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Muhammad Wilkerson Ranked 3rd Best Free Agent By NFL

It's a strong list

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There are a lot of impressive free agents this offseason, but Muhammad Wilkerson is right at the top of the list. I don't always agree with Gregg Rosenthal (because he's often wrong), but it's hard to argue with the top of the list this year. It goes as follows:

1. Von Miller, Denver Broncos linebacker

2. Josh Norman, Carolina Panthers cornerback

3. Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets defensive end

4. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears wide receiver

5. Cordy Glenn, Buffalo Bills offensive tackle

6. Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants defensive end

7. Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs safety

8. Malik Jackson, Broncos defensive tackle

9. Olivier Vernon, Dolphins defensive end

10. Doug Martin, Buccaneers running back

11. Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks linebacker

12. Russell Okung, Seahawks tackle

13. Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers safety

14. Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback

15. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins quarterback

16. Matt Forte, Bears running back

17. Andre Smith, Cincinnati Bengals right tackle

18. Danny Trevathan, Broncos linebacker

19. Janoris Jenkins, St. Louis Rams cornerback

20. Brock Osweiler, Broncos quarterback

Things get a little messy later on (Sam Bradford over Kirk Cousins and Janoris Jenkins? Come on.), but the top 3 makes sense. Von Miller was going to be the top free agent no matter what happened during the postseason. What happened during the postseason was that Von Miller destroyed 3 of the top 4 scoring offenses in the NFL and won a Superbowl MVP. Josh Norman had a breakout year and was arguably the best corner in the NFL this year. I'd argue that he wasn't, but with all the media attention and success by the Panthers, he'll either be given one of the largest defensive contracts in history or the franchise tag. Muhammad Wilkerson doesn't have quite the impact of an All-Pro pass rusher or shutdown corner, but he is one of the best 3-4 DEs in the NFL entering the prime of his career. In the likely event that the Jets are unable to make Wilkerson an offer in time, he is almost guaranteed to get the franchise tag. These players at the top of the list don't hit the market without at least one franchise tag.