Stock Up, Stock Down for NFL Teams After First Week of Free Agency

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIMarch 18, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for NFL Teams After First Week of Free Agency

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    The first week of NFL free agency brought quite a bit of excitement. Big names like Mike Wallace, Andy Levitre and Cliff Avril all found new homes for the 2013 season.

    Even though it is still early in free agency, we're going to take a look at whose stock went up and whose stock went down over the course of a very newsworthy first week.

    For those on the negative end of this slideshow, plenty of talented free agents like Charles Woodson and Nnamdi Asomugha are still available. Thus, some teams' stock will change, but this is where they stand after most of the big fish have left the pond.

Arizona Cardinals

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: RB Rashard Mendenhall, CB Jerraud Powers, QB Drew Stanton, S Yeremiah Bell, CB Antoine Cason, DE Matt Shaughnessy, ILB Jasper Brinkley

    Key Free-Agent Losses: S Adrian Wilson, RB Beanie Wells, WR Early Doucet, S Kerry Rhodes, QB Kevin Kolb, CB William Gay

     

    The Arizona Cardinals made some big changes to their roster. Cutting Wilson, Wells, Rhodes and Kolb shows that this team is truly looking to rebuild.

    While the Cardinals didn't sign any big-name free agents, they got some solid contributors. Powers, Cason and Bell can both step in from day one and be starters, while Stanton was the best free-agent quarterback left on the market.

    The biggest move was bringing in Mendenhall. If he can stay healthy, he could finally provide the Cardinals with the every-down running back they've lacked for years.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock slightly up

Atlanta Falcons

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: RB Steven Jackson, OT Sam Baker, TE Tony Gonzalez

    Key Free-Agent Losses: DE John Abraham, CB Dunta Robinson, RB Michael Turner

     

    Even though the Atlanta Falcons didn't make many moves in free agency, they're still huge winners this year.

    That's in large part due to the signing of Jackson, the top running back free agent on the market. He'll be an instant upgrade over Turner and should add some serious firepower to the Falcons offense.

    However, the biggest reason that Atlanta won in free agency is the return of Gonzalez. Despite being 37 years old, Gonzalez is still one of the best tight ends in the league.

    Overall, the Falcons' additions outweigh their losses by a large amount. 

     

    Final Verdict: Stock way up

Baltimore Ravens

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: DE Chris Canty, DE Marcus Spears

    Key Free-Agent Losses: OLB Paul Kruger, ILB Dannell Ellerbe, S Bernard Pollard, CB Cary Williams

     

    You simply can't lose the core of your defense and not take a hit. While Kruger, Ellerbe, Williams and Pollard can all be replaced, losing their experience will hurt.

    To make matters worse, the Baltimore Ravens didn't bring in any free agents that will start. Both Canty and Spears will be rotational players on the Ravens defense.

    The Ravens still have some big-name players they could bring back in Ed Reed and Bryant McKinnie. However, if they lose both of them, the defending champs' stock will be even lower.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock down

Buffalo Bills

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: OLB Manny Lawson

    Key Free-Agent Losses: G Andy Levitre, S George Wilson, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, LB Nick Barnett, CB Terrence McGee

     

    The biggest loss for the Buffalo Bills was that of their starting guard. Levitre was one of the most sought-after free agents, and losing him is a big hit for Buffalo.

    However, even the losses of Wilson, Fitzpatrick, Barnett and McGee are significant. All of those players were starters in 2012.

    While they weren't All-Pro-caliber starters, it is still a ton of starting talent for a team like the Bills to lose. Their lone addition so far was a good one in Lawson, but that's certainly not enough to make their stock go up.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock down

Carolina Panthers

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: CB Drayton Florence

    Key Free-Agent Losses: LB James Anderson, CB Chris Gamble, WR Louis Murphy

     

    The Carolina Panthers have been one of the most inactive teams in free agency so far. 

    Anderson and Gamble were both longtime starters for Carolina, but both were beginning to show signs of age. They'll certainly be missed for their leadership and experience, but both players can be replaced rather easily.

    The only signing the Panthers have had is Florence, who played decently for the Detroit Lions in 2012. He isn't a player who will make a big impact, but he'll provide depth at the cornerback position for Carolina.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock slightly down

Chicago Bears

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: TE Martellus Bennett, OT Jermon Bushrod

    Key Free-Agent Losses: TE Matt Spaeth, LB Nick Roach

     

    The beginning of free agency couldn't have gone any better for the Chicago Bears.

    Their biggest issue in recent years has been their offensive line, so the Bears went out and signed a Pro Bowl player in Bushrod. He has the experience of playing in a pass-first offense and should instantly help give confidence to Jay Cutler.

    While Bushrod was a great signing, Bennett was even better. Bennett has the potential to be a fantastic tight end and should become one of Cutler's favorite targets in 2013.

    Losing a starting linebacker in Roach hurts, but the additions outweigh the losses.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock up

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: None

    Key Free-Agent Losses: K Josh Brown, OLB Manny Lawson, QB Bruce Gradkowski

     

    Considering that the Cincinnati Bengals have only lost roster members to this point, it's hard to consider their stock anything but down.

    Lawson, the only starter Cincinnati has lost, played decently in 2012. Both Brown and Gradkowski were solid backups, and Brown had taken over field-goal duties by the end of the 2012 season.

    It hasn't been too bad so far for the Bengals in free agency, but they'll need to make some moves if they want to continue to compete in the AFC North.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock down

Cleveland Browns

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: DE Desmond Bryant, OLB Paul Kruger, OLB Quentin Groves

    Key Free-Agent Losses: OLB Kaluka Maiava

     

    The Cleveland Browns had the cap room to be a big player in free agency, and they certainly made quite the splash in the first week.

    Kruger was one of the top free agents, and he fills a huge need for the Browns. They're switching to a 3-4 defense this year, and pass-rushing abilities at outside linebacker were lacking. 

    After signing Kruger, the Browns went out and signed one of the most underrated free agents in Bryant. He should step in right away at defensive end and provide a huge boost in both the run and pass game.

    The only thing that keeps Cleveland's stock from being way up is the loss of Maiava. Even though he didn't play many snaps last year (only 498), Pro Football Focus had him ranked as the seventh-best 4-3 outside linebacker (subscription required). Perhaps the 3-4 switch made him expendable, but he was still a quality player.

    With the moves that the Browns have made so far, they are a team to keep an eye on heading into the 2013 season.


    Final Verdict: Stock up

Dallas Cowboys

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: None

    Key Free-Agent Losses: ILB Dan Connor, DE Marcus Spears, WR Kevin Ogletree

     

    None of the players that the Dallas Cowboys have lost in free agency were key contributors. While they all made an impact in 2012, it shouldn't be too hard for Dallas to replace them.

    It would have been nice to see the Cowboys make some moves to improve their secondary. They still have huge holes at both safety positions that'll need to be addressed before the 2013 season.

    However, thanks to salary-cap penalties from the NFL, that may be difficult

     

    Final Verdict: Stock slightly down

Denver Broncos

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: WR Wes Welker, OG Louis Vasquez, DT Terrance Knighton, DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

    Key Free-Agent Losses: DE Elvis Dumervil, ILB D.J. Williams, DE Jason Hunter

     

    A late mess-up with reworking Dumervil's contract kept the Denver Broncos' stock from going way up. However, even with the potential loss of Dumervil, Denver has done a great job in free agency.

    Welker and Vasquez instantly improve an already-potent offense in a number of ways. Look for Welker to become a favorite target of Peyton Manning, while Vasquez will bring some extra tenacity to the offensive line in Denver.

    On defense, Rodgers-Cromartie should start instantly opposite Champ Bailey. If he can regain the talent that seemed to disappear in Philadelphia, the Broncos could have one of the best cornerback duos in the league.

    As good as Denver was before the offseason started, it became much better after the first week of free agency.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock up

Detroit Lions

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: RB Reggie Bush, DE Jason Jones, S Glover Quin, CB Chris Houston, S Louis Delmas

    Key Free-Agent Losses: DE Cliff Avril, OT Gosder Cherilus

     

    Losing Avril and Cherilus will certainly hurt the Detroit Lions. However, they have players at both defensive end and offensive tackle who can step up and replace what those two brought to the team.

    What makes the Lions' stock go up is that they brought in some of the top free agents at their respective positions. Not only that, but Detroit also did a great job of addressing needs with its signings.

    Bush will add another dynamic weapon to an already-dangerous offense with his playmaking abilities. Jones is a disruptive force across the defensive line who will pair with Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh to make a scary unit.

    Re-signing Houston and bringing in Quin from the Houston Texans addresses the biggest need for the Lions: their secondary.

    Overall, this team has done very well in free agency.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock up

Green Bay Packers

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: None

    Key Free-Agent Losses: WR Greg Jennings, S Charles Woodson, OLB Erik Walden, TE Tom Crabtree

     

    The big loss for the Green Bay Packers is obviously Jennings. He's been their No. 1 receiver for quite some time, and his production will be missed.

    However, Jennings has missed time with injuries the past two seasons, and the Packers have great depth at wide receiver. Losing him hurts, but not as much as it would hurt other teams to lose their top receiver.

    Other than Jennings, Woodson is the only big name that Green Bay cut. He was a fan favorite in Green Bay, but he simply doesn't have much left in the tank.

    Ted Thompson is always quiet in free agency, and this year has been no different.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock slightly down

Houston Texans

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: None

    Key Free-Agent Losses: S Glover Quin, OLB Connor Barwin, FB James Casey, RB Justin Forsett, WR Kevin Walter

     

    Only a handful of teams lost as much as the Houston Texans have lost so far in free agency. Walter, Quin, Barwin and Casey were all key components to the Texans' success the past few seasons.

    The biggest loss for the Texans is their do-it-all fullback/tight end Casey. He always felt a little underused in Houston and could be in for a huge season for the Philadelphia Eagles.

    With the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans both getting better in free agency, the Texans' hold atop the AFC South isn't as strong anymore.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock down

Indianapolis Colts

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: OT Gosder Cherilus, OG Donald Thomas, DT Ricky Jean-Francois, OLB Erik Walden, S LaRon Landry, CB Greg Toler

    Key Free-Agent Losses: WR Donnie Avery, CB Jerraud Powers, QB Drew Stanton

     

    After surprising everyone during the 2012 season, the Indianapolis Colts became even more dangerous during the first week of free agency.

    Offensive line play was a major weakness for the Colts last season. However, with the signings of Cherilus and Thomas, Andrew Luck should now feel more comfortable in the pocket.

    Throw in the other strong signings of Jean-Francois, Toler and Landry, and Indianapolis looks like a team to beat for the foreseeable future.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock way up

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: RB Justin Forsett, DT Roy Miller, CB Alan Ball, LB Geno Hayes

    Key Free-Agent Losses: CB Derek Cox, CB Aaron Ross, S Dawan Landry, WR Laurent Robinson, DT Terrance Knighton

     

    It's safe to say that the Jacksonville Jaguars are entering complete rebuilding mode. For now, though, it looks like the Jaguars want to rebuild through the NFL draft instead of through free agency.

    The players they have signed will add depth to their roster, but none of them are impact players.

    As for the players that they've lost, most of them were starters for the 2012 season and will need to be replaced.

    It will be interesting to see exactly how Jacksonville attacks the draft with the amount of holes on its roster.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock down

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: WR Donnie Avery, OG Geoff Schwartz, TE Anthony Fasano, QB Chase Daniel, DE Mike DeVito, CB Dunta Robinson, CB Sean Smith

    Key Free-Agent Losses: QB Matt Cassel, WR Steve Breaston, OT Eric Winston, DE Glenn Dorsey

     

    One of the biggest winners of free agency has been the Kansas City Chiefs. Even if we don't include trading for Alex Smith, the Chiefs' stock has still gone way up.

    They made great moves on both sides of the ball to improve a team that played poorly for the majority of the 2012 season. Smith, DeVito and Robinson should all start from day one and boost a defense already loaded with talent.

    On the offensive side of the ball, Avery, Schwartz, Daniel and Fasano all provide depth at weaker positions for Kansas City. While none of these players will be high-impact players, they're crucial to the rebuilding process.

    All the moves that the Chiefs have made point to them being much improved in the 2013 season.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock way up

Miami Dolphins

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: WR Mike Wallace, WR Brandon Gibson, TE Dustin Keller, ILB Dannell Ellerbe, OLB Philip Wheeler

    Key Free-Agent Losses: RB Reggie Bush, OLB Kevin Burnett, ILB Karlos Dansby, TE Anthony Fasano, CB Sean Smith, OT Jake Long

     

    Clearly, the Miami Dolphins knew that they needed to add some weapons for second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Wallace is obviously the biggest signing that Miami made, but look for both Gibson and Keller to be key parts of the offense in 2013.

    As for the defense, the Dolphins got younger at the linebacker position with Ellerbe and Wheeler. Both players should be an upgrade at their respective positions. Add in their youth compared to Burnett and Dansby, and this was a big win for Miami.

    It hurts to lose Bush, Smith and Long, but the Dolphins have replacement players already in line for the first two. Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas will replace Bush, while Smith will be replaced either through the NFL draft or with Nolan Carroll.

    In all, Miami took a huge step in cementing itself as a team to fear in the AFC.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock up

Minnesota Vikings

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: WR Greg Jennings, QB Matt Cassel, OT Phil Loadholt

    Key Free-Agent Losses: OG Geoff Schwartz, CB Antoine Winfield, ILB Jasper Brinkley

     

    Since we aren't including the trade of Percy Harvin as part of free agency, the Minnesota Vikings have seen their stock go up just a little bit.

    Losing a player as versatile as Harvin is a huge loss, and Jennings simply isn't going to be able to replace all that Harvin did. He'll be a great target for Christian Ponder, but just how big of an impact he'll make for Minnesota is still a major question.

    Re-signing Loadholt and bringing in an experienced backup in Cassel were both solid moves. However, cutting Winfield could negatively affect the defense moving forward.

    The Vikings didn't get much better in free agency, but as long as they don't lose Adrian Peterson, they'll be fine.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock slightly up

New England Patriots

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: WR Danny Amendola, RB/KR Leon Washington, S Adrian Wilson, CB Aqib Talib

    Key Free-Agent Losses: WR Wes Welker, WR Brandon Lloyd, S Patrick Chung, RB Danny Woodhead

     

    It always seems like the New England Patriots are among the most active teams in free agency. While they haven't made as many moves this year as they have in the past, the moves that have been made have been rather huge.

    The big change is obviously the signing of Amendola to replace both Welker and Lloyd. It's hard to understand the logic behind this considering his constant battles with injuries. However, if he can stay healthy, he'll be a slight upgrade over the older Welker.

    On defense, New England basically swapped safeties by losing Chung and adding Wilson. While Wilson is quite a bit older than Chung, he is also a better player.

    Of all the moves that the Patriots made, the sneakiest was the signing of Washington. He's a dynamic kick and punt returner who will improve the Patriots' special teams.

    Until we see Amendola play a full 16-game season, the Patriots' stock has to be considered a little down right now.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock slightly down

New Orleans Saints

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: CB Keenan Lewis

    Key Free-Agent Losses: OT Jermon Bushrod, ILB Jonathan Casillas, QB Chase Daniel

     

    The biggest needs that the New Orleans Saints had heading into free agency were the defensive line and the secondary. While they somewhat met one of those needs, the other need has been completely ignored.

    Lewis should be able to step in from day one and improve the secondary for New Orleans. He led the NFL in passes defended in 2012 with 23 and will hopefully continue his strong play in 2013.

    The big problem for the Saints is that they didn't improve across their defensive line. Throw in the losses of Bushrod, Daniel and Casillas, and you have a team whose stock has gone down a little through the first week of free agency.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock slightly down

New York Giants

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: TE Brandon Myers, WR Louis Murphy, DT Cullen Jenkins, ILB Dan Connor, CB Aaron Ross, K Josh Brown, S Ryan Mundy

    Key Free-Agent Losses: TE Martellus Bennett, DE Chris Canty, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, S Kenny Phillips

     

    When it was first reported that Bennett signed with the Chicago Bears, it appeared as if the New York Giants would be losers in free agency.

    But then they brought in the underrated Myers to replace him. Myers was an absolute stud last year and should provide the consistency that Eli Manning was missing from Bennett.

    Other than the swapping of tight ends, the Giants made some other sound moves by boosting their defense with Jenkins and Connor. Both players have the experience to help a defense that struggled in 2012.

    The Giants improved their overall roster and look ready to get back into the playoffs this upcoming season.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock up

New York Jets

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: QB David Garrard, OG Willie Colon, RB Mike Goodson, DE Antonio Garay

    Key Free-Agent Losses: DE Mike DeVito, S LaRon Landry, S Yeremiah Bell, RB Shonn Greene, TE Dustin Keller

     

    Can we all just agree that the New York Jets are a giant mess right now? 

    First, they bring in a quarterback who hasn't played for two years to push Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback. Then they lose a good chunk of their starting lineup from 2012 without replacing any of the players.

    This is a team in trouble, and I fear that the transformation is only beginning in New York.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock way down

Oakland Raiders

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: NT Pat Sims, OLB Kevin Burnett, DE Jason Hunter, OLB Nick Roach, ILB Kaluka Maiava

    Key Free-Agent Losses: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, S Michael Huff, DT Desmond Bryant, DE Matt Shaughnessy, OLB Philip Wheeler, RB Mike Goodson, TE Brandon Myers

     

    The Oakland Raiders are another team that is in complete rebuilding mode. No team lost as much talent in free agency as the Raiders did.

    That wouldn't be so bad if Oakland had brought in a bunch of talented free agents, but that simply didn't happen. The Raiders have a ton of talent that they need to replace, and time is running out for them to do that.

    If Oakland doesn't make a big splash in the remainder of free agency, it'll definitely be headed toward another rough season in 2013.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock way down

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: TE/FB James Casey, NT Isaac Sopoaga, OLB Connor Barwin, CB Fletcher Bradley, S Patrick Chung, S Kenny Phillips, CB Cary Williams

    Key Free-Agent Losses: OT King Dunlap, CB Nnamdi Asomugha, DT Cullen Jenkins, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

     

    When you basically replace your entire secondary in free agency, your stock is going to go up. That's what the Philadelphia Eagles did, as there will be plenty of new faces on defense for 2013.

    The defense was the biggest issue last year, so it is good to see the Eagles address it so aggressively. However, they also made some great moves on the offensive side of the ball.

    Casey will be used all over the field for Philadelphia and should enjoy a breakout season in 2013. Simply put, the Eagles became a much more dangerous team in the first week of free agency.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock up

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: CB William Gay, QB Bruce Gradkowski, TE Matt Spaeth

    Key Free-Agent Losses: CB Keenan Lewis, RB Rashard Mendenhall, OG Willie Colon, OLB James Harrison, WR Mike Wallace

     

    When your best signing in free agency is William Gay, it's safe to say you haven't been very successful. Not only did the Pittsburgh Steelers not sign any significant players, but they also lost a ton of talent off their roster.

    It all starts with Wallace, who signed a huge contract with the Miami Dolphins. The Steelers knew they were going to lose him, but that doesn't make it any easier.

    On top of Wallace, losing a young running back like Mendenhall has to hurt. While he always seemed to be injured, it's hard to let go of a player who once had so much promise.

    With the other teams in the AFC North not losing as much as the Steelers, it could be a rough year in Pittsburgh.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock down

San Diego Chargers

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: OT King Dunlap, OG Chad Rinehart, TE John Phillips, RB Danny Woodhead, CB Derek Cox

    Key Free-Agent Losses: OG Louis Vasquez, CB Antoine Cason, DE Antonio Garay

     

    The San Diego Chargers simply haven't made too many moves so far in free agency. They did lose a handful of players, but they did a good job at attempting to replace them.

    Unfortunately, the talent levels of the players they lost and those they signed aren't quite equal. The big loss was Vasquez, who was a quality player in San Diego. 

    The Chargers shouldn't see too much of a drop in production with who they brought in, though, which is why their stock is only down a little right now.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock slightly down

San Francisco 49ers

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: DT Glenn Dorsey, S Craig Dahl

    Key Free-Agent Losses: S Dashon Goldson, DT Isaac Sopoaga, DT Ricky Jean-Francois, TE Delanie Walker

     

    It's hard to call the San Francisco 49ers anything but winners through the offseason thus far. However, the moves they made to trade away Alex Smith and then trade for Anquan Boldin happened before free agency.

    As far as what the 49ers have done in free agency, they haven't done exceptionally well. They lost the enforcer of their defense in Goldson. Also, losing Sopoaga and Jean-Francois makes their already-thin defensive line even thinner.

    On top of those losses, San Francisco also lost Walker, an extremely underrated part of its offense. While the Niners brought in two talented players in Dorsey and Dahl, it doesn't quite equal what they've lost so far in free agency.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock slightly down

Seattle Seahawks

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: DE Michael Bennett, DE Cliff Avril

    Key Free-Agent Losses: DE Jason Jones

     

    While the Seattle Seahawks haven't made many moves, they did sign two of the better free agents available. On top of that, they got both players for extremely cheap. Avril signed a two-year, $15 million contract, and Bennett signed a one-year, $5 million contract.

    To get two of the best pass-rushing defensive ends available for such small contracts was a major win for the Seahawks.

    Even without considering the trade for Percy Harvin, this team's stock is still moving up.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock up

St. Louis Rams

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: TE Jared Cook, OT Jake Long

    Key Free-Agent Losses: RB Steven Jackson, WR Danny Amendola, S Craig Dahl, WR Brandon Gibson, CB Fletcher Bradley

     

    Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported early Monday morning that Long signed a four-year, $34 million contract with the St. Louis Rams. Before this move, the Rams' stock was way down. However, St. Louis has been searching for a left tackle for a few years now, and Long, a former No. 1 pick, can be that player.

    While they did lose a ton of talent in free agency, most of the players the Rams lost already had replacements on the roster. For example, losing Jackson hurts, but St. Louis has Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead to pick up the load.

    Overall, the Rams brought in two very good players to help Sam Bradford succeed. That has to be considered a win.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock slightly up

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: S Dashon Goldson, WR Kevin Ogletree, ILB Jonathan Casillas

    Key Free-Agent Losses: DE Michael Bennett, DT Roy Miller, OT Jeremy Trueblood

     

    After making huge moves in free agency last year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been relatively quiet through the first week this year. They haven't signed a player with the impact of Vincent Jackson or Carl Nicks, but they brought in some nice pieces to add to their roster.

    For starters, Goldson will pair with Mark Barron to create one of the most aggressive safety duos in the league. They may not be able to cover anyone, but they'll at least be able to hit anyone who comes close.

    As far as who they lost, Bennett will be hard to replace.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock slightly up

Tennessee Titans

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: OG Andy Levitre, TE Delanie Walker, RB Shonn Greene, S George Wilson

    Key Free-Agent Losses: TE Jared Cook

     

    If you're the Tennessee Titans, you have to be excited about swapping Cook for Walker. While Cook has more upside, he never reached his potential with the Titans.

    Walker, on the other hand, is valuable in a number of areas and can step in and produce right away.

    That signing alone would have made the Titans' stock go up.

    However, the team also brought in the best offensive guard available in Levitre to help boost its offensive line. Throw in the solid signings of Greene and Wilson, and you have a team that got much better in the first week of free agency.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock up

Washington Redskins

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    Key Free-Agent Signings: OT Jeremy Trueblood

    Key Free-Agent Losses: CB DeAngelo Hall

     

    The Washington Redskins have been extremely quiet through the first week of free agency as expected thanks to salary-cap penalties from the NFL. Still, the secondary needs to be addressed at some point in Washington. 

    Considering the deep talent at both cornerback and safety, this is a little troubling for the Redskins. There are still plenty of players out there who can step in and help right away, but Washington will need to move quickly if it wants them.

     

    Final Verdict: Stock slightly down