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NFL Free Agency 2015: Position-by-position look at top players hitting the market

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Many big-name NFL free agents are looking for their first big payday, including Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Randall Cobb, Demaryius Thomas and Justin Houston.

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It won't be long until NFL free agency begins, and many players will be getting nice paydays after putting in their time and work.

We're still a little over a month away from the opening of the signing period , though we have a good feel of who is set to hit the market. Several franchise-level players are set to become available, including Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Randall Cobb, Demaryius Thomas and Justin Houston.

We should hear a lot surrounding those players once the March 7 negotiating period begins, and most of the big-name free agents should be off the market on or soon after the official start of free agency on March 10. There is also the potential for some of these players to re-sign with their current teams at some point this offseason.

With that said, here's an early look at some of the notable names set to hit the market. 

Quarterbacks
1. Jake Locker
2. Mark Sanchez
3. Ryan Mallett
4. Brian Hoyer
5. Matt Hasselbeck
6. Matt Moore
7. Tarvaris Jackson
8. Shaun Hill
9. Michael Vick
10. Christian Ponder
11. Colt McCoy
12. Jimmy Clausen
13. Tyrod Taylor
14. Dan Orlovsky
15. Jason Campbell

Running Backs
1. DeMarco Murray
2. Justin Forsett
3. Ryan Mathews
4. Mark Ingram
5. Shane Vereen
6. C.J. Spiller
7. Frank Gore
8. Stevan Ridley
9. Roy Helu
10. Ahmad Bradshaw
11. Darren McFadden
12. Knowshon Moreno
13. Ray Rice
14. Ben Tate
15. Cedric Peerman

Fullbacks
1. Henry Hynoski
2. Jed Collins
3. John Kuhn
4. Tyler Clutts
5. John Conner

Wide Receivers
1. Dez Bryant
2. Demaryius Thomas
3. Randall Cobb
4. Jeremy Maclin
5. Torrey Smith
6. Michael Crabtree
7. Eddie Royal
8. Cecil Shorts
9. Kenny Britt
10. Nate Washington
11. Wes Welker
12. Hakeem Nicks
13. Reggie Wayne
14. Denarius Moore
15. Dwayne Harris

Tight Ends
1. Julius Thomas
2. Charles Clay
3. Jordan Cameron
4. Jermaine Gresham
5. Niles Paul
6. Rob Housler
7. Lance Kendricks
8. Owen Daniels
9. Virgil Green
10. Tony Moeaki
11. Jacob Tamme
12. Matt Spaeth
13. Ed Dickson
14. Lee Smith
15. Daniel Fells. 

Offensive Tackles
1. Bryan Bulaga
2. Doug Free
3. Michael Roos
4. Joe Barksdale
5. King Dunlap
6. Derek Newton
7. Byron Bell
8. Jason Fox
9. Jermey Parnell
10. Eric Winston

Guards/Centers
1. Mike Iupati
2. Clint Boling
3. Rodney Hudson
4. Stefen Wisniewski
5. Orlando Franklin
6. James Carpenter
7. Brian De La Puente
8. Rob Sims

9. Will Montgomery
10. Nick Hardwick
11. Dominic Raiola
12. Jonathan Goodwin
13. Samson Satele
14. Daryn Colledge
15. Dan Connolly

Defensive Ends
1. Jason Pierre-Paul
2. Greg Hardy
3. Brian Orakpo
4. Jabaal Sheard
5. Derrick Morgan
6. Adrian Clayborn
7. Dwight Freeney
8. George Selvie
9. Kroy Biermann
10. Osi Umenyiora
11. Da'Quan Bowers
12. Corey Wootton

Interior Defensive Linemen
1. Ndamukong Suh
2. Nick Fairley
3. Terrance Knighton
4. Dan Williams
5. Jared Odrick
6. Henry Melton
7. C.J. Mosley
8. Stephen Paea
9. Cory Redding
10. Letroy Guion
11. Corey Peters
12. B.J. Raji
13. Kevin Williams
14. Karl Klug
15. Ahtyba Rubin
16. Pat Sims
17. Jarvis Jenkins
18. Alan Branch
19. Kevin Vickerson
20. Tyson Alualu

Inside Linebackers
1. Brandon Spikes
2. David Harris
3. Mason Foster
4. Larry Foote
5. Nate Irving
6. Jamari Lattimore
7. Rolando McClain
8. Rey Maualuga
9. Colin McCarthy
10. Dane Fletcher
11. Moise Fokou
12. Darryl Sharpton
13. Andrew Gachkar
14. Kelvin Sheppard
15. Mark Herzlich

4-3 Outside Linebackers
1. Lance Briggs
2. Malcolm Smith
3. Sean Weatherspoon
4. Justin Durant
5. Jonathan Casillas
6. Bruce Carter
7. Jacquian Williams
8. Ramon Humber
9. Geno Hayes
10. J.T. Thomas

3-4 Outside Linebackers
1. Justin Houston
2. Jerry Hughes
3. Brian Orakpo
4.  Jason Worilds
5. Brandon Graham
6. Akeem Ayers
7. Brooks Reed
8. Sam Acho
9. O'Brien Schofield
10. James Harrison

Cornerbacks
1. Byron Maxwell
2. Brandon Flowers
3. Tramon Williams
4. Davon House
5. Buster Skrine
6. Antonio Cromartie
7. Josh Gordy
8. Jimmy Wilson
9. Patrick Robinson
10. Terence Newman
11. Kareem Jackson
12. Charles Tillman
13. Chris Culliver
14. Walter Thurmond III
15. Shareece Wright

Safeties
1. Devin McCourty
2. Mike Adams
3. Antrel Rolle
4. Louis Delmas
5. Marcus Gilchrist
6. Rahim Moore
7. Dawan Landry
8. Chris Conte
9. Da'Norris Searcy
10. Darian Stewart

Kickers
1. Stephen Gostkowski
2. Mike Nugent
3. Matt Prater
4. Matt Bryant
5. Shayne Graham
6. Ryan Succop
7. Jay Feely
8. Billy Cundiff

Punters
1. Brett Kern
2. Mat McBriar

Notable Restricted Free Agents
1. S Tashaun Gipson
2. DT Damon Harrison
3. S Will Hill
4. LB Brandon Marshall
5. LB Jerrell Freeman
6. DL Cedric Thornton
7. WR Andre Holmes
8. LB Craig Robertson
9. S Rodney McLeod
10. DL Greg Scruggs
11. OL A.Q. Shipley
12. K Justin Tucker
13. DL Lawrence Guy
14. WR Jermaine Kearse
15. RB Matt Asiata
16. RB Travaris Cadet
17. RB Bobby Rainey
19. WR Kamar Aiken
20. LB Emmanuel Lamur