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NFL Free Agent Master List

Monday, March 12, 2012


The 2011 free agent class was the deepest, most talent-rich in league history. The 2012 class comes pretty close.

With transactions disallowed during last year's lockout, NFL teams and agents had significantly less time to broker long-term contracts. When the lockout was lifted in late July, negotiators had just over a month to strike agreements before the start of the season. A large chunk of talented players was forced to settle for one-year arrangements. Contract-year players who normally would've received multi-year deals played out their final seasons.

Unlike most other sites, Rotoworld has NFL Players Association access and can produce the most accurate free agent lists on the web. Chris Wesseling, Pat Daugherty, and myself will soon begin delving deeper into the 2012 free agent class, but this is a preliminary look at the inventory. The unsigned players are loosely ranked in the order we expect them to be valued on the open market.

2012 free agency opens on the afternoon of March 13.

Quarterbacks

Drew Brees (Franchise Tagged on 3/3)

Peyton Manning (Signed 5-year deal with DEN on 3/20)
Matt Flynn  (Signed 3-year deal with SEA on 3/18)
Kyle Orton (Signed 3-year deal with DAL on 3/14)
Chad Henne (Signed 2-year deal with JAX on 3/14)
Alex Smith (Signed 3-year deal on 3/20)
Jason Campbell (Signed 1-year deal with CHI on 3/13)
David Garrard (Signed 1-year deal with MIA on 3/20)
Vince Young
Josh Johnson (Signed 2-year deal with SF on 3/22)
Shaun Hill (Signed 2-year deal on 3/17)

Billy Volek
Byron Leftwich (Signed a 1-year deal on 4/26)
Sage Rosenfels (Signed 2-year deal on 3/12)
Brady Quinn (Signed 1-year deal with KC on 3/17)
Drew Stanton (Signed 1-year deal with NYJ on 3/16)
Donovan McNabb
Chad Pennington
Rex Grossman (Signed 1-year deal on 3/17)
Dennis Dixon
Chris Redman (Signed 1-year deal on 3/13)
Josh McCown (Signed 1-year deal on 3/13)
Charlie Whitehurst (Signed 2-year deal with SD on 3/16)

Matt Leinart (Signed 1-year deal with OAK on 5/1)

Curtis Painter (Signed 1-year deal with BAL on 4/19)
Luke McCown
Charlie Batch (Signed 1-year deal on 4/16)
Jake Delhomme

Trent Edwards (Signed 1-year deal with PHI on 2/23)
J.P. Losman
Dan Orlovsky (Signed 2-year deal with TB on 3/15)
Derek Anderson (Signed 1-year deal on 3/14)
A.J. Feeley
Caleb Hanie (Signed 2-year deal with DEN on 3/24)
David Carr (Signed 1-year deal on 3/14)
Kellen Clemens (Signed 1-year deal on 4/17)
Kyle Boller
Mark Brunell
Jeff Garcia
Kevin O'Connell

Running Backs

Ray Rice (Franchise Tagged on 3/2)
Matt Forte (Franchise Tagged on 3/2)
Michael Bush  (Signed 4-year deal with CHI on 3/22)
Marshawn Lynch (Signed 4-year deal on 3/4)
Peyton Hillis (Signed 1-year deal with KC on 3/14)
Cedric Benson
Mike Tolbert (Signed 4-year deal with CAR on 3/19)
Kevin Smith (Signed 1-year deal on 3/27)
Jason Snelling (Signed 3-year deal on 3/8)
Justin Forsett
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Signed 3-year deal with CIN on 3/21)
Tim Hightower

Brandon Jacobs (Signed 1-year deal with SF on 3/28)

Joseph Addai (Signed 1-year deal with NE on 5/5)
Steve Slaton (Signed 1-year deal on 3/15)
Cadillac Williams
LaDainian Tomlinson
Ronnie Brown
Ryan Grant
Jackie Battle
Sammy Morris
Mewelde Moore
Maurice Morris
Earnest Graham
Chester Taylor
Kevin Faulk
Tashard Choice (Signed 1-year deal on 3/24)
Derrick Ward
Thomas Jones
Jerious Norwood

Lex Hilliard (Signed 1-year deal with MIN on 3/18)

LenDale White

Rock Cartwright (Signed 1-year deal with SF on 3/15)


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Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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