As the 2014 calendar flips over into June and free agency slows to a snails pace, there remains a shocking amount of quality talent available for the picking. In fact, there's so much quality talent still available that Pro Football Talk has decided to make an All-Unemployed Team — an All-Unemployed Team that actually features three former members of the New York Giants.
Quarterback: Josh Freeman, Brady Quinn, Vince Young.
Freeman’s stint with the Giants lasted about a month and a half. The question now is whether he can land another job before the start of the season. Quinn and Young have bounced around in recent years, and whether both could be top backups again is somewhat in doubt, but their NFL experience gives them a chance to be capable third quarterbacks.
In terms of a daily count, Freeman's Big Blue career did last about a month and a half, but the more telling reality is that he managed to make it through only three OTA practices, while barely receiving any snaps during that time. It's very telling in regards to how far Freeman has fallen and how much he's struggled with picking up new offenses (the Minnesota Vikings had previously let him walk as well).
Inside linebacker: Pat Angerer, Desmond Bishop, Dan Connor.
The 27-year-old Angerer could play either in the middle or on the weak side in a 4-3. Health and durability are the concerns with the Iowa product. Bishop recorded more than 100 tackles playing inside in the Packers’ 3-4 scheme in 2010 and 2011. Connor (29 in November) has made 27 regular season starts.
Connor spent the early part of 2013 with the Giants before being placed on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR) as a result of multiple neck burners. However, the team did him a favor, later waiving him off of IR so he could sign with another team — which he did, joining the Carolina Panthers, where he played in six games last season. So far this offseason, Connor has had a visit with the Atlanta Falcons, but little other interest.
Cornerback: Terrell Thomas, Asante Samuel, Dunta Robinson.
The 29-year-old Thomas made a stirring comeback in 2013 after missing two seasons with knee injuries. Samuel, 33, has 51 career picks, but he’s entering his 12th NFL season. The physical Robinson, Samuel’s former Atlanta teammate, is entering his 11th campaign.
Thomas is, by far, the most surprising name on the list. Sure, there's undoubtedly concern about a player who's suffered through three ACL tears, but he battled back and played a full season in 2013. And while he may have showed a little rust from time to time, he played well enough to win an NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award. And while he's made a number of visits (Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers), he surprisingly remains unsigned.
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