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Grading Every NFL Signing During Day 2 of Free Agency

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Grading Day 2 of NFL Free Agency

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For all the hype over the opening of NFL Free Agency, there was no shortage of action on the second day. While DeMarcus Ware signing with the Denver Broncos was the biggest news, several teams made big splashes on Day 2. Here are grades for the second-day signings during NFL Free Agency,

David Johnson, San Diego Chargers - Grade: D

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David Johnson, San Diego Chargers - Grade: D

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David Johnson may provide some roster depth in San Diego, but he wasn't a key figure in Pittsburgh and doesn't figure to be for the Chargers either.

Kevin Ogletree, Detroit Lions - Grade: D

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Kevin Ogletre, Detroit Lions - Grade: D

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With Calvin Johnson already established and Golden Tate also signed, it's not clear why Detroit signed Kevin Ogletree. It's almost as if Matt Millen is still in charge and Detroit is Receiver-ville.

Shawn Lauvao, Washington Redskins - Grade: D

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Shawn Lauvao, Washington Redskins - Grade: D

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Brought in for offensive line depth, it's not clear if Shawn Lauvao is going to be a starter for the Washington Redskins, who are once again making a big splash in free agency.

Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Grade: D

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Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Grade: D

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From Josh Freeman to Mike Glennon to Josh McCown, it really doesn't appear the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have any idea how to fix their problems at quarterback.

Terrell McClain, Dallas Cowboys - Grade: C-

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Terrell McClain, Dallas Cowboys - Grade: C-

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Losing DeMarcus Ware and adding Terrell McClain is not a win for the Dallas Cowboys.

Mike Mitchell, Pittsburgh Steelers - Grade: C

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Mike Mitchell, Pittsburgh Steelers - Grade: C

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An average signing at safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Mitchell will replace Ryan Clark at safety alongside Troy Polamalu.

Rashad Jennings, New York Giants - Grade: C

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Rashad Jennings, New York Giants - Grade: C

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With an unsettled situation at running back, the New York Giants hope Rashad Jennings can help. But his 733 yards last year with Oakland might have been a fluke.

Earl Mitchell, Miami Dolphins - Grade: C

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Earl Mitchell, Miami Dolphins - Grade: C

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It's always hard to judge an acquisition in free agency when, like Earl Mitchell, they come from a team as bad as last year's Houston Texans.

Corey Graham, Buffalo Bills - Grade: C+

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Corey Graham, Buffalo Bills - Grade: C+

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Corey Graham was part of a trio of Day 2 signings for the Buffalo Bills.

Isaiah Trufant, Cleveland Browns - Grade: C+

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Isaiah Trufant, Cleveland Browns - Grade: C+

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The Cleveland Browns were very busy on Day 2 of free agency and Isaiah Trufant should help in the secondary against division-rival quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger, Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco.

Joe Mays, Kansas City Chiefs - Grade: C+

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Joe Mays, Kansas City Chiefs - Grade: C+

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The Kansas City Chiefs weren't very busy on Day 2, but Joe Mays could help them defensively. Kansas City will be Mays' fourth NFL team.

Andre Roberts, Washington Redskins - Grade: B-

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Andre Roberts, Washington Redskins - Grade: B-

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Andre Roberts was a former third-round pick of Arizona who caught 182 passes for 2,123 yards in four seasons in the dessert.

Chris Williams, Buffalo Bills - Grade: B-

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Chris Williams, Buffalo Bills - Grade: B-

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Chris Williams played a full season for just the second time in his six-year career in 2013. The Buffalo Bills may have gotten a steal if he stays healthy.

Antoine Bethea, San Francisco 49ers - Grade: B-

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Antoine Bethea, San Francisco 49ers - Grade: B-

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Much like Pittsburgh's signing of Mike Mitchell, San Francisco acquired Antoine Bethea to replace the departed safety Donte Whitner.

Zane Beadles, Jacksonville Jaguars - Grade: B

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Zane Beadles, Jacksonville Jaguars - Grade: B

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Traditionally, it's not a bad idea to take an offensive lineman from the Denver Broncos when you can. Jacksonville tried that on Day 2 of free agency by signing Zane Beadles.

Jonathan Dwyer, Arizona Cardinals - Grade: B

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Jonathan Dwyer, Arizona Cardinals - Grade: B

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If given a chance and significant carries, Jonathan Dwyer could be a really nice acquisition for the Arizona Cardinals. Dwyer showed flashes for Pittsburgh but struggled for first-team reps.

Keith Rivers, Buffalo Bills - Grade: B

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Keith Rivers, Buffalo Bills - Grade: B

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Buffalo will be the third stop in the career of linebacker Keith Rivers. He has 275 tackles in six seasons but should be in his prime at age 28 when the season starts.

M.D. Jennings, Chicago Bears - Grade: B+

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M.D. Jennings, Chicago Bears - Grade: B+

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Safety M.D. Jennings made a career-high 56 solo tackles last year for Green Bay (74 total). He'll help Chicago's secondary and gets a higher grade since Chicago got him from its biggest rival.

Donte Whitner, Cleveland Browns - Grade: B+

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Donte Whitner, Cleveland Browns - Grade: B+

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Donte Whitner adds a big (and needed) helping of toughness to the Cleveland defense. The rest of the AFC North won't be happy to see him lurking over the middle.

Branden Albert, Miami Dolphins - Grade: A-

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Branden Albert, Miami Dolphins - Grade: A-

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Of the tackles that made it to free agency, Branden Albert was the most sought after talent and the Miami Dolphins did great to scoop him up.

Dexter McCluster, Tennessee Titans - Grade: A-

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Dexter McCluster, Tennessee Titans - Grade: A-

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Dexter McCluster was used mostly as a pass receiver in Kansas City, catching 105 passes the last two seasons. His speed and hands will be a nice addition to the Tennessee offense.

Golden Tate, Detroit Lions - Grade: A

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Golden Tate, Detroit Lions - Grade: A

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Golden Tate will make Detroit better in two ways - one, he adds a receiving threat, and two, defenses can't concentrate on Calvin Johnson quite as much, which will be dangerous.

Karlos Dansby, Cleveland Browns - Grade: A

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Karlos Dansby, Cleveland Browns - Grade: A

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Cleveland getting Karlos Dansby is a major surprise. The Browns really upgraded their defense on Day 2 of free agency, and Dansby can be the leader this group has lacked in past years.

DeMarcus Ware, Denver Broncos - Grade: A+

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DeMarcus Ware, Denver Bronceos - Grade A+

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It cost Denver million in guaranteed money, but DeMarcus Ware is a huge acquisition for the AFC champions. Ware has 117 career sacks in nine seasons and he's forced 32 fumbles. The fact that Dallas cut him is laughable, but the idea that Denver got him is no joke.