2013 NFL Free Agency: Live Player Movement Tracker
The 2013 NFL off-season is officially under-way with the new free agency period. The excitement kicks off on Tuesday, and the big names won’t stop falling until about a week from now. We already saw Percy Harvin get traded to the Seahawks and there has been a ton of chatter about other trades and potential deals.
Follow it all LIVE right here on NFLSoup.com with our team-by-team tracker with each newly signed (or traded for) player, along with NFL and fantasy analysis when applicable.
Here we go:
Note: Teams are ordered based off of our most recent power rankings. In other words, the elite teams are up top and the bottom feeders are, well, at the bottom.
Last Updated: 12:21 pm ET – 3/16/2013
- Signed WR Danny Amendola to 5-year deal
After losing Wes Welker to the Broncos, the Patriots stepped up and replaced him almost immediately with his de-facto clone, Danny Amendola. When healthy, he compares quite favorably to Welker, and should fit right in. The deal is worth a reported $31M.
- Re-signed CB Aqib Talib to a 1-year deal
This one is quiet because it wasn’t a long-term deal, but it’s still a huge signing. Talib was solid for the Pats last year and if he keeps his nose clean he’ll be playing for a big payday in 2014.
- Traded a 2013 6th-round draft pick for Anquan Boldin
With the team not expected to retain Randy Moss, the 49ers pounced on the suddenly-available Anquan Boldin, whom Baltimore was looking to trade. Baltimore didn’t want to pay Boldin the $6 million he’s owed next season, and he reportedly had no interest in taking a pay cut. The deal gives San Francisco solid receiving depth alongside Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis.
- Sign WR Wes Welker to a 2-year deal
In rather shocking news, Denver has nabbed Tom Brady’s biggest weapon and placed him into Peyton Manning’s already-loaded arsenal.
- Sign OG Louis Vasquez to a 4-year, $23.5 million deal
Peyton Manning’s protection just got a lot better, as Vasquez was easily the best guard available on the open market.
- Signed DT Terrance Knighton to 2-year deal
Knighton lost his starting gig in Jacksonville last year, but wasn’t helped at all by suffering a serious eye injury during the preseason. He’ll help bolster the interior of a Broncos run defense that was one of the league’s worst in 2012.
- Signed ILB Stewart Bradley
Bradley is a former Eagles standout that has struggled with injuries the past few years.
- Re-signed DT Kevin Vickerson
Vickerson is solid, but not elite. Denver brings him back to ensure they have solid depth on their defensive line.
- Signed CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a 1-year deal
DRC is definitely talented; he just needs to get his mind right. He could learn a few things and end up paying off behind Champ Bailey in Denver.
- Signed DT Chris Canty
Canty is a very tough d-lineman with some nice versatility. Baltimore gets stronger and more flexible on the line with a solid signing here.
- Re-signed WR/KR David Reed
Reed missed most of 2012 but provides depth at receiver and could be a bigger factor on returns, especially if the Ravens incorporate Jacoby Jones in their offense more with Anquan Boldin now a 49er.
- Re-signed DB James Ihedigbo to a 1-year deal
Ihedigbo is a solid special teams player and merely provides some nice depth for the reigning champs.
- Traded three picks (2013 1st and 7th rounders and 2014 mid-rounder) for Percy Harvin; Sign Harvin to extension
An already solid and borderline scary Seattle offense just got sick. Harvin’s stock will surely rise with more weapons around him and a better quarterback throwing him passes. Minnesota, meanwhile, should be a player for a wide receiver or three in free agency and the draft. They then agreed to a six-year, $67M contract extension.
- Signed DE Cliff Avril
The Seahawks added to their already-superb pass rush by signing one of the more coveted defensive linemen on the market in Cliff Avril.
- TE Tony Gonzalez has informed the Falcons he will return in 2013 and the two sides are working out a new deal
Matt Ryan’s safety blanket is back, and even though he’s going on 37 he’ll again be a very solid TE1 option in fantasy football. This shouldn’t keep the Falcons from looking to the future at the tight end position in this year’s draft, however.
- Re-signed S William Moore to a 5-year deal
Moore is still one of the better safeties in football and now Atlanta doesn’t have to worry about finding a replacement.
- Re-signed CB Brent Grimes to a 1-year deal
The Falcons wisely hold onto Grimes after letting go of Dunta Robinson. Grimes is a premier corner when healthy, although with just a one year deal the Falcons would be wise to add secondary depth in the draft.
- Re-signed LT Sam Baker to a 6-year deal
Atlanta holds onto one of the better tackles available, and Baker will stick around to make sure Matt Ryan is touched rarely for the Falcons. Atlanta couldn’t afford to let him get away, so this is a great re-signing.
- Signed DL Cullen Jenkins to 3-year, $8 million deal
Jenkins is 32 and on the decline, but working the inside of the line for the Giants should keep him playing at a high level. His strength and versatility is a welcomed addition to a still stacked New York front line.
- Re-signed Ryan Torain
Torain isn’t going to compete for significant action, but is another body in case someone goes down. He’s pretty fragile, himself, so it’s no guarantee he sticks on the week one roster.
- Signed K Josh Brown
Brown doesn’t have a huge leg anymore but he’s always been accurate. He’ll replace Lawrence Tynes.
- Signed WR Louis Murphy to a 1-year deal
Purely a depth add here, but Murphy is a great athlete and his versatility allows him to operate out of the slot or outside, as well as help out on returns.
- Re-signed LS Justin Drescher to a 4-year deal
New Orleans retains their main long snapper to keep continuity at an underrated position.
- Re-signed OG Kory Lichtensteiger
Washington holds onto a very solid offensive lineman here to help keep their run-blocking intact.
- Re-signed P Sav Rocca
Washington holds onto their quality punter to help win the battle of field position with regularity in 2013 and beyond.
- Signed RT Jeremy Trueblood
Washington gets deeper on their offensive line.
- Signed RB Jonathan Dwyer to a 6th-round tender
Dwyer is a solid back but belongs in a committee or as a top backup, due to a lack of versatility. The Steelers are letting Rashard Mendenhall walk, though, so they needed to be sure they held onto some depth.
- Signed QB Bruce Gradkowski
Per Adam Schefter, the Steelers finally add a quality backup behind Big Ben. Gradkowski has good experience, some athletic ability, and has shown well in spot-starts in the past. He’s not a world-beater by any means, but he’s better than Charlie Batch.
- Signed OT King Dunlap
Per Adam Caplan on Twitter, the Chargers add some solid o-line depth with Dunlap, a former Eagle. He wasn’t great in Philly, but he’s solid depth. It’s no secret the Chargers need to keep working on their pass protection.
- Signed CB Derek Cox
An already solid defense gets a bit stronger in the secondary by adding strong cover corner Derek Cox.
- Re-signed DT Henry Melton to a 1-year deal, $8.5 million deal
Melton was Chicago’s franchise designated player, so it’s good they came to an agreement. They couldn’t afford to let their main man in the middle of their defense walk, and now they have to focus on nailing down a long-term contract.
- Signed LT Jermon Bushrod to a 5-year deal
Bushrod doesn’t completely solve Chicago’s offensive line woes, but he’s a great step in the right direction.
- Signed TE Martellus Bennett to a 4-year deal
Chicago was embarrassing at tight end ever since saying good-bye to Greg Olsen, and they rectified that today. Bennett has great size and proved in his only season as a Giant that he can be a quality starting tight end in this league. He’s a rock solid TE2 with low TE1 upside.
- Signed LB Lawrence Sidbury
Indy keeps trucking along in FA. Here they get Sidbury, who wasn’t anything special in Atlanta on the defensive line, but perhaps is better suited to play in Indy’s 3-4 scheme as an OLB. At the worst he’s depth and will offer up competition.
- Signed OG Donald Thomas
Colts add some much-needed offensive line depth with the addition of Thomas, a former Patriot. He’s extremely versatile and can be a plug and play guy for their o-line as needed.
- Signed OLB Erik Walden
Indy is busy so far in free agency. They land Walden, a 3-4 pass rushing OLB to help continue their transition to the new system. He’s not an elite talent, but he wasn’t bad for the Packers the past few years and serves up some decent depth. Actually, I jught caught that Walden was under the impression that he’ll start in 2013.
- Signed CB Greg Toler
Toler is formerly of the Cardinals and is a very solid corner. Indy needed corner help and they got it. Now they’ll just have to hope Toler can stay healthy.
- Signed OT Gosder Cherilus
Cherilus was solid in Detroit last year and will add some balance to Indy’s offensive line.
-Re-signed CB Darius Butler
Indianapolis further solidified their corner position by re-signing Butler to a two-year deal.
- Signed S LaRon Landry to a 4-year, $24 million deal
Landry isn’t always consistent in coverage, but he’s still a special talent who can really lay a hurting on players. After staying healthy in 2012, Landry looks to be a heck of an add for an Indy secondary that sorely needed a safety upgrade.
- Signed RB Reggie Bush to a 4-year deal
Perhaps the Lions have finally found themselves a running back, signing former No. 2 overall pick Reggie Bush to a four-year deal. He’ll be a very useful weapon, and should also add a new dimension to Detroit’s already-scary passing attack.
- Re-signed CB Chris Houston to a 5-year deal
Solid re-sign here, as Houston is easily Detroit’s top corner. Rotoworld.com suggests he’s better suited as their #2 guy, and I tend to agree. Who else the Lions add to their secondary remains to be determined, but they could still aim for Alabama stud corner Dee Milliner in the draft.
- Signed DL Jason Jones
Jones is young and versatile, two things the Lions need for their defensive line. The signing will allow Detroit to let one of their d-lineman go and makes them stronger on the front line right away.
- Signed S Glover Quin
Detroit’s busy offseason continues as they solidify the secondary by picking up former Texans safety Glover Quin.
- Re-signed LS Don Muhlbach
Not a news-breaker, but holding on to a reliable long snapper is always a good decision. Detroit does just that here.
- Re-Signed DE Wallace Gilberry
Gilberry will help keep Cincy’s elite pass-rush in tip-top shape.
- Re-signed P Ken Huber to a 5-year deal
Huber is one of the better punters in the league, so Cincy wasted no time in making sure they don’t have to start from scratch at the position.
- Signed WR Greg Jennings to a 5-year, $48 million deal
The Vikes get their man, and suddenly their WR corps isn’t abysmal. Jennings holds onto WR2 value in Minnesota, but with Christian Ponder a suspect starting quarterback, that could be on the way down.
- Re-signed RT Phil Loadholt
The Vikes made sure Chicago or no one else could lure Loadholt away. His presence helps ensure Christian Ponder will be effectively protected at both tackle positions going forward.
- Re-signed FB Jerome Felton to a 3-year deal
This puts the Rhett Ellison to fullback rumors to bed, and should also please Adrian Peterson some. Felton is a high quality run-blocker and should do well in front of All Day for the next few seasons.
- Re-signed S Jamarca Sanford
Sanford is solid, but not special. While Minny doesn’t improve opposite of the play-making Harrison Smith, they at least won’t get any worse at safety in 2013.
- Re-signed WR Jerome Simpson to a 1-year contract
Yikes, talk about desperation. Simpson was a free agent bust last year but with Percy Harvin being traded, the Vikes needed to get bodies – fast. I don’t expect Simpson to pan out, though. They better land a big fish in free agency and address receiver in the draft.
- Signed S Dashon Goldson to a five-year deal
Goldson will come in to boost a Buccaneers pass defense that ranked dead-last in the league in 2012. He’ll start alongside the team’s 2012 first-round pick, Mark Barron.
- Signed TE Jared Cook to a 5-year deal
Lance Kendricks wasn’t getting it done and with Danny Amendola probably leaving, the Rams needed more weapons for Sam Bradford. Cook fit the bill and then some, as he’s a TE upgrade, while his speed and athleticism also lets him operate out of the slot. Good move by the Rams.
- Re-signed DE William Hayes
Hayes notched seven sacks last year and can probably be counted on for similar production again in 2013.
- Signed CB Drayton Florence to 1-year deal
Florence has been around since 2003, and played for Panthers head coach Ron Rivera while they were both with the Chargers. Florence helps fill a bit of a need at corner for the Panthers, with Captain Munnerlyn now a free agent and Chris Gamble having decided to retire.
- Re-signed CB/KR Leodis McKelvin to a 4-year deal
McKelvin gives the Bills depth at corner and help on special teams. It was a solid signing due to his versatility.
- Signed OLB Manny Lawson
Buffalo adds some depth to their line-backing crew here. Lawson isn’t a game-changer, but he does have good size and athleticism.
- Signed WR Mike Wallace to a 5-year, $65 million deal
They got him. 60 Minutes will be the new #1 WR in Miami, helping rounding out a pretty darn good Dolphins passing offense now. He’s a sure-fire WR2 in fantasy due to playing with the inexperienced Ryan Tannehill, but as always carries WR1 upside.
- Re-signed FS Chris Clemons to a 1-year deal
Smart move. Clemons was one of the better safeties on the open market, and realistically not a guy the Dolphins could afford to lose. He’ll keep the back of their defense in solid order (so long as they add some corners) for 2013. They’d be wise to nail down a long-term deal with him.
- Signed LB Dannell Ellerbe
This one comes out of nowhere, as Baltimore was trying to hold onto the heir apparent to Ray Lewis in the middle of their defense. It’s back to the drawing board for the Ravens at inside linebacker and a quality signing for Miami – their fourth of free agency.
- Signed OLB Philip Wheeler to a 5-year, $26 million deal
Wheeler is a very solid, balanced linebacker, making this one yet another quality signing for the Dolphins. Miami usually swings and misses in free agency, but so far they might be considered the early winners. Wheeler will start in 2013.
- Re-signed WR Brian Hartline to a 5-year deal worth over $30 million
They over-paid a bit for a guy who is best suited as their #2, but he has good speed and some play-making ability. If they can land Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings, their receiving corps will be very solid in 2013. Hartline can safely be drafted as a steady WR3, but not much more due to a lack of scoring ability.
- Re-signed QB Matt Moore to a 2-year, $8 million deal
Moore wasn’t going to get a starting job anywhere else, so he’ll stick in Miami and be a high quality backup and mentor for the young Ryan Tannehill.
- Signed RB Rashard Mendenhall to a 1-year deal
Mendy wasn’t himself in 2012 after a comeback from a torn ACL, but he should be 100% come 2013. He’ll pair with Ryan Williams to form AZ’s new back-field after the release of Beanie Wells. He has RB2 upside if they can fix their o-line issues.
- Signed QB Drew Stanton to 3-year deal
Stanton joins the Cardinals’ vast collection of mediocre quarterbacks along with Brian Hoyer, Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley. Kolb’s status is highly up-in-the-air, as he’s owed a $2M roster bonus and a $9M base salary. His Arizona days may be over.
- Re-sign S Rashad Johnson to a 3-year deal
Johnson is a solid, balanced safety that is at worst a special teams stud, but could potentially be starting in AZ with the team releasing Adrian Wilson.
- Signed TE James Casey
This is a good move by the Eagles, who have Brent Celek in place but badly needed a change-up tight end. Unlike Celek, Casey is insanely versatile and a better, more explosive athlete. He’ll be able to lineup in a number of formations and help stretch the field in the passing game.
- Signed CB Bradley Fletcher
Fletcher is a decent corner with starter talent, but he hasn’t been consistent as of late. Philly needs corners, but they might be reaching here just a bit if they plan on Fletcher locking down one side of the field.
- Signed NT Isaac Sopoaga to a 3-year deal
Easily Philly’s best free agency move yet, as Sopoaga is a great fit for their new 3-4 defensive scheme. He’s a stout run-stuffer and will make a positive impact right away.
- Signed S Pat Chung
Chung has some talent and the Eagles badly need help at safety. He has a pretty good chance to be one of the starting safeties come week one.
- Signed LB Jason Phillips
This is a depth add for Philly’s linebacking corps. Phillips will compete for playing time, but is no lock to start come 2013.
- Signed QB David Garrard
Nothing special to see here, as Garrard is going on 35 and has back and knee issues. However, he still has some talent and could eventually force the Mark Sanchez era to a happy end.
- Signed OG Andy Levitre to a 5-year, $39 million deal
Levitre is a great run-blocker and one of the top guards available. This is a great signing with news that veteran guard Steve Hutchinson is hangin’ up his cleats. Chris Johnson’s prospects are looking a little better for 2013.
- Signed TE Delanie Walker to 4-year deal
He’s no Jared Cook, but considering how sparingly the Titans go to their tight end, Walker was a solid get. He actually has some upside to him and is quite versatile. I don’t think Tennessee is necessarily done at TE just yet, but I do like this move.
- Signed RB Shonn Greene to 3-year deal
Greene showed promise early in his career with the Jets, and did run for over 1,000 yards with eight touchdowns last season. He’s the change-of-pace back the Titans have been looking for to pair-up with Chris Johnson.
- Signed DT Sammie Hill to 3-year deal
Hill, formerly of the Lions, signed a three-year deal worth over $11M with $4M in guarantees. He’s shown potential in brief stints with the Lions, and should have an elevated role in Tennessee.
- Signed ILB Moise Fokou to 2-year deal
Fokou, formerly of the Colts and Eagles, could step-in and replace Will WItherspoon, who is a free agent.
- Re-signed K Rob Bironas
Boring, I know, but Bironas still has a good leg and is pretty consistent. If his offense improves, he’ll only be better in 2013.
- Signed DE/OLB Paul Kruger to a 5-year, $41 million deal
Huge signing for Browns, as Kruger is a sound pass-rusher who can also help with run defense. He’ll slide right into their 3-4 and be an impact rusher on the edge in 2013. OLB just became a lot less of a concern for Cleveland.
- Signed OLB Quentin Groves to a 2-year, $2.8 million deal
Groves is a quality pass-rusher and will provide nice depth for Cleveland’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Considering the Browns have Jabaal Sheard and Paul Kruger locked in on either side, this is a great depth signing. Their pass-rush should improve significantly in 2013.
- Signed TE Gary Barnidge to a 3-year deal
The Browns have a bit of a hole at tight end and Barnidge played under Cleveland’s current head coach. Barnidge has good size and speed, but is not a threat to start in 2013.
- Traded for QB Alex Smith
This move allows the team to move on from failed experiment Matt Cassel, and gives them an upgrade at quarterback.
- Re-signed WR Dwayne Bowe to a 5-year, $56 million deal
Bowe finally got paid and with Alex Smith under center, he should figure to put up solid numbers, too. He’s a locked in WR2 with WR1 upside if everything breaks his way in 2013.
- Franchise Tagged OT Brandon Albert
The two sides may simply agree to a one year pact as it stands, but a long-term deal could still be arranged. With the release of OT Eric Winston, it’s possible the Chiefs will draft a tackle with the #1 overall pick and try to keep Albert for the next 4-5 years, as well.
- Signed CB Dunta Robinson to 3-year deal
Robinson got burned quite a bit as a Falcon last year, but I like the signing. KC needed some help in their secondary and Robinson is not without talent.
- Signed QB Chase Daniel to a 3-year deal
Daniel won’t be a threat to Alex Smith in 2013, but he could be a future starter and at the worst will offer his services as a solid backup. The Chiefs are completely starting over under center, and so far they’ve done a solid job in bringing in solid talent.
- Signed DE Mike DeVito
DeVito is a big body that excels against the run. He’s perfect for KC’s 3-4 defensive scheme, but he won’t offer anything as a pass-rusher.
- Signed WR Donnie Avery
The Chiefs needed speed on the outside and they get it in Avery, who wasn’t bad as the #2 receiver in Indy last year. He’s inconsistent and approaching 30, but he fills a need.
- Signed CB Sean Smith to a 3-year deal
The Chiefs land Smith, one of the best corners on the open market. He’ll operate opposite of Brandon Flowers, and along with freshly signed Dunta Robinson, the Chiefs suddenly have one of the best secondaries in the entire league. They’re having one heck of a free agency.
- Signed LB Geno Hayes
Hayes brings solid depth but isn’t the most balanced ‘backer in the world. Jacksonville remains very quiet in free agency.
- Re-signed CB Phillip Adams
Adams will compete to start in 2013. This isn’t the earth-shattering signing Oakland fans were looking for.
- Re-signed DB Coye Francies
Francies isn’t an elite talent but he at least provides depth and knows the system. Oakland figures to aim to improve mostly through the draft.
- Signed LB Kaluka Maiava to 3-year deal
Maiava started 13 games for Cleveland last year, and should come in and start for the Raiders right away. His three-year deal is worth $6M.