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2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker and Fantasy Football Impact - 5 comments

By R.J. White

Are you ready for some football? After over four months of intense negotiations, the NFL and NFLPA have answered that question in the affirmative. That means the league is ready to kick off the wildest week of transactions it’s ever seen. We’ve been speculating all off-season on the potential moves that will happen once teams can start making free agent offers to players and trade offers to other teams. It’s now reality. Track the 2011 Free Agency period below, and we’ll add comments about fantasy impact when we can. You can see the current undrafted free agent signings here.

Updated 8/13/11 12:00 AM ET

Trade: Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals. After a couple of days of drama, the Eagles and Cardinals have finally agreed to a trade. Kolb heads to Arizona to become their starting quarterback, immediately raising the value of Larry Fitzgerald in the process. Kolb is now a high-end QB2, and Fitzgerald is a rock-solid WR1 who deserves consideration after the elite tier (comprised of the top four receivers). DRC steps into a starting role opposite Asante Samuel, curtailing the Eagles’ potential interest in the premium free agents at cornerback (then again …).

Trade: Donovan McNabb to the Vikings. This one is finally done, with McNabb getting shipped for picks. The Vikings offense gets a nice bump with a serviceable veteran under center, though the injury-prone McNabb himself isn’t worth more than a late QB2 pick in drafts. The Vikings biggest remaining goal should be to re-sign Sidney Rice or find a solid option across from Percy Harvin if Rice departs.

Trade: Reggie Bush to the Dolphins. Miami wanted a veteran pass-catcher to pair with rookie bulldozer Daniel Thomas, and they certainly aimed high by picking up former PPR sensation Bush, who should see the field is most passing situations (which should plentiful for the Dolphins). Those in PPR leagues can feel comfortable scooping up Bush as a quality RB3 and borderline RB2 with this move.

Trade: Tim Hightower to the Redskins. Neither Hightower or Beanie Wells proved to be the answer in Arizona, so the team went out and drafted Ryan Williams. That made Hightower expendable, and the organization shipped him to Washington, who also suffers from a logjam of mediocre backs. Hightower is running like the starter though, and he provides plenty of value in fantasy drafts as a result.

Trade: Chad Ochocinco to the Patriots. New England scoops up another talented-yet-unwanted talent (see below) with their acquisition of 85. I’d expect Ochocinco to buy into the Bill Belichick plan and become revitalized in New England, who was desperate for a scoring threat after turning the page on Randy Moss. All that’s left is for Ocho to remain healthy, but he’s worth a quality pick as a WR4 after this deal.

Trade: Lee Evans to the Ravens. The Bills decided to shop Lee Evans, presumably because Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a terrible deep ball, and the Ravens came a-callin’ after rookie Torrey Smith underwhelmed in the pre-season opener. Baltimore flipped a fourth rounder to get a proven deep threat as they continue to have an eye for the Super Bowl. Evans sees his stock go up in Baltimore and deserves to be considered as a bench WR in all fantasy leagues.

Trade: Jabar Gaffney to the Redskins. Gaffney was a solid sleeper in Josh McDaniels’ system heading into 2010, but that’s not the case anymore in Washington. One has to worry that rookie Leonard Hankerson is starting to get buried on the WAS depth chart, though he could push Anthony Armstrong for a starting job opposite Santana Moss.

Trade: Greg Olsen to the Panthers. His fantasy owners know good and well how wasted his talents were in Mike Martz’s system, and the Bears put the pass-catching tight end on the market. The Panthers wound up securing a trade for the under-used TE, even though the team had already signed Jeremy Shockey earlier in the off-season. Expect Olsen to start, and he could flirt with top-12 TE status depending on the development of Cam Newton.

Trade: Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots. Um, what? Haynesworth played diva to the thought of the 3-4 in Washington, so he’s probably none-too-pleased to be on another 3-4 defense. Rotoworld notes the Patriots could be counting on Haynesworth as a nickel defender, which would be excellent if the talented troublemaker gets his head on straight in New England.

Trade: Brodrick Bunkley to the Broncos. The addition of Cullen Jenkins in free agency made Bunkley expendable, so he now finds himself on his way to Denver after not passing a physical with the Browns. As a mediocre DT he doesn’t have any IDP value wherever he plays.

Quarterbacks

PlayerPosOld TmNew TmComments
Anderson, DerekQBARICARAnderson shouldn’t challenge for a starting job in CAR
Brohm, BrianQBBUF  
Brunell, MarkQBNYJNYJNYJ cuts then re-signs in the veteran backup
Bulger, MarcQBBALRETBulger’s surprise retirement leaves BAL hurting for backup
Carr, DavidQBSFNYGLands third-string role behind Manning and Rosenfels
Clemens, KellenQBNYJWASNotable only because the WAS QB cupboard is pretty bare
Davis, NateQBSEAINDNo. 3 QB in IND
Delhomme, JakeQBCLE  
Edwards, TrentQBJACOAKEdwards will try and establish himself as No. 2 in OAK
Favre, BrettQBMINRETRetired, but …
Gradkowski, BruceQBOAKCINGradkowski could start for most of 2011; avoid CIN pass offense
Grossman, RexQBWASWASWAS signs the underwhelming Grossman to likely start
Hanie, Caleb (R)QBCHICHIHanie showed promise in flashes last year
Hasselbeck, MattQBSEATENTEN wanted Hass bad as a mentor and temporary starter
Jackson, TarvarisQBMINSEASEA strikes first; Jackson is the likely QB1 as of 7/26
Leinart, MattQBHOUHOULeinart decides to take a backup role with HOU for another year
Moore, MattQBCARMIABalking at DEN’s price for Orton, MIA adds reclamation project
Palmer, Jordan (R)QBCINCINDalton looking like the clear-cut starter in CIN
Pennington, ChadQBMIAFOXPennington will take this year off and work for FOX
Smith, AlexQBSFSFThe 49ers re-sign Smith as expected to start for one more year
Stanton, DrewQBDETDETLions fans rejoice!
Thigpen, TylerQBMIABUFThigpen is a Gailey vet and should do well if he gets PT
Volek, BillyQBSDSDVolek returns to a backup role behind Rivers
Young, VinceQBTENPHIInterest was mutual, now VY will try and rehabilitate stock

Running Backs

PlayerPosOld TmNew TmComments
Addai, JosephRBINDINDBringing back Addai gives him RB2/RB3 status
Barber, MarionRBDALCHIDecent gamble as Forte backup
Barber, TikiRBFOX  
Benson, CedricRBCINCINBenson retains value as RB2/RB3; Scott still decent sleeper
Bradshaw, AhmadRBNYGNYGBradshaw flirted with others but retains same fantasy value
Brown, RonnieRBMIAPHIPHI lands a quality backup for McCoy; handcuffers take note
Bush, Michael (R)RBOAKOAKBush is a must-own handcuff for McFadden drafters
Faulk, KevinRBNENEThe Pats don’t know how to quit Faulk
Green-Ellis, BenJarvus (R)RBNENEWill need a miracle to match 2010 value
Harrison, JeromeRBPHIDETHarrison is a must-handcuff for Best after Mikel injury
Hart, MikeRBIND  
Huggins, KareemRBTB  
Jackson, BrandonRBGBCLEMeh move as Jackson isn’t worthy of a fantasy pick
Kuhn, JohnRBGBGBThe fullback returns to GB but isn’t worth a fantasy pick
McClain, Le’RonRBBALKCThe KC signing adds significant value to Jamaal Charles
McGahee, WillisRBBALDENMcGahee sees a small bump in value as Moreno’s backup
Norwood, JeriousRBATLSTLNorwood signs as a pass-catcher; not a good handcuff
Rhodes, DominicRBIND  
Snelling, JasonRBATLATLDidn’t find any buzz on open market; still Turner handcuff
Sproles, DarrenRBSDNONO upgrades from Bush to Sproles; Ingram value takes hit
Tolbert, Mike (R)RBSDSDTolbert will try and make magic happen again in 2011
Westbrook, BrianRBSF  
Williams, CarnellRBTBSTLSTL gets two mediocre options (Williams and Snelling) as backups
Williams, DeAngeloRBCARCARThe “Jon Stewart Sleeper Train” comes to a screeching halt
Williams, RickyRBMIABALSticky Ricky could fill McGahee’s role in BAL

Wide Receivers

PlayerPosOld TmNew TmComments
Aromashodu, DevinWRCHIMINInsurance for S.Rice departure or depth?
Breaston, SteveWRARIKCKC blocks first-rounder Jon Baldwin; expect them to run a lot
Burress, PlaxicoWRNYGNYJThe Jets take the big gamble that Plaxico has something left
Clayton, MarkWRSTL  
Cotchery, JerrichoWRNYJPITCotchery should battle Sanders (when healthy) for No. 3 job
Doucet, Early (R)WRARIARIHe’ll give Andre Roberts a run for a starting gig
Edwards, BraylonWRNYJSFEdwards becomes the No. 1 WR in SF with Crabtree hurt
Finneran, BrianWRATL  
Floyd, MalcomWRSDSDThe last solid WR left on the market goes back to SD
Holmes, SantonioWRNYJNYJHolmes could see an uptick in targets next year depending on No. 2
Houshmandzadeh, T.J.WRBAL  
Jenkins, MichaelWRATLMINHe may wind up starting but isn’t worth fantasy consideration
Jones, JacobyWRHOUHOUHOU brings back the quick receiver to split time with Walter
Jones, JamesWRGBGBThe star is officially off Jordy Nelson as a sleeper
Mason, DerrickWRBALNYJMason should replace Cotchery as NYJ’s No. 3 WR
Moore, LanceWRNONOMoore is back to quietly rack up fantasy value in NO
Moss, RandyWRTENRETMoss decides to call it quits on a fantastic career
Moss, SantanaWRWASWASRe-upped for 3 years, desperately needs QB
Naanee, LegeduWRSDCARNaanee should act as CAR’s No. 4 or No. 5 WR this year
Owens, TerrellWRCIN  
Rice, SidneyWRMINSEARice’s dynasty stock now hinges on the QB SEA drafts in 2012
Sims-Walker, MikeWRJACSTLHe’ll fight to become Bradford’s No. 1
Smith, BradWRNYJBUFSmith’s add presumably allows C.J. Spiller to focus on developing at RB
Smith, SteveWRNYGPHIPHI may get him back mid-year
Stallworth, Donte’WRBALWASStallworth likely needs multiple injuries to WAS WRs to have value
Stokley, BrandonWRSEA  
Williams, RoyWRDALCHIWilliams lands in a perfect spot to rehabilitate fantasy value

Tight Ends

PlayerPosOld TmNew TmComments
Boss, KevinTENYGOAKOAK lands solid Miller replacement in Boss, who’s a top 20 TE
Fells, DanielTESTLDENDEN brings in a surprisingly solid TE for its rotation
Heap, ToddTEBALARIARI needed a quality TE for Kolb, and got one with Heap
Miller, ZachTEOAKSEAMiller and Rice give SEA a nice 1-2 punch; now, about that QB …
Scaife, BoTETENCINAs backup to Jermaine Gresham, Scaife has no fantasy value

Kickers

PlayerPosOld TmNew TmComments
Akers, DavidKPHISFBig upgrade in Akers for SF; offense could limit fantasy value
Barth, Connor (R)KTBTBBarth is a low-end option in fantasy
Brown, KrisKDAL  
Bryant, MattKATLATLBryant maintains elite stats in return to ATL
Coutu, BrandonKSEASEASEA brings in the FA kicker as a potential Mare replacement
Crosby, MasonKGBGBThe Pack brings back the elite kicker on a five-year deal
Graham, ShayneKNEWASGraham will try to beat out Gano; neither is fantasy relevant
Kasay, JohnKCAR  
Longwell, RyanKMINMINMinnesota re-ups with the veteran kicker
Mare, OlindoKSEACARDon’t expect Mare to have much fantasy value this year
Prater, Matt (R)KDENDENQuality leg back in Denver
Rayner, DaveKDETDETJason Hanson, you’re on notice
Reed, JeffKSFSEAReed should have the edge over Coutu for the job
Suisham, ShaunKPITPITThe Steelers aim for mediocrity at the kicker position
Vinatieri, AdamKINDINDCan he stay healthy again?

Key Offensive Linemen

PlayerPosOld TmNew TmComments
Adams, FlozellTDAL  
Andrews, StacyGSEANYGStacy replaces his brother with NYG; will provide depth
Baas, DavidCSFNYGNYG get a considerable upgrade in the middle of the line
Barron, AlexTDALNONO adds Barron strictly for depth
Bell, JacobTSTL  
Blalock, JustinGATLATLShocking that ATL was able to retain both quality OLs
Brown, JamaalTWASWASWAS completes a vital re-signing by bringing Brown back
Bushrod, JermonTNONOThe Saints retain one of the better tackles on the market
Chester, ChrisTBALWASWAS continues to throw money around like Pacman
Clabo, TysonTATLATLOne of the best OL on the market returns for ATL SB bid
Clary, JeromeyTSDSDSD re-upped Clary for $20M over 4 years
Cole, NickGPHI  
Colledge, DarynGGBARIOne team’s garbage is another’s trash; ARI needed this help
Colombo, MarcTDALMIAColombo reunites with Tony Sparano to give MIA OT depth
Colon, WillieTPITPITPIT brings back their RT on a five-year deal
Cook, RyanGMINMINMIN retains Cook, who can start if nagging injuries persist
Dahl, HarveyGATLSTLBig addition for the fantasy hopes of the STL offense
Davis, LeonardGDAL  
Essex, TraiGPIT  
Faneca, AlanGARI  
Free, DougTDALDALThe ‘Boys needed to bring the standout starter back, and did
Gaither, JaredTBALKCKC gambling that Gaither can get and stay healthy
Gallery, RobertGOAKSEAGallery follows Tom Cable to Seattle, as expected
Goodwin, JonathanTNOSFSF grabs Goodwin to replace Baas
Harris, LeroyGTENTENTEN re-signs Harris and hopes he’ll be better this year
Harris, RyanTDENPHIPHI adds an athletic RT to their shopping basket
Heyer, StephonTWASOAKOAK picks up the mediocre tackle, hopefully for depth
Jean-Gilles, MaxGPHICINJean-Gilles will try and crack the starting lineup in CIN
Johnson, CharlieGINDMINA LT in Indy, Johnson will likely play inside for the Vikings
Joseph, DavinGTBTBThe quality lineman returns at a huge salary
Kaczur, NickGNE  
Kosier, KyleGDALDALThey wanted him back, and they got him back
Kreutz, OlinCCHINOThe veteran will try and fill the hole in the middle for NO
Light, MattTNENELight returns as a mentor to Solder
Locklear, SeanTSEAWASThe former Seahawk provides depth for WAS
Lutui, DeuceGARIARICIN seemingly had him; now he’s one of three solid ARI guards
Mathis, EvanGCINPHIThe signing gives PHI flexibility on the line
McKinnie, BryantTMIN  
Nicks, Carl (R)GNONOThe elite guard signs his RFA tender in NO
O’Callaghan, RyanTKC  
O’Hara, ShaunCNYG  
Satele, SamsonCOAKOAKCurious re-signing for OAK, but Satele provides depth
Scott, JonathanTPITPITPIT cuts ties with Max Starks and retains Scott
Sendlein, LyleCARIARIBrought back a good OL for their new QB
Seubert, RichGNYG  
Sims, BarryTSF  
Spencer, ChrisCSEACHIAdded to replace Kreutz in the middle of the line
Spitz, JasonCGBJACOne of the more underrated adds of the FA season
Starks, MaxTPIT  
Trueblood, JeremyTTBTBBucs bring the disappointing Trueblood back for depth
Waters, BarryGKC  
Wiegmann, CaseyCKCKCAll five KC O-Line starters are back
Womack, FloydGCLEARIARI continues to build solid O-Line for Kolb
Woody, DamienTNYJ  
Yanda, MarshallGBALBALPriority re-sign, Yanda is elite in the interior

Key Defenders

PlayerPosOld TmNew TmComments
Anderson, JamaalDEATLINDIND signs a former first-rounder to rotate on the line
Avril, Cliff (R)DEDETDETAn IDP to watch on the monster DET line
Ayodele, RemiDTNOMINThe Vikings bring in depth to counter their expected losses at DT
Babin, JasonDETENPHI2010 1st rounder Graham is now out of the picture
Bernard, RockyDTNYGNYGRe-signed for depth
Bowen, StephenDEDALWASWAS continues to throw money around by securing a rival’s key OL
Branch, AlanDTARISEASEA gets Branch from division rival with a two-year deal
Brock, RaheemDESEASEASEA brings back Brock to compete for a starting role
Cody, ShaunDTHOU  
Cofield, BarryDTNYGWASThe Redskins lock up a big-body for their 3-4
Edwards, RayDEMINATLEdwards replaces bust Jamaal Anderson in ATL
Ellis, ShaunDENYJNEEllis joins Haynesworth on a deep NE defensive line
Fields, RonDTDENMIAFields should give MIA depth at the DT position
Ford, JacobDETENTENTEN retains Ford after losing Babin; Ford makes for a nice IDP sleeper
Franklin, AubrayoDTSFNOHuge add for NO in the middle; one of market’s best DTs
Gholston, VernonDENYJCHIOne of the biggest busts in recent memory comes to CHI
Gregg, KellyDTBALKCGreat signing by KC to replace departed DTs
Hargrove, AnthonyDENOPHIAnother pickup for the Eagles, who keep adding depth
Harris, TommieDTCHIINDIND will see if Harris still has something left in the tank
Harvey, DerrickDEJACDENLow-risk addition of a huge draft bust is a gamble worth taking
Jenkins, CullenDTGBPHIThe hits just keep coming for the rest of the NFC East
Johnson, CharlesDECARCARHUGE contract means IDP value is stable
Kiwanuka, MathiasDENYGNYGThe Giants may continue to have a logjam at the DE position
McDaniel, TonyDTMIAMIAThe Dolphins bring McDaniel back for two years
McDonald, RayDESF 49ers will be counting on McDonald more with new contract
Mebane, BrandonDTSEASEAA good DT comes back to SEA
Odom, AntwanDECIN  
Okoye, AmobiDTHOUCHIWorth the gamble for Chicago; great pedigree as No. 10 pick
Roth, MattDECLEJACThe 3-4 LB will likely play DE in JAC
Spears, MarcusDEDALDALDAL retains one defensive lineman after losing another to WAS
Warren, TyDTNEDENThe 3-4 end moves to DEN to play inside in a 4-3
White, Stylez G.DETB  
Williams, PatDTMIN  

PlayerPosOld TmNew TmComments
Anderson, JamesLBCARCARCAR keeps the nucleus of their defense; oddly, it may work
Ayodele, AkinLBBUF  
Banta-Cain, TullyLBNE  
Barnett, NickLBGBBUFBUF needed serious help inside and landed a long-term starter
Black, QuincyLBTBTBTB re-signs Black to once again start on the strong side
Bradley, StewartLBPHIARIARI gambles on the injury reclamation project PHI didn’t want
Bulluck, KeithLBNYG  
Burnett, KevinLBSDMIAReplaces Crowder at ILB and has solid IDP value
Carpenter, BobbyLBDET  
Cooper, StephenLBSDSDCooper returns to SD as a backup
Crowder, ChanningLBMIARETThe 27-year-old surprisingly hangs the cleats up
Davis, ThomasLBCARCARCarolina brings back the recovering Davis on a five-year deal
Diles, ZachLBHOUSTLSTL brings in another defensive piece with starting experience
Durant, JustinLBJACDETThe Lions add a major piece to a monstrous front seven
Gaither, OmarLBPHICARCouldn’t hack it with a PHI team barren at OLB
Hayes, GeraldLBARI  
Hill, LeRoyLBSEASEAHill returns to provide depth in SEA
Jones, DhaniLBCIN  
Lawson, MannyLBSFCINLawson should find a starting role on CIN’s defense
Leber, BenLBMINSTLLeber joins Diles in STL to compete for a starting gig
McIntosh, RockyLBWASWASThe Redskins bring McIntosh back to start at OLB
Morrison, KirkLBJAC  
Nicholas, StephenLBATLATLThe Falcons retain their starting SLB
Posluszny, PaulLBBUFJACShould be IDP beast as JAC MLB
Roach, NickLBCHICHICHI resigns a good all-around player but mediocre starter
Ruud, BarrettLBTBTENRuud retains high IDP value by replacing Tulloch in TEN
Session, ClintLBINDJACJAC adds another LB to what should be a revamped and improved D
Shanle, ScottLBNONOMediocre starter could be ticketed for backup role
Sims, ErnieLBPHIINDSims moves to Indy to battle for a starting spot
Spikes, TakeoLBSFSDSpikes replaces S.Cooper in SD
Tatupu, LofaLBSEA  
Tulloch, StephenLBTENDETHuge IDP value in DET, but the signing kills Levy’s value
Williams, JamarLBCAR  

PlayerPosOld TmNew TmComments
Asomugha, NnamdiDBOAKPHIPHI surprises all by locking down top FA; Super Bowl?
Bigby, AtariDBGB  
Buchanon, PhillipDBWASWASWAS retains last season’s nickel back
Bullitt, MelvinDBINDINDThe Colts bring back a familiar face for the secondary
Carr, Brandon (R)DBKCKCKC retains quality CB
Clements, NateDBSFCINHe should help offset the loss of Joseph
Cromartie, AntonioDBNYJNYJNYJ re-signs Cromartie as consolation prize
Elam, AbramDBCLEDALDAL grabs the former starter to fill a need
Florence, DraytonDBBUFBUFThe Bills bring back Florence for $5 million a year
Goldson, DashonDBSFSFGoldson comes back to a much deeper SF secondary
Grimes, Brent (R)DBATLATLATL gets their top corner re-signed
Harper, RomanDBNONOThe top-notch safety returns to the NO secondary
Hayde, KelvinDBIND  
Hobbs, EllisDBPHI  
Houston, ChrisDBDETDETDET’s back-seven re-tooling is complete with Houston’s return
Huff, MichaelDBOAKOAKOAK brings back a starting safety that had a big year in 2010
Jennings, KellyDBSEASEAJennings returns to a backup role with SEA
Joseph, JonathanDBCINHOUHuge upgrade for HOU D; where will Nnamdi wind up now?
Landry, DawanDBBALJACShocking he left BAL; Landry should provide JAC immediate upgrade
Manning, DaniealDBCHIHOUSecond quality DB for Houston
Marshall, RichardDBCARARIARI lands quality CB replacement for DRC
McGowan, BrandonDBNENENE brings back McGowan for depth
Mikell, QuintinDBPHISTLWorth an immediate IDP look in Spags’ D
Milloy, LawyerDBSEA  
Page, JarradDBNEPHIThis signing give PHI depth at a young position
Pollard, BernardDBHOUBALBAL picks up a bruiser at safety while battling injuries
Rogers, CarlosDBWASSFSF brings in Rogers to replace Clements as a starter
Sharper, DarrenDBNO  
Sheppard, LitoDBMIN  
Taylor, IkeDBPITPITPIT quickly locks up a key secondary piece
Washington, FabianDBBALNONO now has plenty of depth in the secondary
Weddle, EricDBSDSDGets the best deal ever for a safety to stay at home
Whitner, DonteDBBUFSFWhitner changed his mind at last minute; great IDP value in SF
Wilson, GeorgeDBBUF  
Wilson, JoshDBBALWASThe Redskins keep busy by adding the former Raven
Wright, EricDBCLEDETMinor move for DET after splurging on LB

 
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5 Responses to “2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker and Fantasy Football Impact”

  1. User avatar Indibuck says:

    Great idea RJ!

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  2. User avatar spodog says:

    nice list

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  3. User avatar Venom says:

    Nice to be able to track FA signings at home (thumbs up)

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  4. User avatar joejlitz says:

    This is a great tracker! I definitely appreciate you doing this.

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  5. User avatar bungle613 says:

    R.J.

    You did an incredible job with this. I tried a few times to update it and you had already beat me to the punch. I think I managed to do 1-2 out of the 100+ listed. The amount of effort that went into this is greatly appreciated. Well done and thanks.

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