Free representative defensive backs can make large Year 1 impact, though receivers are a churned bag

Every offseason, teams unfortunate to ascent their rosters spin to giveaway organisation for answers. And those answers come during a premium, that predictably leads to fans and media presaging that pronounced unfortunate organisation overpaid for a player(s) they usually signed. But that’s not always a case.

Typically, quarterbacks are during a tip of a free-agent wish list for apparent reasons. But usually dual quarterbacks done Pete Prisco’s tip 50 list of 2017 giveaway agents
Kirk Cousins
was franchised by a
Washington Redskins
, and
Jay Cutler
late to turn a broadcaster — so we’re instead looking during far-reaching receivers and defensive backs, dual of a many sought-after groups this offseason.

After all, a organisation might have a authorization quarterback, yet it means tiny if he doesn’t have someone to chuck to (obvious exception:
Tom Brady
). And likewise, teams need playmaking cornerbacks and safeties to frustrate those aforementioned authorization quarterbacks and far-reaching receivers.

First things first. Here’s a prejudiced list of a tip 2017 free-agent far-reaching receivers and defensive backs:

  • CB A.J. Bouye, 25 years old, No. 6 in Prisco’s free-agency rankings. Signed five-year understanding with a
    Jacksonville Jaguars
    ;
  • WR
    Alshon Jeffery
    , 27, No. 12 in Prisco’s free-agency rankings. Signed one-year understanding with a
    Philadelphia Eagles
    ;
  • CB
    Stephon Gilmore
    , 26, No. 14 in Prisco’s free-agency rankings. Signed five-year understanding with a
    New England Patriots
    ;
  • S
    Tony Jefferson
    , 25, No. 16 in Prisco’s free-agency rankings. Signed four-year understanding with a
    Baltimore Ravens
    ;
  • WR
    Terrelle Pryor
    , 28, No. 23 in Prisco’s free-agency rankings. Signed one-year understanding with a Redskins;
  • WR
    DeSean Jackson
    , 30, No. 26 in Prisco’s free-agency rankings. Signed three-year understanding with a
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

So what can we design from these players? There’s a lot to cruise — teammates, scheme, report and perfect fitness — yet for an thought of how giveaway agents do in a initial year with a new team, we looked to a new past.

Below are some of a biggest-named far-reaching receivers and defensive backs to pointer free-agent deals in new years. We compared how they achieved in a final year with their aged organisation to what they did in Year 1 with their new club.

2016 signings


Eric Weddle
, safety, 31 years aged when he strike giveaway agency

2016 CBSSports.com free-agency rank: Fifth. Weddle sealed a four-year, $26 million deal with a Ravens after spending 9 seasons with a
Los Angeles Chargers
.

  • Last year in San Diego (2015): 13 games, 6 passes defended, no interceptions, 0.5 sacks. Ranked 12th among all safeties, according to Pro Football Focus‘ metrics.
  • First year in Baltimore (2016): 16 games, 13 passes defended, 4 interceptions, 1 sack. Ranked second among all safeties, according to Pro Football Focus‘ metrics.

How good was Weddle? Not usually did he fill a gaping blank left by Ed Reed (Baltimore drafted reserve
Matt Elam
in initial turn of a 2013 breeze and he became a biggest bust in organisation history), TheRinger.com’s Danny Kelly pronounced he was a most underpaid veteran on a Ravens’ roster.


Sean Smith
, cornerback, 28 years old

2016 CBSSports.com free-agency rank: Seventh. Smith sealed a four-year, $40 million understanding with a
Oakland Raiders
after spending 3 years with a
Kansas City Chiefs
.

  • Last year in Kansas City (2015): 13 games, 12 passes defended, 2 interceptions. Ranked 17th among all cornerbacks, according to PFF.
  • First year in Oakland (2016): 15 games, 11 passes defended, 2 interceptions. Again ranked 17th among all cornerbacks, according to PFF.

Things couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start for Smith in Oakland. He was benched in his entrance interjection in partial to what
Brandin Cooks
did to him:

But Smith rebounded to have a good season, yet he wasn’t utterly what a Raiders expected when they sealed him. This helps explain since a organisation used a first-round collect on Ohio St. cornerback
Gareon Conley


Janoris Jenkins
, cornerback, 27 years old

2016 CBSSports.com free-agency rank: Eighth. Jenkins sealed a five-year, $62 million deal with a
New York Giants
after spending 4 years with a
Los Angeles Rams
.

Last year in St. Louis (2015): 15 games, 16 passes defended, 3 interceptions. Ranked 24th among all cornerbacks, according to PFF.

First year in New York (2016): 15 games, 18 passes defended, 3 interceptions, 1 sack. Ranked seventh among all cornerbacks, according to PFF.

Jenkins went from a top-10 Rams invulnerability to a Giants organisation that was No. 2 usually to a
Denver Broncos
in 2016. And along with
Eli Apple
,
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
and
Landon Collins
, New York has one of a league’s best secondaries.


Marvin Jones
, far-reaching receiver, 25 years old

2016 CBSSports.com free-agency rank: 16th. Jones sealed a five-year, $40 million deal with a
Detroit Lions
after spending 4 years with a
Cincinnati Bengals
.

  • Last year in Cincinnati (2015): 16 games, 65 receptions, 816 yards, 4 touchdowns. Ranked 25th in total value among all receivers, according to Football Outsiders.
  • First year in Detroit (2016): 15 games, 55 receptions, 930 yards, 4 touchdowns. Ranked 20th in total value among all receivers, according to Football Outsiders.

Jones saw his yards-per-catch normal boost from 12.6 to 16.9 as he became a Lions’ big-play hazard in a post-Megatron world. Similar to
Mohamed Sanu
below, a Bengals missed his prolongation as shortly as he left Cincy.

Mohamed Sanu, far-reaching receiver, 26 years old

2016 CBSSports.com free-agency rank: Not among tip 50. Sanu sealed a five-year, $32 million deal with a
Atlanta Falcons
after spending 4 years with a Bengals.

  • Last year in Cincinnati (2015): 16 games, 33 receptions, 394 yards, no receiving touchdowns, 2 rushing touchdowns. (Didn’t have adequate catches to validate for Football Outsiders’ rankings.)
  • First year in Atlanta (2016): 15 games, 59 receptions, 653 yards, 4 touchdowns. Ranked 43rd in total value among all receivers, according to Football Outsiders.

Sanu became a arguable choice for
Matt Ryan
, that was something of a warn since he had been something of an afterthought in Cincinnati. The Bengals didn’t comprehend what they had in Sanu until he was gone, and have spent a final dual offseasons perplexing to reinstate him and Marvin Jones.

2015 signings


Darrelle Revis
, cornerback, 29 years old

2015 CBSSports.com free-agency rank: Fifth.  Revis sealed a five-year, $70 million deal with a
New York Jets
after spending a year with a Patriots.

  • Last (and only) year in New England (2014): 16 games, 14 passes defended, dual interceptions, no sacks. Ranked No. 3 among all cornerbacks, according to PFF. Revis’ prolongation slipped in 2015 and fell off a precipice in 2016 and now he’s a giveaway agent.
  • First year in New York (2015): 14 games, 9 passes defended, 5 interceptions, no sacks. Ranked 31st among all cornerbacks, per PFF.

Revis ranked 63rd in 2016, and unless he’s peaceful to play for a maestro minimum, and maybe pierce to safety, his NFL career could be over. Upside: No non-quarterback worked a complement as good as Revis; in 10 seasons, he done $118.2 million, according to Spotrac.com.

Revis’s play fell off a precipice with a Jets this time around.
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Byron Maxwell
, cornerback, 26 years old

2015 CBSSports.com free-agency rank: 16th. Maxwell sealed a six-year, $60 million deal with a Eagles after spending 4 years with a
Seattle Seahawks
.

  • Last year in Seattle (2014): 13 games, 12 passes defended, 2 interceptions. Ranked 44th among all cornerbacks, according to PFF.  
  • First year in Philly (2015): 14 games, 19 passes defended, 2 interceptions. Ranked 69th among all cornerbacks, according to PFF. 

It’s also value observant that Maxwell went from a Seahawks pass invulnerability that ranked third in 2014 to an Eagles section that ranked 14th in 2015. Almost a year to a day after signing with a Eagles, Maxwell was traded to a
Miami Dolphins
. He softened to 18th among all cornerbacks final season.


Torrey Smith
, far-reaching receiver, 25 years old

2015 CBSSports.com free-agency rank: 19th. Smith sealed a five-year, $40 million understanding with a
San Francisco 49ers
after spending 4 years with a Ravens.

  • Last year in Baltimore (2014): 16 games, 49 receptions, 767 yards, 11 touchdowns. Ranked 9th in sum value among all wideouts, according to Football Outsiders.
  • First year in San Francisco (2015): 16 games, 33 receptions, 663 yards, 4 touchdowns. Ranked 32nd in sum value among all wideouts, according to Football Outsiders.

It got worse final deteriorate when Smith fell to 89th, yet to be fair, a 49ers went from 5-11 to 2-14. There was copiousness of censure to go around. It’s roughly unfit to consider that he won’t urge — and maybe almost — in Philly, where he’ll play alongside Alshon Jeffery in an offense that also includes
Zach Ertz
,
LeGarrette Blount
,
Darren Sproles
and, of course, second-year quarterback
Carson Wentz
.


Jeremy Maclin
, far-reaching receiver, 26 years old

2015 CBSSports.com free-agency rank: 22nd. Maclin sealed a five-year, $55 million deal with a Chiefs after spending 5 years with a Eagles.

  • Last year in Philly (2014): 16 games, 85 receptions, 1,318 yards, 10 touchdowns. Ranked 18th in sum value among all receivers, according to Football Outsiders‘ metrics.
  • First year in Kansas City (2015): 15 games, 87 receptions, 1,088 yards, 8 touchdowns. Again ranked 18th in sum value among all receivers, according to Football Outsiders‘ metrics.

Maclin struggled with a groin damage final season, blank a month, and a Chiefs motionless he was too costly to keep around. He has a possibility to be a final square of a flitting puzzle from a container in Baltimore, alongside low threats
Mike Wallace
and
Breshad Perriman
.

2014 signings


Aqib Talib
, cornerback, 28 years old

Talib sealed a six-year, $57 million deal with a Broncos after spending dual years with a Patriots.

  • Last year in New England (2013): 13 games, 14 passes defended, 4 interceptions. Ranked 55th among all cornerbacks, according to PFF.
  • First year in Denver (2014): 15 games, 16 passes defended, 4 interceptions, 1 sack. Ranked 14th among all cornerbacks, according to PFF.

Talib forsaken to 36th in 2015 yet was No. 4 final season. During that time, a Broncos had a top-five invulnerability and a Super Bowl pretension following a ’15 season.

Talib has paid dividends for a Broncos
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Jairus Byrd
, safety, 27 years old

Byrd sealed a six-year, $54 million deal with a
New Orleans Saints
after spending 5 years with a
Buffalo Bills
.

  • Last year in Buffalo (2013): 11 games, 6 passes defended, 4 interceptions, 1 sack. Ranked eighth among all safeties, according to PFF.
  • First year in New Orleans (2014): 4 games, 2 passes defended, no interceptions, no sacks.

A knee damage cut brief his initial deteriorate with a Saints, and while Byrd seemed in 26 games over a subsequent dual seasons, he ranked 46th and 45th among all safeties before being expelled in March.

Darrelle Revis, cornerback, 28 years old

Revis sealed a one-year, $12 million deal with a Patriots after spending a year with a Buccaneers.

  • Last (and only) year in Tampa Bay (2013): 16 games, 11 passes defended, dual interceptions, one sack. Ranked No. 1 among all cornerbacks, according to PFF.
  • First (and only) year in New England (2014): 16 games, 14 passes defended, dual interceptions, no sacks. Ranked No. 3 among all cornerbacks, according to PFF.

Revis’ prolongation slipped in 2015 and fell off a precipice in 2016. He’s now a giveaway agent.

DeSean Jackson, far-reaching receiver, 27 years old

Jackson sealed a four-year, $24 million deal with a Redskins after spending 6 years with a Eagles.

  • Last year in Philly (2013): 16 games, 82 receptions, 1,332 yards, 9 touchdowns. Ranked sixth in total value among all wideouts.
  • First year in Washington (2014): 13 games, 56 receptions, 1,169 yards, 6 touchdowns. Ranked 10th in total value among all wideouts.

Jackson played in usually 9 games in 2015 yet seemed in 15 games final deteriorate and had 56 catches for 1,005 yards and 4 scores.


Eric Decker
, far-reaching receiver, 27 years old

Decker sealed a five-year, $36 million deal with a Jets after spending 4 years with a Broncos.

  • Last year in Denver (2013): 16 games, 87 receptions, 1,288 yards, 11 touchdowns. Ranked 4th among all wideouts in total value, behind usually
    Demaryius Thomas
    ,
    Jordy Nelson
    and Anquan Boldin. 
  • First year in New York (2014): 15 starts, 74 receptions, 962 yards, 5 touchdowns. Ranked 24th among all wideouts in total value

Perhaps many impressive, as then-Jets manager Rex Ryan forked out on a prospects Decker could be a legit No. 1 receiver after his 2014 signing: “He did locate 8 touchdown passes when [Tim] Tebow was a quarterback” in 2012 with a Broncos. Decker was usually OK in his initial year with a Jets yet softened in Year 2 (15 games, 80 catches, 1,027 yards, 12 TDs). Injuries singular him to 3 games in 2016. He was expelled this offseason and sealed a one-year understanding with a
Tennessee Titans
.

Conclusion

At defensive back, a positives outweighed a negatives in Year 1. Darrelle Revis’ passing started after inking a long-term agreement that followed dual one-year deals, Jairus Byrd suffered a critical damage and was never a same, and Byron Maxwell struggled even some-more than he did with his former team. But Eric Weddle and Janoris Jenkins immediately incited into chosen options during their positions, while Revis stayed chosen while on his one-year understanding in New England and Sean Smith incited in a unchanging opening with his new team.

The same can’t be pronounced during receiver. Marvin Jones saw a slight uptick, DeSean Jackson was good adequate to stay in a tip 10 and Jeremy Maclin remained unchanging (though he would eventually void and get expelled this offseason), retrogression from Eric Decker and Torrey Smith did some-more than adequate to cancel out a tiny positives from those other signings.

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