The Free Agent Hot 100

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1.  Ex-Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis. (Agreed to one-year deal with Patriots.)

2.  Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (franchise tag recipient).

3.  Ex-Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. (Reached three-year deal with Redskins.)

4.  Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett. (Agreed to four-year deal with Seahawks.)

5.  Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (signed franchise tender).

6.  Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib. (Reached six-year deal with Broncos.)

7.  Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson. (Agreed to five-year deal with Buccaneers.)

8.  Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe. (Agreed to deal with Ravens.)

9.  Colts cornerback Vontae Davis. (Agreed to four-year deal with Colts.)

10.  Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker.  (Agreed to five-year deal with Jets.)

11.  Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston. (Agreed to five-year deal with the Bears.)

12.  Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner. (Reached four-year deal with Buccaneers.)

13.  Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. (Agreed to five-year deal with Giants.)

14.  Bills safety Jairus Byrd. (Agreed to six-year deal with Saints.)

15.  Raiders offensive tackle Jared Veldheer.(Reached five-year deal with Arizona.)

16.  Browns center Alex Mack (Browns matched Jaguars’ five-year offer sheet.).

17.  Packers cornerback Sam Shields. (Agreed to four-year contract with Packers.)

18.  Ex-Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (Agreed to three-year deal with Denver.)

19.  Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. (Signed four-year deal with Chicago.)

20.  Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert.(Agreed to five-year deal with Dolphins.)

21.  Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. (Reached two-year deal with Raiders.)

22.  Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen. (Agreed to five-year deal with Vikings.)

23.  Browns safety T.J. Ward. (Agreed to contract with Broncos.)

24.  Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. (Agreed to deal with Colts.)

25.  Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins. (Agreed to three-year deal with Eagles.)

26.  Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby. (Reached four-year contract with Browns.)

27.  Packers defensive end B.J. Raji. (Agreed to one-year deal with Packers.)

28.  Rams guard/offensive tackle Rodger Saffold. (Re-signed with Rams after five-year deal with Raiders was voided due to a failed physical.)

29.  Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate. (Reached five-year deal with Lions.)

30.  Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher. (Agreed to deal with Titans.)

31.  49ers safety Donte Whitner. (Agreed to four-year contract with Browns.)

32.  Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks. (Agreed to two-year deal with Dolphins.)

33.  Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones. (Agreed to deal with Colts.)

34.  Ex-Titans running back Chris Johnson. (Reached two-year deal with Jets.)

35.  Giants linebacker Jon Beason. (Re-signed with Giants.)

36.  Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton. (Reached deal with Cowboys.)

37.  Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. (Re-signed with Patriots.)

38.  Packers outside linebacker Mike Neal. (Reached two-year deal with Packers.)

39.  Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph. (Reached deal with Vikings.)

40.  Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher. (Agreed to terms with Redskins.)

41.  Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. (Agreed to deal with Broncos.)

42.  Texans running back Ben Tate. (Reached deal with Browns.)

43.  Colts safety Antoine Bethea. (Agreed to four-year deal with 49ers.)

44.  Ex-Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith. (Reached three-year deal with Ravens.)

45.  Bears defensive end Corey Wootton. (Agreed to one-year deal with Vikings.)

46.  Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. (Agreed to deal with Vikings.)

47.  Packers wide receiver James Jones. (Reached three-year deal with Raiders.)

48.  Colts running back Donald Brown. (Reached three-year deal with Chargers.)

49.  Broncos offensive guard Zane Beadles. (Agreed to five-year deal with Jaguars.)

50.  Broncos outside linebacker Shaun Phillips. (Agreed to two-year contract with Titans.)

51.  Ex-Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. (Reached one-year deal with Cardinals.)

52.  Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew. (Reached four-year deal with Lions.)

53.  Ex-Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant. (Signed four-year contract with Jaguars.)

54.  Ex-Bears defensive end Julius Peppers. (Agreed to three-year deal with Packers.)

55.  Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. (Reached one-year deal with Jets.)

56.  Bears cornerback Charles Tillman. (Agreed to one-year deal with Bears.)

57.  Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins. (Reached five-year deal with Buccaneers.)

58.  Texans defensive end Antonio Smith. (Agreed to deal with Raiders.)

59.  Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai. (Reached deal with Falcons.)

60.  Bears quarterback Josh McCown. (Reached two-year deal with Buccaneers.)

61.  Ex-Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. (Signed four-year deal with Colts.)

62.  Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith. (Agreed to four-year deal with Ravens.)

63.  Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond III. (Agreed to one-year deal with Giants.)

64.  Ex-Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley. (Agreed to two-year deal with Raiders.)

65.  Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner. (Agreed to deal with Patriots.)

66.  Ex-Lions safety Louis Delmas. (Signed one-year contract with Dolphins.)

67.  Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer. (Signed one-year deal with Cowboys.)

68.  Jets offensive tackle Austin Howard. (Agreed to contract with Raiders.)

69.  Chiefs offensive guard Jon Asamoah. (Reached deal with Falcons.)

70.  49ers cornerback Tarell Brown. (Reached deal with Raiders.)

71.  Chiefs offensive guard Geoff Schwartz. (Agreed to deal with Giants.)

72.  Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood. (Agreed to terms with Jaguars.)

73.  Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson. (Reached deal with Falcons.)

74.  Packers tight end Jermichael Finley.

75.  Raiders running back Darren McFadden. (Re-signed with Raiders.)

76.  Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel.  (Re-signed for two years.)

77.  Ravens cornerback Corey Graham. (Reached four-year deal with Bills.)

78.  Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno. (Agreed to one-year deal with Dolphins.)

79.  Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts. (Reached four-year deal with Redskins.)

80.  Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (RFA). (Signed RFA tender with Denver.)

81.  Seahawks outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield.

82.  Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (RFA).

83.  Patriots inside linebacker Brandon Spikes. (Agreed to deal with Bills.)

84.  Packers running back James Starks. (Reached deal with Packers.)

85.  Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers. (Agreed to two-year deal with Giants.)

86.  Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard. (Agreed to four-year deal with Titans.)

87.  Chiefs wide receiver/returner Dexter McCluster. (Agreed to three-year deal with Titans.)

88.  Seahawks defensive tackle Clinton McDonald. (Reached contract with Buccaneers.)

89.  Ex-Buccaneers offensive guard Davin Joseph.

90.  Ex-Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons. (Agreed to four-year deal with Jaguars.)

91.  Titans defensive end Ropati Pitoitua. (Reached three-year deal with Titans.)

92.  Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell. (Reached three-year deal with Patriots.)

93.  Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount. (Agreed to two-year deal with Steelers.)

94.  Texans defensive tackle Earl Mitchell. (Reached four-year contract with Dolphins.)

95.  Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew. (Signed three-year deal with Raiders.)

96.  Texans tight end Garrett Graham. (Reached three-year deal with Texans.)

97.  Ex-Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes.

98.  Saints center Brian De La Puente. (Reached one-year deal with Bears.)

99.  Lions defensive end Willie Young. (Agreed to three-year deal with Bears.)

100.  Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley. (Re-signed with Redskins.)

OTHERS RANKED

101.  Seahawks offensive tackle Breno Giacomini. (Reached deal with Jets.)

102.  Panthers offensive guard Travelle Wharton.

103.  Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith. (Agreed to deal with Buccaneers.)

104.  Raiders defensive tackle Pat Sims. (Signed one-year deal with Raiders.)

105.  Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief. (Re-signed with Saints.)

106.  Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson.(Re-signed with Vikings.)

107.  Seahawks defensive tackle Tony McDaniel. (Agreed to two-year contract with Seahawks.)

108.  Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne. (Signed two-year deal with Jaguars.)

109. Chargers defensive tackle Cam Thomas. (Agreed to deal with Steelers.)

110.  Vikings running back Toby Gerhart. (Agreed to three-year deal with Jaguars.)

111.  Ex-Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. (Signed one-year deal with Eagles.)

112.  Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman. (Reached one-year deal with Giants.)

 

64 responses to “The Free Agent Hot 100

  1. Talib over Verner is a joke. Vontae Davis over Verner makes me think you just picked names from a hat.

  2. I would love to see the Texans grab Browner and Red Bryant from the Hawks…

    Browner is a guy who can be had on the cheap right now and Bryant I think would love to come back home to play.

  3. I saw The Blindside. Oher should be no. 1. Did you see how he saved that little kid?

  4. Saw Talib at 4 (spit out the water I was drinking for how ridiculous that is) and almost stopped reading, then saw Byrd all the way at 12 and hated myself for not stopping at 4…

  5. There’s still a lot of other relevant players out there that should have cracked this list, worth extending out to a Top 150 or a few relevant signings will be missed.

  6. The Vikings will pick up Aquib Talib, Jairus Byrd & Michael Johnson in free agency.

    We will soon have the best defense in the NFL and a secondary better than the Legion of PEDs.

    Our offense will be unstoppable after drafting Teddy Bridgewater.

    No team will be better than the Vikings next year.

    You heard it hear first.

  7. What a sad list (comparatively speaking). A bunch of good players but no home-runs like in years past. Looks like teams are willing to build from within and trust their draft picks

  8. I’d love to see Buffalo go after and sign CB Brandon Browner, LB Brandon Spikes, S Malcolm Jenkins and
    TE Garrett Graham. Even one of those players joining the team would make a big difference. Browner to play across Gilmore, with McKelvin in the slot. Spikes to play along side of Alonso. Jenkins across Williams in place of Byrd. Graham in place of Chandler.

  9. Thanks for the insight thus far. I appreciate everyone taking the time to chat free agency on the site.

    Regarding some of the points:

    — The top 5 cornerbacks (Talib, Davis, Verner, Rodgers-Cromartie, Shields) are all quite good and tough to separate. Pluses and minuses for both.

    — Oher is relatively young (28), has never missed a game and is a former first-rounder. I would agree it hasn’t always been perfect with him. But he has some things working in his favor as free agency goes.

    — Chris Harris (No. 72) is coming off a knee injury suffered in January. He was tough to stack. He’s a good player, and I wouldn’t say otherwise. All of the injured players are tough to stack because of the uncertainty. I’ll say this: if he’s not hurt that late in the calendar, he’s higher in the rankings.

    — Tillman just turned 33, and he missed 8 games last season. He’s been a wonderfully productive pro, though — definition of a playmaker at that spot.

  10. Moreno did benefit from the offense he was in but how can you rank McFadden ahead of him??

  11. Munnerlyn , Browner , Shields and Thurmond all after DRC I would take all 4 over DRC for the Eagles.

  12. A few follow-up thoughts on some recent comments:

    — There’s a good case for Rashad Jennings. He certainly could have been on there. Quite productive last year. Also, he’s now a couple years removed from the knee injury.

    — Devin Hester will be 32 in November and may be returner-only at this stage. Great career production, of course.

    — Regarding teams and placement of teams’ free agents on the list — I didn’t consider that. I looked at the players on the basis of age, position value, etc. Some teams had more than others. Seattle had the most, I’d guess, but it has a) the best roster and b) a good number of UFAs. Also, it has one of the best RFAs in Doug Baldwin. Talk about a talented team.

    — Moreno vs. McFadden is tough. I think there’s a case either way. Certainly Moreno’s production this year for the AFC champion cannot be discounted. A very reliable back.

    Thanks again for your comments. — MW

  13. Everyone seems to think Browner is the guy to take – interesting. There is no doubt he is a good CB, but in the right package. I don’t think you can play him in every system and expect the same results as he had in Seattle – and when you have Chancellor/Thomas backing you up at safety, they are going to make nearly any CB look better than he is.

  14. Regarding some more of your comments:

    — Kevin Williams and Jacoby Jones were considered. Williams will be 34 in August. Jones has definite playmaking ability and could have made it.

    — Regarding Browner — interested to see how all of Seattle’s defensive UFAs are valued. Is there a “Seattle effect” where teams pay a little more trying to make that blueprint their own?

    Thank you for sharing your insights.

    MW

  15. The saints need a corner safety and a reciever in free agentcy and there’s plenty to sign on our budget even with the number one free agent

  16. The Broncos released Champ Bailey today. With Rodgers-Cromartie on the block, Denver will have to beef up it’s secondary. Wish we could hang on to Decker and Ayers!

  17. OK, I’ll take Vontae Davis, Eric Decker, Jairus Byrd and Brandon Albert. Oh, and re-sign Captain Munnerlyn and Travelle Wharton. Then go get more WR, OL and DB depth in the draft. Then sit back and watch the team win 15 games and the Super Bowl. How’s that sound, Mr. Gettleman?

  18. Saints fan here. Good list but in regards to the list with Malcolm Jenkins, Zach Strief, and Brain De La Puente (absent) :

    – Strief in the 90s seems way to low, looking at how he is the top ranked RT albeit an older one (30)

    – Brain De La Puente seems like he should at least crack the top 100 considering Alex Mack just got tagged and the Center FA class is weak this year (thereby making DLP’s value higher)

    – Malcolm Jenkins was rated the second worst safety in 2012 (according to PPF) and struggled down the stretch of 2013. He’s progressing and his decent but probably shouldn’t be higher in ranked importance of De La Puente or Strief considering the depth at Safety.

  19. Malcolm Jenkins over Rodger Saffold?!?

    Are you high?!?

    Or doing a solid for a friend(s) that represents Jenkins?!?

  20. You should have done this list in alphabetical order, would have made for a much more interesting comments section for sure. I’m just puzzled on Byrd’s ranking. He’s younger than Davis, and has been proven to be more productive than DRC and Verner, and has no off field issues. You could cite the foot as an issue, but I think that was way over blown. I also get you have him rated as the top safety, which is correct, but he should be 1st or 2nd DB on the list. And now, time to shoot it all to hell, it really doesn’t matter where they are ranked, because all teams have different needs and value other positions more than others.

  21. where are the Vikings getting all thi money.there are and still will be a bottom dweller….

  22. The hot shot Seahawk secondary members who are free agents aren’t being snapped up. Maybe there are people who know things that the rest of us don’t? Mmmmmmm.

  23. Just looking at the FA QBs available and the so-called First Rounders coming in from NCAA makes you realize how rare a solid NFL QB really is!…just saying….

  24. I think Verner is a little overrated since 4 of his 16 games last season came against the lowly Texans and Jags.

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