Grading Last Year’s Top NFL Veteran Acquisitions

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

Grade: A

14.5 sacks, terrific against the run.

2. Alan Faneca, Jets

Grade: B+

Made the Pro Bowl despite whispers that he lost his edge. Thomas Jones had a career year running behind him.

3. DeAngelo Hall, Raiders

Grade: F

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

Grade: A

Continued his Pro Bowl ways as a playmaker in Philly’s Cover 2.

5. Jonathan Vilma, Saints

Grade: B

Stayed healthy and pumped some life into New Orleans’s anemic run defense.

6. Alge Crumpler, Titans

Grade: D

Good blocker, but Bo Scaife remained Tennessee’s best tight end.

7. Kris Jenkins, Jets

Grade: B

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

Grade: C

Played in 13 games, but Rams needed more than just one man to resurrect their injury-plagued offense.

9. Shaun Rogers, Browns

Grade: A

Shocked everybody by playing hard and being dominant throughout most of the season.

10. Corey Williams, Browns

Grade: D+

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

Grade: B-

Everyone in Buffalo loved him.

12. Michael Turner, Falcons

Grade: A+

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

Grade: F

No big deal – Jaguars are accustom to seeing their receivers fail.

14. Donte Stallworth, Browns

Grade: D-

His immortal injury bug actually found ways to bite him in pregame warm-ups.

15. Javon Walker, Raiders

Grade: F

He almost retired before the season even began.

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