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Old 03-08-2014   #179
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Default Re: Texans' Cap space......and the rest of the League

Have you guys seen this ESPN Free Agency Tracker?

They have assessed all the current F/As and graded them according to how much they think they're worth.
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By ESPN.com staff

In advance of the opening of NFL free agency, ESPN Insider player evaluators Matt Williamson, Gary Horton and Field Yates teamed up to form the "pro-personnel department" for six-time NFL executive of the year Bill Polian and recreate the front-office free-agent evaluation process for ESPN.com. The foursome broke down every unrestricted free agent scheduled to reach the market in 2014 using the same process Polian used as a general manager.

Free agents were evaluated in four main areas:
• Speed: Does a player perform with above- or below-average quickness relative to his position?
•Production:How much of an impact does a player make over the course of the season relative to his position?
• Injury: Does a player have any health concerns that would prevent him from playing?
• Character: Does a player have off-field baggage or attitude issues? Or is he a positive influence on the field and in the clubhouse? Players were given a plus, minus or neutral mark in each category (though no pluses are given in the injury category).

They were then given a final grade corresponding to the value and term of the contract a team would be expected to commit.

A: $6 million-plus AAV (annual average value), three-plus years in term and/or guaranteed money
B: $2 million to $6 million AAV, two years or fewer in term and/or guaranteed money
C: $2 million or less AAV, two years or fewer in term and/or guaranteed money
D: minimum salary, one-year contract


Players with a plus or a minus grade slot between tiers.
I checked a couple of the guys that have been mentioned as potential acquisitions for the Texans. For the most part the guys we already have graded higher.

D'Qwell Jackson - Very solid player but he's 31. What kind of contract would you offer a solid-but-aging LB?
Soliai is rated as a C level player. Earl Mitchell is A rated.
Both Andrew Gardner and Wade Smith are rated better than Asamoah

Now these grades are from Bill Polian and Scouts, Inc. Take 'em or leave 'em.
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