Top Ten NFL Free Agent Signings By Position
Learn About the Most Lucrative Positions to Play During 2014 NFL Free Agency
2014 NFL Off-Season
With just two weeks and two days to go until the 2014 NFL draft, front offices around the league are feverishly watching film, analyzing stats, and meeting with players from this year’s class. As a result, free agency signings have slowed, which makes this a great time to take a look at some numbers (y’all should know by now that I’m a stats girl through and through). We’re over $2,000,000,000 and 270 contracts into free agency, so I thought we’d break down spending by position today. This should give us an idea of where teams’ heads are at in regard to the upcoming draft. For instance, the fact that this draft class is QB heavy has left serviceable guys like Rex Grossman unemployed, while DEs, CBs, and WRs have made out well in free agency.
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1. 26 DEs have been signed during 2014 free agency, to the tune of $332,490,00. $128,570,000 of this is guaranteed money. These guys clearly commanded high salaries as a group; more CBs, wideouts, and safeties were signed, yet none of these positions came close to securing the same amount of overall income.
2. After the Seahawks’ dominating defensive performance in Super Bowl XLVIII, it’s interesting to note that CBs and safeties are both in the top five highest paid free agency positions (apparently Richard Sherman’s impact is quite far reaching). As a group, the 39 recently signed CBs inked contracts for $264,760,000, with $114,270,000 guaranteed.
3. As a whole, this year’s 33 signed WR free agents will be making $256,155,00 on the season. $106,780,000 of this sum is guaranteed to various players. There are quite a few excellent wideouts in this year’s draft (do the names Mike Evans and Marquis Lee ring any bells?), so it’s a little surprising to see WRs this high on the list.
4. 29 safeties (including top free agent Jairus Byrd, who went to New Orleans to play alongside Kenny Vaccaro) have secured contracts thus far during the off-season. They’re worth a collective total of $212,510,938, with $88,900,000 guaranteed, to their respective clubs.
5. Though only 9 LTs have been signed during this off-season, they have commanded a grand total of $195,770,000, with $89,580,000 guaranteed. This averages out to $12.2 million per LT per season, which is second only to the salaries that DEs were able to secure.
6. So far, teams have signed 22 DTs to contracts totaling $164,605,00, with $61,475,000 guaranteed. It shouldn’t come as a major shock that a good number of DTs have been signed; this isn’t a DT heavy draft class and there are 31 teams that want to bolster their Ds after February 4.
7. 20 Gs are worth $140,615,000, with $47,755,000 guaranteed. Gs have been the sixth most signed position during this free agency period, so many teams are clearly looking to boost their offensive lines.
8. 15 ILBs have commanded $95,380,000, with a guaranteed $32,820,000. Their average salary works out to $6.35 million, which ain’t half bad for a season’s work.
9. Like LTs, teams have signed 9 RTs this year, though their contracts haven’t been quite as lucrative as those belonging to the guys on the other side of the line. RTs are worth $77,885,000, with just $29,575,000 guaranteed. That’s an average of just under $7.1 million per season.
10. This was a RB heavy free agent class and 15 of these players have been inked to new squads. Their deals total $66,673,984, with $19,120,000 guaranteed.