For a lot of guys who call themselves NFL players at the current time, panic mode has officially set in. June 1 still means something in the NFL, but not what it used to.
There are a ton of veteran names remaining on the remnants of free agency and the question now for the Minnesota Vikings and the other 31 teams becomes who is willing to accept veteran minimum deals with incentives and who is willing to enter the “In Memorium” segment of their career.
There are some big names – big in current standards, not necessarily the pantheon of history – remaining. Although, mixed in with the glut of vets are some guys who will get the call to Canton.
For the rest, the call to play again may never come. But, here’s the roll call of the available vets if someone sees a reason to fill a gap on the 53:
Quarterbacks – Jay Cutler, Robert Griffin III, Shaun Hill, Colin Kapernick, Luke McCown, Dan Orlovsky, Christian Ponder, Matt Schaub.
Running Backs – Matt Asiata, Joique Bell, Reggie Bush, Justin Forsett, Ronnie Hillman, Rashad Jennings, Chris Johnson, Zach Line, Christine Michael, Marcel Reece, Denard Robinson, James Starks, DeAngelo Williams.
Wide Receivers – Anquan Boldin, Victor Cruz, Andrew Hawkins, Devin Hester, Vincent Jackson, Steve Johnson, Brandon LaFell, Eddie Royal, Cecil Shorts.
Tight Ends – Gary Barnidge, Jordan Cameron, Larry Donnell, Ladarius Green, Brandon Myers, Jacob Tamme.
Offensive Linemen – Mike Adams (T), Will Beatty (G), Chris Clark (T), King Dunlap (T), Orlando Franklin (G), Nick Mangold (C), Evan Mathis (G), Austin Pasztor (T).
Defensive Linemen – Jonathan Babineaux (DT), Scott Crichton (DE), Glenn Dorsey (DT), Leger Douzable (DE), Dwight Freeney (DE), Kedric Golston (DE), Cullen Jenkins (DT), Charles Johnson (DE), Arthur Jones (DE), Paul Kruger (DE), Sen’Derrick Marks (DT), Tony McDaniel (DT), Jared Odrick (DE), Eugene Sims (DE), Paul Soliai (DE), Devon Still (DT), Devin Taylor (DE), Justin Trattou (DE), Courtney Upshaw (DE), Vince Wilfork (DT).
Linebackers – Akeem Ayers, Donald Butler, Josh Bynes, Trent Cole, Akeem Dent, Elvis Dumervil, Justin Durant, Erin Henderson, Gerald Hodges, D’Qwell Jackson, DeAndre Levy, Rey Maualuga, Michael Mauti, Sio Moore, Spencer Paysinger, Perry Riley, Kelvin Sheppard, Daryl Smith, Brandon Spikes, Stephen Tulloch, Erik Walden, Sean Weatherspoon, Philip Wheeler.
Cornerbacks – Brandon Boykin, Tramane Brock, Perrish Cox, Brandon Flowers, Leodis McKelvin, Tracy Porter, Darrelle Revis, Sam Shields, Alterraun Verner. Tramon Williams.
Safeties – Isa Abdul-Quddus, Jarius Byrd, Matt Elam, Marcus Gilchrist, Corey Graham, Michael Griffin, Duke Ihedacho, Donte Whitner.
Will the Vikings get involved in the remaining harvest of players still on the open market before the start of training camp? Get your expiration-date popcorn ready.