Top Available 2014 NFL Free Agents: Aqib Talib, Jairus Byrd, Eric Decker

Jairus ByrdThe start of the 2014 NFL season is set to begin on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

That’s when NFL teams are allowed to start signing free agents from other teams. The NFL’s “legal tampering” period started on Saturday at noon. Teams are allowed to begin contract negotiations with agents, but they can’t make anything official until Tuesday. Rumors will be rampant until Tuesday.

Before the signings start coming in, check out the top five free agents at each position. For Patriots fans, there are some familiar faces at wide receiver, center, linebacker and cornerback.

QUARTERBACK

1. Michael Vick
2. Josh McCown
3. Josh Freeman
4. Shaun Hill
5. Tarvaris Jackson

RUNNING BACK

1. Ben Tate
2. Darren Sproles
3. Darren McFadden
4. Knowshon Moreno
5. Rashad Jennings

WIDE RECEIVER

1. Eric Decker
2. Hakeem Nicks
3. Golden Tate
4. Julian Edelman
5. James Jones

TIGHT END

1. Garrett Graham
2. Jermichael Finley
3. Brandon Myers
4. Brandon Pettigrew
5. Dustin Keller

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

1. Eugene Monroe
2. Branden Albert
3. Jared Veldheer
4. Anthony Collins
5. Zach Strief

GUARD

1. Geoff Schwartz
2. Rodger Saffold
3.Travelle Wharton
4. Willie Colon
5. Jon Asamoah

CENTER

1. Brian De La Puente
2. Evan Dietrich-Smith
3. Jonathan Goodwin
4. Ryan Wendell
5. Fernando Velasco

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

1. Henry Melton
2. Randy Starks
3. Jason Hatcher
4. Linval Joseph
5. Arthur Jones

EDGE DEFENDERS

1. Michael Johnson
2. Lamarr Houston
3. Jared Allen
4. Anthony Spencer
5. Justin Tuck

LINEBACKER

1. Karlos Dansby
2. Daryl Smith
3. Brandon Spikes
4. Jon Beason
5. Wesley Woodyard

CORNERBACK

1. Aqib Talib
2. Alterraun Verner
3. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
4. Vontae Davis
5. Charles Tillman

SAFETY

1. Jairus Byrd
2. T.J. Ward
3. Donte Whitner
4. Chris Clemons
5. Antoine Bethea

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