Are either of these guys the best free-agent signing of 2013?

Are either of these guys the best free-agent signing of 2013?

With the crazy amount of coverage the NFL Draft covets these days; many fans miss out on the moves that will likely have a much greater impact then their teams first round pick. Free agent moves in the offseason can be monumental! (i.e. Peyton Manning to Denver in 2012) They are usually proven NFL commodities that are jumping from one team to another; contributing immediately in a starting role. Although these free agent moves can easily be overlooked, we at Quick Fix Sports didn’t miss them. To keep you abreast and in tune with the NFL, here are the top 10 offensive free-agent signings in 2013 thus far:

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We rarely give you a top 10 without statistical or objective support, and this list is no exception. This is the first time ever however we have used “Twitter Followers” as part of our criteria; relevance of these players to diehard NFL fans is important to us. Our top 10 free-agents were compared to one another in three critical areas to determine our results:

1) Average Annual Salary (worth 2x points, most important stat)
2) Number of Pro Bowl + All-Pro
3) Twitter Followers

#10 Shonn Greene, RB (Tenessee Titans)

Old Team: New York Jets
Contract: 3 Years, $10 Million
Avg Annual Salary: $3.3 Million
Pro Bowl + All-Pro: 0
Twitter Followers: N/A
2012 Stat Line: 276 car, 1063 yards, 8 TD’s

Shonn Green signed a 3-year 10 million dollar deal with his new club, which has created somewhat of a log jam in the Titans backfield. Greene will join Chris Johnson and Javon Ringer in an effort to support their young QB, Jake Looker, with a powerful run game. Greene will likely serve as a CJ’s counterpart in a lightning and thunder set up, much to the chagrin of one Mr. Ringer.

#9 Matt Cassel, QB (Minnesota Vikings)

Old Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Contact: 2 Years, $7.4 Million
Avg Annual Salary: $3.7 Million
Pro Bowl + All-Pro: 1
Twitter Followers: N/A
2012 Stat Line: 58.1% comp, 1796 yards, 6 TD’s, 12 INT

Matt Cassel is one of two players without a Twitter account. The Vikings backup QB will make $3.7 million over the next two years after a dismal 2012 season. If Christian Ponder struggles the Vikings will now have a QB who could step in and contribute right away, providing a much needed security blanket for Adrian Peterson.

#8 Martellus Bennett, TE (Chicago Bears)

Old Team: New York Giants
Contract: 4 Years, $20.4 Million
Avg Annual Salary: $5.1 Million
Pro Bowl + All-Pro: 0
Twitter Followers: 32,000
2012 Stat Line: 55 Rec, 626 yards, 5 TD’s

The Chicago Bears will have a very formidable passing attack with the addition of a solid pass catching TE in Martellus Bennett. Bennett will join Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, making the receiving corp. one of the biggest in the league (Bennett 6’6”, Marshall 6’4”, Jeffery 6’3”). Bennett signed a four-year $20 million dollar deal and checks in with 32,000 Twitter followers.

#7 Danny Amendola, WR (New England Patriots)

Old Team: Saint Louis Rams
Contract: 5 Years, $28.5 Million
Avg Annual Salary: $5.7 Million
Pro Bowl + All-Pro: 0
Twitter Followers: 46,000
2012 Stat Line: 63 rec, 666 yards, 3 TD’s (11 games)

Who needs Wes Welker when you can have four year younger receiver from the same college (Texes Tech)? The departure of Welker opened the door for Amendola, who cashes in with a five-year $28.5 million dollar deal. Amendola had the biggest spike in Twitter followers upon signing with his new team (from 31k to 46k), and will undoubtedly experience an even greater spike in production catching balls from Tom Brady.

#6 Steven Jackson, RB (Atlanta Falcons)

Old Team: Saint Louis Rams
Contract: 3 years, $12 Million
Avg Annual Salary: $4.0 Million
Pro Bowl + All-Pro: 5
Twitter Followers: 210,000
2012 Stat Line: 257 car, 1042 rush, 321 rec, 4 TD’s

Steven Jackson will finally get a chance to play with a potential Championship team. However, Jackson will turn the dreaded 30-years-old in July before the season begins. Some may forget just how good Steven Jackson is as he toiled in obscurity with the Rams for the past few seasons. But it will be hard not to root for him to succeed as this well-liked player had the 4th most Twitter followers on our list with 210k.

#5 Reggie Bush, RB (Detroit Lions)

Old Team: Miami Dolphins
Contract: 4 years, $16 Million
Avg Annual Salary: $4.0 Million
Pro Bowl + All-Pro: 1
Twitter Followers: 2,800,000
2012 Stat Line: 227 car, 986 rush, 292 rec, 8 TD’s

Reggie Bush had the most carries of his career in 2012 for the Miami Dolphins. Bush also played in 16 games last season, silencing some of the neigh Sayers who question his durability. Bush seems like a perfect fit on an offense friendly Lions team, signing a 3-year $12 million dollar deal. Bush is by far the most popular player on our list crushing his competition with 2.8 million Twitter followers; Wes Welker a very distant 2nd with 417k.

#4 Mike Wallace, WR (Miami Dolphins)

Old Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Contract: 5 Years, $60 Million
Avg Annual Salary: $12 Million
Pro Bowl + All-Pro: 1
Twitter Followers: 185,000
2012 Stat Line: 64 rec, 836 yards, 8 TD’s

Mike Wallace signs the richest contract on our top 10, raking in $12 million a year over 5 years. Wallace is arguably the best WR in the league at stretching the field with his world class speed (4.33 ranking #24 all-time according to the Bleacher Report). Wallace should significantly help 2nd year QB Ryan Tannehill by providing the breakaway speed they have lacked in their WR group.

#3 Wes Welker, WR (Denver Broncos)

Old Team: New England Patriots
Contract: 2 Years, $12 Million
Average Annual Salary: $6.0 Million
Pro Bowl + All-Pro: 9
Twitter Followers: 417,000
2012 Stat Line: 118 rec, 1354 yards, 6 TD’s

Wes Welker’s contract dispute with the New England brass is well documented. Welker felt he was worth more than the $5 million-a-year the Pats offered, but ended up signing for only one million more, seemingly to spite his former employer. Now, the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning have a pass catching machine who will be hungry to prove his worth.

#2 Tony Gonzalez, TE (Atlanta Falcons)

Old Team: Atlanta Falcons
Contract: 2 Years, $14 Million
Average Annual Salary: $7.0 Million
Pro Bowl + All-Pro: 23
Twitter Followers: 190,000
2012 Stat Line: 93 rec, 930 yards, 8 TD’s

Tony Gonzalez became a free-agent and was set to retire, when the Falcons lured him back with a 2 year $14 million dollar deal. Gonzalez signed on for his 17th season after yet another brilliant 2012 campaign with 93 receptions. Tony G’s 190,000 Twitter followers are happy to see him return as there is no sign of slowing for this phenomenal first-ballot Hall of Famer.

#1 Greg Jennings, WR (Minnesota Vikings)

Old Team: Green Bay Packers
Contract: 5 Years, $45 Million
Average Annual Salary: $9.0 Million
Pro Bowl + All-Pro: 2
Twitter Followers: 305,000
2012 Stat Line: 36 rec, 366 yards, 4 TD’s (8 games)

Greg Jennings signed a huge deal with his former nemesis, the Minnesota Vikings. Jennings is still in the prime of his career at 29, and has had some phenomenal seasons. Just two seasons ago he finished with 76 catches for over 1200 yards and 12 TD’s. His 2012 campaign was cut short due to a groin injury he suffered early in the season. His groin injury ultimately cost him half a season, but he ended well with 8 catches, 120 yards, and 2 TD’s in week 17. Jennings is an exceptional talent and should fit in nicely with the new trio of players the Viks picked up in their dramatic first round of the 2013 NFL draft.

Players Who Missed the Cut:

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB (Tenessee Titans)
Rashard Mendenhall, RB (Arizona Cardinals)
Kevin Kolb, QB (Buffalo Bills)

Notable Players Unsigned:

Victor Cruz, WR
Randy Moss, WR
Brandon Lloyd, WR
Beannie Wells, RB
Cedric Benson, RB
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB
Peyton Hillis, RB

Top 10 Free Agent Signings

Tie-breaker went to player with higher annual salary

All contract info via Spotrac.com

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