3 Patriots in 71-80 Group of's Top 101 Potential Free Agents

Posted Mar 7, 2018

The 2018 Free Agency Primer series uses’s Top 101 Free Agents list to break down this year’s class. We will count down the groups of players until March 14 when free agency is scheduled to open. 

The list was composed by Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling of Career stats are taken from and/or and apply to regular seasons, unless noted.

Note: The list may end up changing prior to free agency opening, but this breakdown is updated as of March 5.


91-101: Monday, March 5
81-90: Tuesday, March 6
71-80: Wednesday, March 7
61-70: Thursday, March 8
51-60: Friday, March 9
41-50: Saturday, March 10
31-40: Sunday, March 11
21-30: Monday, March 12
11-20: Tuesday, March 13
1-10: Wednesday, March 14

This grouping includes three Patriots. New England acquired running back Rex Burkhead in free agency last year and receiver Danny Amendola back in 2013. The Patriots also drafted offensive lineman Cameron Fleming in 2014. The three players have appeared in 26 combined postseason games, including two by Burkhead with Cincinnati.

71. S Tyvon Branch, Cardinals

106 career games; 82 starts; 595 tackles; five interceptions; three defensive touchdowns; 9.0 sacks; 33 passes defensed; four forced fumbles; five fumble recoveries

After becoming a starter for Oakland in his second season and opening 52 games from 2009-12, Branch has played in just 36 games in the past five seasons. He started all nine he played for Arizona in 2017.

72. DT Haloti Ngata, Lions

167 career games; 165 starts; 502 tackles; five interceptions; one defensive touchdown; 31.5 sacks; 39 passes defended; six forced fumbles; five fumble recoveries

Ngata has missed 16 games in the past three seasons with Detroit but has been impactful when healthy. He only missed nine games in his first nine pro seasons with Baltimore.

73. RB Rex Burkhead, Patriots

52 career games; four starts; 151 carries for 639 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and eight rushing touchdowns; 64 receptions for 542 yards and four touchdowns

The former Nebraska Cornhusker and Cincinnati Bengal found the end zone eight times in 10 games with the Patriots in 2017. He totaled 528 yards from scrimmage on 94 combined touches.

74. C John Sullivan, Rams

137 career games; 109 starts

After joining the Vikings as a sixth-round pick in 2008, Sullivan bounced back from missing all of 2015 as a reserve in Washington in 2016. He then headed west and started all 15 games he played for the Rams last season.

75. DE/OLB Trent Murphy, Redskins

47 career games; 23 starts; 111 tackles; 15 sacks; two passes defensed; six forced fumbles; four fumble recoveries

Murphy capitalized on a rotational role in 2016, appearing in all 16 games and totaling 9.0 sacks and three forced fumbles. He missed all of 2017 with a torn ACL.

76. LB Todd Davis, Broncos

55 career games; 33 starts; 224 tackles; 1.5 sacks; five passes defensed; one forced fumble; two fumble recoveries

After yo-yo-ing as an undrafted rookie in 2014 with New Orleans, Davis was claimed by Denver in November 2014. He has played in 46 of 48 possible games the past three seasons and made 29 starts since 2016.

77. T Cameron Fleming, Patriots

47 career games; 20 starts

A fourth-round pick in 2014, Fleming has started 18 of 40 games played since 2015. He also has played in nine postseason contests, including three Super Bowls, since 2014.

78. CB T.J. Carrie, Raiders

60 career games; 36 starts; 202 tackles; 30 passes defensed; three forced fumbles; five fumble recoveries

Selected in the seventh round with the 2019th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Carrie has missed just four games. He started 14 of 15 games in 2015 and 15 of 16 games in 2017.

79. DT Bennie Logan, Chiefs

74 career games; 63 starts; 219 tackles; two passes defensed; three forced fumbles; two fumble recoveries

Logan started 12 of 15 games played for Kansas City in 2017 after four seasons as a run stuffer with Philadelphia.

80. WR Danny Amendola, Patriots

111 career games; 46 starts; 426 receptions for 4,109 yards and 19 touchdowns; 9.6 yards per reception; 15 rushes for 99 yards

Amendola has caught 16 passes for 230 yards (14.4 yards per reception) in the past two Super Bowls.