Top 30 NFL Free Agents Left on Market

The first wave of free agency spending left the cupboards bare. Are there any veteran free agents out there who could make a difference for the Broncos?

As usually happens, the first waves of free agency left the proverbial cupboard practically bare. With teams flush with salary-cap space, the top talents signed (or re-signed) quickly. Of the 27 unrestricted free agents deemed five-star players, five received the franchise tag (Dallas receiver Dez Bryant, Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas, Kansas City outside linebacker Justin Houston, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski) and 20 of the remaining 22 are off the market.

One of the exceptions is Carolina’s Greg Hardy, who remains on the commissioner’s exempt list because of domestic violence charges. (Those charges were dropped on Feb. 9th when his accuser accepted a financial settlement with Hardy and refused to cooperate with the investigation.) The other is Oakland center Stefan Wisniewski, who is being courted by Seattle, among other teams. Here are the Top 30 unrestricted free agents available, according to Scout.com’s rankings. Note: This includes only unrestricted free agents who did not receive the franchise or transition tag.

No. 20 — Greg Hardy, DE, Carolina (Dallas)

No. 24 — Stefen Wisniewski, C, Oakland

No. 32 — Rolando McClain, MLB, Dallas

No. 34 — Brandon Spikes, MLB, Buffalo

No. 36 — Will Hill, S, Baltimore

No. 40 — Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati,

No. 42 — Anthony Spencer, DE, Dallas,

No. 45 — Brian De La Puente, C, Chicago

No. 47 — Justin Blalock, G, Atlanta

No. 49 — Tramon Williams, CB, Green Bay (Cleveland)

No. 54 — Nick Hardwick, C, San Diego

No. 56 — Samson Satele, C, Miami

No. 73 — Joe Barksdale, OT, St. Louis

No. 74 — Byron Bell, OT, Carolina

No. 75 — Kroy Biermann, DE, Atlanta

No. 76 — Steven Ridley, RB, New England

No. 77 — Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco

No. 80 — Cecil Shorts III, WR, Jacksonville,

No. 81 — Tarell Brown, CB, Oakland

No. 82 — Brandon Graham, OLB, Philadelphia

No. 87 — Patrick Robinson, CB, New Orleans (San Diego)

No. 88 — Sam Acho, OLB, Arizona

No. 89 — Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis

No. 99 — John Kuhn, FB, Green Bay

No. 101 — Mason Foster, MLB, Tampa Bay

No. 103 — Randy Starks, DT, Miami

No. 104 — Nate Irving, MLB, Denver

No. 105 — D.J. Williams, MLB, Chicago

No. 107 — Rob Sims, G, Detroit

No. 111 — Dawan Landry, S, New York Jets

The Broncos still have a few holes on the roster. Center and right tackle come to mind. But the free agent market really has dried up. Expect them to address these needs in the upcoming NFL draft, despite GM John Elway's reticence to enter it with roster holes.

This list doesn't include street free agents like former Texans center Chris Myers, whom the Broncos have an interest in. If Myers languishes on the open market, expect the Broncos to eventually bring him in on a team-friendly deal.

Chad Jensen is the Publisher and Lead Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen and on Google+.

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