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2014 Free Agency ThreadFor all your free agency talking points


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#1 The Long Shot

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 03:15 PM

With all the moves being made over the past 72 hours, I figured there would be a thread like this up and was shocked when I did not see one. Allow me to remedy that.

With the cap increase this offseason, I firmly expect this free agent period to be more active than last year's (which is saying a lot; the first day of free agency last year was unbelievably hectic). Rotoworld's list of the top 25 free agents (I edited out the ones that have already been franchised/re-signed) is as follows (don't take my estimated salaries too seriously; I'm not an elite NFL salary cap mind):

1. OT-Eugene Monroe (BAL) -  My Prediction: Cardinals on a 5 year, $58 million deal.

2. FS-Jairus Byrd (BUF) - My Prediction: Browns on a 4 year, $37 million deal

3. OT-Jared Velheer (OAK) - My Prediction: Raiders on a 5 year, $52 million deal

4. DE-Michael Johnson (CIN) - My Prediction: Buccaneers on a 6 year, $72 million deal

5. CB-Aqib Talib (NE) - My Prediction: Patriots on a 4 year, $30 million deal

6. CB-Alterraun Verner (TEN) - My Prediction: Vikings on a 5 year, $48 million deal

7. OT-Branden Albert (KC) - My Prediction: Dolphins on a 5 year, $63 million deal

8. DE-Lamarr Houston (OAK) - My Prediction: Packers on a 6 year, $64 million deal

9. DE-Michael Bennett (SEA) - My Prediction: 49ers on a 5 year, $59 million deal

10. WR-Eric Decker (DEN) - My Prediction: Lions on a 4 year, $28 million deal

11. CB-Vontae Davis (IND) - My Prediction: Panthers on a 4 year, $36 million deal

12. DT-Henry Melton (CHI) - My Prediction: Raiders on a 5 year, $47 million deal

13. DT-Linval Joseph (NYG) - My Prediction: Bears on a 4 year, $35 million deal

14. SS-T.J. Ward (CLE) - My Prediction: Eagles on a 5 year, $47 million deal

15. CB-Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DEN) - My Prediction: Broncos on a 5 year, $57 million deal

16. DT-Jason Hatcher (DAL) - My Prediction: Bengals on a 3 year, $29 million deal

17. OT-Anthony Collins (CIN) - My Prediction: Redskins on a 4 year, $39 million deal

18. DT-Randy Starks (MIA) - My Prediction: Patriots on a 4 year, $32 million deal

19. DE-Arthur Jones (BAL) - My Prediction: Titans on a 5 year, $42 million deal

20. CB-Walter Thurmond III (SEA) - My Prediction: Chargers on a 3 year, $19 million deal

21. DT-Paul Soliai (MIA) - My Prediction: Vikings on a 4 year, $29 million deal

22. OG-Geoff Schwartz (KC) - My Prediction: Chiefs on a 3 year, $18 million deal

23. OT-Rodger Saffold (STL) - My Prediction: Seahawks on a 4 year, $24 million deal

24. DT-B.J. Raji (GB) - My Prediction: Raiders on a 2 year, $10 million deal

25. C-Brian De La Puente (NO) - My Prediction: Colts on a 3 year, $16 million deal

These, of course, are just my opinions, and no doubt many of them will be wrong. Comment on them if you wish, but the main intention of this thread is to discuss the free agent news as it breaks and how it pertains to fantasy football. I guess I'll get the ball started with some big transactions from the past 24 hours:

--Packers re-sign CB Sam Shields to 4 year, $39 million contract
--Vikings re-sign DE Everson Griffen to 5 year, $42.5 million contract
--Jets release CB Antonio Cromartie

Let the discussing commence...

#2 munde53

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 04:21 PM

Unless you're playing IDP the only player worth talking about is Decker. Otherwise this is pretty pointless as far as fantasy football is concerned.

Besides:
http://forums.rotowo...howtopic=419241

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 05:35 PM

FWIW, I saw a retweet earlier from Les Bowen saying that the Eagles have looked into Mike Mitchell.
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Posted 09 March 2014 - 06:19 PM

So who gets Randy Moss in Free Agency?
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Posted 09 March 2014 - 08:16 PM

How did the Raiders not lock up houston and veldheer with all that cap space. Doesn't make much sense to me

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 09:22 PM

 munde53, on 09 March 2014 - 04:21 PM, said:

Unless you're playing IDP the only player worth talking about is Decker. Otherwise this is pretty pointless as far as fantasy football is concerned.

Besides:
http://forums.rotowo...howtopic=419241

The intention was to talk about all free agents, not just these 25. If you don't want to discuss defensive players, you don't have to, but I'm leaving the option open for others if they want. I didn't know about the other thread, but it hasn't been posted on in a while, and I wanted this to be used as a thread that discusses free agent moves as they are happening.

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:33 PM

 The Long Shot, on 09 March 2014 - 03:15 PM, said:

15. CB-Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DEN) - My Prediction: Broncos on a 5 year, $57 million deal

This is a guy who almost retired on this off season. No way he gets 5 years from anyone and that money is pretty insane for a CB. That'd be second highest paid after Revis.

Rotoworld basically said Raiders were getting Saffold.

Also that Colts are close with Vontae Davis.
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Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:55 PM

Two interesting & somewhat surprising names on Jets Persons of Interest list: 49ers S Donte Whitner & Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:11 AM

 SilentSentinel, on 09 March 2014 - 08:16 PM, said:

How did the Raiders not lock up houston and veldheer with all that cap space. Doesn't make much sense to me


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 08:19 PM

patriots got revis. RW says look for DE chandler jones to have a breakout year with revis lockdown coverage. jones had 70 tackles and double digit sacks. he deserved a pro bowl. did anyone not notice chandler jones season.

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 08:41 PM

I guess this is the place to ask this; how did the saints afford Byrd? They have like 2 million in cap space, and they can afford to give Byrd 6 yr 54 million plus they are about to have to pay graham 11 million so they are clearly going to be over the cap yet they were still allowed to make these moves. Shouldn't the NFL step in here?
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Posted 12 March 2014 - 09:27 PM

 ballfan4141, on 12 March 2014 - 08:19 PM, said:

patriots got revis. RW says look for DE chandler jones to have a breakout year with revis lockdown coverage. jones had 70 tackles and double digit sacks. he deserved a pro bowl. did anyone not notice chandler jones season.

I sure noticed him in my IDP league. He was awesome and came at very little cost.

I'm not sure how the Saints can afford this, but with the magic of restructuring, anything is possible. I don't think teams necessarily have to be under the salary cap at all times, but I'm also not too familiar with the rules on that so iunno.

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 10:49 PM

 Ddam2013, on 12 March 2014 - 08:41 PM, said:

I guess this is the place to ask this; how did the saints afford Byrd? They have like 2 million in cap space, and they can afford to give Byrd 6 yr 54 million plus they are about to have to pay graham 11 million so they are clearly going to be over the cap yet they were still allowed to make these moves. Shouldn't the NFL step in here?

the bonus is spread over the entire deal and it's possible his actual salary is near minimum for the first year then spikes in 2015 or something like that. it's not like his salary is 9M/year ... could be something like 1M in year 1 and then like 15M in year 3 of the deal ... NFL contracts are all about the signing bonus, the actual money/length of contract often are meaningless.

i have no idea what the figures are, but teams can get very creative to get under the cap. i'm sure byrd's year to year salaries are nowhere near identical.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:14 AM

Why did Revis settle for a 1-year contract?  Couldn't he have commanded a contract like what Byrd got from the Saints?  Sam Shields got a better deal than Revis!

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 03:26 PM

What revis is doing actually makes perfect sense. This year his release came pretty suddenly, teams weren't prepared for him to be a free agent and hadn't budgeted for him.

Next year everyone will know he's hitting the market. All he has to do is play lights out on a good team, which should be easy for him considering he was PFF's top corner even coming off a torn ACL.

Combine that with the likely high increase in the salary cap again next year, and he's positioning himself for an absolute mega deal.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 03:46 PM

Yeah - he is set up nicely as long as he plays at a high level this year which should be a lock as long as he's healthy.  2nd year off that ACL injury and the scheme is really going to help him.  BB will always have him in a position to succeed so as long as he's on the field, he's looking at big money next year.

The deal also includes a 2nd year team option for $20MM which the Pats will undoubtedly decline which means Revis will not be able to be franchised as well.
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