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    Best Available Free Agents - Defense

    Updated Best Available Free Agents-Defense

    By Adam Caplan
    Senior NFL Reporter
    Posted Jun 12, 2009

    Here's an updated look at the best available NFL free agents from the defensive side of the ball with brief analysis added on close to 70 players.

    Defensive Tackle
    Dewayne Robertson/UFA (DE in 3-4)
    John Thornton/UFA - Probably could still start if needed.
    La'Roi Glover/UFA - Should be a solid backup at this point in his career.
    Brian Young/UFA - Coming off of knee problems, but offers a solid role as a top backup if healthy.
    Darwin Walker/UFA - Fits in as a backup at this point in his career.
    Hollis Thomas/UFA - Mammoth DT who fits in as a third or fourth tackle.
    Ellis Wyms/UFA (DE) - Versatile, solid backup or could start for a while if needed.
    Kindal Moorehead/UFA - Fits in as a fourth tackle.
    Antwan Lake/UFA - Fits in as a fourth tackle.
    Kenderick Allen/UFA - Fits in as a fourth tackle.
    James Reed/UFA - Fits in as a fourth tackle.
    Jeff Zgonina/UFA - Veteran interior player who may retire.

    Defensive End
    Terrell Suggs/Baltimore Ravens (franchise player)
    Julius Peppers/Carolina Panthers (franchise player)
    Vonnie Holliday (DE in 3-4) - Still could start.
    Travis LaBoy (OLB in 3-4) - Lots of injuries in his career, but has talent.
    Kevin Carter (DE in 3-4) - Still wants to play and may re-sign with the Buccaneers.
    Anthony Weaver (DE in 3-4) - Versatility should help him find work.
    Kalimba Edwards - Should find work as a third end.
    John Engelberger - Can play inside if needed. Decent backup.
    Rosevelt Colvin (OLB in 3-4) - He's had his share of injuries in his career and fits in as a backup.
    Ebenezer Ekuban - Fits in as a third or fourth end.
    Earl Cochran - Texans took their restricted tender off the table, but have some interest in re-signing him at some point.
    Jerome McDougle - Underachieving former first-round pick of the Eagles who has battled a lot of bad luck and injuries over his career.
    Josh Thomas - Basically a fifth end.
    Orpheus Roye - 3-4 DE who fits in as a fifth end.
    Simon Fraser - Can play in either 3-4 or 4-3, but is a deep backup.

    Inside Linebacker
    Nate Webster (SLB) - Probably could still start if needed.
    Derek Smith - His agent, Frank Bauer, said the 34-year old LB still wants to play.
    Teddy Lehman - Talented, but oft-injured LB.
    Napoleon Harris - Probably a backup at this point in his career.
    Junior Seau - He hasn't said if he still wants to play.
    Ryan Nece (SLB) - He's a solid, versatile backup.

    Outside Linebacker
    Derrick Brooks (WLB) - Will need to find a team that plays a cover-2. He said recently that still wants to play.
    Greg Ellis (OLB in 3-4/DE in 4-3) - Probably best used as a situational pass rusher at this point in his career.
    Marcus Washington (SLB) - Decent pass rusher in a 4-3 scheme from OLB.
    Morlon Greenwood (WLB) - Long-time starter for the Dolphins and Texans and probably should be able to find a starting job if a team needs one during training camp.
    Donnie Edwards (ILB/WLB) - 36-year old LB who could find work as camps get underway.
    Jamie Winborn (WLB/SLB) - Versatility should help him find a backup job.
    Dontarrious Thomas (WLB/MLB) - Versatility may help him find work as a backup.
    Willie McGinest (OLB in 3-4/DE in 4-3) - Best suited in a 3-4 as a backup, but may retire.
    Shantee Orr (SLB/OLB in 3-4) - Decent pass-rushing OLB. Would be a solid backup.
    Carlos Polk (OLB in 3-4) - Veteran who fits in a 3-4 scheme as a fifth or sixth LB.
    Gary Stills (SLB/OLB in 3-4) - Good special teams player.
    Gilbert Gardner (SLB/WLB) - Former third-round pick of the Colts who fits in as a fifth or sixth linebacker.
    Kris Griffin (ILB/MLB) - Solid special teamer and deep backup LB.

    OJ Atogwe/St. Louis Rams (franchise player)
    Mike Brown - Smart player who would provide leadership to a young team.
    Dexter Jackson - Lots of injury issues in recent years.
    Lawyer Milloy - Smart player, but may not find a starting job out there if he still wants to play.
    Corey Chavous - It's questionable if he'll find a starting job.
    Dwight Smith - Probably not a starter at this point in his career.
    Sammy Knight - May decide to retire.
    Will Demps - Solid backup.
    Mike Green - Smart player who fits in as a fourth safety.
    Kevin Kaesviharn - Got a decent free agent deal from the Saints two years ago, but really should be a backup.
    Terrence Holt - Probably will not get starting consideration.
    Mike Doss - Highly touted coming out of college, but never realized his potential because of various injuries.
    Cameron Worrell - Fourth safety.
    Michael Boulware - The conversion from linebacker in college never worked out.
    J.R. Reed (KR) - Fourth safety.

    Dunta Robinson/Houston Texans (franchise player)
    Mike McKenzie - It's questionable whether he'll be able to find a starting role.
    Chris McAlister - May be asked to play safety.
    Patrick Surtain - Probably a nickel back these days.
    Travis Fisher - Starting days are probably over.
    Ty Law - Best used in a nickel situation. Law is a smart player who could help a young secondary.
    Fakhir Brown - Probably not a starter these days.
    Adam Jones (KR/Page Ranking) - Troubled, but talented DB who probably needs to play in a nickel role. His return ability should get him some attention.
    Brian Kelly - Veteran cornerback who fits in a nickel role.
    David Barrett - Fits in well as a nickel back.
    Michael Lehan - Good-sized nickel cornerback.
    Ricky Manning, Jr. - Scappy nickel cornerback.
    Deltha O'Neal - Nickel cornerback at this point in his career.
    Jason Webster - Talented, but bad luck with injuries have limited Webster's career.
    Jason Craft - Can handle a nickel role.
    Daven Holly - Young cornerback who needs to prove he's all the way back from his ACL injury.
    R.W. McQuarters (PR) - Can probably handle a nickel role.
    David Macklin - Serviceable dime cornerback.
    Sam Madison - Like many veterans on this list, best used in a dime defense.
    Lewis Sanders - Big defensive back who may have to play safety at some point in order to get a job.
    Reynaldo Hill - Basically a dime cornerback.
    Stanley Wilson - Dime cornerback.
    Will James - Never the same since suffering a neck injury earlier in his career with the Giants.
    Aaron Glenn - Was once one of the top cornerbacks some years ago, but is now just

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    Re: Best Available Free Agents - Defense

    Dontarius Thomas would be at the top of my list. I'd also consider Travis LaBoy if healthy.

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    Re: Best Available Free Agents - Defense

    I would consider a few of those CB's for depth and veteran leadership qualities, Glenn, McCallister, Surtain, Craft, O'neal... But only for cheap cheap.

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    Re: Best Available Free Agents - Defense

    Why can't we get guys like this group? Travis Fisher
    Jason Craft
    Ricky Manning jr
    Gary Stills
    Corey Chavous
    Fahkir Brown

    Seriously though...I too like Laboy and what's up with Hollis Thomas? that word.

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