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NFL Free-Agency Tracker: Giants Add Two Big Names

Position-by-position rankings, landing spots and analysis of all the free-agent signings.

The wide-receiver market has not been kind to players, but Kenny Golladay got his big contract with the Giants on Saturday. Big Blue also landed a potential No. 1 cornerback in Adoree' Jackson, in what was a big offseason for the team.

Players who have signed or been franchise-tagged are in italics. For unsigned players, their most recent team is noted in parentheses.


QUARTERBACKS

1. Dak Prescott: Re-signed with Dallas
One of the most efficient quarterbacks of the past five years, Prescott represents both where the game is headed and, given his placement on this list, the NFL’s reticence in awarding players that are not a dated archetype of how quarterbacks should play. Prescott is accurate, doesn’t make mistakes and spreads the ball around. He’s now the second-highest-paid player in football, behind Patrick Mahomes. —CO

2. Cam Newton: Re-signed with New England
I think most everyone realizes how valuable it is to have Newton on a paltry contract, loaded with incentives, like this one. It’s an interesting pairing in Foxboro; he seems to be legitimately in love with the idea of playing for Bill Belichick and the Patriots, which, as we all know, can be an acquired taste for some. Having Newton on a backup QB salary gives New England the flexibility to go upgrade the rest of the offense while also ensuring that they have a good-enough QB should other options (via draft or via trade for someone like Jimmy Garoppolo) fall through. —CO

3. Jacoby Brissett: Agreed to sign with Miami
He arrives in Miami as Tua Tagovailoa's backup, but Brissett is capable of winning games if forced into action. Two seasons ago, he had the Colts at 5–2 before a knee injury sidelined him, and by the time he returned to the lineup, the receiving corps had been decimated by injury. Brissett has to continue to make strides when it comes to processing speed, but the physical traits are there and he’s still only 28. —GG

4. Ryan Fitzpatrick: Agreed to sign with Washington
Fitzpatrick has established himself as the commensurate Bridge Guy with a high four- or five-game ceiling. Landing in Washington gives him an excellent change to hold on to the starting job for a full season—only Taylor Heinicke and possibly an aggressive draft-day move stand in his way. —CO

5. Jameis Winston: Re-signed with New Orleans
The QB competition with Taysom Hill is on. While Sean Payton has spoken of Winston in glowing terms, the Saints instead turned to Hill when Drew Brees was hurt last season. Winston’s 30-minute audition in relief of Brees in Week 10—when Winston was tasked with protecting a lead—featured an unfortunate decision that was reminiscent of his turnover-filled stint in Tampa. While he has starting-caliber talent, coaching the interceptions out of Winston’s game is a tall order. —GG

6. Andy Dalton: Agreed to sign with Chicago
At this point we have a large enough sample size on Dalton to know what the projection is here. The Bears are stuck between the lesser of two evils; two hold-the-fort quarterbacks, one of whom probably turns the ball over a little less but has a slightly lower aggressive upside and another quarterback who is streakier but not in the fun Jameis Winston–type way. It seems the Bears did all they could to lure Russell Wilson, but this, for now, looks to be the plan.  —CO

7. Mitchell Trubisky: Agreed to sign with Buffalo
8. Joe Flacco: Agreed to sign with Philadelphia
9. Tyrod Taylor: Agreed to sign with Houston
10. C.J. Beathard: Agreed to sign with Jacksonville


RUNNING BACKS

1. Aaron Jones: Re-signed with Green Bay
Green Bay is a smart team that understands the importance of layering a position like running back, especially in this particular offense. Maybe Jones isn’t around forever and maybe he affects AJ Dillon’s development, but they ensure that the position is well-stocked and that they are as versatile in the red zone as possible.  —CO

2. Chris Carson: Agreed to re-sign with Seattle
He’s been outstanding when healthy, capable of creating his own yardage as a runner, and Carson’s receiving skills have improved to the point of making him a respectable part of the passing game. Durability is the issue; he’s missed 19 games over his first four NFL seasons, and his violent running style suggests he’ll be a regular on the injury report. —GG

3. Phillip Lindsay: Agreed to sign with Houston
Workload will always be a concern at his size, but Lindsay is capable of creating in tight spaces and brings big-play ability as a lead back. He's a clear upgrade over David Johnson and Mark Ingram in Houston.  —GG 

4. Kenyan Drake: Agreed to sign with Las Vegas
He was excellent after being acquired by the Cardinals at the 2019 trade deadline, but Drake battled ankle and hip injuries over his first full season in Arizona and wasn’t nearly as effective last year. In Vegas, he'll serve as a change-of-pace back to Josh Jacobs, and the reduced workload could lead to much improved efficiency for Drake. —GG

5. James White: Re-signed with New England
He isn't an ideal fit in the run-heavy, Cam Newton–led offense, but White remains one of the most effective pass-catching backs in the league. —GG

6. Duke Johnson (Houston)
7. Mike Davis: Agreed to sign with Atlanta
8. Leonard Fournette: Re-signed with Tampa Bay
9. James Conner (Pittsburgh)
10. Damien Williams: Agreed to sign with Chicago
11. Le'Veon Bell (Kansas City)
12. Marlon Mack: Re-signed with Indianapolis
13. Carlos Hyde: Agreed to sign with Jacksonville
14. Tevin Coleman: Agreed to sign with N.J. Jets
15. Jamaal Williams: Agreed to sign with Detroit
16. Todd Gurley (Atlanta)
17. Mark Ingram: Signed with Houston


FULLBACKS

1. Kyle Juszczyk: Re-signed with San Francisco


WIDE RECEIVERS

1. Kenny Golladay: Agreed to sign with N.Y. Giants
The Giants have been in need of a true No. 1 receiver since they dealt Odell Beckham Jr., and Golladay becomes that guy who can tip coverages for Daniel Jones. Physical and well-rounded, Golladay is going to knock a linebacker on his rear end while on chip duty and then, on the next play, make a balletic sideline grab to move the chains. —CO

2. Chris Godwin: Franchise-tagged by Tampa Bay
A dominant big slot who can also line up outside, Godwin brings value as a playmaker at all three levels. As an added bonus, he’s one of the most effective blocking receivers in the league, fulfilling the “Larry Fitzgerald role” in Bruce Arians’s offense better than anyone could have reasonably expected. —GG

3. Allen Robinson: Signed franchise-tag tender with Chicago
Robinson is a contested-catch specialist who has thrived despite a run of rocky quarterbacks in Jacksonville and, now, Chicago. He won’t create separation, and he had a couple of passes ripped away by defensive backs last season, but he’s a true No. 1 receiver who won’t turn 28 until training camp and should age well over the next few years. —GG

4. Curtis Samuel: Agreed to sign with Washington
After being used primarily as a downfield threat in 2018 and ’19, Samuel broke out last season as a catch-and-run threat operating out of the slot. His opportunities were somewhat limited while sharing targets with Robby Anderson and DJ Moore last year, but he doesn’t turn 25 until training camp and has a chance to be a perfect complement to Terry McLaurin in Washington. —GG

5. Will Fuller: Agreed to sign with Miami
As a rookie, Tua Tagovailoa struggled to determine what constitutes "open" in the NFL compared to college. The best way to rectify that in the short-term is with receivers who can separate, especially opposite contested-catch specialist DeVante Parker. Despite some injury concerns, Fuller had his best season in 2020 amid an organizational tire fire in Houston. Durability is a concern, but when healthy he's among the league's elite deep threats. —CO

6. Corey Davis: Agreed to sign with N.Y. Jets
The Titans loved to run Davis over the middle, allowing his size and athleticism to hammer slower linebackers and safeties tasked with covering him. As we saw with the emergence of A.J. Brown, Davis is at his best when he can find advantageous single-coverage matchups—will those be available lining up for the Jets? —CO

7. JuJu Smith-Schuster: Re-signed with Pittsburgh
Failing to land a lucrative long-term deal in a robust, team-friendly receiver market, Smith-Schuster settled for a prove-it deal back in Pittsburgh. He was dominant as a big slot early in his career, with Antonio Brown drawing a lot of coverage away from him in Pittsburgh’s 3 x 1 looks. But he didn’t emerge as a true No. 1 receiver the past two seasons, and while he won’t turn 25 until November he might ultimately top out as a quality No. 2 possession receiver who brings some value as a blocker as well. —GG

8. Nelson Agholor: Agreed to sign with New England
Unfairly branded as a punchline after a few untimely drops in Philadelphia, Agholor went to Vegas and the Raiders unlocked his potential as a downfield threat. He might not be a true No. 1 receiver, but he can play outside or in the slot; he and fellow Patriots signee Kendrick Bourne, the big-framed former 49ers receiver, should complement each other nicely in Foxboro. —GG

9. TY Hilton: Re-signed with Indianapolis
Hilton has had two injury-filled and relatively pedestrian seasons since the retirement of Andrew Luck. He still flashes his trademark speed, but he’s 31, and his market was ultimately limited to one-year deals. Still, he'll be a quality complementary deep threat for Carson Wentz. —GG

10. Marvin Jones: Agreed to sign with Jacksonville
A complementary receiver who has turned in his fair share of big plays, Jones will have value as a downfield acrobat opposite D.J. Chark. Despite being 31, he has yet to show signs of decline. —GG

11. Keelan Cole: Agreed to sign with N.Y. Jets
A cerebral, savvy route-runner with the ability to line up in the slot or the boundary, Cole is another nice complementary weapon in a Jets receiving corps that—while lacking a true No. 1 receiver—should be much improved in 2021. —GG

12. Sammy Watkins: Agreed to sign with Baltimore
He reunites with offensive coordinator Greg Roman in Baltimore, where Watkins has a chance to re-emerge as a No. 1 receiver. His production was disappointing over three seasons with the Chiefs, and durability concerns remain as he enters his age-28 season. Still, Watkins was a capable X-receiver in K.C., if overshadowed by Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. —GG

13. Antonio Brown (Tampa Bay)
He’s very good at football, but there are only a handful of teams who will lower themselves into any kind of AB sweepstakes. Even for those looking past a troubling history that he’s never even attempted to answer for publicly, he has a civil trial for sexual assault scheduled to begin the Monday of Week 13 on the upcoming season schedule. —GG

14. A.J. Green: Agreed to sign with Arizona
There is a feeling that he was simply disinterested in toiling for a non-competitor year after year, bottoming out last season when he had the NFL's lowest catch percentage among qualifying players. Maybe there is still another monstrous season inside of him. He gets a chance to prove it on a one-year deal with the Cardinals, who run more four-receiver sets than any team in football and are desperate to find depth beyond DeAndre Hopkins. —CO

15. Adam Humphries: Agreed to sign with Washington
He had a disappointing two-year run with the Titans, with concussion problems limiting him to seven games last season. Still, Humphries is entering his age-28 season just two years removed from being one of the league’s most effective slot receivers. He should settle in nicely between Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel. —GG

16. Breshad Perriman: Agreed to sign with Detroit
The ever-team-friendly receiver market burned Perriman each of the past two offseasons. After a rocky 2020 in a dysfunctional Jets offense, he'll provide field-stretching ability for the Jared Goff–led Lions. —GG

17. John Brown: Agreed to sign with Las Vegas
18. Emmanuel Sanders: Agreed to sign with Buffalo
19. Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona)
20. Kenny Stills (Buffalo)
21. Tyrell Williams: Signed with Detroit
22. Golden Tate (N.Y. Giants)
23. Kendrick Bourne: Agreed to sign with New England
24. Rashard Higgins: Re-signed with Cleveland
25. Josh Reynolds: Agreed to sign with Tennessee
26. Danny Amendola (Detroit)
27. David Moore: Agreed to sign with Carolina
28. DeSean Jackson: Agreed to sign with L.A. Rams
29. Damiere Byrd (New England)
30. Willie Snead: Agreed to sign with Las Vegas


TIGHT ENDS

1. Hunter Henry: Agreed to sign with New England
Henry is a quality receiver and solid blocker, just as effective in the slot as he is in-line and exactly the type of chess piece the Patriots typically look for. —CO

2. Jonnu Smith: Agreed to sign with New England
The Cam Newton re-sign was a tepid start to free agency, which is why the Jonnu Smith signing was so fascinating. New England spends big money ($12.5 million) on a pass-catching tight end who is demonic in space. Smith’s market was always going to be surprisingly high to the layperson (the Titans are working to re-sign Anthony Firkser), which is why Tennessee had to let him go. The Patriots’ pronounced arrival onto the free-agent market signals no time for a rebuild in New England. Smith will be a gift to Newton, or whomever is throwing passes. —CO

3. Rob Gronkowski: Re-signed with Tampa Bay
The weight loss compared with his time in New England didn’t make a big difference in Gronkowski’s speed, but he’s a savvy and physical target in the middle of the field and still a difference-maker in the red zone and as a blocker. However, it seems unlikely anyone will be able to pry him away from Tampa for his age-32 season. —GG

4. Gerald Everett: Agreed to sign with Seattle
Everett saw his role grow a year ago when the Rams started playing two tight ends more often, but he was unable to catch Tyler Higbee on the depth chart in L.A. Still, entering his age-27 season, he and brings a good blend of athleticism as a receiver and effort as a blocker. Getting some run with Russell Wilson (probably) in Seattle could lead to a breakout year. —GG

5. Jared Cook: Agreed to sign with L.A. Chargers
After losing Hunter Henry to New England, the Chargers found their replacement—at least for the 2021 season—in Cook. His target share diminished a bit in New Orleans last season, but his ability to get lost in a defense and emerge as an open receiver has never dissipated. —CO

6. Jesse James (Detroit)
7. Kyle Rudolph: Agreed to sign with N.Y. Giants
8. Dan Arnold: Agreed to sign with Carolina
9. Anthony Firkser: Re-signed with Tennessee


OFFENSIVE TACKLES

1. Trent Williams: Re-signed with San Francisco
He turns 33 this summer and hasn’t played 16 games in a season since 2013, but upon returning to the field after sitting out all of ’19, Williams was every bit the elite left tackle he’s always been when healthy. Upon acquiring him from Washington the 49ers agreed they wouldn’t use the franchise tag on him, and ultimately Williams got a record-setting deal to stay with the Niners on what's likely the last big contract of his career. —GG

2. Taylor Moton: Signed franchise-tag tender with Carolina
Moton played 100% of Carolina’s snaps last year and established himself as an absolute necessity at the right tackle spot for offensive coordinator Joe Brady. He gave up just three sacks; with cornerstone tackles at a premium, he was a must for the Panthers to retain. —CO

3. Daryl Williams: Re-signed with Buffalo
He had a rough finish to his Carolina career—Williams suffered a knee injury in the 2018 opener and was a shell of himself the next season, playing tackle and guard on both sides of the line. The Bills took a flier on him last season and he reemerged as one of the better right tackles in football. He turns 29 in August and rightfully warranted a multiyear deal to stay in Buffalo. —GG

4. Cam Robinson: Franchise-tagged then re-signed by Jacksonville
Robinson allowed a handful of sacks last year on a bad team with instability at the quarterback position. Otherwise, he’s been the definition of solid—good enough for Urban Meyer to retain him with Trevor Lawrence coming aboard. —CO

5. Eric Fisher (Kansas City)
A steady if not spectacular blindside blocker in Kansas City, Fisher turned 30 in January and ruptured his Achilles in the AFC title game, leading to his release and making him a question mark going into 2021 and beyond. If he proves to be healthy, he could be someone’s answer at left tackle for the next three seasons. —GG

6. Kelvin Beachum: Re-signed with Arizona
Beachum has turned in five quality seasons (with Jacksonville, the Jets and Arizona) since a knee injury ended his run in Pittsburgh after the 2015 season, and was a steal for the Cardinals on a prove-it deal last season. He’ll be 32 this summer, but he’s missed a total of four games in five years and should provide security on Kyler Murray's blindside again. —GG