Only eight true free agents left in PFT’s Hot 100 rankings


In March, PFT ranked the top 100 free agents available.

As the calendar flips to June, 90 of those free agents are now under contract.

Of the ten unsigned players, one — Brian Urlacher — is rather unlikely to sign another deal, having recently announced his retirement.

Another top 100 player — the Giants’ Victor Cruz — is left to sign his tender as a restricted free agent with New York or to negotiate another outcome with the club. The window for him to sign elsewhere is long closed.

In any event, Cruz figures to be on the field this season.

This leaves us with eight top-100 players unsigned and unrestricted.

Only two are ranked in the top 50: defensive tackle Richard Seymour (No. 42) and defensive end John Abraham (No. 43). Seymour has reportedly been linked to the Falcons. Abraham, meanwhile, is the best pass rusher left.

Six of the eight free agents still unsigned in our top 100 are defensive players. Four are defensive linemen, with defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (No. 66) and defensive end Israel Idonije (No. 79) joining Seymour and Abraham to make a pretty solid starting four-man front still available.

The other defensive players unsigned are outside linebacker Daryl Smith (No. 63) and inside linebacker Nick Barnett (No. 89).

Former Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is the top offensive player left in our rankings (No. 76). Also unsigned is offensive guard Brandon Moore (No. 97).

Moore is an accomplished, dependable player — a team leader. He’s made 137 consecutive starts, all for the Jets.

Moore is also one of six free agents 31 or older who remains unsigned on our list, with Seymour, Abraham, Smith, Idonije and Barnett the others.

Bradshaw, meanwhile, is just 27, but he has had foot issues.

Which brings us to Ellis. He turns 28 in September. Five years ago, he was the No. 7 overall pick of New Orleans.

On Friday, Ellis visited the Patriots. A one-year flier on him would make sense for New England.

You could say the same for everyone still unsigned in our top 100, really. Here’s a group with some players who would seem to have something left to give.

Now, we wait to see where they land.

12 responses to “Only eight true free agents left in PFT’s Hot 100 rankings

  1. Solid job on the Free Agent List this year by PFT and a frequently visited scorecard resource that I have been regularly checking. Thanks very much for that contribution and well done!

    I already can’t wait for next year’s list to come out, can we get a preliminary version now? 🙂

  2. I’m surprised the Jets haven’t resigned Moore. His forced fumble of Mark Sanchez using only his butt was probably the best defensive play by a Jet all year…

  3. Wouldn’t mind if the Chargers picked up Bradshaw. Not sure what he is asking for, but Mathews is made of glass and having Bradshaw as a security blanket would be nice. Plus a veteran RB who can pass block is never a bad thing to have.

  4. So why isn’t Abraham signed on with the Raiders yet? He’s not done yet and can teach these young bucks a few things.

  5. I have no idea why Sedrick Ellis is unsigned, outside of a guess that too many teams have gone to primarily three-man fronts.

    He’s not a superstar, but he’s still an incredibly useful player.

  6. I’d like to see the Jaguars sign Brandon Moore, a veteran OG between tackles Eugene Monroe and Luke Joeckel. It would solidify that OL.

  7. Seymour joining the Ravens defensive line would just be crazy, with Suggs and Dumervil on the side, and Ngata in the middle with Seymour. Yikes.

  8. nightofthehipple:

    The Lions are out of cash and Abraham will not play unless he gets big money, well above $5MM, it’s impossible for the Lions to get him at his price.

    The Lions also have essentially no cap room for 2014 already from an article I saw yesterday that said we are way over the projected limit as of now. We have really poor flexibility with our financial shape.

    And you can blame a lot of that on Stafford, well I mean Mr. Ford for hiring Mr. Mayhew who chose to sink so much cash into Stafford, so it’s not really Matt’s fault that our books are royally screwed up.

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