Dolphins, Broncos lead way in top-100 free agent signings


As we close to the book on May, it’s time to do some free agency scorekeeping.

And for those keeping score at home, let the record show that no team has signed more members of PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100 than Miami. Including re-signings, and highlighted by the addition of wideout Mike Wallace, the Dolphins have signed seven members of the PFT Hot 100.

The Dolphins’ aggressiveness in free agency has been one of the defining characteristics of the offseason. Not to be overlooked, though, is Denver’s impressive work adding talent to any already strong roster. The Broncos lead all teams with six top-100 additions from other teams.

Here’s the team-by-team breakdown of top-100 signees through May 31:

Miami Dolphins (7) — Additions: Mike Wallace, Brett Grimes, Dustin Keller, Dannell Ellerbe. Re-signings: Matt Moore, Chris Clemons, Brian Hartline.

Denver Broncos (6) — Additions: Wes Welker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Terrance Knighton, Quentin Jammer, Shaun Phillips, Louis Vasquez.

Arizona Cardinals (5) — Additions: Antoine Cason, Rashard Mendenhall, Matt Shaughnessy, Jerraud Powers, Drew Stanton.

Atlanta Falcons (5) — Additions: Osi Umenyiora, Steven Jackson. Re-signings: Sam Baker, William Moore, Tony Gonzalez.

Detroit Lions (5) — Additions: Glover Quin, Reggie Bush, Jason Jones. Re-signings: Louis Delmas, Chris Houston.

Baltimore Ravens (4) — Addition: Chris Canty. Re-signings: Bryant McKinnie, Dennis Pitta (RFA), Arthur Jones (RFA).

Cincinnati Bengals (4) — Re-signings: Andre Smith, Rey Maualuga, Wallace Gilberry, Kevin Huber.

Indianapolis Colts (4) — Additions: LaRon Landry, Gosder Cherilus, Ricky Jean-Francois. Re-signing: Darius Butler.

New England Patriots (4) — Addition: Danny Amendola. Re-signings: Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington, Sebastian Vollmer.

Philadelphia Eagles (4) — Additions: Cary Williams, Kenny Phillips, Connor Barwin, Patrick Chung.

Tennessee Titans (4) — Additions: Andy Levitre, Delanie Walker, Shonn Greene. Re-signing: Rob Bironas.

Kansas City Chiefs (3) — Additions: Donnie Avery, Sean Smith, Dunta Robinson.

Minnesota Vikings (3) — Additions: Greg Jennings, Lawrence Jackson. Re-signing: Phil Loadholt.

Oakland Raiders (3) — Additions: Charles Woodson, Joshua Cribbs, Mike Jenkins.

San Diego Chargers (3) — Additions: Dwight Freeney, Derek Cox. Re-signing: Danario Alexander (RFA).

St. Louis Rams (3) — Additions: Jake Long, Jared Cook. Re-signing: William Hayes.

Buffalo Bills (2) — Addition: Alan Branch. Re-signing: Leodis McKelvin.

Carolina Panthers (2) — Re-signings: Dwan Edwards, Captain Munnerlyn.

Chicago Bears (2) — Additions: Jermon Bushrod, Martellus Bennett.

Cleveland Browns (2) — Additions: Paul Kruger, Desmond Bryant.

Houston Texans (2) — Additions: Ed Reed, Shane Lechler.

New Orleans Saints (2) — Additions: Keenan Lewis, Victor Butler.

New York Giants (2) — Additions: Brandon Myers, Cullen Jenkins.

Seattle Seahawks (2) — Addition: Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett.

Dallas Cowboys (1) — Addition: Justin Durant.

Jacksonville Jaguars (1) — Addition: Sen’Derrick Marks.

New York Jets (1) — Addition: Antwan Barnes.

Pittsburgh Steelers (1) — Re-signing: Emmanuel Sanders (matched offer sheet from New England).

San Francisco 49ers (1) — Addition: Glenn Dorsey.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1) — Addition: Dashon Goldson.

Washington Redskins (1) — Re-signing: Fred Davis.

64 responses to “Dolphins, Broncos lead way in top-100 free agent signings

  1. I can’t think of anything less important for team building than a franchise nabbing one of the 100 guys PFT thinks are ‘hot.’

    Better stories are teams like the Pack that extend their core guys chosen through the draft. There’s always a reason the incumbent team didn’t resign a player they know more about than the other 31 teams. More for grabbing headlines in April than winning games in February if you ask me.

  2. Packers FA haul was so good, you completely forgot to put it on the list!

  3. Dolphins also signed philip wheeler & brandon gibson…… who’s absense on that list is a little puzzling. Starters… and you’ve got guys like Emmanuel Sanders and Josh Cribbs in the top 100.

  4. By my count 62 of the 90 free agents on this list that signed switched teams and only 28 remained with same team. I feel good that my Bengals were able to keep 4 such players.

  5. Another thing the broncos are great at, getting the best players. The league should just agree to take a year off and skip to 2014 because this year is basically in the bag for the greatest franchise in the world.

  6. Not a faster way to take your team out of contention than signing veterans past their prime for a ton more then what a young developing player makes that does the job just as well. I bet over 60 of these players end up being wasted space.

  7. seriously….. a punter, and Lawerence Jackson are top 100 but Antoine Winfield is not? ummmmm…… I know he’s a little older, but seriously?

  8. Yea your teams better go after FA, cuz they cant draft like jerry.

    Newman = pro bowler
    Witten = pro bowler
    Romo = pro bowler
    Austin= pro bowler
    Ware = pro bowler
    Spencer = pro bowler
    Smith = blue chip
    Ratt = bue chip
    dez = blue chip = soon to be pro bowler
    Claiborne = blue chip = soon to be pro bowler
    Murray = blue chip

    DANG!! Tell me again how jerrys sucs at being GM and drafting?
    Hate on haters 😉

  9. Was worried that the Saints only had two top 100 signings….. then I remembered that the Eagles Dream Team led the league in top 100 signings last year and I had nothing to worry about.

  10. I love what Miami did this offseason. Pairing Wallace with Hartline is a nice combo….not sure about the run game there but they have locked themselves up for 2nd in the division in my eyes and will get respect going into year 3 under Tannenbaum at QB….

    Jk Tannehil (however you spell it, but you know what-EARN proper spelling of your name kid!!! I had to learn Roethlisberger too!)

    In the end irrelevant….

    Ravens vs Falcons SB

    Flacco vs Ryan…

    Flacco reigns supreme

  11. I’m pretty sure Tyson Clabo might be considered a top signing for Miami. Considering he was ranked one of the top RTs in the league. Cut late by Atlanta to be on the list, but a Pro Bowl caliber player none the less.

  12. Vollmer, D. Alexander, McKelvin etc but Dwayne Bowe doesn’t count for K.C.? Anthony Fasano not a top-100 F/A?

    Very strange rankings here.

  13. Were the Packers simply forgotten or did they stray from all 100 of your top free agents?

  14. Here is hoping for a better future with the Fins after suffering for over a decade. From Culpepper over Brees to Ginn over Patrick Willis things are finally looking up for the Dolphins. Sure they look good on paper but until I see the numbers rise in the W column I’m not going to get too excited.

    For all the fans with high hopes of wining the division, lets not forget we have a guy named Tom Brady that probably has something to say about that. Lets start with baby steps of getting into the playoffs with a wild card.

  15. Dream Team/s. Championships aren’t won in March. Offseason champions. Everybody’s undefeated at this point in the season.

    Did I miss any?

  16. But how many players did the dolphins let walk? Jake long, Reggie bush, Sean smith, Anthony fasano, karlos dansby, Kevin Burnett, traded davone Bess. Last year traded marshall and vontae Davis, as well as let Kendall Langford go. Next year they maybe replace Starks and soliai, using former first rounder Jared odrick and a possible draft pick ? Will probably also let higher salaries like Matt Moore and richie incognito walk. Grimes Keller and clabo are all 1 year prove it deals as well and their replacements may have been drafted this year already

  17. I think that the signing of Welker by the Broncos is a big coup. He will help Manning with controlling the ball. It was a smart move by Elway.

  18. logicalvoicesays:

    The resigning of Fred Davis will lead G-d’s team, the Washington R*dskins, to nine straight Super Bowls. All who doubt Fred Davis will disintegrate beneath the light of judgement cast by Lord Gibbs.

  19. Did you read this before you posted it? Is editing extinct? Is the future of humanity going balls out down hill whilst butt ass naked on a slip’n slide? Are English degrees given out as Chuck E Cheese prizes now? You should be embarrassed.

  20. There are 31 of the 32 NFL teams listed in this article.

    The Packers are simply in a league of their own, aren’t they?

  21. For all the hype, SF and Seattle actually seemed pretty tame for free agency.

    But why wasn’t SF new former wonder boy CB not included?

  22. Teams are at the top of this list for on of the following reasons………

    #1 – They don’t know how to draft well

    #2 – They are trying to buy wins

    Denver may make a deep push into the playoffs, because they had a good team last year that decided they were going to give the Ravens that playoff game. Why the coaches are still there though is ridiculous. Total choke job which should not be tolerated, but that will ensure they dont have a shot at winning the Superbowl this year.

    Miami will finish second in a weak AFC East this year. They admitted that they overpaid for Mike Wallace, so what does that tell you. A 9-7 season for Miami would make them happy.

  23. As everyone knows, signing a ton of free agents always works out. Just ask the Jets and Redskins.

  24. Let’s get real here…The big winners are going to be the teams that finally sign Tebow and Sanchez, when the Jets finally give him the boot!
    And with Denver’s pathetic schedule if they aren’t undefeated…shame on them.

  25. logicalvoicesays:

    The resigning of Fred Davis will lead G-d’s team, the Washington R*dskins, to nine straight Super Bowls. All who doubt Fred Davis will disintegrate beneath the light of judgement cast by Lord Gibbs.


  26. Green Bay inked contracts with the two most talented players this offseason. They just happened to already be on the team (Rodgers & Matthews). No need to dip into the FA pool when you’re already swimming in talent.

  27. C’mon man – the Pack signed Matt Mulligan. How do you overlook something like that. Sheesh!

  28. Build through the draft, lock up your studs, don’t overvalue veterans on your team, get veterans who are undervalued for pennies on the dollar in free agency

    It’s really that simple

  29. Unsure of some players exact status as free agents or not, but it seems like these numbers could be more dramatic if your list of top free agents was more accurate.

    For example, the Dolphins also picked up Philip Wheeler and Tyson Clabo — both of whom probably should have been in the Top 100 free agents list.

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