- Matt Williamson, ESPN.com
Restricted free agents rarely change teams these days. But it could happen -- an opposing team could value one of these players more than his current club. This list is a ranking of restricted free agents' worth. Do teams agree? We'll soon to find out.
Each team has to decide what tender to put on its restricted free agents, which in turn determines what a team gets in compensation if the player signs elsewhere. Tendering one of their own too high should ensure that a team keeps the player, but also takes a bigger cut of the salary cap pie. It's a balancing act.
Here is my list of the NFL's top 20 restricted free agents for 2013:
1. WR Victor Cruz, New York Giants: Cruz is a fantastic story and an even better football player. When Hakeem Nicks was slowed by an injury in 2012, Cruz showed that 2011 was not a fluke. He is by far the best restricted free agent in this year's class. How will the Giants tender their star receiver? They can't afford him to leave the Big Apple.
Matt Williamson examines the top 20 restricted free agents.