Top 100 free agents of ’09 by position
Here are the top 100 NFL free agents as rated by Jason Cole and Charles Robinson. Included are players who were cut or whose contracts have expired since the end of last season. Not included on the list are CB Adam “Pacman” Jones, WR Jerry Porter and TE Jerramy Stevens …
* – denotes player who is recovering from significant injury or surgery.
Numbers reflect overall rankings from 1-100.
14. Kerry Collins, QB: SIGNED Re-signed with the Tennessee Titans for two years and $15 million, including $8.5 million in guaranteed money. Story
26. Byron Leftwich, QB: SIGNED A good guy with a nice arm, but the slow release could prevent him from starting for the Buccaneers. He signed a two-year deal worth $7.5 million. Story
42. Jeff Garcia, QB: SIGNED Garcia is heading back to the Bay Area after signing with the Oakland Raiders. Story
56. J.P. Losman, QB: He’s got great tools but makes poor decisions. He’s a Leftwich-type reclamation project at this point.
30. Nate Washington, WR: SIGNED The 26-year-old signed with the Tennessee Titans for an undisclosed contract. His speed and big-play ability will suit the arm of Kerry Collins perfectly, while also taking some heat off the running game. Story
31. Devery Henderson, WR: SIGNED The young and speedy receiver decided to stay with the Saints after getting no offers from other clubs. Terms were not disclosed. Story
33. Laveranues Coles, WR: SIGNED The moody but talented wideout has joined the Bengals for a reported four-year, $28 million deal. Story
34. Marvin Harrison, WR: Still could be a solid No. 2 if he’s healthy, but he’s falling off fast. One or two more years of solid production may be it.
43. Joey Galloway, WR: SIGNED He should be a good fit with the Patriots as a No. 3 for a year or two. Terms were undisclosed. Story
79. Jabar Gaffney, WR: SIGNED Signed with the Denver Broncos for four years and $10 million, including $3 million in guaranteed money.
96. Amani Toomer, WR: Leading receiver in Giants history is a classy vet playing out the string.
11. Derrick Ward, RB: SIGNED Former seventh-round pick hits the big time in a shallow group of RBs, getting a four-year, $17 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Story
32. Fred Taylor, RB: SIGNED Signed with the New England Patriots. Terms were not disclosed. Story
36. Cedric Benson, RB: SIGNED Finally showed some determined production in ’08, resulting in a reported two-year, $7 million deal to stay with the Bengals. Story
67. Deuce McAllister, RB: Still has a year or two left as a split-carry option if he could stay healthy. That’s a big if.
95. Warrick Dunn, RB: A serviceable No. 2 who may have two years left in that role.
98. Rudi Johnson, RB: Might have some mileage left on his body if he can get healthy.
74. L.J. Smith, TE: SIGNED The Ravens are banking that the young athlete stays healthy enough to contribute 40 receptions and 500 yards in their passing attack. Financial terms on the one-year deal were undisclosed. Story
19. Jake Grove, C: SIGNED Lands in Miami with a five-year deal. Story
27. Matt Birk, C: SIGNED The six-time Pro Bowler has signed a three-year deal with the Ravens. Story
61. Geoff Hangartner, C/G: SIGNED Signed with the Buffalo Bills. Terms were not disclosed. Story
17. Chris Kemoeatu, G: SIGNED Turned down an offer from the New York Jets and re-signed with the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers for five years and $20 million. Story
*20. Stacy Andrews, G: SIGNED Signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Terms were not disclosed. Story
21. Derrick Dockery, G: SIGNED Signed with the Washington Redskins for five years and $26 million. Story
75. Pete Kendall, G: The sun is setting on his career, but he’s a good option for a team needing a one- or two-year guard who can mentor some younger players.
12. Khalif Barnes, OT: SIGNED Has pretty serious talent, but issues in Jacksonville likely were the main reason he only got a one-year deal worth $1.2 million from the Raiders. Story
15. Tra Thomas, OT: SIGNED The 11-year veteran can still play, inking a three-year deal with the Jaguars. Financial terms of the contract were undisclosed. Story
*22. Mark Tauscher, OT: He’s old, but the Packers need to have their right tackle back.
25. Jon Stinchcomb, OT: SIGNED Re-signed with the New Orleans Saints for five years. Story
*37. Marvel Smith, OT: SIGNED His back troubles might have been a concern as the Niners inked him to just a two-year deal. Story
*40. Jon Runyan, OT: Has gone an astonishing 12 years without missing a game, but had microfracture surgery this offseason. He’s just getting too old to be a good risk.
45. Trai Essex, OT: SIGNED The Steelers retain a versatile performer who is skilled enough to develop into a solid starter. It’s a two-year deal and financial terms were undisclosed. Story
66. Kevin Carter, DE/DT: He’s not a three-down player anymore, but he still can play. A good veteran rotation player for the right price.
64. Igor Olshansky, DT: SIGNED A 3-4 end who looked like he was going to develop into a respectable player until the Chargers coaching staff soured on him last season. He still got a four-year, $18 million deal ($8 million guaranteed) from the Dallas Cowboys. Story
23. Jonathan Vilma, LB: SIGNED Re-signed with the New Orleans Saints for five years and $34 million. Story
35. Marcus Washington, LB: Aging playmaker who has missed 12 regular-season games the last three years. Can still be a good starter.
41. Cato June, LB: SIGNED The 29-year-old signed with the Houston Texans. Story
44. Keith Brooking, LB: SIGNED Signed with the Dallas Cowboys for three years and $6 million, including $2.5 million in guaranteed money. Story
48. Mike Peterson, LB: SIGNED Joins the Falcons after injuries and butting heads with coach Jack Del Rio robbed him of three good years in Jacksonville. Terms of deal with Atlanta were undisclosed. Story
52. Derrick Brooks, LB: A shade of the player he once was. Still can bring great leadership to a young defense.
29. Darren Sharper, S: SIGNED Though his playmaking skills may be on the decline, he takes his big-hitting style to the Saints. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Story
46. Sean Jones, S: SIGNED He’s a little overrated but could be very good with a strong Philadelphia Eagles surrounding cast. Jones leaves the Browns for the Eagles, who gave him a one-year deal. Story
55. Lawyer Milloy, S: His best days are far behind him, but he’s serviceable and can help bring along young players in the secondary.
72. James Sanders, S: SIGNED Re-signed with the New England Patriots, agreeing to a three-year deal worth $9 million.
8. Bryant McFadden, CB: SIGNED Best cornerback among a lot of mediocre ones lands in Arizona after picking up a Super Bowl ring last season with Pittsburgh. McFadden signed a two-year $10 million deal, getting $5 million guaranteed. Story
9. Jabari Greer, CB: SIGNED Two decent campaigns result in a four-year deal with the Saints. Story
10. Phillip Buchanon, CB: SIGNED Contrary to earlier belief, the Florida native chose not to stay close to home, inking a two-year deal with the Lions. Story
13. DeAngelo Hall, CB: SIGNED Signed with the Washington Redskins for six years and $54 million, including $22.5 million in guaranteed money. Story
28. Drayton Florence, CB: SIGNED He never fit in Jacksonville, but his age and experience will make him a commodity again for the Buffalo Bills, who will sign him. Story
*38. Chris McAlister, CB: He has lost a step and hasn’t been healthy since 2006, but he still has a lot of value in a thin year at cornerback. Big risk, moderate reward player.
50. Andre’ Goodman, CB: SIGNED Had arguably his best season in the NFL last year, a reason why the Broncos signed him to a five-year, $25 million deal that includes $10 million in guaranteed money. Story
84. Justin Miller, CB: Failed top pick with Jets has nice return ability if healthy.
89. Ty Law, CB: Law doesn’t do training camp at this stage of his career. Wait till September.
100. Jason Craft, CB: Typical CB who survives a decade in the league because he knows the game.
73. Mike Nugent, K: SIGNED A change in climates might make him more of a factor from 50-plus after signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s a reported one-year deal and financial terms were undisclosed. Story
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