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2018 PFF Free Agency Deal Grader

The 2018 NFL league year is upon us and with that, the hustle and bustle that was the legal tampering period is over and teams can make their reported free agency signings official. With the dust settling from a few hectic days of reports, we at Pro Football Focus take an in depth look at some of free agency's biggest deals in our exclusive 2018 Free Agency Deal Grader.

Taken into our deal grades here are many contributing factors, including but not limited to scheme fit for the player signed, contract value and salary cap hit, PFF's overall grades for both player and team, and several other facets.

For more insight including reported contract details, insight for each player and their team fit, read our full-length description of each signing listed below.

Richard Sherman signs with the San Francisco 49ers

Grade: A+

There’s no doubt he can have a substantial impact on the 49ers fortunes in the NFC West in 2018. Read more…

Richard Sherman signs in San Francisco

Andrew Norwell signs with the Jacksonville Jaguars

Grade: A

The Jaguars took a huge step in fixing what was clearly their biggest need. Read more…

Allen Robinson signs with the Chicago Bears

Grade: A-

This seems to be a classic high-ceiling, low-floor deal for both sides. Read more…

Muhammad Wilkerson signs with the Green Bay Packers

Grade: A-

Signing Wilkerson to a one-year, “prove-it” deal limits the risk for Green Bay and gives Wilkerson an opportunity to return to fame before inking a much more lucrative, long-term contract. Read more…

Case Keenum signs with the Denver Broncos

Grade: B+

The Broncos have likely secured a quarterback who should at least keep them in that competition in 2018. Read more…

Case Keenum signs with the Denver Broncos

Dion Lewis signs with the Tennessee Titans

Grade: B+

Lewis ranked No. 1 in PFF’s elusive rating (73.2) among running backs with at least 165 attempts. Read more…

Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson sign with the Miami Dolphins

Grade: B

Miami deserves credit for working quickly to fill Landry’s shoes before scrambling later in free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft. Read more…

Malcolm Butler signs with the Tennessee Titans

Grade: B

The addition of Butler solidifies a key position for the Titans already promising secondary. Read more…

Malcolm Butler signs with the Titans

Kirk Cousins signs with the Minnesota Vikings

Grade: B

Cousins joins a superb supporting cast that features two PFF top-10 graded wide receivers in Diggs & Thielen. Read more…

Sammy Watkins signs with the Kansas City Chiefs

Grade: B

Watkins enters a plum situation offensively in Kansas City. By all accounts, second-year signal-caller Patrick Mahomes has all of the tools to take advantage of Watkins ability downfield. Read more…

Sam Bradford signs with the Arizona Cardinals

Grade: B-

The Cardinals needed a new starting quarterback after Carson Palmer’s retirement, and in Bradford they are getting a low-risk, high-upside option. Read more…

Sam Bradford signs with the Minnesota Vikings

Nate Solder signs with the New York Giants

Grade: B-

Shifting Flowers to right tackle should alleviate some of the obvious pressure on the former ninth-overall pick, while Solder will serve as an immediate upgrade in pass protection for Eli Manning. Read More…

Jerick McKinnon signs with the San Francisco 49ers

Grade: C+

What San Francisco has acquired in McKinnon is a running back that has been, and likely will be, a solid component of a committee approach to the running game, and a player that can contribute in a meaningful way to the passing game. Read more…

Trey Burton signs with the Chicago Bears

Grade: C

Burton is clearly a talented tight end but only 741 career snaps is a small sample size and doesn’t give true indication of the type of production the Bears can expect on a consistent basis. Read more…

Jimmy Graham signs with the Green Bay Packers

Grade: C-

Graham is 31 years old now, so he isn’t the dominant presence he once was and is on the heels of his worst season as a pro. Read more…

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