Top 5 Headlines 4/6: What Free Agent Options are Left?

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1. Making a team out of remaining free-agent options

By Dan Hanzus - NFL.com

"The free-agent market has taken on the feel of one of those barren bodegas in New York. The shelves are half empty, dust is collecting on the items and you don't feel totally safe about putting any of what's available into your system.

But it's late, and you're desperate or drunk (or both), so you take a deep breath and make some hard choices.

Here's my hypothetical NFL team comprised of veterans who have yet to sign with a team as of April 5. I've limited it to starting offense, defense, kicker and punter. I will hire Mike Westhoff to fill out the special teams/take me out on his fishing boat/teach me life lessons."    READ MORE…

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2. Kiper's Big Board has intriguing prospects for Chiefs

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"For those with ESPN Insider access, analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has updated his Big Board, which is not to be confused with a mock draft. On the Big Board, Kiper ranks his top 25 players regardless of position and doesn't assign them to a specific team.

This is a worthwhile exercise because it reflects the value of certain players. The Kansas City Chiefs have the 18th overall pick, and Kiper's Big Board can provide an idea of which players could reasonably be available when the Chiefs make their first selection.

Looking at Kiper's board and specifically the seven players he ranks from 15th through 21st, it's too bad for the Chiefs they don't need a running back. His 17th- (Georgia's Todd Gurley) and 19th- (Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon) ranked players are backs."    READ MORE…

3. Crabtree too pricey for Dolphins?

By Tom Carpenter - ESPN

"As we noted earlier this week, the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders are the most recent teams to express interest in unrestricted free agent wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

He met with the Fins a couple of weeks ago, but they were not on the same page when it comes to money.

"We're told the Dolphins were willing to pay Michael Crabtree close to $3 million next season, but he wanted at least $4.5 million," wrote Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald."    READ MORE…

4. Oakland Raiders offseason scorecard

By Bill Williamson - ESPN

"Free agency is in full swing and the Oakland Raiders have been busy making roster changes. Let's take a look at what has gone on so far:

Released: S Tyvon Branch (Kansas City Chiefs), DE LaMarr Woodley (Arizona Cardinals), LB Nick Roach, S Usama Young, QB Matt Schaub (Baltimore Ravens), DL Antonio Smith (Denver Broncos).

Free-agent additions: C Rodney Hudson (Chiefs), LB Malcolm Smith (Seattle Seahawks), TE Lee Smith (Buffalo Bills), RB Roy Helu (Washington Redskins), DT Dan Williams (Cardinals), LB Curtis Lofton (New Orleans Saints), S Nate Allen (Philadelphia Eagles), CB James Dockery (Carolina Panthers), QB Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings), RB Trent Richardson (cut by Indianapolis), T J'Marcus Webb (formerly of Minnesota)."    READ MORE…

5. The Star's NFL mock draft, version 4.0

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"This is the fourth in The Star's series of NFL first‐round draft projections. The Star will release a mock draft every Sunday from here until the draft, with a final mock being released on April 30, the day of the draft.

A quick disclaimer: Each mock is based on individual film work, research and recent transactions.

18 Chiefs - T Ereck Flowers, 6‐6, 329, Miami, Fla.

If the draft unfolds this way, the Chiefs need to entertain a trade down. If they can do that, they can feel a bit better about selecting two players I have already identified as potential picks at No. 18: UCLA inside linebacker Eric Kendricks and Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams."    READ MORE…

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