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Wolf's Big Board:     Monday, May 29, 2017     Tier One - The Big Three   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   3 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB3   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s   4 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   5 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   6 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   7 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   8 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB4   9 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   10 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB6   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB7   12 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   13 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   14 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   15 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   16 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   Tier 3 - Lower-end RB1 and WR1s, elite second options   17 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB9   18 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   19 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR10   20 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB10   21 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   22 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   23 ) Demaryius Thomas. (DEN) WR12   24 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE2   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR13   26 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR14   Tier 3.5   27 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB11   28 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB12   29 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB13   30 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB14   31 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB15   32 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR15   33 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR16   34 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB16   35 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR17   36 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR18   37 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB17   Tier 4 - Elite QBs, Solid #2 RBs + WRs, side TE1s   38 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB18   39 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   40 ) Sammy Watkins WR19   41 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   42 ) Travis Kielce (KC) TE3   43 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR20   44 ) Allen Robinson (JAC) WR21   44 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB19   45 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB20   46 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR22   47 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR23   48 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   48 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB21   49 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR24   50 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   51 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR25   52 ) Brandon Marshal (NYG) WR26   53 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR27   54 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR28   55 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   56 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB23   57 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   58 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   59 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR29   Tier 5 - Last Startable WRs and RBs + TE1 Candidates   60 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR30   61 ) Eric Decker (NYJ) WR31   62 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR32   63 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR33   64 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB24   65 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB25   66 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB26   67 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   68 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR33   69 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR34   70 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB27   71 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE7   72 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR35   73 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB28   74 ) Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) WR36   75 ) Delanie Walker TE8   76 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB29   77 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB30   78 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB31   79 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB32   80 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB33   81 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB34   82 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR38   83 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR39   84 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR40   85 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   TIer 7 - side QB1s and Top WR and RB Lottery Tickets   86 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB5   87 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB6   88 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB7   89 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB8   90 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB9   91 ) Ben Roethlisberger QB10   92 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB11   93 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB12   94 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB35   95 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB36   96 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB37   97 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB38   98 ) Davante Parker (MIA) WR41   99 ) Josh Doctson (WAS) WR42   100 ) Ted Ginn (NO) WR43  
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Evaluating The Remaining NFL Free Agent Quarterbacks

Since NFL free agency started two weeks ago, the already-thin QB market has thinned even more. The Bears filled their QB gap with three years of Mike Glennon, Brian Hoyer got a 2-year deal in San Francisco, and the Jets recently signed Josh McCown to play under center next season. Although these aren’t huge names going to very competitive teams, these signings will ultimately shape how the 2017 season will play out — as will the rest of the signings that have yet to take place. Obviously it’s clear that the remaining unsigned QBs aren’t an impressive group when guys like Geno Smith and Aaron Murray have been able to lock down agreements, but every team needs a capable backup, and some of these guys could be that (maybe).

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The “Could Maybe Start Somewhere” Tier

Colin Kaepernick

One of the most fundamental rules of the journalism school I never attended was, when making a list of Free Agent QBs, always start with the most intriguing. Wise words, and that’s why I’m starting with Colin Kaepernick, who happens to be the only remaining free agent that’s been in a headline on Fox News. Kaepernick’s career to this point has been back and forth, from playing in a Super Bowl in 2013 to signing a 6-year, $114 million (!!!!!) extension with the Niners in 2014 to free agency at age 29. Not to mention controversy over his pregame routine, which was what prompted Spike Lee to call the fact he’s still a free agent “Straight Up Shenanigans,Subterfuge, Skullduggery And BS.” Kaepernick certainly didn’t live up to his last deal, starting only 19 games over the last 2 seasons and compiling a 3-16 record, but he’s shown glimpses of duel-threat talent in the past and is still young enough to turn it around. Most teams that are still looking for a QB will probably do so through the draft, but if any free agent QB does sign, it’s a safe bet it’ll be Kaepernick.

Jay Cutler

I’ll be honest with you – when I heard the Jets signed Josh McCown the other day, I was pretty pissed. Jay Cutler and the New York Jets would’ve been a combination that only PB&J could compete with, and it’s unfortunate it never got to happen. That team and that city would’ve done its best to crush Cutler’s will to compete – but ultimately failed, because Chicago did that at least 3 or 4 years ago. Cutler’s coming off a year in which he started just 5 games before missing the final 11 with a shoulder injury. The Bears went 1-4 with him (2-9 without him) and he threw for 4 TDs, 5 interceptions, and just over 1,000 yards on the year. Cutler also turns 34 next month, and many have already speculated he may have thrown his last NFL pass. Regardless I look at him as a guy who does have a bit of talent and never got much of a chance to show it, and maybe one last change of scenery could generate a decent year or two. Who knows?

The “Capable Backup” Tier

Ryan Fitzpatrick

After Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 2015 campaign in which he started all 16 games while racking up career highs in yards (3,905) and TDs (31), I was a big proponent of the Jets re-signing him to a semi-lucrative deal. Not just because I’m a Patriots fan and I didn’t want the Jets to spend money on a proven franchise QB when they had Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker on the roster, but also because Fitz seems like a hard working guy and he certainly outperformed expectations in ’15. The Jets ultimately did re-sign him, although it took until the end of July for the 1-year, $12 million deal to be finalized, and they also added Matt Forte to give Fitz a running game. In return, Fitzpatrick started just 11 games due to a mix of injuries and benchings, and threw just 12 touchdowns compared to 17 interceptions. He turned 34 in November and hasn’t generated a ton of buzz over the course of free agency, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Fitz on a roster at some point in 2017.

Robert Griffin III

Remember when we all thought signing with the Browns would be Robert Griffin III’s low point? Sure, he’d endured some hard times in DC after his impressive rookie campaign, but this is Cleveland, where they breed losing. Hadn’t been worse than that, and certainly couldn’t get any worse. Well, now he’s a free agent and is garnering little to no interest among teams still needing a QB. RG3 is coming off a season of career-lows in just about everything – starts (5), completion percentage (59.2), yards (886), and touchdowns (2). Minor setback for a major comeback? Or possibly the end of the road for a young, promising QB that can’t seem to stay on the field? We’ll find out over the course of this summer, but it could go either way.

The “Not A Total Lost Cause But Would Be 4th String On The Patriots” Tier

Case Keenum

Case Keenum had a lot of promise coming out of college – despite going undrafted – but it has yet to translate to any real NFL success. Keenum set a career high last season in Los Angeles with 9 starts, which led to career high marks in completion percentage (60.9) and yards (2,201). He was also benched in favor of rookie Jared Goff after Week 10, which doesn’t bode well for him in the free agent market. Keenum definitely showed some promise on a shitty Rams team last year, including a string of 3 straight wins early in the year and a span of 19 straight completions in a Week 6 game against Detroit, so it’s fair to argue that his lack of success has been as much a product of bad teams as bad play by him. Either way, he’s yet to impress anyone too much, leading to the lack of interest in him thus far in free agency.

 Honorable Mention: Chase Daniel, Blaine Gabbert, “Clipboard Jesus

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