Last June I broke down the Top 27 NFL veteran acquisitions. Here is a review of how the top 15 turned out. There were some huge busts, but a surprising number of veteran acquisitions were successful.
Grading key: A: Star Quality B: Solid Veteran Pickup C: Lived up to expectations D: Not a great fit F: Disaster
1. Jared Allen, Vikings
14.5 sacks, terrific against the run.
2. Alan Faneca, Jets
Made the Pro Bowl despite whispers that he lost his edge. Thomas Jones had a career year running behind him.
3. DeAngelo Hall, Raiders
Have we ever seen a $70 million star get cut after only half a season? Raiders deserve as much blame as Hall.
4. Asante Samuel, Eagles
Continued his Pro Bowl ways as a playmaker in Philly’s Cover 2.
5. Jonathan Vilma, Saints
Stayed healthy and pumped some life into New Orleans’s anemic run defense.
6. Alge Crumpler, Titans
Good blocker, but Bo Scaife remained Tennessee’s best tight end.
7. Kris Jenkins, Jets
Perhaps the most dominant defensive player in the league for the first half of the season. Then he hit a wall.
8. Jacob Bell, Rams
Played in 13 games, but Rams needed more than just one man to resurrect their injury-plagued offense.
9. Shaun Rogers, Browns
Shocked everybody by playing hard and being dominant throughout most of the season.
10. Corey Williams, Browns
Wasn’t a great fit as a 3-4 DE. Not brought in for pass-rushing, but Browns expected more than only 0.5 sacks on the year.
11. Marcus Stroud, Bills
Everyone in Buffalo loved him.
12. Michael Turner, Falcons
Finished second in the league in rushing and was a huge reason why Atlanta shocked the country by reaching the postseason.
13. Jerry Porter, Jaguars
No big deal – Jaguars are accustom to seeing their receivers fail.
14. Donte Stallworth, Browns
His immortal injury bug actually found ways to bite him in pregame warm-ups.
15. Javon Walker, Raiders
He almost retired before the season even began.
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