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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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lol... 01-25-2014 11:44 am (total posts: 1)
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Nolan Carroll is 2.5 stars? Dude is utter trash, and gets abused on every play he's in for.
YO 01-24-2014 06:08 pm (total posts: 1)
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"Josh Wilson is one of the few Redskin defenders who didn't play terribly this past season."

Is that a joke? He was absolutely atrocious.

D-Hall had a great year and it's not even mentioned, perhaps a career year.
OlSkool72 01-23-2014 11:42 am (total posts: 1)
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Deangelo Hall is always being called overrated by people who really haven't watched him play lately. The fact that this guy then turns around and says Josh Wilson wasn't terrible proves that he's clueless.
Gary Scott 01-22-2014 09:41 am (total posts: 1)
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Rodgers-Cromartie CB for Denver is a free agent and isn't listed.
Jack 01-21-2014 09:27 pm (total posts: 1)
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"Josh Wilson is one of the few Redskin defenders who didn't play terribly this past season. He's a mediocre starting cornerback. " Are you kidding me?!? Wilson was probably the skins worst defensive player this year and thats saying something . Turn on the San Fran monday night tape. Never seen a corner have that bad of a game
deon 01-16-2014 03:06 pm (total posts: 1)
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according to PPF DeAngelo Hall Held his recievers to only 54.8 yrds a game Third best amongst CB's this year. Josh Wilson had the worst season of his career it was nothing descent about him or Rasheen Mathis this year they were the most picked on CB's and gave up an un goddley amount of yards to recievers
@ Chris Cook Sucks 01-15-2014 07:00 pm (total posts: 1)
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Chris never hurt his ex-Gfriend she sufficed herself she told that to the authorities
nycsportzfan 01-12-2014 09:28 am (total posts: 1)
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Most giants fans are hoping TT comes back this yr. He wasen't bad at all and was really good at attacking the line and making plays against the run. Not to mention, isn't Trumaine McBride a FA? He was great for the giants down the stretch and is more coveted then Aaron Ross is, i can assure you that..
Chris Cook Sucks 01-11-2014 11:23 pm (total posts: 1)
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Chris Cook is absolute trash. He has zero ball skills and likes to beat women. Is it possible to give a guy a zero star rating? Chris Cook deserves it.
LionsFan35 01-10-2014 11:15 am (total posts: 1)
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Lions should go after Grimes or Sam Shields!
StaffordtoCalvin 01-09-2014 09:29 pm (total posts: 1)
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No Rodgers-Cromartie? That has to be an oversight, right?
TJK 01-09-2014 09:27 pm (total posts: 1)
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Zach Bowman should be a bit higher and Jammer should be a bit lower for sure. Oh and J.Wilson really? he should be near the bottom along with Chris cook.Peanut is also to high. Just off the top of my head those guys need to be ajusted. I will check in later Walter White.
Nick 01-09-2014 06:37 pm (total posts: 1)
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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been the Denver Broncos best corner back this year and is going to be a free agent. He should definitely be listed as one of the top available free agent corners.
CB class 01-09-2014 05:06 pm (total posts: 1)
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This is a very, very strong Free Agency class for CBs. Will be fun to see where they all end up.
Jacob Lacey 05-03-2013 01:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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Hey Walt, I'm on the Vikings now.

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