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Grading Every Signing From Day 1 Of NFL Free Agency

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Grading Every Signing From Day 1 of NFL Free Agency

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The first day of free agency was a frantic one. Teams scrambled to sign the game's best available players to bolster their championship chances next season. Several teams improved in just one day and a couple players became very rich in the same amount of time. Here are the grades for each free agent that signed on the first day they hit the open market.

Redskins - WR Andre Roberts: B

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Redskins - WR Andre Roberts: B

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The Deal: Four years, M

This wasn't the flashiest pick up in the world, but Roberts is on his way up in the NFL and could be a solid No. 2 receiver for the Redskins.

Buccaneers - DE Michael Johnson: A-

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Buccaneers: DE Michael Johnson: A-

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The Deal: Five years, M

The Buccaneers were one of the big winners from the first day of NFL free agency. They bolstered their defense and that started with the signing of Johnson.

Browns - LB Karlos Dansby: C+

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Browns - LB Karlos Dansby: C+

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The Deal: Four years, M

While Dansby is a very solid player, the Browns seem to have overpaid for him a bit. There's no doubt he will make them better, but the figure he was inked to is curious. Could be money the team could be spending elsewhere.

Cardinals - LT Jared Veldheer: B

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Cardinals - LT Jared Veldheer: B

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The Deal: Five years, M

A very nice under the radar move here for Arizona. Veldheer will mightily help the Cardinals' offensive line as the team tries to improve upon last year's surprising performance.

Raiders - OT Rodger Saffold: D

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Raiders - OT Rodger Saffold: D

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The Deal: Five years, .5M

Once again, the Raiders make a head scratching move. While Saffold is a fine player, he is not worth anywhere near M per season at this point in his career. Very interesting what Oakland decides to do every year.

Titans - WR/KR Dexter McCluster: A-

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Titans - WR/KR Dexter McCluster: A-

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The Deal: Three years, M

While he's not the same playmaker out of the backfield, the Titans are trying to replace running back Chris Johnson's playmaking ability with McCluster. His explosive returns and ability to play wideout make this quite the deal for Tennessee.

Bears - DE Lamarr Houston: B+

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Bears - DE Lamarr Houston: B+

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The Deal: Five years, M

There's no doubt the Bears needed help on the defensive line and they went out and got it. Houston is much more cost-friendly than Julius Peppers who the team released earlier. He should bolster a defensive line in need of bolstering.

Falcons - DE Tyson Jackson: B-

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Falcons - DE Tyson Jackson: B-

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The Deal: Five years, M

Based on the production he's had to this point in his career, the figure is a little high, but the Falcons went out and got the defensive line help they needed. With a more consistent pass rush from the front four, they can take steps toward returning to a playoff caliber team.

Falcons - OG Jon Asamoah: B

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Falcons - OG Jon Asamoah: B

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The Deal: .5M per year

Asamoah is a very solid signing for Atlanta who needs more guys to block up front for quarterback Ryan. This helps them shore up that problem and not for a giant price tag.

Falcons - DT Paul Solai: B+

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Falcons - DT Paul Solai: B+

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The Deal: Five years, M

Atlanta just kept on spending on the first day of free agency and nabbing Solai was a huge move. Their defensive line now appears to be above average and could be a strength in 2014 as opposed to a weakness.

Eagles - S Malcom Jenkins: A-

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Eagles - S Malcom Jenkins: A-

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The Deal: Three years, maximum of .25M

Adding Jenkins to the secondary was key for Philadelphia who needed some help in that area. They showed they can put points on the board last season. This season, with the help of Jenkins, they have to show they can keep opposing teams off of it.

Broncos - S T.J. Ward: A

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Broncos - S T.J. Ward: A

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The Deal: Four years, M

It was clear the Broncos needed help in the secondary and they grabbed one of the top available safeties in Ward. He doesn't carry a huge cap hit and can help the Broncos immediately; one of the best signings of the day.

Giants - HB Rashad Jennings: B-

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Giants - HB Rashad Jennings: B-

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The Deal: Undisclosed

Jennings is a solid pick up for New York. He was starting to work his way up in Oakland and could find himself a niche as a member of the Giants. For now it's just a decent pick up, but Jennings' potential could make it great in the future.

Jaguars - OG Zane Beadles: B+

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Jaguars - OG Zane Beadles: B+

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The Deal: Five years, M

The Jaguars need help in a lot of areas, offensive line being one of them. Beadles is a stalwart on the line and should be solid for Jacksonville for years to come.

Vikings - DT Linval Joseph: C

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Vikings - DT Linval Joseph: C

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The Deal: Five years, .5M

Joseph will make the Vikings' defense better, but the Vikings could be getting more bang for their buck. This wasn't the splash that Minnesota needed to make to contend. Now they still need to plan on replacing Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen who has been talking to the Seahawks and division rival Bears.

Giants - OG Geoff Schwartz: C+

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Giants - OG Geoff Schwartz: C+

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The Deal: Undisclosed multi-year deal

The Giants certainly need more help protecting quarterback Eli Manning and Schwartz will help with that. There were a couple of better options out there, but the Giants will be happy to add a solid piece to the O-line.

Steelers - S Mike Mitchell: C+

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Steelers - S Mike Mitchell: C+

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The Deal: Undisclosed terms

Mitchell should improve the Pittsburgh secondary, but the Steelers should be wary. Mitchell looked better because of a stellar defensive front in Carolina. It wouldn't be surprising if he had a drop off in production in 2014.

Buccaneers - CB Alterraun Verner: A

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Buccaneers - CB Alterraun Verner: A

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The Deal: Four years, .5M deal

Verner is a top cover corner in the league and will instantly improve a Tampa Bay defense that is going to be much better in 2014. He, along with the other defensive players the Buccaneers have added, seem to fit perfectly into new head coach Lovie Smith's Tampa-2 defensive scheme.

Saints - S Jairus Byrd: A+

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Saints - S Jairus Byrd: A+

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The Deal: Undisclosed six-year deal

This was the shock of the day. Nobody thought the Saints would be able to scrounge up the money to sign Byrd, but they did. Now along with Vacarro, the Saints can say for the first time in a while that their secondary can compete with the best receiving corps in football.

Chargers - HB Donald Brown: B

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Chargers - HB Donald Brown: B

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The Deal: Undisclosed three-year deal

You can never have too much depth in the back field and San Diego added a very solid piece to theirs on the first day of free agency. Brown had a career year in Indianapolis and should be a fine compliment to Ryan Mathews, who had a bounce back season in 2013.

Broncos - CB Aquib Talib: A

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Broncos - CB Aquib Talib: A

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The Deal: M deal with M guaranteed

Denver made another splash by adding Talib to their secondary. Along with the Buccaneers, the Broncos improved the most on day one of free agency. The only difference is that they had a lot less distance to make up. Expect them to be competing for another championship in 2014.