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Eight names to know for day one of NFL Free Agency

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Eight names to know for day one of NFL Free Agency

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Chicago S

PFF grade: 74.2

2019 cap hit: $3.2 million

Age: 27

Clinton-Dix may be on his fourth team if he chooses to pursue other interest after stops in Green Bay Washington and Chicago. He is one of the better tackling safeties in the league and had 78 last year. He hinted last weekend his intentions of possibly re-signing with Chicago.

The former first-round pick has ties to Mike McCarthy during his tenure in Green Bay. Clinton-Dix offers a box safety at a position of need for the Cowboys.

Reshad Jones, Miami S

PFF grade: 72.5

2019 cap hit: $17.1 million

Age: 32

The Dolphins released Jones last week after placing him on injured reserve last season. Jones has two Pro Bowl seasons to his credit, but played only four games last year because of chest and ankle injuries. He missed two games in 2018 and 10 games in 2016.

Jones wouldn’t be a long-term option for Dallas, but a bridge player that would allow them to be more versatile in this upcoming draft. Dallas wouldn’t have to take a safety at 17 with Jones locking down the position for one year.

Tavon Wilson, Detroit S

PFF rating: 71.8

2019 cap hit: $2.1 million

Age: 30

Another strong safety, Wilson started 13 games and finished with a career-high 92 tackles. He had been bothered by a hamstring injury at the end of the season.

Keeping with the theme of bridge safeties. Wilson had his highest tackle output since 2016.

Mike Daniels, Detroit DT

PFF rating: 69.9

2019 cap hit: $11.9 million

Age: 31

The Lions signed Daniels last year to a one-year deal after seven seasons in Green Bay. He gave them just one sack and six solo tackles in nine games with two starts, but finished the season on injured reserve with an arm injury.

Despite recently signing Gerald McCoy to a three-year deal, Daniels would offer a cheap run-stopping option on a team not looking for him to be nearly what he was in his prime.

Desmond Trufant, Atlanta Falcons CB

PFF grade: 70.3

2019 cap hit:

Age: 29

In the final 12 weeks of the 2018 season, according to PFF, he was the best tackling corner in the NFL and was named as the best corner in the NFC South. Despite his four interceptions in 2019, he was again plagued by the injury bug all but cementing his time with the Falcons would be over.

He missed seven full games in 2019 for the Atlanta Falcons. In his nine appearances, he had five accepted penalties, four interceptions, 18 tackles and took roughly 60 percent of the defensive snaps.

Trufant has tied to recently-hired defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and would be a savvy pickup at a needed position.

Brandon Carr, Baltimore Ravens CB

PFF grade: 66.2

2019 cap hit: $6 million

Age: 34

The Baltimore Ravens informed Brandon Carr they would not pick up his 2020 option. He wouldn’t be a bad resigning for the Cowboys who are looking for secondary help. After being turnover depleted with Dallas, he recorded six interceptions in three seasons with the Ravens.

Chris Harris Jr., Denver CB

PFF rating: 69.9

2019 cap hit: $11.9 million

Age: 31

Harris moved to the outside after earning a strong reputation as a slot cornerback. As a result, his production took a considerable hit. Quarterbacks enjoyed a 109.4 passer rating against him, according to PFF, the worst of Harris’ career.

Harris should be on the cheaper side and Dallas would not need him to return to his dominate Pro Bowl ways.

Emmanuel Sanders, San Francisco WR

PFF grade: 77.0

2019 cap hit: $5.9 million

Age: 33

San Francisco acquired Sanders before the trading deadline to bolster their passing game for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The move paid dividends. For the season, he totaled 66 receptions for 867 yards and five touchdowns.

He nearly helped the 49ers score a possible game-winning Super Bowl touchdown on a bomb throw down the seam, but was overthrown.

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