NFL Free Agency seems to be winding down, with anything big that is going to happen having already happened. Former New York Giants like Kenny Phillips, Chris Canty and Osi Umenyiora have found work elsewhere. There are, however, still several former Giants looking for work. Let's check in on a few of them.
Ahmad Bradshaw. The former Giants running back might not be out of work much longer. He will visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday. Somehow, the Steelers and Bradshaw seem like a great match.
Lawrence Tynes. Sorry, Lawrence, but you should have known better. Tynes is a good, but not great, veteran placekicker. He tied for 18th in the NFL in field-goal percentage in 2012 at 84.6 percent and his touchback percentage on kickoffs of 25.5 percent placed the Giants 31st in the league. Yet, Tynes bolted the Giants seeking a big payday. It's pretty obvious at this point one isn't coming. Tynes was rumored to be a target for the San Francisco 49ers, but that didn't happen.
Tynes has been replaced in New York by Josh Brown, a quality veteran kicker who signed a one-year, veteran minimum deal. Tynes? Who knows at this point. He could end up competing for a job somewhere in training camp, and might have placed himself on the placekicker merry-go-round.
Domenik Hixon. There were reports two weeks ago that Hixon had an offer from the Detroit Lions, but that he wanted to shop around for something better. Another player who seems to have mis-read the market. I don't know what the offer was, but at this point it had to be better than the one-year, veteran minimum Hixon is likely to end up settling for somewhere. Maybe even back with the Giants.
Ramses Barden. He's a free agent? No one seems to care. There was an assumption that the Carolina Panthers, where former Giants pro personnel guy Dave Gettleman is GM, would be interested. That hasn't happened, and from here that speaks volumes about what the NFL thinks of Barden. There was a report that the Giants were "still an option" for Barden. Truthfully, doesn't seem like Ramses has much of anything in the way of options right now.
Chase Blackburn. There were reports a couple of weeks ago that the Cowboys were interested in Blackburn. Dallas, however, just signed linebacker Justin Durant so that seems unlikely. Right now there seems to be no market for the former Giants' middle linebacker. [UPDATE: Blackburn is heading to the Carolina Panthers.]
Michael Boley. Not a word has been spoken about the former Giants' weak side linebacker in free agency. That tells you the rest of the NFL thinks the Giants were right to let him go.