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Free Agency Day One Winners and Losers: Rodger Saffold hits the jackpot

We spent weeks talking about the free agents who would hit the market on Tuesday. Jairus Byrd and Eugene Monroe and Branden Albert and Michael Bennett and Eric Decker and on and on and on.

Rodger Saffold was mentioned too, but never as one of the top guys. Did you even know how he was before Tuesday? (Hint: He was a Rams offensive lineman.)  But Saffold beat almost every free agent in one very important area: Guaranteed money.

Nobody was really surprised when players like Michael Johnson, Aqib Talib, Byrd and Albert got more than $ 20 million in guarantees. Not sure anyone figured on Saffold joining that club with a five-year, $ 42.5 million deal with $ 21 million guaranteed from the Oakland Raiders.

Yes, Rodger Saffold.

Saffold moved from tackle to guard during his Rams career (that’s usually not a great sign) and there were reports that the Raiders want him to play guard, which seems insane for that money. Either way, Saffold cashed in. We’ll see if he lives up to that deal. But on Tuesday, he was an enormous winner.

Here are the other winners and losers from a crazy first day of NFL free agency:

WINNERS

Denver Broncos: You have to respect GM John Elway’s aggressive nature. He knows the championship window closes when Peyton Manning calls it a career, and future consequences be damned, he’s going for the ring now.

Denver, coming off a Super Bowl loss, made two enormous signings and appear set to make a third. The first two were in the secondary. Safety T.J. Ward, an impact player from Cleveland, signed for $ 23 million. Then the big bombshell: Cornerback Aqib Talib, formerly of the Patriots, for $ 57 million. Nobody saw that coming. The Broncos also emerged as the front-runners for pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, cut by Dallas. Ware has a visit to Denver scheduled, and usually that’s the first step toward a contract. Ware and Von Miller, if healthy, would make a devastating pass-rush duo.

How will Denver pay for all this? Ask again in a couple years when they’re stuck in a salary-cap mess. But if the Broncos can win a Super Bowl before then? Nobody will say it wasn’t worth it.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The decision to dump cornerback Darrelle Revis seemed weird, and then the Buccaneers went and totally redeemed themselves by signing cornerback Alterraun Verner.

The trade for Revis (the Jets ended up with Sheldon Richardson and have another pick coming, and the Buccaneers got one year out of Revis in return) will end up being an all-time debacle. But having Verner replace Revis at a lower cost, while signing defensive line reinforcements in former Bengals end Michael Johnson and former Seahawks tackle Clinton McDonald, is pretty good.

Even though the Buccaneers will get rid of one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks, they ended up doing pretty well on Tuesday.

Others who cashed in with surprising big contracts: Saffold wasn’t the only one who got more money than expected. There were a few deals that made you wonder if there was an extra zero put on the end by mistake.

Two contracts really stood out. Former Broncos guard Zane Beadles, a solid player who finished 51st among guards graded by Pro Football Focus last season, signed with Jacksonville for $ 30 million over five years, with about $ 13 million guaranteed. That’s a lot of money for someone who doesn’t play a premium position and isn’t elite at guard either. Then defensive end Tyson Jackson, mostly known as a massive draft disappointment after being selected third overall by the Chiefs in 2009, signed with Atlanta for five years and $ 25 million. He had nine sacks in five Chiefs seasons and started just nine games for Kansas City last year.

But hey, those teams saw something in them that led to the teams handing over eight-figure contracts on the first day of free agency. Nobody can blame them for cashing in.

LOSERS

AFC West, aside from Denver: While the Broncos were letting it fly in free agency, the three teams chasing them did almost nothing.

The Chiefs had five of their own key players sign elsewhere, including three starting offensive linemen in the first hour. The Chargers’ first signing came just before midnight on the East Coast, when they signed running back Donald Brown to a reported $ 10.5 million deal … even though they have Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead already and a ton of holes on defense. And the Raiders, well, somehow the Raiders lost Lamarr Houston, Jared Veldheer and Rashad Jennings despite having $ 10 million more in cap space than everyone else.

The gap between the Broncos and the rest of the AFC West is becoming a canyon.

Receivers: Everyone knew that running backs wouldn’t get much attention on the first day of free agency. Teams don’t invest in them anymore. But even Rashad Jennings signed with the Giants, Toby Gerhart went to the Jaguars and Brown signed with the Chargers. The top receivers? Crickets.

Eric Decker, Hakeem Nicks, Julian Edelman and James Jones are all still awaiting deals. It’s a passing league but on the opening day of free agency teams focused way more on protecting the quarterback, rushing the quarterback and defending those receivers than the receivers themselves.

Eventually those receivers will find homes. But it was a rough first day for them.

Fans of teams that did nothing on the first day: It’s like Christmas without any presents.

Some GMs don’t like to play the high-stakes game of free agency when it begins. Jets GM John Idzik is prudent. Nobody can be sure Packers GM Ted Thompson knows free agency exists, because he almost never signs anyone. So even with a good amount of cap room, those teams passed on the first day.

Buffalo, Carolina, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, New England and St. Louis were some other teams that were very quiet when it came to acquiring players on the first day of free agency. That doesn’t necessarily mean they made mistakes, or that they won’t do anything at all. All of those teams could sign some key contributors in the second wave of free agency (except Green Bay, because Thompson is apparently a conscientious objector). But for the fans who dreamed since the season ended about their team signing every big-name free agent possible, it was kind of a bummer. You’ll have to just tune back in for Day Two.

 

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Need a quality left tackle in free agency? You’re already too late

Free agency began at 4:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, and by 4:15 the top four free-agent left tackles were off the market.

They played a giant, expensive, hilarious game of musical chairs.

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The Miami Dolphins signed Branden Albert instants after the start of free agency for five years and $ 46 million.

Moments later, the Arizona Cardinals locked up Jared Veldheer for five years and $ 35 million.

The Oakland Raiders, having lost Veldheer, signed Rodger Saffold to a contract. For a mind-blowing five years and $ 42.5 million.

And it appeared that the Baltimore Ravens, having seen the carnage in the market, found a way to lock up Eugene Monroe. Terms were not immediately available.

Fifteen minutes, four signings, more than $ 120 million dollars worth of left tackles gone. Wow.

The biggest losers in this, other than the Chiefs (who lost Albert), are the Raiders. What were they thinking? Saffold was benched as a left tackle in St. Louis and went for more money than Veldheer. And they have him playing guard, by some reports. Just … wow.

If you throw in the signings of guards Shaun Lauvao (Washington Redskins) and Zan Beadles (Jacksonville Jaguars), it’s clear that the big men are the big winners in the first hour of free agency.

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Free agency preview: Numerous defensive linemen available for NFL teams

With the NFL’s salary cap increasing by about $ 10 million from last year to $ 133 million and teams having holes to fill, free agency should be hectic. Shutdown Corner will have you covered, with a preview of a different position each day leading up to the start of the free-agency period on Tuesday.

Here is Shutdown Corner’s breakdown of free agent defensive linemen:

Market Watch

There is plenty of talent available at defensive end and defensive tackle this year. NFL teams can choose young guys with upside or veteran players who can have an instant impact. There is no excuse for any team looking to upgrade their defensive line this offseason.

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen’s contract will likely determine what other free agents will demand. Griffen received $ 42.5 million with $ 20 million guaranteed after compiling 17.5 sacks and one start in four seasons. That does not mean every NFL team will spend that much in free agency, but the elite defensive ends had to shed tears of joy after seeing those numbers.

Top Attraction: Michael Bennett, Seahawks, DE

Some NFL observers believe Cincinnati’s Michael Johnson is the best free agent defensive end, but his sack numbers dipped from 11.5 in 2012 to 3.5 this past season. Johnson has talent, but it is hard to argue against Bennett’s upside.

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Bennett spent four seasons in Tampa Bay before signing a one-year deal in Seattle. He recorded 8.5 sacks during the regular season, which led the team, and was a key component on Seattle’s Super Bowl team. He has compiled 17.5 sacks over the past two seasons, and is 28 years old.

The Chicago Bears are expected to sign Bennett, according to ProFootballTalk.com. If that does occur, Bennett will be teammates with Martellus Bennett, his brother and Chicago’s tight end.

Buyer Beware: B.J. Raji, Packers, DE

Raji has the name, a State Farm commercial appearance, and size (6-foot-2, 337 pounds). The former first-round pick just does not have the numbers to prove he is worth a heavy investment.

During Raji’s last 30 games, he has compiled only two sacks and four quarterback hits. He has not recorded a sack during the past two seasons. It explains why Green Bay is offering one-year and two-year deals to retain Raji.

Raji wants to examine his options in free agency, but teams would be purchasing his name more than a disruptive defensive lineman.

Frugal Addition: Henry Melton, Bears, DT

Melton, 27, is coming off surgery to repair his left ACL, and he has issues other than his knee. He was arrested for misdemeanor assault and public intoxication in December. However, Melton plays like a top 10 defensive tackle at times. Several teams have already expressed an interest in Melton. The bidding war will likely increase as free agency begins. As long as Melton’s knee checks out, he will be a great addition at a reasonable price.

The Buzz

Miami is not expected to pursue defensive tackle Randy Starks in free agent, according to the Miami Herald.

Here is a portion of that report:

The talented Starks is headstrong — the middle finger he flashed at the Dolphins’ bench in the 2013 opener is proof of that — and many around the league believe that he’s not a personality fit with Miami coach Joe Philbin.

Best of the Rest

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen compiled 11.5 sacks last season, has 128.5 in his career, but NFL teams are anticipating his demise. Imagine what Allen might accomplish if he was signed by winning franchise that is one pass rusher away from a Super Bowl appearance. Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston will likely receive a massive contract this offseason. Green Bay is one of the teams highly interested in obtaining the 27-year-old standout … Former Missouri defensive lineman Ziggy Hood was a first-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2009. Former Alabama standout Terrence Cody was a second-round pick by Baltimore in 2010. Now both players are free agents who will be fighting to make an NFL roster in training camp … Lions defensive end Willie Young is an above average player with room to grow. He has the potential to improve if surrounded by a strong coaching staff.

Shutdown Corner’s free agency preview schedule
March 3: Shutdown Corners’s top 25 free agents
March 4: Quarterbacks
March 5: Running backs
March 6: Receivers/tight ends
March 7: Offensive linemen
March 8: Defensive backs
March 9: Linebackers
March 10: Defensive line

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Vikings re-sign defensive end Everson Griffen to massive deal before free agency

If Everson Griffen, with 17.5 sacks and one start in four seasons, is worth $ 42.5 million to the Minnesota Vikings, what are the more proven pass rushers in free agency going to be worth?

It’s hard to blame the Vikings for handing out that deal, which is for five years with $ 20 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports including NFL Network. Getting pressure on the quarterback has never been more important in the NFL. The Vikings are presumably losing Jared Allen, who posted double-digit sacks in each of his six seasons in Minnesota.

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And really, if the Vikings didn’t pay Griffen that, someone probably would have.

Griffen will see an expanded role after coming off the bench in 58 of his 59 career games. He’ll have to be a cornerstone of the defense, because he’s being paid like one of the top pass rushers in the game now. Griffen, who was a fourth-round pick out of USC four years ago, had five-and-a-half sacks last season, and eight sacks is his high mark for a season. The Vikings are obviously expecting a big jump from those numbers now that they’ve invested heavily in him.

Griffen has played a significant role for the Vikings the past few years, even though he wasn’t a starter. He played 623 snaps last year according to Pro Football Focus and graded 36th among 4-3 defensive ends in PFF’s rankings. He is athletic with good size (6-foot-3, 273 pounds), has shown the ability to rush the quarterback and he’s just 26 years old . The hope of what he can do with more playing time was what led to the rumors that he would be a hot commodity on the free-agent market, and the Vikings giving him a huge contract.

Whether Griffen lives up to the gamble the Vikings are taking on his potential will be seen over the next few years, but it’s clear that a new market has been set for pass rushers in free agency. Players like Michael Bennett and Michael Johnson probably had to recalibrate their demands after hearing what Griffen received.

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Free agency preview: Not a lot of great linebackers, but there are some hidden gems

With the NFL’s salary cap increasing by about $ 10 million from last year to $ 133 million and teams having holes to fill, free agency should be hectic. Shutdown Corner will have you covered, with a preview of a different position each day leading up to the start of the free-agency period on Tuesday.

Here is Shutdown Corner’s breakdown of free agent linebackers:

Market Watch

Washington applied the franchise tag to Brian Orkapo, and Jason Worilds received the transition tag. Cleveland released D’Qwell Jackson, and he signed with the Indianapolis Colts. With those players off the free agent market, there are not a lot of impact linebackers remaining. Some of the notable 3-4 or 4-3 linebackers are older players who have struggled to keep up with the modern passing game. It will be easier for most teams to find a linebacker, or convert a college defensive end, in the upcoming NFL draft.

Top Attraction: Brandon Spikes, Patriots

Spikes is ready for a fresh start, and it is easy to understand why. New England drafted Spikes in 2010 (second-round) and he eventually received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He was reportedly placed on injured reserve last season after missing a team meeting. However, Spikes said it was because he had a knee injury. He finished with 86 tackles in 2013.

Now the good news.

Spikes has the ability to play in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. He is strong against the run, and is 26. Former New England line coach Pepper Johnson is in Buffalo, and it is possible Spikes could land there. He could also improve Kansas City’s defense with his nasty play on-the-field.

Buyer Beware: Erin Henderson, Vikings

Henderson finished second on the team with tackles last year, but first in arrests. He was arrested twice for DWI violations in three months. He was released by the Vikings in February. Henderson may have talent, but any team that signs him must figure out how to approach his off-the-field issues, plus a possible suspension by the NFL.

Frugal Addition: Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Rams

Dunbar missed the first four games of last season after violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. St. Louis released Dunbar, but eventually re-signed him. Dunbar started in 10 games and finished with 39 tackles. He is 28-years old, and one NFL team will be able to obtain a quality veteran player without having to invest much.

The Buzz

Arizona is trying to re-sign Karlos Dansby, but Tennessee is interested in him. Dansby is 32-years old, but he might have enough in the tank to be productive in the immediate future.

Best of the Rest

Former Packers and Redskins linebacker Nick Barnett’s name has not been mentioned in a while, but he was switched from outside to inside linebacker last season. Barnett probably will not be signed until after the NFL draft, but do not be surprised if he still has something left in the tank … Washington wants to re-sign inside linebacker Perry Riley, but both sides were far apart in contract negotiations last week … Veteran linebacker Jon Beason will represent himself in free agency. He played with the New York Giants last season.

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Free agency preview: Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward headline deep defensive back talent pool

With the NFL’s salary cap increasing by about $ 10 million from last year to $ 133 million and teams having holes to fill, free agency should be hectic. Shutdown Corner will have you covered, with a preview of a different position each day leading up to the start of the free-agency period on Tuesday.

Here is Shutdown Corner’s breakdown of free agent defensive backs:

Market Watch

It might be hard for NFL teams to find a tight end in free agency, but that is not the case with defensive backs. There are enough quality cornerbacks and safeties out there to create a buyer’s market, which will help any team looking for secondary help.

Unfortunately, that may not help some players who are desperately seeking a lucrative long-term deal, such as Detroit safety Louis Delmas, New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins, Baltimore safety James Ihedigbo, St. Louis cornerback Cortland Finnegan, or Minnesota cornerback Chris Cook. Those players might be forced to sign short term deals – Finnegan cannot complain after the $ 50 million contract ($ 27 million guaranteed) he signed in 2012 – but potential playoff teams can add another defensive back without overspending.  

Top Attraction: Jairus Byrd, Bills, S

When a three-time Pro Bowler who is 27-years old hits the free agent market, he is going to attract a lot of interest. Byrd suffered through four coaches (Dick Jauron, Perry Fewell, Chan Gailey and Doug Marrone) and five losing seasons in Buffalo since he was drafted in 2009. He received the franchise tag in 2013, but Buffalo did not apply the same designation this year. It means Byrd will finally obtain a long-term deal, and possibly with a winning team.

Byrd has 356 tackles, 33 pass breakups and 22 interceptions in his career. He did not play until Week 6 due to foot soreness last season, but finished with four interceptions in 11 games.

Any team that does not acquire Byrd will likely obtain Browns safety T.J. Ward, and both are elite defensive backs. Some teams prefer Ward over Byrd, but each safety will have several options.

Chicago, Green Bay, Cleveland and Tennessee are the most obvious destinations for Byrd. Each team needs safety help. However, do not rule out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gill Byrd, Jarius’ father, became Tampa Bay’s cornerbacks coach in January, and there might be a father-son reunion this offseason.

Buyer Beware: Charles Tillman, Bears

Sure, Tillman is a two-time Pro Bowler, and he once was viewed as one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks. There are a few other things that need to be added to Tillman’s résumé.

Tillman’s streak of 53 consecutive games played was snapped last year due to a knee injury. He missed the final seven games of the season with a torn triceps muscle, and still has not been medically cleared because of that injury. Tillman is 33-years old. He will probably not receive much more than a one-year deal, which means he will have to fight for a roster spot.

Frugal Addition: Brandon Browner, Seahawks, CB

How can Browner’s agent convince an NFL team to invest a lot of money into his client?

He cannot.

Browner fought to be reinstated by the NFL after violating the substance abuse policy – again. His indefinite suspension was removed, but he still must serve a four-game suspension to start the 2014 season. Browner has talent, which means at least one team will take a risk. It is hard to imagine he will receive a contract with many financial guarantees.

The Buzz

Vontae Davis is arguably the top free agent cornerback available, and Indianapolis is struggling to re-sign him. According to Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star, both sides are “relatively far apart in negotiations.” Davis is 25, an elite corner, and one team will reward him during free agency.

Best of the Rest

Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib stayed out of trouble during his two years in New England, which should help him during contract negotiations. New England must remember Denver had a 3-0 lead in the AFC championship game before Talib’s injury affected the outcome. Of course, Talib has sustained injuries in two straight AFC championship games, and availability is more important than athletic ability … Packers cornerback Sam Shields signed a one-year restricted tender worth $ 2 million last summer prior to minicamp and made the league minimum before that. He is definitely going to cash in … Jets safety Ed Reed is technically a free agent, but there may not be a market for him … Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn is 5-foot-8, but started in 16 games last season. Carolina may not have enough salary cap space to re-sign him. That is good news for other NFL teams.

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Cardinals’ Darnell Docket calls Chiefs free agent Branden Albert ‘new teammate’

Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett has not been promoted to general manager. But if he had his druthers, he’d sign Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert — and by the way Dockett was talking on Twitter on Friday, he might have an idea of what GM Steve Keim intends to do when the market opens Tuesday afternoon.

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Although Dockett later deleted the tweet he sent, he referred to Albert as his “homie/new teammate,” caught in this RT from NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal:


Dockett later scoffed that he was “tampering” by calling Albert his teammate and said he was joking. Albert remains the property of the Chiefs and cannot be contacted by other teams — such as, ahem, the left tackle-needy Cardinals — until the “legal tampering” period, which begins on Saturday.

Dockett further tried to diffuse the situation with a series of tweets that included saying he thought the Cardinals were going to rake in several of the NFL’s top free agents available.




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Free agency preview: Michael Vick leads a mediocre class of NFL quarterbacks

With the NFL’s salary cap increasing by about $ 10 million from last year to $ 133 million and teams having holes to fill, free agency should be hectic. Shutdown Corner will have you covered, with a preview of a different position each day leading up to the start of the free-agency period on March 11.

Here is Shutdown Corner’s breakdown of free-agent quarterbacks:

Market Watch: If you need a starting quarterback from this free-agent crop, you’re in trouble.

This is a weak class (most are … how many times does a legitimate starting quarterback reach unrestricted free agency?) with most of the crop being solid backups, at best. If you need a veteran placeholder while the rookie you drafted sits and gets acclimated to the NFL, maybe you can find something. But don’t expect too much.

Top Attraction: Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
The majority of quarterbacks available will not compete for a starting position in 2014. Kellen Clemens, Matt Flynn and Luke McCown will likely hold clipboards, but Vick is one of the few free agents who could push an incumbent during training camp. Even if Vick does not win a starting job, he is a great option for a coach if his starter struggles. For instance, Vick could back up the New York Jets’ Geno Smith, but take over if the second-year passer’s turnover problems resurface. Smith had 25 turnovers in 2013 (21 interceptions and four fumbles).

Tamp Bay makes the most sense for Vick. The Buccaneers have a solid offensive line, led by left tackle Donald Penn, receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, and Doug Martin was one of the NFL’s top running backs a couple years ago. Vick can beat second-year quarterback Mike Glennon for the job, but his inability to stay healthy has to be a major concern for any interested team. The last time Vick played in all 16 games was during the 2006 season with the Atlanta Falcons.

In addition to Tampa Bay and the Jets, Oakland is another possible landing spot for Vick.

Buyer Beware: Josh Freeman, Minnesota Vikings
Most NFL observers were willing to give Freeman the benefit of the doubt in Tampa Bay. Former coach Greg Schiano struggled to relate with his players, and Freeman was seemingly his scapegoat. After Freeman was released, it appeared he would have a new start in Minnesota.

However, his brief stint in Minnesota raised more questions.

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Freeman started in one game with the Vikings, and never saw playing time again. Minnesota signed Freeman to replace Christian Ponder, but he could not dethrone a very average quarterback. Freeman is a former first-round draft pick, but his struggles to get on the field in Minnesota are troubling.

Frugal Addition: Josh McCown, Chicago Bears
McCown shined in Chicago as Jay Cutler recovered from an ankle injury, and he is the ideal fit for any team in need of a quality backup. He was 3-2 as a starter last season and had 1,829 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception (109 passer rating). No team wants to overpay for a backup quarterback, but McCown will garner a lot of interest during free agency.

The Buzz
The Jets are reportedly interested in Vick and McCown, and New York is poised to shape the quarterback market. Jacksonville general manager Dave Caldwell recently expressed interest in re-signing backup Chad Henne, which might leave one less available quarterback.

Best of the Rest
Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Kyle Orton’s future is uncertain and Detroit Lions backup Shaun Hill could be a replacement. Hill played under Cowboys passing game coordinator Scott Linehan, who was previously the offensive coordinator in Detroit. Hill’s familiarity with Linehan could lead to a reunion in Dallas. … New Orleans may like second-year quarterback Ryan Griffin, but the Saints will likely attempt to re-sign Luke McCown to back up Drew Brees. The Saints need a veteran behind Brees to handle coach Sean Payton’s complex offense. … And for those few people still holding out hope, it is time to let go: Tim Tebow’s NFL career is over.

Shutdown Corner’s free agency preview schedule
March 3: Shutdown Corners’s top 25 free agents
March 4: Quarterbacks
March 5: Running backs
March 6: Receivers/tight ends
March 7: Offensive linemen
March 8: Defensive backs
March 9: Linebackers
March 10: Defensive line

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