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2012 NFL Free Agents: Cornerbacks

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2012 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2012.
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  1. Lardarius Webb (RFA), CB, Ravens. Age: 25.
    Re-signed with Ravens (6 years, $50 million; $10 million guaranteed)

    One of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, Lardarius Webb allowed a 54.6 completion percentage this past season. But that's not even his most impressive stat. He picked off seven passes while surrendering zero touchdowns.

  2. Brandon Carr, CB, Chiefs. Age: 26.
    Signed with Cowboys (5 years, $50.1 million)

    Brandon Carr allowed a completion percentage of 49.4 in 2011. He is a No. 1-caliber cornerback who will be rewarded with a big contract this offseason.

  3. Cortland Finnegan, CB, Titans. Age: 28.
    Signed with Rams (5 years, $50 million)

    Cortland Finnegan is a really good cornerback unless he has to cover Andre Johnson. He's expected to reunite with Jeff Fisher in St. Louis.

  4. Carlos Rogers, CB, 49ers. Age: 31.
    Signed with 49ers (4 years, $29.3 million)

    Carlos Rogers had a fantastic season, picking off six passes and limiting receivers to a 52.6 completion percentage. Only his age (31 in July) is a concern.

  5. Brent Grimes, CB, Falcons. Age: 29.
    Franchised by Falcons

    Despite size and speed limitations, Brent Grimes is a very talented cornerback. The only question is his dedication. There is speculation via a Pro Football Weekly report that he sat out the playoff game so he wouldn't risk a big pay day by getting hurt. If so, Grimes might be one of those take-the-money-and-run bust free agents. Caveat emptor.

  6. Richard Marshall, CB, Cardinals. Age: 27.
    Signed with Dolphins (3 years, $16 million; $6 million guaranteed)

    Richard Marshall played pretty well at corner in the second half of the year. He was also effective in stepping in for an injured Kerry Rhodes at free safety.

  7. Tracy Porter, CB, Saints. Age: 26.
    Signed with Broncos (1 year, $4 million)

    Tracy Porter is coming off a down year, but he's still an effective starting cornerback. He'd look much better with a consistent pass rush in front of him.

  8. William Middleton (RFA), CB, Jaguars. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Jaguars (1 year, $1.26 million)

    William Middleton doesn't have much NFL experience, but he handled himself really well in relief of Derek Cox and Rashean Mathis in 2011. He's a young corner with loads of potential.

  9. Stanford Routt, CB, Raiders. Age: 29.
    Signed with Chiefs (3 years, $19.6 million; $4 million signing bonus)

    One of the most overrated players in the NFL, Stanford Routt is often discussed as a Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback, but he definitely shouldn't be. Routt has good coverage skills, but is often penalized. He was whistled for 17 infractions in 2011 alone (it easily could have been a lot more), which led all players at his position.

  10. Terrell Thomas, CB, Giants. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Giants (4 years, $28 million; $11 million guaranteed)

    Can you imagine if the Giants had the skilled Terrell Thomas in their secondary as a complement to their fearsome pass rush? Thomas is coming off a torn ACL, but he should be ready for training camp because the injury occurred in August.

  11. Jason Allen, CB, Texans. Age: 29.
    Signed with Bengals

    Jason Allen played surprisingly well in Wade Phillips' defense in 2011. He surrendered a completion percentage of only 50.6 and ate into Kareem Jackson's snaps late in the year.

  12. Tim Jennings, CB, Bears. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Bears (2 years)

    Tim Jennings played well last year (57.3%, 0 TDs), but at 5-8, 185, he's pretty scheme-specific. He means much more to Chicago than most other teams.

  13. Rashean Mathis, CB, Jaguars. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with Jaguars (1 year, $5 million)

    Rashean Mathis played well last year, but there are two issues. First, he turns 32 in August. Second, and more importantly, he tore his ACL in November, so it's not clear if he'll be 100 percent next season.

  14. Greg Toler (RFA), CB, Cardinals. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Cardinals (1 year, $1.26 million)

    Greg Toler played well in 2010, but missed all of last year with a torn ACL.

  15. Ronald Bartell, CB, Rams. Age: 31.
    Signed with Raiders (1 year, $3 million)

    Ronald Bartell can be a decent cornerback when healthy, but he missed all but one game last year with a neck injury. He's a health risk, but he's been cleared by the doctors. He's worth a shot.

  16. Aaron Ross, CB, Giants. Age: 29.
    Signed with Jaguars (3 years, $15.3 million)

    When Terrell Thomas suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason, Giant fans groaned because that would mean Aaron Ross would have to play more. Ross lived down to those expectations, allowing a 65.9 completion percentage and six touchdowns.

  17. William Gay, CB, Steelers. Age: 27.
    Signed with Cardinals

    William Gay (not that there's anything wrong with that) was inserting (or inserted) into the starting lineup in late September and did a decent job. He has really struggled in the past, however, and the 30-yard touchdown he surrendered to Eddie Royal in the playoff loss was not a good sign.

  18. Cary Williams (RFA), CB, Ravens. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Ravens (1 year, $1.927 million)

    I don't know what was more disappointing: Cary Williams' performance in 2011, or the fact that first-round rookie Jimmy Smith couldn't pass him on the depth chart.

  19. Chris Carr, CB, Ravens. Age: 29.
    Signed with Vikings (1 year)

    Chris Carr played very well in 2010, but tumbled down the depth chart this past season. He was a healthy scratch toward the end.

  20. Perrish Cox, CB, Broncos. Age: 25.
    Signed with 49ers (2 years)

    Perrish Cox is very talented, but has a long history of off-the-field issues. He was recently acquitted of sexual assault.

  21. Marcus Trufant, CB, Seahawks. Age: 31.
    Re-signed with Seahawks (1 year)

    Marcus Trufant, who just turned 31 on Christmas, has some back issues that really affected his play last year. He really struggled and may never be the same again.

  22. Shawntae Spencer, CB, 49ers. Age: 30. -- Signed with Raiders
  23. Cedric Griffin, CB, Vikings. Age: 29. -- Signed with Redskins (1 year, $2.5 million)
  24. Dimitri Patterson, CB, Browns. Age: 29. -- Signed with Browns (3 years, $16 million; $6 million guaranteed)
  25. Drew Coleman, CB, Jaguars. Age: 29. -- Signed with Lions
  26. Terence Newman, CB, Cowboys. Age: 33. -- Signed with Bengals
  27. Corey Graham, CB, Bears. Age: 27. -- Signed with Ravens (2 years)
  28. Keenan Lewis (RFA), CB, Steelers. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Steelers (1 year, $1.26 million)
  29. Will Allen, CB, Dolphins. Age: 34. -- Signed with Patriots (1 year)
  30. Jacob Lacey (RFA), CB, Colts. Age: 25. -- Signed with Lions (1 year)
  31. Drayton Florence, CB, Bills. Age: 31. -- Signed with Broncos (2 years, $4.5 million)
  32. Chris Johnson, CB, Raiders. Age: 32.
  33. Benny Sapp, CB, Vikings. Age: 31.
  34. Jarrett Bush, CB, Packers. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Packers (3 years)
  35. Alan Ball, CB, Cowboys. Age: 27. -- Signed with Texans
  36. Marquice Cole (RFA), CB, Jets. Age: 28. -- Signed with Patriots
  37. Kelly Jennings, CB, Bengals. Age: 29.
  38. Justin Tryon, CB, Giants. Age: 28.
  39. Eric Wright, CB, Lions. Age: 27. -- Signed with Buccaneers (5 years, $37.5 million) WTF!?
  40. Lito Sheppard, CB, Raiders. Age: 31.
  41. Elbert Mack, CB, Buccaneers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Saints
  42. Rod Hood, CB, Rams. Age: 30.
  43. Antwaun Molden, CB, Patriots. Age: 27. -- Signed with Giants
  44. Justin King, CB, Rams. Age: 25. -- Signed with Colts
  45. Travis Daniels, CB, Chiefs. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Chiefs
  46. Bryant McFadden, CB, Steelers. Age: 30.
  47. Justin King, CB, Rams. Age: 25.
  48. Dante Hughes, CB, Chargers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chargers
  49. Roy Lewis, CB, Seahawks. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Seahawks (1 year)
  50. Andre Goodman, CB, Broncos. Age: 34.
  51. Byron Westbrook (RFA), CB, Redskins. Age: 27.
  52. Zackary Bowman, CB, Bears. Age: 27. -- Signed with Vikings (1 year)
  53. Ronde Barber, CB, Buccaneers. Age: 37. -- Re-signed with Buccaneers (1 year)
  54. Pacman Jones, CB, Bengals. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Bengals
  55. Will Blackmon, CB, Giants. Age: 27.
  56. Nate Jones, CB, Patriots. Age: 30.
  57. Patrick Lee, CB, Packers. Age: 28. -- Signed with Raiders (1 year)
  58. Kelvin Hayden, CB, Falcons. Age: 29. -- Signed with Bears
  59. Donald Strickland, CB, Jets. Age: 31.
  60. Jonathan Wilhite, CB, Broncos. Age: 28. -- Signed with Bears
  61. Michael Coe, CB, Giants. Age: 28.
  62. Frank Walker, CB, Cowboys. Age: 31.
  63. Brandon McDonald, CB, Lions. Age: 27.
  64. Reggie Corner, CB, Bills. Age: 28.
  65. Leigh Torrence, CB, Saints. Age: 30. -- Signed with Redskins
  66. Bruce Johnson (RFA), CB, Giants. Age: 24.
  67. Cletis Gordon, CB, Panthers. Age: 29.

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Red BIrd Fan 03-22-2014 01:59 am (total posts: 1)
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Cromartie signed 1 year deal worth 3.25 million in base salary and another 500,000 if he plays every game.
Justin 03-14-2014 08:42 pm (total posts: 1)
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Revis contract is technically 2 years/$32m
StLBUSKER 03-12-2014 09:27 pm (total posts: 1)
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WoW!!! Darrelle Revis has reportedly inked a ONE YEAR DEAL FOR $12 Million Big Ones With New England......Has anyone in Boston given any thought whatsoever as to why this guy is playing for his 3rd team in as many years??? And this is the same guy that called Billichick an idiot I guess the same holds true for the New England GM now....I repeat WoW!!!
Rob 03-12-2014 03:47 pm (total posts: 1)
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How the hell is DRC so low? He should be Top 3-5 on this list
WR 03-12-2014 01:46 pm (total posts: 1)
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Vikings need Revis or Cromartie, Speilman spend some money please.
Some Guy 03-12-2014 05:26 am (total posts: 1)
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Raiders will sign Revis
Mike in MD 03-11-2014 07:53 pm (total posts: 1)
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LOL Josh Wilson was terrible this year
DHall actually had a damn good year and was our best player on defense ask Dez Bryant
Falcons Targets? 03-07-2014 01:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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Jabari Greer or Cortland Fin would be good fits for atlanta. They need a veteran to play along side trufant. I dont think Alford is ready to be a starting CB,
ed 02-24-2014 01:09 pm (total posts: 1)
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dude, josh wilson may have been the worst starting cb i have seen play in a long time. He was continually beat by every teams opposing wr. At somepoint the quality of articles comes over quantity. You simply could not have put more than 5 seconds typing that together, with no thought. There is no way if you watched a game of josh wilsons you would say he was anything but god awful this year. Im being dead serious.
Eric 02-17-2014 05:55 pm (total posts: 1)
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How the heck is captain munnerlyn over alterraun verner, i mean how is he that high period. You can't rate cover 2 corners over successful press man defenders and while he was solid it doesn't warrant being that high on a list with Agib Talib and alterraun verner
KB 02-13-2014 04:59 am (total posts: 2)
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Vontae Davis did give up 8 TD's this last season and had a single INT. Among the top 4 he gave up by far the highest QB rating. He will play great but allow a big play far too often.
KB 02-13-2014 04:56 am (total posts: 2)
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Sam Shields at #4? The other 3 CB's are very good but I have to wonder which GM's would take them over Shields and if they will get more than him in FA. I'm doubting the 2nd one.
Bell 02-10-2014 01:39 am (total posts: 1)
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Josh Wilson was horrible wtf are you talking about?
Jayo_Valentine 02-06-2014 01:06 am (total posts: 1)
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This article is trash !! Look at how you trashed DeAngelo Hall. He played good ball for them this year, Wilson is the one who sucked.
The Chef 02-04-2014 02:41 pm (total posts: 1)
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Chris Cook has zero career int's. He sucks donkey balls

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