NFL Free Agency Grades 2022: Live, instant reactions to the biggest signings

PFN's free agency grades provide live, instant reactions to all of the big free agency signings from around the NFL.

As the legal tampering period begins and free agency unofficially kicks off, Pro Football Network’s NFL team is following along while providing their live, instant grades for every big signing. Does your favorite team come out as winners or losers? What does the 2022 NFL season look like with some significant roster changes? What were the best signings of this free agent cycle?

2022 Live NFL Free Agency Grades

After putting together a comprehensive Top 100 NFL Free Agents Ranking, it is now time for some of the biggest names in the NFL to make their decisions. Before the tampering period could even start, some important moves were made. The following players didn’t even get to see the free agent market because of extensions or the franchise tag.

  • Cam Robinson
    Franchise tagged by the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Chris Godwin
    Franchise tagged by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Dalton Schultz
    Franchise tagged by the Dallas Cowboys
  • Davante Adams
    Franchise tagged by the Green Bay Packers
  • David Njoku
    Franchise tagged by the Cleveland Browns
  • Jessie Bates III
    Franchise tagged by the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Orlando Brown
    Franchise tagged by the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Michael Gallup
    Extended by the Cowboys (five years, $62.5 million)
  • Mike Gesicki
    Franchise tagged by the Miami Dolphins
  • Mike Williams
    Extended by the Chargers (three years, $60 million)

NFL Free Agent Grades and Signings

When the following NFL teams make any free agent moves or signings, we will react with live, instant analysis, and a grade. Make sure to bookmark and continue to visit throughout free agency.

Arizona Cardinals

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Atlanta Falcons

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Baltimore Ravens

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Buffalo Bills

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Carolina Panthers

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Chicago Bears

Larry Ogunjobi: 3 years, $40.5 million

The Bears made their first big move of free agency by adding to their defense. The team signed Larry Ogunjobi to a three-year deal worth $40.5 million, including $26.35 million guaranteed.

Last season, Ogunjobi had 7 sacks and 16 QB pressures. He should fit in well with the talent the defense already has on the edge. However, those numbers are incredibly high, especially considering they could have likely brought back Bilal Nichols for less.

Free Agency Grade: C

Cincinnati Bengals

Alex Cappa: 4 years, $40 million

As evident in the Bengals Super Bowl run last season, Cincinnati needed to find a way to protect QB Joe Burrow. That started with a four-year deal for Alex Cappa. Cappa is a huge upgrade at the position and spent last year protecting Tom Brady.

Free Agency Grade: A

Ted Karras: 3 years, $18 million

The Bengals continued to rework their offensive line by bringing in Ted Karras on a three-year, $18 million contract. Karras is a decent addition for a Bengals interior offensive line that suffered a number of injuries in 2021. What makes Karras valuable is his ability to play both center and guard.

Free Agency Grade: B

Cleveland Browns

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Dallas Cowboys

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Denver Broncos

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Detroit Lions

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Green Bay Packers

De’Vondre Campbell: 5 years, $50 million

PFN Insider Aaron Wilson has confirmed that De’Vondre Campbell’s contract with the Packers is for five years and $50 million. During his first campaign in Green Bay, Campbell thrived. He generated 146 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 pass breakups, and 2 interceptions. Last season established Campbell as a multi-faceted playmaker on defense.

This is a great deal for the Packers, who needed to retain some of their top-tier talent. The deal is team-friendly long-term.

Free Agency Grade: A

Houston Texans

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Indianapolis Colts

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Jacksonville Jaguars

Foye Oluokun: 4 years, $45 million

The Jaguars were interested in upgrading their linebacker room in free agency and targeted Oluokun as a priority defender. According to Rapoport, Oluokun agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal with Jacksonville.

Oluokun will team with longtime middle linebacker Myles Jack in the middle of the Jaguars’ 3-4 defense. New defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell was able to watch Oluokun up close during their shared time in the NFC South over the past few years.

Oluokun, a Yale alum, produced 462 tackles, 5 sacks, 5 interceptions, 11 pass breakups, and 7 forced fumbles during his four years with the Falcons.

Free Agency Grade: B-

Christian Kirk: 4 years, up to $84 million

In Jacksonville, Christian Kirk will become a top passing option for Trevor Lawrence and partner with Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault Jr. to improve the passing game.

While Kirk is coming off a career year in Arizona, he’s yet to get the chance to prove he is a top target in an offense. In Jacksonville, he might just get that chance. However, the contract is insane for a WR that has never had a 1,000-yard season! These numbers tie Kirk for the ninth-highest paid WR in history.

Free Agency Grade: C

Brandon Scherff: Details still unknown

One of the main issues with the Jaguars last season was their inability to protect rookie QB Trevor Lawrence. The team took one step in the right direction by signing former Commander Brandon Scherff.

Scherff is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and was a first-team All-Pro in 2020. He is considered to be one of the best guards in the NFL and was ranked as Pro Football Network’s 17th-best available free agent. It is a great move for the Jaguars as long as he can stay healthy.

Free Agency Grade: A

Kansas City Chiefs

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Las Vegas Raiders

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Los Angeles Chargers

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Los Angeles Rams

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Miami Dolphins

Chase Edmonds: 2 years, $12.6 million

Miami Dolphins and RB Chase Edmonds reached an agreement on a two-year, $12.6 million deal that includes $6.1 million guaranteed.

The Dolphins’ rushing attack was interesting, to say the least, last season. Their lead rusher was Myles Gaskin, with 612 yards on 173 attempts. However, due to injuries, it was Duke Johnson, a late-year addition, who stole the show.

The addition of Edmonds is a decent one for a team in desperate need of an RB1. Edmonds is a talented back but only played in 12 games last season and had worse stats than Gaskin (592 yards on 116 attempts).

Free Agent Signing: B

Emmanuel Ogbah: 4 years, $65 million

The Miami Dolphins have agreed on a four-year, $65 million deal that includes $32 million fully guaranteed at signing with pending free agent Emmanuel Oghah.

Ogbah had as many sacks in his two years with the Dolphins as he had total in his first four NFL seasons spent with the Browns and Chiefs. He was responsible for 40 quarterback hits between 2016 and 2019. He’s recorded 45 since the start of the 2020 season.

The Miami defense allowed only 20.1 points per game to opponents in 2021. Ogbah was a big part of that success. This move makes sense for a team with a lot of salary cap space this year.

Free Agent Grade: B+

Minnesota Vikings

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New England Patriots

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New Orleans Saints

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New York Giants

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New York Jets

Laken Tomlinson: 3 years, $40 million

Laken Tomlinson agreed to a three-year, $40 million deal ($27 million guaranteed) with the Jets.

With Tomlinson heading to town to take over the right guard spot for the Jets, they no longer have to rely on Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to protect Zach Wilson. Tomlinson, 30, is heading into his eighth NFL season. He brings experience and consistency to a Jets line that was looking to improve after 2021.

Free Agent Grade: A-

Philadelphia Eagles

Haason Reddick: 3 years, $45 million

The Philadelphia Eagles are signing free agent edge rusher Haason Reddick to a three-year, $45 million contract worth $30 million guaranteed, according to a report from NFL insider Mike Garafolo. The deal is said to have a max value of $49.5 million.

The Eagles add one of the most explosive edge defenders in the NFL. However, Reddick can occasionally drop into coverage as well.

Free Agent Grade: A

Pittsburgh Steelers

Mitchell Trubisky: two-year deal, details unknown

With Big Ben deciding to retire this past offseason, the Steelers were in the market for a new starting QB. In comes Mitchell Trubisky, who will now get the chance to be the starter again after backing up Josh Allen in Buffalo last year.

The Steelers have a lot of holes to fill on the offensive line, so a mobile quarterback like Trubisky makes sense. Does this moe mean the Steelers are out of the QB market in the 2022 NFL Draft? Unlikely.

Free Agent Grade: B

San Francisco 49ers

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Seattle Seahawks

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Tennessee Titans

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Washington Commanders

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