2014 NFL Free Agent Tracker: Cornerbacks

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2014 NFL Free Agent Tracker: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2014.
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  1. Darrelle Revis, CB, Buccaneers. Age: 29.
    Signed with Patriots (1 year, $12 million)

    The Buccaneers dumping Darrelle Revis after just one season is insane considering that they traded the No. 13 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft (Sheldon Richardson), as well as Round 3-4 selection this May for him. Revis had a rocky start to his 2013 season because Tampa stupidly used him in a zone, but he was great down the stretch. Turning 29 in July, Revis still has four strong seasons remaining, making him the only five-star free agent this offseason.

  2. Brent Grimes, CB, Dolphins. Age: 31.
    Re-signed with Dolphins (4 years, $32 million; $16 million guaranteed)

    It's very difficult to return to form coming off an Achilles tear. Brent Grimes did just that, as he was one of the NFL's top cornerbacks in 2013. He'll be 31 in July and is still recently removed from that Achilles injury, but he's still one of the top free agents this spring.

  3. Vontae Davis, CB, Colts. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Colts (4 years, $39 million)

    It could be argued that Vontae Davis is the No. 1 free agent cornerback. He's coming off a great 2013 campaign and will be only 26 in May, compared to Brent Grimes, who's in his 30s already and is also recently removed from a torn Achilles. Davis struggled in a playoff victory against the Chiefs, but wasn't healthy.

  4. Sam Shields, CB, Packers. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Packers (4 years, $39 million)

    The Packers have struggled to cover this year as a team, but Sam Shields hasn't been responsible for that. Shields was terrific in 2012 and solid this past season. He's an excellent starting cornerback.

  5. Captain Munnerlyn, CB, Panthers. Age: 26.
    Signed with Vikings (3 years)

    Captain Munnerlyn wasn't even starting at the beginning of the 2012 season, yet he's turned into a terrific corner for the Panthers. He'll only be 26 in April.

  6. Alterraun Verner, CB, Titans. Age: 25.
    Signed with Buccaneers (4 years, $26.5 million)

    A former fourth-round pick, Alterraun Verner had an excellent 2013 campaign, though he faded down the stretch. A solid No. 2 corner going forward, Verner won't be 26 until December.

  7. Aqib Talib, CB, Patriots. Age: 28.
    Signed with Broncos (6 years, $57 million)

    Aqib Talib is awesome when he's on, but he can have meltdowns when he's struggling, which is what happened against the Panthers in a Monday night loss. He's a legitimate No. 1 corner though, provided he stays out of trouble.

  8. Tarell Brown, CB, 49ers. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with Raiders

    Tarell Brown has been an excellent cornerback for the 49ers over the past few years. However, he missed some time with a rib injury this past season and lost his job to the emerging Tramaine Brock.

  9. Chris Harris (RFA), CB, Broncos. Age: 25.
    Tendered by Broncos (2nd round)

    Chris Harris entered the 2013 season as the team's nickel, but he officially entered the starting lineup halfway through and never looked back. He put together a great third year in the NFL.

  10. Brandon Flowers, CB, Chiefs. Age: 28.
    Signed with Chargers (1 year)

    Brandon Flowers has been a tremendous zone cornerback in the NFL for quite some time, but he really struggled in Kansas City's new man scheme last year. At just 28, Flowers could perform on a Pro Bowl level if he finds the right fit. The Falcons and Texans are reportedly interested.

  11. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Broncos. Age: 28.
    Signed with Giants (5 years)

    "DRC" stands for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but it could just as easily mean "Doesn't Really Care." The former Cardinal and Eagle had a stellar 2013 campaign, but he plays hard only when he feels like it. He can't be counted on to give maximum effort, though he's a stud when he actually does.

  12. Antonio Cromartie, CB, Jets. Age: 30.
    Signed with Cardinals (1 year)

    Antonio Cromartie might be ranked higher than where most would project him, given that he's coming off a horrific 2013 campaign. However, Cromartie's struggles could be blamed on a nagging hip injury as well as a knee problem he sustained in October. Cromartie, who doesn't need surgery for his hip, figures to be much better in 2014, provided he can stay healthy.

  13. DeAngelo Hall, CB, Redskins. Age: 30.
    Re-signed with Redskins (4 years)

    DeAngelo Hall has been overrated throughout his entire career. He's just an average No. 2 corner at this point of his career, but some team will likely overpay him.

  14. Carlos Rogers, CB, 49ers. Age: 33.
    Signed with Raiders

    Carlos Rogers had a stellar campaign in 2011, but has regressed in each of the past two seasons. He can still pass for an OK No. 2 corner, but given that he'll turn 33 in July, he won't be a starting-caliber player for much longer.

  15. Corey Graham, CB, Ravens. Age: 29.
    Signed with Bills (4 years, $16 million)

    Corey Graham has been solid for the Ravens the past year and a half. He should be viewed as an average starter going forward.

  16. Nolan Carroll, CB, Dolphins. Age: 27.
    Signed with Eagles

    Nolan Carroll sustained a number of injuries (knee, concussion, rib) throughout his 2013 campaign. Despite this, he didn't miss a single game.

  17. Walter Thurmond III, CB, Seahawks. Age: 27.
    Signed with Giants (1 year, $3.5 million)

    Walter Thurmond had a quality 2013 campaign, minus a four-game suspension for marijuana. Thurmond would be higher on this list, but he's one more violation away from being gone for the season.

  18. Brandon Browner, CB, Seahawks. Age: 30.
    Signed with Patriots (3 years, $17 million)

    Brandon Browner is more talented than 2.5 stars, but he'll miss four games with a suspension relating to violating the league's substance abuse policy. Another infraction could knock him out for an entire season.

  19. Charles Tillman, CB, Bears. Age: 33.
    Re-signed with Bears (1 year)

    Charles Tillman used to be known as one of the NFL's top cornerbacks, but he struggled mightily in 2013 before tearing his triceps. Perhaps he'll be able to rebound, but given that he'll turn 33 in February, there's a chance he has completely fallen off.

  20. Chris Cook, CB, Vikings. Age: 27.
    Signed with 49ers (1 year)

    Chris Cook is a skilled cornerback, but has never lived up to his talent level. He also has some off-the-field baggage.

  21. Josh Wilson, CB, Redskins. Age: 30.
    Signed with Falcons

    Josh Wilson is one of the few Redskin defenders who didn't play terribly this past season. He's a mediocre starting cornerback.

  22. Robert McClain (RFA), CB, Falcons. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Falcons (1 year, $1.43 million)

    Robert McClain is a solid nickel corner. He'll only be 26 in July.

  23. Asante Samuel, CB, Falcons. Age: 33.
    Asante Samuel was very limited in 2013 because of a lingering thigh injury. Perhaps he'll play better when healthy next season, but his best days are obviously behind him; he turned 33 in January.

  24. Champ Bailey, CB/S, Broncos. Age: 36.
    Signed with Saints (2 years)

    Champ Bailey had a great 2012 regular season, but was torched in a playoff loss to Baltimore. He was even worse throughout the 2013 campaign, though nagging foot injuries are to blame. Bailey almost certainly won't be great ever again, but he could perhaps rebound and be solid, especially if he's moved to safety, much like Charles Woodson was.

  25. Jabari Greer, CB, Saints. Age: 32.
    Jabari Greer is the best of the three players the Saints cut on Feb. 12 to make cap room for Jimmy Graham. Greer played well last year, but tore his ACL in November. Greer just turned 32, so he may have trouble coming back from his latest knee injury. Not counting the playoffs, Greer has missed 23 games since 2008.

  26. Terrell Thomas, CB, Giants. Age: 29.
    Terrell Thomas missed all of 2011 and 2012 with knee injuries. He finally returned this season. He wasn't very good, but he should be stronger in 2014 because he'll be two years removed from ACL surgery.

  27. Tony Carter (RFA), CB, Broncos. Age: 28.
    Tendered by Broncos

    Tony Carter is a solid nickel corner, but he missed a chunk of the 2013 season with an ankle injury.

  28. Cortland Finnegan, CB, Rams. Age: 30.
    Signed with Dolphins (2 years)

    In yet another instance of a free agent busting after taking lots of money to play for a bad team, Cortland Finnegan was released two seasons into his 5-year, $50 million deal. Finnegan was one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL prior to moving to St. Louis. He was sub par in 2012 and unbelievably awful this past season. Perhaps this will serve as a wake-up call for Finnegan, who could still turn his career around. Then again, he could be completely done.

  29. Dimitri Patterson, CB, Dolphins. Age: 31.
    Signed with Jets (1 year, $3 million)

    Dimitri Patterson has missed 17 games in the past two seasons. He's effective when on the field, but that has been rare.

  30. Mike Jenkins, CB, Raiders. Age: 29.
    Signed with Buccaneers (1 year, $1.5 million)

    Mike Jenkins never lived up to expectations, but he started at corner for the Raiders in 2013 and didn't fail miserably. He wasn't very good either, however.

  31. Drayton Florence, CB, Panthers. Age: 33.
    Signed with Lions

    Drayton Florence has extreme highs and lows. He had an awful 2012 campaign, but stepped in as a starter late in the year for Carolina and played well.

  32. Rashean Mathis, CB, Lions. Age: 34.
    Re-signed with Lions (1 year)

    Rashean Mathis was surprisingly effective as a starting corner for Detroit this season. But given that he'll be 34 in August, things can go downhill quickly.

  33. Aaron Ross, CB, Giants. Age: 31.
    Signed with Ravens

    Aaron Ross played just four games in 2013 because of a back injury.

  34. Trumaine McBride, CB, Giants. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Giants (2 years, $3.1 million)
  35. Richard Marshall, CB, Chargers. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Chargers (1 year)
  36. Chris Houston, CB, Lions. Age: 29.
  37. Antoine Cason, CB, Cardinals. Age: 28. -- Signed with Panthers (1 year)
  38. Javier Arenas, CB/KR, Cardinals. Age: 26. -- Signed with Falcons (1 year)
  39. Derek Cox, CB, Chargers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Vikings (1 year)
  40. E.J. Biggers, CB/S, Redskins. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Redskins
  41. Dunta Robinson, CB, Chiefs. Age: 32.
  42. Zackary Bowman, CB, Bears. Age: 29. -- Signed with Giants
  43. Marcus Sherels (RFA), CB/KR, Vikings. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Vikings
  44. Tracy Porter, CB, Raiders. Age: 28. -- Signed with Redskins
  45. Eric Wright, CB, 49ers. Age: 29.
  46. Chris Owens, CB, Browns. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chiefs
  47. Cassius Vaughn, CB, Colts. Age: 26. -- Signed with Lions (1 year)
  48. Darrin Walls, CB, Jets. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Jets
  49. Danny Gorrer, CB, Buccaneers. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Buccaneers (1 year)
  50. Quentin Jammer, CB, Broncos. Age: 35.
  51. Sterling Moore (RFA), CB, Cowboys. Age: 24.
  52. Phillip Adams, CB, Raiders. Age: 26. -- Signed with Seahawks (1 year)
  53. Brandon Ghee, CB, Bengals. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chargers (2 years)
  54. Josh Gordy (RFA), CB, Colts. Age: 27. -- Tendered by Colts
  55. Jeron Johnson (RFA), CB, Seahawks. Age: 26. -- Tendered by Seahawks (2nd round)
  56. A.J. Jefferson, CB, Vikings. Age: 26. -- Signed with Seahawks
  57. Kelvin Hayden, CB, Bears. Age: 31. Re-signed with Bears (1 year)
  58. R.J. Stanford (RFA), CB, Dolphins. Age: 27. -- Signed with Bengals
  59. Dominique Franks, CB, Falcons. Age: 26. -- Signed with Ravens
  60. Sherrick McManis, CB, Bears. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Bears
  61. James Dockery (RFA), CB, Panthers. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Panthers
  62. Jerome Murphy, CB, Redskins. Age: 27.
  63. Ellis Lankster, CB, Jets. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Jets
  64. Brice McCain, CB, Texans. Age: 27. -- Signed with Steelers
  65. Aaron Berry, CB, Jets. Age: 26.
  66. Chimdi Chekwa (RFA), CB, Raiders. Age: 25.
  67. Bryan McCann, CB, Cardinals. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Cardinals

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