The Free Agent Hot 100


The following are PFT’s top 100 free agents for the 2015 league year. The rankings include prospective unrestricted and restricted free agents, as well as released players. The list will be updated as events warrant, with signings and re-signings denoted when announced and/or reported.

1. Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. (Signed six-year deal with Miami.)

2. Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston. (Received non-exclusive franchise tag.)

3. Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis. (Reached five-year deal with Jets.)

4. Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. (Received non-exclusive franchise tag.)

5. Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. (Received non-exclusive franchise tag.)

6. Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. (Received non-exclusive franchise tag.)

7. Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb. (Reached four-year deal with Packers.)

8. Patriots safety Devin McCourty. (Reached five-year deal with Patriots.)

9. Broncos tight end Julius Thomas. (Signed deal with Jacksonville.)

10. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes. (Reached five-year deal with Bills.)

11. Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds. (Announced his retirement.)

12. Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. (Reached deal with Philadelphia.)

13. Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. (Signed one-year deal with Dallas.)

14. Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley. (Reached deal with St. Louis.)

15. Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. (Reached five-year deal with Kansas City.)

16. Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee. (Reached five-year deal with Chicago.)

17. Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell. (Reached six-year deal with Philadelphia.)

18. Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga. (Reached deal with Green Bay.)

19. Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers. (Reached four-year deal with Chargers.)

20. 49ers offensive guard Mike Iupati. (Reached five-year deal with Arizona.)

21. Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. (Reached one-year deal with Washington.)

22. Washington outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.(Agreed to four-year deal with Tennessee.)

23. Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. (Reached five-year deal with San Francisco.)

24. Chiefs center Rodney Hudson. (Signed five-year deal with Oakland.)

25. Ex-Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin. (Reached one-year deal with Buffalo.)

26. Bills running back C.J. Spiller. (Agreed to four-year deal with New Orleans.)

27. Titans outside linebacker/defensive end Derrick Morgan. (Reached four-year deal with Tennessee.)

28. Eagles outside linebacker/defensive end Brandon Graham. (Reached four-year deal with Philadelphia.)

29. Broncos offensive guard Orlando Franklin. (Reached deal with San Diego.)

30. Cardinals defensive tackle Dan Williams. (Reached deal with Oakland.)

31. Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson. (Agreed to four-year deal with Houston.)

32. Ex-Buccaneers defensive end Michael Johnson. (Reached deal with Cincinnati.)

33. 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. (Reached deal with Oakland.)

34. Dolphins defensive lineman Jared Odrick. (Signed deal with Jacksonville.)

35. Browns tight end Jordan Cameron. (Signed deal with Miami.)

36. Browns outside linebacker/defensive end Jabaal Sheard. (Agreed to two-year deal with New England.)

37. Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea. (Signed deal with Washington.)

38. Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie. (Reached deal with Jets.)

39. Jets inside linebacker David Harris. (Signed three-year deal with Jets.)

40. Ex-Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson. (Reached deal with Indianapolis.)

41. Ex-Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. (Reached deal with Cleveland.)

42. Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski. (Reached deal with Jacksonville.)

43. Saints running back Mark Ingram. (Agreed to four-year deal with Saints.)

44. Packers cornerback Davon House. (Signed deal with Jacksonville.)

45. Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham.

46. Broncos safety Rahim Moore. (Agreed to deal with Houston.)

47. Patriots running back Shane Vereen. (Signed with Giants.)

48. Packers cornerback Tramon Williams. (Signed three-year deal with Cleveland.)

49. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews. (Reached three-year deal with Philadelphia.)

50. 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver. (Agreed to four-year deal with Washington.)

51. Browns cornerback Buster Skrine. (Reached deal with Jets.)

52. Chargers offensive tackle King Dunlap. (Signed four-year deal with Chargers.)

53. Dolphins tight end Charles Clay. (Signed offer sheet with Buffalo; Miami did not match.)

54. Ravens running back Justin Forsett. (Reached deal with Baltimore.)

55. Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez. (Agreed to two-year deal with Philadelphia.)

56. Giants safety Antrel Rolle. (Agreed to three-year deal with Chicago.)

57. Seahawks offensive guard James Carpenter. (Signed with Jets.)

58. Jaguars defensive tackle Tyson Alualu. (Agreed to two-year deal with Jacksonville.)

59. Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson. (Agreed to deal with San Diego.)

60. Bengals offensive guard Clint Boling. (Reached deal with Cincinnati.)

61. Patriots linebacker Akeem Ayers. (Reached two-year deal with St. Louis.)

62. Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts. (Agreed to two-year deal with Houston.)

63. Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton. (Reached deal with Tampa Bay.)

64. Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy. (Signed four-year deal with Tennessee.)

65. Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter. (Signed four-year deal with Tampa Bay.)

66. Bills inside linebacker Brandon Spikes.

67. Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal. (Signed three-year with Chicago.)

68. 49ers running back Frank Gore. (Reached two-year deal with Colts.)

69. Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner. (Reached deal with New Orleans.)

70. Ex-Saints inside linebacker Curtis Lofton. (Reached deal with Oakland.)

71. Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright. (Signed one-year deal with San Francisco.)

72. Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain. (Re-signed with Dallas.)

73. Texans linebacker Brooks Reed. (Reached deal with Atlanta.)

74. Cowboys offensive tackle Doug Free. (Reached three-year deal with Cowboys.)

75. Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann. (Re-signed with Atlanta.)

76. Ex-Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown (Signed three-year deal with Browns.)

77. Ex-Eagles defensive end Trent Cole. (Agreed to deal with Indianapolis.)

78. Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. (Reached deal with Houston.)

79. Jets defensive tackle Damon Harrison. (RFA — signing deadline has passed)

80. Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn. (Reached deal with Atlanta.)

81. Eagles safety Nate Allen. (Reached deal with Oakland.)

82. Rams offensive tackle Joe Barksdale.

83. Titans quarterback Jake Locker. (Announced retirement.)

84. Texans offensive tackle Derek Newton. (Reached five-year deal with Texans.)

85. Buccaneers inside linebacker Mason Foster. (Reached deal with Chicago.)

86. Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. (Signed deal with Arizona.)

87. 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox. (Reached deal with Tennessee.)

88. Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters. (Signed deal with Arizona.)

89. Ex-Rams defensive tackle Kendall Langford. (Reached deal with Indianapolis.)

90. Ex-Eagles cornerback Cary Williams. (Reached three-year deal with Seattle.)

91. Ex-Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline. (Reached two-year deal with Cleveland.)

92. Ex-49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson. (Reached deal with San Diego.)

93. Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore. (Reached deal with Cincinnati.)

94. Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer. (Reached two-year deal with Houston.)

95. Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher. (Reached deal with New England.)

96. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker. (RFA — signed tender with Baltimore.)

97. Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. (Reached deal with Tennessee.)

98. Browns safety Tashaun Gipson. (RFA — signing deadline has passed.)

99. Ex-Buccaneers offensive tackle Anthony Collins.

100. Ex-Jaguars defensive lineman Red Bryant.


101. Ex-Falcons offensive guard Justin Blalock.

102. Ex-Raiders safety Tyvon Branch. (Reached one-year deal with Kansas City.)

103. Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt. (Agreed to two-year deal with St. Louis.)

104. Rams tight end Lance Kendricks. (Reached deal with St. Louis.)

105. Chargers safety Marcus Gilchrist. (Agreed to deal with Jets.)

106. Ex-Lions running back Reggie Bush. (Reached deal with San Francisco.)

107. Ex-Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett. (Signed two-year deal with 49ers.)

108. Texans safety Kendrick Lewis. (Signed three-year deal with Baltimore.)

109. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski. (Signed franchise tender.)

110. Ex-Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings. (Reached two-year deal with Miami.)

111. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. (Signed with Oakland.)

112. Ex-Eagles tight end James Casey. (Signed with Denver.)

113. Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton. (RFA — re-signed with Philadelphia.)

114. Panthers offensive tackle Byron Bell. (Reached deal with Tennessee.)

115. Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson. (Reached deal with New Orleans.)

116. Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis. (Reached deal with Giants.)

117. Giants cornerback Walter Thurmond. (Reached deal with Philadelphia.)

118. Seahawks linebacker O’Brien Schofield. (Reached deal with Atlanta.)

119. Dolphins safety Louis Delmas. (Reached deal with Miami.)

120. Jets running back Chris Johnson.

121. Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien. (Agreed to one-year deal with Packers.)

Note: Players were considered basis of these criteria, among others: age, availability, injury history, past production, playmaking ability, position value and potential.

119 responses to “The Free Agent Hot 100

  1. Raiders are losing another great pro bowl player, Stefen Wisniewski. When will all this end for the poor Raiders?????

  2. Ponder is a valuable back up. He can’t play well for very long, but he is smart and great in the meeting rooms.

  3. Let lynch walk and bring in Gore??? Huh!?!? Lynch is the most important player on that team….(Pats fan here) what are you talking about, guy?! Love Gore but he isn’t who he once was and frankly, they don’t need Suh. 2 straight Super Bowls, 3 straight championship games.

  4. There’s some pretty good players out there.

    I’m hoping McCourty and Ghost gets taken off that list soon and that Revis doesn’t have the time to make the list.

  5. “Let lynch walk and bring in Gore??? Huh!?!? Lynch is the most important player on that team….(Pats fan here) what are you talking about, guy?! Love Gore but he isn’t who he once was and frankly, they don’t need Suh. 2 straight Super Bowls, 3 straight championship games.”
    Cut Lynch now, and solidify the glaring weaknesses on defense. Seahawks didn’t have the pass rush they had the year before, as 2 of the defensive starters were traded. If Seattle had half a pass rush in THIS years SB, Brady doesn’t have all day to throw down the field with a death of a thousand cuts. Gore is still a great player, and hard runner, enough to get by for a solid year…Seattle’s backup RB’s suck, as do their entire WR corp…those and Seattle’s d-line are the teams greatest weaknesses. And anyone whose watched Seattle games knows it.

    I’m not for paying Lynch money that can be better spent otherwise…Gore, at his age can still run, an acquiring him won’t cost Seattle a lot. Lynch may very well retire, and if not, Seattle will be in the hunt for a RB anyway as it’s not happening with Turbin or Michaels.

  6. As a Lions fan (ouch, I know…) it’s tough to see the top 2 DTs on the list are Leos. I hate to say it, but I think they would be better off bringing back Fairley, signing one of the other DTs on the list, and using the cap space left over to sign players to fit other holes on the roster… (like CB, Oline, etc) then use the draft to get a RB to replace Bush, and some Oline and CB depth…

    The defense would severely miss Suh, but it’s hard to have that much money tied to him when Stafford and Calvin already command so much…

  7. I’d put Hakeem Nicks and Kenny Britt in the top 10 if Denarius Moore is really number 80 on this list.

    Someone will pick him up and he might even make a roster but it will be his last NFL stop.

  8. Brady didnt have all day to throw. Bennett made mince meat of the interior line and avril continually beat the tackle to the outside. Brady threw the ball extremely early often. Almost all of his passes were under 3 seconds from the time of snap, most hovering around the 2 second mark, if not lower.

    The seattle d line is actually a team strength, not a weakness. But it can look bad if someone is throwing screen after screen and taking advantage of a running back squeezing off their block and hitting the flat.

  9. The Seahawks are not going to sign Suh, get over it homers. They could sign Suh, but it would cost them AT LEAST Wagner, more likely Wagner and their golden boy

    Wilson is going to go from 600k to about 18 million. Wagner is going to go from 750k, to about 8million

    If you expect to keep the core of the team intact, there is no room for pulling the most expensive FA’s off the pile, no matter how delusional you are

  10. Seattle fans are delusional enough to think the Seahawks can sign 10 or 15 guys off the list, not including their own guys who they’ll sign and extend. All with 23 million in cap. Haha.

    Reality is, Seattle can barely afford any players on the list. Might be able to sign a couple of their own guys, but that is about it. By the time Wilson takes his chunk and the draft pool money is set aside, there won’t be much left. Dreaming never hurt anyone. Just don’t think those dreams can come true.

  11. Would love to see Patriots get Jerry Hughes. Had no clue who he was until they played Buffalo. Dude plays a bit out of control but he is possessed! He gave the Patriots fits in both games last season. Would be a perfect fit into the Belichick defense as he would be able to maximize his raw talent.

  12. Byron Bell….really????? He is the biggest “turnstile” in the NFL since the Jets Wayne Hunter??? Whoever made up this list and included Bell should be fired. Period.

  13. Lynch wants to go home to Oakland please please cut him we will take him no problem .we can add him to the other five quality free agents we will sign this off season with nearly 70 mill in cap space once we cut Schaub. L Wooodley MJD and A Smith things are finally look up in Oakland. Wish list Maclin or Cobb WR. J Hughes DE Maxwell CB T Knighton DT and a guard or T or both .

  14. Any list that includes Christian Ponder is either a joke or a list for the Arena Football League……………….

    The Packers should sign him. Looks like he is higher rated than Tolzien

  15. Not good for my fantasy team. I have Thomas, Cobb, and Bryant. Pretty sure I wont be able to sign Thomas. He is going to ask for too much money. Franchise tag is ok for me, its 1 year. I have 1 year left for Dez. Cobb needs to stay in GB.

  16. What about the Packers Brian Bhrom?

    He is working out with Tony Mandarich and Justin Harrell

  17. What that list doesn’t show, is that between 4 and 5, there’s a big drop off in ability.

  18. Out of the Patriots free agents I think McCourty, Gostkowski and Vereen stay. Sorry to say though Revis and Ridley are probably going to leave. I see Buffalo picking up Revis and maybe someone like Arizona picking up Ridley. This will be a year the Patriots focus on keeping as many people as possible and not being aggressive in free agency unless someone comes at a bargain. Last season was an anomaly.

  19. A top 100 FA list should consist of guys that have a realistic chance of hitting the FS market.

    Houston has already said he will sign his Franchise tender, if it comes to that.

    The Broncos will sign one Thomas & franchise tag the other.

    Jerruh would have to be a complete idiot to let Murray make it to free agency.

  20. 101. Stephen Gostkowski.

    He may be a kicker, but he’s one the best in the NFL. Has the one of strongest leg in the league, has been clutch, and a good bad weather kicker.

  21. I’ll be curious to see how Jake Locker performs when he experiences true NFL-caliber coaching for the first time.

    – Titans Fan

  22. I’ll be curious to see how Jake Locker performs when he experiences true NFL-caliber coaching for the first time.

    It’s not like coaching can help Joke Locker’s bird bones..

    -Another Titans Fan.

  23. Jabaal Sheard would be a much better pick-up than Jason Worilds. Especially if he ends up on a team like Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Arizona or New England.

  24. Either Kroy Biermann is about 30 spots too low, or he is a a Deacon Jones clone only when he plays the Panthers.

    If we insist on being stupid enough to let Hardy walk, I hope we sign Biermann. I’m sick of him terrorizing us every time we play Atlanta.

  25. @whatnojets

    When has Stefen Wisniewski ever been a pro bowler???

    Are you his agent trying to increase his value?

  26. julius thomas is the most overrated player. put him on another team and he’s a JAG…any TE always shows under peytons offense. he benefits from being the 3rd/4th option….unlike the graham’s/gronk’s of the world who teams game plan for. if julius was the number 1 guy, you would never hear about him. he’s also a medicore blocker.

  27. Have people just not watched Brian Orakpo play?

    When he isn’t tearing his pectoral or biceps he is a middling pass rusher, who can’t get to the QB and gets stood up too often in the run game.

  28. IS there another Lions DT Nick Fairley that we haven’t heard of? Because the one we got is a fat, lazy waste of a draft pick.

  29. This must be the only 100 FAs in the league, because there is no way Denarious Moore is top 100.

  30. It isn’t that Wilson will cut into 2015 Cap Space for the Seahawks……He is under contract and the hit won’t occur until 2016 and beyond. However, the 7M that would be saved by Lynch deciding to retire (he can’t play for anyone else) will be eaten up quickly with other signings of existing Hawk FAs…….Suh would be nice to have on the Defensive Line, but the reality is that it can’t happen without the Hawks making several big cuts and depleating the best Defense in the League……It won’t happen.

    WR like Torrey Smith may be an option, but for now the team needs to try to sign its own players and keep the depth they have built. First up; Maxwell…….

    Go Hawks!

  31. Orakpo was a tough guy to place on the list — very productive when healthy, and pass rushers are so valuable. Would agree the durability is a question. — MW

  32. Sheard’s an interesting guy — fairly young for a UFA, good sack production earlier in his career. Would agree he could be a value pickup, but he could also get a nice deal, given his age and his skill set. — MW

  33. He was a tough guy to stack on the list — he’s an interior DL who can pressure the QB at his best, and there are not many of those players out there. — MW

  34. Went back and forth on Gipson. Pro Bowler, great production, interested to see what the tender is. RFA market usually very quiet. — MW

  35. He made it on this basis: position value, starting experience, some decent moments for MIN. Mobile, has an OK arm, can be pretty good when he gets in a rhythm. Stacks up well stats-wise with some of the other UFAS. Still have some hope for him. — MW

  36. Back in the good old days, a player gave his soul to one team. Now, a player’s soul is signed over to his agent on day one. Present teams and players have no allegiance to anything, except for the bean counting exercise that finds how to suck the last dollar from your wallet. Don’t let them suck you in. You can always drink your beers for free in Las Vegas, and then put put a little seed money on your favorite team. And if you lose, so what? You’re still in the same boat financially; but in the process, you’ve seen prettier (and easier) women than you would have in an NFL stadium. Win win.

  37. That’s a valid point. We posted this earlier this year than in past years, so no tags have been applied. Technically, they all could still hit the market by March 10. But you’re right, the tag will be used. As it stands, we considered all of the potential UFAs as available and ranked them as such. — MW

  38. Tucker’s younger and is very good on kickoffs. Also, he is very good on long kicks (though just 4-of-9 50+ this year). Gostkowski is very good and merited inclusion on the list, too. But that’s a fair point to bring up. These are two of the best in the league. — MW

  39. Nothing says “no learning curve” like an NFL free agent list and a fan of team that didn’t win the Super Bowl. Elway won the “2014 free agency” period and how did that work out for him?

    Do you want to pick next years’ winner? Think QB, head coach, defense, offensive line, and special teams. The champion of Super Bowl 50 will be one of the following teams: Patriots, Seahawks, Packers, Giants, Cowboys, Lions and maybe the Broncos.

  40. Personally, just get Suh out of the NFCN. Just a matter of time before he takes yet another cheap shot at someone and seriously injures them only to be met with a stiff 0 game suspension from stand up guy Roger Goodell and the “arbitrators” in his pocket.

  41. daysend564 says: Feb 17, 2015 2:24 PM

    “This must be a “in no specific order” kind of list”

    I must say, that’s funny.

    — MW

  42. Ghost Rat says: Feb 17, 2015 2:45 PM

    “No Stevan Ridley?”

    The injury kept him of the list. — MW

  43. packerfanwi1028 says:
    Feb 17, 2015 5:29 PM
    5 Packers, 1 viking and he is on the bottem of the list, skol


    Quick math lesson for you since apparently they don’t teach it in Wisconsin? Potentially losing 5 players is a lot worse than potentially losing one.

  44. Looking at the above post, the Patriots are the favorite to win Super Bowl 50 not because they won this year or because they are he best team but because the AFC will be a much easier road than the NFC.

  45. Regarding Denarius Moore: He’ll be 27 in December, has a 15.3 career YPC average, might be interesting getting a second chance elsewhere.

  46. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski may be their most important free agent signing. If I am Belichick, I franchise Gostkowski if I don’t sign him. Everyone else can be replaced. Of course you want to keep McCourty, Vareen, Ayers, and even Ridley but Gostkowski (who replace Vinatieri) is the hardest to effectively replace and the money is reasonable.

  47. Many of these players will be retained… this is just an early projection. I still think Hoyer and Sheard from the Browns will be great in a functional system…

  48. whatnojets says:
    Feb 17, 2015 2:28 PM
    Raiders are losing another great pro bowl player, Stefen Wisniewski. When will all this end for the poor Raiders?????
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Another great pro bowl player.???…..what are you talking about…..he was pretty good at left guard his rookie year, but has never been really all that good at center, and has never made the pro bowl…..Lechler is the last guy they let go who was a pro bowler……with that said Reggie biggest mistake as a GM was not keeping Velhdeer although.

    Sign UFA Hudson (#23 above) or draft Grasu in the 3rd rd.

  49. I know it has already been said but the fact that Byron Bell makes this list really invalidates the whole thing. There is no way that anyone who watched him play a single game this year would ever associate his name with “top” anything. He seems like a nice guy but is totally overmatched at the tackle position. Without any doubt, he was the single biggest weakness on the Panthers squad. I would be stunned if he starts for anyone next year barring injury.

  50. Niners need to sign Denarius Moore and Kenny Britt. Get Sanchez as an insurance policy to Kaep. Mix it up with Yorky, Balkenator, and Tomshula, we are cooking again in SF!!!

  51. Chargers fan here… The Chiefs (organization) needs to put Justin Houston in the correct perspective… Don’t look at this as dedicating a ton of money to one guy, but rather the spectacular opportunity to lock-up a young, fantastic, game-changing talent for a long time.

  52. Chris Johnson is upset about his role on this list. He feels that Florio wasn’t straight with him. It’s not like other free-agents outperformed him, and are more in demand. It’s not like that at all.

  53. Expect the Eagles to resign Maclin, unless he gets a ridiculous offer from someone (most likely KC) that they just cant’ live with.

    As far as outside signings, expect them to go hard after Byron Maxwell, and expect that to happen early when hopefully (from the Eagles perspective), the Seahawks are still dealing with Wilson and Wagner.

    The rest of what they do will be dictated by what they can do with those 2. If they lose Maclin, I think they will try to address WR in the draft (chip likes both Matthew and Huff, and they’d still, unfortunately, have Cooper). If they can’t get Maxwell, they will probably make a run at Kareem Jackson

    They will probably make Graham and offer, but he isn’t an ideal fit for the 3-4, so if he gets big offer somewhere else, they’ll let him walk. Sanchez is a goner. Very likely Cole is also let loose (or take a major pay cut), which could put them in play for another DB, or ILB

  54. If you list the free agents by the order they sign with new teams, this list would look different:

    1. Davon House
    2. Suh
    3. Worilds

  55. tjacks7 says: Feb 17, 2015 6:53 PM

    packerfanwi1028 says:
    Feb 17, 2015 5:29 PM
    5 Packers, 1 viking and he is on the bottem of the list, skol


    Quick math lesson for you since apparently they don’t teach it in Wisconsin? Potentially losing 5 players is a lot worse than potentially losing one.

    Quick lesson for you. Potential means squat. For example, the Packers could have potentially won five Super Bowls, while the Vikings could have potentially won four.

    In reality, the Packers won four, and the Vikings won zero.

    Don’t hate the messenger.

  56. I remember when PFT had Josh Freeman on this list after that partial season with the Vikings. Hah!

  57. This list and all the comments are Exhibit A on why you do not rely on Free Agency to build your team. For every FA success story you have 9 players that shot blanks with new team. It’s a bigger crapshoot than the draft.

  58. Even though last year was a disaster for the Bears, compared to the rest of the NFC North, they have fewer good players becoming free agents, they have the highest draft picks, and they have the most salary cap space. Along with new coaches and GM, there is hope for a turnaround.

  59. If the Bengals let Gresham walk, then it will be left up to Dre Kirkpatrick to commit all of the stupid penalties at critical moments. And I don’t even know who will make up for all the fumbles.

  60. Justin Houston is a better player than N. Suh. If you don’t agree with that, then you probably would agree that he is the best free agent available. You don’t have to worry about groin stomping, facemask grabbing, and subsequent suspensions with Houston.

    I know the world faces extreme threats from overpopulation, poverty, climate change, etc. but it still bugs me that Suh is always considered the best free agent.

  61. The fact that Kroy Biermann is in a top-100-anything list is a complete farce. The guy is a ghost – an injury-prone one at that.

  62. indywilson40 says:Feb 17, 2015 8:27 PM

    I would have thought Suh would have been on this list. He’s better than Ponder.

    As in the Ndamakong Suh who’s # 1 on the list?

  63. Always trust: Steelers, Ravens defenders, Patriots, Bills defenders, Chargers, and Panthers Defenders FA’s. They all come from solid coaching and have good fundamentals.

    Never trust: Packers or Broncos offensive players. They’re a product of their superlative QB’s. Eagles offensive players. They’re system guys. Giants defenders. They aren’t let go until they’re used up. Cowboys, 49ers and Lions, they’re overrated. Seahawks defenders, they are living off the skill of the big three in the secondary.

    Everyone else is a case by case basis.

  64. lambeauheap says:
    Feb 17, 2015 3:29 PM
    How do you have Justin Tucker ahead of Gostkowski? Hasn’t he led the league in points the last few years?
    One guy kicks indoors the other in one of the worst weather stadiums in the league. One guy kicks for an also ran organization under low pressure situations. The other guy kicks in the pressure cooker of the playoffs and Super Bowls. Pretty easy to me to see who is the superior kicker.

  65. The thing with Ponder is he lacks intangibles. And that’s why what’s really wrong with him doesn’t show up in the stats; which are a type of tangible. Ponder is a momentum killer. He’s the guy when he does make mistakes, they are made at the worst possible time. After a turnover in his teams favor, that’s when he’ll turn the ball over again. Or when in field goal range he’ll throw a pick-6 so it’s not just a 7 point swing, it’s a 10 point swing. He’ll take the sack on 2nd and inches knocking him back 20 yards. He’ll miss the open receiver on 3rd down; not always on 1st or 2nd. That’s Ponder and that’s what stats don’t capture.

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