Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017 NFL FREE AGENT RANKINGS and TIERS



My rankings are based off a combination of several sites:




TIERS and MARKET VALUE 


Tier 1: FRANCHISE LEVEL PLAYERS 
Salaries are set based on the top 5 player at their respective positions 

1. Kirk Cousins-WAS 
2. Eric Berry-KC

3. Le'veon Bell-PIT
4. Kawann Short-CAR
5. Chandler Jones-ARZ
7. Melvin Ingram-LA Chargers
8. Kevin Zeitler-CIN

Tier 2: 

Young highly paid guys due to upside and positional value
Market Value:
All of these players should see more than 10 million per year and some could see over 20 million guaranteed

9.  AJ Bouye-HOU 
10. Dont'a Hightower-NE
11. Alshon Jeffery-CHI
12. Jason Pierre-Paul-NYG 
13. Brandon Williams-BAL
15. Tony Jefferson-ARZ  
16. Trumaine Johnson-LA Rams
17. Nick Perry-GB
18. Terrelle Pryor-CLV 
19. Dontari Poe-KC

Tier 3: Oldies but Goodies

Market Value:
These players will be looking to sign a one or two year deal (likely with a contender) for around 5-8 million per year 

6.  Calais Campbell-ARZ 

14. TJ Lang-GB
20. Martellus Bennett-NE
21. Andrew Whitworth-CIN
26. DeSean Jackson-WAS 
30. Pierre Garcon-WAS
38. Charles Johnson-CAR
41. Lorenzo Alexander-BUF


Tier 4:  Impact starters

Market Value:
These players will be looking at 3-5 year deals for 5-10 million per season, some may get more by non-contenders with a lot of cap space that are willing to over spend for young talent. These teams include Cleveland, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Tennessee and Washington

22. Logan Ryan-NE 
23. Stephon Gilmore-BUF
24. Larry Warford-DET
25. Ricky Wagner-BAL
27. John Cyprien-JAX
28. Morris Claiborne-DAL
29. Barry Church-DAL
31. Chris Baker-WAS
32. JC Tretter-GB
33. Mario Addison-CAR 
34. Prince Amukamara-JAX 
35. Zach Brown-BUF
36. Ronald Leary-DAL
37. Jonathan Hankins-NYG 
39. Dre Kirkpatrick-CLV
40. DJ Swearinger-ARZ


Tier 5: Solid starters/guys with injuries or character concerns 
Market Value:
Will vary, but it would be very surprising if any of these guys got more than 10 million in guaranteed money 

42. Nick Fairley-NO 
43. Bennie Logan-PHL
44. Gerald Hodges-SF
45. Perry Riley-OAK
46. Jabaal Sheard-NE 
47. Captain Munnerlyn-MIN
48. TJ McDonald-LA Rams
49. Jahleel Addae-LA Chargers 
50. Sam Shields 
51. Dominique Easley-LA Rams 
53. Riley Reiff-DET
55. AQ Shipley-ARZ
66. Bradley McDougald-TB 


Tier 6: TO RETIRE OR NOT TO RETIRE   
Market Value:
Evan Mathis' 1 year 6 million signed last year 


57. Terance Newman-MIN 
58. Mike Adams-IND
59. James Harrison-PIT 
60. Julius Peppers-GB
61. DeMarcus Ware-DEN
65. Jahri Evans-NO 
66. Joe Berger-MIN 

Tier 7:   #3 Skill Position Role Players 
Market Value:
Travis Benjamin 4 years 24 million and Gio Bernard 3 years 15 million 

52. Kenny Britt-LA Rams
54. Kenny Stills-MIA
62. Eddie Lacy-GB
63. Latavius Murray-OAK
64. Jack Doyle-IND 
67. Kendall Wright-TEN
68. Jared Cook-GB