Top 50 NFL Free Agents in 2013
Top 50 NFL Free Agents of 2013 Class
The 2013 NFL free agent class is one of the most intriguing in recent memory because of several high-profile players who were not expected to be a part of it. Receivers, cornerbacks and offensive linemen are extremely deep this year and there will be a ton of huge contracts given on March 12 when the free agency period begins. Many of the players who get those big contracts will be well-known guys who may not necessarily deserve the money, but will be given it nonetheless for their star power alone, if nothing else. There will be others who receive big deals who deserve it, even though their names might not be as well-known as others. Even still, there will be some who get hefty contracts who absolutely do not deserve it in any shape, form or fashion but they'll get them regardless. Those of you who root for teams with such moronic ownership know who you are.
The highlights of this year's free agent class include guys like Wes Welker, Mike Wallace, Ed Reed, Dwight Freeny and Cliff Avril. Those aren't necessarily the best player available, but they're the most high-profile. All of them are likely to get big deals just because of their names, although all of them shouldn't. But which ones are they? We'll get into that.
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Avril is probably the most high-profile pass rusher in this year's free agent class, but he's strictly that. Whichever team signs him can't do so expecting him to help stop the run.
He's an offensive lineman, so no one is really paying him any attention, but Vollmer is is a solid young tackle who will get a big pay day, although it might not come from the Patriots.
Talk about a pay day; Smith was allowed to walk by the Bengals, so he's going to get a truckload of money thrown his way as a fantastic free agent offensive lineman option.
He's a solid free agent option as a good guard, although he's not great by any stretch of the imagination. Still, he'll likely get paid like an elite talent as guards of his talent level usually do.
He's way overrated and will get way overpaid, but Kruger is a serviceable pass-rusher, although he's pretty much worthless when it comes to stopping the run on the edge.
Grimes is being overlooked because of his Achilles tear last year, but he'll be back and just as explosive as he was before the injury, so whichever team signs him will get a nice reward for price likely below market value.
Smith is definitely talented enough to be one of the premier cornerbacks in the NFL, but his inconsistency is the only thing keeping him out of the top 5 on this list.
Yet another member of the Super Bowl champion Ravens hits the open market and Dannell Ellerbe's new ring will up his value even more, so he'll be an overpaid starter on some overeager teams' linebacking unit.
Like pass rushers, safeties are hot commodities on the open market and Goldson is the top one in this year's class.
Goldson may be the more high-profile safety in this year's class, but Moore is arguably the best player at his position. Denver has been linked to Moore early.
Reed obviously isn't a loyal player--he talked about playing for another team the week before the Super Bowl--but he'll wind up in Indianapolis or New England, depending on where he wants to go.
His name hasn't been mentioned as much with all the news surrounding Welker, but Jennings is going to be the main man where he signs. The only question is: where will that be?
If allowed to leave the Vikings, Loadholt will get paid more than he's worth, but not drastically. He'll end up as a serviceable part of some team's offensive line, but nothing more.
Even as an extremely underrated offensive tackle, Long is still likely to get a big contract that's typical for superstar left tackles. He could literally end up anywhere.
His 1,000-yard season was overlooked because it was with the lowly Dolphins, but Hartline is a very solid No. 2 option and he'll get paid as such this offseason.
Houston is on the verge of becoming a star, but he needs the right fit. Coincidentally, he's now able to sign pretty much wherever he wants.
He's good, but not as good as he's made out to be, so Wallace will likely get way overpaid by a team desperate for any resemblance of star power. Miami and Carolina have both been mentioned as likely landing spots.
The Giants simply are not the team for Phillips. He'll leave and become a star somewhere else if he can stay healthy.
His unfortunate injury history will keep Amendola from getting a huge pay day, but he's still a terrific slot option and could emerge into a superstar if he can stay healthy.
It seems like Rodgers-Cromartie has been around forever, but that's just because he's played for two awful teams. Once he finds the right fit as a free agent, he'll live up to his potential.
If the Steelers had made the playoffs, Lewis' name would be the most popular among free agent cornerbacks this year. Because his team wasn't up to par in 2012, Lewis will likely get less money than he's worth.
If he can recover completely from his Achilles tear, Davis will make a terrific pass-catching option at tight end for the Redskins or whichever team signs him if he's allowed to leave.
He's not washed up. Jackson has been running behind a horrific offensive line for his entire career, so if he ends up with a solid one in 2013 (which would keep him healthy), he might be a 1,300-yard rusher.
He'll likely stay in Houston, but Quin will be another hot commodity as a great cover safety if he hits the open market.
Keller isn't an elite tight end by any stretch, but he's been held back by awful quarterback play in New York. With the right guy throwing him the ball, Keller could be lethal.
The aging Seymour definitely isn't the force he once was, but he can still make an impact for a contender that needs a little help with the pass rush.
Jenkins isn't nearly as high-profile now as he was after leaving the Packers two years ago, but he's still a dynamite option and whichever team signs him will reap the benefit.
A kicker? When there's one as good as Bironas on the open market, yes.
No one knows his name yet, but they will. Butler has been patiently waiting for his chance to shine in Dallas and will now get his chance. He'll be a Pro Bowler in 2013 with his new team.
The Patriots were dumb enough to let Welker walk, so now he'll get a big payday from a receiver-needy team and he can choose to sign with a contender if he wants. Don't think for a second the Broncos haven't already contacted him.
He's famous for the wrong reason, but Moore is a solid interior lineman option and he'll be a great addition for whichever team is smart enough to sign him.
As long as he's not overpaid (which he probably will be), Robinson could be a very serviceable No. 2 or No. 3 corner for an already decent secondary.
Most will forget about him until he turns in another 1,000-yard season with his new team.
Greg Schiano is the best thing to happen to Bennett, who really came into his own last season and will be rewarded for it financially this year.
Although he might end up back with the Giants, Bradshaw could be a real upgrade to another team's running game if he's willing to leave the Big Apple.
He likely won't get a huge deal on day one of the free agency period, but Idonije will be a star for whichever team is smart enough to make him a priority this offseason.
If Edelman signs with the right team, he can be (wait for the cliche) the next Welker. He needs an elite quarterback (Peyton Manning? Aaron Rodgers? Drew Brees?) to be effective, but he can be a superstar if given the opportunity.
If he signs with the right team, Jones can be a double-digit sack guy. But that's a big "if."
If you think Freeney is washed up, guess again. Sure, he had a down year by his standards in 2012, but what player doesn't? After he signs a big deal with a good team, Freeney will be back to his superstar self.
There's no way Umenyiora ends up back with the Giants again in 2013, especially after their disappointing Super Bowl hangover season. He likely won't be a star with his new team, but he can be a great addition nonetheless if used in the right scheme.
He's mainly on the list because of his name, but after a resurgent Pro Bowl campaign in 2012, he's ready to make a splash with a new team.
There's probably no team that can utilize Woodhead correctly besides the Patriots, but he's still a very talented player. How can the NCAA's all-time leading rusher not be on an NFL roster?
Mendenhall's fall from grace was unbelievably quick, but he won't just be forgotten. The Dolphins are one of a handful of teams that would be a fantastic fit.
As a drastically underrated cornerback, the 26-year-old Cox is going to get paid and then prove he's worth the dough.
Considered by many as a bust, Dorsey simply needs the right coaching system and defensive scheme to become a serviceable starter.
Bush seemed to have found his home in Miami, but now he's on the move again. He desperately needs the right fit to be successful again in the NFL.
Moore is not a starting NFL quarterback. Period. However, he's a great backup option for a team like San Francisco that just got rid of its insurance policy.
Yes, a punter is on the list when he's as valuable as Lechler, who has been the NFL's best for the past few seasons. He'll be a big time difference-maker in the field position game for whichever team lands him.
Need an offensive tackle? How about another free agent with a ring after the Ravens' surprising Super Bowl run? McKinnie will be overpaid and won't last long with his new team because of it.
The fact the Falcons let Abraham go isn't a good sign, but he'll get an opportunity with another team simply because of his name.