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ESPN Ranks The 5 Best Free Agents Still Available

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 21: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans is seen during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on October 21, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

We're in the thick of the second phase of free agency, where some of the smaller deals for lower-impact starters are being signed. But there are still a number of elite free agents that could still sign a mega-deal in the days and weeks to come.

ESPN reporter Kevin Seifert recently posted his ranking of the best free agents available heading into April. Naturally, the recent releases of Pro Bowl quarterbacks like Cam Newton and Jameis Winston factored in to the new list.

Pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney was named as the No. 1 free agent available. The former No. 1 overall pick and Pro Bowler has yet to sign as he reportedly looks for elite pass rusher money.

Newton and Winston also made the list, as did linebacker Markus Golden and veteran offensive tackle Jason Peters.

Here are the five best free agents available, according to ESPN:

  1. Jadeveon Clowney, Edge rusher
  2. Cam Newton, Quarterback
  3. Jameis Winston, Quarterback
  4. Markus Golden, Linebacker
  5. Jason Peters, Offensive tackle

The lack of a market for Clowney is certainly one of the more interesting free agent stories this summer. But Newton and Winston hardly getting a whisper in the market is also pretty confusing.

All three could presumably be starters for a number of NFL teams.

As for Golden, a 29-year-old linebacker in his prime and coming off his best season shouldn't stay off the market for too long. But his injury history could give teams pause to crunch the numbers.

Finally, Peters recently turned 38 and missed 12 games in the past three years. Teams will certainly want to do their due-diligence on him before risking a contract of any size.

Perhaps the final days of March and the early weeks of April will provide us with some kind of answer.

Where do you think the players on that list will ultimately end up?