Assessing the free-agent market

Since the draft ended, a lot of people have been asking about the top players still available in the free-agent market. The pickings are slim, but GM Mike Tannenbaum has been known to find bargains. Right now, the Jets still have at least three needs -- safety, wide receiver and right tackle. We could expand the list, but we'll keep it to three for now.

Based on the Scouts, Inc., rankings here are the top unrestricted free agents, including their last team and Scouts, Inc., grade :

WIDE RECEIVER

Braylon Edwards, 49ers -- 78
Roy Williams, Bears -- 72
Plaxico Burress, Jets -- 70
Mark Clayton, Rams -- 62

SAFETY

Bob Sanders, Chargers -- 75
Abe Elam, Cowboys -- 73
Sean Jones, Bucs -- 72
Gerald Sensabaugh, Cowboys -- 72
Melvin Bullitt, Colts -- 71
Jim Leonhard, Jets -- 70
Deon Grant, Giants -- 70

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

Vernon Carey, Dolphins -- 82*
Kareem McKenzie, Giants --80
Max Starks, Steelers -- 72
Adam Goldberg, Rams -- 67
Brandon Keith, Cards -- 67

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