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NFL free agency: Top remaining NFL free agents at wide receiver, cornerback

NFL free agency has made it through the busiest rush, which means we'll settle in for more of the bargain deals. We take a look at the top remaining cornerbacks and wide receivers.

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NFL free agency worked through its first rush early in the week, and you could argue we had the second rush late in the week and into the weekend. The latter was capped off by Walter Thurmond and Emmanuel Sanders agreeing to deals with the Giants and Broncos, respectively.

The San Francisco 49ers brought in Thurmond and Julian Edelman for visits, and reportedly were set to bring in Sanders before he agreed to his contract. The team signed Chris Cook, but otherwise came up empty-handed in that second run. Of course, we don't really know the 49ers exact strategy as it applied to that latter group. Ian Rapoport reported the Edelman interest was more just a feeling out process, and we don't know how much the team was willing to spend on Thurmond. Some will assume the worst when a deal doesn't get done, but we don't really know what happened, how much was offered, or even if an offer was made.

I don't expect the 49ers to do much splashing in the remaining free agent pool, but I figured I'd put together a list of the top remaining free agents. I culled these lists from Pro Football Focus, ESPN, Rotoworld and There is a lot of consistency across most of the lists, and then you've got ESPN's rankings. Bill Polian's face is attached to them, and while I'm sure he chimed in, I am skeptical that he provided all the grades. There is enough consensus elsewhere to figure things out as you see fit.

I remain on the Jacoby Ford bandwagon. I think he's worth a flier for camp just to see where his speed is at. With a veteran minimum deal, it would be an easy option, and if it doesn't work out, so be it. For now, here are the top cornerbacks and wide receivers still available.


Pro Football Focus
1. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
2. Antonio Cromartie
3. Champ Bailey
4. Carlos Rogers
5. Jabari Greer

1. Dimitri Patterson
2. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
3. Carlos Rogers
4. Phillip Adams
5. Javier Arenas
6. E.J. Biggers
7. Antoine Cason
8. Dominique Franks
9. Jabari Greer
10. Mike Jenkins
14. Antonio Cromartie
17. Champ Bailey

1. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
2. Antonio Cromartie
3. Terrell Thomas
4. Carlos Rogers
5. Dimitri Patterson
6. Champ Bailey
1. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
2. Antonio Cromartie
3. Carlos Rogers
4. Asante Samuel

Wide Receiver

Pro Football Focus
1. James Jones
2. Lance Moore
3. Kenny Britt
4. Mario Manningham
5. Sidney Rice
6. Santonio Holmes
7. Nate Burleson
8. Miles Austin
9. Jerricho Cotchery
10. Jason Avant

1. Santonio Holmes
2. Brandon LaFell
3. Seyi Ajirotutu
4. Danario Alexander
5. Miles Austin
6. Nate Burleson
7. Austin Collie
8. Jacoby Ford
9. Darrius Heyward-Bey
10. James Jones

1. Santonio Holmes
2. James Jones
3. Sidney Rice
4. Kenny Britt
5. Miles Austin
6. Damian Williams
7. Jerricho Cotchery
8. Danario Alexander
9. Lance Moore
10. Jacoby Ford
1. James Jones
2. Sidney Rice
3. Santonio Holmes
4. Miles Austin
5. Kenny Britt