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Old 01-11-2014   #1
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2014 PFF Free Agency Tracker
PFF Analysis Team | January 7, 2014


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Every year we launch into free agency with the aim to deliver the most comprehensive service out there. We’ve got rankings, breakdowns, team needs and some special features all coming up, but it starts here…

With the Pro Football Focus 2014 Free Agency Tracker.

We’ve got a rundown on all the available free agents with a breakdown of their 2013 snaps and player grades (though, note, grades aren’t ranking the free agent as they’re just a part of the evaluation process for what makes a desirable free agent).

This year we’re making it even easier for you to find what you’re looking for by breaking the pages down a number of ways:

Free agent lists by position:

QB | RB | FB | TE | WR | OT | G | C | Specialists
S | CB | LB | Edge Defenders | Interior D-Line

Free agent lists by team:

ARZ | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN | CLE | DAL | DEN | DET
GB | HOU | IND | JAX | KC | MIA | MIN | NE | NO | NYG | NYJ
OAK | PHI | PIT | STL | SD | SF | SEA | TB | TEN | WAS


Now for some disclaimers:

- The overall ratings only tell part of the story and feature no weighting for specific facets of play.

- All ratings and snap counts are from the 2013 regular season only and ratings between players of two different positions are not meant to be compared.

- Sorting players by position and ranking won’t necessarily get you the same order we’ve used in some of our articles. That’s because we’ve done more to put the numbers into context. The grades require intelligence applied to them.

- This list of players consists only of players who ended the season on a roster in 2013 and are scheduled to become free agents when the 2014 league year begins, or players who have been released during the offseason; players that are exclusive rights free agents are not included.

- Player ages are as of September 1, 2014.
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Thanks for posting this. Looks like some good young tackles going to be available.
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Rotoworld offense on one page: http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nf...fl-free-agents

Rotoworld defense on one page: http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nf...ee-agents?pg=2

OverTheCap 2014 FAs starting w/QBs showing prior salaries:

http://overthecap.com/freeagents.php...n=QB&Year=2014

**Offseason dates**

Jan. 18: East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Jan. 25: Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.

Feb. 17: First day for clubs to designate franchise or transition Players.

Feb. 19-25: Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

March 8-11: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2013 player contracts at 4 p.m. ET on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. ET on March 11.

March 11: New league year, free agency begins

March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts.

March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts.

March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued Seasons of free agency credit.

March 11: All clubs must be under the 2014 salary cap before 4 p.m. ET.

March 23-26: Owners meeting, Orlando, Fla.

April 7: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin off-season workout programs.

April 21: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin off-season workout programs.

May 2: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

May 7: Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

May 8-10: NFL Draft, New York, Radio City Music Hall. First round begins at 8 p.m. ET.

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MSR.

Thanks.

These PFF ratings are cumulative, right?

It'd be nice if they'd standardize them per snap. For example: (rating/snaps)100.

As it is listed, you have Bell with the best rating at 15.1 followed by Blount (10.1), Moreno (9.9), Brown (6.9) and Leonard (6.3).

But, if you standardize them, Blount scores considerably better than all with 3.49. For reference, Bell (2.68), Leonard (2.07), Brown (1.82) and Moreno (1.36).

Also, Dwyer, who's 8th with 4.1 would score 2.90 standardized (better than all of the above but Blount).
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These PFF ratings are cumulative, right?
Yes, positive or negative rating per play added up.

But RBs, for instance, are graded on running/receiving/blocking(pass block/screen block/run block)/penalties and then those 4 grades are added to get an overall rating per game. Drilling down even further you can see how many QB sacks/hits/hurries were due to that particular RB; how many missed tackles they caused; complete receptions mapping, targets, YAC, % caught, INTs when targeted, missed tackles in pass game, drops, etc. Then each RB has an offensive snaps summary for run/pass/run block/pass block.

So more snaps gives the potential for higher positive and lower negative overall totals. Like Watt had to have a lot of snaps to get his +111.6 overall rating. But as far as crunching the numbers further than what PFF presents, I think you can end up confusing the message they originally give.
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I heard HOU-TEX will be a free agent this year. I say we pick him up on a 1 year 19.5 million guaranteed tryout
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I heard HOU-TEX will be a free agent this year. I say we pick him up on a 1 year 19.5 million guaranteed tryout
I'M IN. SIGN HIM UP! Can't believe he's still on the market!
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Hakeem Nicks is not the only player to be late & miss treatment. He’s not a bad guy. But in a contract year, this frustrated #Giants.

Multiple sources tell me Hakeem Nicks was fined repeatedly for being late to meetings & missing treatment. He battled thru several injuries

From #NFLGameDay: WR Hakeem Nicks is not expected back with #Giants. Besides disappointing play, he was fined multiple times by the team
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Good, extensive list by Silva

Cut & Restructure Candidates

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With salary and bonus information gleaned from the NFL Players Association and media reports, I've compiled a list of potential 2014 offseason contract restructures and salary cap casualties. The fact that a player is listed here does not necessarily mean I think they'll be released. It means I believe their 2014 scheduled payments may be deemed by their team to no longer match their on-field value. Ultimately, I'd guess around half of the players here get released outright, and more than half will be approached by their club about an offseason restructure or pay cut...
Offense: http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nf...ure-candidates

Defense: http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nf...andidates?pg=2
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This is How NFL free agency "really" works
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Free agency is our (agents) time to shine for our clients. It’s extremely difficult for players to get to a second or third contract so everything has to be orchestrated perfectly for the client to score a lifetime setting deal. On the team side, a few bad free agent signings can get GMs fired, weigh heavy on the cap and hurt a team for several years beyond the signing(s).

Free agency is supposed to work like this:

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Teams looking to resign their own players may initiate talks in October or November. Negotiations for top players can take several months to complete. Some teams purposely slow play the process to keep the player on the hook so they stay in consideration. A team is supposed to have exclusivity in talking to its own players but that’s not really the case. If another team contacts the player (usually via his agent), it’s considered tampering and that team will be fined and lose draft picks for doings so.

In 2014, free agency officially begins on March 11th. However, Players/agents are allowed to start negotiating with other teams starting March 8th.
This is how free agency really works...
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Michael Bennett wants to get paid, in Seattle or elsewhere
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“I had to prove myself as a player back-to-back years. Basically, I took a one year deal the year before, did a first-round tender in Tampa [as a restricted free agent], so I definitely just want to be paid. You know, I’m not trying to be the highest paid guy but I want to be compensated with the top guys.”
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He should have been in the discussion for SB MVP. Couldn't believe the guys at PFT think the Seahawks have all the leverage with him.
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He should have been in the discussion for SB MVP. Couldn't believe the guys at PFT think the Seahawks have all the leverage with him.
I agree. There's no way. Seattle will have to choose between Bennett and Clemons, and Bennett will probably be too expensive.
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I agree. There's no way. Seattle will have to choose between Bennett and Clemons, and Bennett will probably be too expensive.
Bennett will end up in Chicago with his brother.
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...Couldn't believe the guys at PFT think the Seahawks have all the leverage with him.
It's an extension of the ubiquitous "all teams will emulate the Seahawks", "all players want to be Seahawks" media maxims.
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Earl Mitchell could be this year's Ricky Jean-Francois (8.5 M guaranteed, $5.5 M Apy). Every year are a few surprise deals in free agency.

Agree with former #Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik: DT Earl Mitchell is a good value for free agency. Better fit for 4-3?
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That seems extremely high for a guy who has been at best "middling" next to one outstanding DE and one above average DE. I am under the impression he was here during Bush's last year before Phillips came in and didn't really do anything (granted, he might've been a rookie if he was here at that time).
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That seems extremely high for a guy who has been at best "middling" next to one outstanding DE and one above average DE. I am under the impression he was here during Bush's last year before Phillips came in and didn't really do anything (granted, he might've been a rookie if he was here at that time).
He's been playing out of position for us. I think his best fit is as a nose in a 43. In a 34 he should be playing end.
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He's been playing out of position for us. I think his best fit is as a nose in a 43. In a 34 he should be playing end.
I will plead ignorance here. I'm not used to the term 4-3 NT. I have always associated NT with lining up over the center in a 3-4 or 5-2. Of course when I played a base 4-3 we were called Defensive Guards at the inside positions and Defensive Tackles at the outside positions.

But I'm so old I played both ways and wore 13 as an interior lineman. And the goal posts were still on the goal line. (Nice extra blockers if you used them.)
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I will plead ignorance here. I'm not used to the term 4-3 NT. I have always associated NT with lining up over the center in a 3-4 or 5-2. Of course when I played a base 4-3 we were called Defensive Guards at the inside positions and Defensive Tackles at the outside positions.

But I'm so old I played both ways and wore 13 as an interior lineman. And the goal posts were still on the goal line. (Nice extra blockers if you used them.)
A traditional NT is head up on the center. In a 43 defense it is not necessary. But a lot of teams use a 43 Over, made famous by the Tampa 2 defensive style, which shifts the strongside DT into a three technique and the weakside DT shades the center. Because of this formation, the weakside tackle must be a little bit stronger at the point of attack than a traditional DT. He is often called the NT to distinguish him from the quicker three tech.
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