Retaining starters and free agent activity: Part 3

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The second week of free agency is about over and DRAFTMETRICS has updated its tracking for all the signings as of early Sunday evening (at least the ones it knows about). The status of the players who started the 11,264 NFL games has changed only slightly from last week’s update.

These numbers will continue to change, of course, as free agency continues. DRAFTMETRICS will make further updates as activity warrants, but will definitely have an update right before the draft.

So far, players who started over 10% of all 2012 games have been signed by new teams. There are still players accounting for about 14% of 2012 starts available on the open market. Future updates will track activity related to those remaining players and any other personnel moves.

As part of its analysis DRAFTMETRICS identifies the teams that figure to be the most experienced, in terms of 2012 games started, headed into the 2013 season. The following page shows the detail by team. This table shows the current rankings, in order of 2012 games started by players under contract, of each NFL team. Bear in mind that each team will have 352 starts per season.

The biggest change from last week’s summary is that the Titans now have the highest number of 2012 games started on their 2012 roster. The number of games could be considered to be a little overstated in that the Titans new backup quarterback (Ryan Fitzpatrick) started 16 games last season. But the Titans have added three starting offensive linemen, two starting safeties and a starting running back. In addition the Titans retained or tendered players who started 278 of their 352 games last season.

It should also be noted that only three teams (Bengals, Cowboys and Packers) have yet to add a player through free agency who started one game or more in 2012.

Summary of Off-Season Team Building Activities by Team
All Information Represents 2012 Starts
March 25, 2013 Update

Tony is the founder of DRAFTMETRICS.COM can be e-mailed at and followed on Twitter @draftmetrics

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