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The first wave of free agency has passed and we now head into Week 2. There’s still a healthy load of talent out there that could help your team and we’ve ranked them from 1 to 75 to give an idea of the options that remain. Here’s our Top 75 for the available free agents, updating as we go …(As of March 18th,7:20am ET).

Clark considered playing for the Dolphins in 2010, even paying Miami a visit, before re-signing with the Steelers. Clark had an answer when someone wondered why the Dolphins had such poor results. “It’s my honest opinion. Not a good guy making decisions,” he tweeted, seemingly referring to general manager Jeff Ireland. And, a few minutes later: “Done w talk of the Dolphins. Good luck to their team. Their are some good men working hard to win games ON the field.”

Mays, who had wrapped up a visit to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday before the Broncos finished the deal, was scheduled to meet with Colts officials today. Instead, Mays arrived in Denver late Sunday and was expected to formally sign the deal today. As a result the contract had not been filed with the NFL as of Sunday night. Mays joins safety Mike Adams as the Broncos’ only acquisitions in free agency since Peyton Manning visited Denver 10 days ago.

Although we could hear of fines and potential lost draft picks for the Saints and suspensions for general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton and former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williiams, there now is speculation we might not hear everything this week. There’s speculation that it could take longer to get news on player suspensions. More than 20 players were reportedly involved in the program and the league still could be figuring out the involvement of each or working on a way to stagger suspensions so the Saints aren’t sitting the majority of their defense at the same time.

The pursuit of Peyton Manning made a lot of sense for the Miami Dolphins. We understood it. They saw a chance to grab a guy who, if healthy, could have taken       them to the Super Bowl, putting the chase to succeed Dan Marino finally to rest, albeit for a short time. But Alex Smith? Matt Flynn? Word came Sunday that the Dolphins were meeting with Smith, who has been with the 49ers the past seven seasons. Flynn, Green Bay’s backup, was also on their radar before signing with the Seahawks.   Here’s what I say to that: Are either of those two players any better than Matt Moore, who played well down the stretch for the Dolphins last season?

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