Morning links: Grading free agents

ESPN NFL Insider Bill Polian, the former head personnel man for the Indianapolis Colts, has rated every NFL player set to hit free agency in ESPN free agent draft tracker, which you can check out here.Insider

And according to Polian, the San Diego Chargers don’t have a lot of above-average players set to hit the market. Only one of San Diego’s 11 pending free agents earned a mark above a C grade by Polian -- guard Chad Rinehart with a B-grade.

Middle linebacker Donald Butler also earned a B-grade, but he re-signed with the Chargers last week.

According to Polian, here is a breakdown of what each letter grade is worth financially.

A: $6+ million AAV (annual average value), 3+ years guaranteed money

B: $2-6 million AAV, 2 years or fewer guaranteed money

C: $2 million or less AAV, 2 years or fewer guaranteed money

D: Minimum salary, 1 year contract

And here are the rest of the grades for San Diego’s free agents:

C: Seyi Ajirotutu, Danario Alexander, Rich Ohrnberger, Darrell Stuckey, Reggie Walker.

C-minus: Ronnie Brown, Lavelle Hawkins, Richard Marshall.

D: Cam Thomas, Charlie Whitehurst.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland examines the winners and losers from the unexpected bump of the NFL salary cap to $133 million for 2014, an increase of $10 million, or 8 percent, from 2013.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego takes a closer look at Green Bay free agent receiver James Jones as a possible fit for the Chargers.

Several mock drafts have the Chargers selecting TCU cornerback Jason Verrett with the team’s No. 25 overall pick in this year’s draft. Verrett will participate in his team’s pro day on Thursday. Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net reports that Verrett will have surgery soon to repair an injured labrum in his shoulder. However, Pauline says he doesn’t expect the surgery to affect Verrett’s draft status. Verrett will do bench press and position drills at his pro day.

Mike Tanier writing for Sports on Earth plays GM for a day, impersonating Chargers GM Tom Telesco. Tanier goes to town in an attempt to improve San Diego’s defense.

Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network writes that personnel departments do pay attention to a handful of mock drafts put together by prominent beat writers and NFL Insiders.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports writes that New York Giants free agent cornerback Trumaine McBride would be a good fit for the Chargers.