Slim pickings remain in free agency


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.

47 responses to “Slim pickings remain in free agency

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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…

  18. 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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