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NFL Free Agency 2014 - Top 100 Ranked Players

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NFL Free Agency 2014 - Top 100 Players
Free Agents - Unrestricted & ‘Street’ - No Franchise or Transitional Players listed

Photo – WR Eric Decker - Broncos

Top NFL Unrestricted Free Agents 2014:
Rank / Players / Position / Team

1. Jairus Byrd - S - Buffalo Bills
2. Lamarr Houston - DE - Oakland Raiders
3. Eugene Monroe - OT - Baltimore Ravens
4. Michael Johnson - DE - Cincinnati Bengals
5. Alterraun Verner - CB - Tennessee Titans
6. T.J. Ward - S - Cleveland Browns
7. Jared Veldheer - OT - Oakland Raiders
8. Branden Albert - OT - Kansas City Chiefs
9. Eric Decker - WR - Denver Broncos
10. Vontae Davis - CB - Indianapolis Colts
11. Randy Starks - DT - Miami Dolphins
12. Linval Joseph - DT - New York Giants
13. Brandon Browner - CB - Seattle Seahawks
14. James Jones - WR - Green Bay Packers
15. Aqib Talib - CB - New England Patriots
16. Jason Hatcher - DT - Dallas Cowboys
17. Jermichael Finley - TE - Green Bay Packers
18. B.J. Raji - DT - Green Bay Packers
19. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - CB - Broncos
20. Rodger Saffold - OT - St. Louis Rams
21. Henry Melton - DT - Chicago Bears
22. Golden Tate - WR - Seattle Seahawks
23. Karlos Dansby - LB - Arizona Cardinals
24. Donte Whitner - S - San Francisco 49ers
25. Michael Vick - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
26. Walter Thurmond - CB - Seattle Seahawks
27. Julian Edelman - WR - New England Patriots
28. Josh McCown - QB - Chicago Bears
29. Anthony Collins - OT - Cincinnati Bengals
30. Arthur Jones - DT - Baltimore Ravens
31. Hakeem Nicks - WR - NY Giants
32. Robert Ayers - DE - Denver Broncos
33. Brian De La Puente - OC - New Orleans Saints
34. Brandon Pettigrew - TE - Detroit Lions
35. Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
36. Zane Beadles - OG - Denver Broncos
37. Ben Tate - RB - Houston Texans
38. Dexter McCluster - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
39. Austin Howard - OT - New York Jets
40. Zach Strief - OT - New Orleans Saints
41. Jon Asamoah - OG - Kansas City Chiefs
42. Darren McFadden - RB - Oakland Raiders
43. Tarell Brown - CB - San Francisco 49ers
44. Andrew Quarless - TE - Green Bay Packers
45. Andre Roberts - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
46. Knowshon Moreno - RB - Denver Broncos
47. Anthony Spencer - DE - Dallas Cowboys
48. Travelle Wharton - OG - Carolina Panthers
49. Jacoby Jones - WR - Baltimore Ravens
50. Tony McDaniel - DT - Seattle Seahawks

March Madness - NFL Veteran Free Agency and Trading Period –

NFL Team Salary Cap Space - at press time
The new NFL salary cap provided clubs with another $10 million dollars that has been factored into the individual team rosters. This new money boosts many clubs into a higher bracket that could produce a buying frenzy in the opening weeks starting March 11th. The salary cap per team below is a fluctuating total according to ongoing roster moves - resignings, releases and restructuring of current players. The new totals should guarantee a heavily active Free Agent market thru the spring.

2014 Salary Cap By Team

TEAM / 2014 CAP SPACE
Raiders - $63.7
Jaguars - $56.3
Browns - $49.2
Jets - $39.1
Colts - $37.5
Dolphins - $30.3
Vikings - $30.3
Packers - $29.3
Bengals - $26.8
Broncos - $24.9
Ravens - $24.4
Buccaneers - $23.6
Eagles - $23.5
Bills - $22.4
Redskins - $21.9
Giants - $19.2
Falcons - $18.0
Cardinals - $17.6
Seahawks - $13.1
Patriots - $12.2
Lions - $10.6
Titans - $10.1
49ers - $9.7
Chiefs - $9.4
Texans - $8.3
Bears - $8.2
Panthers - $6.6
Rams - $6.4
Chargers - $6.2
Steelers - $3.1
Saints - $2.1
Cowboys - $1.6

Pro Day Workout Schedule Thru April

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Pro Day Workout Schedule
New Dates will be added as Colleges schedule additional workouts or changes

Photo – QB Jimmy Garoppolo - 6'2" 225 lbs. - Eastern Illinois

QB Jimmy Garoppolo - Eastern Illinois
Fast rising prospect had a strong pro day on Tuesday in front of dozens of NFL scouts. His excellent postseason that included both the East-West and Senior Bowl all-star games has him moving up NFL clubs draft board quickly.

He broke virtually all of Tony Romo’s college records and threw for more than 5,000 yards in 2013. He answered questions about playing against strong competition this postseason. He combines a good arm, fine mechanics and intangibles NFL clubs seek in a starting leader. With invitations to NFL teams facilities possible in April, he could be selected in the top 50 prospects in May

Pro Day Schedule
March 3 - Pittsburgh, Mississippi, Minnesota
March 4 - Auburn, Buffalo, Northwestern, Purdue, Southern Methodist
March 5 - Texas A&M, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Miami (Ohio), Central Michigan, NewMexico State, Fordham
March 6 - Clemson, Nebraska, Mississippi, Arizona, , Illinois, Texas Christian, Cincinnati, Jackson State, Alcorn St
March 7 - Ohio State, Arizona State, Southern Mississippi, Northern Illinois,South Alabama, Wofford
March 10 - South Florida; Louisiana Tech; Troy,Toledo, Northern Colorado
March 11 - Michigan State, UCLA, UConn, Kansas State, Iowa State, Temple, Tulsa, Jacksonville State
March 12 - Alabama, Oklahoma, Southern California, Michigan, Rutgers, Colorado, Colorado State, Nevada, Boston College, Marshall, South Dakota, Eastern Washington
March 13 - Oregon, Oklahoma State, Washington State, UNLV, Ohio, Western Mchigan, New Mexico, Idaho, Samford
March 14 - Oregon State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Kentucky, Tulsa, BYU, Eastern Kentucky, North Alabama, Cal Poly
March 17- Louisville, Virginia, Wake Forest, Boise State, Houston, Memephis, Appalachian State, Valdosta State
March 18 - Florida State, Florida, California, Cal-Davis, Pittsburg State, Montana State, Murray State, Williams&Mary, Southern Illinois,Old Dominion
March 19 - Baylor, Central Florida, Utah, Virginia Tech, San Jose State, Lindenwood, Youngstown State, Missouri State
March 20 - Stanford, Notre Dame, Fresno State, San Diego State, Kent State, Middle Tennessee, Hawaii, Bethune-Cookman, Tennessee State
March 21 - West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Akron, Missouri Western, Stony Brook,Northwest Mssouri State
March 24 - North Carolina State
March 25 - North Carolina, UMass, Iowa State, Texas-San Antonio, NCA&T
March 26 - Texas, Syracuse, Indiana, Duke, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas State
March 27 - Louisiana Tech, Ball State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern
March 28 - Georgia Tech, Southern Methodist, Georgia State

April 1 - Utah State, Tennessee-Chattanooga
April 2 - South Carolina, Washington, North Texas
April 3 - Miami, Florida International
April 4 - Florida Atlantic
April 7 - Towson, McNeese State, Morgan State
April 8 - Penn State, Maryland
April 9 - LSU, Southern
April 10 - Bloomsburg
April 11 - Tulane
April 16 - Georgia
April 17 - Virginia Tech

NFL Teams Designate Franchise and Transitional Tags

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NFL Teams Designate Franchise and Transitional Tags
The deadline for NFL teams to designate veteran free agents with either the franchise or transition player tags passed on Monday with a total of 6 players receiving labels.

Photo – TE Jimmy Graham - Saints

Franchise Tags
All Players were non-exclusive Franchised players

TE Jimmy Graham - New Orleans
DE Greg Hardy - Carolina
DE/LB Brian Orakpo - Washington
PK Nick Folk - Jets

The cost for any signing club for a franchised player with the non-exclusive tag would be two first-round picks, and the current club would hold the right to match the offer.

Transitional Players
C Alex Mack - Cleveland
LB Jason Worilds - Pittsburgh

Meanwhile, Mack and Worilds are able to sign offer sheets with other teams which the Browns or Steelers can match respectively to keep the player. However, if the offer sheets aren’t matched there is no compensation for their clubs. The transition designation gives teams five days to match any prospective offers. The salary cap numbers for Transitional players is approximately 20% lower than a Franchise tag at the same position.

NFL Free Agency begins March 11th. New Higher Team 2014 Salary Cap will be part of March NFL Free Agency Report – out this weekend.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL 2014 Postseason Calendar - Clubs Franchise Players - Deadline Monday - New Higher Team 2014 Salary Cap

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NFL Postseason Calendar

NFL Free Agency & Trading Period Begins March 11th
Feb. 17 thru March 3rd: Time Period NFL clubs have to designate Franchise or Transition Players

Photo – OT Branden Albert - Chiefs

March 2014
March 1 - NFL Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida
March 3 - Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players
March 8-9 - NFL Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Georgia March 8-11: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2013 player contracts at 4 p.m. ET on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. on March 11
March 11: New NFL League year, Veteran Free Agency begins
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued Seasons of FA credit
March 11: All clubs must be under the 2014 salary cap before 4 p.m. ET
March 11 - Trading period for 2014 begins , New York time, after expiration of all 2013 contracts
March 15 - NFL Regional Combine, Halas Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois
March 22 - NFL Regional Combine, Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida
March 22-23 - NFL Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington
March 23-26: NFL Owners Meeting - Orlando, Fla.
March 29 - NFL Regional Combine, Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 29-30 - NFL Regional Combine, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Maryland.
April 7 - Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 12-13 - Super Regional Combine, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan.
April 21: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin off-season workout programs.
May 2: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
May 7: Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

May 8-10: NFL Draft 2014 - New York, Radio City Music Hall
May 8th - First round / May 9th - Rounds 2&3 / May 10th - Rounds 4 thru 7

Offensive Tackles Head NFL Combine Warriors

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NFL Combine 2014 - Top Winners and Losers From NFL Combine
Workouts – Feb 22nd Saturday thru Feb. 25th Tuesday

Offensive Tackles Head Workout Warriors

Photo – OT Taylor Lewan - Michigan

Winners
Running Backs

*Bishop Sankey, Washington
Tyler Gaffney, Stanford

Receivers
*Sammy Watkins, Clemson
*Odell Beckham, LSU
*Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
*Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State

Tight Ends
*Eric Ebron, North Carolina

Tackles
Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
*Greg Robinson, Auburn

Defensive Players
Ends

*Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Tackles
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

Linebackers
Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College

Defensive Backs
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Jason Verrett, Texas Christian
Keith McGill, Utah
Phillip Gaines, Rice
*Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
Terrence Brooks, Florida State

Losers - Offensive Players
Running Backs

*Jeremy Hill, LSU
*James Wilder, Florida State

Receivers
*Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
*Jarvis Landry, LSU

Tackles
*Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
Anthony Richardson, Tennessee

Defensive Players
Linemen

Will Sutton, Arizona State

Linebackers
*Yawin Smallwood, UConn

Backs
*Marcus Roberson, Florida
*Terrance Mitchell, Oregon
Dion Bailey, Southern California
Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt

NFL Combine 2014 -Defensive Players To Watch at Workouts

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NFL Combine 2014
Defensive Players To Watch at Combine Weekend Workouts
Workouts – Feb 22nd Saturday thru Feb. 25th Tuesday

Photo – DE Kony Ealy - Missouri

Defensive Players
Ends

* Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Rare athlete looks to light up the sprints.

* Scott Crichton, Oregon State
Relentless edge rusher pushing into the early round.

* Kony Ealy, Missouri
Versatile athlete has impact talent.

Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
Tweener type needs to impress in agility drills.

Kareem Martin, North Carolina
Big athlete has impressed this offseason.

Tackles
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Big All-star efforts puts him in the first round discussion.

* Ego Ferguson, Louisiana State
Strong workout puts him in the first round

Ra'shede Hageman, Minnesota
Top tackle entering the NFL Combine.

* Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
Explosive interior defender hopes to solidify an early grade here.

* Anthony Johnson, LSU
Underachiever needs a strong performance here.

Linebackers
Carl Bradford, Arizona State
Junior looks to impress in drills to move up charts.

Trevor Reilly, Utah
Tough tweener edge rusher needs strong agility drills to convert to playing up.

Devon Kennard, Southern California
Underrated tweener needs a big workout.

*Yawin Smallwood, UConn
Junior hopes to impress with his overall athleticism.

Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA
Versatile defender has come on strong this season.

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