Grantland: Bill Barnwell's NFL’s top 50 most valuable assets

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  1. Playoffs

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    Long read, interesting perspective/takes...

    Bill Barnwell delivers his annual ranking of pro football’s top 50 most valuable assets

    NFL Trade Value, Part 1

    50. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia

    49. Jim Harbaugh, COACH, San Francisco

    48. Sheldon Richardson, DT, New York Jets

    47. Dontari Poe, DT, Kansas City

    46. Gerald McCoy, DT, Tampa Bay

    45. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit

    44. Mike Iupati, G, San Francisco

    43. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami

    42. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota

    41. Nate Solder, LT, New England

    40. Joe Haden, CB, Cleveland

    39. Trent Williams, LT, Washington

    38. Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, New York Jets

    37. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver

    36. Lavonte David, OLB, Tampa Bay

    35. Darrelle Revis, CB, New England

    34. Patrick Willis, ILB, San Francisco

    33. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit

    32. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas

    31. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas

    30. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta
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    NFL Trade Value, Part 2 (continued)

    29. Duane Brown, LT, Houston
    28. Tyron Smith, LT, Dallas
    These are two great left tackles with different contract situations. Brown, who missed two games during Houston’s disastrous 2013 season, is two years into a very manageable six-year, $53.4 million contract that will never see his cap hit rise over $10 million. Average-or-worse left tackles were getting deals in that range this offseason, and Brown’s a great one. Smith, meanwhile, is still just 23 years old and made the first of what will likely be many Pro Bowls last season. It’s crazy to think he’s just a couple of weeks older than Eric Fisher, who was the first overall pick in last year’s draft, two seasons after Smith entered the league. The Cowboys have him signed for one more year at a cap hit of just less than $4 million and picked up his team option for 2015 at just more than $10 million; they may use the cap space vacated by a released Tony Romo to lock Smith up to an extension in 2016.

    27. Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans

    26. Jadeveon Clowney, LB, Houston

    Put it this way: Everson Griffen has started one game in four seasons for the Vikings, but because he has contributed 17.5 sacks in part-time duty, Minnesota gave him a five-year, $42.5 million deal with nearly $20 million guaranteed over the next two years. Every team in football would take Clowney over Griffen based on the former’s college tape and athleticism alone, and he’s on a fully guaranteed four-year, $22.3 million deal with a fifth-year option that should come in around $12 million. Even if Clowney’s not a superstar, he can still be enormously valuable if he comes in with Ryan Kerrigan–level production on an annual basis while retaining a ceiling that Kerrigan can’t touch. And if Clowney really is the once-in-a-generation pass-rusher many project him to be, he’s a top-10 value for each of the next three seasons. As long as he stays healthy, it’s hard for this pick not to work out for Houston.

    25. Greg Hardy, DE, Carolina

    24. Luke Kuechly, MLB, Carolina

    23. Joe Staley, LT, San Francisco

    22. Joe Thomas, LT, Cleveland

    21. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh

    20. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

    19. Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego

    18. Von Miller, LB, Denver

    17. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit

    16. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati

    15. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington

    14. Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle

    13. Earl Thomas, S, Seattle

    12. Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona

    11. Tom Brady, QB, New England

    10. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans

    9. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta

    8. Peyton Manning, QB, Denver

    7. Robert Quinn, DE, St. Louis

    6. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina

    5. Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco

    4. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston

    Yes, the numbers regressed toward the mean last year, because nobody picks up 20.5 sacks or bats down 16 passes each and every season. He was still J.J. Watt last year, even if the numbers weren’t all the way there. Nobody makes the players around him look like they shouldn’t be playing football more than Watt does. The 25-year-old wasn’t the Defensive Player of the Year last year, but he would still be your selection if you had to pick a favorite for this season and each of the next five seasons to come. And he’s going to cost the Texans $3.6 million and then $7 million on their cap over the next two years, chump change for the most terrifying player in football. Oh, and he gets Clowney to help out the pass rush this season. If there’s not a Costacos Brothers poster of those two available by the end of the season (“Texas Toast”?), something’s gone horribly wrong.​

    3. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay

    2. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis

    1. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle
  3. badboy

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    Interesting, thanks for posting. Knowing we could have drafted Revis still irritates me.

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