Bill Polian and other ESPN Insider NFL analysts evaluated the 2016 free-agent class. For deeper analysis, sign up for Insider. This database accounts for both official signings and agreements in principle.

  • Elite, franchise-altering players
  • Good players worthy of multi-year contracts
  • Average players
  • Minimum salary players
  • POSITION
  • 2015 TEAM
  • 2016 TEAM
  • GRADE
Franchised
SIGNED
Von
Miller
LB
A
UFA
SIGNED
Demario
Davis
LB
B+
UFA
SIGNED
Derrick
Johnson
LB
B+
UFA
SIGNED
Vincent
Rey
LB
B+
UFA
SIGNED
Danny
Trevathan
LB
B+
UFA
SIGNED
Jerrell
Freeman
LB
B
UFA
SIGNED
Tamba
Hali
LB
B
UFA
Kroy
Biermann
LB
B-
Cut
SIGNED
Karlos
Dansby
LB
B-
UFA
SIGNED
Bruce
Irvin
LB
B-
UFA
SIGNED
Craig
Robertson
LB
B-
Cut
DeMeco
Ryans
LB
B-
UFA
SIGNED
Aldon
Smith
LB
B-
UFA
SIGNED
Mark
Barron
LB
C+
UFA
Chad
Greenway
LB
C+
UFA
SIGNED
Erin
Henderson
LB
C+
Cut
SIGNED
James
Laurinaitis
LB
C+
UFA
SIGNED
Travis
Lewis
LB
C+
UFA
SIGNED
Rolando
McClain
LB
C+
Cut
SIGNED
Daryl
Smith
LB
C+
RFA
Scott
Solomon
LB
C+
UFA
SIGNED
Sam
Acho
LB
C
RFA
Ray-Ray
Armstrong
LB
C
UFA
Jason
Babin
LB
C
RFA
SIGNED
Daren
Bates
LB
C
UFA
SIGNED
Jasper
Brinkley
LB
C
UFA
SIGNED
Zach
Brown
LB
C
Cut
Donald
Butler
LB
C
UFA
SIGNED
Tank
Carder
LB
C
UFA
Chris
Carter
LB
C
UFA
SIGNED
Audie
Cole
LB
C
Cut
Kavell
Conner
LB
C
RFA
Kenny
Demens
LB
C
Cut
Darius
Fleming
LB
C
UFA
Dane
Fletcher
LB
C
UFA
SIGNED
Mason
Foster
LB
C
UFA
SIGNED
Junior
Galette
LB
C
RFA
SIGNED
Terence
Garvin
LB
C
RFA
SIGNED
Najee
Goode
LB
C
UFA
SIGNED
Steven
Johnson
LB
C
UFA
James-Michael
Johnson
LB
C
UFA
SIGNED
Emmanuel
Lamur
LB
C
RFA
Danny
Lansanah
LB
C
UFA
Jamari
Lattimore
LB
C
Cut
Curtis
Lofton
LB
C
RFA
Brandon
Marshall
LB
C
UFA
Casey
Matthews
LB
C
UFA
SIGNED
Albert
McClellan
LB
C
RFA
Lerentee
McCray
LB
C
RFA
Nick
Moody
LB
C