Gregg Rosenthal

Free Agency Dose

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Top 75 Free Agents

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Solid contributors

 

33. Kyle Orton, Chiefs QB: The NFL’s Rodney Dangerfield is just looking for a little respect.  And money. And playing time. And a razor.

 

34. Carlos Rogers, 49ers CB: Beware the over-30 cornerback coming off a career season.

 

35. Reggie Wayne, Colts WR: Just know you are paying for a possession receiver, not the Wayne of five years ago. Wayne is a lot closer to late-career Torry Holt than he is to Vincent Jackson.

 

36. Pierre Garcon, Colts WR: Leading candidate for the Jerry Porter Memorial Overpaid Wide Receiver in Free Agency Award.  (UPDATE: Signed with Redskins.)

 

37. Mark Anderson, Patriots DE: He’s worth more to the Patriots than anyone else.

 

38. Nick Hardwick, Chargers C: There are a lot of quality centers available this offseason.  (UPDATE: Re-signed with Chargers.)

 

39. Peyton Hillis, Browns RB: His stock is down so far by now that he may come at a nice value for a guy with a versatile skill set.

 

40. Jason Campbell, Raiders QB: He’s a solid NFL starting quarterback with some potential that his best days are ahead of him. That’s worth taking a gamble on.

 

41. Eddie Royal, Broncos WR: A poor man’s Percy Harvin. He’d look great back with Mike Shanahan in Washington.

 

42. Steve Hutchinson, Vikings G: He could be a nice one-year Brian Waters-like pickup for a contending team.

 

43. Josh Morgan, 49ers WR: Longtime Rotoworld man crush is getting a lot of attention league-wide as a potential starter. (UPDATE: Signed two-year deal with Redskins.)

 

44. Alex Smith, 49ers QB: Like Kurt Warner a few years back, no one believes Smith will leave town. Warner made a visit.

 

45. Jeremy Mincey, Jaguars DE: Leading candidate for the Ray Edwards Memorial Overpaid Defensive End in Free Agency award.

 

46. Laurent Robinson, Cowboys WR: He caught lightning in a bottle last year in Dallas. Expect him to return to big D. 

 

47. Dan Koppen, Patriots C: See Nick Hardwick.

 

48. Mike Tolbert, Chargers RB: He’s everything you want out of a backup running back.

 

49. Demetrius Bell, Bills T: A toolsy player with starting experience that will likely get overpaid.

 

50. Dwight Lowery, Jaguars S: Jacksonville loved what he brought to their team last year.

 

51. Kevin Boss, Raiders TE: This guy was too solid for too long in New York to give up on.

 

Role players

Beware paying these guys too much.

 

52. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots RB: At least you know he won’t fumble.

 

53. Dan Connor, Panthers LB: At worst, Connor can be a rotational linebacker for some team.

 

54. Aaron Ross, Giants CB: You are better off if he’s your third cornerback instead of a starter.

 

55. Frostee Rucker, Bengals DE: Put off-field questions behind him to become a fine rotational disruptive force.

 

56. Derek Landri, Eagles DT: Another guy that can give you quality snaps in a limited role.

 

57. Jarret Johnson, Ravens LB: Don’t pay for past production.

 

58. Richard Marshall, Arizona CB: Serviceable cornerbacks usually get overpaid in free agency.

 

59. Chad Henne, Dolphins QB: I’d take him over Mark Sanchez. The Jets may have that choice.

 

60. Anthony Collins, Bengals T: Silva was right. Collins is a potential diamond in the rough.

 

61. John Carlson, Seahawks TE: You could do worse if desperate for tight end help.

 

62. Erin Henderson, Vikings LB: He may have more upside than his well-known older brother.

 

63. Reggie Nelson, Bengals S: I don’t trust him away from Bengals coordinator Mike Zimmer.

 

64. Tim Hightower, Redskins RB: Does a lot of things well. Hightower played a lot of quality snaps before tearing his ACL last year.

 

65. London Fletcher, Redskins LB: A great locker presence that can still play in his mid-30’s.

 

66. James Hall, Rams DE: The definition of a solid veteran defensive end.

 

67. Tony Brown, Titans DE: It’s hard to keep all the Titans defensive linemen straight.

 

68. Ronald Bartell, Rams CB: Was overpaid by St. Louis, but he can still help a team.

 

69. Pat Sims, Bengals DT: A decent run-stopper.

 

70. Levi Brown, Cardinals T: Some team will think they can turn around the former top-five back. Don’t be that team. He’s one of the worst starters in football.

 

71. Jeff Backus, Lions T: He should return to the Lions.

 

72. Adam Carriker, Redskins DL: Turned his career around in Washington.

 

73. Braylon Edwards, 49ers WR: How the mighty have fallen.

 

74. Neil Rackers, Texans K: I needed a kicker for this list.

 

75.  Andre Caldwell, Bengals WR: He could be a nice slot receiver in the right system.

 

75. (tie) Marcus Trufant, Seahawks CB: Beware the over-30 cornerback again.

 

Bigger names than games


Steve Smith, Eagles WR: He would make a lot of sense back with the Giants.

 

Dallas Clark, Colts TE: His best hope is to follow Peyton Manning wherever he goes.

 

Cedric Benson, Bengals RB: He should be a backup, but he won’t want to be one.

 

Plaxico Burress, Jets WR: Not an every down receiver.

 

Brandon Jacobs, Giants RB: Not worth the trouble.

 

Jerome Simpson, Bengals WR: They don’t give you bonus points for top play nominees.

 

Deion Branch, Patriots WR: Only valuable to the Patriots.

 



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Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for NBCSports.com and Profootballtalk.com. Catch him on Twitter.
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