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    Here's the best of the rest. Who is on your wish list?

    NFL Free Agents 2017: Best Players Available at Every Position Post Day
    Brent Sobleski NFL AnalystMarch 9, 2017

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    Everyone take a deep breath and let the market reset after Thursday's deluge of free-agent signings.
    Breathe in.
    Breathe out.
    The initial wave of transactions seemed closer to the opening of the stock market than the NFL's new league year.
    Backup quarterback Mike Glennon agreed to a contract with the Chicago Bears for $14.5 million per season, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Cornerback A.J. Bouye struck gold when he decided to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars for five years and $67.5 million, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Cleveland Browns made Kevin Zeitler the highest paid guard in NFL history, according to Schefter.
    After the initial sticker shock wears off, a realization occurs many quality free agents are still available with copious amounts of money to be spent throughout the league.
    With the first stage of free agency complete, the market starts to settle, while teams continue to search for quality additions at the right price.
    A team or teams "winning" free agency on the first day rarely results in a positive impact. Instead, it's those franchises willing to wait, find bargains and supplement their rosters that often successfully navigate the process.
    With the most-valuable targets off the board—financially, that is—Bleacher Report identified the top remaining unrestricted free agents at every position.


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    1. Colin Kaepernick: Politics aside, Kaepernick played relatively well last season. During a six-game stretch in October and November, the quarterback completed 55.3 percent of his passes for 1,440 yards and 10 touchdowns.
    2. Ryan Fitzpatrick: The Harvard product lost the Fitz-magic. It's gone. But he can still serve as an experienced backup option.
    3. Mark Sanchez: It has been seven years since the Sanchise ledthe New York Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship Games. He's only 30 years old and may get another chance at a new destination.
    4. Geno Smith: Some team will take a flyer on this 26-year-old former second-round pick.
    5. Case Keenum: Last season proved to be a disaster. Keenum finished 22nd overall in completion percentage and 23rd in yards per attempt. He also threw more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (nine).
    6. Josh McCown: The veteran signal-caller is a consummate professional and an ideal backup.
    7. Shaun Hill: The 37-year-old quarterback dates back to NFL Europe, but he can still start in a pinch.
    8. Matt McGloin: McGloin doesn't have the physical tools to succeed as a starting quarterback, yet his work ethic and intelligence make him a good presence in any locker room.
    9. Ryan Nassib: A team will take a trip into the unknown in an attempt to get more out of Nassib than the New York Giants ever did.
    Best of the Rest: E.J. Manuel, Blaine Gabbert, T.J. Yates, Kellen Moore, Josh Johnson, Kellen Clemens, Dan Orlovsky, Thad Lewis

    Running Back

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    1. Latavius Murray: This year's running back market may not be favorable, but a 27-year-old runner with 1,854 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns over the last two seasons is still tempting.
    2. Adrian Peterson: The future Hall of Fame inductee is expected to take his time and choose a situation that can lead him toward a championship.
    3. LeGarrette Blount: Blount is coming off the best season of his career with 1,161 rushing yards and a league-leading 18 rushing touchdowns.
    4. Eddie Lacy: Questions about health and work ethic plague Lacky, yet he's only 26 years old and a two-time 1,000-yard rusher.
    5. Jamaal Charles: A healthy Charles skyrockets to the top of this list, but he hasn't been healthy in two seasons.
    6. Rex Burkhead: Burkhead finished the 2016 campaign on the right note with his first career 100-yard game. He's a versatile back, who will be signed to play far more than he did in Cincinnati.
    7. Darren McFadden: McFadden has yet to reach 30 years old and remains a talented option in a running back rotation.
    8. Denard Robinson: The quarterback-turned-running back dealt with injuries in recent years, but he's a versatile and explosive back when healthy.
    9. Andre Ellington: In 2015, Ellington was supposed to be a breakout performer. Instead, he suffered an injury, and the Arizona Cardinals acquired David Johnson the following year. Ellington is still a versatile back with nowhere to run in the desert.
    10. Brandon Bolden: At worst, Bolden is solid second or third option in a running back rotation.
    Best of the Rest: Chris Johnson, Tim Hightower, Reggie Bush, Rashad Jennings, James Starks, Matt Asiata, DeAngelo Williams, Joique Bell, Brandon Bolden, Dexter McCluster, Ronnie Hillman, Travaris Cadet, Justin Forsett, Christine Michael, Khiry Robinson

    Wide Receiver

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    1. Terrelle Pryor: The former quarterback's combination of age (27 years old), raw physical tools, last year's production and future potential make him the top wide receiver on the market.
    2. Kendall Wright: Wright is a former first-round pick, who never realized his full potential, yet he played well in stretches during the 2016 campaign.
    3. Kamar Aiken: Two years ago, this 6'2", 215-pound target led the Baltimore Ravens with 75 receptions for 944 yards and five touchdowns.
    4. Anquan Boldin: Boldin may be 36 years old, but he's a still a viable target. He caught 67 passes and eight touchdowns last season.
    5. Andrew Hawkins: Slot receivers are starters in today's pass-happy NFL, and Hawkins is lighting quick working underneath routes.
    6. Terrance Williams: In four years opposite Dez Bryant, Williams never experienced a breakout campaign. Another situation may provide a better opportunity.
    7. Brian Quick: Quick posted his best campaign in 2016 with 41 receptions for 564 yards and three touchdowns.
    8. Cordarrelle Patterson: A team will pay for Patterson's dynamic return skills, while adding a third or fourth target to the offense.
    9. Michael Floyd: Despite his off-the-field issues, Floyd is a still a talented receiver, who flashed during the 2016 campaign with both the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots.
    10. Vincent Jackson: Jackson isn't the receiver he once was. Instead, he's 34 years old and coming off a major knee injury. His size (6'5" and 230 pounds) and veteran leadership still provide some value.
    Best of the Rest: Andre Holmes, Aldrick Robinson, Stevie Johnson, Russell Shepard, Justin Hunter, Quinton Patton, Corey Brown, Deonte Thompson, Eric Weems, Devin Hester

    Tight End/Fullback/H-Back

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    Tight End
    1. Martellus Bennett: After a revitalizing season with the New England Patriots, Bennett is now a Super Bowl champion and the top available tight end.
    2. Mychal Rivera: Three years ago, Rivera finished second on the Oakland Raiders with 101 targets and 58 receptions. The 26-year-old tight end can be a legitimate option in a passing attack.
    3. Larry Donnell: Donnell's production declined in each of the last two seasons. However, he's a big-bodied target, who can still serve as a red-zone threat.
    4. Gavin Escobar: While Escobar was never provided with an opportunity to play a large role behind Jason Witten, the former second-round pick still has plenty of potential to develop.
    5. Jacob Tamme: Tamme is more of an H-back than a traditional tight end, but the soon-to-be 32-year-old target can be productive in the right system.
    Best of the Rest: MarQueis Gray, Jordan Cameron, Clay Harbor, Ryan Griffin, Luke Willson

    1. Zach Line: The SMU product didn't see the field a lot in 2016, but the 26-year-old lead blocker proved to be effective even in a subpar Minnesota Vikings rushing attack.
    2. Jerome Felton: This 248-pound lead blocker is a battering ram, who helped lead the way for the NFL's top ground game in 2016.
    3. John Kuhn: Even at 34 years old, Kuhn is still an effective blocker and receiving outlet.

    Best of the Rest: Will Tukuafu, Marcel Reese

    Offensive Tackle

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    1. Mike Remmers: Being forced to play left tackle last year didn't do Remmers any favors during a contract year. However, he can be a reliable right tackle.
    2. Kelvin Beachum: After signing a lucrative contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year, Beachum didn't perform well. Some of his struggles can be attributed to it being his first year back from tearing an ACL.
    3. Ryan Clady: Clady played well in 2016 before he suffered yet another major injury. He's 30 years old coming off a rotator cuff surgery.
    4. Andre Smith: At one point, Andre Smith was the game's best right tackle. He's no longer that player and coming off a season-ending triceps injury.
    5. Marshall Newhouse: Over the last two years, Newhouse started 20 games. He's primarily a right tackle with some flexibility to play guard.
    6. Sebastian Vollmer: Prior to last season injury-played campaign, Vollmer was a stalwart along the New England Patriots offensive line. The giant German will turn 33 years old this summer, though.
    7. Menelik Watson: Even Watson's disastrous performance against the Houston Texans in the playoffs won't stop teams from signing the United Kingdom native due to his raw potential as a developmental tackle.
    8. Jordan Mills: Mills started 16 games at right tackle for the Buffalo Bills last season, but he surrendered the fourth-most quarterback hurries, according to Pro Football Focus.
    9. Bradley Sowell. The Seattle Seahawks tried to make Sowell into a left tackle. The experiment failed. Although, he holds value as a backup swing tackle.
    10. Don Barclay: Barclay is another solid utility lineman off the bench.
    Best of the Rest: Jake Long, Breno Giacomini, Gosder Cherilus, Byron Bell


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    1. T.J. Lang: The top guards quickly signed. The only reason Lang is still available is due to the fact he's slightly older than Kevin Zeitler, Larry Warford and Chance Warmack. Although, Lang is the best pass protector of the bunch.
    2. Austin Pasztor: The Canadian import started all 16 games at right tackle last season. Some teams may value him as an offensive tackle, but he's a better suited at guard.
    3. Tim Lelito: Position flexibility is necessary for teams that generally carry seven linemen on game day. Lelito has starting experience at guard and center.
    4. Jermon Bushrod: The veteran made the transition from tackle to guard last season and helped solidify the Miami Dolphins offensive line. At 32 years old, he isn't moving back to tackle.
    5. John Jerry: Teams looking for a massive interior blocker can turn to Jerry, who started 72 games over the past five seasons.
    6. Stefen Wisniewski: Wisniewski signed one-year contracts in each of the last two offseasons despite being a solid option at both guard and center.
    7. Chris Chester: At 34 years old, Chester can still play. Although, he'll need to play in a zone-heavy scheme to be effective.
    8. D.J. Fluker: Former first-round picks get plenty of chances even if they struggled earlier in their careers. Fluker is a massive man (6'5" and 339 pounds) and former 11th overall pick.
    9. Brandon Fusco: After a strong start to his career, Fusco struggled during the past two seasons. Still, he's 28 years old with 64 games of starting experience.
    10. Ted Larsen: Like Lelito, Larsen can be an option for a team in need of a interior blocker, who can play both guard or center.
    Best of the Rest: Patrick Omameh, Andrew Garner, Mike Harris


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    1.Nick Mangold: If a team is only looking for a one- or two-year starter, the 33-year-old Mangold still has enough in the tank to set the tone in the middle of an offensive line.
    2. Joe Hawley: A center doesn't need to be the biggest or most physical blocker. He does need to be smart, technically sound and bring some attitude. This description fits Hawley to a tee.
    3. Brian Schwenke: The former fourth-round pick is only 25 years old with starting experience at both center and guard.
    4. John Sullivan: A veteran of the trench wars, Sullivan started 94 career games in eight seasons. He'll turn 32 years old later this year, but he can still provide depth along the offensive interior.
    5. Cody Wallace: Two seasons ago, Wallace started all 16 games for the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a Maurkice Pouncey injury.
    Best of the Rest: Ryan Wendell, Michael Person

    Defensive End

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    1. Jabaal Sheard: During Sheard's time with the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots, he was never truly appreciated. Sheard is a disruptive edge defender, who can play both defensive end and linebacker.
    2. Connor Barwin: In a salary-cap move, the Philadelphia Eagles released the veteran. Their loss will be another team's gain. Barwin is still a relentless edge-rusher.
    3. Damion Square: Sometimes it takes a little longer for individuals to develop. Square is a 28-year-old 5-technique/defensive tackle, who turned into a solid run defender last season.
    4. Chris Long: The former second-overall pick chased a championship and achieved his goal. He'll now be looking for a final payday since he turns 32 years old later this month.
    5. Devin Taylor: Edge rushers generally demand a premium. Taylor is long, lean andregistered 11.5 sacks over the last two seasons.
    6. Lawrence Guy: Statistically, nothing jumps out regarding Guy. However, he's another young 5-technique who is solid at the point of attack and can plan in multiple fronts as a defensive end or tackle.
    7. Ziggy Hood: The former first-round pick fell off the map for a couple seasons before starting 14 games last season for the Washington Redskins.
    8. Vance Walker: Interested teams must go back to the 2015 film to see how well Walker played since he missed all of the 2016 campaign due to a torn ACL.
    9. Darryl Tapp: Tapp turns 33 years old, but his motor still runs hot. In a limited role, he can still be an effective pass-rusher.
    10. Kendall Reyes: Reyes is a former second-round pick now looking for fourth team in five years. His potential is enough to draw some interest.
    Best of the Rest: Antonio Smith, Cullen Jenkins, Mario Williams, C.J. Wilson, Jarvis Jenkins, Jason Jones, Margus Hunt, Kendall Reyes, Wallace Gilberry, Damontre Moore

    Defensive Tackle

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    1. Dontari Poe: The Kansas City Chiefs were forced into a decision: Sign Eric Berry or Poe. The organization preferred the star safety. Poe is still one of the league's most athletically gifted big men.
    2. Bennie Logan: With Dontari Poe drawing plenty of interest, Logan seems to be overlooked even though he's one of the league's better young nose tackles.
    3. Johnathan Hankins: At 24 years old, Hankins has yet to reach his full potential. He's not much of an interior pass-rusher, though.
    4. Karl Klug: The ability to rush passers from the interior is a rare trait. Klug may not be an every-down defender, but he can collapse the pocket.
    5. Sylvester Williams: The former first-round pick isn't a true nose tackle. Instead, he should be used as a penetrating 1-technique to fit his skill set.
    6. Al Woods: Unlike Williams, Woods is a traditional nose tackle best suited to play on early downs against the run.
    7. Tyson Alualu: Alualu is another former high pick, who didn't live up to expectations. Although, he's been a solid run defender throughout his career.
    8. Jared Odrick: Odrick is in a similar position as his former temmate, Alualu. Odrick is a versatile defensive end/tackle with experience in multiple systems.
    9. Stephen Paea: Like Klug, Paea is at his best when used in a rotational role and allowed to pressure the quarterback from the interior.
    10. Corbin Bryant: With suspension and multiple injuries, Bryant played quite a bit for the Buffalo Bills. He should be a good addition to some team's depth.
    Best of the Rest: Leger Douzable, Stefan Charles, Tyrunn Walker, Glenn Dorsey, Domata Peko, Paul Soliai, Devon Still, Jordan Hill, Stacy McGee, John Jenkins

    Inside Linebacker

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    1. Dont'a Hightower: In a surprise move, the New England Patriots didn't lock up Hightower to a long-term deal before free agency started. He's been the heartbeat in the middles of their championship defense.
    2. Lawrence Timmons: Timmons may turn 31 years old after he signs his free-agent contract, but he's still one of the league's most athletic linebackers.
    3. Zach Brown: Brown provided a breakout campaign at the right time. In a contract year, he started 16 games for the first time in his career and finished second in the league with 149 total tackles.
    4. Kevin Minter: Minter started 33 straight games for the Arizona Cardinals. He can be inconsistent, but he's coming off his best season.
    5. D'Qwell Jackson: The 11-year veteran can still produce. Due to a late-season suspension, he didn't eclipse 100 tackles for the first time since the 2010 campaign.
    6. Manti Te'o: Injuries wrecked Te'o's career so far. He's yet to play a full 16-game season, but he still flashes the potential that once made him college football's best linebacker.
    7. Keenan Robinson: Robinson hasn't been very good during the last few seasons, yet he's started 27 games and his age (27 years old) make him a semi-attractive free-agent option.
    8. Daryl Smith: If Smith were three or four years younger, he'd be much higher on this list. He'll turn 35 years old in a matter of days, though.
    9. Kelvin Sheppard: Sheppard is a multi-year starter, yet he's already been on four different teams. This means he's a solid, albeit unspectacular, performer.
    10. Michael Wilhoite: The linebacker crop starts to thin near the end of the list with a couple spot starters as the best options. Wilhoite started 34 games over the last three seasons.
    Best of the Rest: Justin Durant, Akeem Dent, Sean Spence

    Outside Linebacker

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    1. DeMarcus Ware: The amount of career sacks available in free agency is insane. Ware has 138.5 sacks through 12 seasons. Injuries piled up in recent years, but he can still get after quarterbacks.
    2. Julius Peppers: Peppers is the active career leader with 143.5 sacks. He decided not to retire this offseason and still has at least one more season in him.
    3. Lorenzo Alexander: A late bloomer, Alexander burst onto the scene with career-high 12.5 sacks in 2016. He turns 34 years old before the 2017 campaign, though.
    4. John Simon: If a team is searching for a young and versatile linebacker, Simon is a likely target. He doesn't create a lot of pressure, but 26-year-old defender is a consistent presence on the edge.
    5. DeAndre Levy: When healthy, Levy is one of the NFL's best linebacker. Although, he hasn't been healthy since the 2014 campaign.
    6. Datone Jones: With the Green Bay Packers coming to terms with Nick Perry, Jones is the odd man out. The former first-round pick has nine sacks in four seasons. He may be better suited at defensive end.
    7. Alex Okafor: Okafor experienced a breakout campaign in 2014 with 12 starts and eight sacks. But his impact and amount of playing time decreased in each of the last two seasons.
    8. Akeem Ayers: After being a second-round pick, Ayers bounced around the league between four teams. Here's the funny thing: He's been a solid contributor everywhere he's gone.
    9. Jarvis Jones: Jones will never be the pass-rusher many expected after being a first-round selection. He's developed into a reliable all-around linebacker, though.
    10. Jelani Jenkins: The Florida product is coming off his rookie contract. He played better in 2014 and '15 compared to the 2016 campaign.
    Best of the Rest: Trent Cole,Paul Kruger, Erik Walden, Sam Acho, Armonty Bryant, Spencer Paysinger,


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    1. Morris Claiborne: After years of disappointment, Claiborne finally put it all together only to have his 2016 season cut short by a sports hernia.
    2. Brandon Carr: How reliable is Carr? He played over 1,000 snaps in every season since he came into the league, per Pro Football Focus.
    3. Alterraun Verner: Three years ago, Verner was one of the league's most sought-after free agents. His time in Tampa Bay didn't go as well as expected, but he's still a solid starting cornerback.
    4. Captain Munnerlyn: Nickel corners are starters in today's NFL. Munnerlyn has been one of the league's best for multiple years.
    5. Nickell Robey-Coleman: Like Munnerlyn, Robey-Coleman is a stellar nickel corner, but he's on the younger end of the spectrum at 25 years old.
    6. Prince Amukamara: When the Jacksonville Jaguars spent freely in 2016, Amukamara quietly signed a one-year deal and provided a solid campaign. According to Pro Football Focus, he received a positive grade in each of the past four seasons.
    7. Darius Butler: Nearly five years ago, the Indianapolis Colts signed Butler off the street, and he's been a reliable starter ever since.
    8. Nolan Carroll: Carroll started 27 games over the last two seasons, but he just turned 30 years old and the Philadelphia Eagles weren't eager to re-sign him after his 2016 performance.
    9. Marcus Cooper: Cooper performed well as a rookie four years ago. It remains his best season. For teams that prefer cornerbacks with length, the 6'2" Cooper is an option.
    Best of the Rest: Darrelle Revis, Terence Newman, Leon Hall, Valentino Blake, Leodis McKelvin, Leonard Johnson, Kayvon Webster, Jerraud Powers, Sam Shields, Coty Sensabaugh, Greg Toler


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    1. Bradley McDougald: Over the last two seasons, McDougald developed into one of the league's best young safeties. He amassed 178 total tackles, 14 deflected passes and four interceptions during that time.
    2. T.J. McDonald: Young, physical tone-setters at safety are back in style. McDonald started 53 games since he entered the league, but there are concerns about a potential suspension stemming from a 2016 DUI arrest.
    3. J.J. Wilcox: Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Rod Marinelli didn't play Wilcox as much last season, yet the young safety responded with his best season.
    4. Jairus Byrd: Two years ago, Byrd was considered an elite safety. Two lackluster seasons in New Orleans dulled his reputation, but he's still a solid option.
    5. Mike Adams: The veteran turns 35 years old in two weeks, yet he's still a productive safety.
    6. Duke Ihenacho: Each time Ihenacho became a starter at his previous two stops, those teams let him go the following offseason. He's still young (27 years old) and a good depth signing.
    7. Chris Prosinski: The special teams standout played some of his best football in 2016, albeit in a limited role for the Chicago Bears at strong safety.
    8. Nate Allen: If a team is searching for a veteran free safety, Allen has 76 career starts.
    9. Robert Blanton: In his one season as a starter, Blanton accumulated 104 tackles. He's now two years removed from his most productive campaign
    10. Donte Whitner: The artist formerly known as Hitner is still a box safety without the intimidating presence over the middle.
    Best of the Restashon Goldson, Michael Thomas, Daimion Stafford, Roman Harper


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    1. Greg Zuerlein: Legatron owns one of the league's biggest legs, and he's coming off arguably his best season.
    2. Connor Barth: A season in the Windy City can play havoc on a kicker. Barth finished 26th overall in field goal conversion percentage.
    3. Nick Folk: While Barth struggled a little, Folk converted 87.1 percent of his kicks, which tied for sixth best overall.
    Best of the Rest: Dan Carpenter, Zach Hocker, Randy Bullock

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    I like Mangold at center but not sure he would come here. Wonder what our brain trust has in mind for center perhaps a drafted rookie? Also Barwin can play linebacker in a 3-4 defense and can put the rush on really well still he might be fun at the right price. And as a final thought would be so much fun to steal a player or two from the Cheatriots! Like Hightower or Blount the RB I said would be a great compliment to our backfield in another thread. I think these guys maybe out of our price range but fun to think on... As for KrapperNeek! I hope nobody picks that punk up, let him stew in his own cauldron it would be good kharma!


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      Didn't realize Rams were without a place kicker currently.


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        A great defensive line is not just about assembling talent. It's about finding complementary pieces that can handle every down and distance. That's why defensive linemen come at such a premium in free agency, with players like Olivier Vernon and Malik Jackson earning bigger contracts than Luke Kuechly and Adrian Peterson.
        On the heels of ranking of top receiver groups last week, let's break down the best defensive lines entering the 2016 season.

        Three teams that deserve explanations for not making the list: J.J. Watt is the best football player on the planet, but he's not getting enough help from his Houston Texans teammates for the sake of this list. The Denver Broncos' championship defense took a hit when Jackson left town. WithVon Miller and DeMarcus Ware officially listed as outside linebackers, Denver's line is asked to do more of the dirty work.

        Jackson makes the Jacksonville Jaguars' line one to watch next season. Last year's No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler could give them the edge rusher they desperately need and Sen'Derrick Marks is a big factor if healthy.

        On to the list ...

        12. Kansas City Chiefs: Dontari Poe, Jaye Howard,Allen Bailey, Chris Jones

        Poe, Howard and Bailey sounds like a well-respected law firm. For the purpose of this article, it comprises the most unheralded defensive line in football. Rookie second-rounder Chris Jones will fit right in because of his toughness and forgettable name.

        Poe is the closest player to a star here, but Bailey could be in the mix if the NFL ever brought back a strongest man competition. General manager John Dorsey's contract for him in 2014 looks clairvoyant now. Howard is a similarly great value with a high motor who nearly stopped the Broncos' run game by himself last year. This should be one of the best run-stopping units in football again.

        11. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams, Adolphus Washington, Shaq Lawson

        Rex Ryan's arrival made previous defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz look like George Halas in comparison. Buffalo's sack total was cut from 54 to 21. Mario Williams is gone, replaced by a rookie first-round pick (Lawson) who might not play until December. Williams, long the unsung leader of this group, is now 33 years old and coming off major knee surgery. Dareus remains a huge difference maker against the run and will want to bounce back from a down year rushing the passer.

        The strangest part of this depleted line: The same Hughes who was once traded straight up forKelvin Sheppard now might be the most reliable player of the group.

        10. Miami Dolphins: Ndamukong Suh, Mario...
        -07-01-2016, 09:35 AM
      • MauiRam
        NFL Analysis: Rams' D-Line may disrupt NFC West
        by MauiRam
        By Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

        Even as the NFC West is hailed as the best division in the NFL with those bullying offenses in Seattle and San Francisco as well as the resurgent Arizona Cardinals, there is something that may upset that whole scene.

        The St. Louis Rams defensive line.

        Analysis of each unit on every NFL team by Sports Xchange reporters resulted in strong evidence that the Rams' 2014 defensive line may be the best in the business, slightly ahead of the stifling Carolina Panthers and the bad-boy Detroit Lions.

        Also in the NFL's top tier of defensive lines are Rex Ryan's New York Jets and possibly the Denver Broncos in their effort to overcome that embarrassing Super Bowl performance.

        In the highly-acclaimed NFC West, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick and, for that matter, Arizona's Carson Palmer might need to stay light on their feet now that the Rams added diminutive but disruptive rookie defensive tackle Aaron Donald to the respected team of Quinn, Long, Brockers and Langford.

        That may sound like a team of lawyers, but they are really a raucous group that is possibly the most menacing defensive line in the NFL -- Robert Quinn, perhaps the best young defensive end in the league (19 sacks last season), veteran Chris Long (8.5), Michael Brockers (5.5) and Kendall Langford (5.0).

        Adding Donald with the 13th overall pick in the draft could give the Rams a chance to out-bully the best in the NFC West. Short but not small at 6 feet 3/4 inch, 285 pounds, Donald was the most dominant defensive college football player in 2013 after totaling 59 tackles, including 28.5 for a loss, and 11 sacks.

        The Carolina Panthers not only led the league with 60 sacks last season, they also allowed opposing running offenses to 87 yards per game, give or take an inch, and a mere four touchdowns rushing, best in the league.

        In Detroit, the terrible twin tackles (and we mean that in a good way) of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley could reach their exceedingly high potential trying to prove themselves for a new head coach. And if defensive end Ezekiel Ansah stays healthy enough to benefit from the attention needed to handle all that beef in the middle, he could become a major factor.

        This is the first of an eight-part series by The Sports Xchange as we take a closer look at each unit on every team. So, direct from watching the OTAs and minicamps, Sports Xchange reporters offer this closer look at each NFL team's defensive line for 2014:

        ST. LOUIS RAMS

        --DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters -- DLE Chris Long, DT Kendall Langford, DT Michael Brockers, DRE Robert Quinn. Backups -- E William Hayes, E Eugene Sims, T Aaron Donald, T Alex Carrington, T Matt Conrath, E Michael Sam, E Sammy Brown, T Ethan Westbrooks, T Deantre Harlan.

        There is almost...
        -07-02-2014, 11:18 AM
      • Nick Top 20 unrestricted free agents for 2016
        by Nick
        Top 20 unrestricted free agents for 2016
        By Gregg Rosenthal
        Around The NFL Editor
        Published: Dec. 15, 2015 at 04:08 p.m. Updated: Dec. 15, 2015 at 06:51 p.m.

        Free agent lists in December are teases. Fans see the big names and dream of offseason purchases their favorite team should acquire. In reality, most of the names on our top-20 free agent list below won't become available.

        From now until March, teams will begin to re-sign the players they truly want to keep. If a long-term deal can't get done, the franchise tag will be used. Green Bay's four-year, $42 million deal for Mike Daniels on Monday was a great example of this trend. He would have been a the top-10 player on our list.

        With the salary cap expected to soar this offseason, we suspect that deal will wind up looking like an absolute bargain.

        Without further adieu, the list below is our early rough list of the top-20 unrestricted free agents set to hit the market. We will expand our free agency coverage dramatically in the coming months, with our annual Top 101 list coming out in February.

        1. Von Miller, Denver Broncos linebacker: Miller has been one of the best overall defensive players in the league since he was drafted. He's as strong stopping the run as he is coming off the edge. There's no way the Broncos will let him hit the market.

        2. Josh Norman, Carolina Panthers cornerback: There's nothing like having your breakout season in a contract year. Norman has been the best cornerback in football this year and is a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year candidate. He's not going anywhere.

        3. Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets defensive end: Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams were splashy draft pick additions, but Wilkerson is still the best defensive lineman on the Jets. New York has played hardball in negotiations thus far with Wilkerson, but the franchise tag has to be an option here.

        4. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears wide receiver: He might not be the most refined receiver in the league, but few are better at catching deep balls. He's fourth in the league in receiving yards-per-game and topped 1,400 yards in 2013.

        5. Cordy Glenn, Buffalo Bills offensive tackle: True franchise left tackles are awfully hard to find. That's why he's a strong candidate for the franchise tag.

        6. Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants defensive end: He's still disruptive despite playing with a club over his injured hand. There has to be a chance JPP will only get better as he learns how best to play with his disadvantage, and the ceiling here is tremendous. Still, he has struggled to wrap up opposing running backs. Can he finish plays?

        7. Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs safety: Berry has come back from his cancer scare better than ever. Strong safety play is hard to find and...
        -12-22-2015, 08:50 AM