TEN TO WATCH IN NFL FREE AGENCY
Jairus Byrd, S, Bills: A playmaking safety who is only 27. And he’s available? What were the Bills thinking?
Branden Albert, LT, Chiefs: This is a good year to bolster an offensive line via free agency. Albert is a proven left tackle who’s 29.
Lamarr Houston, DL, Raiders: He’s big, strong, versatile and only 26. Can play off the edge or move inside like an Everson Griffen.
Vontae Davis, CB, Colts: Young, quality corners make a lot of money every March. Tennessee’s Alterraun Verner, 25, leads the pack. But Davis, 25, isn’t far behind.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants: Generally, receivers are a risk in free agency in part because they too often end up being overpaid by teams that also need QBs. But Nicks is 26 and has No. 1-type skills.
Eugene Monroe, LT, Ravens: At 26, he’s three years younger than Albert and he’s also a proven commodity at a position teams covet.
Chris Clemons, SS, Dolphins: He’s 28, versatile and is considered an under-the-radar kind of guy. Could make a nice pickup somewhere.
Malcolm Jenkins, FS, Saints: Could be one of those guys who hasn’t fulfilled his draft potential (14th overall pick in 2009), but could still cash in as a 26-year-old coming off his rookie contract.
Sam Shields, CB, Packers: A former hidden gem who has all the physical tools and a playmaker’s sense of awareness. And he’s 26.
Everson Griffen, DE, Vikings: Had an off-year in 2013, but he’s still a gifted, versatile athlete who plays the game with speed, strength and violence. At 26, he’s about to make a few bucks.
|Atlanta - WP: E. Stults||4||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain||2|
|Washington - LP: X. Cedeno||2||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha||6|
|Miami - LP: D. Haren||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: R. Montero||7|
|LA Angels - LP: N. Tropeano||3||FINAL|
|Seattle - WP: T. Walker||5|
|Minnesota - LP: C. Johnson||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Masterson||14|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|