The best available NFL free agents (post-compensatory pick edition)

On May 2, a contractual change happened in the NFL that will affect how (and how many) free agents still left on the boards are signed. On that date, free agent signings no longer add to the league’s formula for compensatory picks, meaning that NL teams can sign free agents without future picks going to the NFL teams those players previously played for.

That, along with the incoming minicamps, will have teams looking with a new eye at the league’s remaining free agents with a focus on which ones remaining will best fit their rosters, and best fill the remaining craters in those rosters. At this point in this process, none of these players are necessarily franchise-defining pieces, but you know how it goes. In the NFL, at some point, the bottom third of your roster will be just as important at the top third, and here are the guys who can fill that bottom third quite estimably.

With all that in mind, here are the best remaining free agents in the NFL — at least, for now.

Carson Wentz, Quarterback

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Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback

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Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back

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Kareem Hunt, Running Back

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

J.D. McKissic, Running Back

(Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Leonard Fournette, Running Back

(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

T.Y. Hilton, Receiver

(Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Kenny Golladay, Receiver

(Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

Sammy Watkins, Receiver

(Mark Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Jarvis Landry, Receiver

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Cameron Brate, Tight End

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Kyle Rudolph, Tight End

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Adam Shaheen, Tight End

(Kevin Wexler-USA TODAY Sports)

Isaiah Wynn, Offensive Tackle

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Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle

(Syndication: The Indianapolis Star)

George Fant, Offensive Tackle

(Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Cameron Fleming, Offensive Tackle

(Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Jason Peters, Offensive Tackle

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Ty Nsekhe, Offensive Tackle

Justin Pugh, Offensive Guard

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Gabe Jackson, Offensive Guard

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Rodger Saffold, Offensive Guard

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Trai Turner, Offensive Guard

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Dalton Risner, Offensive Guard

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Oday Aboushi, Offensive Guard

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Ben Jones, Center

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Pat Elflein, Center

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Leonard Floyd, EDGE

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Frank Clark, EDGE

(Syndication: Arizona Republic)

Yannick Ngakoue, EDGE

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Justin Houston, EDGE

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Dawuane Smoot, EDGE

(Syndication: Florida Times-Union)

Robert Quinn, EDGE

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Markus Golden, EDGE

(Syndication: Arizona Republic)

Melvin Ingram III, EDGE

(Syndication: Palm Beach Post)

Linval Joseph, IDL

(Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

Ndamukong Suh, IDL

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Shelby Harris, IDL

(Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)

Myles Jack, Linebacker

(Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports)

Kyle Van Noy, Linebacker

(Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports)

Kwon Alexander, Linebacker

(Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Marcus Peters, Cornerback

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

Eli Apple, Cornerback

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Casey Hayward Jr., Cornerback

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Anthony Brown, Cornerback

(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Adrian Amos, Safety

(Wm. Glasheen-USA TODAY Sports)

Lamarcus Joyner, Safety

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Kareem Jackson, Safety

(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Nasir Adderley, Safety

(Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

DeAndre Houston-Carson, Safety

(Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports)

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