers, San Diego Chargers cornerback
- Brian Orakpo, Washington Redskins pass rusher
- Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns tight end