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Free Agent Top 150

Thursday, February 27, 2014



41. Defensive end Jared Allen -- Sack numbers still there, but skills noticeably declining. Turns 32 in April. Seahawks and Broncos had interest in trading for Allen before last October's deadline.

42. Cornerback Charles Tillman -- Dominant in 2012 but fell apart physically in 2013, missing 8-of-16 games with groin, knee, and triceps injuries. Triceps tear ended his season in November. As Lovie Smith is now in Tampa, Tillman could follow him there as a stopgap starter opposite Darrelle Revis.

43. Defensive end Justin Tuck -- In contract-year push, racked up 9.5 sacks over final six 2013 games after managing 5.5 across previous 25 appearances. Turns 31 soon. Better run defender than pass rusher at this stage. Limited to left end in a 4-3. Tuck plans to test the open market.

44. Guard Travelle Wharton -- Turns 33 in May, so obviously a short-term fix. Best position is left guard, but can also play tackle. PFF's No. 5 guard in 2013. Anchored Carolina's offensive line. Rumors he is weighing retirement.

45. Cornerback Tarell Brown -- Above-average starter at outside corner. Just turned 29. Smallish (5'11/193) press corner. 49ers want Brown back, but he's expected to test free agent market first.

46. Defensive lineman Antonio Smith -- Can play 3-4 end and 4-3 tackle. At least five sacks in three straight years. Hasn't missed a game for health reasons since '05. Entering age-33 season.

47. Inside linebacker Brandon Spikes -- Two-down role player, but a good one. Classic inside run thumper. History of knee problems. Entering age-27 campaign. Won't be back with New England.

48. Strong safety Antoine Bethea -- Stretched at free safety. More of a box defender. Turns 30 in July. Career Colt. Hasn't missed a start since 2007. Consistent but not a real difference maker.

49. Free safety Chris Clemons -- Surprisingly met by cold market last offseason. Settled for one-year, $2.75 million deal to stay in Miami. Not a ballhawk but top-10 cover safety in 2013 per PFF.

50. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald -- Key piece of Seattle's deep line rotation. Played 53% of Seahawks' defensive snaps in 2013. Interior pocket pusher. Tallied 5.5 sacks. Just turned 27.

51. Inside linebacker Daryl Smith -- Signed off scrapheap by Ozzie Newsome last June after injury-ruined 2012 season. Became Baltimore's defensive playcaller. Set career bests in tackles (123), sacks (5), pass breakups (18), and INTs (3). Three-down linebacker. Turns 32 in March.

52. Free safety Louis Delmas -- Cut by Lions in cap move. Has already visited Steelers, flirted with Falcons and Broncos. Poor man's Bob Sanders with chronic knee problems. Turns 27 in April.

53. Linebacker Jon Beason -- Has undergone wrist, shoulder, Achilles', and knee surgeries as a pro. Two procedures on shoulder and Achilles', and microfracture on knee. Traded from Carolina to Giants last October. Torched in pass coverage, but solid against run. G-Men want him back.

54. Wide receiver Golden Tate -- Stats deflated by Seattle's run-first scheme. Playmaker with ball in hands. Size limitations (5'10/202), miscast as No. 1 receiver with Seahawks. Ex-running back. Could surge statistically on team that gave him more run-after-catch chances. Turns 26 in August.

55. Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin -- Entering age-34 season. Does not separate but sticky hands and massive catch radius. Set five-year highs in receptions (85) and touchdowns (7) last year. 1,179 yards were Boldin's most since 2006. The 49ers' top priority to re-sign before free agency.

56. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn -- Playmaking slot defender has four pick-sixes over last two seasons. 3.5 sacks in '13. Turns 26 in April. Best suited as complementary corner, not "No. 1."

57. Guard Chad Rinehart -- Once-failed Redskins third-round pick resurrected career in Buffalo and San Diego. Consistently effective pass blocker. Can play both guard positions. 29 in May.

58. Running back Ben Tate -- Has battled injuries for significant portions of 3-of-4 NFL seasons. Turns 26 in August. 4.73 YPC on 421 career carries. Downhill power runner who has improved in the passing game. Would be much more attractive if not for durability woes. Plus-starter talent.

59. Wide receiver James Jones -- Touchdowns dropped from 14 in 2012 to three despite only playing two fewer games. Did post career-high 817 yards. Strong, physical, well-built (6'1/208) receiver who can win 50-50 balls and runs well after the catch. Not an explosive playmaker. Has cut down dramatically on early-career drops. 30 in March. Seems very likely to leave Green Bay.

60. Inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson -- Released by Browns to save cap space. Expected to interest Titans, Redskins. Played for new Tennessee DC Ray Horton in Cleveland last season. Entering age-31 campaign. Rangy three-down 'backer has always been more effective in 4-3 than 3-4 schemes. Suspect run defender.

61. Free safety Malcolm Jenkins -- Has experience at both safety spots, slot corner, and outside cornerback from Ohio State. Turned 26 in December. Enjoyed best NFL seasons under Gregg Williams in New Orleans. Williams is now defensive coordinator in St. Louis. Rams need a safety.

62. Guard Willie Colon -- Stock would be higher if not for Week 17 biceps tear. 31 in April. Long penalty prone. PFF's No. 4 pass-blocking guard in 2013, but 59th of 81 qualifiers as run blocker.

63. Defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux -- Can play end and tackle. Has transitioned from early-career penetrator into primarily a run stopper. Career Falcon. Entering his age-33 season.

64. Tight end Jermichael Finley -- Would be much higher on this list if not for November spinal fusion surgery. Per agent, Finley is "99.9%" certain he'll be cleared to play football in 2014. Turns 27 in March. Elite tools but drop and error prone. Will be a boom-or-bust signing in free agency.

65. Quarterback Michael Vick -- Enough juice left to be high-end NFL spot starter, but definitely not for a full season. Turning 34. Turnover and injury prone. Sadly, this year's top free agent QB.

66. Guard Jon Asamoah -- 68th pick in 2010 draft. Benched for Geoff Schwartz late last year for unknown reasons. Was having a solid season. Turns 26 in July. Could be a nice value signing.

67. Guard Zane Beadles -- Beadles was much better in 2012 than he was last year. PFF's No. 51 guard among 81 qualifiers. Turned 27 in November. The Broncos seem unlikely to re-sign him.

68. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew -- Shaky hands. Post-up, checkdown-type pass catcher. Does not stretch seam. Career high in TDs is five (2011). Capable in-line blocker. Just turned 28.

69. Running back Rashad Jennings -- Capable starter with three-down tools. Has averaged 4.50 YPC or better in 3-of-4 NFL seasons. Plus pass catcher. Short-term fix. Turns 29 in March.

70. Running back Darren McFadden -- Ideal size-speed combination but no lateral agility or patience. Incredibly injury prone; has missed at least three games in each of six NFL seasons. Entering age-27 campaign. New Bengals OC Hue Jackson has great affinity for McFadden.

71. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams -- More plugger than pass rusher at this stage of his career. Career Viking. Turns 34 in August. Would be nice addition as rotational tackle on a contender.

72. Free safety Stevie Brown -- Had eight interceptions and two forced fumbles as an 11-game starter in 2012. Tore left ACL last preseason and missed entire season. Turns 27 this summer.

73. Right tackle Michael Oher -- Big name, smaller game. 23rd pick in 2009 draft has been sub-average starter throughout career. Right tackle only. 28 in May. Fully expected to leave Ravens.

74. Defensive tackle Alex Carrington -- Disruptive interior pocket pusher when healthy. Missed all but three games in '13 with torn left quad. 6'5/301. Scheme versatile. Could be free agent sleeper.

75. Center Evan Dietrich-Smith -- Replaced Jeff Saturday as Green Bay's starter down stretch of 2012 and started all 16 games in '13. Somewhat smallish pivot (6'2/300) best suited for zone scheme. Pro Football Focus' No. 8 center in '13. Turns 28 in July. Can only play one position.

76. Wide receiver Andre Roberts -- Lost starting job to Michael Floyd when Bruce Arians arrived in Arizona. Had best season in 2012 under Ken Whisenhunt (64-759-5). Poor man's Antonio Brown can play outside and slot. Just turned 26. Seems very likely to leave, pursuing more playing time.

77. Defensive tackle Pat Sims -- Effective run-stopping nose tackle at 6-foot-2, 330. Needs to leave field on most passing downs but has one-dimensional value. Sims turned 28 in November.

78. Linebacker/end Shaun Phillips -- Sack numbers are there (19.5 over last two seasons) but pass-rushing efficiency isn't. Can play in 3-4 or 4-3. Turns 33 in May. Broncos want him back.

79. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders -- Patriots signed him to restricted offer sheet last spring, but Steelers matched. Runs 4.40 but slightly built (5'11/186) and plays like it. Probably best suited as No. 3 receiver on a good team. Turns 27 in March. Not expected to be re-signed by Pittsburgh.

80. Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell -- Very active but undersized one-gap nose. Was stretched mightily as 3-4 anchor in Houston. Best suited for 4-3. 26 years old. Expected to leave Texans.

81. Defensive tackle Vance Walker -- Would be excellent third tackle in rotation. Not exceptional in any area but solid versus both run and pass. Turns 27 in April. Six sacks the past two seasons.

82. Running back Andre Brown -- Injury-prone grinder with average talent but plus pass-game chops. 4.09 YPC on 214 career carries. Giants should be able to re-sign Brown on the cheap.

83. Running back Knowshon Moreno -- Recent numbers grossly inflated by Peyton Manning but outstanding pass blocker and receiver. Just three fumbles (two lost) over last 36 games. Career 4.10 YPC. 27 in July. Gets-what's-blocked runner only. Not expected to be re-signed by Denver.

84. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew -- Career Jag will be allowed to test market. Lost wiggle and second gear in 2013, posting career-worst 3.43 YPC. 1,804 carries are fourth most among active running backs, behind Steven Jackson, Frank Gore, and Adrian Peterson. 29 in March.

85. Cornerback Corey Graham -- Functional left and slot corner. Best fit at nickel back. Always standout special teamer. Career highs in INTs (4) and pass breakups (12) in 2013. 29 in July.

86. Kicker Steven Hauschka -- Ranked second behind Matt Prater in 2013 field goal percentage (94.3) and eighth in touchbacks (48). Pro Bowl alternate. 29 in June. Sleeper for franchise tag.

87. Cornerback Chris Cook -- Injury prone dating back to Virginia and torched in coverage last season, but goes 6-foot-2, 212 with 4.45 wheels and just turned 27. Former 34th overall draft pick. Could be worthwhile rehab project for team that plays press man. Cook has never lacked talent.

88. Quarterback Josh McCown -- Made five starts for Bears in 2013, posting 3-2 record with career bests in completion rate (66.5%), TD-to-INT ratio (13:1), and 8.2 YPA. Journeyman "system" QB turns 35 in July. Says he wants to re-sign with Chicago, and feeling is mutual.

89. Kickoff returner Jacoby Jones -- Stretched too thin as front-line receiver, but difference maker on special teams and can contribute off bench as situational deep threat. Turns 30 in July. Ranked fourth in league in 2013 kick return average (28.8) and seventh on punt returns (12.5).

90. Strong safety Mike Mitchell -- Former Raiders second-round reach finally broke out with the Panthers in 2013, setting career highs in starts (14), tackles (66), sacks (3.5), pass breakups (8), interceptions (4), and forced fumbles (2). Turns 27 in June. Hard-hitting, 220-pound box safety.

91. Center Ryan Wendell -- Outstanding run blocker in 2012. Fell off a cliff last year, and Patriots have so far made no attempt to re-sign Wendell. 28 in March. 6'2/300. Can only play center.

92. Right tackle Breno Giacomini -- Right tackle only. Not much of an athlete. Brawler but oddly ineffective run blocker. Durability concerns. 28 years old. Seahawks are expected to let him walk.

93. Punter Pat McAfee -- Played 2013 under Colts franchise tag, but averages dipped across the board even if he was still very solid. Turns 27 in May. Indy has plenty of cap space to keep him.

94. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard -- Lost starting job to graying journeyman Paris Lenon down stretch last season. Never the same after Week 5 stinger injury. Undersized (6'0/229) and best suited as nickel 'backer. Can function at all three linebacker positions and play special teams.

95. Guard Brian Waters -- Still capable starter when healthy, but tore triceps seven games into last year and just turned 37. Only willing to play in state of Texas. Cowboys likely can't afford him.


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