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2013 NFL Free Agency Winners and Losers

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Here are the winners and losers from free agency. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

2013 NFL Free Agency Winners

Atlanta Falcons
Thomas Dimitroff is one of the top general managers in the NFL, and he definitely lived up to that distinction this spring. Retaining Tony Gonzalez and stud safety William Moore was huge. Dimitroff also signed a key player in Steven Jackson. There's no doubt that Jackson is not the same running back he once was, but he's a huge upgrade over Michael Turner. What's so great about the acquisition is that Jackson barely cost anything (3 years, $12 million).

Chicago Bears
I hate the Jermon Bushrod signing. He was way too expensive and isn't even an upgrade over J'Marcus Webb. However, I loved everything else Chicago did in free agency. Martellus Bennett, who was obtained much more cheaply than the inferior Jared Cook was in St. Louis, will serve as a solid intermediate target for Jay Cutler.

Of course, Chicago lost Brian Urlacher. This will depress the fans for a bit, but D.J. Williams will be a cheaper and better solution. Getting Tom Zbikowski for the veteran minimum was also solid.

Denver Broncos
I know what you're thinking - how can the Broncos be a winner in the wake of Faxgate? Well, what they did otherwise was spectacular. Stealing Wes Welker away from their arch rival was awesome. Signing Louis Vasquez will shore up Peyton Manning's protection. Getting Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie for one year will upgrade the secondary because he'll be motivated. Obtaining Terrance Knighton will help against the run. The Broncos are the best team in the AFC right now.

New Orleans Saints
Much has been made about the Saints' loss of Jermon Bushrod, but Bushrod wasn't very good anyway. He can easily be replaced, so don't look for New Orleans to use its No. 15 overall pick on a tackle. The Saints just don't value the left tackle position as much as other teams.

What I do like for the Saints is the signing of Keenan Lewis. He was one of the top free agent cornerbacks available, so he'll improve the team's woeful secondary.

New York Giants
The patient Giants wait and pounce on good deals, unlike other clueless franchises. General manager Jerry Reese scored cheap, quality signings by obtaining Brandon Myers, Cullen Jenkins and Dan Connor. All three figure to be valuable contributors in 2013, and they were acquired for a combined five years, $11 million. That's how you handle free agency.

San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers definitely lost to the Seahawks in the free agency arms race, but trading for Anquan Boldin for a late-round pick was a great move. An even better transaction was the Alex Smith deal. San Francisco now has tons of draft picks, so it can move up and obtain a top-notch player. Also, signing Phil Dawson to a cheap deal (1 year, $2.25 million) will fix the team's kicking woes.

Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks dominated the week of the 11th. They first acquired Percy Harvin from the Vikings, giving Russell Wilson a potent weapon to work with for a change. They then shored up their pass rush by signing Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to cheap deals. Seattle was already No. 1 in my NFL Power Rankings before all of this. This team is going to be scary good in 2013.

2013 NFL Free Agency Losers

Buffalo Bills
The Bills lost one of the best guards in the NFL. This is now yet another big need for a team that hasn't made the playoffs since 1999. And speaking of needs, all Buffalo currently has at quarterback is Tarvaris Jackson. The team was forced to cut Ryan Fitzpatrick after general manager Buddy Nix criticized him on a taped conversation - though that move probably would have happened anyway.

Cleveland Browns
The Browns are paying two new players (Paul Kruger, Desmond Bryant) a combined $75 million over 10 seasons. That would be fine, except Kruger has just seven career starts and Bryant, who didn't fill a need with Phil Taylor, Ahtyba Rubin and Billy Winn up front, doesn't have experience in the 3-4. The Browns probably could have found better deals had they been patient.

Indianapolis Colts
There were many poor contracts handed out this offseason. It seemed like the Colts were responsible for half of them. For example...

Ricky Jean-Francois was given $22 million for four seasons even though he's had just five career starts.

LaRon Landry received $14 million in guarantees despite being completely unreliable in terms of staying in the lineup.

Gosder Cherilus was handed $34 million over five years for some reason. Cherilus has sucked for most of his career. Detroit fans were thrilled to see him go, and they all laughed when they saw his new contract.

Erik Walden... no comment.

Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs gave up way too much for Alex Smith and then overpaid six free agents. The combination of Sean Smith, Chase Daniel, Dunta Robinson, Anthony Fasano, Mike DeVito and Donnie Avery were worth a combined $71.4 million over 19 years. That's nearly $4 million per season for an OK No. 2 corner, three average starters, a backup quarterback with almost zero professional experience and a receiver who drops tons of passes.

Miami Dolphins
Everyone congratulated the Dolphins for signing many key players on the first day of free agency, but Miami is most definitely a loser. The team is going all in for 2013 by overpaying tons of players. Are the Dolphins better? Absolutely. But will these new players help the team make a deep run into the playoffs? Probably not.

The Dolphins treated free agency like someone would playing franchise mode in Madden. "I have an 84 linebacker but there's an 86 linebacker available in free agency, so let me replace him! Oh, a receiver with a 95 speed rating? I want him!" It's stupid. Football is a team game, and compiling a roster as if you're playing fantasy is never a recipe for success. Just look at the 2011 Eagles as an example. There are going to be high expectations in Miami. With all of these moves, the Dolphins will be seen as a contender for the AFC East. Inexperienced teams with high expectations seldom live up to them.

Making matters worse, general manager Jeff Ireland backloaded all of these deals, so the Dolphins will be in terrible salary cap position in 2014 and 2015. Thus, after a disappointing 2013 campaign, they could be bad for a long time.

Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings received fair compensation from the Seahawks in the Percy Harvin trade, but then they absolutely blew it with Greg Jennings. Giving Jennings a 5-year, $47.5 million deal is a huge mistake. Jennings obviously was chasing money; if he cared about his career, he would have taken a little less to stay with Aaron Rodgers. Jennings is an overrated receiver who can't stay healthy. He doesn't make Minnesota much better.

San Diego Chargers
The Chargers had to improve their offensive line this offseason. They lost stud guard Louis Vasquez to rival Denver and were only able to replace him with the mediocre Chad Rinehart and a man known in Philadelphia as "King Duncrap."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay's front office is not sending a positive message to the players. The team seemed to quit a bit when Aqib Talib was traded last year. This spring, the Buccaneers allowed Michael Bennett and Roy Miller to walk away for minimal money. Eric Wright will also be gone in the near future. Soon enough, all the Buccaneers will be comprised of is Josh Freeman and a bunch of rookies.

Tennessee Titans
According to Tennessee's front office, the trio of Shonn Greene, Sammie Lee Hill and Delanie Walker are worth 10 years, $38.9 million. That's nearly $4 million per year for a backup running back, a third defensive tackle and a blocking tight end. Talk about spending frivolously.

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Whitecat31 01-07-2014 05:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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With the pick up of Chad Rinehart and King Duncrap as you so call him, the Chargers went from arguably the worst NFL line in football (32 pass 23 run) to a Top 3 line (8 pass 3 run). The side where Rinehart and Dunlap have played is number 1 in the NFL for production on runs from the left side. Granted I would rather have Louis Vasquez over Jeromey Clary, but I can't argue that the Chargers are in the playoffs thanks to the offensive line play.
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Anthony 01-02-2014 11:03 am (total posts: 1)
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Did this guy actually say that Bushrod wasn't as good as J'Marcus Webb? lol time to find a new job your football credibility is shot.
Real football fan 10-28-2013 10:43 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Raiders should be on the winner list. 10 freeagent starters on defense and top 15 defense in the nfl. The Giants should be on the loser list.
Dave 08-31-2013 10:08 am (total posts: 1)
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You might want to update your list a little more now that pre-season is over.
Walter Sucks 08-28-2013 04:45 pm (total posts: 1)
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Hey Walt, I was shocked to see that KC made your loser list. Haha! Just kidding. That was as predictable as you excusing the "faxgate" fiasco in Denver. What's even more predictable is that you continue to outdo your own douchebaggery. Good job, Walt!
RoachCzoo 07-13-2013 12:02 pm (total posts: 2)
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Coach is 100% correct. The Lions were very good in free agency this year. Glover Quin is a top tier centerfielder, Jason Jones is a younger, more athletic version of KVB. Reggie Bush is a multi-threat starter. Plus, Idonije and Mosley will be key pieces to the D-Line rotation. They signed several quality veteran interior linemen to compete with the young guys and locked up Delmas (who is electric but whose health is a concern). Plus, they didn't overpay to retain guys like Cherilus (mediocre) or Sammie Lee Hill (who I will miss). Lions did far better than a couple of the teams that you profiled.
Coach Kzoo 07-02-2013 01:42 pm (total posts: 1)
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Sorry i haven't had the stomach to read your trash and educate you on it in a while Walter..but heeeeere we gooo...I'll start with what the Lions did do..Glover Quin and re-signing of Delmas, your very own 3rd and 4th rated free agent Safeties in what you yourself call a talented safety class..Reggie Bush, the prototype RB for our offense and the type of multidimensional that will take our passing game (ranked top 3 two years running) to the next leve, oh and while we're on rankings, he is your very own #2 rated free agent tailback..and you made such a big deal about the losses of Vanden Bosch (old and unproductive) and Avril (absolute garbage vs the run), but have nothing to say about our patience in getting Idonije or targeting a player we know and like in Jason Jones; both of whom can play all 4 spots on the line and had productive 2012 seasons, Idonije in lets look at some of the Uber Winners who we clearly did worse then..Bears; you hate bushrod, so Bennett and the "solid" Zibikowski get, clearly make for a better free agent haul (HAHAHAHAHAHA)..Giants; Brandon Myers, Cullen Jenkins, and Dan Connor, really..i mean really, 2 backups and an injury prone LB, yea stellar haul. I wonder why they came at Walmart value of $11mil for the 3...Michelle Wie could of given us the Seahawks and the 49ers, so i'll you and enthusiastic golf clap for those, but i would say compairing team needs filled to price paid, i can't say that Atlanta did better then Detroit....i hear there is a small market for shuffleboard articles, larger margin for error cause no one really gives a damn, i'ld give that a shot Walter #Football4dummies
@Tyler 06-10-2013 12:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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you know nothing about denver. and it's dumervil, not dumerville or whatever you think his name is. you don't watch denver's full games, don't read articles about broncos, don't watch interview with players, etc. i didn't even have to read your comment past the 3. sentence to know that - and i didn't. the leaders on defense are champ and woodyard - you have to know the team to know that, good stats don't translate into being a leader.
dumervil was not worth 12 mio. only miller is worth that kind of money. champ is overpayed for being a leader. dumervil's current salary (about 6 mio) is just about right for his production or lack thereof (in run support).
Tyler 06-06-2013 06:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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@denver are you insane? You don't cut the leaders of your defense. Dumerville was one of three leaders on ur defense (Vonmiller,dumverville,Champ bailey) Now a slow corner who got torched in the playoffs and a very young pass rusher are supposed to lead ur defense? Bleh.... There's one offensive leader (peyton) that's about it. So two old guys who are on there way out in 2 years or so and a very young pass rusher are the leaders of ur football team. Wow..... denvers pass rush jsut got a lot worse. Now miller will get double teamed a lot and you have no other pass rushers of note. Your safety play is horrible.... Expect your defense to drop like a stone. The ravens actually improved (But they lost leadership!!!!) Ed reed and ray lewis were good leaders but we have a lot more leaders (Tereel suggs,Ngata,veterans we signed,Flacco,yanda,rice) Our leadership will be fine. Our defense will be better and flacco won't be as much pressure as last year.... (He was asked to win the SB and send ray lewis off in style) tony romo would've died from the pressure flacco just shook it off.
denver 06-05-2013 12:15 pm (total posts: 1)
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the only thing that sucks about cutting dumervil is that we took a salary cap hit. considering how cheap most of the quality fa were signed this off-season, a super bowl contender can sign 6-8 new veteran starters for that money.
i liked dumervil a lot as a bronco but his salary was just too high.
fart in your serial! 06-03-2013 07:28 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Dolphins presently have 17.5 million in cap room. You are delusional.

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