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2023 NFL Free Agency: 5 signings that earned a below-average grade, including Jimmy Garoppolo and Daniel Jones

Henderson, NV, USA; New Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo speaks to the media at Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

The first wave of free agency is officially in the books.

Over the last seven days, more than 150 players found a new home in the NFL,  and PFF provided live analysis on every major transaction, giving out grades from both a team fit/need and value standpoint.

Here are the five moves that earned a “C-” (or worse) value grade, starting with the Las Vegas Raiders‘ decision to sign quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a three-year, $67.5 million contract.


2022 PFF Grade71.4 (22nd/39 QB)          2022 PFF WAR1.07 (26th QB)

  • Fit/need grade: A
  • Value grade: D
  • Contract: Three years, $67.5 million, $34 million guaranteed
  • PFF projected contract: One year, $15 million, $12 million guaranteed

Garoppolo has missed varying amounts of time during his six seasons with the 49ers, and he has missed significant amounts in four of those seasons.

You won’t get a better version of Garoppolo than the one Kyle Shanahan was able to conjure, and the Raiders are guaranteeing more money than Geno Smith received from the Seattle Seahawks.

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