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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:13 PM

Free Agents 


Only one man's opinion but still ...

... Those to Avoid ... Looks familiar ... http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl...are-free-agents

Those to target ... http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl...ree-agents-tier
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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:22 AM

RE: Free Agents 


No one can see that, you have to be an ESPN insider
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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:13 PM

RE: Free Agents 


Basically says that our FA's are big risks. The other article rates FA's. Wallace is rated over Jennings and Bowe.
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Posted: 2/8/2013 10:14 PM

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njphinatic wrote: Only one man's opinion but still ...

... Those to Avoid ... Looks familiar ... http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl...are-free-agents

Those to target ... http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl...ree-agents-tier

Top 10 'buyer beware' free agents

Reggie Bush, Cary Williams among free agents teams should avoid

Originally Published: February 6, 2013
By Khaled Elsayed | ESPN Insider

 

Smith-Bush-Williams Getty Images,USA TODAY Sports Sean Smith, Reggie Bush and Cary Williams could get big bucks this offseason.

In NFL free agency, it's important to exercise discretion when making moves. Sometimes the moves you don't make can be more significant than the ones you do. Even if your team needs an upgrade at a position, paying top dollar in an inflated market for a player can be costly. Years down the line, it is those big flops that hurt a franchise unable to rebuild as it lives out its impetuous mistake of trying to find a quick fix.

So which players come with a "buyer beware" tag in 2013? Here are the top 10 when viewed through the Pro Football Focus prism.

Note: More detailed explanations of the advanced statistics used below can be found here.

Defense

Cary Williams, cornerback

2012 team: Baltimore Ravens

Williams

If reports are to be believed, Williams bet on himself by turning down a three-year, $15 million contract from the Ravens last year. Two postseason interceptions, to go with four in the regular season (along with 11 pass deflections), might suggest that was a wise move from Williams.

But watching the tape a little closer doesn't leave you quite as impressed. Williams gave up 39 first downs in the regular season and six more in the postseason, meaning his combined 45 first downs surrendered were the second highest of all cornerbacks. He wasn't a shutdown corner but rather someone teams moved the chains on. He may be looking for top cornerback money, but teams shouldn't be fooled into thinking he is one.

LaRon Landry, safety

2012 team: New York Jets

Landry

On the back of what ended up being a Pro Bowl season, Landry has positioned himself to get paid. He won't be taking a hometown discount with the Jets because in his eyes his stock is at an all-time high after he proved he could handle the rigors of an NFL season by playing 96.6 percent of the Jets' defensive snaps.

Only the tape doesn't back up his performance. Eighty-eight tackles represent a big number, but his 4.7 run stop percentage was only 14th among safeties despite his spending 46.2 percent of his snaps in the box. He also got beat for 16 first downs and four touchdowns, the 11th-highest number of all safeties in coverage. Sure Landry can put a big hit on a receiver at times, but don't let those big plays fool you. He's not an elite, difference-making player, and he misses too many tackles (his 13 were 12th highest among safeties).

Osi Umenyiora, defensive end

2012 team: New York Giants

Umenyiora

Despite what Umenyiora may say, the tape definitely isn't kind to him after a 2012 where he looked a step slower and was a whole lot less productive.

The soon-to-be former Giant is above all else a pass-rusher, but his 8.6 pass rushing productivity score was down from 11.3 in 2011 -- and a large part of why he finished just 31st in our 4-3 defensive end rankings. A non-presence against the run for the most part, some team in desperate need of help in the pass rush may turn to him hoping to find answers, but the truth is he's better suited to a situational role with lowered expectations on his output.

Connor Barwin, outside linebacker

2012 team: Houston Texans

Barwin

This season was supposed to be the year that Barwin broke out. In theory it should have been, given that with teams paying extra attention to J.J. Watt, fewer resources were dedicated to stopping him. Only he couldn't take advantage of this, to the point where Houston can consider itself lucky to be priced out of his re-signing.

Barwin finished the season as our third-lowest-ranked 3-4 outside linebacker, struggling in all areas of the game. As a pass-rusher, he had the fourth-lowest score of his peers in our pass rushing productivity rating after notching 40 combined sacks, hits and hurries on 533 pass rushes, while in the run game, his run stop percentage score of 4.0 was the sixth-lowest number. You spend big money on impact players, and Barwin just isn't one of those.

Sean Smith, cornerback

2012 team: Miami Dolphins

Smith

There are times when I watch Smith and think he can be an elite cornerback; there are other times when I watch him and think he shouldn't even be on the field. For proof, no cornerback gave up more combined first downs and touchdowns than Smith's 46.

Smith started the season playing well but finished poorly, reminding us how badly he played in 2011 where he had the second-lowest coverage grade of all cornerbacks. Smith is as talented as he is inconsistent, and for that reason teams should be hesitant to part with the big bucks for him.

Rey Maualuga, linebacker

2012 team: Cincinnati Bengals

Maualuga

Granted, no team thinks it's going to be getting a superstar linebacker with Maualuga, but it might think it has found itself a stopgap starter and pay him as such.

And it would be wrong to do so.

Maualuga was our lowest-ranked middle linebacker this season, struggling all over the field but being a particular liability in coverage (London Fletcher was the only linebacker to give up more than Maualuga's 37 combined first downs and touchdowns). Throw in 16 missed tackles -- fifth most among inside linebackers -- and you have a liability on your hands.

Offense

Dustin Keller, tight end

2012 team: Jets

Keller

If you were building an ideal tight end, he'd probably look a lot like Keller: explosive and able to do damage with the ball in his hands.

Yet all too often he's not a mismatch, and with the way he blocks, ensuring the Jets can't use him as an every-down tight end, he really needs to be more of a playmaker in the receiving game. This season he picked up only 1.48 yards per route run, a number that if he had run enough routes to qualify would have ranked tied for 15th with Martellus Bennett, a much more complete player.

Keller is capable, but there's too much inconsistency in his game for him to be relied upon and given big money.

Jake Long, left tackle

2012 team: Dolphins

Long

There's a lot to be said for the position of left tackle being less important now, with teams getting rid of the ball quicker and quarterbacks defined by how they handle pressure. For example, has Joe Thomas propelled to Cleveland Browns to victory?

Even if you don't share that viewpoint, you would be hard-pressed not to see a depressing trend in Long's recent play. In his first three years in the league he was exceptional, but whether it's injuries or wear and tear, his past two years have created more questions, to the point where investing big money in him is a true gamble. If you judge a left tackle by his work in pass protection, Long has gone from ranking first in our pass blocking efficiency stat in 2009 and 2010 to 13th (2011) and what would have been 14th (2012) if he had have played enough snaps to qualify.

Is that the kind of recent performance a team should put a substantial part of its salary cap into, in the hope he turns it around?

Reggie Bush, running back

2012 team: Dolphins

Bush

Bush was 14 yards away from a second consecutive 1,000-yard season, but despite his high profile and success in Miami, there isn't much reason to invest significant money in him.

Out of 59 running backs to play at least 200 snaps, Bush finished 31st in our rankings, and that was mostly due to his receiving skills. For Bush, the same old problems prevail, as he averaged just 2.06 yards after contact per carry, a number that was better than only five backs with more than 100 carries. He just isn't a convincing runner between the tackles, teasing us with the idea he will be and then being quick to bounce the ball outside.

The truth is that the New Orleans Saints used him the way they did because that was the best use of his talents. Now he is older and has less tread on the tires.

Donnie Avery, wide receiver

2012 team: Indianapolis Colts

Avery

Given how obsessed Andrew Luck was with Reggie Wayne at times (179 balls thrown his way), it might be a minor miracle for some that Avery was able to walk away with 781 yards. That's a decent number for a No. 2 receiver.

But Avery benefited from a pass-happy offense in which Bruce Arians at times seemed determined to treat him as he had Mike Wallace in Pittsburgh. It meant the former Ram was targeted 25 times on balls aimed over 20 yards in the air (13th highest in the league), yet he caught only six of them while dropping four.

Indeed, drops were a huge problem for the unreliable Avery, as he led our drop rate signature stat for wideouts after dropping 12 of 72 catchable balls. A team might think he can provide another dimension to its offense, but it will overspend on plays left on the field.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 10:29 PM

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Best available NFL free agents

An authentic front-office ranking of the 2013 class

Originally Published: February 5, 2013
By Bill Polian | ESPN Insider

 

 

As a GM, when I approached free agency, I utilized a tier system based on how I valued players. It involved three classes, which you'll see below:

Free-agency tiers
A Players: Worth paying big, starter-caliber money.
B Players: Guys I would sign but only if the value made sense.
C Players: Guys I'd sign for low-salary, short-term (one or two years) value, with low bonuses.

Within each of those groups, there are further considerations, particularly injuries, age and character. The concern with injury is obvious, as that player might never recapture his previous level of performance or even see the field. Age is a concern for anyone older than 26 because a five-year contract would take the player past age 30, a precipice after which players usually decline rapidly. This is a concern for some positions more than others, however, and must account for how much a player has been used to that point. An every-down running back at age 26 might have less tread on his tires than a 28-year-old who has seen limited carries to this point.

Based on the information we have as of Feb. 4 and using my tier system, what follows is a 35,000-foot view of the free-agent landscape based on player performance, positional scarcity and the overall market for certain players. In short, these names are my best available free agents for 2013.

As teams make additional cuts, there likely will be new names added to the mix before March 12. For now, we're working with the players normally scheduled to reach unrestricted free agency. Where applicable, I've indicated any concerns I have due to age, injury or character. They are grouped first by tier, then by position. Appearing higher within a certain tier does not mean a player is more valuable than those below him.

Note:

INJURY CONCERN =

AGE CONCERN =

Statistics are inclusive of postseason where applicable.



Tier A: Offense

A
Joe Flacco
DOB: 1/16/85
HT: 6-6
WT: 245
POS: QB
2012 TEAM: Baltimore
Att 657
Comp 390
Yds 4,957
TD 33
INT 10
QBR 55.3
Player Analysis

I would assume he will be franchised or reach a long-term agreement with the Ravens. He definitely deserves top-tier money, however; he has proved that much. Flacco is streaky, but when he's on, he can win for you. This past postseason has shown exactly that.

A
Steven Jackson
DOB: 7/22/83
HT: 6-2
WT: 240
POS: RB
2012 TEAM: St. Louis
Att 257
Yds 1,042
Avg 4.1
Long 22
Fum 0
TD 4
Player Analysis

For running backs, seven seasons is about the time when tread runs out on their tires. Jackson has been in the league for nine, but I think he's the best back no one really celebrates. His age and service time are a concern but he's a warrior and a guy you want on your team. If the price is right, a contender could get him for two to three years and feel pretty good about it. I think he could be a Corey Dillon-like find but without the baggage. He's a true blue guy.

A
Wes Welker
DOB: 5/1/81
HT: 5-9
WT: 185
POS: WR
2012 TEAM: New England
Rec 134
Yds 1,602
Avg 11.5
Long 59
TD 6
Player Analysis

He will be 32 at the start of the 2013 season and is a big age concern. How much money do you want invested in a player who is small, is not very fast and excels in New England's offense but doesn't have a lot of years in front of him? That's the question teams face with Welker. The Patriots didn't sign him long term, which should be an indicator of his value. Will they franchise him at $12 million? I don't know. Will he command more on the open market? I don't know. You can't deny he's a good player. It's his value that remains a question.

A
Mike Wallace
DOB: 8/1/86
HT: 6-0
WT: 199
POS: WR
2012 TEAM: Pittsburgh
Rec 64
Yds 836
Avg 13.1
Long 82
TD 8
Player Analysis

Wallace is a good route runner, has good instincts and typically has good hands, but he's small and you worry about injury. Inconsistency in the past also is a concern. Pittsburgh didn't reach a deal with him, which will make some teams wary, but this league is always looking for WRs with speed who can take the top off a defense -- and he can do that.

A
Martellus Bennett
DOB: 1/10/87
HT: 6-6
WT: 265
POS: TE
2012 TEAM: NY Giants
Rec 55
Yds 626
Avg 11.4
Long 33
TD 5
Player Analysis

Bennett is young, but to date he has never really lived up to his potential. He has great speed, above average hands and good size to be a good blocker, but he doesn't play consistently. He's one of those free-agent gambles who might or might not pay off.

A
Jared Cook
DOB: 4/7/87
HT: 6-5
WT: 248
POS: TE
2012 TEAM: Tennessee
Rec 44
Yds 523
Avg 11.9
Long 61
TD 4
Player Analysis

I think there's a lot of upside for Cook, but he has not played to the level of an A player just yet. Still, I think he'll command some money based on his potential. He is more consistent than Bennett and had a better year in 2013, but I'm always a little skeptical of players who come on in a contract year. There's a chance he could be franchised.

A
Greg Jones
DOB: 5/9/81
HT: 6-1
WT: 265
POS: FB
2012 TEAM: Jacksonville
Att 5
Yds 8
Avg 1.6
Long 4
Fum 0
TD 0
Player Analysis

Even at age 31, Jones is a good player and adds value because of his toughness and work ethic. If he's affordable, he's a guy I want on my football team. Of course the questions are: Can he pass a physical? And is he affordable? He is one of the few FBs who can carry the ball and do it well.

A
Andy Levitre
DOB: 5/15/86
HT: 6-2
WT: 305
POS: G
2012 TEAM: Buffalo
GP 16
GS 16
Player Analysis

Levitre is a very solid, professional, strong, offensive guard. While he has the talent, his position might limit the money he'll see.

A
Ryan Clady
DOB: 9/6/86
HT: 6-6
WT: 315
POS: T
2012 TEAM: Denver
GP 16
GS 16
Player Analysis

His shoulder injury might be a concern, but he has been solid for the Broncos since he was a rookie. Tackles such as Clady command big money, and he will, too … assuming his shoulder is OK.

A
Sebastian Vollmer
DOB: 7/10/84
HT: 6-8
WT: 320
POS: T
2012 TEAM: New England
GP 15
GS 15
Player Analysis

Pass protection is his strong suit. He has pretty good feet and long arms, and moves well. He has had some injury concerns, but he came to football late in life (relatively speaking), so there might be some latent upside. It would be worth sinking some money into him, assuming he's got a clean bill of health.

A
Jermon Bushrod
DOB: 8/19/84
HT: 6-5
WT: 315
POS: T
2012 TEAM: New Orleans
GP 16
GS 16
Player Analysis

He's big and powerful, but Bushrod is not a great pass protector and his feet are a concern. His size and length help him some, though. As an all-around guy, he's a fit. A long-term deal should still provide decent value for a team.

A
Gosder Cherilus
DOB: 6/28/84
HT: 6-7
WT: 325
POS: T
2012 TEAM: Detroit
GP 16
GS 15
Player Analysis

Solid, but nothing spectacular, Cherilus has no glaring deficiencies. Solid tackles are hard to come by, but with lots of linemen in the draft, it might drive down the money for linemen in this free-agent class. GMs know that, and it will be reflected in their offers. I put him with the A's because he's been a reasonably good starter for a time.

A
Jake Long
DOB: 5/9/85
HT: 6-7
WT: 319
POS: T
2012 TEAM: Miami
GP 12
GS 12
Player Analysis

His reputation will make him an A player, but he is an injury and age concern to me. He is turning only 28 to start next season, but he already has played 74 games, making a long-term deal a risk. He's missed time the past two seasons as well. Someone will pay him, though.

A
Branden Albert
DOB: 11/4/84
HT: 6-5
WT: 316
POS: T
2012 TEAM: Kansas City
GP 16
GS 16
Player Analysis

He's a high draft choice who has disappointed at tackle for Kansas City. There has been some talk about him moving to guard, which is where I see him fitting best and which will affect the offers he receives. I tend to slot him more as a B player, but certain teams get enamored by size and he's certainly got that (6-foot-5, 316 pounds), so there probably will be a market for him.


Tier A: Defense

A
Henry Melton
DOB: 10/11/86
HT: 6-3
WT: 295
POS: DT
2012 TEAM: Chicago
Tkl 43
Solo 31
Sack 6.0
FF 2
Player Analysis

Melton is a converted college FB who became a great 3-technique player in a Dungy Tampa 2 defense. The trouble is, he fits only that defense and that seriously limits his market. That said, if you're going to play that scheme, this position is of critical importance.

A
Randy Starks
DOB: 12/14/83
HT: 6-3
WT: 305
POS: DT
2012 TEAM: Miami
Tkl 27
Solo 18
Sack 4.5
FF 0
Player Analysis

He's older, but he could be effective as an inside, space-eating 3-4 or power 4-3 kind of tackle. He had a very good year with Miami. This type of player is hard to find, so I imagine he'll have a market.

A
Anthony Spencer
DOB: 1/23/84
HT: 6-3
WT: 250
POS: DE
2012 TEAM: Dallas
Tkl 95
Solo 55
Sack 11.0
FF 2
Player Analysis

He played OLB in Dallas' 3-4 scheme, but I think he's more of a 4-3 end. He is an outstanding pass-rusher. As I mentioned earlier, I'm normally wary of players having good seasons in contract years, but putting him at OLB doesn't allow him to do what he does best, which is rush upfield. And I see upside for him in a 4-3 scheme.

A
Cliff Avril
DOB: 4/8/86
HT: 6-3
WT: 260
POS: DE
2012 TEAM: Detroit
Tkl 35
Solo 28
Sack 9.5
FF 2
Player Analysis

Avril is an outside rusher who is not particualrly stout against the run, but pass-rushers are always in demand. I see low-A money in his future, but not right on the mark. He's a talented player and young (27 in 2013 season).

A
Dwight Freeney
DOB: 2/19/80
HT: 6-1
WT: 268
POS: DE
2012 TEAM: Indianapolis
Tkl 12
Solo 10
Sack 5.0
FF 1
Player Analysis

As you'd imagine I'm rather familiar with him. I see Freeney as a fit in a Wide-9 scheme or as a 4-3 DE. I believe he still has a lot of talent, but age is definitely a concern.

A
Michael Johnson
DOB: 2/7/87
HT: 6-7
WT: 270
POS: DE
2012 TEAM: Cincinnati
Tkl 54
Solo 36
Sack 11.5
FF 0
Player Analysis

Great size and production (11.5 sacks) make him an ideal target for teams in the market for a pass-rusher.

A
Paul Kruger
DOB: 2/15/86
HT: 6-4
WT: 270
POS: LB
2012 TEAM: Baltimore
Tkl 56
Solo 39
Sack 13.5
FF 2
Player Analysis

An outside pass-rusher, Kruger can play OLB or DE. He is coming off his rookie contract and really came into his own this season. He's become a very efficient pass-rusher, and there is a market for a player like that.

A
Rey Maualuga
DOB: 1/20/87
HT: 6-1
WT: 268
POS: LB
2012 TEAM: Cincinnati
Tkl 122
Solo 62
Sack 1.0
FF 0
Player Analysis

He's had off-field issues, although none recently. I think free agency will really benefit him because he's more of a B player, but he is a starter in Cincy and could be a solid starter elsewhere. There aren't a lot of interior LBs on the market, so I think he'll command A money.

A
Brent Grimes
DOB: 7/19/83
HT: 5-10
WT: 183
POS: CB
2012 TEAM: Atlanta
Tkl 6
Solo 6
Sack 0
FF 0
INT 0
Player Analysis

Solid young player, but injury concern (Achilles) might reduce his value. He's a starting-caliber corner if he answers his health question.

A
Cary Williams
DOB: 12/23/84
HT: 6-1
WT: 190
POS: CB
2012 TEAM: Baltimore
Tkl 102
Solo 88
Sack 1.0
FF 0
INT 6
Player Analysis

Williams is a very good man-to-man corner who stepped in for Lardarius Webb and outpaced expectations with the Ravens. He's probably low A, but because of his good year, I think he'll be able to cash in and get A-level money.

A
William Moore
DOB: 5/18/85
HT: 6-0
WT: 221
POS: S
2012 TEAM: Atlanta
Tkl 86
Solo 63
Sack 1.0
FF 2
INT 4
Player Analysis

Moore is not a spectacular player, but he could start for most teams in the league. He's a good all-around type, solid in all phases of the game.

A
Jairus Byrd
DOB: 10/7/86
HT: 5-10
WT: 203
POS: S
2012 TEAM: Buffalo
Tkl 76
Solo 53
Sack 0
FF 4
INT 5
Player Analysis

Timed speed is a question mark, but instincts, toughness and production are not.

A
Louis Delmas
DOB: 4/12/87
HT: 5-11
WT: 202
POS: S
2012 TEAM: Detroit
Tkl 38
Solo 28
Sack 0
FF 0
INT 1
Player Analysis

Delmas has good range and good instincts, and is very tough. He battled a knee injury all season, but I see him as a very interesting safety. His position might not command a big-money deal, however.

A
Ed Reed
DOB: 9/11/78
HT: 5-11
WT: 205
POS: S
2012 TEAM: Baltimore
Tkl 73
Solo 53
Sack 0
FF 0
INT 5
Player Analysis

For years, Reed has been the best safety in the NFL, unconventional as he might be. His instincts are unparalleled, but age is a concern at this stage of the game, and I'm not sure whether there's a long-term deal out there for him. He probably will go back to Baltimore, but I've seen some rumors mention New England. That's a possibility. He is on the down side of his career but still is a great player and a Hall of Famer. Could he have value as a tutor for younger players? Sure, but no one plays the position like Reed does. He's one of the smartest and most unconventional safeties I've seen, and I don't think anyone could emulate him.

A
LaRon Landry
DOB: 10/14/84
HT: 6-0
WT: 220
POS: S
2012 TEAM: NY Jets
Tkl 99
Solo 75
Sack 0
FF 4
INT 2
Player Analysis

Landry had a good year for a bad team. He's a striker, a big hitter. While he is a little older, he's still a pretty serviceable player. We're closer to B territory now, but for a team looking for a safety, he could do a good job.

A
Glover Quin
DOB: 1/15/86
HT: 6-0
WT: 207
POS: S
2012 TEAM: Houston
Tkl 84
Solo 64
Sack 1.0
FF 2
INT 2
Player Analysis

Just an athletic, tough safety. If you want a safety to play man, cover ground, and go up and play in the nickel on the line of scrimmage, this is a guy who does all of that well. I think he has more value to Houston than to another team, so I think the Texans will do what they can to sign him. Within the role he plays, he's very good.


Tier A: Special Teams

A
Dustin Colquitt
DOB: 5/6/82
HT: 6-3
WT: 210
POS: P
2012 TEAM: Kansas City
Punts 83
Avg 46.8
Long 71
TB 7
In20 45
Player Analysis

If you're in the market for a punter, there are good ones on the market. People don't really chase punters, but Colquitt is one who can flip the field, and that bears mentioning.

A
Shane Lechler
DOB: 8/7/76
HT: 6-2
WT: 230
POS: P
2012 TEAM: Oakland
Punts 81
Avg 47.2
Long 68
TB 9
In20 21
Player Analysis

Lechler is an incredibly gifted punter. He can flip the field seemingly whenever he wants and manipulate the ball to his bidding. I'd rank him slightly ahead of Colquitt, but both are talented. How much do you want to pay for a punter? That will depend on the team. But he's a weapon.

A
Pat McAfee
DOB: 5/2/87
HT: 6-1
WT: 220
POS: P
2012 TEAM: Indianapolis
Punts 73
Avg 48.2
Long 64
TB 8
In20 26
Player Analysis

He is a B as a punter, but he also is a good kickoff guy and can be a kicker, so there's value in that versatility as you manage a limited roster. Indianapolis might pay him if the Colts believe he can replace Adam Vinatieri eventually. He's not the punter Lechler or Colquitt is, but just a notch below. He has become better directionally than in the past.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 10:30 PM

Re: Free Agents 


tier b: offense (notables)

as i mentioned above, the b players are guys worth pursuing only if you can get them at a good value. a lot of these players might surprise you because there are some big names in this group. for those, i've detailed some of the reasons keeping them out of a territory. i've also provided some detail on players i think could be particularly appealing in this tier. the remainder are grouped into the chart below.

b

derek anderson

dob: 6/15/83

ht: 6-6

wt: 230

pos: qb

2012 team: carolina

att 4

comp 4

yds 58

td 0

int 0

qbr 91.6

player analysis

teams without a quarterback probably will consider him. he has proved to be relatively reliable over the course of his career. as a backup he's ideal, but if the price is right, you ought to think about him as a starter.

b

drew stanton

dob: 5/7/84

ht: 6-3

wt: 243

pos: qb

2012 team: indianapolis

att 0

comp 0

yds 0

td 0

int 0

qbr n/a

player analysis

stanton certainly warrants consideration as a backup and might even have starting ability, but he does not have the body of work anderson does. he's an interesting prospect.

b

felix jones

dob: 5/8/87

ht: 5-10

wt: 215

pos: rb

2012 team: dallas

att 111

yds 402

avg 3.6

long 22

fum 1

td 3

player analysis

you'll recognize the name, but 2012 was just the second time in his five-year career he's played 16 games.

b

javon ringer

dob: 2/2/87

ht: 5-9

wt: 213

pos: rb

2012 team: tennessee

att 2

yds 14

avg 7.0

long 9

fum 0

td 0

player analysis

ringer is a good short-yardage and goal-line runner. he's coming off a serious knee injury, which worries me, but he's a solid player. i see him as a no. 2 back in a san francisco-style attack. in indianapolis, we needed and wanted someone like him.

B

Reggie Bush

DOB: 3/2/85

HT: 6-0

WT: 203

POS: RB

2012 TEAM: Miami

Att 227

Yds 986

Avg 4.3

Long 65

Fum 4

TD 6

Player Analysis

He's a name, but at this stage in his career, he's a third-down guy.

B

Greg Jennings

DOB: 9/21/83

HT: 5-11

WT: 198

POS: WR

2012 TEAM: Green Bay

Rec 46

Yds 481

Avg 10.4

Long 45

TD 5

Player Analysis

Jennings will be a big name, but this is the classic question mark: How much do you pay a guy who will turn 30 at the start of the 2013 season and is coming off of two injury-plagued seasons?

B

Dwayne Bowe

DOB: 9/21/84

HT: 6-2

WT: 221

POS: WR

2012 TEAM: Kansas City

Rec 59

Yds 801

Avg 13.6

Long 47

TD 3

Player Analysis

Bowe is certain to be one of the names all the gurus will be talking about, but he has inconsistent hands. The QB situation in Kansas City doesn't affect him that much; you have to catch the ball when it's thrown to you. Bowe will intrigue some people, and others will shy away.

B

Danny Amendola

DOB: 11/2/85

HT: 5-11

WT: 188

POS: WR

2012 TEAM: St. Louis

Rec 63

Yds 666

Avg 10.6

Long 56

TD 3

Player Analysis

He's coming off injury, but I see him as a younger Wes Welker. He's a good possession receiver.

B

Austin Collie

DOB: 11/11/85

HT: 6-0

WT: 204

POS: WR

2012 TEAM: Indianapolis

Rec 1

Yds 6

Avg 6.0

Long 6

TD 0

Player Analysis

Injuries are the concern, particularly the concussions. That will be reflected in the amount of money he gets. If you're willing to gamble a little on the health questions and he can put it behind him, Collie is a very solid slot receiver -- smart, tough and resourceful.

B

Josh Cribbs

DOB: 6/9/83

HT: 6-1

WT: 215

POS: WR

2012 TEAM: Cleveland

Rec 7

Yds 63

Avg 9.0

Long 24

TD 0

Player Analysis

At this stage, Cribbs is a return man only, and his age will drive the price and longevity of term down.

B

Anthony Fasano

DOB: 4/20/84

HT: 6-4

WT: 255

POS: TE

2012 TEAM: Miami

Rec 41

Yds 332

Avg 8.1

Long 22

TD 5

Player Analysis

Receiving and speed aren't his strong suits, but he can block. As a solid, all-around guy, he'll get the job done.

B

Delanie Walker

DOB: 8/12/84

HT: 6-0

WT: 242

POS: TE

2012 TEAM: San Fran

Rec 26

Yds 429

Avg 16.5

Long 45

TD 3

Player Analysis

He's a valuable role player. He can catch the ball, block, even play a little fullback. At the right price, he's a good addition to a contending team. He's reliable.

B

Gary Barnidge

DOB: 9/22/85

HT: 6-5

WT: 250

POS: TE

2012 TEAM: Carolina

Rec 6

Yds 78

Avg 13.0

Long 24

TD 1

Player Analysis

Built with a long body, he catches pretty well and has been pretty reliable. He won't be a big-money guy, but he'll probably be a pretty good addition to a team.


Tier B: Defense (notables)

B

Kevin Vickerson

DOB: 1/8/83

HT: 6-5

WT: 290

POS: DT

2012 TEAM: Denver

Tkl 40

Solo 28

Sack 2.0

FF 1

Player Analysis

Age is a concern, but he plays awfully well. Defensive tackles tend to play a little longer than most positions, though, so the risk isn't as big as with other positions.

B

Terrance Knighton

DOB: 7/4/86

HT: 6-3

WT: 330

POS: DT

2012 TEAM: Jacksonville

Tkl 32

Solo 20

Sack 2.0

FF 2

Player Analysis

His lack of consistent effort and conditioning is a concern.

B

Sen'Derrick Marks

DOB: 2/23/87

HT: 6-2

WT: 294

POS: DT

2012 TEAM: Tennessee

Tkl 41

Solo 30

Sack 2.0

FF 1

Player Analysis

An interior pass-rusher and pretty good at it, Marks will be sought after. He has gotten better against the run over the years as well. For teams with a need at defensive tackle, he fits the bill.

B

Ricky Jean Francois

DOB: 6/23/87

HT: 6-3

WT: 295

POS: DT

2012 TEAM: San Fran

Tkl 24

Solo 13

Sack 2.0

FF 0

Player Analysis

Another player I've seen improve year over year, he can play all three 3-4 defensive line positions, although he probably is better suited to play a 3-4 end. A solid player, he is young and has shown he can develop.

B

Glenn Dorsey

DOB: 8/1/85

HT: 6-1

WT: 297

POS: DE

2012 TEAM: Kansas City

Tkl 7

Solo 4

Sack 0

FF 0

Player Analysis

Dorsey has never played to the level of his draft position, but his big name will command attention.

B

Mike DeVito

DOB: 6/10/84

HT: 6-3

WT: 305

POS: DE

2012 TEAM: NY Jets

Tkl 52

Solo 27

Sack 1.0

FF 2

Player Analysis

He's a hard-playing run-defender, and teams that play the 3-4 will take a look at him as a valuable role player.

B

Justin Durant

DOB: 9/20/85

HT: 6-1

WT: 240

POS: LB

2012 TEAM: Detroit

Tkl 103

Solo 82

Sack 0.5

FF 0

Player Analysis

Durant is still young, with upside. Depending on the value of the deal, he could make for a good pickup. Some might see him as an A.

B

Philip Wheeler

DOB: 12/12/84

HT: 6-2

WT: 240

POS: LB

2012 TEAM: Oakland

Tkl 109

Solo 78

Sack 3.0

FF 2

Player Analysis

Wheeler had a good year in Oakland in 2012. His best position is SAM LB, which is not a big-demand position. But he can run, hit and blitz. He's gotten better every year.

B

Erik Walden

DOB: 12/12/84

HT: 6-2

WT: 240

POS: LB

2012 TEAM: Green Bay

Tkl 46

Solo 27

Sack 3.0

FF 0

Player Analysis

He's an up-and-coming guy. He flies around the field and is tough. He's well suited to the 3-4, young and with upside. I don't see a big market, but nonetheless he's an asset.

B

Captain Munnerlyn

DOB: 4/10/88

HT: 5-8

WT: 190

POS: CB

2012 TEAM: Carolina

Tkl 61

Solo 48

Sack 0

FF 0

INT 2

Player Analysis

He's a fit as a nickel CB who has good skills and insticnts. He can also contribute in the return game.

B

Patrick Chung

DOB: 8/19/87

HT: 5-11

WT: 210

POS: S

2012 TEAM: New England

Tkl 44

Solo 29

Sack 0

FF 0

INT 2

Player Analysis

He has a big name and talent, but he's an injury concern.

Tier B: Special Teams

B

Rob Bironas

DOB: 1/29/78

HT: 6-0

WT: 210

POS: K

2012 TEAM: Tennessee

FGM 25

FGA 31

LNG 53

XPM 35

XPA 35

Player Analysis

Bironas is old but still a good kicker.

B

Lawrence Tynes

DOB: 5/3/78

HT: 6-1

WT: 194

POS: K

2012 TEAM: NY Giants

FGM 33

FGA 39

LNG 50

XPM 46

XPA 46

Player Analysis

He gets points for handling the winds of the Meadowlands and for his experience in clutch situations.

Remaining B's

Remaining B free agents

Player Position DOB 2012 team Concerns

Matt Moore

QB

8/9/84

Miami

--

Danny Woodhead

RB

1/25/85

New England

--

Shonn Greene

RB

8/21/85

NY Jets

--

Brandon Tate

WR

10/5/87

Cincinnati

--

Donnie Avery

WR

6/12/84

Indianapolis

--

Devery Henderson

WR

3/26/82

New Orleans

--

Darius Reynaud

WR

12/29/84

Tennessee

--

Brandon Gibson

WR

8/13/87

St. Louis

--

Dustin Keller

TE

9/25/84

NY Jets

Injury

Cameron Morrah

TE

3/18/87

Seattle

Injury

Kevin Boothe

OG

7/5/83

NY Giants

--

Brandon Moore

OG

6/3/80

NY Jets

--

Sam Baker

OT

5/30/85

Atlanta

--

Andre Smith

OT

1/25/87

Cincinnati

--

Will Beatty

OT

3/2/85

NY Giants

--

Issac Sopoaga

NT

9/4/81

San Fran

Age

Jason Jones

DT

5/23/86

Seattle

--

Dwan Edwards

DT

5/16/81

Carolina

--

Lawrence Sidbury

DE

2/6/86

Atlanta

--

Israel Idonije

DE

11/17/80

Chicago

Age

Robert Geathers

DE

8/11/83

Cincinnati

--

Manny Lawson

LB

7/3/84

Cincinnati

--

Shaun Phillips

LB

5/13/81

San Diego

--

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

CB

4/7/86

Philadelphia

--

Leodis McKelvin

DB

9/1/85

Buffalo

Injury

Tracy Porter

CB

8/11/86

Denver

Injury

Kenny Phillips

S

11/24/86

NY Giants

--

Tier C

Now we're into roster filler territory. That isn't to say these players won't contribute and can't provide value, but they aren't going to command a long-term commitment nor a particularly big salary.

Tier C free agents

Player Position DOB 2012 team Concerns

Michael Adams

CB

6/17/85

Arizona

--

Nick Eason

DE

5/29/80

Arizona

--

Rashad Johnson

S

1/2/86

Arizona

--

James Sanders

S

11/11/83

Arizona

--

James Ihedigbo

S

12/3/83

Baltimore

-

Ma'ake Kemoeatu

NT

1/10/79

Baltimore

Injury

Bryant McKinnie

OT

9/23/79

Baltimore

Injury

Tashard Choice

RB

11/20/84

Buffalo

--

Jordan Senn

LB

6/11/84

Carolina

--

Kelvin Hayden

CB

7/23/83

Chicago

Injury/Age

Bruce Gradkowski

QB

1/27/83

Cincinnati

--

Brian Leonard

RB

2/3/84

Cincinnati

--

Mike Nugent

K

3/2/82

Cincinnati

--

Phil Dawson

K

1/23/75

Cleveland

Age

Kaluka Maiava

LB

12/27/86

Cleveland

Injury

Mohamed Massaquoi

WR

11/24/86

Cleveland

--

Juqua Parker

DE

5/15/78

Cleveland

Age

Ben Watson

TE

12/18/80

Cleveland

--

Jacob Hester

RB

5/8/85

Denver

--

Dan Koppen

C

9/12/79

Denver

Age

Jim Leonhard

S

10/27/82

Denver

Injury/Age

Kevin Smith

RB

12/17/86

Detroit

Injury

Derek Landri

DT

9/21/83

Philadelphia

Injury/Age

 

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Posted: 2/8/2013 11:15 PM

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I completely forgot about this guy...

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Michael Johnson
DOB: 2/7/87
HT: 6-7
WT: 270
POS: DE
2012 TEAM: Cincinnati
Tkl 54
Solo 36
Sack 11.5
FF 0
Player Analysis

Great size and production (11.5 sacks) make him an ideal target for teams in the market for a pass-rusher.

He is a beast! If he is not tagged, we need to go after him an PAY him. This is the kind of guy that can take our front 7 from really good to #1. Signing him would help our secondary tremendously.

He plays for Cincinatti so Coyle is very familiar with what he brings to the table. He is EXACTLY what we have been looking for to play opposite of Wake.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:40 AM

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Littletrim7 wrote: I completely forgot about this guy...

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Michael Johnson
DOB: 2/7/87
HT: 6-7
WT: 270
POS: DE
2012 TEAM: Cincinnati
Tkl 54
Solo 36
Sack 11.5
FF 0
Player Analysis

Great size and production (11.5 sacks) make him an ideal target for teams in the market for a pass-rusher.

He is a beast! If he is not tagged, we need to go after him an PAY him. This is the kind of guy that can take our front 7 from really good to #1. Signing him would help our secondary tremendously.

He plays for Cincinatti so Coyle is very familiar with what he brings to the table. He is EXACTLY what we have been looking for to play opposite of Wake.

Trim, so he is a DE in a 3-4, right? And that is what Coyle runs for us correct? Johnson at DE, or Kruger at LB work for me. Add a good corner, and some weapons (TE, WR) on O and I`m good.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:05 AM

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Pack we run a 4-3 and so does Cincy
Somebody gave me a Hickey.
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Posted: 2/9/2013 1:05 PM

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packphinsfan wrote: Trim, so he is a DE in a 3-4, right? And that is what Coyle runs for us correct? Johnson at DE, or Kruger at LB work for me. Add a good corner, and some weapons (TE, WR) on O and I`m good.

Ummm nope. He is a Pass Rushing DE in a 4-3 and a very good one at that. If he was on teh opposite side of Wake, BOTH of their sacks would go up.
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Posted: 2/9/2013 3:00 PM

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I would like to see B.Grimes signed. Coming off an achilles isn't great but its been done. If we can get him on a conditional contract based on starts or snaps that would be great. He's a good corner, not great but good. DRC at the right price could be interesting too.
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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:48 PM

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Littletrim7 wrote:
packphinsfan wrote: Trim, so he is a DE in a 3-4, right? And that is what Coyle runs for us correct? Johnson at DE, or Kruger at LB work for me. Add a good corner, and some weapons (TE, WR) on O and I`m good.

Ummm nope. He is a Pass Rushing DE in a 4-3 and a very good one at that. If he was on teh opposite side of Wake, BOTH of their sacks would go up.
Sounds good. Never mind on Kruger, then.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:58 AM

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I am starting my wish list of second tier free agents and I am putting Godser Cherilus on it. I see him listed as an A and I agree he is good but I don't see him as a hot comodity. I think we can get him for half of what Jake Long gets.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:40 AM

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Cant argue that point. I saw an article yesterday saying there is a glut of good tackles on the market (and draft), and that is why Jake Long wont get paid.
dstock21 wrote: I am starting my wish list of second tier free agents and I am putting Godser Cherilus on it. I see him listed as an A and I agree he is good but I don't see him as a hot comodity. I think we can get him for half of what Jake Long gets.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:06 PM

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My wish list goes as followed
Clady lt ( I love long but seems always hurt)
Domonique Rodgers- cromartie cb( smith is all talk and always giving up big plays)
Wallace wr ( we would have everything with our wrs hartline great hands above average speed bess great hands great rout runner then Wallace absolute rockets with good hands)
Martellis Bennett te( I still want Fasano . I think this will be a great combo Bennett is a beast in the red zone huge target
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Posted: 2/18/2013 1:33 PM

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No big names; no game changers in that FA list. 

Would like to see us keep Starks and if the money is right, Bush.

I would let Long and Smith walk.

Bring in a free agent DE and OT for depth and then draft one of each within the first three rounds.

Top 5 areas to pick would be DE, OT, WR, Safety, CB.  Should be able to get all of those before round three is up.
  
1st round: top DE available.
2nd A: top WR/OT available
2nd B: top WR/OT available
3rd A: top CB/Safety available
3rd B: top CB/Safety available

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Posted: 2/18/2013 2:18 PM

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I think i would try to keep sean smith as long as its for 6 million a season.. I am hoping this idea of making 8 to 10 million a year is BS because you need more then 3 interceptions in 3 seasons to make that kind of money.. He is a good cover corner and if he ever learned to catch the ball he would be an 8 to 10 million dollar cornerback..Maybe put some type of escalator clause in his contract if he reaches at least 4 or 5 int's in a year or makes the probowl.

Long i would let go since i think his best days are behind him and go for someone with better durability, I like William Beatty Eli Manning's blindside protector  and think he fits the zone blocking scheme well.  Andre Smith,Brandon Albert, and Gosder Cherilius could be brought in for looks as well.
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Posted: 2/22/2013 9:20 AM

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Asumogha? (Corner- Philly) may be cut if he doesnt reduce deal. Would he be as good or better than Smith?

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Posted: 3/4/2013 4:41 PM

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Quick update.
Dwayne bowe signed a 5 year deal
Anthony spencer got tagged
Brandon Albert got tagged
Jared cook didn't get tagged
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Posted: 3/5/2013 1:55 PM

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Bigjoe13 wrote: Quick update.
Dwayne bowe signed a 5 year deal
Anthony spencer got tagged
Brandon Albert got tagged
Jared cook didn't get tagged
PFT also saying Chicago will go after Cook. We shall see how it all plays out...

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