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2012-14 free agency big name signings from 'top teams'

11 March 2015 - 10:47 AM

Just posted this in another thread but found it interesting given the clamoring a few folks are doing for "Big name signings, because all the other good teams do it". The best teams in the NFL have cultivated internal talent and are able to supplement with value-driven, strategic signings. They have the money to do it and they sign proven players at beneficial prices rather than paying premium prices for the biggest names.

Here is the link to the 2012 Pro Football Focus' 2012 FA tracker: https://www.profootb...-agent-tracker/

Know who Seattle's biggest external FA addition was? Matt Flynn, but they DRAFTED Russel Wilson

Know who NE's biggest external FA addition was? Brandon Lloyd, but they DRAFTED Chandler Jones

Know who Indianapolis' biggest externa FAl addition was? Cory Redding, but they DRAFTED Andrew Luck

Know who Pittsburgh's biggest external addition was? Jerricho Cotchery, but they DRAFTED David DeCastro

Know who Green Bay's biggest external addition was? Tony Hargrove, but they DRAFTED Nick Perry

Know who eventual-SB champ Baltimore's biggest external addition was? Corey Graham, but they DRAFTED Bernard Pierce

Since it was requested, here are 2013 and 2014. Also from PFF.


Seattle - Cliff Avril (not counting Harvin since he rarely played, though they did sign him)
NE- Danny Amendola
Indy- Aubrayo Franklinn
Pitt- Matt Spaeth
Green Bay- Matthew Mulligan (only external FA signing)
Baltimore- Elvis Dumervil

2014: https://www.profootb...agency-tracker/

Seattle- Michael Bennett
NE- Darelle Revis
Indy- Hakeem Nicks
Pitt- Mike Mitchell
Green Bay- Julius Peppers
Baltimore- Steve Smith

Yes, these teams are now able to sign big names, buf it's because they spent seasons building internally under quality talent leadership and being fiscally responsible, much like Carolina is doing now. Citing teams that have spent years under good leadership (coaching and FA alike) and claiming that they are perennial buyers of top big-name (read: expensive) talent in FA doesn't hold up once actual FA data are reviewed.

Edit: Should anyone else wish to review every team in the league, go for it. I chose these because they are names commonly considered as "top teams", though Pitt is certainly falling out of that category. I started with 2012 because that was the earliest database that was easiest to find and because it captures a sampling of recent and future SB winners. Many people are completely missing the point in that I am not saying that these teams don't spend money or sign big names, but that when they do it it's because they recognize value and capitalize, rounding out a roster that is already stocked with homegrown talent at reasonable prices.

David Newton blog about Carolina's use of on-field player GPS

21 February 2015 - 02:53 AM

Kind of interesting that Gettleman credits it with the team being healthy (at least from non-contact injuries) at the end of the season.

Gettleman referred to a rash of hamstring injuries early in the year to key players such as running backs DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker before the team began to fully utilize GPS.

“As soon as we got on that GPS and really understood what it was telling us ... we were pretty stinking healthy at the end of the year," he said.


Incarcerated Cowboys fan suing the NFL for $88 billion over Dez Bryant's overt...

23 January 2015 - 11:13 AM

Title says it all. I had joked about the guy who already got the Seattle 'back to back' tattoo suing the team if they lose, but maybe it's not so out there after all.


Hey Biscuit - is the power out all over Wlimington?

08 January 2015 - 12:40 PM

My company HQ is there and they made it sound like the entire city is without power.  If that's the case, hope everyone is staying warm out there.

Norwell and JR both smiled

03 January 2015 - 07:48 PM

Big day indeed.