Starters continued to switch teams on Day 2 of NFL free agency as the top 50 continued to fill out.
Second day. Second level.
Although the No. 1 free agent on Scout.com’s rankings – DT Ndamukong Suh
– just signed his reported $100 million-plus deal with the Miami Dolphins
, most of the top 15 free agents were either signed to big deals or had been given the franchise tag before him.
In order of the top 15 after Suh:
CB Darrelle Revis was released by the Patriots for salary-cap reasons and returned to very green pastures with the New York Jets, signing for a reported five years and $70 million.
WR Dez Bryant received the franchise tag from the Dallas Cowboys, worth $12.823 million.
LB Justin Houston was given the same by the Kansas City Chiefs, but in his case it is worth $13.195 million.
DE Jerry Hughes re-signed with the active Buffalo Bills on a five-year, $45 million contract.
WR Demaryius Thomas received the Denver Broncos’ franchise tag.
RB DeMarco Murray remains unsigned, with the Dallas Cowboys still hoping to work out a deal with him and their NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles reportedly interested, despite signing former San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews on Wednesday. Murray is the only player in the top 15 who wasn’t either franchised or signed as of Wednesday afternoon.
G Orlando Franklin is moving about the AFC West, leaving the Denver Broncos for the Chargers on a five-year, $35.5 million contract.
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul also received the franchise tag.
Former Broncos TE Julius Thomas signed a lucrative contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, another of the very active teams at the outset of free agency. Thomas signed a five-year, $46 million deal, with $21 million guaranteed.
WR Randall Cobb reportedly took slightly less money than he was offered elsewhere to remain with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on a four-year, $40 million deal.
C Rodney Hudson made his own move in the AFC West, going from the Kansas City Chiefs to a strong portion of the money the Oakland Raiders are required to spend to get the cap floor. He agreed to a five-year, $44.5 million contract.
DT Stephen Paea went from the Chicago Bears to the Washington Redskins.
CB Kareem Jackson, ranked at the top of his position before Revis’ release, re-signed with the Houston Texans for four years, $34 million.
And Devin McCourty, who rounds out the Scout.com top 15, re-signed with the Patriots for five years and $47.5 million.
But the second day of free agency saw some of the others in the Scout top 50 find new contracts, too. Here is the rest of the top 50:
CB Brandon Flowers re-signed with the Chargers.
G Mike Iupatia moved in the NFC West, going from the San Francisco 49ers to the Arizona Cardinals.
CB Byron Maxwell went from Seattle to Philadelphia.
WR Jeremy Maclin went from Philadelphia to Kansas City.
WR Torrey Smith left an aggressive free-agent team in the Eagles to join the Chiefs.
K Stephen Gostkowski never made it to market as the Patriots locked him up.
OT Bryan Bulaga had a brief stint to test his value and re-signed with the Packers.
MLB David Harris re-signed with the Jets.
OT Doug Free re-signed with the Cowboys.
OLB Sean Weatherspoon, after leaving Atlanta, signed with the Arizona Cardinals.
DT Jared Odrick stayed in Florida, but moved from Miami to Jacksonville, one of the major players in free agency.
TE Owen Daniels went from one AFC playoff team, the Baltimore Ravens, to another, the Broncos.
MLB Rey Mauluga re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.
OT King Dunlap re-signed with the Chargers.
There were other noteworthy deals happening on hump day.
The Indianapolis Colts continued their aggressive ways, adding WR Andre Johnson, who joins LB Trent Cole, RB Frank Gore, OL Todd Herremans and DT Kendall Langford as outside signing by Indianapolis.
RB Ryan Mathews went to the Eagles as LeSean McCoy’s replacement, but Philadelphia reportedly still has an interest in DeMarco Murray, despite Mathews’ deal going for three years and $11.5 million with $5 million guaranteed.
QB Brian Hoyer took his ticket out of Cleveland to sign with the Houston Texans on a two-year, $10.5 million contract with $4.75 guaranteed.
The Raiders, with a need to spend, agreed to terms with DT Dan Williams and LB Curtis Lofton, adding to their haul of Hudson, RB Roy Helu, TE Lee Smith and LB Malcolm Smith.
The Bengals locked up one of the top interior offensive linemen, re-signing G Clint Boling to a five-year, $26 million deal.
And the strange world of early retirements continued. After LB Patrick Willis and RB Maurice Jones-Drew announced their retirements, LB Jason Worilds (age 27) and QB Jake Locker (age 26) also announced their retirements.
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