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The Poz
03-09-2013, 11:56 AM
Top 85 free agents:

"This year's free-agent crop is a lot like this year's draft class: It's not that exciting at the top, but there is better depth than usual.

Ranked below: My top 85 free agents set to hit the market. Why 85? I want to leave room to add players who will get cut before free agency starts on March 12. This will be an ever-changing list until then. Originally, we had guys like Joe Flacco, Ryan Clady, Henry Melton, and Dwayne Bowe at the top of this list. We've since removed seven of our top 11 players them because of long-term deals and franchise tag designations getting doled out.

This is not a list of the 85 players who will make the most money. It's the list of players I'd want, divided into five tiers."


http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000145968/article/top-85-free-agents-mike-wallace-heads-best-available?campaign=Twitter_atl

The Poz
03-09-2013, 11:56 AM
TIER 1: Impact starters

1) Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Speed kills. He might not be a complete receiver, but there's no reason Wallace can't get Vincent Jackson money.

2) Sebastian Vollmer, OT, New England Patriots: Vollmer is a young, quality starter who is more important to the Patriots' future than Wes Welker. This is where some of Tom Brady's cap savings might go.

3) Andre Smith, OT, Cincinnati Bengals: No one is making fun of Smith's man boobs now. The Bengals chose to tag Michael Johnson, so Smith is in position to hit the market.

4) Andy Levitre, OG, Buffalo Bills: It will be fascinating to see if Levitre gets the big-time money usually due to above-average starting guards.

5) Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers: Precise route running and yards after the catch are two skills that should work in any system.

6) Cliff Avril, DE, Detroit Lions: He's not great against the run and only played 66 percent of Detroit's defensive snaps in 2012, but Avril hustles and gets to the quarterback. He's a solid bookend starter who will be paid like a great one.

7) Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots: He's still probably worth more to the Patriots than any other team. Don't be surprised if he stays put.

8) Dashon Goldson, S, San Francisco 49ers: Goldson is versatile and tough. It's a little worrisome the 49ers were so willing to let him hit the market.

9) Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons: It's hard to imagine Gonzalez playing another season for anyone but the Falcons. He'd be ranked higher if he wasn't year-to-year at this stage of his career.

The Poz
03-09-2013, 11:57 AM
TIER 2: Solid starters

10) Paul Kruger, OLB/DE, Baltimore Ravens: Be leery of paying a Dexter Jackson-like Super Bowl-run tax to Kruger. (Especially when he mostly sat in the Super Bowl in favor of Courtney Upshaw for run-defense reasons.)

11) Jake Long, OT, Miami Dolphins: Will a team get early-career Jake Long or late-career Tony Boselli? Long is a prime candidate to get overpaid.

12) Sean Smith, CB, Miami Dolphins: A physical player who occasionally looks like a true No. 1 cornerback. (At least for a few games at a time.)

13) Brent Grimes, CB, Atlanta Falcons: He'd be among the top 10 players if not for the torn Achilles' tendon suffered in Week 1 last year. That's a big "if," though. Grimes could sign a short-term deal, but his talent is worth the risk.

14) Aqib Talib, CB, New England Patriots: I'd take my chances with Grimes over Talib, whose on-field play can be as erratic as his off-field behavior.

15) Phil Loadholt, OG, Minnesota Vikings: Loadholt is a throwback to the days when right tackles were maulers in the run game and not great at protecting the quarterback. Hidden value: His name is Loadholt.

16) Dannell Ellerbe, LB, Baltimore Ravens: The Ray Lewis-sized hole at the core of Baltimore's defense makes the versatile Ellerbe a priority to re-sign. He can rush, cover and stop the run.

17) Chris Houston, CB, Detroit Lions: The cornerback market is deep this year, and there's not a huge gap within the top seven guys at the position.

18) Keenan Lewis, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Lewis quietly stepped up as Pittsburgh's best cover corner in 2012 at age 26.

19) Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets: Yes, there's a chance he gets a whole lot better away from Mark Sanchez, Tony Sparano and the rest of the Jets' offensive morass.

20) Ed Reed, S, Baltimore Ravens: His post-Super Bowl/Oscars hangover could be mitigated if picked up by the Colts (Chuck Pagano) or the Patriots (Bill Belichick).

21) Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams: OK, here's a receiver who should be compared to Welker. This former "Hard Knocks" hero in Dallas is a great slot man who can't shake the injury bug.

22) Glover Quin, S, Houston Texans: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was smart to make Quin's cover skills at safety a huge part of his defense. Now the Texans will have to pay to keep him.

23) Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins: Davis was one of the league's most promising young tight ends before tearing his Achilles' tendon. He could be a great bargain.

24) Michael Bennett, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Martellus' brother quietly emerged as a difference maker in Greg Schiano's defense.

25) Kenny Phillips, S, New York Giants: Injuries have sapped Phillips' reliability, but he's proven to be a plus starter when he's on the field.

26) Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets: He's so much more than one-half of the "Butt Fumble." Moore can upgrade a lot of starting units.

mcaj22
03-09-2013, 11:58 AM
it's worrisome the 49ers are letting Goldson hit the market because they have no cap to sign him, that's what happens when you are a good team with an abundance of talent at most positions and depth. you can let guys walk, and he will get paid

The Poz
03-09-2013, 11:59 AM
TIER 3: Starters with questions

27) Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Philadelphia Eagles: It's not a great sign that two teams have seemingly given up on DRC in his young career. But how much cash would he have commanded if on the market after his second pro season?

28) Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants: A 26-year-old who seems to have the body of a 30-year-old. But there is no better free-agent running back when healthy.

29) Dwight Freeney, DE, Indianapolis Colts: It wasn't just about the scheme change. Freeney hasn't been that explosive for the last two years.

30) Osi Umenyiora, DE, New York Giants: Like Freeney, Osi would best be deployed in smaller doses as a situational pass rusher.

31) Richard Seymour, DL, Oakland Raiders: There are health and motivation concerns here with Seymour headed for a steep pay cut, but there never have been questions about his ability.

32) Sam Baker, OT, Atlanta Falcons: Baker will be the perfect test case for proving what an average starting tackle gets on the open market.

33) Jermon Bushrod, OT, New Orleans Saints: Bushrod will be the perfect test case for proving what an average starting tackle with a random Pro Bowl nod gets on the market.

34) Desmond Bryant, DT, Oakland Raiders: His recent arrest notwithstanding, Bryant is a massive man with a lot of unharnessed talent.

36) Connor Barwin, DE, Houston Texans: He should have taken Houston's long-term contract offer before 2012. Barwin suffered through a disastrous year, ranking among the worst starting defensive ends in the league by ProFootballFocus. (At least he's young with a history of production.)

37) Delanie Walker, TE, San Francisco 49ers: The proverbial "movable chess piece," to use a Greg Cosell-ism. He will block your face off even if his hands are suspect.

38) Jared Cook, TE, Tennessee Titans: The Titans chose not to use the franchise tag on Cook, an enigmatic talent who has never quite lived up to his potential as a big-time playmaker.

39) Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams: The veteran back can handle goal-line carries and passing downs, but there is a big risk of paying for past production.

40) Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: He's a talented young player with potential to be an above-average starter at a cheap price. On the downside: Even Mike Tomlin couldn't get through to him.

41) Eric Winston, T, Kansas City Chiefs: A solid short-term solution at right tackle. The biggest question: Why has he been cut twice in two years other than his high salaries?

42) Martellus Bennett, TE, New York Giants: If you can overlook the flaky off-field persona, Bennett fits the mold as a complete tight end who can block and catch.

43) James Harrison, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: He was paid too much by the Steelers, but Harrison was their best pass rusher by the end of last year. He should still have an effective season left as a starting OLB.

44) Gosder Cherilus, OT, Detroit Lions: The longtime punching bag proved last year he can survive just fine as a starter.

45) Derek Cox, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Cox struggles to stay healthy, but there's a lot of talent here. He makes a fine gamble.

46) Reggie Bush, RB, Miami Dolphins: Bush is a role player, but he's a very useful role player if deployed correctly.

47) Spin the wheel of starting kickers (Steven Hauschka, Phil Dawson, Mike Nugent, Jason Hanson): There are too many quality kickers available this offseason. It shouldn't be too hard to find one.

Rausch
03-09-2013, 11:59 AM
This year's free-agent crop is a lot like this year's draft class: It's not that exciting at the top, but there is better depth than usual.

That makes absolutely no fucking sense.

Last year's draft was like sucking the hot cocoa: very good and sugary and full of soft white s'mellows on top and then when you got past that there were grains in your damned drink.

He's fucking clueless...

The Poz
03-09-2013, 12:00 PM
TIER 4: Effective in the right role

48) Adam Jones, CB, Cincinnati Bengals: I'm afraid of what would happen to the former Pacman away from Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, but Jones was an excellent slot cornerback and return man last season.

49) Jason Jones, DL, Seattle Seahawks: Jones can be dominant for stretches. A nice rotational player.

50) Cary Williams, CB, Baltimore Ravens: It has to count for something that he was able to hold up as Baltimore's best starting cornerback by the end of the season.

51) Mike DeVito, DE, New York Jets: DeVito has been an unsung hero for the Jets for years. He could fit nicely into a lot of 3-4 defenses.

52) Bradley Fletcher, CB, St. Louis Rams: At times, Fletcher has looked like an above-average starting cornerback. At worst, he won't kill your team.

53) LaRon Landry, S, New York Jets: A Pro Bowl year with the Jets helped rehab Landry's value, but he's still a bigger name than impact player.

54) Louis Delmas, S, Detroit Lions: Injuries have sapped his explosiveness as a tackler and Delmas was never the most instinctive player in coverage.

55) Matt Shaughnessy, DE, Oakland Raiders: Once wildly underrated, Shaughnessy has lost two seasons to injury and ineffectiveness. He could prove to be a nice bargain.

56) Israel Idonije, DE, Chicago Bears: Idonije offers quality veteran snaps for a low price.

57) Chris Gamble, CB, Carolina Panthers: He wasn't worth $9 million. He is worth getting snaps as a nickel defender. At worst.

58) Rey Maualuga, ILB, Cincinnati Bengals: Coach Marvin Lewis told Around The League he wanted Maualuga back, but at what price? The USC product has never quite stepped up to leadership status.

59) Daryl Smith, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars: One of the most underrated linebackers of his era, Smith is coming off major injury.

60) Louis Vasquez, OG, San Diego Chargers: You could do a lot worse if your team is desperate for a starting guard.

61) Antoine Cason, CB, San Diego Chargers: A.J. Smith's former first-round pick never lived up to his draft slot, but he's not a bad starter.

62) John Abraham, DE, Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons need pass rush help and still chose not to keep Abraham around for a $4.25 million base salary. That's not a great sign.

63) Shane Lechler, P, Oakland Raiders: The best punter of his era picked a bad time to have a down season. Lechler, 36, should remain in the league.

64) Erin Henderson, LB, Minnesota Vikings: Two-down linebackers don't get paid much, but Henderson should be able to help a team stop the run.

65) Bryant McKinnie, OT, Baltimore Ravens: It sounds like he won't be back in Baltimore. McKinnie's playoff run was rather epic, but teams don't trust it will happen again.

66) Mike Jenkins, CB, Dallas Cowboys: I stubbornly remember the moments that Jenkins looked like a pretty solid pro.

67) Adrian Wilson, S, Arizona Cardinals: Versatile veteran leadership at a cheap price.

68) Sedrick Ellis, DT, New Orleans Saints: The former No. 7 overall pick has shown flashes, but has quietly been one of the bigger busts of the last five years.

69) Cullen Jenkins, DT, Philadelphia Eagles: He can still help teams in a rotation. A return to Green Bay makes some sense.

70) Philip Wheeler, LB, Oakland Raiders: Wheeler proved last year he can fit into a variety of systems.

71) Charles Woodson, S, Green Bay Packers: The potential Hall of Famer needs a coach who can play to his strengths and hide his lack of speed.

72) Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Jones is like a less reliable Reggie Bush, which doesn't sound like a compliment. (It isn't.)

73) Glenn Dorsey, DE, Kansas City Chiefs: Drafted No. 5 overall in 2008, Dorsey has stretches where he stops the run well enough.

74) Brad Jones, LB, Green Bay Packers: Jones proved last year he can play inside. He makes a perfect reserve linebacker who can start at multiple positions when necessary.

5) Brian Urlacher, LB, Chicago Bears: It's more than a little sad to rank him behind Brad Jones.

76) Danny Woodhead, RB, New England Patriots: He probably wouldn't make sense away from the Patriots as a reliable third-down back.

77) Chris Clemons, S, Miami Dolphins: A solid starter coming off his best season.

78) Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: See Danny Woodhead.

79) Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Could still be effective in a limited short-yardage role.

80) Victor Butler, LB, Dallas Cowboys: He's flashed potential in limited opportunities.

81) Lorenzo Alexander, LB, Washington Redskins: A great option if you need special teams help.

82) Michael Boley, LB, New York Giants: Closer to the end than the beginning, but a versatile backup type.

83) Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets: He ran harder toward the end of 2012, but Greene has never inspired.

84) Isaac Sopoaga, NT, San Francisco 49ers: Useful nose tackles are the football equivalent to a left-handed relief pitcher in baseball. They can always find jobs.

85) Donald Thomas, OG, New England Patriots: He did a nice job when called upon.

The Poz
03-09-2013, 12:00 PM
Just missed the cut:

Antwan Barnes, LB, San Diego Chargers; Shaun Phillips, OLB, San Diego Chargers; LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Arizona Cardinals; Dawan Landy, S, Jacksonville Jaguars; Ronde Barber, CB/S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Nick Barnett, LB, Buffalo Bills; Chris Canty, DL, New York Giants; Terrance Knighton, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars; Jason Campbell, QB, Chicago Bears; Peyton Hillis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs; Jerraud Powers, CB, Indianapolis Colts; Greg Jones, FB, Jacksonville Jaguars; Patrick Chung, S, New England Patriots; Ryan Harris, OT, Houston Texans; Bernard Scott, RB, Cincinnati Bengals; Takeo Spikes, LB, San Diego Chargers Tracy Porter, CB, Denver Broncos; Anthony Fasano, TE, Miami Dolphins; Cedric Benson, RB, Green Bay Packers; Stanford Routt, CB, Houston Texans; Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders; Jerome Felton, FB, Minnesota Vikings; Brady Quinn, QB, Kansas City Chiefs; David Garrard, QB.

Count Alex's Losses
03-09-2013, 12:02 PM
Amazing how clueless the media is.

This is the only list you need.

https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/01/07/2013-pff-free-agency-tracker/

Rausch
03-09-2013, 12:05 PM
Blast me all you want but I'd nova-splurge if we got Jackson for 2 years to pair with Charles.

I don't think we will, I'd just like it.

He'll probably go to Pitt and help them win another for the ****ing ear or toe or whatever they're working on now...

Superturtle
03-09-2013, 12:08 PM
Steven Jackson? I dont think he wants any part of a RB by committee group, especially when he isn't the feature back. Packers and Falcons are 2 teams he might go to.

Pasta Giant Meatball
03-09-2013, 12:09 PM
Quinn just missed the cut LMAO

Hoover
03-09-2013, 12:11 PM
All of these NFL "reporters" just judges everything on how well known players are, not their ability to play.

milkman
03-09-2013, 12:28 PM
Just a quick glance at that list, I see only a couple of names that I woukd go after hard if I were the decision maker for the Chiefs.

Andy Levitre and Gosder Cherilus.

Outside of O-Line, free agency is pretty much a sucker's market.

Rausch
03-09-2013, 12:31 PM
Steven Jackson? I dont think he wants any part of a RB by committee group, especially when he isn't the feature back. Packers and Falcons are 2 teams he might go to.

He'd love a rotation like what NE has if he isn't considered the man.

I still don't see how Pitt isn't a perfect fit.

They love them some Rams HB's....

Rausch
03-09-2013, 12:32 PM
Just a quick glance at that list, I see only a couple of names that I woukd go after hard if I were the decision maker for the Chiefs.

Andy Levitre and Gosder Cherilus.

You say $#it like this just to be contrary...

Mecca
03-09-2013, 12:42 PM
Charles and Bush together...versatile great hands and super speed that'd be tough to defend.
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milkman
03-09-2013, 12:43 PM
You say $#it like this just to be contrary...

I don't follow what you're saying.
How am I being contrarian?

crossbow
03-09-2013, 01:09 PM
Des Bryant. We need pass rush from D-Line.

DaneMcCloud
03-09-2013, 01:14 PM
Charles and Bush together...versatile great hands and super speed that'd be tough to defend.
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Yeah, I agree and mentioned this back in January.

Reggie Bush, Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe would be difficult matchups for the rest of the league. Add in a speedy WR and talented TE and this offense is a bomb ready to explode.

Mecca
03-09-2013, 01:15 PM
Jared Cook I'd love to have also.
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O.city
03-09-2013, 01:16 PM
I brought up bush a while back and got shit on for it.


Enough with the power back to compliment Charles. Get another Charles

The Poz
03-09-2013, 02:47 PM
The Chicago Tribune says a "half-dozen" teams have expressed interest in free agent LB Nick Roach.
Some clubs are calling to talk to Roach about playing middle linebacker, a position he played for the final four games of last season in Brian Urlacher's absence. The soon-to-be 28-year-old is a middling talent, but he can play both the run and the pass. Ideally, he'd play strong-side linebacker. The Bears want Roach back.

Easy 6
03-09-2013, 02:52 PM
Now that he can play OLB, what about Freeney on the cheap? If he isnt totally shot he'd make nice depth and bring some rush skills with him.

milkman
03-09-2013, 03:01 PM
Yeah, I agree and mentioned this back in January.

Reggie Bush, Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe would be difficult matchups for the rest of the league. Add in a speedy WR and talented TE and this offense is a bomb ready to explode.

All we'd need is someone to trigger the bomb.

Chiefshrink
03-09-2013, 03:13 PM
Just a quick glance at that list, I see only a couple of names that I woukd go after hard if I were the decision maker for the Chiefs.

Andy Levitre and Gosder Cherilus.

Outside of O-Line, free agency is pretty much a sucker's market.

I would add Barwin in those names as well regardless of the amateur critics of his play who really don't realize how Barwin has contributed significantly to Watts success.

Direckshun
03-09-2013, 03:21 PM
Charles and Bush together...versatile great hands and super speed that'd be tough to defend.
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No shit.

If we're going to have a short passing game, we need a couple guys who can make noise even with packed boxes.

Charles and Bush can both carry the ball 20 times a game and can both carry the ball between the tackles.