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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Atlanta - WP: E. Stults 4 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain 2
Washington - LP: X. Cedeno 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha 6
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 18
Baltimore 6 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Miami - LP: D. Haren 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: R. Montero 7
San Diego 6 FINAL
Cincinnati 3
San Francisco 5 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 8
Colorado 2 FINAL
Oakland 11
LA Angels - LP: N. Tropeano 3 FINAL
Seattle - WP: T. Walker 5
Cleveland 4 FINAL
Chicago WSox 1
Kansas City 11 FINAL
Texas 7
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Arizona 2
Toronto 7 FINAL
Houston 4
Minnesota - LP: C. Johnson 2 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Masterson 14
Boston 116 FINAL
Charlotte 104
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
Philadelphia 111
Houston 96 FINAL
Toronto 99
Milwaukee 88 FINAL
Atlanta 101
Sacramento 83 FINAL
Memphis 97
Utah 104 FINAL
Minnesota 84
Phoenix 86 FINAL
Portland 109
Tampa Bay 5 FINAL
Montreal 3
Vancouver 4 FINAL
St. Louis 1
Calgary 5 FINAL
Dallas 3
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Chicago 4
Edmonton 4 FINAL
Colorado 1
Buffalo 4 FINAL
Arizona 1
ULM 58 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 65
Dayton 70 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 91
(6) Tennessee 48 FINAL
(4) Maryland 58
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2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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