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Slim pickings remain in free agency

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There aren’t many big moves left to make in free agency.

Sure, there’s still the question of whether our No. 1 free agent, Le’Veon Bell, will sign a long-term deal in Pittsburgh or play this season on the franchise tag. And there are big names out there like Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Jay Cutler. But of the Top 40 players in our Free Agent Hot 100, every single one of them has either signed a new deal or is restricted by the franchise tag or a first-round tender offer.

Overall, only 19 of the Top 100 players remain available. The highest-ranking player available is Cardinals linebacker Kevin Minter, who checks in at No. 44. Also available are No. 48, Bills linebacker Zach Brown, and No. 49, Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. Those are the only three players available in the Top 50.

So while there are still scores of free agents who will sign in the months ahead, few of them are the kinds of players who change a franchise. Those players were snapped up quickly.

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47 Responses to “Slim pickings remain in free agency”
  1. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Mar 18, 2017 7:39 AM

    Slim Pickin’s, you say?
    What position does he play? The Jets need him!

  2. stipez says: Mar 18, 2017 7:39 AM

    Ain’t no one talking bout Legarrette Blount? Dude is 30 but had 18 & 1100 last year.

  3. Francis_Dolarhyde says: Mar 18, 2017 7:45 AM

    Slim Pickings was a great actor, i remember him in Blazing Saddles

  4. johnkgc says: Mar 18, 2017 8:10 AM

    Slim Pickings picked up off the scrap heap by Pats. Becomes Pro Bowler and signs lucrative deal in 2018 with the Browns.

  5. streetyson says: Mar 18, 2017 8:40 AM

    Aye, Blount had a career-best year, plus 18 TDs and a 2nd SB, and arguably a far more important FA than Bell for Blount’s bell-cow ability to hold a game lead (which is why the Falcons should pay him a king’s ransom), and the fact that Bell has the Steelers’ exclusive-rights tag so no other team can talk to him anyway!

    The only issue for Blount is turning 30 (Bell is 25), and how long does Blount want to play and how long before the decline? BB has a tendancy to let a guy go a year early, but seems to be loading up and I’d guess 1 more year for Blount on the Pats (albeit expressed as a 2yr deal on paper), then a trade if Blount don’t just retire if Pats repeat.

  6. walker1191 says: Mar 18, 2017 8:56 AM

    I’m surprised Zach Brown hasn’t found a home.

  7. marooncat79 says: Mar 18, 2017 9:08 AM

    Blazing Saddles
    1941
    The Getaway

    Good actor

  8. nflpoker says: Mar 18, 2017 9:40 AM

    I liked Slim Pickings in Dr. Strangelove.

  9. shoesfinest says: Mar 18, 2017 9:41 AM

    So what you mean is free agency has opened now for the Bengals. Mike Brown loves his bargain basement bin shopping for leftovers while others give his Pro Bowlers what they deserve.

  10. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 18, 2017 9:45 AM

    Slim anything and Green Bay don’t go together, but I’m sure as these guys get more and more desperate, they might consider giving in and playing for my Packers, anyways. Even though they don’t want to.

  11. ChampKind813 says: Mar 18, 2017 9:47 AM

    Slim pickings,yeah I heard he’s slim shadys third cousin twice removed.

  12. hockeykrishna says: Mar 18, 2017 9:48 AM

    Pickens. Dipstick!

  13. cribbage12 says: Mar 18, 2017 9:55 AM

    I’ll bet Rick Spielman signs Slim for 5 years, $82M.

  14. nflnfl13 says: Mar 18, 2017 10:05 AM

    Slim really loved those valuable railroad hand carts.

  15. a1b24312 says: Mar 18, 2017 10:35 AM

    Can Slim play?

  16. 8ovie8 says: Mar 18, 2017 10:48 AM

    I’m surprised Zach Brown hasn’t found a home.

    Zac Brown? He has his toe in the water….

  17. laxcoach37 says: Mar 18, 2017 10:51 AM

    Legarrette Blount is a decent player, but their are better RB’s out there. Blount’s success is the result of being a Patriot. Case Closed. Goal Line TDs and running the clock out towards the end of games on teams down by 2 TDs. Also, teams fear Brady and the quick midget WRs, so they can’t stack the box. Other teams personnel people know this. He is not shifty or a break away guy. This is not a Dis’ on him, but more of a compliment to the Patriots. They can use anyone; which is why a Burkhead makes sense… he has multiple skillsets. With Brady aging; they will want every player to have (short) pass catching ability and be a versatile blocker. Blount was neither.

  18. kfoyo808 says: Mar 18, 2017 11:05 AM

    I would gladly take Blount and Brown on Eagles, in place of Mathews and Kendricks. Immediate upgrades. Then draft nothing but corners, DE and DT

  19. caffeinedrivendevelopment says: Mar 18, 2017 11:06 AM

    Blount is a monster when he gets into the open field but he is slow to get going and gets stuffed A LOT. The TD numbers are deceptive. I still wouldn’t want to be a db on the receiving end when gets trucking…

  20. ravensfan56 says: Mar 18, 2017 11:16 AM

    Wake up Ozzie, get a WR and some o-linemen!

  21. nflpoker says: Mar 18, 2017 11:19 AM

    There are still some in the lower 100, say, Colin Kaepernick.

  22. dabears62 says: Mar 18, 2017 11:22 AM

    If I were Cutler, I would not sign with any team until training camp. As sure as the sun is going to rise in the east tomorrow, a couple of QBs will go down. He might be able to be real choosy.

  23. dbatrox21 says: Mar 18, 2017 11:28 AM

    No worries…Ol’ Jerruh will sign him…and make a cb out of him…

  24. nflpoker says: Mar 18, 2017 11:33 AM

    I would be surprised if Adrian Peterson found a home. If you can’t beat out a fat ex-Packer who is trying to become the Pillsbury Doughboy stand in, then it is time to hang ’em up and go home.

  25. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 18, 2017 11:47 AM

    I beg to differ. If you are referring to big splashy names that got overpaid on reputation, then you’re right. But the good organizations know that THIS is the time to shop for undervalued role players. The Patriots have mastered this.

  26. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 18, 2017 12:05 PM

    Slim Pickings will surely not sign in Green Bay. 😛

  27. ace24xx says: Mar 18, 2017 12:20 PM

    The Jets have shown interest in Slim Pickings and Jack Nobody. Championship!

  28. QB Film Room says: Mar 18, 2017 1:18 PM

    Will Mark Sanchez see an NFL Practice Field ever again?

  29. liparulos says: Mar 18, 2017 1:28 PM

    A man could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with what they’d have to pay Slim Pickens!

  30. radrntn says: Mar 18, 2017 1:35 PM

    I didn’t know slim came out of retirement. What will they do now. They just signed 4 players yesterday, and no longer have the cap space to put him on the books. Bummer and the fans all thought they would get a first rd pick for him in a trade.

    Now they just have to release him, and slim can go play wherever he wants- I wonder where will he go?

  31. omeimontis says: Mar 18, 2017 1:43 PM

    I don’t see Colin Kaepernick’s name on that list. Weird.

  32. suckafree9rs415 says: Mar 18, 2017 2:03 PM

    Hankins to the NINERS 👍

  33. thetooloftools says: Mar 18, 2017 2:09 PM

    I guess if an AGENT is telling you how great you, are while YOU/the player are making career/life changing decisions,
    and it doesn’t work out… it’s time to find a new agent.
    Kapernutcase from SanFran is a classic example.

  34. rjmjets says: Mar 18, 2017 2:18 PM

    What in the wide world of sports is going on here? I thought Slim Pickings got the franchise tag.

  35. clayjtitan66 says: Mar 18, 2017 3:28 PM

    Kevin Minter could replace Derrick Johnson.
    Come on KC.

  36. natijim235 says: Mar 18, 2017 4:18 PM

    didn’t know Carl Pickens ex Unv Tenn and Cincy Bengal has a sons! See the bengals are cheap enough they may go after one of these Pickens

  37. sixburghrules says: Mar 18, 2017 4:29 PM

    Bell is definitely the best RB in the NFL at this time! Along with his excellent running skills and pass catching ability there is not another RB better in the league!

  38. mclennon99 says: Mar 18, 2017 4:31 PM

    Bills were going to sign Slim but have overpaid for Jack Squat instead.

  39. lingsun54 says: Mar 18, 2017 4:43 PM

    The scene with Slim Pickins in Dr Strangelove riding the nuclear bomb like it was a bucking bronco has the be one of the most memorable movie scenes of all time.

  40. mickton says: Mar 18, 2017 6:11 PM

    I liked slim pickins in the apple dumpling gang

  41. ezwriter69 says: Mar 18, 2017 7:16 PM

    Passing combo of Slim to None is one of the greats in Packer history.

  42. jssebastian2014 says: Mar 18, 2017 7:31 PM

    If Cutler can’t find a gig, I hear Marlboro is looking to bring back their mascot.

  43. jbvikes says: Mar 18, 2017 8:07 PM

    Would love to see Hankins on the Vikes D line next to Linval!

  44. t50000 says: Mar 18, 2017 8:21 PM

    The best are gone? Time for the Chargers to make a move!

    ~Signed, a Chargers fan.

  45. truthinesshurts says: Mar 18, 2017 9:08 PM

    They had to wait for Dontari Poe to sign before using the “Slim Pickings” headline.

  46. eroschmidt says: Mar 18, 2017 10:22 PM

    Zach Brown made it clear when he cleaned out his locker in Buffalo at the end of the season that he was looking for the biggest contract possible and that is was all about the money. Based on his current contract status, he may be asking for too much…

  47. jmc8888 says: Mar 19, 2017 3:27 AM

    Tons of talent left.

    Plenty of guys that can make major impact. Most of the top 50 are overhyped to begin with.

    Unsung heroes left.

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