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Title: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: claymaker on January 19, 2016, 12:45:10 PM
http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/free-agents/

More condensed and easier to navigate version is at Walterfootball here http://walterfootball.com/freeagents.php

Big names are out of the question for TT this year, I think. It could be a year where he digs into his pocket and shells out some cash for a couple veteran backups at important positions, mainly LT.

Jake Long is a big name, but not the player he once was nor should he command big money. He's had trouble staying healthy as a starter, but as a backup to Bahktiari that's all he needs to do.

In case Green Bay decides to move on from both Raji and Guion there a quite a few talented NTs in FA this year. There is Damon "Snacks" Harrison, I just love a guy nicknamed Snacks, and I'm perfectly okay if all he does is stuff the run. In fact that's all I really want from our NTs. They don't need to be pass rushers, they just need to be able to contain the front of the pocket in passing situations. I like Guion in that regard and hope Green Bay resigns him.

At TE there isn't any big names and only lots of role players. Ladarius Green is the top player on the market and based on the interest+contract Julius Thomas got last year it's safe to say Thompson won't even inquire about him.

For OLBs there is Von Miller who may escape the clutches of Denver. Imagine Matthews+Miller as pass rushers. If he were to become a FA he's the 2nd big name player who I would go after if I were Green Bay. Odds are he resigns and there are even better odds Green Bay would only show limited interest in him. Bruce Irvin is also a potential OLB/ILB candidate for GB if the price is right. Mark Barron looks to be hitting the market as well and could fill in at ILB as well.

ILBs have a couple good names who might be in Green Bay's ballpark. Rolando McClain and Zach Brown stick out to me. Both have 3 down potential and the coverage skills GB desperately needs at ILB.

Lamar Miller is a young talented back who never seemed to get enough opportunities in Miami. If he becomes a FA he's a player I'd target. Ronnie Hillman is the speedster many here are looking for, and with Denver's cap issues it's a safe bet he's a FA.

Defensive End looks to be well off, but GB could use another long, athletic type to pair with Jones. Adrian Clayborn didn't play well enough in 2015 to give Atlanta reason to offer another contract, but as a role player he can be useful to any team.

If Marquette King isn't resigned I'm hoping Green Bay goes after him. He's the best young punter in the league IMO.

Out of all these names. One of them might be wearing green and gold next year, not counting GBs own pending FAs.

One name that might hit the market this year is Calvin Johnson. I don't expect Detroit to pay him when his cap number is 24 million dollars in 2016, that's just an absurd amount of money for any WR. Johnson doesn't seem happy in Detroit and is considering retirement, so who knows what will become of him.

Everyone knows Teds DnD philosophy, so we shouldn't expect to see any of these players on Green Bay's sidelines. Figured I'd give quick access to the names and paint the landscape since not everyone here goes to other sites for their information.

Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Beast Light on January 19, 2016, 01:40:36 PM
Lamar Miller is interesting at RB but I doubt it would happen.  I was just looking at his numbers, he is young (24) and has been pretty durable over the course of his career.  I like the idea of some of the OLBs but it has hard to justify that kind of money when you already have Matthews and Peppers lining up outside.

Regarding Calvin Johnson, what a waste.  One of the best WRs in the game and the Lions might drive him into early retirement much like they did with Barry Sanders.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: SSG on January 19, 2016, 03:05:59 PM
I think the chance of Green Bay investing even a dime in Free Agency is slim to none with none having no chance what so ever.  If they do, it will likely be a practice squad caliber player.  Our holes will have to be filled internally or by the draft. 
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: golfman on January 20, 2016, 04:53:25 PM
I think the chance of Green Bay investing even a dime in Free Agency is slim to none with none having no chance what so ever.  If they do, it will likely be a practice squad caliber player.  Our holes will have to be filled internally or by the draft.

I don't rule out TT signing a free agent, but my guess would be it would be of the Peppers type of signing. That would be after a team releases that person so it doesn't count against our comp picks.

A guy like Calvin Johnson for instance should the Lions release him. That might be too intriguing to pass up if the price was right.

Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Ellis269 on January 20, 2016, 06:07:04 PM
Megatron would certainly be a "big body" that could go across the middle. To be honest, I'd love it if they could get him. I'd use him like the Cardinals do with Larry Fitzgerald and have him be a slot/possession receiver/end zone extrordinaire. I think he'd be exceptional in that role and a great fit in filling the role that Jermichael Finley used to have.

I'd gladly keep 7 WRs and move to more of a spread/pistol offense for at least one season (especially if they continue to use Cobb and Montgomery out of the backfield). Get Johnson, add an athletic TE and a RB that excels at the inside/outside zone out of shotgun.

I've been highly critical of Mike McCarthy in the past (think his teams are too finesse) but that would be a fun offense to watch.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Kepler on January 23, 2016, 09:21:04 AM
Alshon Jeffrey is also a FA this year.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Leader on January 23, 2016, 09:55:33 AM
Alshon Jeffrey is also a FA this year.

Noticed that eh? :)  It'll never happen - I wont let myself think it could ever happen - but - if it did - can you imagine Alshon on one side, Jordy on the other - Randall in the slot - Davante, Ty, Jeff, Abby - I dont care, anybody else - in the passing game? HA!  We'd definately need to bulk up with draft picks on the defensive side - cause the offense would make cameo appearances as it ripped other teams apart - so our D would be on the field alot  :)
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: claymaker on January 23, 2016, 10:08:27 AM
Alshon Jeffrey is also a FA this year.

Top WR on the market, not gonna happen. Don't see why Chicago couldn't work out a deal either. I wanted to include viable pickups.

Also Calvin Johnson is more juicy than Alshon Jeffrey, and somehow more likely to be a FA candidate.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Kepler on January 23, 2016, 01:05:21 PM
I wanted to include viable pickups.

True.

I think Von Miller is probably not viable for a TT FA signing, BUT his team mate Travathon could be. Not really super splashy, but he's better than our ILB's for sure.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: GBRoCk2 on February 12, 2016, 07:59:57 AM
I wanted to include viable pickups.

True.

I think Von Miller is probably not viable for a TT FA signing, BUT his team mate Travathon could be. Not really super splashy, but he's better than our ILB's for sure.

I would think Miller is franchised?

I imagine they are working on trying to extend Osweiller before teams are able to apply tags, if not, Osweiller could even maybe be tagged, maybe...

I'm hoping Denver brings back many of their own because I can see the Bears in on several of their players.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: ricky on February 12, 2016, 04:06:10 PM
I don't rule out TT signing a free agent, but my guess would be it would be of the Peppers type of signing. That would be after a team releases that person so it doesn't count against our comp picks.

A guy like Calvin Johnson for instance should the Lions release him. That might be too intriguing to pass up if the price was right.

Agree with a Peppers type signing. But Johnson? Forget it. Montgomery and Jordy coming back, Abbredaris and Janis waiting in the wings, and a healthy Cobb and Adams hopefully returning to form, no real need for an older, very expensive player. Meanwhile, Jason Wilde is beating the FA signing drums for Mario Williams. He and Buffalo seem to be at odds with each other, and he could well be cut this year. The big problem, of course, is his contract, and how much he'd be willing to rework it to pursue a SB ring.

http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/buffalo-bills/mario-williams/

I am not advocating this move, but it would fit into the Peppers/Woodson signing model. Definitely something to consider, especially coming from Wilde, who might, and I emphasize MIGHT, be privy to some inside info. This last thought is totally speculative on my part.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: dannobanano on February 12, 2016, 04:54:49 PM
I don't rule out TT signing a free agent, but my guess would be it would be of the Peppers type of signing. That would be after a team releases that person so it doesn't count against our comp picks.

A guy like Calvin Johnson for instance should the Lions release him. That might be too intriguing to pass up if the price was right.

Agree with a Peppers type signing. But Johnson? Forget it. Montgomery and Jordy coming back, Abbredaris and Janis waiting in the wings, and a healthy Cobb and Adams hopefully returning to form, no real need for an older, very expensive player. Meanwhile, Jason Wilde is beating the FA signing drums for Mario Williams. He and Buffalo seem to be at odds with each other, and he could well be cut this year. The big problem, of course, is his contract, and how much he'd be willing to rework it to pursue a SB ring.

http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/buffalo-bills/mario-williams/

I am not advocating this move, but it would fit into the Peppers/Woodson signing model. Definitely something to consider, especially coming from Wilde, who might, and I emphasize MIGHT, be privy to some inside info. This last thought is totally speculative on my part.

If Williams gets cut by BUF, then he can negotiate with any team for whatever his perceived market value would be. The highest bidder would get him.

The big question is how much is that, and would it be significantly less/more than his current deal. I'm betting less, but I still doubt GB would be a landing spot for him.

Wilde may just be  stirpot)
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Hands on March 06, 2016, 03:45:01 PM
I see where Bruce Carter may be released from the Bucs. Seems like a TT signing. If cheap enough he's still young and very athletic
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Leader on March 07, 2016, 12:39:48 PM
http://www.si.com/nfl/2016/03/07/nfl-free-agency-top-100-players (http://www.si.com/nfl/2016/03/07/nfl-free-agency-top-100-players)


Casey Hayward, CB
2015 team: Packers
Hayward played mostly slot corner in Green Bay but he can be used anywhere. He’s a better player than Davon House, who signed with Jaguars for $21 million last year. Best fit: Bears.


Nick Perry, OLB
2015 team: Packers
The 2012 first-round pick has flashed talent, especially in last year’s playoffs when he was healthy (3.5 sacks, forced fumble), but he’s been a walking injury report. Best fit: Packers.


Dwayne Allen, TE
2015 team: Colts
Allen looked to be an emerging star when he had 45 catches and was an impressive run blocker as a rookie in 2012. But he missed most of ’13 with a hip injury, and he hasn’t been the same since. If he’s healthy, Allen could be a steal. Best fit: Packers.


Mike Neal, OLB
2015 team: Packers
Neal is a ridiculously strong player, but he’s had some injury issues in his career and took a while to find a position (he moved from end to outside linebacker). He’s ideally a 3–4 strong-side linebacker, or a 4–3 end. Best fit: Cardinals.


James Starks, RB
2015 team: Packers
Starks is an upright, slashing runner who can hit big plays in the run and the pass, but he’s not consistent and can put the ball on the ground (three lost fumbles last year). He’s not an every-down starter. Best fit: Packers.

Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Leader on March 07, 2016, 07:57:03 PM
One free-agent tight end came off the market Monday when Dwayne Allen re-signed with the Colts for a four-year deal that Pro Football Talk reported is worth $29.4 million and included $16 million guaranteed. That’s big money for a guy who had only 45 receptions the last two seasons combined.

It’s hard to envision Thompson willing to pay Allen that kind of money. But there still are several tight ends who warrant a look at one of the two weakest positions on the Packers’ roster (inside linebacker is the other): San Diego’s Ladarius Green, Denver’s Vernon Davis, Los Angeles’ Jared Cook, Indianapolis’ Coby Fleener, and if the Chicago Bears release him, Martellus Bennett.

Allen’s contract, though, suggests the price is going to be high. Green is only 25 and probably will get similar money, if not more. That’s assuming the initial report of Allen’s $7.35 million average didn’t inflate his deal.

Green is faster and more athletic. But would Thompson fork out that kind of money for another team’s young and relatively unproven player? I’d guess not.

That would leave Davis, Cook, Fleener and perhaps Bennett in play. You have to wonder if Davis will end up being the best bargain of the group. His age (32) could hold down his value compared to the others. But he’s the rare player who still runs well at his age and size.


http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/dougherty/2016/03/07/packers-must-rebuild-outside-linebacker/81446488/
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Leader on March 07, 2016, 08:03:45 PM
Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer

Chargers announce that OT Joe Barksdale agreed to a 4-year deal. Only San Diego offensive lineman to play all 16 games last season. Barksdale was due to become a free agent on Wednesday.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Leader on March 08, 2016, 10:49:31 AM
Adam Schefter 3 minutes ago:
Giants and JPP reach agreement on a 1-year deal, as @RapSheet reported. JPP's deal worth up to $10.5 million. Arizona made late push for him.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Leader on March 09, 2016, 12:17:02 PM
NFL on ESPN ‏@ESPNNFL 24 seconds ago:
Trevor Siemian is the only QB on the Broncos roster now that Osweiler has an agreement with the Texans.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Leader on March 09, 2016, 12:25:18 PM
NFL on ESPN ‏@ESPNNFL 24 seconds ago:
Trevor Siemian is the only QB on the Broncos roster now that Osweiler has an agreement with the Texans.


Adam Schefter ‏18 seconds ago:
So Texans get Brock Osweiler AND Lamar Miller.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Leader on March 09, 2016, 12:28:48 PM
NFL on ESPN ‏@ESPNNFL 24 seconds ago:
Trevor Siemian is the only QB on the Broncos roster now that Osweiler has an agreement with the Texans.

Adam Schefter ‏18 seconds ago:
So Texans get Brock Osweiler AND Lamar Miller.


Aaron Schatz 3 minutes ago:
The state of NFL QBs can be best described by the sentence "The Rams put a first-round RFA tender on Case Keenum."
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Leader on March 09, 2016, 12:38:19 PM
Chris Landry 2 minutes ago:
I thought if deal was close, Osweiler would remain in Denver---just got word that from his camp that if offers were close, he was leaving.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Lodestar on March 09, 2016, 12:41:00 PM
Denver's gonna go after Kaepernick now apparently.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: SSG on March 09, 2016, 01:17:20 PM
Danny Trevathan is signing with the Bears. 
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: cpk1994 on March 09, 2016, 01:36:12 PM
Forte to the Jets:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14936134/new-york-jets-sign-matt-forte-replace-chris-ivory (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14936134/new-york-jets-sign-matt-forte-replace-chris-ivory)
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Leader on March 09, 2016, 04:27:49 PM
Pat McManamonESPN Staff Writer:

On the first day of the NFL's 2016 free agency period, the following happened in Cleveland:

-- Center Alex Mack, a Pro Bowler in two of the last three seasons, left for the Atlanta Falcons.

-- Receiver Travis Benjamin, the team's best playmaker in 2015, left for the San Diego Chargers.

-- Tackle Mitchell Schwartz, considered one of the better right tackles in the league, left for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns did not add a player, and kept quarterback Johnny Manziel -- the subject of a grand jury inquiry into whether he assaulted his former girlfriend -- on the roster.

The Browns did not cut the problematic quarterback, who has made late-night and/or early-morning appearance after appearance on social media in places like Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Miami since the 2015 season ended.

And that season ended with Manziel in concussion protocol spending the weekend in Las Vegas while the Browns played the season finale.

That player is still on the roster.

The Browns surely have their reasons for not immediately releasing Manziel -- maybe a team will offer a late-round draft pick in trade. The bottom line remains that he will not be with the team in 2016.

But losing three starters who were drafted by Cleveland and grew up with the Browns while adding nobody and keeping the team's biggest headache and distraction from the last two seasons?

Well, that's a "That's So Browns" way to start free agency if ever there was one.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: MO.Pack on March 09, 2016, 04:28:19 PM
One free-agent tight end came off the market Monday when Dwayne Allen re-signed with the Colts for a four-year deal that Pro Football Talk reported is worth $29.4 million and included $16 million guaranteed. That’s big money for a guy who had only 45 receptions the last two seasons combined.

It’s hard to envision Thompson willing to pay Allen that kind of money. But there still are several tight ends who warrant a look at one of the two weakest positions on the Packers’ roster (inside linebacker is the other): San Diego’s Ladarius Green, Denver’s Vernon Davis, Los Angeles’ Jared Cook, Indianapolis’ Coby Fleener, and if the Chicago Bears release him, Martellus Bennett.

Allen’s contract, though, suggests the price is going to be high. Green is only 25 and probably will get similar money, if not more. That’s assuming the initial report of Allen’s $7.35 million average didn’t inflate his deal.

Green is faster and more athletic. But would Thompson fork out that kind of money for another team’s young and relatively unproven player? I’d guess not.

That would leave Davis, Cook, Fleener and perhaps Bennett in play. You have to wonder if Davis will end up being the best bargain of the group. His age (32) could hold down his value compared to the others. But he’s the rare player who still runs well at his age and size.
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/dougherty/2016/03/07/packers-must-rebuild-outside-linebacker/81446488/ (http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/dougherty/2016/03/07/packers-must-rebuild-outside-linebacker/81446488/)
Coby Fleener agrees to 5-year, $36M deal with Saints
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Toddfather on March 09, 2016, 04:31:50 PM
One free-agent tight end came off the market Monday when Dwayne Allen re-signed with the Colts for a four-year deal that Pro Football Talk reported is worth $29.4 million and included $16 million guaranteed. That’s big money for a guy who had only 45 receptions the last two seasons combined.

It’s hard to envision Thompson willing to pay Allen that kind of money. But there still are several tight ends who warrant a look at one of the two weakest positions on the Packers’ roster (inside linebacker is the other): San Diego’s Ladarius Green, Denver’s Vernon Davis, Los Angeles’ Jared Cook, Indianapolis’ Coby Fleener, and if the Chicago Bears release him, Martellus Bennett.

Allen’s contract, though, suggests the price is going to be high. Green is only 25 and probably will get similar money, if not more. That’s assuming the initial report of Allen’s $7.35 million average didn’t inflate his deal.

Green is faster and more athletic. But would Thompson fork out that kind of money for another team’s young and relatively unproven player? I’d guess not.

That would leave Davis, Cook, Fleener and perhaps Bennett in play. You have to wonder if Davis will end up being the best bargain of the group. His age (32) could hold down his value compared to the others. But he’s the rare player who still runs well at his age and size.
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/dougherty/2016/03/07/packers-must-rebuild-outside-linebacker/81446488/ (http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/dougherty/2016/03/07/packers-must-rebuild-outside-linebacker/81446488/)

Coby Fleener agrees to 5-year, $36M deal with Saints

 Damn, Fleener I thought we might be able to bring in...
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Leader on March 09, 2016, 05:13:29 PM
Jason Wilde ‏1 minute ago:
Bears get Danny Trevathan.
Lions get Marvin Jones.
Vikings get Alex Boone.
Not sure any of them are transformative.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: Hands on March 10, 2016, 06:03:10 AM
I would like to see Green Bay improve the defense. I don't see a need in the DBs, so LBs or DL could be an area where we see TT make a signing or two. I would also say TE, but TT just doesn't go after that many guys. So maybe in a couple of weeks we will hear of a TT signing.
Title: Re: 2016 FA Watch List
Post by: LMG on April 18, 2016, 04:00:24 PM
RB Ronnie Hillman will remain in Denver.


Article (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000653894/article/ronnie-hillman-broncos-agree-on-oneyear-contract)