2019 NFL Free Agency Grades: Giants uncover a ‘D’ for puzzling Golden Tate signing, Bears a ‘B’ for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix plod – CBS Sports activities

2019 NFL Free Agency Grades: Giants uncover a ‘D’ for puzzling Golden Tate signing, Bears a ‘B’ for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix plod – CBS Sports activities

Guys haven’t even signed contracts, and already NFL groups are throwing round cash adore they print it.

Welcome to NFL Free Agency, 2019.

The duration formally began Wednesday, nonetheless that doesn’t mean deals weren’t getting accomplished Monday and Tuesday, the first two days for ethical tampering, the two days when groups can negotiate deals with gamers.

One of the most deals had been atrocious, including gigantic cash going to moderately just a few correct gamers, no longer colossal ones.

Listed below are my grades for this week’s strikes:

Eagles WR Golden Tate to the New York Giants

I adore Tate as a participant, and he can support the Giants. However what extra or less message is this physique of workers sending? Are they rebuilding or no longer? Tate is 30. That’s no longer the extra or less free agent you ticket even as you happen to is prone to be rebuilding.

Tate is also a slot receiver, mighty adore Tremendous Shepard, a participant already have confidence on the roster. I’ve repeatedly concept Tate was one of many extra underrated gamers within the league. Now he’ll be anticipated to be adore Odell Beckham Jr. for the cash he’s getting.

Grade: D (no longer the participant)

Patriots DT Malcom Brown to the Saints

Brown was a first-round expend by the Patriots in 2015 and began off his profession making an strive adore he’s also a prolonged-time duration starter for the Pats. He did no longer play successfully final season, which is why he best obtained a three-year deal for $15 million.

The Saints have confidence concerns internal on their protection with Sheldon Rankins tearing his Achilles within the physique of workers’s playoff game in opposition to the Eagles and Tyeler Davison is a free agent. They’ll need Brown to uncover support playing at a high level again in 2019 to support offset the aptitude dull start to the season by Rankins.

Grade: B-

Chargers corner Jason Verrett to the 49ers

This is a huge hit for the 49ers, a physique of workers looking out an upgrade at corner. Verrett went to the Pro Bowl in 2015 and was one of many better duvet gamers within the league. However injuries have confidence crippled him the previous three seasons. He is coming off a lost season to a torn Achilles tendon.

That’s why he obtained succesful a one-year deal from the 49ers. However if he’s wholesome, he’s going to discontinue up being a starter.

Grade: C+

Redskins S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Bears 

After losing Adrian Amos to the Packers, the Bears signed used Inexperienced Bay safety Clinton-Dix, who spent half a season with the Redskins after Inexperienced Bay traded him final year. 

Amos is a better participant, nonetheless Clinton-Dix has the simpler fluctuate on the support discontinue. One extra display: He is on a one-year deal, which makes him a reduce value. He’ll be playing for a prolonged-time duration deal. He is no longer for all time in actuality Amos, nonetheless for the price it be a stable plod.

Grade: B-

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman to the 49ers

The 49ers are getting a correct deal on the working support, getting him for $5 million per season on a two-year deal. He performed for 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta, so he understands the zone intention and is a sterling fit. 

Coleman has house bustle means, and must be a sterling 1-2 tandem with Jerrick McKinnon.  Here’s a correct, stable plod.

Grade: B+

Saints RB Mark Ingram to the Ravens

I assemble no longer adore giving gigantic deals to working backs, nonetheless this one makes sense. Ingram on a deal averaging $5-million per season is a correct deal.

Ingram suits the Ravens form of offense, too, a man who puts his foot within the bottom and goes. Baltimore is fitter off paying Ingram $5 million per year than breaking the monetary institution for Le’Veon Bell.

Grade: B+

Seahawks S Earl Thomas to the Ravens

This one is perplexing to me. Thomas has been a colossal participant, nonetheless he turns 30 in Will also and he’s had some damage concerns. But the Ravens are giving him a reported $32-million in guaranteed cash on a four-year deal.

That’s loopy.

They potentially wished to uncover faster than what they had in traditional Eric Weddle, nonetheless Weddle introduced moderately just a few particular qualities to the protection. I’m no longer a huge fan of this plod.

Grade: C+

Chargers WR Tyrell Williams to the Raiders

Here is a great plod by Oakland. They are pairing a huge-play receiver with deep bound to plod with Antonio Brown, who they got in a alternate from the Steelers. Williams is a 27-year-former participant who I have confidence is prepared for a mighty bigger role than what he had with the Chargers.

Williams has been a 1,000-yard receiver in his profession, and that will happen again. With Brown seeing moderately just a few doubles, ogle for Williams to revenue in a huge formulation.

Grade: A

Jets K Jason Myers to the Seahawks

Seattle had some concerns with Sebastian Janikowski, so that they grew to become to a runt one coming off an All-Pro season. Myers was 33 of 36 on his discipline targets final year to stamp a four-year deal for $four million per season from Seattle.

That’s a runt steep for a kicker who was reduce two years within the past by the Jaguars for his shaky kicking.

Grade: C+

Dolphins DE Cam Wake to the Titans

Wake can peaceable be a top of the vary plod rusher in spurts on the age of 37. However his sack number dropped from 10.5 in 2017 to 6 final season. Is that a ticket of age starting up to demonstrate?

Even so, the Titans wished support on the sting, and this deal is no longer for all time in actuality atrocious so it must also be correct for a year or so.

Wake is a class act who will also be correct within the locker room. I have confidence as a situational rusher, he could uncover seven or eight sacks.

Grade: C+

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell to the Jets

In my world, I’m no longer paying ageing working backs. Certain, Bell was a correct participant two years within the past, nonetheless he’s now older and fling slower.

That’s no longer a reason to plod pay a huge-cash deal to a support. I do know he can support Sam Darnold within the offense, nonetheless I succesful assemble no longer have confidence working support is a price living. Even at $thirteen million a year — reduce value when put next to what he concept he was getting — it be no longer my extra or less deal.

Grade: C+

Patriots DE Trey Plant life to the Lions

The 25-year-former plod rusher was the tip free agent within the marketplace on my checklist. The Lions wished to upgrade their plod mosey, so this makes moderately just a few sense. It was rumored for a whereas now, and the Lions made it happen.

Plant life had 7.5 sacks final season, nonetheless he influenced the quarterback mighty extra than that. Plant life was among the league leaders in pressures. His versatility is a calling card as successfully, since he can mosey from both the sting and the internal.

Lions coach Matt Patricia was the defensive coordinator in New England for Plant life’ first three seasons, so there is familiarity there.

Grade: A

Patriots LT Trent Brown to the Raiders

The Raiders are getting an ascending participant, which is the colorful factor when it comes to free company. However to manufacture Brown the last note-paid offensive lineman within the league is a runt prosperous, in particular after taking two tackles within the first three rounds of the draft final year.

The realizing is supposedly to plod Kolton Miller, their first-round expend final year, from the left facet to the finest facet with Brown staying on the left facet. However Brown is ceaselessly a better correct tackle, which makes that dispute fascinating.

At any price, the Raiders will seemingly be better at tackle than they had been a year within the past after they had concerns there. It be a stable signing, nonetheless the cash in all fairness prosperous.

Grade: B

Rams S Lamarcus Joyner to the Raiders 

After touchdown Antonio Brown and Trent Brown for the offense, the Raiders had been in a position to support the protection by signing Joyner to support the secondary.

Joyner performed both nickel corner and safety for the Rams, nonetheless he’s going to be a support-discontinue participant for the Raiders. They had to uncover support support there, so this plod makes sense. Now they succesful need to be succesful to add support for him and the protection within the draft.

Grade: B

Giants S Landon Collins to the Redskins

Collins is a correct, stable safety who excels playing shut to the line of scrimmage. The Redskins wished support on the support discontinue, so it makes sense. What doesn’t manufacture sense is giving him the form of deal the Redskins are paying him. It be a reported six-year, $84-million take care of $Forty five million guaranteed within the first three years.


Collins is a correct participant making colossal cash. A pair of years within the past, he was excellent for the Giants, so the Redskins should always be thinking he can uncover support to that level of play. He did endure a shoulder damage late final season that required surgical treatment.

Grade: C+

Ravens LB C.J. Mosley to the Jets

Mosley is a correct participant, and he can support the unusual-ogle Jets protection, nonetheless he’s no longer shut to being price getting a deal that makes him the last note-paid internal linebacker within the league.

Mosley is a extremely correct bustle defender, nonetheless he also stays on the discipline in passing downs. He is also correct at lining up the protection, which is main. In the Jets’ unusual protection below Gregg Williams, he’s going to be an internal three-four linebacker. The cash is a runt loopy, nonetheless he’s a sterling addition.

Grade: B

Dolphins RT Ja’Wuan James to the Broncos

This one is question opening. I adore James as a stable participant, coming off a correct season in 2018, nonetheless to pay him a prime-tier deal is nuts. He is scheduled to manufacture a $Fifty two million over four seasons. As soon as extra, it be colossal cash for a correct participant.

The Broncos are intelligent to enhance their line, and he can support, nonetheless this appears adore a alarm plod by formulation of the dollars spent.

Grade: D+

Bucs LB Kwon Alexander to the 49ers

Alexander is coming off a torn ACL, which makes this volatile. However he’s a correct participant who will possess a primary need for the 49ers. When Reuben Foster had his off-the-discipline concerns, leading to his release, it left linebacker as a scenario draw.

If Alexander is wholesome, it be a correct, stable signing. He can quit on the discipline for all downs, which is main within the 49ers intention. He is a correct bustle-and-high-tail participant, nonetheless he must be better in coverage of their intention than he was in Tampa.

Coming off the damage – and battling injuries for far of his profession — and making him the 1/three best in all probability-paid internal linebacker within the league drives this grade down some.

Grade: C

Redskins WR Jamison Crowder to the Jets

Crowder is a participant who had a down year in 2018 resulting from injuries, nonetheless in his first three seasons he was a productive slot participant. He’ll give Sam Darnold a sterling weapon internal within the slot.

The Jets had concerns at receiver a year within the past, nonetheless Crowder can support enhance that apartment below unusual coach Adam Gase. The deal is for a reported three years and $28.5 million, which is about the price for a slot receiver on this market.

Grade: B-

Vikings LB Anthony Barr to the Jets

Update: Barr had on the origin agreed to a take care of the Jets nonetheless changed his thoughts and determined to re-up with the Vikings. Extra on that right here.

Eagles QB Slash Foles to the Jaguars

If the reported deal of four years, $88 million with $50-million guaranteed is real, they paid too mighty. However I uncover it. They wished to uncover the quarterback living solved, and Foles was the man they felt could assemble it.

However why go that prime with the cash? Who else was in it?

Foles is an upgrade over Blake Bortles, nonetheless he’s no longer the extra or less quarterback who can have confidence sustainable success with out support. He can’t carry a physique of workers. That can set a premium on fixing the offense round him within the next month and a half.

Foles is a first price quarterback, nonetheless the cash was formulation too high for my liking.

Grade: C+

Seahawks CB Justin Coleman to the Lions

Coleman had a correct season as a slot corner for the Seahawks final year and the Lions wished upgrading at that draw. They launched Nevin Lawson to support create the draw for Coleman, who’s a better participant.

Coleman spent the previous two seasons with Seattle, nonetheless spent two seasons in New England, where he performed for Pats coach Matt Patricia, who was then the Patriots defensive coordinator.

Coleman is extra of a playmaker than Lawson, which wanted to be share of the charm for the Lions.

Grade: B-

Chiefs C Mitch Morse to the Payments

I esteem this plod. Morse is an athletic participant who can stabilize the center of the Payments offense. Buffalo also signed Spencer Lengthy, who has performed center, nonetheless it appears adore he’s going to play guard.

Morse presents 2nd-year quarterback Josh Allen a sterling, in model participant below center, which is main for a younger passer.

Grade: B+

Ravens WR John Brown to the Payments

I esteem this plod for the Payments. Brown is a deep threat with blazing bound who’s a preferrred fit for Josh Allen, the enormous-armed 2nd-year Payments quarterback. Brown has been a 1,000-yard receiver in his profession (support with the Cardinals) and I have confidence he’s going to also be that with the Payments in 2019.

Brown’s means to stretch the protection was on demonstrate early final year for the Ravens when Joe Flacco was playing, nonetheless when Lamar Jackson took over he extra or less vanished. That is no longer any longer going to happen with Allen’s means to pressure the football.

Grade: B+

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley to the Payments

Beasley is the reverse of Brown, a slot receiver who does his soiled work within the center of the discipline. However he’s going to be a security blanket for Josh Allen, who has to take his completion percentage from Fifty two.eight final season.

Beasley’s means to fetch in a single on one scenarios in opposition to slot corners and sit down down within the cozy spots within the zones must support that develop true into a actuality.

Grade: C

Jaguars DT Malik Jackson to the Eagles

Jackson was a correct participant for the Jaguars for two seasons, nonetheless obtained too light to open the 2018 season and had pain in opposition to the bustle. He was benched, nonetheless performed successfully down the stretch.

He is a colossal locker-room man who will uncover moderately just a few single blocks playing subsequent to Fletcher Cox. Jackson is peaceable a top of the vary interior plod rusher. He needs to uncover support some of his weight so that you can extend better in opposition to the bustle.

Grade: B

Bucs WR Adam Humphries to the Titans

Humphries did a sterling job for the Bucs as a slot receiver final year, earning a $9-million per year deal from the Titans.

On the bottom, it would appear to be plenty for a slot receiver who has been runt extra than a complementary portion of the offense. However the Titans should always upgrade their internal passing game for Marcus Mariota. Humphries can assemble that, nonetheless the price was a runt prosperous.

Grade: C+

Ravens DE Terrell Suggs to the Cardinals

This is a homecoming for Suggs, who performed his college ball at Arizona Assert. Suggs, who’s shut to being Hall of Reputation agreeable, is peaceable able to providing a correct plod mosey in spurts. He has 18.5 sacks the previous two seasons, including 7.5 final season.

Playing reverse Chandler Jones, he can support give the Cardinals a sterling plod-mosey tandem. The plod also could display the Cardinals is also leaning to taking Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray first total, for the explanation that best risk on the tip of the draft is Ohio Assert plod rusher Slash Bosa.

Then again, that which it is in all probability you’ll also by no intention have confidence ample correct plod rushers.

Grade: B-

Texans S Tyrann Mathieu to the Chiefs

The “Honey Badger” is coming off a sterling season in his best one with the Texans and he fills a primary need on the support discontinue for the Chiefs. His means to duvet moderately just a few ground can support alongside Eric Berry.

Give Mathieu credit. He grew to become down a deal that was said to be averaging shut to $10 million to uncover $14 million a year from the Chiefs.

New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is an aggressive coach who needs gamers who can duvet on the support discontinue and Mathieu can assemble that.

Grade: B+

Panthers WR Devin Funchess to the Colts 

The Colts gave Funchess a one-year, display-it deal for $thirteen million, which I uncover unparalleled. Why no longer go after Tyrell Williams? I do know Funchess is more cost effective, nonetheless Williams has mighty extra gigantic-play means.

Funchess presents the Colts an even bigger purpose, nonetheless he doesn’t bustle that successfully, which is why he did no longer follow the Panthers.

Grade: C- 

Bears S Adrian Amos to the Packers

The Packers had a need at safety – after transferring corner Tramon Williams there final season – and they stuffed it by signing Amos from the Bears.

The 25-year-former Amos has fifty six starts in four seasons, and he’s made main strides the previous two seasons. He is a correct participant in coverage and he’s a sterling tackler within the bustle game. He is scheduled to manufacture $37 million over four years, which is a reduce value when put next to the deal Landon Collins obtained from the Redskins.

Grade: B+

Redskins OLB Preston Smith to the Packers

On the heels of touchdown Za’Darius Smith to amp up the plod mosey, the Packers adopted that up by touchdown Preston Smith, one of many most-underrated gamers on this class. Preston Smith had four sacks final year to give him 24 ½ in his profession, nonetheless he had over 50 pressures for the Redskins.

In the Packers’ intention, he’s going to play as a stand-up open air linebacker who coordinator Mike Pettine will have confidence to have confidence. He is one of those 26-year-former gamers who’s succesful now reaching his prime years. Here is a great signing.

Grade: A

Vikings DT Sheldon Richardson to the Browns

Here is seemingly one of many sneaky-correct signings of this class. Richardson has been dominant at conditions in his profession, and performed in actuality successfully on a one-year deal for the Vikings final season.

He’ll be a part of a defensive front that will seemingly be on of the finest within the NFL subsequent season. The knock on Richardson is he generally doesn’t repeatedly play the intention. That can also be coached out of him, nonetheless he’s a skill up front.

Grade: A

Jaguars S Tashaun Gipson to the Texans

The Texans lost safety Tyrann Mathieu to the Chiefs, so that they changed him with a more cost effective version in Gipson, a participant they know successfully. Gipson is coming off an above-sensible season from the Jaguars, nonetheless they let him go for cap causes.

He is no longer for all time in actuality as correct as Mathieu, nonetheless he’s going to be a in model impression within the support discontinue for the Texans. The price of $7.5 million per season is manageable.

Grade: C+

Panthers LB Thomas Davis to the Chargers

The Chargers had major concerns at linebacker final year, so this makes sense. Davis is no longer for all time in actuality as swift as he dilapidated to be, nonetheless he’s going to give the Chargers a sterling traditional presence in Gus Bradley’s protection. However age (35) is a scenario.

Grade: B

Broncos CB Bradley Roby to the Texans

Here’s a first price signing on a one-year deal. The used first-round expend will seemingly be motivated to demonstrate that he’s price a prolonged-time duration deal in 2019. Roby did no longer play to boot to anticipated final season, which is why the price was down.

The Texans lost traditional Kareem Jackson to the Broncos, so right here’s generally a swap. Thee best distinction is Roby is plenty more cost effective.

Grade: C

Redskins OT Ty Nsekhe to the Payments

Though he’s 34, Nsekhe is seemingly one of many extra underrated tackles within the league. He is been a top of the vary swing tackle with the Redskins, nonetheless he has performed successfully when he’s been a starter.

He has also performed guard, that also can also be a draw for him on the Payments line. The Payments also could start him on the finest facet at tackle, nonetheless if they had been to draft a tackle in April he’s going to also be a precious reserve or guard.

Grade: B+

Broncos C Matt Paradis to the Panthers

The Panthers had Ryan Kalil retire after the season, so that they had to both ticket a center or draft one, and they opted to ticket Paradis.

He is a great zone blocker who will get by alongside with his smarts and his athletic means. He straight upgrades the interior of the Carolina line, even even though he’s coming off a season reduce quick by a broken leg.

Grade: A

Rams G Rodger Saffold to the Titans

The Titans clearly wished to upgrade the interior of their line, and touchdown Saffold does that. He is coming off a runt little bit of a down season when put next to 2017, nonetheless he’s a correct bustle blocker who must support Derrick Henry.

It be a correct, stable plod, nonetheless again the cash was a runt high. Then again, it be the market.

Grade: B