NFL Free Agency Tracker: Analyzing Every Move Made Through First Week and Beyond

Since the franchise tag window marked the true beginning of the NFL offseason, it feels as though we are through a week of analyzing NFL free agency moves- this marks our seventh tracker. Therefore, this tracker will not only include today’s moves, but also the other notable moves (well-known free agents and players who haven’t officially signed with their reported new teams) Where will Jadeveon Clowney and Robby Anderson end up? Can Jameis Winston find an ideal landing spot? There’s a lot left to take place, so without further adieu let’s analyze each move (major and minor) made by NFL teams.

Raiders Sign G Eric Kush

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: C+

By now, most teams have made their splash signings, and are instead looking to round out their roster with veteran role players. One example of this is with the Raiders, who’ve signed guard Eric Kush to a one-year contract. The 30-year-old Kush is coming off of a rough season that led to him being benched after eight weeks with Cleveland, but previously, he had shown to be a decent pass protector. Now, Since 2019 was his first chance to start, I’m guessing he’s probably closer to what he showed last year than how he produced previously, so Las Vegas shouldn’t be too confident in him if he has to fill-in for Richie Incognito or Gabe Jackson. It’s depth, but potentially not useful depth.

Jets Sign IOL Josh Andrews

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: C

Speaking of offensive line depth, the Jets have added some, bringing in former Colts interior offensive lineman Josh Andrews on what is presumably a one-year deal. Andrews, 28, has only played 99 snaps in his three-year career, and although he has previously performed well in the preseason, struggled there in his only appearance this time around. He offers some versatile to play both center and guard, but at this point, there’s no way to tell if he’ll even make the team.

Eagles Sign LB Jatavis Brown

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: B

The Eagles have improved their defensive line and secondary this offseason, but until now, they’ve yet to address the linebacker position. Similarly to last offseason, they’ll try to do so via a one-year agreement. This time, it’s former Charger Jatavis Brown, who’ll look to bounce back in Philadelphia. The 26-year-old was a solid coverage linebacker with the ability to rush the passer through the first two years of his career, but he had a down year in 2018, and then fell out of favor in Los Angeles last season. Injuries have plagued him throughout his career, but the Eagles will hope that he can get back to his old ways- he also may be able to play a role in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s scheme with his ability to rush the passer as well.

Bears Sign CB Artie Burns

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: A+

As they look for answers with their cornerback group, the Bears are attempting to buy-low on a potential #2 cornerback, bringing in Artie Burns on a one-year contract. Burns, 24, looked like a young player on the rise with the Steelers, as through two-years of his career, he posted coverage grades from Pro Football Focus of 69.2 or higher. However, he was benched in 2018, fell out of favor with the coaching staff, and was relegated to special teams this season. It’s unclear why Burns suddenly regressed, but it is worth noting that coverage play can be very unsustainable, and it appears that Pittsburgh overreacted, and blew the chance to develop their former first-round pick. I expect a rebound from Burns in Chicago, and although they could still use a more trustworthy #2 corner opposite of Kyle Fuller, the former Miami Hurricane may be able to fill that role for them.

Raiders Sign WR Nelson Agholor

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: C+

Speaking of former first-round picks who will look to re-establish themselves in a new situation, Nelson Agholor appeared to turn his career around with the Super Bowl winning Eagles in 2017, but after a disastrous 2019 season, he’ll settle for a one-year contract with the Raiders. In that 2017 season, the 26-year-old was used as a vertical receiver in the slot, which is where he’s at his best- he’s a deep threat and playmaker, but doesn’t have the ball skills to play on the outside. The issue is, Derek Carr isn’t going to throw the ball deep, and as for his ability to make plays after the catch in the slot, Las Vegas already had an option there in Hunter Renfrow. For a team like the Saints, 49ers, or Chiefs, taking a one-year shot on Agholor made perfect sense. For Las Vegas, however, it’s a much stranger fit, and I’m not sure head coach Jon Gruden is going to have much patience with the USC product’s drop tendencies.

Eagles Sign S Will Parks

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: C+

Back to the Eagles, they’ve added yet another defensive depth player on a one-year deal. Whether it was his fit in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s scheme, or injuries, or simply poor production, safety Will Parks wasn’t the same in 2019, as his coverage grade from Pro Football Focus went from 75.7 to 57.7. However, he was a below-average player prior to 2018, and also, his production in that year was skewed by a few standout games. If he’s at his best, the 25-year-old can fill Malcolm Jenkins’ role as a versatile player capable of being a slot defender, a box safety, or even a free safety. However, that’s far from a sure thing, and I’d prefer for Parks to not be asked to be the team’s starting strong safety opposite of Rodney McLeod next season.

Broncos Sign TE Nick Vannett

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Contract Details: Two Years, $5.7 Million

Grade: D+

Bringing in a secondary tight end to complement Noah Fant, the Broncos have agreed to terms with Nick Vannett on a two-year, $5.7 million contract. Vannett, 27, is a decent run blocker, but isn’t a threat at all as a receiver; his ability to block isn’t strong enough to compensate for his limitations. Sure, he meshes well with Fant in theory, but Denver already had a deep tight end room, making this an unnecessary purchase.

Jets Sign S Marqui Christian

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: B+

Adding a potential third safety option after Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams, the Jets have signed former Ram Marqui Christian to a one-year deal. After playing just 49 snaps in his first two seasons combined, the 25-year-old Christian has played over 350 snaps in each of the past two seasons, and even earned a 70.2 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus this past season. Now, he’s a liability as a run defender, but as a deep safety, he’s a decent depth player, and also makes an impact with special teams. Given his ability to contribute in multiple ways, this is a nice use of resources by the Jets.

Raiders Sign TE Nick O’Leary

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: D

The Raiders have been busy today; now, they’ve agreed to terms with veteran tight end Nick O’Leary on a one-year contract. O’Leary, 27, has been a journey man throughout his career, as he’s as limited athletically as you can be, and is inconsistent as a blocker. Sure, he’s an okay safety net, but his skillset is redundant with Jason Witten on the roster, and either way, they already had a young tight end room. Hopefully, Las Vegas leans on its athletic options at the position, are they’ll be hurting the productivity of their offense.

Titans Re-sign TE MyCole Pruitt

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: A+

Sticking with the tight end position, the Titans have solidified their depth at the position, bringing back MyCole Pruitt on what is presumably a cheap one-year deal. With Tennessee running a lot of multiple tight end sets last season, the 27-year-old Pruitt finally got his chance to produce, and did so as both a receiver and a run blocker. He’s super athletic for the position, and worked really well in the Titans’ system- he was one of the more underrated free-agent tight ends available. This is a great move by Tennessee, who’ll look to replicate their success on offense in 2020 with nearly identical personnel.

Raiders Sign IDL Maliek Collins

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Contract Details: One Year, $6 Million

Grade: B+

Though it was initially reported in the middle of the week, the Raiders have officially signed interior rusher Maliek Collins to a one-year, $6 million contract. Collins is the third Cowboy that Las Vegas has brought in this offseason, and will look to repeat on his 2019 success. Although the 24-year-old struggled in run defense, he had 48 pressures and a Pro Football Focus pass-rushing grade of 77.7, while also playing a career high 763 snaps. Plus, he’ll reunite with new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli in Las Vegas, where he complements run stuffers Jonathan Hankins and PJ Hall; they can play on early downs, before Collins can cause havoc with Maurice Hurst on passing downs. It’s a little worrisome that he had his first productive season in a contract year, but luckily for the Raiders, they’re getting him on an affordable one-year deal, meaning he’ll have to prove that he’s truly reached new heights as a pass rusher. I’ll never criticize a logical one-year contract, especially when he’ll make less per year than some inferior interior defensive lineman in free agency.

Jaguars Sign IDL Rodney Gunter

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Contract Details: Three Years, $18 Million

Grade: B

Similarly to Collins, it was already known that the Jaguars had reached an agreement on a three-year deal, but now, it’s official- the contract is worth $18 million in total, but due to way it’s structure, is essentially a two-year, $11 million contract with a $7.416 million club option with just a $1.416 million dead cap hit for the third season. Gunter, 28, has never had a high-end season, but he’s proven to be both a solid run defender and pass rusher, and is very consistent. If I had to guess, I’d assume he’ll replace Calais Campbell as a “big edge player” in Jacksonville’s scheme, considering he was most effective as a 3-4 defensive end. Assuming he fills that role, then he should be a solid starter for them, which is probably worth the contract. There isn’t much upside with signing, but it’ll let defensive coordinator Todd Wash run his scheme, which is worth something. Still, however, I hope this doesn’t preclude them for continuing to look at a replacement in the middle rounds of the draft.

Jets Sign CB Pierre Desir

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Contract Details: One Year, $5.5 Million

Grade: B+

The Jets have a lot of various needs, but although they brought in nickel corner Brian Poole, they still needed a true outside cornerback. Luckily for them, cornerback is a volatile position that is always filled with bounce back candidates, so they’ll take their shot on former Colt Pierre Desir. The 29-year-old appeared to have a career revival in 2018 with a 73.9 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus, but alas, he regressed in 2019, and missed four games with a hamstring injury. In Gregg Williams’ scheme, he’ll be able to play zone coverage and support as a run defender, which he did in Indianapolis, and should allow Williams to utilize even more press coverage.. At this point in free agency, Desir was probably the best option available, especially in Williams’ scheme. I’m a huge fan of buying low on cornerbacks, given the unpredictable nature of the position, and although Desir’s previous track record outside of 2018 is limited, he should in theory be able to serve as a #2 corner for them.

Raiders Sign QB Marcus Mariota

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Contract Details: Two Years, $17.8 Million (Incentives w/Max Value of Two Years, $37.5 Million)

Grade: A-

The Raiders have officially added quarterback competition to Derek Carr- they’ve signed Marcus Mariota to a two-year, $17.8 million contract, with incentives that can maximize the total value at $37.5 million, and with no dead cap attached to the second year. Essentially, the 26-year-old Mariota will attempt to do to Carr what Ryan Tannehill did to Tennessee; after six games of average production, Tannehill replaced him, and eventually led the Titans to a AFC Championship appearance. Mariota’s lack of aggression has been the main flaw holding him back, as not only is he a “check down artist”, but he doesn’t use his athleticism the way he should, and takes way too many sacks. Now, he’s had multiple solid seasons, and in head coach Jon Gruden’s scheme, perhaps the Raiders can encourage him to utilize his tools more. Still, I’m not sure that’ll happen, which is why it was wise for the Raiders to attach now dead cap money to the second year. If this works out, Las Vegas obtained a starting-caliber quarterback at a well-below market price, even with the incentives. If not, they’re getting a high-end backup on a manageable deal; there’s not much harm with this contract for a team with a lot of cap space.

Raiders Sign CB Eli Apple

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Contract Details: One Year, $6 Million

Grade: C+

When it was first reported that the Raiders had signed Eli Apple, I thought it could possibly be on a multi-year deal. However, Las Vegas continued on with their strategy of taking shots on talented players on one-year deals; they signed the former tenth overall pick to a one-year contract worth $6 million. Apple, 24, has never been a liability in a season, but he has been very inconsistent on a game-to-game basis. This season, for example, he was legitimately a top-ten corner through Weeks 3 and 6, but he struggled massively down the stretch with the Saints, and now will be on his third team in five years. Apple’s man coverage ability is his calling card at the moment, which would’ve made him fit for a man-heavy team. That won’t likely won’t be the case in Las Vegas, which definitely limits his upside, and given how badly the Raiders needed stability in the secondary, I don’t like the fit with Apple- he was better for a rebuilding team or a team that would definitely use him to his strengths.

Seahawks Acquire CB Quinton Dunbar From Redskins

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Full Trade: Seahawks Acquire CB Quinton Dunbar In Exchange For 5th Round Pick

Seahawks Grade: A+

Redskins Grade: F

After requesting a trade at the beginning of the season, cornerback Quinton Dunbar has finally gotten his wish, as he’s been traded to the Seahawks for a 5th round pick. Although Dunbar missed the final three games of the season due to injury, it’s safe to say that he was a borderline shutdown corner; in 613 snaps, he earned an 89.5 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus. He fits Seattle’s prototype of long, tall cornerbacks, and should thrive in their cover-three scheme; he is physically and has excellent ball skills as a converted receiver. It’s a clear win for the Seahawks, who definitely were in the market for an outside cornerback, but for the Redskins, this is a disastrous trade. They don’t have a second-round pick, and have too many needs on the offense to open up another need in the secondary- they already needed one outside cornerback, and now they need two. Plus, all they’re getting back is a 5th round pick, which doesn’t make sense considering Dunbar is only a $3.25 million cap hit for next season. This won’t get a lot of spotlight, but it could very well go down as a very lopsided trade that pays off massively for Seattle.

Ravens Re-sign CB Jimmy Smith

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Contract Details: One Year, $6 Million

Grade: 

The Ravens have spent a lot of resources on their defensive line this offseason, but now, they’ve made sure to maintain continuity in their secondary- they’ve brought back cornerback Jimmy Smith to a one-year, $6 million contract. He hasn’t played 700+ snaps in five of the last six seasons, but the 31-year-old Smith has generally been a decent cornerback when healthy, and as the team’s #3 corner, his skills at the catch point should allow him to thrive- he’ll be more protected even as he continues to lose a step with age. Yet, $6 million is not a small amount for a Ravens team that is tight on cap space, and Smith isn’t the most consistent player (what cornerback is?); for a team with as much cornerback depth as you can have, I personally believe it was time for Baltimore to move on from him.

Jets Re-sign EDGE Jordan Jenkins

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Contract Details: One Year, $5 Million

Grade: B

Between re-signing nickel corner Brian Poole and bringing in Pierre Desir, the Jets have done a nice job to patch together their secondary for next season. Still, upgrading the pass rush was also a need, and although he isn’t the answer, they’ve maintained some level of competency regarding their ability to rush the passer- they re-signed edge rusher Jordan Jenkins to a one-year, $5 million deal. Jenkins, 25, has been a very strange player to analyze throughout his career; his first and fourth season were productive, but the middle seasons weren’t. With a 67.4 pass-rushing grade from Pro Football Focus and 32 total pressures on 337 pass-rush snaps, he proved to be a capable low-end #2 edge rusher, and at $5 million, that’s a solid value. He won’t be a game changer, but he at least prevents them from opening the season with no starting-caliber edge rushers.

Redskins Acquire QB Kyle Allen From Panthers

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Full Trade: Redskins Acquire QB Kyle Allen In Exchange For 5th Round Pick

Redskins Grade: F

Panthers Grade: A+

It isn’t Cam Newton, but the Redskins have added a backup quarterback option for Kyle Allen, sending a 5th round pick to Carolina. With Newton going down after two weeks due to various injuries, the 24-year-old Allen started 12 games for the Panthers in 2019, so he does have experience. The issue is, he was a massive liability with a 49.7 grade from Pro Football Focus, took 46 sacks, and struggled mightily with both interceptions and fumbles. Simply put, he’s not even a competent backup, and the fact that the Redskins chose to trade a 5th round pick for him, especially when they traded Dunbar for the same value, is foolish; why not just sign a better backup option on the cheap. The Panthers, meanwhile, essentially just get a free pick, as after signing XFL star PJ Walker, there was no room for Allen anyways- they continue to have a pretty smart offseason.

Panthers Sign WR Robby Anderson

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Contract Details: Two Years, $20 Million

Grade: A

Shortly after officially cutting ties with long-time quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers have given their new quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater) even more weapons to utilize; they’ve signed Robby Anderson to a two-year contract worth $20 million. Clearly the best remaining receiver, and perhaps the best remaining player on the open market (considering positional value), the 27-year-old Anderson was a free agent that really intrigued me, given his ability to impact an offense as a true deep threat. He’s averaged around 15 yards per reception in each of the past three seasons, but with the Jets, he was their #1 option, and thus wasn’t as efficient of a weapon as you’d expect him. In Carolina, however, he’ll complement DJ Moore, Christian McCaffrey, and Curtis Samuel, whom are weapons in the short passing game, and is the type of receiver that’ll make certain Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t revert to being a check down-heavy quarterback. Bridgewater showed that as he got more comfortable in New Orleans’ scheme, he was capable of throwing the ball effectively down the field, and in offensive coordinator Joe Brady’s scheme, I expect him to continue to build a tremendous connection with Anderson. On just a two-year contract at less than what he was expected to receive, this a low-risk, high-reward type of move for the Panthers, who suddenly have a very intriguing offense heading into next season.

Jets Sign WR Breshad Perriman

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Contract Details: One Year, $8 Million

Grade: A

Shortly after losing out on Anderson, the Jets have quickly found his replacement, bringing in receiver Breshad Perriman on a one-year, $8 million contract. Perriman, 26, was seen as a bust as a former first-round pick of the Ravens, but after playing better with Cleveland, he landed with Tampa Bay, and down the stretch, he was fantastic in Bruce Arians’ offensive scheme. In the final three games, for instance, in which Mike Evans and Chris Godwin both dealt with injuries, he posted three straight 100 yard games, which is impressive. For the season, he posted a terrific 17.9 yards per reception, which showcase his abilities as a deep threat, but with just 1 drop on 65 targets, he finally is developing into the receiver Baltimore thought he’d be when they selected him in the first round. He’s a perfect replacement for Anderson given his ability to do damage down the field, and on another one-year prove-it deal, this would appear to be a fantastic move for the Jets.

Bengals Sign LB Josh Bynes

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: A

Finally adding to their linebacking corps, the Bengals have agreed to terms with former Raven Josh Bynes on a one-year contract. He didn’t find a home until Week 5 in Baltimore last season, but the 30-year-old Bynes has been a very productive season over the past two seasons, earning run defense grades above 80 in each year, per Pro Football Focus. Plus, with the Ravens last season, he had a career-best season in coverage, and despite only playing 12 regular season games, was the 32nd most valuable player at the position. Simply put, he’s a massive upgrade over any other linebacker the Bengals had, and on just a one-year deal, he’s an excellent fit. They’ve revamped their defense a lot in free agency, and now, they can work towards building their offense through the draft.

Chargers Sign LB Nick Vigil

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: D

Sticking with the linebacking position, the Chargers have also added a player at the position on a one-year contract; Nick Vigil will join their linebacking group, which was in need of some depth. The 26-year-old has been a starter for the Bengals and had 83 tackles this season, but by no means does that mean he’s a productive player. In fact, based off of Pro Football Focus’ WAR metric, he was a below-replacement level player, and has struggled as both a run defender and in pass coverage. His lack of athleticism will be better protected playing with a lot of playmaking, athletic freaks on Los Angeles’ defense, but hopefully for the Chargers, he’s not anything more than a depth piece for them.

Packers Sign WR Devin Funchess

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: D+

Finally adding a receiver to the mix, the Packers have signed Devin Funchess on a what will almost certainly be a one-year contract. Funchess, 25, was a pretty productive player with the Panthers, but he broke his collarbone in his first game with the Colts last season, and now, he’ll look to fill a role for Green Bay. He’s not a speedster by any means (4.70 40-yard dash), but with his 6’4″ frame, he can be an effective red zone threat and contested catch specialist, and honestly, could be an effective tight end. Yet, just because he has the tools to do so doesn’t mean he has, as per Pro Football Focus, he’s only caught just 72.7% of his catchable targets in tight coverage- he has also struggled with drops. Additionally, Green Bay already has a similar type of receiver in Allen Lazard, and it’s not as though Davante Adams is a speedy player; what they needed was a true vertical threat, and this doesn’t provide them with it. I was already confused with the construction of this receiving corps as is, but signing Funchess just adds to that lack of clarity.

Jaguars Sign TE Tyler Eifert

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Contract Details: Two Years, $15.5 Million

Grade: B

Adding a much needed weapon over the middle for Gardner Minshew, the Jaguars have agreed to terms with tight end Tyler Eifert on a two-year deal worth $15.5 million. Back in 2015, the 29-year-old Eifert looked destined to be one of the top tight ends in the NFL. However, injuries essentially wiped him of his 2017 and 2018 seasons, and although he stayed healthy for the full season, was much worse as a run blocker and earned just a 65.7 grade from Pro Football Focus. Now, at the same time, he remained a decent weapon in the passing game, and was thus a top-20 tight end in terms of value, per Pro Football Focus’ WAR metric; although he’s not an elite player anymore, he is a decent player. If he can get back to being a solid run-blocker and can stay healthy, then Jacksonville will be getting decent value at $7.5 million per year. I’m guessing there isn’t much guaranteed money attached to the second year, given his injury concerns, but still, I don’t expect Eifert to provide much surplus value.

Saints Extend CB Janoris Jenkins

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Contract Details: Two Years, $16.75 Million (Starting In 2021)

Grade: B+

The Saints are in desperate need of cap space at the moment, and it was reported that they had restructured cornerback Janoris Jenkins’ contract. Rather, they actually signed him to a two-year, $16.75 million extension, which will lower his cap hit in 2020 while allowing him to possibly stay in New Orleans through 2022. Jenkins, 31, was cut loose by the Giants after 14 weeks, as he didn’t mesh with the coaching staff, but he impressed in his three-game stint with the Saints, which included limiting Stefon Diggs in the team’s only playoff game. It’s very difficult to be consistent at the cornerback position, given its volatility, yet he’s had a coverage grade of 66.3 or higher from Pro Football Focus in each of the past six seasons, and in New Orleans, is a much better fit as the team’s #2 corner- he was the #1 cornerback in a weak Giants secondary. If Jenkins’ production declines, the Saints can get out of this contract for a modest penalty, but this is a move that probably allowed them to sign Emmanuel Sanders, which is the main motivation of the deal. Cutting Jenkins wouldn’t have been ideal, considering he is a solid #2 cornerback option, and now, New Orleans gets the best of both world. You’d prefer for his 2021 cap hit to not be $14.2 million, but when the time comes, it’s likely the contract will be restructured once again.

Vikings Sign WR Tajae Sharpe

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: A-

In a necessary move to deepen a very thin receiving corps following the trade of Stefon Diggs, the Vikings have signed former Titan Tajae Sharpe to a one-year contract. Despite being considered the team’s “WR4” coming into the season, the 25-year-old Sharpe played a very meaningful role in Tennessee’s offense, and had a career best season with a 72.2 receiving grade from Pro Football Focus and zero drops on 38 targets. He’s a solid route runner that’ll fit well in Gary Kubiak’s offensive scheme, and although this won’t compensate for the trade of Diggs, it is a smart signing for Minnesota.

Cowboys Sign IDL Dontari Poe

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: C-

A week after signing Gerald McCoy, the Cowboys have added yet another former Panther interior defensive lineman to the mix. This time, it’s 346 pound Dontari Poe on a one-year contract, who finds a new home shortly after being released by the Panthers. At this point of his career, Poe, 29, has established himself as a solid run defender, but unfortunately, he’s just a replacement-level pass rusher. Therefore, he hasn’t even ranked as a top-80 interior defensive lineman per Pro Football Focus’ metric, and given his track record of good, not great production, there isn’t much upside with him. It’s clear Dallas wanted to add someone to help with their run defense, but this can’t be good news for Trysten Hill, last year’s second-round pick, who isn’t getting a vote of confidence from the team. As for this signing, however, I would’ve preferred for the Cowboys to target someone who has shown to be a valuable player previously, such as Marcell Dareus or Margus Hunt. Essentially, this addition won’t move the needle at all.

Eagles Sign CB Nickell Robey-Coleman

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: A+

Continuing to bolster their secondary, the Eagles have signed slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman, whom is the fifth defensive back they’ve signed this offseason, to a one-year contract. The 28-year-old Robey-Coleman was cut by the Rams earlier in the offseason, but it certainly wasn’t for a lack of performance. In his three years in Los Angeles, he never had a Pro Football Focus coverage grade below 74, and was a top-25 corner in terms of Pro Football Focus’ WAR metric. He’s a major upgrade as the Eagles’ new nickel corner over Avonte Maddox, and with Darius Slay, rounds out what is certainly a much improved secondary, to say the least.

Buccaneers Sign IDL Ndamukong Suh

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Contract Details: One Year, $8 Million

Grade: B+

Solidifying their defensive line, the Bucs have opted to re-sign interior defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh on a one-year, $8 million deal. Suh, 33, was one of the most dominant players at his positions from 2012 to 2017, and even in 2018, was a fringe top-ten interior rusher. However, upon signing with Tampa Bay last season, he regressed all-around to the tune of a 69.7 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, including a career-worst 60.3 pass-rush grade. That could indicate that he isn’t a good fit in Todd Bowles’ defensive scheme, though at the same time, he still ranked 22nd at the position in WAR, per Pro Football Focus, and does fill a need for the Bucs. Considering that inferior players have gotten around the same money per year on multi-year contracts, this would appear to be a solid value signing for Tampa Bay, though hopefully, they aren’t done adding to their team- a third wide receiver and a safety would be ideal.

Bengals Sign S Vonn Bell

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Contract Details: Three Years, $18 Million

Grade: C

Continuing their mini-spending spree in free agency to improve their defense, the Bengals have inked safety Vonn Bell to a three-year contract worth $18 million. The 25-year-old Bell will replace Shawn Williams as the starting strong safety alongside Jessie Bates, and will likely be utilized a lot more as a box safety. That’s great news for him, as he’s one of the best run defending safeties in the NFL, yet has been awful in coverage- he’s allowed a 108.5 passer rating and 10 touchdowns over his four-year career, per Pro Football Focus. Yet, even if Bell is utilized his better, he still plays an invaluable position, and although Williams struggled last season, he had previously been the superior player. It’s theoretically a good fit for the player, but the Bengals could’ve used their money better, especially when a better box safety in Karl Joseph signed for just over $2 million last week.

Bears Sign OT Germain Ifedi

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: C+

The Bears have brought in some competition on the offensive line, signing former Seahawk tackle Germain Ifedi to a one-year deal. Ifedi, 25, is a former first-round pick, but during his four-year career, he has consistently been a below-average right tackle. Now, he was a solid pass protector in both 2017 and 2018, but he hasn’t shown any sort of consistency, and is nothing more than a depth piece for Chicago.

Jets Sign LB Patrick Onwuasor

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: B

Reuniting with his former teammate in CJ Mosley, former Ravens linebacker Patrick Ownuwasor has agreed to terms with the Jets on a one-year contract. In 2017 and 2018, the 27-year-old Ownuwasor was a productive player, both in coverage and as a pass rusher. However, he struggled mightily all-around in 2019, and now will look to rebound in New York. He’s a clear bounce back candidate given his previous track record of success, and also, he’s a solid scheme fit in Gregg Williams’ defense- he can be utilized as a blitzer. I’m not expecting him to start for the Jets, but if injuries hurt them for a second straight season, they’ll be better prepared to deal with them.

Colts Sign CB Xavier Rhodes

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: D

After releasing Pierre Desir, the Colts have replaced with their own reclamation project, signing former All-Pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes to a one-year contract. Rhodes, 29, is a bigger body corner that has always struggled with speed, but those concerns have only increased over the past two seasons- he allowed an absurd 131.1 quarterback rating last season when targeted. On paper, he seems to be a good fit for Indianapolis’ zone-heavy scheme, but in Minnesota, he was playing in a very similar scheme, and was still a liability. Even in his down season, Desir was a much better player than Rhodes, so exchanging the two just makes zero sense in my opinion.

Cardinals Re-sign OT Marcus Gilbert

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Contract Details: One Year, $3.75 Million

Grade: A+

Finally adding an offensive lineman to the mix, the Cardinals have agreed to terms with veteran tackle Marcus Gilbert on a one-year, $3.75 million deal. After being acquired by Arizona last offseason, the 32-year-old missed the entire 2019 season due to a knee injury, and that’s after he missed a lot of the 2017 and 2018 seasons as well. However, when on the field, he has never posted a Pro Football Focus pass-blocking grade below 69, and is much better than any of the Cardinals’ other options at right tackle. The scheme Kliff Kingsbury runs limits the importance of the offensive line, but Kyler Murray needs someone to protect him on the right side when he rolls out, and Gilbert can do that when healthy. At the very least, this prevents them from feeling that they HAVE to take an offensive tackle in the draft, as trading back may be wise after giving up a second-round pick in the DeAndre Hopkins trade.

Bills Sign OL Daryl Wiliams

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Contract Details: One Year

Grade: A

Adding yet another former Panther to their roster, the Bills have signed versatile offensive lineman Daryl Williams to a one-year contract. Williams, 27, has played every position on the offensive line besides center, but between left tackle and both guard positions, he struggled to the tune of a 56.1 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. Yet, he ranked as the third-best right tackle from Pro Football Focus in 2017 (was injured in 2018), and in his limited snaps at the position, performed well. Buffalo has rookie Cody Ford aligned currently at right tackle, but he’s probably best suited on the interior, which would allow Williams to play his best position. Buffalo gets better pass protection for Josh Allen, while Williams gets a chance to rebuild his stock after being used poorly this season- it’s a win-win for both parties.

Rams Re-sign IDL Michael Brockers

Los Angeles Rams v Arizona Cardinals
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Contract Details: Three Years, $24 Million

Grade: D-

Shortly after being unable to finalize an agreement with the Ravens, interior defender Michael Brockers has now decided to stay in Los Angeles, signing a three-year, $31.5 million contract with the Rams. With his ability to line up in various alignments on the defensive line, the 29-year-old Brockers provides value with his versatility, and is one of the better run defenders in the NFL. However, he also has struggled as a pass rusher, despite being lined up with Aaron Donald, which limits his overall value. After signing A’Shawn Robinson to a multi-year deal, Los Angeles was set on the defensive line, and when you have a player of Donald’s caliber, you shouldn’t have to invest heavily on players next to him. Simply put, it’s laughable that they cut slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman to save $4.5 million, and also haven’t addressed the offensive line, yet they have to funds to sign two interior defensive lineman and a mediocre edge rusher (Leonard Floyd). If that isn’t a misuse of resources, I don’t know what is.

Jets Sign OG Greg Van Roten

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Contract Details: Three Years, $10.5 Million

Grade: A

The Jets were rumored to have reached an agreement with veteran guard Greg Van Roten last week, but now, it’s official- they’ve signed him to a three-year, $10.5 million contract with just $3.25 million in guaranteed money. Van Roten, 30, missed the final five games with a toe injury, but in the past two seasons with the Panthers, has proven to be a reliable pass protector. He won’t provide much as a run-blocker, but protecting Sam Darnold is an ultimate goal, and to that end, he’s clearly a better option than anyone else the Jets have at offensive guard. $3.5 million per season is great value for a starting-caliber guard, and with very little guaranteed money attached to the contract, the Jets can get out of this deal very easily. They’ve made a lot of moves on the offensive line, but in terms of value, this is their best move to upgrade on the offensive trenches to this date.

Broncos Re-sign IDL Shelby Harris

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Photo Cred: Mile High Report

Contract Details: One Year, $3.25 Million

Grade: A+

Continuing to bolster their defense, the Broncos have re-signed interior defender Shelby Harris to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. Expectations were high for the 28-year-old Harris coming off of a 90.4-grade season, and although he took a slight step back in 2019, he graded out as an above average pass rusher and run defender. He wasn’t able to be defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s nose tackle, but that role was filled by Mike Purcell, and upon transitioning to being a 3-4 defensive end, he was significantly more productive. Denver was thin on the defensive line, but by adding Harris, they prevent themselves from feeling like they need to add a defensive lineman early in the draft; this is tremendous value for a very underrated interior rusher, especially since it fills a major need for them. This is exactly why teams should wait out the interior defensive line market; while inferior players are receiving multi-year contracts, the Broncos are getting an absolute bargain with Harris.

Ravens Sign IDL Derek Wolfe

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Contract Details: One Year, $6 Million

Grade: B+

After their deal with Michael Brockers fell through, the Ravens have moved quickly to replace him, signing interior defender Derek Wolfe to a one-year, $6 million deal. Wolfe, 30, has been a mainstay on the Broncos’ defensive line ever since he was drafted in 2012, and he’s established himself as a pretty stout run defender; he did do a better job rushing the passer this season, but he’s generally been an average pass rusher. I wouldn’t have been a fan of giving him a multi-year deal, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Baltimore coaxes a productive season from him given their defensive scheme; he and Calais Campbell are two versatile defensive linemen that fit really well. Either way, he’s honestly the same caliber player as Brockers, yet comes to Baltimore on just a one-year deal.

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