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New wave of NFL free agency hits tonight: Top free agents available

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Believe it or not, another way of free agency is about to take place. It coincides with the deadline for signing players that count against each team’s total when figuring up compensatory picks. That deadline happens tonight at 9 pm Pacific (midnight ET). After which, all players signed will not count in that total.

Several players could be ready to sign with a team or have several teams interested, but those teams are waiting for the deadline to pass. Keep in mind, this only applies to players who are free agents because their previous contract was up. Players who were cut by their previous team do not count toward or against compensatory pick totals — such as former Chiefs safety Eric Berry or former Browns linebacker Jamie Collins — so any of those players aren’t still out there for that reason.

Here are the top free agents to watch:

Ezekiel Ansah, ED, 29

Ndamukong Suh, DI, 32

Jay Ajayi, RB, 25

Muhammad Wilkerson, DI, 29

Andy Levitre, G, 32

Marshawn Lynch, RB, 33

Tre Boston, S, 26

Morris Claiborne, CB, 29

Allen Bailey, DI, 30

Michael Johnson, ED, 32

Stefen Wisniewski, G, 30

Shane Ray, ED, 25

Raiders have around $20 million to spend when factoring in the rookie pool.