I'm Joshua Mitchell and I Blog about the NFL, the NFL Draft, fantasy sports, and other sports topics. Im just a huge sports fan who takes a lot of time following the latest news. These are my thoughts – I use Wordpress and Twitter as an outlet to let my passion, dedication, and hard work be known.

NFL News & Notes (Free Agency and Draft Edition)

This is a list intended to point out information regarding the NFL Draft (and NFL Free-Agency) that may not be evident on the surface. The information will be a lot of my own personal opinion of information I’ve gathered – but mainly just general and current News & Notes to consider.
The list is just things that had peeked my interest and I think could be helpful to people who follow the NFL.

My Current MOCK DRAFT is available at:

Check back, and stay current with my Blog this NFL offseason.


1. NFL Salary Cap Figure. Set at $123 Million for 2013 Season
– It was estimated that that 2013 cap would be $121 million per team, so this figure is on the high side. It is also up $2.4 Million from the $120.6 Million cap in 2012 – giving each team more to spent. Also, it is expect to continue to increase over future seasons, presumably more than the 2% uptick for 2013. (There is a rumor that there could also be a per team minimum salary benefit of 900K setting the total at $123.9M per team)

2. Franchise Tag Numbers. What It’ll cost you to keep an UFA by placing the Franchise Tag on them. The tag varies by position, and is determined by taking the average of the Top 5 highest player salaries at that particular position (or a 20% increase of the previous seasons salary). It would be a 1 year contract at these rates:

QB = $14.896 Million DE = $11.175 Million K/P = $2.977 Million
RB = $8.219 Million DT = $8.450 Million
WR = $10.537 Million LB = $9.619 Million
TE = $6.066 Million CB = $10.854 Million
OL = $9.828 Million S = $6.916 Million

3. How much do teams have to spent. What is the Salary Cap situation of all 32 Teams.
– A carry over of money that wasn’t spent in 2012 due to a clause in the CBA is allowed. Teams do not have a spend ‘up to’ the maximum, but are required to ‘at least’ spend up to a minimum amount of the cap, leaving money left over from the total allotted “piece of the pie” for players salary. Teams that have ‘money left over’ will have that amount adding to the top of the $123 Million per team total for 2013 spending. (Teams essentially have to budget their own cap over multiple years and be smart about their spending)

****SALARY CAP NUMBERS ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING. Teams have to be under the $123 Million Cap with the Top 51 rule (highest 51 salaries of players currently under contract has to be less than cap) by the start of Free-Agency on March 12th. Therefore, veterans are being released and teams are restructuring contracts of currently players – which will change each teams number.

Browns $48.2M ($14.3 carry over) @74.8M
Bengals $45.0M ($10.2 carry over) @78.0M
Colts $41.8M ($3.5 carry over) @81.2M
Dolphins $34.0M ($5.3 carry over) @89.0M
Jaguars $34.0M ($21.1 carry over) @89.0M
Tampa Bay $30.5M ($10.1 carry over) @92.5M
Eagles $29.0M ($23.0 carry over) @94.0M
Patriots $25.3M ($5.6 carry over) @97.7M
Falcons $23.3M ($1.3 carry over) @99.7M
Packers $20.6M ($7 carry over) @102.4M
Bills $19.3M ($9.8 carry over) @103.7M
Titans $19.0M ($12.8 carry over) @104.0M
Vikings $17.8M ($9.6 carry over) @105.2M
Seattle $16.6M ($13.2 cary over) @106.4M
Arizona $13.2M (3.6 carry over) @109.8M
Ravens $12.6M ($1.1 carry over) @110.4M
Rams $12.0M ($247K carry over) @111.0M
Chargers $10.4M ($995K carry over) @112.6M
Chiefs $10.1M ($14 carry over) @112.9M
49ers $10.0M ($859K carry over) @113.0M
Giants $8.7M ($1 carry over) @114.3M
Texans $8.3M ($2.4 carry over) @114.7M
Denver $8.3M ($14.1 carry over) @114.7M
Lions $8.1M ($466K carry over) @114.9M
Steelers $7.6M ($1.4 carry over) @115.4M
Jets $7.3M ($3.4 carry over) @115.7M
Carolina $7.0M ($3.6 carry over) @116.0M
Raiders $6.0M ($4.5 carry over) @117.0M
Bears $4.0M ($3.2 carry over) @119.0M
Redskins -$1.1M (-$13.8 carry over w/Penalty) @124.1M
Saints -$2.6M ($2.7 carry over) @125.6M
Dallas -$5.2M (-$2.6 carry over w/Penalty) @128.2M
– UPDATED: 3/9 @ 4:00PM

4. Franchise Tags.
Denver – Ryan Clady, OT
Dallas – Anthony Spencer, DE/OLB
Chiefs – Brandon Albert, OT
Bengals – Micahel Johnson, DE/OLB
Bills – Jairus Bryrd, FS
Bears – Henry Melton, DT
Dolphins – Randy Starks, DT
Colts – Pat McAfee, P

5. The Best Free-Agent.

1. Joe Flacco, Ravens – QB (Ravens – 6 years)
2. Jake Long, Dolphins – OT
3. Victor Cruz, Giants (RFA) – WR
4. Cliff Avril, Lions – DE/OLB
5. Mike Wallace, Steelers – WR
6. Paul Kruger, Ravens – OLB/DE
7. Andre Smith, Bengals – OT
8. Greg Jennings, Packers – WR
9. Ed Reed, Ravens – S
10. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs – WR (Chiefs – 5 years)
11. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons – TE
12. Jermon Bushrod, Saints – OT
13. Sean Smith, Dolphins – CB
14. Osi Umenyiora, Giants – DE
15. Wes Welker, Patriots – WR
16. Dashon Goldson, 49ers – S
17. Sam Shields, Packers (RFA) – CB
18. Michael Bennett, Tampa Bay – DE
19. Reggie Bush, Dolphins – RB
20. Aqib Talib, Patriots – CB
21. Danny Amendola, Rams – WR
22. Andy Levitre, Bills – OG
23. Sebastian Vollmer, Patriots – OT
24. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants – RB
25. Brent Grimes, Falcons – CB
26. Steven Jackson, Rams – RB
27. William Moore, Falcons – S
28. Louis Vasquez, Chargers – OG
29. Charles Woodson, Packers – S/CB
20. Glenn Dorsey, Chiefs – DT/DE
31. Connor Barwin, Texans – OLB/DE
32. Dwight Freeney, Colts – DE
33. Dunta Robinson, Falcons – CB
34. Matt Cassel, Chiefs – QB
35. John Abraham, Falcons – DE
36. Brian Urlacher, Bears – MLB
37. Jared Cook, Titans – TE
38. Phil Loadholt, Vikings – OT
39. Richard Seymour, Raiders – DE/DT
40. Sam Baker, Falcons – OT
41. Martellus Bennett, Giants – TE
42. Keenan Lewis, Steelers – CB
43. Fred Davis, Redskins – TE
44. Chris Ivory, Saints (RFA) – RB
45. Brad Jones, Green Bay – MLB
46. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers – RB
47. Louis Delmas, Lions – S
48. Michael Turner, Falcons – RB
49. Desmond Bryant, Raiders – DT
50. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eagles – CB
51. Jason Jones, Seattle – DT/DE
52. Dannell Ellerbe, Ravens – MLB
53. Shonn Greene, Jets – RB
54. Daryl Smith, Jaguars – OLB
55. Brandon Moore, Jets – OG
56. Dennis Pitta, Ravens (RFA) – TE
57. Gosder Cherilus, Lions – OT
58. Dustin Keller, Jets – TE
59. Arthur Jones, Ravens (RFA) – DT/DE
60. LaRon Landry, Jets – S
61. Brian Hartline, Dolphins – WR
62. Phillip Wheeler, Raiders – OLB
63. Brian De La Puente, Saints (RFA) – C
64. Heath Miller, Steelers – TE
65. Chris Houston, Lions – CB
66. Alan Branch, Seattle – DT
67. Fernando Velasco, Titans – C
68. Israel Idonije, Bears – DE
69. Patrick Chung, Patriots – S
70. Mike Jenkins, Dallas – CB
71. Cullen Jenkins, Eagles – DE/DT
72. Kenny Phillips, Giants – S
73. William Hayes, Rams – DE
74. Leodis McKelvin, Bills – CB
75. Derek Cox, Jaguars – CB
76. Chris Canty, Giants – DT/DE
77. Sammie Lee Hill, Lions – DT
78. Danario Alexander – Chargers (RFA) – WR
79. Ricky Jean-Francois, 49ers – DT
80. Eben Britton, Jaguars – OG
81. Roy Miller, Tampa Bay – DT
82. Cary Williams, Ravens – CB
83. Brandon Myers, Raiders – TE
84. Jonathan Dwyer – Steelers (RFA) – RB
85. Keith Boothe, Giants – OG/C
86. Glover Quin, Texans – S/CB
87. Felix Jones, Dallas – RB
88. Roman Foster, Steelers – OG
89. Tony Carter, Denver CB
90. Stevie Brown, Giants (RFA) – S
91. Evan Dietrich-Smith, Packers – C/OG
92. Frostee Rucker, Browns – DE
93. Demetrius Bell, Eagles – OT
94. Danny Woodhead, Patriots – RB
95. Lance Louis, Bears – OG
96. Bryant McKinnie, Ravens – OT
97. Shaun Phillips, Chargers – OLB
98. Donald Thomas, Patriots – OG
99. Chris Clemons, Dolphins – S
100. Rey Maualuga, Bengals – MLB
101. EJ Biggers, Tampa Bay – CB
102. Tyronne Green, Chargers – OG
103. Joique Bell, Lions (RFA) – RB
104. Bart Scott, Jets – MLB
105. Jammal Brown, Redskins – OT
106. David Nelson, Bills – WR
107. Larry Grant, 49ers – MLB/OLB
108. Mike DeVito, Jets – DE/DT
109. Jerome Felton, Vikings – FB
110. Gerald Sensabaugh, Dallas – S
111. Calvin Pace, Jets – OLB/DE
112. Chris Clark, Denver (RFA) – OT
113. Casey Hampton, Steelers – NT
114. Robert Geathers, Bengals – DE
115. Keith Rivers, Giants – OLB
116. Sedrick Ellis, Saints – DT
117. William Gay, Arizona – CB (STEELERS – 3 years)
118. Stephen Peterman, Lions – OG
119. Julian Edelman, Patriots – WR/KR
120. Barry Richardson, Rams – OT
121. Erin Henderson, Vikings – OLB
122. Antoine Cason, Chargers – CB/S
123. Winston Justice, Colts – OT
124. Chase Blackburn, Giants – MLB
125. Matt Moore, Dolphins – QB
126. Jerraud Powers, Colts – CB
127. Terrance Knighton, Jaguars – DT
128. Antwan Barnes, Chargers – OLB
129. Yeremiah Bell, Jets – S
130. James Casey, Texans – FB/TE
131. Greg Toler, Arizona – CB
132. Dwan Edwards, Carolina – DT
133. Manny Lawson, Bengals – OLB/DE
134. Stewart Bradley, Arizona – MLB
135. Sean Locklear, Giants – OT
136. Jason Campbell, Bears – QB
137. Matt Slauson, Jets – OG
138. Issac Redman, Steelers, (RFA) – RB
139. King Dunlap, Eagles – OT
140. Delanie Walker, 49ers – TE
141. Captain Munnerlyn, Carolina – CB
142. SenDerrick Marks, Titans – DT
143. Todd McClure, Falcons – C
144. Josh Cribbs, Browns – WR/KR
145. Andre Brown, Giants (RFA) – RB
146. Anthony Fasano, Dolphins – TE
147. Titus Young, Rams – WR
148. Kyle Arrington, Patriots – CB
149. LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay (RFA) – RB
150. Thomas Howard, Bengals – OLB
151. Ryan Harris, Texans – OT
152. Steve Breaston, Chiefs – WR
153. A.J. Jefferson, Vikings (RFA) – CB
154. Michael Boley, Giants – OLB
155. Tracy Porter, Denver – CB
156. Steve McLendon, Steelers (RFA) – NT/DT
157. Jamarca Sanford, Vikings – S
158. Junior Galette, Saints (RFA) – DE
159. Jacob Lacey, Lions – CB
160. Matt Shaughnessy, Raiders – DE
161. Peyton Hillis, Chiefs – RB
162. Corey Lynch, Chargers – S/ST
163. Kyle Moore, Bills – DE
164. Kevin Ogletree, Dallas – WR
165. La’Rod Stephens-Howling, Arizona – RB/KR
166. Chad Rinehart, Bills – OG
167. Brandon Gibson, Rams – WR
168. Derek Landri, Eagles – DT
169. Donald Jones, Bills – WR
170. Rashad Jennings, Jaguars – RB
171. Willie Young, Lions (RFA) – DE
172. Jason Smith, Jets – OT
173. Darius Reynaud, Titans – RB/KR
174. Wallace Gilberry, Bengals – DE


1. Keep an eye on Larry Webster, DE – Bloomsburg. This guy is a sleeper. He is a former basketball player, who lacks experience – but the D-II prospect is generating some buzz. His father played in the NFL for 11 season, and he definitely looks the part. He may even get consideration as a TE prospect. His hometown is also the place I currently live.

2. Tavon Austin is my favorite player in the draft. I think is an elite athlete, but my fascination stems back to local ties. I saw him play a handful of times in high school, he actually beat the high school I graduated from (Fort Hill) two-times at M&T Bank Stadium for the Maryland State Championship. I saw him play numerous times in Morgantown as well, and he’s a guy I’m rooting for. I know he is generating a lot of buzz because of his speed and versatility, but I’ll typically always have him in Round 1 of my mocks.

3. I’m not a Matt Barkley fan. He reminds me of Jimmy Clausen, and truthfully I’d only feel good taken him in the 3rd Round or later. Obviously, he is going to go higher – maybe even in Round 1. He had a better Junior campaign than Senior, but I just get a feeling he just doesn’t have “it”. I doubt he ends up being as good as Carson Palmer once was, he’ll be lucky to reach the Matt Cassel ranks (thats even funny to say), I wouldn’t wish Mark Sanchez on him – and he’ll likely end up like Matt Leinart. I mock him higher than I’d like to try to be accurate – but a draft day ‘free-fall’ by him would’t shock me one bit.

4. Chip Kelly and the Eagles…and Oregon Prospects. I think Dion Jordan at No.4, Kyle Long at No.35, and Kenjon Barner in the mid-rounds are likely targets. Kiko Alonso is another possible draft option – plus Michael Clay and John Boyett as undrafted free-agents.

5. Dallas and Dooley. Derek Dooley coached Tennessee for the past 3 season and now he is on the Cowboys staff as WR coach. I’m not saying Dooley has a lot of pull, but it’ll be interesting to see if Tyler Bray, Da’Rick Rogers – as well as other guys Dooley coach and recruited – are options for Dallas in the draft. He was at Louisiana Tech until 2009, so it could be possible he has ties to Quinton Patton and Jordan Mills.

6. Roll Tide. Barrett Jones, the versatile offensive lineman from Alabama, could be in high demand. I know interior lineman aren’t flashy picks – but I think Jones could sneak into the late 1st Round. Jones can essentially play all the line positions, he is smart, productive, and a high character guy. I know his “value” isn’t premiere, but I think he is an extremely valuable player that teams will target higher than expected. If he goes in late-Round 1 or early-Round 2 he’ll more than likely be drafted as an OG prospect.

7. Knile Davis. I like this guy a lot and despite his injuries I want to rank him as my No.1 overall RB (but I don’t just to be accurate with current value). Davis does present an injury concern, but if healthy – and in the right situation – this guy could be a good one. He has nice size to carry to the load as No.1 tailback and the speed to be a breakaway runner. I don’t want to give him too lofty praise, because he hasn’t achieved anything quite yet – but he reminds me of Terrell Davis. I hope he can stay healthy.

8. Offensive Tackles. Terron Armstead, OT – Arkansas-Pine Bluff really helped solidify himself at the combine by running a 4.71 40-yard dash at 306lbs. There is talk that he may be asked about playing TE, but I wouldn’t expect him to make a big jump on boards. I think he is a 3rd round guy, but I wouldn’t suspect that he gets much 2nd round consideration because of some of the other prospects ahead of him. One of which is Jordan Mills, OT – Louisiana Tech…..I do think he will make a jump from a 4th or 5th Round guy into 2nd or 3rd round consideration.

9. Saddleback Junior College. Kyle Long and Menelik Watson. These two guys could sneak into the last 1st round. These guys formed a friendship while playing JUCO ball together and now both are legitimate prospect in the the 2013 NFL Draft. Watson played basketball, was a boxer, and overcame poverty during his childhood in Manchester, England. Long comes from an NFL family (father Howie, and brother Chris) so he has the makeup. Long was a high school All-American, started as a defensive end and switched to offensive line, and was also a pretty good baseball player. The other funny thing is – they both faced premiere pass-rushers daily at practice (Werner at FSU, and Jordan at Oregon) so they’ll know what to expect in the NFL.

10. The Dolphins. They have 9 picks, and 5 in the first 3 Rounds. Miami is in position, a long with a lot of cap space to really improve their team this offseason. I’d expect Miami to be a candidate to trade, likely up (or for players, maybe RB DeAngelo Williams).

11. The 49ers now have 12 picks in this draft. Coming off the Super Bowl loss, San Fran has a pretty nice nucleus of players so I’d expect them to be active in trading up to get players they covet. I guess they could use some of those picks to land Darrelle Revis from the Jets if they choose.

12. Lane Johnson is going to be a candidate for the No.1 overall pick. I still think Joeckel is the guy, but I like Johnson (and Fisher). Johnson ran a 4.72 at the combine at that initiated the buzz, but I think his stock is only going to continue to rise. These 3 OT’s should all be Top 10 guys come April.

13. David Quessenberry, OT – San Jose State; Senior: 6’5″ 302. Keep an eye on this guy as a sleeper. He has started 37 college games and the guy has some versatility as a player who can contribute at multiple positions on the line. He is typically regarding as a mid-round guy, which he probably is – but he may get consideration in the late-3rd or 4th. He is going to end up being a good value pick for someone.

14. The Soviet Block. The Gold medal track and field football player. Margus Hunt, DE/DT – SMU reminds me of J.J. Watt. He is a physical freak and extremely raw, but I think teams will be intrigued by his potential. SMU disbanded their track and field team so he had to start playing football or leave school. He needs to improve in some area’s for sure, but the native of Estonia is strong and fast (4.60 40-time) – plus, he can swat balls and block kicks on top of everything else. He could be a first round pick, although he’ll be 26 before Week 1.

15. Raiders. Eagles. Jets. Chargers. Tampa Bay. Steelers. Dallas. All these teams have established-veteran QB’s (and I guess I use the term “established” somewhat loosely in some cases), but they could be in the market to add a young arm as either competition, a backup, or to be groomed for the future. Tampa Bay for example is facing a potential UFA scenario with Josh Freeman after the 2013 season – so would adding a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th round talent give them insurance in the case they can’t reach a favorable long-term deal with Freeman? It may, but it’s surely give them some leverage in the negotiation process. This could be the case with: Palmer in Oakland (he could be cut this offseason), Philly with Vick on a 1 year contract and falling out of favor, in New York as the Jets try to see if Sanchez is the right guy, San Diego as Rivers ages and a new regime takes over, with Big Ben In the Steel City as long term health and a solid backup remain in doubt, and in Dallas with Romo (even though he’ll likely be extended) with the window closing and his failure to ‘win the big one’. The Jaguars, Browns, Bills, and Arizona are all in a different tier of addressing the QB position – they have guys who are unproven or that they’re just simply looking to possibly replace.

MORE TO COME……Check Back


Single Post Navigation

4 thoughts on “NFL News & Notes (Free Agency and Draft Edition)

  1. Pingback: 2013 NFL Mock Draft – February Edition 3.0 | joshmitchell24

  2. B ryon Eshelman on said:

    your assesment of knile davis is spot on. i’m rooting for quessenberry to cleveland at 101. if the bengals take both austin and bernard their offense becomes scary. mike brown is not that smart/

  3. Pingback: 2013 NFL Mock Draft – March Edition 1.0 | joshmitchell24

  4. Pingback: 2013 NFL Mock Draft – March Edition 1.0 | joshmitchell24

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: