2020 NFL free agency: Top 10 free agent cornerbacks
If you haven’t noticed, the Eagles are in the market for cornerbacks. It’s a position that has stumped the franchise for years. They could try to draft one or two in April but there’s a pretty solid free agent class about to become available. Here’s a look at the top 10. (All photos USA Today Images)
10. Mackensie Alexander
2019 stats: 1 INT, 5 PD, 38 tackles
2019 salary: $1.04M
A former second-round pick, Alexander best fits in the nickel role. The Eagles probably have that spot taken care of but Alexander is pretty good. The Vikings have several decisions to make this offseason and Alexander is one of them.
9. Josh Norman
2019 stats: 1 INT, 6 PD, 40 tackles
2019 salary: $10.8M
Thanks to his cost, the Redskins weren’t going to keep Norman. And now he’s getting up there in age. I doubt any team is going to give him a big contract and Norman is now four full seasons removed from his only All-Pro season back in 2015 with the Panthers.
8. Brian Poole
2019 stats: 1 INT, 1 TD, 59 tackles, 5 PD
2019 salary: $1M
Poole spent one season with the Jets in 2019 after three in Atlanta. He had a pretty good season for the Jets in 2019 and they’d probably want to bring him back. At 5-10, he seems to fit best as a nickel.
7. Trae Waynes
2019 stats: 1 INT, 8 PD, 58 tackles
2019 salary: $9M
A former first-round pick, Waynes has spent all five of his NFL seasons with the Vikings. Spotrac estimates his next contract will be for an average of around $8.4 million per season. He has played and started in 44 games over the last three seasons.
6. Kendall Fuller
2019 stats: 4 starts, 2 PD, 1 sack, 49 tackles
2019 salary: $2.025M
The youngest guy on the list, Fuller just finished off his four-year rookie contract as a third-round pick. He spent the Fuller spent the last two seasons with the Chiefs because he was included in that Alex Smith trade a couple years ago. After starting 15 games in 2018, he was a part-time player in 2019. Because of that, the price tag might be more reasonable.
5. Bradley Roby
2019 stats: 2 INTs, 8 PD, 38 tackles
2019 salary: $5M
It’s hard to believe the former first-round pick has already played six years in the NFL. But he still has his speed and while he’s never grown into a Pro Bowl player, he’s still pretty good. Roby can play outside and as the nickel. His best season came as a nickel.
4. James Bradberry
2019 stats: 3 INTs, 12 PD, 1 sack, 65 tackles
2019 salary: $940K
The former second-round pick just finished off his rookie contract and will be looking to make some solid money. But he could be an ideal target for the Eagles, who want to get back to signing younger players to longer-term deals. And eight picks in four years isn’t too shabby.
3. Logan Ryan
2019 stats: 4 INTs, 4.5 sacks, 113 tackles, 18 PD
2019 salary: $9.5M
The product of Eastern High School in New Jersey has put together a really solid NFL career. He’s coming off his best seasons with the Titans last season. The former Patriot has missed just three games in his seven years in the NFL too.
2. Chris Harris
2019 stats: 1 INT, 6 PD, 56 tackles
2019 salary: $9.8M
Harris is on the wrong side of 30 but he’s still a good player and has the versatility to play inside and outside. He’s a four-time Pro Bowler and just played a full 16-game season. Because of his age, he’ll be cheaper than the top guy. Spotrac estimates $11 million per year over three years.
1. Byron Jones
2019 stats: 0 INT, 46 tackles, 6 PD
2019 salary: $6.3M
Jones is clearly the top cornerback on the market this offseason and the Cowboys, who have other players to worry about, are reportedly going to let him hit the open market. Despite playing 79 games in five seasons, Jones has just two career interceptions. That seems shockingly low but he’s a much better player than that number indicates. According to Spotrac, the market value for Jones is just over $14 million per season (five years, $70M).