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Checkdowns: Footballguys.com Free Agent Tracker

At Footballguys.com, there is a very useful tool to help track free agents. The FBG Free Agent Tracker, which is always being updated, let’s you know the status of all the free agents, which is particularly useful this time of year. In addition, Footballguys assigns an importance rating of 1-5 for each player. That’s subjective, of course, but it’s better than nothing (another great option is what Bill Barnwell is doing over at ESPN).

And while free agency isn’t over, I thought it would be useful to “check in” on how teams are doing. According to Footballguys, the Bears have added the most value so far this season, courtesy of adding Jerrell Freeman (linebacker, Colts), Danny Trevathan (linebacker, Broncos), Akiem Hicks (defensive end, Patriots), and Bobby Massie (offensive tackle, Cardinals). Meanwhile, the Dolphins have lost the most, with Lamar Miller (running back, Texans), Olivier Vernon (defensive end, Giants), Derrick Shelby (defensive end, Falcons), Rishard Matthews (wide receiver, Titans), Brent Grimes (cornerback, Bucs), and Brice McCain (cornerback, Titans) all moving on.

On a net basis, the most-improved team this free agency period? That would be the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are only down Sam Young (offensive tackle, Dolphins) and up Tashaun Gipson (safety, Cleveland), Chris Ivory (running back, Jets), Prince Amukamara (cornerback, Giants), Brad Nortman (punter, Panthers), and Mackenzy Bernadeau (center, Cowboys). The table below shows the amount of points gained, lost, and net for each team so far:

RkTmGAINLOSTNET
1JAX14-113
2ATL14-311
3HOU13-310
4CHI15-78
4NYG14-68
4TB808
7BAL10-55
7OAK10-55
7TEN9-45
7MIN9-45
7PIT505
12SD12-93
13DET7-52
14CAR3-21
15PHI11-110
16NYJ6-7-1
17SF1-3-2
17WAS1-3-2
19MIA14-17-3
20DEN5-9-4
20KC5-9-4
20SEA4-8-4
20DAL0-4-4
24NE5-10-5
24ARI3-8-5
24NO3-8-5
24LA2-7-5
24GB0-5-5
29IND1-9-8
29BUF0-8-8
29CIN0-8-8
32CLE0-16-16

The Browns have often been active during free agency and then been disappointing during the regular season. I am not sure if the latter is going to change, but the former sure has this year.

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  • sacramento gold miners

    Don’t understand Barnwell’s take on the Doug Martin signing. It’s natural for RBs to break off longer runs, which helps the average, and compensates for low or negative yardage carries. Martin was terrific in his 2012 rookie year, but injuries slowed him in 2013/2014. We’ll find out if Martin can stay healthy and produce later, but a 4.9 yards per carry is impressive, regardless of whether someone thinks there was luck involved.

    • Richie

      I think “median length of carry” would be an interesting number to see for all RBs.

  • Richie

    Looks so weird to see “LA” in a table.

    • JeremyDeShetler

      Think how strange it will be next year if the Chargers move in too.