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List of available free agents thinning quickly

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By the time free agency officially started, most of the top available or potentially available players were already off the market.

Eight days in, the A and B-list guys have all pretty much been claimed.

Offensive tackle Andre Smith’s signing with the Vikings Thursday means the top 24 players on the PFT Hot 100 Free Agent List have all received the franchise tag or signed a new contract. The top player remaining on the board is quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was No. 25.

Fifty six of the top 100 had a deal by the end of the first day of free agency March 9, so the rush was on. There are still some quality players at key positions left, and it’s been a busy week for many teams and many players who weren’t on the list.

The Broncos agreed to a deal with offensive tackle Russell Okung, who was No. 44 on the list, Thursday afternoon, meaning just six of the top 50 remain. Veteran running back Chris Johnson, No. 76, tested the market but ended up returning to the Cardinals on a one-year deal, marking the latest move in a running back market that’s been busy in this second wave of free agency.

Alfred Morris, No. 60 on the list, is the top running back still waiting for a new home — or, possibly, a familiar one with the Redskins.

There are still some familiar names left, but the big-ticket shopping is pretty much done. The Broncos signing Okung could mean Ryan Clady will eventually be traded, and the Browns’ youth movement could mean the same for Joe Thomas. But as far as current free agents, the market should be slower and cheaper as teams turn their attention to the draft over the next several weeks.

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11 Responses to “List of available free agents thinning quickly”
  1. hawksfanallday says: Mar 17, 2016 4:47 PM

    I didn’t even know Alfred was a free agent , that’s not bad of a pickup.

  2. metrocritical says: Mar 17, 2016 5:00 PM

    Maybe the values weren’t good enough, maybe the destination wasn’t alluring enough or maybe the plan is to hit a grand-slam in the draft and rebuild the organization, but, whatever the explanation may be, the first few months of the Detroit Lions new regime has not been overwhelmingly impressive. Not terrible but not inspiring, either. Outside of a little roster depth, this team is worse than the one that struggled through last year. This draft better bring in starters on both lines or they will be picking near the top in 2017.

  3. steamingpilerex says: Mar 17, 2016 5:01 PM

    as Tannebaum twittles his thumbs…..what to do? what to do?

  4. steamingpilerex says: Mar 17, 2016 5:06 PM

    Buffalo should sign Fitzpatrick to an offer sheet & make Woody & Company pay him his money! ala the CJ Anderson fiasco – where Miami was gonna overpay if Elway doesn’t blink!

  5. steamingpilerex says: Mar 17, 2016 5:09 PM

    Alfred Morris : HELLO paging Mike Tannenbaum

  6. florio4president says: Mar 17, 2016 5:45 PM

    I hope RG/III can be had for a 1 year deal under $3m in Big D…..Jerrah, make it happen….

    (Im dreaming they pick up RB- CJ Prosise in the top of rd3.)

    and pick up Arian Foster in June/July if the draft don’t land a top back……

  7. jag1959 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:54 PM

    There’s a long way to go, more cuts are coming

  8. simplegodfather says: Mar 17, 2016 6:36 PM

    Mmm, should Jets trade Mo, 4th pick to Browns for Thomas, and swap 1st pick, 3rd pick, next year 1st pick?

    That should be a good deal on both side…

    M0 could be a new young veteran star that brown really needs…

  9. oldcracker says: Mar 17, 2016 8:41 PM

    Meanwhile the Harvard geniuses, and the MLB guy, are still trying to find their new offices in the revamped Browns Stadium.

    But hey, Truckstop Jimmy got a new scoreboard for the fans.

  10. cantonbound13 says: Mar 17, 2016 10:48 PM

    Meanwhile Johnny Manziel is partying in Vegas.

  11. hugeredskinsfan says: Mar 18, 2016 11:39 AM

    Morris should absolutely sign with Dallas if he likes numbers. He would churn up some serious yards there I think. I bet he comes real cheap too.

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