The New York Giants seemed almost certain to make the offensive line a priority in free agency. They appear close, however, to getting shut out of the market for the top offensive linemen who were expected to be available before the market officially opens for business at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday.
The latest top-tier offensive lineman apparently off the board is right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who will stay with the Green Bay Packers. Bulaga was considered a potential target for the Giants if they wanted to move Justin Pugh inside to guard. Bulaga's deal with Green Bay is reportedly for five years at slightly less than $7 million per year. He was thought to be able to get more than that on the open market.
Bulaga, Orlando Franklin, Doug Free, Jermey Parnell, James Carpenter, King Dunlap and Derek Newton have all either re-signed with their former teams or reportedly have deals in place with new ones.
The only premium guys left are guard Clint Boling and right tackle Joe Barksdale. Boling was rumored to be close to a deal with the Minnesota Vikings, but little has been heard on that front recently. Nothing has been heard to this point about a market for Barksdale, a better run blocker than pass protector. [Barksdale profile]