Evan Silva

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Top 100 Free Agency Forecast

Monday, March 11, 2013



71. Linebacker Brad Jones -- New Chiefs GM John Dorsey helped draft Jones in Green Bay and watched him grow into a rising star at inside linebacker down the stretch last season. Kansas City is needy on the inside, next to Derrick Johnson. Jones would be a natural fit.

Free Agent Forecast: Chiefs on a three-year, $6 million contract.

72. Safety Chris Clemons -- First-year Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was Clemons' position coach for three seasons in Miami. Arizona is targeting safeties with cover skills to replace Adrian Wilson, and 27-year-old Clemons would make a fine bookend for Kerry Rhodes.

Free Agent Forecast: Cardinals on a five-year, $17.5 million contract.

73. Cornerback Darius Butler -- The Seahawks are obviously set at outside corner with Richard Sherman manning the left and Brandon Browner on the right side, but they must upgrade on Marcus Trufant in the slot. Once seemingly a draft bust in New England, Butler resurrected his career as a slot corner with the Colts last year. He intercepted four passes in 11 games (4 starts).

Free Agent Forecast: Seahawks on a two-year, $5 million contract.

74. Cornerback Greg Toler -- Toler appeared to be an up-and-coming star under Arizona defensive coordinator Bill Davis in 2010, starting 13 games and recording 90 tackles to go with two interceptions. An ACL tear wiped out his 2011 campaign, but Toler bounced back strong in 11 appearances last season. Davis is now the Eagles' defensive coordinator, and Philly needs corner help. The Eagles also have enough salary cap room to make interested teams go away.

Free Agent Forecast: Eagles on a three-year, $13.5 million contract.

75. Free safety Ronde Barber -- Barber turns 38 in a month, but he can still cover center field and the slot on passing downs. He's a career Buccaneer, and GM Mark Dominik wants him back. Expect the sides to reunite on a deal similar to last offseason's one-year, $3 million pact.

Free Agent Forecast: Buccaneers on a one-year, $3 million contract.

76. Wide receiver Julian Edelman -- Slot receiver is a critical position in new Chiefs coach Andy Reid's offense; Jason Avant was his sure-handed slot man in Philly. Edelman, 27 in May, is looking for more playing time than the Patriots can offer. For a team with so many receiver questions other than Dwayne Bowe, Edelman could give them some stability as a No. 2 option.

Free Agent Forecast: Chiefs on a three-year, $6 million contract.

77. Outside linebacker Justin Durant -- A thumping run defender, Durant can play all three linebacker positions and holds his own in coverage as an every-down player. New Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker oversaw Durant's development for two seasons in Jacksonville. Durant could replace free agent Nick Roach and perhaps even push Brian Urlacher for snaps.

Free Agent Forecast: Bears on a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

78. Linebacker Michael Boley -- The Buccaneers will release Quincy Black and must replace him at strong-side linebacker. Boley played for Tampa defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan with the Giants in 2009. He knows the scheme and would be a sensible stopgap solution.

Free Agent Forecast: Buccaneers on a two-year, $4.5 million contract.

79. Defensive tackle Roy Miller -- The Bucs tried to re-sign Miller before talks broke off in February. Miller will reach the market, but is unlikely to be valued as highly as he thinks. Tampa is still his best possible landing spot. The Bucs are willing to start him at nose tackle, and Miller is a two-down player. He could try parlaying a one-year contract into something bigger next spring.

Free Agent Forecast: Buccaneers on a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

80. Cornerback Quentin Jammer -- While the Cardinals showed interest in Sean Smith and want to re-sign Greg Toler, each may price himself out of their range. Jammer is turning 34, but can warm the seat opposite Patrick Peterson until 2012 third-rounder Jamell Fleming is ready.

Free Agent Forecast: Cardinals on a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

81. Tight end Brandon Myers -- Myers is a classic in-line tight end who can block and quietly caught the football as efficiently as any player at his position last year. The Browns are keen on former basketball player Jordan Cameron's potential, but might be better off pairing him with an experienced veteran. Myers is not much of a big-play threat, so he should be affordable.

Free Agent Forecast: Browns on a five-year, $14 million contract.

82. Inside linebacker Rey Maualuga -- Maualuga's 2012 tape was poor, but Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer still believes the 26-year-old has untapped potential. The Bengals want to re-sign Maualuga to play the strong side, with Vontaze Burfict in the middle.

Free Agent Forecast: Bengals on a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

83. Defensive tackle Vance Walker -- The Jaguars won't be big bidders in free agency, but new GM Dave Caldwell will pursue veterans who can help on the cheap. Walker, drafted by the Falcons when Caldwell was in Atlanta's front office, is a strong run defender just about to turn 26 years old. He'd help replace likely free-agent loss Terrance Knighton next to Tyson Alualu.

Free Agent Forecast: Jaguars on a three-year, $7 million contract.

84. Defensive end Mike DeVito -- DeVito's background with ex-Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine should attract him to at least one team besides the Jets. Pettine is now running the Bills' defense, and knows DeVito's strength as a one-dimensional run stopper. Buffalo annually gets trampled by the run. On a cheap multi-year deal, 28-year-old DeVito could help fix that.

Free Agent Forecast: Bills on a five-year, $12 million contract.

85. Defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois -- A Swiss-army-knife down lineman, Jean-Francois can play end and nose in the 3-4 and tackle in the 4-3. While not quite a special talent, Jean-Francois' versatility and age (26) make him attractive. The Niners do not expect him back.

Free Agent Forecast: Eagles on a three-year, $12 million contract.

86. Wide receiver Austin Collie -- Collie showed chemistry with Peyton Manning when both were healthy in Indy, and the 27-year-old is worth a one-season flier despite recoveries from several concussions and a ruptured patella tendon. Collie is a candidate to start the season on PUP. When back to 100 percent, he could be an upgrade on fellow free agent Brandon Stokley.

Free Agent Forecast: Broncos on a one-year, $1 million contract.

87. Cornerback D.J. Moore -- A feisty slot corner with playmaking ability, Moore fell out of favor in Chicago last season and won't be re-signed. He has ten interceptions over the last three seasons and is 26 years old. Former Bears defensive assistant Bob Babich is now running the defense in Jacksonville, under Gus Bradley. Jacksonville is hungry for defensive back takeaways.

Free Agent Forecast: Jaguars on a three-year, $5 million contract.

88. Running back Shonn Greene -- The Browns will play power-running offense under new coach Rob Chudzinski, who has a history of employing two-back committees. Greene also ran all over new Cleveland offensive coordinator Norv Turner's Chargers in the 2010 playoffs. He would make some sense as a cheap, 27-year-old bruising complement to Trent Richardson.

Free Agent Forecast: Browns on a two-year, $3 million contract.

89. Wide receiver Brandon Gibson -- Gibson struggles to separate and offers little after the catch, but he put some highlight-reel receptions on 2012 tape and is only 25. He generated lots of buzz on Sunday. Gibson could be overvalued by receiver-needy teams due to the paper-thin wideout market. Old Rams receivers coach Nolan Cromwell is now on Cleveland's staff.

Free Agent Forecast: Browns on a four-year, $16 million contract.

90. Cornerback Pacman Jones -- Pacman held his own in pass coverage last season, playing nickel back behind Leon Hall and Terence Newman. One of his few remaining fans is Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Expect a reunion at just above league minimum.

Free Agent Forecast: Bengals on a one-year, $1 million contract.

91. Strong safety Adrian Wilson -- Purely an in-the-box safety at this stage of his career, 33-year-old Wilson was demoted out of Arizona's nickel package midway through last year. The Cardinals cut him on March 8. Wilson is only a year removed from what seemed like a rebirth in 2011, when he played quite well. Jets GM John Idzik was in division-rival Seattle's front office at the time. Wilson could be a short-term solution for the Jets' seemingly annual safety woes.

Free Agent Forecast: Jets on a two-year, $5 million contract.

92. Return specialist Josh Cribbs -- Cribbs is about to turn 30 and doesn't contribute on offense or defense, but he's a four-phase special teamer coming off one of his best seasons as a kickoff and punt returner. Niners special teams coordinator Brad Seely is Cribbs' old position coach in Cleveland. San Francisco has turned the page on incumbent return specialist Ted Ginn.

Free Agent Forecast: 49ers on a three-year, $6 million contract.

93. Guard Donald Thomas -- An effective seven-game spot starter in New England last year, the Pats can't afford Thomas with $61 million tied up in Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly. Thomas, 27, has earned a starting job. The Raiders are needy on the line, can afford one or two dips into free agency, and new line coach Tony Sparano knows Thomas from their days in Miami.

Free Agent Forecast: Raiders on a four-year, $11 million contract.

94. Cornerback Brice McCain -- One of the league's better slot cornerbacks in 2011, McCain inexplicably took a step back last season. The Texans know why better than any team and would like to give him one more run. The 26-year-old seems unlikely to break the bank.

Free Agent Forecast: Texans on a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

95. Safety Gerald Sensabaugh -- Sensabaugh was a mediocre starter at free safety in Rob Ryan's Dallas defense last year. He can also play strong safety. The Saints will likely make Roman Harper a cap casualty and must replace him on the cheap. Ryan now runs their defense.

Free Agent Forecast: Saints on a three-year, $7.5 million contract.

96. Tight end Delanie Walker -- Jeff Ireland struggles to evaluate skill-player talent more than any general manager in football. Walker is the NFL's most drop-prone tight end, but Ireland could be blinded by his Super Bowl berth and overpay Walker to help replace Anthony Fasano.

Free Agent Forecast: Dolphins on a five-year, $20 million contract.

97. Defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill -- Losing Sen'Derrick Marks, the Titans pursued Ricky Jean-Francois over the weekend. Jean-Francois remains in play for Tennessee, but 329-pound Hill would give Jerry Gray's defense a wider-bodied presence in front of Colin McCarthy.

Free Agent Forecast: Titans on a three-year, $7.5 million contract.

98. Running back Felix Jones -- Countless flubbed opportunities have exposed Jones as a draft bust, but it's not out of the realm of possibility that he could help a team on the cheap. Still just 25, speed back Jones can play in the pass game and averages 4.79 yards per career carry.

Free Agent Forecast: Bengals on a three-year, $6 million contract.

99. Running back Michael Turner -- New Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell worked in Atlanta's front office when Turner helped turn the Falcons' organization around. Turner is 31 and on his last legs, but he could be a serviceable insurance policy on Maurice Jones-Drew's surgically repaired foot.

Free Agent Forecast: Jaguars on a two-year, $3.5 million contract.

100. Linebacker Brian Urlacher -- GM Phil Emery obviously doesn't love the idea of re-signing Urlacher, but he's going to have to in order to appease the fan base and locker room. Expect the sides to settle on a one-year deal worth about half of Urlacher's $8 million 2012 pay.

Free Agent Forecast: Bears on a one-year, $4 million contract.



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