Posted March 18, 2013

NFL Free Agents Tracker, Grades

NFL Free Agency
The Patriots quickly signed Danny Amendola after Wes Welker left for Denver Wednesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

The Patriots quickly signed Danny Amendola after Wes Welker left for Denver Wednesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

It’s that time. March 12 officially signaled the start of NFL free agency, the open market that kicks off the start of a new league year, and the quest of all 32 teams to chase the next Lombardi Trophy. Now begins the long march to Super Bowl XLVII.

I’m monitoring the free-agent movement and grading each prominent signing, so keep checking back throughout the flurry of deals for the latest news and my take on it. You can see the most recent major signings right after the jump, and then the fuller breakdown by team below that.

Arizona Cardinals

Re-signed S Rashad Johnson for 3 years

Signed RB Rashard Mendenhall for 1 year

Signed OLB Lorenzo Alexander for 3 years

Signed QB Drew Stanton for 3 years, $8.2 million

Signed S Yeremiah Bell for 1 year, $905,000

Signed ILB Jasper Brinkley

Signed CB Antoine Cason for 1 year

Signed DE Matt Shaughnessy for 1 year

Atlanta Falcons

Re-signed OT Sam Baker for 6 years, $41.5 million

Signed RB Steven Jackson

Re-signed TE Tony Gonzalez

Baltimore Ravens

Re-signed S James Ihedigbo for 1 year

Re-signed RB Damien Berry

Re-signed LS Morgan Cox

Re-signed G Ramon Harewood

Re-signed DB Chris Johnson

Signed DL Chris Canty for 3 years, $8 million

Signed DE Marcus Spears for 2 years

Buffalo Bills

Signed LB Manny Lawson for 4 years

Carolina Panthers

Signed CB Drayton Florence for 1 year

Re-signed QB Derek Anderson

Chicago Bears

Signed TE Martellus Bennett for 4 years $20 million

Signed OT Jermon Bushrod for 5 years, $36 million

Re-signed S Nick Collins for 1 year

Re-signed CB Zack Bowman for 1 year

Cincinnati Bengals

Re-signed DE Wallace Gilberry for 3 years, $6.75 million

Re-signed DE Robert Geathers for 3 years, $9.5 million

Re-signed LB Rey Maualuga for 2 years

Cleveland Browns

Signed OLB Paul Kruger for 5 years, $41 million

Signed DT Desmond Bryant for 5 years, $34 million

Signed OLB Quentin Groves for 2 years, $2.8 million

Signed TE Gary Barnidge

Re-signed RB Chris Ogbonnaya for 2 years

Dallas Cowboys

Re-signed LB Ernie Sims for 1 year

Denver Broncos

Signed G Louis Vasquez for 4 years, $23.5 million

Signed LB Stewart Bradley for 1 year

Signed Wes Welker for 2 years, $12 million

Signed DT Terrance Knighton

Signed CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for 1 year, $5 million

Signed DT Kevin Vickerson

Detroit Lions

Re-signed S Amari Spievy for 1 year

Re-signed WR Kassim Osgood for 1 year

Re-signed LS Don Muhlback

Re-signed CB Chris Houston for 5 years, $25 million

Signed DL Jason Jones

Signed RB Reggie Bush for 4 years, $16 million

Signed S Glover Quin

Re-signed OLB DeAndre Levy

Re-signed S Louis Delmas

Signed OL Dylan Gandy

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Re-signed T Andrew Gardner

Indianapolis Colts

Signed OT Gosder Cherilus for 5 years, $34 million

Signed CB Greg Toler for 3 years, $15 million

Signed LB Erik Walden for 4 years, $16 million

Signed G Donald Thomas for 4 years, $14 million

Signed LB Lawrence Sidbury

Re-signed CB Darius Butler

Signed S LaRon Landry for 4 years, $24 million

Signed DL Ricky Jean-Francois for 4 years, $22 million

Re-signed CB Cassius Vaughn

Re-signed P Pat McAfee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Signed LB Geno Hayes

Re-signed DB Antwuan Molden

Signed CB Alan Ball

Signed RB Justin Forsett

Signed DT Roy Miller

Kansas City Chiefs

Signed CB Dunta Robinson for 3 years, $15 million

Signed TE Anthony Fasano for 4 years, $16 million

Signed QB Chase Daniel for 3 years, $10 million

Signed DE Mike DeVito for 3 years, $12.6 million

Signed WR Donnie Avery for 3 years, $11 million

Signed CB Sean Smith for 3 years, $18 million

Signed OL Geoff Schwartz

Re-signed T Branden Albert

Miami Dolphins

Signed WR Mike Wallace for 5 years, $60 million

Re-signed S Chris Clemons for 1 year

Signed LB Dannell Ellerbe for 5 years, $35 million

Signed OLB Phillip Wheeler for 5 years, $26 million

Signed TE Dustin Keller for 1 year

Signed WR Brandon Gibson

Minnesota Vikings

Re-signed WR Jerome Simpson for 1 year

Re-signed OT Phil Loadholt

Re-signed S Jamarca Sanford for 2 years, $5 million

Re-signed C Joe Berger

Re-signed LB Erin Henderson for 2 years

Re-signed FB Jerome Felton for 3 years, $7.5 million

Signed QB Matt Cassel

Signed WR Greg Jennings for 5 years, $47.5 million

New England Patriots

Signed WR Danny Amendola for 5 years, $31 million

Signed RB Leon Washington

Signed WR Donald Jones

Signed CB Aqib Talib for 1 year

Re-signed LB Niko Koutouvides for 1 year

Re-signed CB Kyle Arrington for 4 years

Signed S Adrian Wilson

Signed T Will Svitek for 1 year, $1 million

New Orleans Saints

Signed LS Justin Drescher for 4 years

Signed CB Keenan Lewis for 5 years, $26 million

Signed TE Benjamin Watson for 3 years

Re-signed WR Courtney Roby

Re-signed LB Ramon Humber

New York Giants

Signed S Ryan Mundy

Signed DT Cullen Jenkins for 3 years, $8 million

Signed CB Aaron Ross

Re-signed RB Ryan Torain

Signed K Josh Brown

Re-signed LB Keith Rivers

Signed LB Dan Connor

Signed WR Louis Murphy

Signed TE Brandon Myers

New York Jets

Signed QB David Garrard

Re-signed RB Lex Hilliard for 1 year

Signed RB Mike Goodson for 3 years, $6.9 million

Signed OT Willie Colon for 1 year, $1.2 million

Signed NT Antonio Garay for 1 year

Re-signed LS Tanner Purdum

Signed OLB Antwan Barnes for 3 years

Oakland Raiders

Signed LB Kaluka Maiava for 3 years, $6 million

Signed DT Pat Sims

Signed DE Jason Hunter

Signed CB Philip Adams

Re-signed DB Coy Francies

Signed LB Nick Roach

Signed DE Vance Walker

Signed OLB Kevin Burnett

Philadelphia Eagles

Signed FB/TE James Casey for 3 years, $14.5 million

Signed NT Isaac Sopoaga for 3 years, $12 million

Signed CB Bradley Fletcher for 2 years, $5.25 million

Signed S Patrick Chung for 3 years, $10 million

Signed LB Jason Phillips

Signed CB Cary Williams for 3 years, $17 million

Signed S Kenny Phillips for 1 year

Signed LB Connor Barwin

Pittsburgh Steelers

Re-signed WR Plaxico Burress

Re-signed Larry Foote for 3 years, $5.5 million

Signed QB Bruce Gradkowski for 3 years

Re-signed LS Greg Warren

Signed TE Matt Spaeth

San Diego Chargers

Signed OT King Dunlap for 2 years, $6 million

Signed TE John Phillips for 3 years

Signed G Chad Rinehart

Signed CB Derek Cox for 4 years, $20 million

Re-signed WR Richard Goodman

Re-signed K Nick Novak

Signed RB Danny Woodhead for 2 years, $11 million

Re-signed RB Ronnie Brown for 1 year

San Francisco 49ers

Signed DL Glenn Dorsey for 2 years, $6 million

Signed LB Dan Skuta

Signed S Craig Dahl

Seattle Seahawks

Signed DE Michael Bennett to one-year, $5 million

Signed DE Cliff Avril for 2 years, $15 million

St. Louis Rams

Re-signed DE William Hayes for 3 years, $10.5 million

Signed TE Jared Cook for 5 years, $35 million

Re-signed DL Jeremelle Cudjo

Signed OT Jake Long for 4 years,  $34 million

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Signed S Dashon Goldson for 5 years, $41.5 million

Signed OLB Jonathan Casillas

Signed WR Kevin Ogletree

Signed TE Tom Crabtree

Tennessee Titans

Signed G Andy Levitre for 5 years, $39 million

Signed TE Delanie Walker for 4 years, $17.5 million

Re-signed FB Quinn Johnson

Signed RB Shonn Greene for 3 years, $10 million

Signed DL Sammie Lee Hill for 3 years, $11.4 million

Re-signed Darius Reynaud for 1 year

Signed LB Moise Fokou

Washington Redskins

Re-signed P Sav Rocca for 2 years

Re-signed DL Kedrick Gholston for 3 years, $3.3 million

Signed OT Jeremy Trueblood

Re-signed LB Bryan Kahl

Re-signed RT Tyler Polumbus for 2 years


Congrats to the Rams signing Jake Long. We'll miss him in Miami.


I wish the author would update this information more quickly.


Attention Seattle/KC fans:  the teams that have "won" the offseason the past 10 years have a combined REGULAR SEASON win % of 34.   


Just thought you'd like to know....

Richard Long
Richard Long

They need to move Louis Delmas from being under Denver to being under Detroit. 


I don't see JaMarcus Russell listed anywhere.  Has the NFL gone mad?  MAD?!?!


I think we should be talking about Seattle...Percy Harvins,Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, damn thats an amazing haul! Don't even need to wory about the draft this year.


We ALL know that the teams that grade the highest according to the "experts" are guaranteed dynasty status for at least 15 years, right?


Amendola is a walking injury list guy; Barwin had one good year with Houston; the list goes on and on.  


By the way, there are no grades posted here.  What a fraudulent headline!


I'm making my Super Bowl plans now that the Steelers have signed Bruce Gradkowski. Good Lord, could anyone imagine that this team would do nothing? They went through the motions last year and played the most uninspired football Ive seen in this town in 40 years. Just wait until this year. 



So, are the Packers planning on improving their team at all?


Am I missing something? Where are the "grades"?


Steelers "re-sign" Burress?  I guess that's technically correct but looks weird.


P***ed off with Pats for not upgrading their defense (DBs or pass rushers) or WR position (a big physical WR who stretches the field) and letting Welker walk away.


Belichick better pull a rabbit out of a hat fast else Brady will end his career with 3 rings.


Seems as though my Chargers are content with being a non contender again.


Also, the kruger and pollard loss are not that bad for the ravens. How many linebackers and defensive backs have the ravens lost to free agency. And how many have produced great careers?

 (not many)


The Jets should sign Stephen Jackson. He is not as good as LT---when the jets signed him--- but hey Jackson still got some power in him. He is older, but I still think a good runner. Shonn Greene ain't good enough to be the only back. Jackson would be a really good fit



I have to preface this by saying I have NO love the Redskins, Dan Snyder, or anything else to do with the franchise.  But how can the NFL penalize them so severely for violating the cap a couple of years ago when there WAS NO CAP? 'Gentleman's agreements' are just that, and if Washington decided not to behave as a gentleman (see my first sentence), that's their privilege. Yet Goodell waves his scepter and the courts (or at least an arbitrator) backs him up. It stinks, and cripples them in the fee agent market. 


Wow, 13 million a year for 5 years for Mike Wallace in Miami. Good luck with that and hope he behaves himself and stops dropping balls. If the QB can get it to him.


 @Mike26 Seattle might be a little better equipped to win than KC.  We added three players in needed spots and only payed Harvin a lot.  Too much in my opinion, but if they come out on top then who cares.  Russell Wilson doesn't do sophomore slumps.



The Seahawks were 5-5 going into their bye week last year, when the prime offensive players met with PC and convinced him to open up the offense.   Young Mr Wilson took over from there and we won out.    Remember that Wilson wasn't even the starter going into camp last year.  Imagine what he'll do with an entire off-season to work out with the receivers (which he has already scheduled)... think of how a defense will defend Beastmode and a  healthy Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice and Russell.      If they finish 4 - 12, which is your 'statistic' -- well, I just don't see it, unless they are all injured in the bus going to the first game.  


Maybe they don't win it all.. but to not at least be a game or two better will be a disappointment







And 91.7% of statistics are made up on the spot...



 Also if i'm remembering right Seattle is loaded with draft picks. Sooo they are going to be a legit contender this year, and years to come.


You have to click on the red text for each player, then scroll to the bottom.


 @LeilaniHernandez if this article is correct, Danny Woodhead just got more money from the Chargers than the Pats offered to WELKER! yes, Pats are blowing things left and right.  lost Thomas, their overachieving/underappreciated O lineman, and took on another injury prone guy (Amendola) to stand next to Gronk on the sidelines in civvies.  painful.


 @LeilaniHernandez Quite the contrary.  They're you.  You, LillianHenderson, are the biggest loser.  Bwahahahahaha!


 @bbc let's face it--the Pats' priorities have to be the re-signing of Talib and Vollmer.  Then they'll look for that WR (we need just what you described) and get as much more help in the secondary as possible.  this season will measure how much of a "genius" Bill B really is.


 @David50 yea a struggling offensive line does not need to here King Dunlap to the rescue


 @Gabriel2 I would be more worried about Ellerbe, not because he will be great somewhere else, but because ILB took a huge hit with him and Ray Ray leaving


 @Gabriel2 yea but Jackson would look realllllyyyyy good in black and red, so I hope the Jets don't pull the trigger lol


 @Rickapolis While it wasn't written in stone during the uncapped year, the NFL did warn teams about doing that and the Cowboys and Redskins did not listen. I look at it this way, the Cowboys and Skins knew what they were doing and took their chance. They lost and were given the option of the penalty of 36 million or spread it through 2 seasons. Personally, I thought they should have done full amount last season rather than handle this problem for 2.


 @steelerman I love it being a Vikings fan....the price the Seahawks will have to pay Harvin just went up!



 @steven19  @Edward29 Actually,  SFO is the team loaded with draft picks.  Take away the #1 for Percy and the Hawks have our regular 2-6 and a couple of  #7's....   


We do need RT, OG, DT and a kicker, so we're not totally set up, but getting close.  


Hopefully the Hawks can overtake SFO, but the NFC West is a total beast this year and St. Louis is better than most people think.  Their coach is top 5 in the NFL and they may also be playoff bound this year.




 @BryanCustard  @Gabriel2 Let's be real, ok? You had a QB who had an incredible post season run this year. Nothing more. The guy defines the word "average," and he was rewarded with a ridiculous contract. Enjoy the Super Bowl win. You won't be back for decades.


 @MrEspiritu3  @Rickapolis

 Not the NFL, it was a warning from Goodell and Mara, and a warning they actually had no right or authority to give.  Basically, the players refused the CBA that year, knowing that it would mean the league could not legally impose a salary cap.  It was a power play by the players association. Goodell/Mara thought, "ok, fine we'll have no salary cap" then proceeded to tell all the teams "we can't legally impose a cap now, but observe a cap anyways."  SKins/Cowboys "uhhhmmm no." They didn't even go crazy mind you. They only used the year to buy out the contract of one guy they needed to fire, (haynesworth) and to move a bit of Hall's money around.  Mara came back, saw that the Skins didn't go along with what was basically only his pesonal desire, and then punished the hell out ofthem for it.


 @MrEspiritu3  @Rickapolis its not a gentleman's agreement. It is a violation of labor laws and I really dont understand how the NFL continues to get away with stuff like this



And the price of lousy hotdogs and warm beer will follow.


 @jshawaii22  @steven19  @Edward29 Funny how the NFC West was considered a weak division at the start of last season - maybe even the weakest. Seattle and San Fran look scary good, and no other playoff teams made as many improvements in the off season. Certainly not the Ravens.


 @Edward28  Yup, all "average" quarterbacks win at least one playoff game in each of the first five seasons of their careers.


Not saying Flacco is on Brady/Brees/Rodgers level, but average? Take your own advice and try to be "real".


 @BradErnest  @MrEspiritu3  @Rickapolis what was the Union's response to this. Those cap hits essentially took out the two biggest players in free agency the last decade (Redskins and Cowboys) who probably would've doled out a few nice sized contracts.


 @Jose Orengo  @steelerman dude, the Dolphins are paying Wallace more than any receiver not named Megatron or Fitzgerald.  Dolphins overpaid, pure and simple, for a receiver who drops a lot of passes, and is not know for running anything other than a 9 (go route) or a bubble screen. There is a reason Miami didn't have any competition for Wallace at that price. He is a good receiver, but probably worth more like the $7 or $8 million the Steelers were willing to pay him, not $12 million that Miami gave him. There is a reason that the Steelers stay close to the top, and this (not overpaying for a good, but not great player) and taking advantage of teams overthinking in the draft (they usually end up with the guy who "slips" for whatever reason, and he's a beast, and everybody knew it coming in, they just thought about it too much (Woodley, Roethlisberger, Polamalu, Decastro, keep on and on, and for my 2013 draft predicition... Jarvis Jones- red flagged med sheet has him falling, eventhough he has been cleared by doctors). And I'm not even a Steelers guy, just a Falcons fan who prays that the team will follow the path of the Steelers, Ravens and recent Patriots organizations in developing a consistent contender around sound business decisions off the field and great production on it

Jose Orengo
Jose Orengo

 @steelerman the going price for a reciever this season was 11 mil. the dolphins only paid1 mil over that. dont be upset because your steelers are on the way down while other teams are moving up,