Top 100 free agents of ’09 by position

Overall Rankings | By Position: QB | WR | RB | TE | C | G | OT | DE | DT | LB | S | CB | K

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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.

QB

2. Kurt Warner, QB:   SIGNED   The process seemed to drag out longer than expected, but he stays with the Cardinals for two years at $23 million. Story

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.

57. Rex Grossman, QB:   SIGNED   A good arm and a terrible head, the former Bears Super Bowl signal caller signs with the Texans. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Story

88. Dan Orlovsky, QB:   SIGNED   Looking for the safety of a No. 2 job where he won’t run into safeties. Might have found it in Houston, where he signed a three-year, $9.15 million deal. Story

91. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB:   SIGNED   Signed with the Buffalo Bills. Terms were not disclosed. Story

WR

5. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR:   SIGNED   Signed with the Seattle Seahawks for five years and $40 milllion, including $15 million guaranteed. He’ll fit well with Seattle’s West Coast scheme. Story

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.

87. Ronald Curry, WR:   SIGNED   A nice all-around athlete who has been slowed by injuries joins the Lions after accepting a one-year deal. Story

96. Amani Toomer, WR: Leading receiver in Giants history is a classy vet playing out the string.

97. Bobby Engram, WR:   SIGNED   He’s at the end but should be a terrific third-down option for the Chiefs. Terms were undisclosed. Story

99. Bryant Johnson, WR:   SIGNED   Gives the Detroit Lions depth at wide receiver after signing a three-year, $9 million deal. Story

RB

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.

81. LaMont Jordan, RB:   SIGNED   On the downside of his career, but signed with the Broncos for a reported two years, $2.5 million. Story

93. Dominic Rhodes, RB:   SIGNED   Despite being a nice fill-in for the Colts last season, Rhodes decided to leave town again – this time to Buffalo for a two-year deal. Story

94. Maurice Morris, RB:   SIGNED   Signed with the Detroit Lions for three years and $7 million. Story

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.

TE

51. Chris Baker, TE:   SIGNED   Signed with the New England Patriots. Terms were not disclosed. Story

71. Jim Kleinsasser, TE:   SIGNED   Re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings for three years and $9 million. Story

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

C

3. Jason Brown, C/G:   SIGNED   Signed with the St. Louis Rams for five years and $37.5 million, including $20 million in guaranteed money. 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

G

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

54. Russ Hochstein, G:   SIGNED   Re-signed with the Patriots. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 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.

OT

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

49. John St. Clair, OT:   SIGNED   The versatile lineman adds depth to the Browns’ roster. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Story

DE

39. Antonio Smith, DE:   SIGNED   Signed with the Houston Texans for a reported five years and $35 million, including $12.5 million in guaranteed money. Story

59. Bertrand Berry, DE:   SIGNED   Despite missing 23 games in the past four years, the Cardinals decided to re-sign him to a one-year deal. 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.

86. Kenny Peterson, DE:   SIGNED   His flashes of tempting ability were enough to make the Broncos re-sign him. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Story

DT

1. Albert Haynesworth, DT:   SIGNED   Biggest fish in free-agent pool signed with the Washington Redskins for seven years and $100 million, including $41 million in guaranteed money. Story

63. Rocky Bernard, DT:   SIGNED   Signed with the New York Giants. Terms were not disclosed. Story

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

69. Shaun Cody, DT:   SIGNED   Despite recording no sacks or forced fumbles in the last three years, the Texans signed him. No terms of the deal were disclosed. Story

76. Ronald Fields, DT:   SIGNED   He’s never really found his niche as a defensive end or tackle in a 4-3. He could play nose in a 3-4 alignment with the Broncos, who signed him to a two-year deal. Story

77. Mike Wright, DT:   SIGNED   A young 3-4 lineman, one the Patriots liked enough last season to assign a second-round tender, has re-signed with New England. Story

LB

4. Ray Lewis, LB:   SIGNED   The future Hall of Famer figures to retire as a Raven after re-signing with Baltimore. Financial terms of the multiyear deal were undisclosed. Story

6. Bart Scott, LB:   SIGNED   Leaves Baltimore for the New York Jets, getting a six-year deal for $48 million, including $22 million in guaranteed money. 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

*47. Angelo Crowell, LB:   SIGNED   After missing all of 2008 with a serious knee injury, he joins the Buccaneers. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. 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.

53. Andra Davis, LB:   SIGNED   Signed with the Denver Broncos for two years. Story

62. Eric Barton, LB:   SIGNED   A solid tackler whose best playmaking days are behind him has followed coach Eric Mangini to Cleveland. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Story

65. Michael Boley LB:   SIGNED   Signed with the New York Giants for five years and $25 million. Story

80. Zach Thomas, LB:   SIGNED   Little more than a solid tackler at this point in his career, the seven-time Pro Bowler has joined the Chiefs. He signed a one-year deal for a reported $2 million. Story

85. Tyjuan Hagler, LB:   SIGNED   The active and tough defender, who is also an asset on special teams, re-signed with the Colts. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Story

90. Kevin Burnett, LB:   SIGNED   The durable and active, yet underachieving former second-rounder, signed a two-year deal with the Chargers. Story

S

7. Jermaine Phillips, S:   SIGNED   The best defensive back available decided to re-sign with the Buccaneers. Terms were undisclosed. Story

16. Brian Dawkins, S:   SIGNED   Left Philadelphia, where he was a defensive cornerstone, and signed with the Broncos for five years and $17 million. Story

24. Gibril Wilson, S:   SIGNED   Signed with the Miami Dolphins for five years and $27.5 million, including $8 million in guaranteed money. Story

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.

58. Eugene Wilson, S:   SIGNED   Re-signed with the Houston Texans for three years and $11.3 million. Story

60. Gerald Sensabaugh, S:   SIGNED   A talented player who showed flashes of brilliance last season joins the Cowboys. Financial terms of the one-year deal were undisclosed. Story

70. Jim Leonhard, S:   SIGNED   The former Ravens fill-in followed Rex Ryan north, inking a deal with the Jets. Terms were not disclosed. Story

72. James Sanders, S:   SIGNED   Re-signed with the New England Patriots, agreeing to a three-year deal worth $9 million.

92. Chris Crocker, S:   SIGNED   Re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. Terms were not disclosed. Story

CB

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

68. Domonique Foxworth, CB:   SIGNED   Signed with the Baltimore Ravens for four years and $28 million, including $16.5 million in guaranteed money. Story

78. Corey Ivy, CB:   SIGNED   Deficient in both speed and size, leaves Ravens to join division-rival Browns. Terms of deal were undisclosed. Story

82. Keiwan Ratliff, CB:   SIGNED   His solid play as an injury sub last season was enough to earn a one-year deal from the Super Bowl champion Steelers. Story

83. Ron Bartell, CB:   SIGNED   Re-signed with St. Louis for four years and $28 million, including $13.6 million guaranteed. He’s got the perfect size for a corner in Steve Spagnuolo’s system. 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.

K

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