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Lunchbreak: PFF Ranks Top 100 Remaining Free Agents

The first wave of free agency has come and gone, as teams around the league made a flurry of moves over the past few days to add to their rosters.

The Vikings were among them, adding defensive tackle Harrison Phillips and linebacker Jordan Hicks to the defense.

Other moves by Minnesota included a Kirk Cousins contract extension, a contract tender to kicker Greg Joseph, re-signing punter Jordan Berry and releasing defensive tackle Michael Pierce.

And while plenty of moves have been made around the NFL, there are still more to come, as hundreds of free agents are still available.

Analytics website Pro Football Focus recently looked at the top remaining players who haven't signed anywhere and ranked them from 1 to 100.

Offensive tackle Terron Armstead, a three-time Pro Bowler, topped PFF's list.

PFF wrote:

There aren't many weaknesses to Armstead's game. He's one of the position's best pass protectors and rarely loses in the run game across both gap and zone run concepts. There are plenty of teams with cap space next offseason, such as Jacksonville and Miami, that could make use of Armstead's services if the Saints opt not to bring him back. Slotting in next to Quenton Nelson in Indianapolis would be the most intriguing potential landing spot for the 30-year-old.

Armstead was the only offensive player in the top five, a group that included Bobby Wagner, Jadeveon Clowney, Stephon Gilmore and Tyrann Mathieu.

There were also three Vikings on PFF's list that were on the team in 2021.

View the best photos of Vikings LB Anthony Barr from the 2021 season.

Anthony Barr landed on the list at No. 34. PFF wrote:

Barr has made the successful transition from collegiate edge rusher to off-ball linebacker in the NFL, but he's still best utilized in a role that lets him get after the quarterback as a blitzer. He has consistently met expectations against the run over the course of his eight-year career, producing both negative and positive grades at one of the lowest rates at the linebacker position.

Patrick Peterson came in the 40th spot, and Sheldon Richardson was the 46th overall player.

PFF wrote:

Peterson was one of the best corners of his generation at his peak, but at 32 he is now seemingly well beyond that peak. He still has enough experience and savvy to hold up overall, but isn't as quick or rangy as he once was which hurts his production in both zone and man coverage.

Richardson has primarily played defensive tackle on four-man fronts of late, but he did kick out to defensive end this past season in Minnesota and has graded out best when lined up over tackles over the past three seasons. The 31-year old is durable and still brings a well-rounded game, even if he's no longer the dominant run defender he was early in his career for the Jets.

PFF's full list can be found here.

Greenway's daughter captures state hoops title

A state title now resides in the Greenway household.

Maddyn Greenway, the daughter of former Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, helped Providence Academy capture a Class 2A championship on Saturday.

Jim Paulsen of the Star Tribune recapped the thrilling 55-53 win over Fergus Falls.

Paulsen wrote:

With eighth-grade dynamo Maddyn Greenway running the show and chipping in with 15 points and four assists, alongside key contributions from guards Brooke Hohenecker and Emma Millerbernd, it was just enough to overcome a 41-point effort from [Ferguf Falls' Ellie] Colbeck.

"I'm beyond happy for these girls," said Providence Academy coach Conner Goetz, whose team lost in the championship game to Albany in 2021. "I'm just so proud of the work these girls put in. Last year, we fell short. This is just so much sweeter."

Providence Academy led by four at halftime and made some clutch free throws in the final seconds to secure the state title.

Chad Greenway, a Vikings 2006 first-round pick who spent his entire career in Purple, posted about Maddyn's big win on social media.