The 2015 NFL season is almost over, but that means free agency is almost upon us as well.
From now until the beginning of March, teams will have the opportunity to sign the players they really want to keep to their rosters for the 2016 season. If a deal can't be struck, a player may be hit with a franchise tag, but if that can't be done either, they'll take on free agency.
Players will stay, come, and go across all 32 teams this offseason, and there is bound to be one or two big names deciding they want to try and hone their craft elsewhere. Here are the top five players who could become unrestricted free agents in March and take on the market.
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Safety Eric Berry went from strength to strength in 2015. Not only did he managed to return to the game after overcoming cancer, but he also performed really well for the Kansas City Chiefs.
With 10 passes deflected, two interceptions, and 55 total tackles over the duration of 16 games, he has shown the league he has still got it no matter what obstacles are put in his way.
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This was supposed to be Alshon Jeffery's year to prove he is the number one wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, but injuries have limited his production. He only managed to score four touchdowns and 807 receiving yards from 54 receptions in nine games across 2015.
However, there aren't a lot of other receivers in the league who are better than him at catching deep balls, and he was in the top 10 of highest yards per game averages. A lot of teams would love to have him as a part of their franchise.
Probably one of two players on this list that are unlikely to leave their current teams, but nevertheless, he would be a great signing if he becomes available. Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has had another great year, especially when it comes to stopping the run.
He's arguably one of the best defensive players in the league now, so there should be no way the Broncos would allow him to hit free agency. If he does, the other 31 teams in the NFL will be queuing for his signature.
Another name who is unlikely to leave their current franchise is Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman. He is a strong contender for Defensive Player of the Year and it would be a disaster if the NFC South champions let him hit free agency.
With four interceptions and 18 pass deflections over the course of the 2015 season, teams will also be lining up for his services if he becomes available, but that's highly unlikely. It was a great time for Norman to have his breakout season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Doug Martin has risen to new heights thanks to his performances in 2015. He finished the season as the number two leading rusher in the NFL, with only 83 yards less than the leading rusher Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson.
He did, however, have a higher yards per carry average than Peterson, with 4.9 yards per carry, he just couldn't find the endzone as much, as he only scored six touchdowns. For any teams that are in need of a running back, Martin will certainly be a good and reliable option if he becomes available.
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