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Looking Ahead At The 2016 Top Outside Free Agent CB Market

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in fairly good shape from a salary cap standpoint as they enter the offseason and after several restructures are taken care next month, the team might have enough room to go after a free agent or two. However, if you think the team will go after a high-profile free agent cornerback, you’re likely to be disappointed.

For starters, as usual, there are only a few high-profile cornerbacks set to hit free agency this upcoming offseason that the Steelers would show any interest in. I have included that list below and it is headed by Josh Norman, who more than likely will be franchise tagged by the Carolina Panthers prior to the start of the new league year.

When it comes to Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith, if he isn’t franchised in the coming weeks, he would figure to be the prize free agent at the position this year and thus will have plenty of teams bidding for his services. In other words, you can probably count the Steelers out when it comes to them chasing him.

As for the rest of the list, you can bet that several of them will be sought after. In the bottom table, I have recapped the contracts given to the prime free agent cornerbacks last offseason. Make note of the yearly average value of all of those contracts in addition to the percentage of guaranteed money it took to sign each. The top 10 on that list all averaged more than $5 million a season and only two of them, Antonio Cromartie and Perrish Cox, received less than 40.8% in guarantees.

Top 2016 Free Agent Cornerbacks

TEAM PLAYER AGE
CAR Josh Norman 28
KC Sean Smith 28
GB Casey Hayward 26
SL Trumaine Johnson 26
SD Patrick Robinson 28
NYG Prince Amukamara 26
BLT Shareece Wright 28
NO Kyle Wilson 28
SEA Jeremy Lane 25
PHI Nolan Carroll 29
TB Sterling Moore 26
DAL Morris Claiborne 25
ARI Jerraud Powers 28

2015 Top Free Agent Cornerback Signings

PLAYER AGE 2014 2015 YEARS TOTAL AVG/YR TOTAL GUAR % GUAR
Darrelle Revis 30 NE NYJ 5 $70,121,060 $14,024,212 $39,000,000 55.60%
Brandon Flowers 29 SD SD 4 $36,400,000 $9,100,000 $18,000,000 49.50%
Kareem Jackson 27 HST HST 4 $34,000,000 $8,500,000 $20,000,000 58.80%
Chris Culliver 27 SF WAS 4 $32,000,000 $8,000,000 $16,000,000 50.00%
Antonio Cromartie 31 ARZ NYJ 4 $32,000,000 $8,000,000 $7,000,000 21.90%
Tramon Williams 32 GB CLV 3 $21,000,000 $7,000,000 $10,000,000 47.60%
Buster Skrine 26 CLV NYJ 4 $25,000,000 $6,250,000 $13,000,000 52.00%
Davon House 26 GB JAX 4 $24,500,000 $6,125,000 $10,000,000 40.80%
Perrish Cox 28 SF TEN 3 $15,000,000 $5,000,000 $2,500,000 16.70%
Brandon Browner 31 NE NO 3 $15,000,000 $5,000,000 $7,750,000 51.70%
Brice McCain 28 PIT MIA 2 $5,500,000 $2,750,000 $2,000,000 36.40%
Darius Butler 29 IND IND 2 $5,000,000 $2,500,000 $2,000,000 40.00%
Kyle Arrington 29 NE BLT 3 $7,000,000 $2,333,333 $2,800,000 40.00%
Terence Newman 36 CIN MIN 1 $2,250,000 $2,250,000 $750,000 33.30%
Patrick Robinson 27 NO SD 1 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $1,250,000 62.50%
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