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NFL free agent grades: Vikings replace Percy Harvin with Greg Jennings

Players continued to shuffle around the NFL on Friday with a number off free agents coming off the board. Who made the best and worst deals of the day?


Despite being in the fourth day, NFL free agency didn't slow down much on Friday. A number of players came off the board, including one of the biggest names remaining.

Adding players in free agency can have a big impact on the field next season, but not every deal is a home run. Here is a closer look at the most recent free agent deals and how they stack up.

Minnesota Vikings sign Greg Jennings for five years, $45 million with $18 million guaranteed

Grade: "In your face, division rival."

Any time a signing leads to opposing fans freaking out on Twitter, it's probably a good move. Judging by some of the reaction online, the Vikings apparently hit a home run. Minnesota was in desperate need of a No. 1 receiver and Jennings should be able to fill that role, assuming he's able to return to form after an injury-plagued 2012.

Green Bay remained interested in re-signing Jennings up until the deal. The fact that Minnesota filled a need and delivered a blow to a division rival in the process makes it look even better from the Vikings' side. Giving a 29-year-old wide receiver coming off an injury $9 million per season may not prove to be wise, but only time will tell.

As for Jennings, he did quite well in the deal considering what some other wide receivers, like Wes Welker, were able to get on the open market. And as the old saying goes, "If you usually beat them but they offer more money, join them."

Atlanta Falcons sign Tony Gonzales for two years, $14 million with $7 million guaranteed

Grade: "Duh"

After announcing he would return for another season, this became the least surprising move of free agency. At 37 years old and chasing a Super Bowl ring, Gonzalez wasn't going to sign with the Cleveland Browns.

The value of the contract is similar to what Gonzalez earned last season and the two-year deal helps Atlanta reduce Gonzalez' 2013 salary cap hit. Not even a fax machine could have derailed this move.

New England Patriots sign Adrian Wilson to three-year deal

Grade: "Hey! He used to be good."

At one point in his career, Adrian Wilson was one of the best safeties in the NFL. Injuries and age have dropped him from that level, but New England has proved to be a fountain of youth before.

Still a solid run defender, Wilson will attempt to cap his career in a similar fashion to what Rodney Harrison was able to do once joining the Patriots. Harrison signed with New England at 31 and went on to make two All-Pro teams while also winning two Super Bowl rings. Wilson is slightly older at 33, but is just one season removed from a Pro Bowl appearance.

Even if he doesn't have similar success to what Harrison accomplished, the move should help a Patriots team that had major issues at safety last season.

Detroit Lions sign Louis Delmas to a two-year contract

Grade: "Yeah, but what about Luis Delmas?"

A day after a fake report on Twitter said "Luis Delmas" was signing with San Francisco, the Lions re-signed safety Louis Delmas.

There is no question Delmas has talent, but injuries have been a major issue over the last two seasons. Delmas was limited to eight games last season after missing five games in 2011. If he stays healthy, this move could be a steal for the Lions, but that is a big if.

San Diego Chargers sign Danny Woodhead to a three-year deal

Grade: "Welcome back Darren Sproles, err Danny Woodhead"

Two seasons after letting Darren Sproles walk away in free agency, the Chargers found a replacement in Danny Woodhead.

Like Sproles, Woodhead is a solid receiver out of the backfield and an ideal third-down specialist. He played well during his three seasons in New England and should be an upgrade over Ronnie Brown in San Diego. This move, however, comes much to the chagrin of Ryan Mathews fantasy football owners.

Arizona Cardinals sign Antoine Cason to a one-year deal

Grade: "Yup, that'll put us over the top"

With division leaders Seattle and San Francisco loading up on talent, the Cardinals had to make a counter move to keep pace. Enter Antoine Cason.

In reality, Cason has starting experience and the pedigree of a former first-round pick making his one-year deal worth $2 million a nice buy-low for the Cardinals. If he doesn't contribute, Arizona moves on after a season without much impact on the salary cap. The Cardinals are attempting to build cornerback depth as they signed Jerraud Powers earlier in free agency.

No truth to the rumor that the Cardinals convinced Cason to come to Arizona by reminding him he'd go up against Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley in practice everyday.

Miami Dolphins sign Dustin Keller to a one-year contract

Grade: "All of the free agents belong to us"

Having gone half a day without signing someone, the money was burning a hole in the Miami Dolphins' pocket so they signed Keller to a one-year deal.

Keller was thought to be seeking a long-term contract, but was apparently unable to find a suitor and settled for a one-year deal. Playing for the Jets offense will really kill your free agent prospects. The addition of Keller gives the Dolphins another offensive threat. Miami also signed wide receivers Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson this offseason.

If Keller returns to his 2011 form -- where he caught 65 passes for 815 yards -- this could be a steal for Miami.

Oakland Raiders sign Nick Roach to a three-year deal

Grade: "We got one!"

It's been a mass exodus from Oakland this free agency period, which means Roach should get a great rate on a U-Haul.

The Raiders have several holes to fill, but will now plug Roach into the one created when Philip Wheeler signed with the Dolphins. The 27-year-old Roach spent the first six seasons of his career with Chicago. He started 29 games over the last two seasons and should take over as Oakland's starting middle linebacker next season.

New England Patriots sign Donald Jones to a three-year deal

Grade: "Upgrading from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Tom Brady shouldn't be legal"

Donald Jones caught passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick during the first three years of his career. He will now catch passes from Tom Brady, which makes his decision to sign in New England a wise career move no matter how much money he received.

Jones could be an interesting fit in New England as he proved to be an effective slot receiver in Buffalo. While he may not replace Wes Welker, he gives the Patriots another versatile weapon and should be an upgrade over Deion Branch.

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