2019 NFL Free Agents: Cornerbacks

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2019 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2019.
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  1. Ronald Darby, CB, Eagles. Age: 25.
    Re-signed with Eagles (1 year, $8.5 million)

    Ronald Darby is not an elite cornerback, he’s a solid No. 1 in most cases. Darby tore his ACL in mid-November, but should be 100 percent at some point in 2019. He’s only 25, so his future is bright, despite the knee.

  2. Steven Nelson, CB, Chiefs. Age: 25.
    Signed with Steelers (3 years, $25.5 million)

    Steven Nelson was Kansas City’s best outside cornerback last year. That’s not saying much, but Nelson played on a high level. He has improved each season, and at just 25, the sky’s the limit for him.

  3. Bryce Callahan, CB, Bears. Age: 27.
    Signed with Broncos (3 years, $21 million)

    Bryce Callahan is one of the top slot cornerbacks in the NFL. He was lost late in the year with a broken foot, but he should be 100 percent by the time training camp starts.

  4. Pierre Desir, CB, Colts. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Colts (3 years)

    Pierre Desir is a former fourth-round pick from the Browns. He did very little in Cleveland, but signed with the Colts and had a breakout 2018 campaign. He should be in line for a big contract.

  5. Kareem Jackson, CB, Texans. Age: 31.
    Signed with Broncos (3 years)

    Kareem Jackson emerged as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL this past season. He’s a late bloomer for certain. Unfortunately for Jackson, he’s turning 31 in April, so he doesn’t have much time left to play on a high level.

  6. Jason McCourty, CB, Patriots. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with Patriots (2 years)

    Jason McCourty misses some tackles, but he’s a very skilled cover cornerback. The downside is his age (32 in August), but he should be able to play on a high level for another year or two.

  7. Morris Claiborne, CB, Jets. Age: 29.
    Signed with Chiefs

    Morris Claiborne has signed consecutive 1-year “prove it” deals the past two seasons. Claiborne was much better in 2017 than 2018 because of injuries. He’s not healthy very often.

  8. Rashaan Melvin, CB, Raiders. Age: 29.
    Signed with Lions (1 year, $3.5 million)

    Rashaan Melvin is a skilled cornerback, but his one major weakness is his durability. He’s not dependable at all, as he’s yet to play a full season in the NFL. Still, everyone knows this, so that could make him an attractive buy-low option.

  9. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Bengals. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Bengals

    Darqueze Dennard has done a solid job as Cincinnati’s slot cornerback over the past couple of years, though he missed a few games in 2018 with a shoulder injury. Dennard hasn’t lived up to his first-round billing, but he’s a decent player.

  10. Justin Coleman, CB, Seahawks. Age: 26.
    Signed with Lions (4 years, $36 million)

    Justin Coleman is a solid slot cornerback. He covers very well, but misses too many tackles. He’s still young, however, as he’ll be just 26 in March, so perhaps he can improve on his tackling ability.

  11. Brian Poole (RFA), CB, Falcons. Age: 26.
    Signed with Jets (1 year, $3.5 million)

    Brian Poole played well as the team’s slot cornerback in the past, but didn’t fare as well this past season for whatever reason. He could bounce back next year.

  12. Bradley Roby, CB, Broncos. Age: 27.
    Signed with Texans (1 year, $10 million)

    Bradley Roby has experienced an up-and-down career thus far. He played well in 2015, struggled the year after, bounced back at a high level in 2017, then performed poorly once again this past season. Roby dealt with some injuries in 2018, so that could explain his regression. The former first-round pick is young (27 in May) and talented enough to bounce back.

  13. Kayvon Webster, CB, Saints. Age: 28.
    Kayvon Webster is a talented cornerback, but came off a torn Achilles a couple of years ago that caused him to miss most of 2018. Still, Webster is just 28, so he potentially still has some good years ahead of him.

  14. E.J. Gaines, CB, Bills. Age: 27.
    E.J. Gaines would be rated higher than this if he didn’t have a bad history of injuries and concussions. It’s a shame, but his career could be cut short.

  15. Robert Alford, CB, Falcons. Age: 30.
    Signed with Cardinals (3 years, $22.5 million)

    Robert Alford played well in 2017, but struggled mightily last year. That could be a byproduct of the Falcons’ diminished pass rush, but Alford’s age (31 in November) is beginning to become a factor.

  16. Ken Crawley (RFA), CB, Saints. Age: 26.
    Tendered by Saints (low)

    What happened to Ken Crawley? He was a very solid cornerback in 2017, but completely fell apart this past season. He was torched routinely. Perhaps he’ll be able to rebound, as he’s still young enough to do so.

  17. Jason Verrett, CB, Chargers. Age: 28.
    Signed with 49ers (1 year, $3.6 million)

    Jason Verrett is a very talented cornerback, but he just can’t stay healthy. He’s played in just five of 48 possible games the past three years.

  18. Kevin Johnson, CB, Texans. Age: 27.
    Signed with Bills

    Kevin Johnson has missed 29 games in the past three years. He’s a former first-round pick and has some potential, but he just can’t stay healthy.

  19. Brent Grimes, CB, Buccaneers. Age: 36.
    Brent Grimes has enjoyed a great career, but he’s playing on his last legs. He should probably retire before he suffers further regression.

  20. Troy Hill (RFA), CB, Rams. Age: 28. — Tendered by Rams
  21. Sam Shields, CB, Rams. Age: 31.
  22. P.J. Williams, CB, Saints. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Saints
  23. B.W. Webb, CB, Giants. Age: 29. — Signed with Bengals (3 years)
  24. Captain Munnerlyn, CB, Bills. Age: 31.
  25. Darryl Roberts, CB, Jets. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Jets
  26. Nevin Lawson, CB, Lions. Age: 28. — Signed with Raiders (1 year, $3.05 million)
  27. Orlando Scandrick, CB, Eagles. Age: 32.
  28. Tramaine Brock, CB, Broncos. Age: 31. — Signed with Cardinals
  29. Marcus Sherels, CB/KR, Vikings. Age: 31. — Signed with Saints (1 year)
  30. Coty Sensabaugh, CB, Steelers. Age: 30.
  31. Eric Rowe, CB, Patriots. Age: 26. — Signed with Dolphins (1 year)
  32. Shareece Wright, CB, Texans. Age: 32.
  33. Briean Boddy-Calhoun (RFA), CB, Browns. Age: 26. — Signed with Texans
  34. Bashaud Breeland, CB, Packers. Age: 27. — Signed with Chiefs
  35. David Amerson, CB, Cardinals. Age: 27.
  36. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, None. Age: 33. — Signed with Redskins
  37. Justin Bethel, CB/ST, Falcons. Age: 29. — Signed with Ravens
  38. Buster Skrine, CB, Jets. Age: 30. — Signed with Bears
  39. Jamar Taylor, CB, Broncos. Age: 28. — Signed with Seahawks
  40. Phillip Gaines, CB, Browns. Age: 28. — Signed with Texans
  41. Neiko Thorpe, CB, Seahawks. Age: 29.
  42. Tyler Patmon (RFA), CB, Jaguars. Age: 28.
  43. Jonathan Jones (RFA), CB, Patriots. Age: 25. — Tendered by Patriots (2nd round)
  44. Marcus Williams, CB, Bears. Age: 28.
  45. Bene Benwikere, CB, Vikings. Age: 27.
  46. Leon Hall, CB, Raiders. Age: 34.
  47. Craig Mager, CB, Broncos. Age: 27.
  48. Davon House, CB, Packers. Age: 30.
  49. Chris Milton (RFA), CB, Colts. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Colts (1 year, $1.5 million)
  50. Harlan Miller (RFA), CB, Redskins. Age: 26.
  51. C.J. Goodwin (RFA), CB, Cowboys. Age: 29.
  52. Antonio Hamilton (RFA), CB, Giants. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Giants (1 year)
  53. Mike Jordan (RFA), CB, Titans. Age: 26.
  54. Lafayette Pitts, CB, Bills. Age: 26.
  55. Stanley Jean-Baptiste (RFA), CB, Ravens. Age: 29. — Re-signed with Ravens

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