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    top 10 buyer beware free agents

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    Top 10 'buyer beware' free agents


    Sean Smith,Reggie Bush, Cary Williams among free agents teams should avoid


    Originally Published: February 6, 2013
    By Khaled Elsayed | ESPN Insider




    Getty Images,USA TODAY SportsSean Smith, Reggie Bush and Cary Williams could get big bucks this offseason.
    In NFL free agency, it's important to exercise discretion when making moves. Sometimes the moves you don't make can be more significant than the ones you do. Even if your team needs an upgrade at a position, paying top dollar in an inflated market for a player can be costly. Years down the line, it is those big flops that hurt a franchise unable to rebuild as it lives out its impetuous mistake of trying to find a quick fix.
    So which players come with a "buyer beware" tag in 2013? Here are the top 10 when viewed through the Pro Football Focus prism.
    Note: More detailed explanations of the advanced statistics used below can be found here.
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    Cary Williams, cornerback

    2012 team: Baltimore Ravens

    Williams
    If reports are to be believed, Williams bet on himself by turning down a three-year, $15 million contract from the Ravens last year. Two postseason interceptions, to go with four in the regular season (along with 11 pass deflections), might suggest that was a wise move from Williams.
    But watching the tape a little closer doesn't leave you quite as impressed. Williams gave up 39 first downs in the regular season and six more in the postseason, meaning his combined 45 first downs surrendered were the second highest of all cornerbacks. He wasn't a shutdown corner but rather someone teams moved the chains on. He may be looking for top cornerback money, but teams shouldn't be fooled into thinking he is one.

    LaRon Landry
    , safety


    2012 team: New York Jets

    Landry

    On the back of what ended up being a Pro Bowl season, Landry has positioned himself to get paid. He won't be taking a hometown discount with the Jets because in his eyes his stock is at an all-time high after he proved he could handle the rigors of an NFL season by playing 96.6 percent of the Jets' defensive snaps.
    Only the tape doesn't back up his performance. Eighty-eight tackles represent a big number, but his 4.7 run stop percentage was only 14th among safeties despite his spending 46.2 percent of his snaps in the box. He also got beat for 16 first downs and four touchdowns, the 11th-highest number of all safeties in coverage. Sure Landry can put a big hit on a receiver at times, but don't let those big plays fool you. He's not an elite, difference-making player, and he misses too many tackles (his 13 were 12th highest among safeties).



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    Hard to argue, but I still think it is hard to find corners in this league. I support bringing Smith back.

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    It is also obvious that Ireland is doing the right thing in letting all of these guys get to FA and see their worth. I see a purge happening as almost all of these guys are replaceable.
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    With respect to Bush as well as Long and Hartline, it all depends on how reasonable they (or their agents) are. I don't want to overpay for any of them. But, that also goes for other team's FA's.
    The Bucs spent a lot of money on Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks, yet they had the same record as our Phins.
    The Bills spent a boatload of money on Mario Williams and thought they would have a dominant defense. Didn't happen.
    Signing the right FA's for your team is better than signing the best FA's (and most expensive) on the market. That's how the Pats have done it.
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    can't open it for some reason...can anyone name the 10 guys on the list...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlfin View Post
    With respect to Bush as well as Long and Hartline, it all depends on how reasonable they (or their agents) are. I don't want to overpay for any of them. But, that also goes for other team's FA's.
    The Bucs spent a lot of money on Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks, yet they had the same record as our Phins.
    The Bills spent a boatload of money on Mario Williams and thought they would have a dominant defense. Didn't happen.
    Signing the right FA's for your team is better than signing the best FA's (and most expensive) on the market. That's how the Pats have done it.

    sometimes (more times then not) it's the system/coaches then it is the talent. Kinda like the pats.
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