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The Best Remaining NFL Free Agents on the Market

In this Dec. 29, 2013, file photo, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. The NFL is allowing two more NFL players to continue playing while facing domestic violence issues. Similar to the Ray Rice case, the league says it investigating and waiting for the legal process to run its course before taking action. Greg Hardy already has been convicted on two counts of domestic violence, but has filed an appeal. Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers also remains active while he is being investigated for abuse allegations. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
In this Dec. 29, 2013, file photo, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

 

(USA Today) – The splashy signings are (mostly) finalized, with DeMarco Murray signing with the Eagles. Entering Day 4 of the NFL’s new league year, we’re officially in the second wave of free agency. Here’s a quick scan of the market to see the best remaining players available.

1. Greg Hardy, DE, 26

2014 with the Panthers: four tackles, one sack, one forced fumble in one game

Any team that signs Hardy knows it’s bringing on a lot of baggage, and even then, the NFL could still levy a suspension even though his domestic violence case was dismissed after he reached a civil suit agreement. Going on talent alone, Hardy (6-foot-4, 275 pounds) is one of the top young pass rushers in the NFL after he collected 26 sacks in his previous two years. And with the rest of free agency’s pass rushers off the board, Hardy’s value increases even more. But he’s still on the commissioner’s exempt list, however, and may not come off of it for some time, so it’s a risky signing no matter what.

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