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Keeping up with the top ten unrestricted free agents left

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Free agency has come screeching to a halt, but there are still some interesting names available on the open market.

Here’s a breakdown of the top ten players left unsigned on the PFT Hot 100.

1. Offensive tackle Marcus McNeill — Released by San Diego on March 13, McNeill visited the Lions a day later but left without a contract. He was rumored to have meetings lined up with the Falcons and Chiefs, but they apparently fell through. While McNeill has two Pro Bowls and 82 starts at a premium NFL position on his resume at age 28, medical concerns have clearly hurt McNeill’s market value.

2. Offensive tackle Demetrius Bell — Bell has drawn interest from the Redskins and Cardinals, and will visit the Packers later this week. Like McNeill, Bell is a 28-year-old starting-caliber left tackle who’s been plagued by injuries. Bell’s medical concerns aren’t as significant as McNeill’s, however, and it would be surprising if he wasn’t signed soon.

3. Linebacker David Hawthorne — A beastly run defender, Hawthorne’s market appeared to be established when Stephen Tulloch (Lions) and Curtis Lofton (Saints) were signed. Hawthorne remains available, however, after visits with Detroit and New Orleans proved to be leverage plays by those teams. Adam Caplan did report on Tuesday that the Seahawks and Hawthorne “continue to be in communication,” so perhaps he’ll re-sign with Seattle.

4. Linebacker London Fletcher — Fletcher still hasn’t signed, but it’s been widely assumed that he’ll head back to D.C. Perhaps that’s why no other teams have seriously inquired. As Alper noted a couple of days ago, league-imposed cap penalties against the Redskins have affected negotiations with Fletcher.

5. Defensive end Andre Carter — Carter racked up double-digit sacks in 14 games last year, but he hasn’t been signed because he’s still “limping heavily” after a late-season quadriceps tear. Carter should find work quickly once he’s healthy.

6. Defensive end Matt Roth — The Bengals are Roth’s only known free-agent visit, and their interest seems to have cooled after signing twin draft busts Jamaal Anderson and Derrick Harvey. Roth isn’t a bad pass rusher and sets the edge as a run defender. He can also play linebacker in a 3-4. It’s only a matter of time before he catches on somewhere.

7. Defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin — Franklin’s career peak was receiving the 49ers’ franchise tag in 2010. His 2011 market was surprisingly slow, and he’s now going on age 32. Franklin is coming off a disappointing season in New Orleans, struggling for playing time. The 2011 game tape may be turning off teams.

8. Offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie — The Giants have already cut ties publicly with McKenzie, their starting right tackle since the 2005 campaign. Going on age 33, he may have to wait for training camp to be signed.

9. Defensive end Luis Castillo — A productive but injury-prone 3-4 defensive end, Castillo has visited the Patriots and Chiefs in free agency, but likely was offered only the veteran’s minimum after missing all but one game last season. The Chargers also have an offer on the table to keep him. Castillo is only 28 years old with plenty of starts on his resume.

10. Wide receiver Braylon Edwards — The Jets have expressed some interest in the top wide receiver left on the market, but it’s believed Edwards is still rehabbing from the knee surgery that forced the 49ers to give up on him in December. Edwards is 29 years old. He can separate from defensive backs with the best of ‘em when healthy and is an underrated blocker, but untimely drops and off-field concerns have tarnished his image as an NFL player.

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62 Responses to “Keeping up with the top ten unrestricted free agents left”
  1. jjrs89 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:58 PM

    I don’t think Vince young has visited with a single team

  2. steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 28, 2012 9:05 PM

    What do these players have in common? No rings

  3. bigbadal21 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:06 PM

    Seems like only the lame are left.

  4. chawk12thman says: Mar 28, 2012 9:07 PM

    Seahawks will sign Hawthorne for reasonable $. Bad timing for him to have so many LBs of value coming in the draft. Still, he is well liked by the Hawk Fans. Come home David.

  5. whodey28 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:09 PM

    What are Marcus McNeil’s injuries?

  6. jerseyshoregiant says: Mar 28, 2012 9:09 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy says:Mar 28, 2012 9:05 PM

    What do these players have in common? No rings
    —————————————————
    Wrong!!! Kareem McKenzie has 2 SB rings!!!!

  7. berniemadoffsides says: Mar 28, 2012 9:11 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy says:
    Mar 28, 2012 9:05 PM
    What do these players have in common? No rings

     ——–

    McKenzie has two, actually.

  8. whodeytn says: Mar 28, 2012 9:11 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 28, 2012 9:05 PM

    What do these players have in common? No rings
    ========

    How many rings do YOU have?

    Sad that the only thing you have in life is the Steelers. But it’s funny how insecure you and the other Steeler fans are whenever free agency is talked about.

  9. joemammy says: Mar 28, 2012 9:13 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy says:

    What do these players have in common? No rings.
    —————
    Coincidentally, the very same number as you.

  10. randallflagg52 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:14 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy: typical idiot steeler fan. Probably has never been to Pittsburgh in his life, let alone PA.

  11. willsco16 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:20 PM

    Braylon is better than Plaxico?

  12. dansnyder says: Mar 28, 2012 9:21 PM

    I know it was a while ago and many probably have forgot about it but London Fletcher was the starting middle linebacker of the greatest show on turf team, the 99 rams. So yes, Fletcher has a superbowl ring as well.

  13. steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 28, 2012 9:21 PM

    We have 6 rings. Try that. Whoa

  14. ballsohardu says: Mar 28, 2012 9:22 PM

    More annoying steeler fans…. Lets comment about how the free agents have no rings??

    You could be having an argument with a steeler fan over anything, and they will just say 6 rings! And walk away thinking they won when its completely irrelevant

  15. skins21 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:28 PM

    What do these players have in common? No rings

     ————————————————————————-

    London Fletcher has a ring.

  16. jagerbolt says: Mar 28, 2012 9:29 PM

    What are Marcus McNeil’s injuries?
    __________________

    Neck – and this isn’t the first time either.

  17. discosucs2005 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:29 PM

    @whodeytn

    As a Bengals fan you’re probably not the team that should be bashing others about free agency.

  18. dougydougdoug says: Mar 28, 2012 9:31 PM

    whodey28 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:09 PM

    What are Marcus McNeil’s injuries?

    - – - -

    Neck issues. He was out a good part of 2011. Neck issues aren’t an asset for a left tackle.

  19. crosberries says: Mar 28, 2012 9:37 PM

    I can’t stand yinzers and I live in Pittsburgh. They think when the steelers win a super bowl they get a ring too. Keep checking the mail loser.

  20. maxvv says: Mar 28, 2012 9:37 PM

    Braylon back to the Jets! You can laugh, but you’ve got to admit, it makes more sense than anything else we’ve done this offseason, Landry excluded.

  21. whodeytn says: Mar 28, 2012 9:38 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 28, 2012 9:21 PM

    We have 6 rings. Try that. Whoa
    =======

    Ah yes, you helped out a lot with those rings too.

    Good work, bud!! *Thumbs up*
    Keep on being insecure in free agency threads though – it’s hilarious.

  22. psuravens19 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:39 PM

    Luis Castillo is an Ozzie Newsome type of signing…

  23. gotampabay52 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:43 PM

    Pitt u have 6 rings golf clap mean while big ben has six rapes I mean false claims but got the clap 6 times wave the yellow towel ur so cool if yoy think ur cool wave a yellow towel

  24. drewzducks says: Mar 28, 2012 9:45 PM

    That’s ok. Like most Stooler fans he’s probably living in Mike Websters old cardboard box.

  25. scoregasmic says: Mar 28, 2012 9:46 PM

    Why did the lions not offer McNeil a contract? :( I don’t want another year of Jeff Sack-us :(

  26. tr975 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:47 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy says:

    We have 6 rings. Try that. Whoa
    —-
    “We”? Which teams did you play on?

  27. thegonz13 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:49 PM

    @whodey28… I believe McNeil had serious neck issues, which prompted San Diego to release him.

  28. jjrs89 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:52 PM

    Steelers may have 6 rings but their fans have none

    #fact

  29. wwwmattcom says: Mar 28, 2012 9:56 PM

    Wow. For years all I heard was how the Bills need to draft a left tackle. How they have been insane to ignore the position in the draft. Now their left tackle is a free agent and the only problem is that he is injury prone. So I guess they were OK at the position till Bell was hurt? Interesting. Flip flop.

  30. suhisabeast90 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:56 PM

    Excuse me! He does not represent ALL Steeler Fans! And just because someone is a fan of a team, they don’t have to from the same city as the team. Now you sound as ignorant as the person you were making fun of. It makes you sound like your from Tennessee, Cleveland or Baltimore.

  31. jetslag44years says: Mar 28, 2012 9:57 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy

    Lets hear about how there is no competion and the Steelers need to make there own league

  32. rajbais says: Mar 28, 2012 9:59 PM

    Braylon Edwards is worthless!!!!

    He was a great addition-by-subtraction for the 49ers!!!!

    Two to three decent seasons in the NFL as the 3rd overall pick = desirable??????????

  33. jacktheripper559 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:03 PM

    Steelers are done, niners will tie them this year

  34. asw1028 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:07 PM

    The NFL is changing, baby. With the new collective bargaining agreement it seems like teams want to get rid of players from the ‘old regime’ and start fresh with rookies who don’t know what it was like to get PAIIIIID. I’ve seen the reports saying that the salary cap will go higher once the new TV deals are signed but I have my doubts.

  35. jimiinpa says: Mar 28, 2012 10:16 PM

    six rings and a rapist…..WOOT

  36. ezpkns34 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:17 PM

    Braylon Edwards is STILL living off of that 1 good year?

    Get with it guys, he’s at best a #4 WR in the NFL. If he’s the 10th best FA left, I’d hate to see the guys ranked 11th and down

  37. mungman69 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:25 PM

    I don’t have any rings.

  38. isaacnewtonqb says: Mar 28, 2012 10:30 PM

    Gee, I wonder why Braylon hasn’t “caught on” with anyone.

  39. holdthemayo123 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:47 PM

    I count 3 rings amongst that list – stupid yinzer.

  40. cluelessdufus says: Mar 28, 2012 11:04 PM

    Steelernationsparkjealousy says

    what do they have in common?no rings!!!.And also
    The steelers have 6 rings try that.Whoa

    ——————————————————
    Fletcher has 1 and Kareem Mckenziee has 2 get your facts right.And another thing not a packers fan i hate them but they have 13 championships lets see what your next move

  41. snoopyjoecool says: Mar 28, 2012 11:05 PM

    Check your grammar then look up ignorant in the dictionary. I am from Baltimore.

    —–
    “Excuse me! He does not represent ALL Steeler Fans! And just because someone is a fan of a team, they don’t have to from the same city as the team. Now you sound as ignorant as the person you were making fun of. It makes you sound like your from Tennessee, Cleveland or Baltimore.”

  42. jwreck says: Mar 28, 2012 11:12 PM

    suhisabeast90 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:56 PM

    Excuse me! He does not represent ALL Steeler Fans! And just because someone is a fan of a team, they don’t have to from the same city as the team
    ________

    A. It doesn’t help that he acts like a crass stereotype of a Steelers fan.
    B. Well actually, you kind of do. It certainly makes you less obnoxious. If the Redskins win a Super Bowl in my lifetime, I will be the most obnoxious fan on the planet, but I only have the right to do that because I was born here and I’ve watched every miserable snap in the last miserable decade. You can’t tell me it doesn’t bug you when, come playoff time, all of a sudden everybody is a Steeler/Packer/Patriots fan because their aunt/kindergarten teacher/dental hygenist is from/married someone from/considered going to college anywhere near Pittsburgh/Wisconsin/New England
    _________________

    jetslag44years says: Mar 28, 2012 9:57 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy

    Lets hear about how there is no competion and the Steelers need to make there own league
    _________________
    steelernationsparksjealousy is obnoxious too, but to his credit, you’re thinking of a different guy. And to that guy’s credit, I’m pretty sure he’s drunk most of the time.

  43. danielwold says: Mar 28, 2012 11:18 PM

    where’s Hank Baskett on this list?

  44. orcheon says: Mar 29, 2012 12:07 AM

    he’s at best a #4 WR in the NFL

    ——————————–
    Maybe on a team like the Packers and the Saints. He’d probably be a #1 or #2 on half of the teams in the NFL.

  45. orcheon says: Mar 29, 2012 12:08 AM

    That being said, he’s made of glass.

  46. thedrunkentimes says: Mar 29, 2012 12:13 AM

    steelers suck anyway

  47. kowboydmac says: Mar 29, 2012 12:22 AM

    Would like to see Matt Roth signed to the Vikings. Would be good to add another motor to that defense

  48. jjrs89 says: Mar 29, 2012 12:24 AM

    I’d like to see Leonard weaver get another shot with someone. Classy dude, unfortunate injury

  49. stevendaustin says: Mar 29, 2012 12:36 AM

    Luis Castillo is a solid run stopper in the 3-4 and is a postive influence in the locker room and in the community. He is 100% healthy 28 and has lots of starts under his belt someone is going to get a “Pro Bowl” type D-E. He is worth every penny! If Mario is worth all that moolah Luis is worth at least half of what they are paying him and then some!

  50. geo91 says: Mar 29, 2012 12:50 AM

    Jeff Backus is destroyed by Lions fans because Julius Peppers ripped Matty’s arm off 2 seasons ago, but realistically he really isn’t that bad. He’s slightly above average and right now with Cliff on a franchise tag ill happily take Backus while other matters are sorted out

  51. mojobag101 says: Mar 29, 2012 1:08 AM

    Paging Jamarcus Russell……………

  52. xchuck412x says: Mar 29, 2012 2:27 AM

    no brett favre?

  53. dcapettini says: Mar 29, 2012 2:50 AM

    Is there any topic that could appear on PFT that these nutcase Steeler trolls would not use to spill their endless drivel? Is there a mental hospital in Pittsburgh that has a direct line to PFT?

  54. ifyoucarewhatmynameisyoucansuckit says: Mar 29, 2012 2:53 AM

    steelernationsparksjealousy says:
    Mar 28, 2012 9:21 PM
    We have 6 rings. Try that. Whoa

    Please don’t count yourself as “we”! I’m a Packer stock holder….which means I have a piece of paper that I paid money for but has no value! That alone is more than you! You get a replica ring of any of those 6? No??? Or did you get a T-Shirt from Mommy for Christmas and that’s why you think it’s really time to start sporting the “we”?

    BTW… Did you get one of those Superbowl XLV Champion shirts from one of those kids in Kenya?

  55. textexington says: Mar 29, 2012 5:32 AM

    31-25.LOLZ.

  56. mempusa says: Mar 29, 2012 6:18 AM

    Judging by your comments, it seems as though these are a bunch of washed up injury prone players no team wants.

  57. Bearfan54 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:41 AM

    Steeler fans refer to the team as “We” when they are winning and “They” when they are losing.

  58. ifyoucarewhatmynameisyoucansuckit says: Mar 29, 2012 8:03 AM

    Bearfan54 says:
    Mar 29, 2012 6:41 AM
    Steeler fans refer to the team as “We” when they are winning and “They” when they are losing.

     Smartest thing I’ve ever heard from a Bears fan!! Nice!

  59. steeelfann says: Mar 29, 2012 8:03 AM

    Edwards “separates with best of them” when he is healthy. Really? Bit of an odd comment I would say.

  60. dolphins4 says: Mar 29, 2012 11:17 AM

    I’d like to see the Eagles re sign Derek Landri he was a beast last year.

  61. jacksaysfu says: Mar 30, 2012 5:49 PM

    @dolphins4: Landri was a beast last year ! If Braylon Edwards is on this list then Landri should be somewhere above him. PFT puts Trevor Laws at #74 on it’s top 100 free agent list and he’s been a constant disappointment , but Derek Landri got signed at the last minute & came in and was solid . Note to Eagles : SIGN HIM NOW !

  62. dominicmacd says: Mar 30, 2012 8:36 PM

    “Excuse me! He does not represent ALL Steeler Fans! And just because someone is a fan of a team, they don’t have to from the same city as the team. Now you sound as ignorant as the person you were making fun of. It makes you sound like your from Tennessee, Cleveland or Baltimore.”

    Excuse me but speaking as a rbid Cleveland Browns fan, don’t insult me or any other great Browns fan and bring our name up like that!!! You have NO RESPECT for the best fans in the NFL!! And Im sure that the Titans fans and the Ravens fans do not appreciate that either!!!

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