NFL Free Agency 2013: Felix Jones and Best Value Buys Available

Varun RavishankerContributor IIIFebruary 5, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 14: Linebacker Jameel McClain #53 of the Baltimore Ravens tackles running back Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys at M&T Bank Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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With the Super Bowl in the books, the focus now shifts to the free agent market and to teams attempting to make the big move that will make them title contenders next season. 

Several big players will look to capitalize on strong play this season to strike deals on the open market. 

A major key to free agency will be which pieces teams add around these big names with strong free agent values. 

Here's a look at the top-value additions NFL teams can make this offseason:


Felix Jones

Jones struggled this season with DeMarco Murray out, which could potentially drive down his market value. 

Jones was also playing behind an offensive line that has struggled even with Murray; a change in scheme could bring back some of the explosiveness Jones seemed to lack last season. 

Jones' struggles in a contract year will lower his cost on the market, but if he can get back to full speed, he could be a star for whatever team signs him. 


Peyton Hillis



In two seasons since his breakout 2010 campaign, Peyton Hillis has succumbed to the Madden curse and has regressed.

A change of scenery to Kansas City last season did little to help Hillis' fortunes, as he again struggled. 

Hillis only saw limited action behind Jamaal Charles, however, and did not have the chance to build momentum.

Hillis is a workhorse and has proven that he can succeed in the role of lead back in an NFL offense. He will come in at a low asking price and will be a steal if a change of scenery can get him back to form.


Danny Amendola

A number of strong wide receivers hit free agency this season, including Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe and Wes Welker, which means Danny Amendola may be overshadowed.

Amendola has had success in St. Louis as one of Sam Bradford's top targets,and could be a big pickup for a team looking for wide receiver talent for a lower price tag. 

The Rams could franchise Amendola but if they decline to pay that price, he will be a great buy in a market flooded with more talented receivers.

Aqib Talib

Talib has had character issues in the past, which is a major reason the Pats are questioning bringing him back long-term. 

Talib has shown over his career how talented he is at the corner position, a reason why many believe he'd be a more sought-after target if he weren't a headache. 

If a coach is willing to take a shot on his off-the-field issues, his price could pay dividends should the Patriots allow him to walk.