Chart: 10 players to watch in NFL free agency

  • Updated: March 5, 2014 - 9:59 PM
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The Giants’ Hakeem Nicks has the skills to be a team’s No. 1 receiver.

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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.

MARK CRAIG

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LA Angels - LP: C. Rasmus 6 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: R. Webb 7
Seattle - WP: H. Iwakuma 5 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: T. Bauer 2
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Quintana 11 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez 4
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 0 FINAL
Miami - WP: H. Alvarez 3
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 6 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: D. Gee 0
Milwaukee - LP: W. Smith 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: A. Cobb 5
Toronto - WP: M. Stroman 4 FINAL
Boston - LP: R. De La Rosa 2
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 0 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake 3
Colorado 3 Bottom 10th Inning
Chicago Cubs 3
NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy 12 FINAL
Texas - LP: N. Martinez 11
Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson 2 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Shields 1
Oakland - WP: E. Scribner 7 FINAL
Houston - LP: C. Qualls 4
Atlanta 4 Bottom 5th Inning
Los Angeles 3
St. Louis 1 Bottom 6th Inning
San Diego 2
Pittsburgh 3 Bottom 7th Inning
San Francisco 1
NY Giants 8/3/14 7:00 PM
Buffalo
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 8/1/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Brt Columbia 8/1/14 9:00 PM
Calgary
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8/7/14 7:30 PM
Winnipeg
Connecticut 80 FINAL
Atlanta 89
Washington 76 FINAL
New York 80
Chicago 74 FINAL
San Antonio 92
Seattle 74 FINAL
Tulsa 80
Los Angeles 69 FINAL
Phoenix 90
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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