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More than 25 percent of the Hot 100 are still getting the cold shoulder

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Two weeks ago, Silva compiled a list of the top 100 free agents for 2012.  Dubbed the “Hot 100,” a full 26 of them continue to get a chilly reception 13 days after the market opened.

That’s right, only 74 of the top free agents have signed new deals.  The rest continue to look for work, well after the big money stopped flowing.

The process has now shifted into full-blown desperation mode for the players.  No one is going to break the bank.  As a result, many players will be content to do a one-year deal, try to have a big year, and then return to the market in 2013 with a goal of getting a seat at the million-dollar table before the music stops.

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24 Responses to “More than 25 percent of the Hot 100 are still getting the cold shoulder”
  1. joetoronto says: Mar 26, 2012 9:28 AM

    Maybe they’re not so “hot” after all.

  2. canjura says: Mar 26, 2012 9:31 AM

    MAYBE, just MAYBE, the “Hot 100” should have been the “Hot 25 and Luke-Warm 75”

  3. nothingman20 says: Mar 26, 2012 9:32 AM

    Most of the players left are RFA’s, old, coming off an injury, or in the worst cases old guys coming off an injury.

    I’m sure a lot of them will find work, but you can’t really blame teams for seeing who they end up with in the draft (young, better potential, cost-effective and controllable) before bringing in a one or two year guy who has a lot of miles on him or has injury concerns.

  4. vysethelegend says: Mar 26, 2012 9:34 AM

    Mike Wallace is flabbergasted

  5. tedmurph says: Mar 26, 2012 9:34 AM

    Only 2 of the players are in the top 49(unrestricted). What’s so surprising?

  6. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 26, 2012 9:37 AM

    The guys who are left should call the vikes.

  7. kylemc1986 says: Mar 26, 2012 9:37 AM

    Redskins need to resign Fletcher ASAP!!!

  8. sixjak says: Mar 26, 2012 9:39 AM

    I’ll break out my tiny violin….

  9. jmhalko says: Mar 26, 2012 9:39 AM

    Maybe that is why everyone else limits the list to 50. Only 3 players, excluding RFAs, of the top 50 do not have deals. Either that or you guys are no longer in the know of what’s hot?!!?

  10. johanneschimpo says: Mar 26, 2012 9:40 AM

    You should have specified to the ginger that Hot 100 didn’t pertain to physical attractiveness.

  11. dirtybird28 says: Mar 26, 2012 9:41 AM

    A lot of teams are probably waiting for the draft to get rookies at a cheaper, new rate than what the vets may want. Can’t blame them.

  12. whodeydaytonchapter says: Mar 26, 2012 10:14 AM

    I guess no one thinks Mike Wallace is worth a 1st round pick. I thought the same for my team that needs a #2, but I figured someone would pay it.

  13. skinsfaninnebraska says: Mar 26, 2012 10:15 AM

    The Skins will sign London Fletcher as soon as they get their cap space back. Which should be about any time now. 🙂

  14. skinsfaninnebraska says: Mar 26, 2012 10:20 AM

    couchfandotcom says:
    Mar 26, 2012 10:10 AM
    Hmmm….directly related to the league handcuffing the Cowboys and Redskins of almost 20 mill this year?


    That’s a contributing factor, I’m sure. If so, then LOL at the NFL and the NFLPA for thinking it would help their players by taking cap space away from its two biggest spenders. smh again

  15. dprouse says: Mar 26, 2012 10:20 AM

    Hopefully they all have a nice chair and a new TV to watch the draft, because most of them will be waiting until after the draft to find work. Even after the draft, some may find themselves without an offer and waiting for injuries in camp and pre-season before their phone rings. It’s a cruel business…

  16. wrossi81 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:21 AM

    The overwhelming majority (90%) of the top 50 are signed less than 2 weeks after the start of free agency. Of the 5 in your top 50 who aren’t signed, 2 are RFAs. 21 of the next 50 are unsigned. That’s a pretty good situation, all things considered: it means that teams that don’t fulfill a need in trades (the owners’ meetings start today), or in the draft (1 month from today), will pick from the remaining free agents. This is how this process should work.

    It also explains why everybody else did a top 50 rather than a top 100. Sure it’s a great FA class, but there weren’t really 100 top quality players this year.

  17. totallydisgusted says: Mar 26, 2012 10:26 AM

    a few more of those fa’s will get signed once the draft is over and teams still have needs to fill. its no biggie

  18. gallogj says: Mar 26, 2012 10:31 AM

    Big Ben read the word “hot” and has been trolling this post ever since. If only he could figure out a way to corner this post into a bathroom.

  19. shackdelrio says: Mar 26, 2012 10:35 AM

    Why is Jarvis Moss even on the list? The only Hot 100 list he belongs on is the Hot Garbage 100.

  20. capslockkey says: Mar 26, 2012 11:04 AM

    It’s not that difficult to figure out why. A good number of them left are either old (Fletcher, Carter, Clark, etc), have injury concerns (McNeil, Castillo, Bell,etc), or are head cases (Benson, Edwards). Never mind you have 2 in your top 10 that are restricted.

  21. conormacleod says: Mar 26, 2012 11:05 AM

    This list just shows that Silva and PFT should be neither Player Agents or NFL GM’s.

    On a side note, I’m guessing the NFLPA was thinking that a rookie salary cap would mean more money for veterans. Instead, it appears that the cap means teams are saving money by hoping to have younger, cheaper options from the draft.

  22. andyreidisfat says: Mar 26, 2012 11:20 AM

    I gotta agree with everyone else. Having a “hot” 100 is moronic. All you did was post almost all the free agents and added the word hot.

    I think I am done with crappy site now. Seriously you know you suck when ESPn is giving out better info

  23. vikefan says: Mar 26, 2012 11:32 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Mar 26, 2012 9:37 AM

    The guys who are left should call the vikes.
    its a nice thought but i think spielman is going the dirt cheap draft picks route this season

  24. diehardtwinsfan says: Mar 26, 2012 11:48 AM

    This is what I don’t get about what the Vikings are doing. They need a field stretching WR, a couple of safeties, and some help at DT as well… and I’m assuming they draft Kalil to shore up the line. There are several guys that at this point can be had cheaply and provide a pretty significant upgrade to their team. While I understand they have 10 picks, some of them will likely flop.

    Not to mention that this team has sooo many defensive holes, yet they lost sooo many games by very close scores. They have a lot of talent, but their supporting cast has been abysmal. A few wise upgrades and they can at the least be competitive and not an embarrasment next season. I’m not expecting a ring, but a few decent signings and they can be competitive.

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