The Free Agent Hot 100

1. Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace Agreed to deal with Dolphins.

2. Lions defensive end Cliff Avril Agreed to two-year deal with Seahawks.

3. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (RFA) Signed one-year RFA tender with Giants.

4. Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings Reached five-year deal with Vikings. 

5. Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long Reached four-year deal with Rams.

6. Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Signed one-year deal with Broncos.

7. Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger Agreed to deal with Browns.

8. Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith Re-signed with the Bengals

9. Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib Signed one-year deal with Patriots.

10. Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker Agreed to deal with Broncos.

11. Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett Agreed to one-year deal with Seahawks.

12. Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola Agreed to five-year deal with Patriots.

13. Vikings offensive tackle Phil Loadholt  Re-signed with Vikings.

14. Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin Signed six-year deal with Eagles.

15. Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer Re-signed with Patriots.

16. Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez Returning to Falcons.

17. Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith Agreed to three-year deal with Chiefs.

18. Titans tight end Jared Cook Agreed to deal with Rams.

19. 49ers safety Dashon Goldson Signed with Buccaneers.

20. Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline  Signed with Dolphins.

21. Giants tight end Martellus Bennett Signed with Bears.

22. Ravens cornerback Cary Williams Signed three-year deal with Eagles

23. Falcons safety William Moore Signed with the Falcons.

24. Seahawks defensive end Jason Jones Signed with Lions.

25. Giants defensive end Osi Umemyiora Agreed to deal with Falcons.

26. Bills offensive guard Andy Levitre Agreed to deal with Titans.

27. Lions cornerback Chris Houston Re-signed with the Lions.

28. Chargers outside linebacker Shaun Phillips Signed with Broncos. 

29. Dolphins running back Reggie Bush Signed with Lions.

30. Rams running back Steven Jackson Signed with Falcons.

31. Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes Agreed with Dolphins.

32. Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney Signed two-year deal with Chargers.

33. Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant Agreed to deal with Browns

34. Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch Signed one-year contract with Bills.

35. Ravens safety Ed Reed Reached deal with Texans.

36. Jets tight end Dustin Keller Reached one-year deal with Dolphins.

37. Giants safety Kenny Phillips Signed with Eagles.

38. Texans safety Glover Quin Signed with Lions.

39. Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe Agreed to terms with Dolphins.

40. Saints offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod Agreed to deal with Bears.

41. Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis Signed with Saints.

42. Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour

43. Ex-Falcons defensive end John Abraham Signed with Cardinals.

44. Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox Agreed to terms with San Diego.

45. Ex-Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson Agreed to a three-year deal with the Chiefs.

46. Falcons offensive tackle Sam Baker Re-signed with Falcons

47. Jets safety LaRon Landry Signed four-year deal with Colts.

48. Lions safety Louis Delmas Signed two-year deal with Lions.

49. Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore Re-signed with the Dolphins.

50. Chargers offensive guard Louis Vasquez Signed with Broncos.

51. Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason Signed one-year deal with Cardinals.

52. Redskins tight end Fred Davis Re-signed with Redskins.

53. Chiefs defensive end Glenn Dorsey Agreed to deal with 49ers.

54. Rams defensive end William Hayes Re-signed with Rams.

55. Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins Agreed with Raiders.

56. Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall Signed with Cardinals.

57. Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander (RFA) Signed RFA tender with Chargers.

58. Lions offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus Agreed to deal with Colts.

59. Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton Agreed to deal with Broncos.

60. Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (RFA) Signed RFA tender with Ravens.

61. Ex-Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty Signed with Ravens.

62. Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards Re-signed with Panthers.

63. Jaguars outside linebacker Daryl Smith Signed with Ravens.

64. Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher Announced his retirement.

65. Raiders tight end Brandon Myers Signed with Giants

66. Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis Signed with Bears.

67. 49ers tight end Delanie Walker Agreed to deal with Titans.

68. Titans defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks Agreed to one-year deal with Jaguars.

69. Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington Agreed to four-year deal with Patriots.

70. Ex-Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins Agreed on a three-year contract with the Giants.

71. Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie Agreed with Ravens.

72. Lions outside linebacker Justin Durant Agreed with Cowboys.

73. Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer Signed one-year deal with Broncos.

74. Chargers outside linebacker Antwan Barnes Agreed to deal with Jets.

75. Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (RFA) Steelers matched one-year offer from Patriots.

76. Ex-Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw Signed one year-deal with Colts.

77. Colts wide receiver Donnie Avery Agreed to terms with Chiefs.

78. Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin Signed with the Bills.

79.  Bears defensive end Israel Idonije Signed one-year deal with Lions

80. Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs Agreed to deal with Raiders.

81. Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga Agreed to deal with Bengals.

82. Colts cornerback Darius Butler Agreed to a two-year deal with Colts

83. Ex-Packers cornerback Charles Woodson Agreed to one-year deal with Raiders.

84. 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois Agreed to four-year deal with Colts.

85. Dolphins safety Chris Clemons. Signed one-year deal with Dolphins.

86. Titans placekicker Rob Bironas Signed with Titans.  

87. Bengals punter Kevin Huber Signed with Bengals.

88. Patriots safety Patrick Chung. Signed with Eagles.

89. Ex-Bills inside linebacker Nick Barnett. Signed with Washington.

90. Raiders defensive end Matt Shaughnessy Agreed to terms with Cardinals.

91. Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn Re-signed with Panthers.

92. Raiders punter Shane Lechler Signed with Texans.

93. Jets running back Shonn Greene Agreed to terms with Titans.

94. Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson Signed with Vikings.

95. Colts cornerback Jerraud Powers Agreed with Cardinals.

96. Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry Signed three-year contract with Bengals.

97. Jets offensive guard Brandon Moore Agreed with Cowboys.

98. Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones (RFA) Re-signed with Ravens.

99. Cowboys outside linebacker Victor Butler Agreed with Saints.

100. Colts quarterback Drew Stanton Signed three-year deal with the Cardinals.

73 responses to “The Free Agent Hot 100

  1. never understood the lovefest for mike wallace, hes fast, but only runs a 9 route, drops balls,doesnt run great routes, wants to be a top paid WR, ill pass and sign a donnie avery type guy

  2. Surprised to not see Isaac Sopoaga on this list. Good 3-4 DE; average/serviceable NT. Better than quite a few of the players here.

  3. I think levitre is way undervalued at 26, he is a consensus top 3 guard. Look at what the Bucs gave last year, and in general Guards command huge dollars because they are key in the run game. I bet he is one of the first guys signed and commands over 50 million.

  4. If the Rams were to sign Delmas it would be epic. Given the whole Titus Young “experiment”. Not that they need him, just to give Young the finger. Again.

  5. Just wanted to say, thanks for making this list.

    It was a very valuable resource last year, when I bookmarked that list and would check it every couple of days to figure out who was left to be signed.

    Now, let the criticism of the rankings begin, haha.

  6. I’m shocked when the Packers cut Charles Woodson there were so many fans of other teams acting like it was the dumbest decision of all-time and he would be signed immediately for huge $. And yet he’s so low on this list, how could that possibly be?

  7. Steven Jackson is #30? It would’ve helped to watch some tape over the past 10 years, or 5 years, or 2 years. The guy is a possible HOF RB with plenty of gas left in the tank. I would’ve paid $7M to keep him in STL. The team that picks him up will rise 5 spots in the overall rankings.

  8. Vasquez is way too low on your list. One of the most underrated FA this offseason and easily in the top 25.

  9. Mike Wallace is not better than Cruz on any level – If the NFL was not completely in collusion about RFA, Cruz would be snapped up in a second for a 1st round pick.

    10th overall pick or lower would be a no brainer

  10. Lol. Whoever made this list seems to know very little about football.

    Sebastian Vollmer is an All Pro level OT. When those hit FA, people have bidding wars over them. I understand there will be some concern with his back, but the line to get his services will be longer than the iPhone lines.

  11. “Steven Jackson is #30? It would’ve helped to watch some tape over the past 10 years…”

    Just answered your own query there, mainly the number 10.

  12. When mike wallace is the best available, you have a weak group of free agents.

    Good riddance, mike.

  13. I’d take Cruz all day long over Wallace. I’d even take Jennings over Wallace if he wasn’t almost 30. Wallace isn’t a great route runner, but I said the same thing about Mario Manningham last year in FA and I was wrong…again.

    Why trade for Revis if you’re the 9ers? There seems to be a lot of decent, non-seriously injured CBs on the market. I don’t like the Safeties much though; I’d like to take back what I said about Goldson. The 9ers need to resign him. If not Goldson at Free safety than Chris Clemons of the Dolphins?

  14. Mike Wallace is WAY over rated. There is NO WAY he should be #1 on this or any list. One knee injury, the guy is done. Horrible at running routes, will not fight for the ball in traffic, and admitted that if he us not the focal point from the beginning of the game he loses interest. Buyer beware (Dolphins / Vikings), in this case, you wont be getting your moneys worth.

  15. Steelers are making a mistake with Wallace.

    Remember what Chris Berman used to say about Chris Carter?

    That’s Mike Wallace

  16. From this list, factoring in likely pay, give me:

    – Either Loadholt, Smith or Vollmer at RT
    – Desmond Bryant at DT
    – Levitre at G
    – Delanie Walker or Dennis Pitta at TE
    – Matt Moore at QB
    – Grimes at CB
    – Abraham at DE

  17. Solid job on the list, BTW. Any time you try and rank anything people are going to come out of the woodwork to shoot you down, but by and large this is really well done.

  18. One qb on the list, that’s funny. I can’t believe Bengals haven’t extended Kevin Huber. Best punter in the league, minus Lechler, but right with him. Andre Smith will be signed on first day as well. Look for him to be a Chief.

  19. DRC is at 6 is because he’s young fast big and has a pro bowl. If you look at the numbers, he was having a good year and when the eagles started playing bad, it was obvious watching him that he wouldn’t give too much effort. Back at Arizona he was a top 10 corner in the league

  20. Mike Wallce #1? Really? Anyone catch his attitude this past season? This is the same guy that admitted that he’s not always focused. WHY would anyone want him on their team? He’s the next TO/ Randy Moss. Head case all the way. Good riddance is right!

  21. As a Lions fan, I’d trade #2 Avril for #5 Jake Long. DEs are easier to find that good LTs.

  22. I’ll be happy if the Fins would sign a top FA WR, and just lose SeanSmith and Reggie Bush in FA. I’ll address the rest of the needs through the draft.

  23. DRC at #6? Seriously? Did you watch him play the past two years? I think you’re just trying to back up all of your “the Cardinals got robbed by the Eagles” comments. That guy is nowhere near as good as Talib and doesn’t deserve to be anywhere in the top ten of anything. He graded out somewhere in the sixties among all CBs in the NFL this season.

  24. Great job on the list, but i would switch Drew Stanton to #99 and put Victor Butler at #100. Just flip those two.

  25. Jason Jones is a DT, not a DE. PC/JS picked him up thinking he would help pressure the QB, letting the 3/3/5 “Big Nickel” play more coverage. The ‘Hawks used him almost exclusively as the nickel/dime pass rush specialist DT, he ran loops/stunts > 75% of the time. It was effective early in the season, but once teams saw it on tape he basically disappeared.

    ‘Hawks are looking for help at DT whilst simultaneously cutting Jay Joe, what does that tells you?

  26. I love all the Steelers fans saying how horrible Wallace is now, trying to draw attention from him, even though deep down they know they’d give their collective left nuts to keep him.

  27. As a Jets fan….

    Keller at 36? He could be good if anyone other than Sanchez was QB, but he also showed he is injury prone and can’t block.

    How is Landry, a pro-bowler in his prime, at 47, when Keller is at 36? Landry was one of the only reasons watching the Jets was tolerable this year.

    Why is Shonn Greene on this list (93)?

    Brandon Moore (97) is one year away from being a pro bowl guard. He’s declining, but he’s better than 97.

  28. When I first looked at the list, I said “Fred Davis and Dennis Pitta need to be higher”. But now that I think about it, I believe that it’s more an objection to how high Martellus Bemnett is.

    As a Bears fan mindful of the cap, I see Fred Davis as more likely than Jared Cook, and I sense he comes at a price difference that’s larger than the gap in talent between him and Cook.

  29. I wish you were joking about Avril at number two but unfortunately I know you’re serious

  30. Steven Jackson possible HOF??? If so, the standards are getting lower….

    Sure, he was a good, not great, running back. Did he set any records? Did he have any incredible, memorable games? Like Emmitt Smith that time when he played with 2 separated shoulders…

    Not really. HOF should be for the greats, not the really goods.

    But then, you know, they voted in Warren Sapp while Charles Haley and Roger Craig are still waiting….

  31. Ed Reed 35th? Are you kidding me? He should be #1 in my opinion. Mike Wallace is not a good route runner and doesn’t have NEARLY the leadership skills that Reed has.

  32. The best free agent that the Steelers have is Keenan Lewis–not Wallace. He can’t catch a cold, but he’s a very good cover guy. Tied Sherman for most passes defended this year.

  33. This Redskins fan is far more concerned about losing Lorenzo Alexander, who’s not even on this list, than Fred Davis. Lichtenstieger also…..Davis is good, but TE’s are not at all hard to find these days.

    For a pot smoker coming off an Achilles tear, I’d say he isn’t even the Redskins’ highest priority, much less the only Redskin on the whole list.

  34. As a Ravens fan it cracks me up that some team is about to pay 60m for a situational pass rusher who can’t (shouldn’t) play on every down and 1/2 of a good season in his career

    Also how can Cary Williams be higher than grimes? I know grimes is coming off an acl, but god, anyone can line up 12 yds off the ball and consistently be mediocre.

    And the fact that ellerbe is below all of them…

  35. Osi at #25? Really? Dude couldn’t stop the run if his life depended on it. Maybe if you’ve got 6 stout run defenders in your front 7.

  36. Thanks to everyone who has weighed in thus far. There are plenty of good points. As I noted on Wednesday, it’s a fascinating free agent class — a good deal of talent but a lot of uncertainty. There are some well-regarded UFAs who are not coming off their best seasons (Wallace, Jennings, Long, DRC, Barwin) but are all talented players who play valuable positions. It’s a unique set of circumstances. We shall see. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

  37. Where does all this praise for Mike Wallace come from. especially when 5 to 10 no name guys become superstars right out of the draft every year? When has Pittsburgh EVER let a productive player go?

  38. This list is total garbage. Vasquez a top guard in his prime at 26, at #50???? I understand its not a top priority position, but you have back up QBs, 3rd string DBs and washed up old defensive linemen in front of him. What a joke.

  39. you really have to be careful with wrs because they are so system oriented. Unless you are a Fitzgerald or Johnson then you really need to study if they are right for your team. Look at all the free agent wr busts. There are probably more than any other position in NFL history.

  40. this could use an update, so far i see:

    m bennett signs w/ bears
    j bushrod signs w/ bears
    j cook signs w/ rams

    a large portion of the top 25, according to your list

  41. Sammie Hill-DT,
    might not be a top 100 player…
    But if tennesee gets him,,,, they will be pleasantly surprised as he shuts down the run,,,right now!
    Good Luck Sammie…….

  42. Like I’ve posted before, the Steeler fans are all pissed off about Wallace. Must have been a good pickup by Miami.

  43. All you Dolphin fans out there get ready for the Mike Wallace let down. Sure hes maybe the fastest straight line receiver in the NFL, but for as many awe inspiring down field catches he makes, there are twice as many drops. Plus, pray that your 2nd yr QB is able to have his passes keep up with Wallaces speed. A veteran Super Bowl winner like Big Ben had a lot of trouble not underthrowing Wallace. Plus, all the ppl saying its funny how Steeler fans now say Wallace sucks. He def doesnt suck, but he is a one trick pony. He hasnt shown the ability to become even a mediocre route runner. And, he isnt willing to sacrifice his body over the middle. So enjoy your excitement over him now. Bc I guarantee this time next year you will all be questioning if he was worth a check of that magnitude!

  44. Id rather Pittsburgh sign Bradshaw than Dumervil for two reason. 1. He will come a lot cheaper than Elvis will. We all know the Steelers are already broke as a joke. 2. They can get a ready now pass rusher in the first or second round of the draft. Its almost a given they’ll go RB in the the third. It makes sense to have Bradshaw mentoring a rookie than Dwyer or Redman. So Bradshaw makes more sense to me.

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