NFL Free Agents Defense

by Jason Ciano and Derek Allen

Defensive Ends

  • Cullen Jenkins (GB) Great 3-4 NT for any team – Packers depth may mean not pursued – great pass rusher – missed 17 games 3 years

  • Tadba Hali (KC) Led AFC with 14.5 Sacks – Non-exclusive franchised while team works out $$$ – Fits in any system 

  • Charles Johnson (CAR) 2007  third round pick -12 sacks and dominated left side  – Tendered – Many possible dance partners
  • Jason Babin (TEN) Jumped to 12.5 sacks contract year from previous career best 5 – Accepting offers for his new home

  • Mathias Kiwanuke (NYG) Explosive pass rusher injured with herniated disk last year – Awesome otherwise – can go or stay

  • Shaun Ellis (NYJ) Still gettin’ it done with impressive motor but clock is ticking on longest tenured Jet – Team has many free agents and his contract may be last on their list 

  • Ray Edwards (MIN) Longshot to return unless gives home team discount – Not team priority – Played well on good line –  May 20th boxing match scheduled 

More Free Agent Ends

Kenny Iwebema  (ARZ)    Bryan Robinson   (ARZ)
Jayme Mitchell    (CLE)  Robaire Smith   (CLE)
Stephen Bowen  (DAL) Jason Hatcher  (DAL)
Marcus Spears   (DAL)       Cliff Avril   (DET)
Turk McBride   (DET)        Mark  Anderson  (HOU)
Wallace Gilberry  (KC) Shaun Smith  (KC)
Tony McDaniel    (MIA) Brian Robison (MIN)
Anthony Hargrove       (NO) Jimmy Wilerson (NO)
Dave Tollefson        (NYG)   Victor Abiamiri (PHI)
Nick Eason        (PIT) Chris Hoke (PIT)
Jacques Cesaire (SD) Travis Johnson (SD)
Ray McDonald (SF)   CJ Ah You (STL)
Tim Crowder    (TB) Greg White (TB)
Dave Ball   (TEN)   Kedric Golston (WAS)


  • Haloti Ngata (BAL)  One of the top 3-4 NT in the game – Non-exclusive franchised @ 12.5 milli, another team would have to give up two first-round picks in order to sign. May become a Raven for life if history repeats
  • Brandon Mebane (SEA)  Great against run but new schemes demands more pass rushing – they might not give his worth as free agents and the draft are deep with lineman for less $$$$ – Coach indicates may not quite fit new system – may be able to stay with team if gives home team  discount  
  • Aubrayo Franklin (SF)  Smaller Solid NT plays well in contract years – may be paid well when season starts if finds the right fit
  • Pat Williams (MIN) Aging and able but probably won’t be back as team drafts younger talent –  Trust issues with management

More Free Agent Tackles

John Henderson      (OAK) Fred Evans  (MIN)
Gabe Watson          (ARZ)  Anthony Adams   (CHI) 
John McCargo        (BUF) Remi Ayodele   (NO) 
Antonio Johnson   (IND)  Ron Edwards (KC)
Matt Toeaina   (CHI) Chris Hovan  (STL) 
Eric Foster     (IND) Clifton Ryan   (STL) 
Andre Fluellen   (DET) Alan Branch  (ARZ)
Shaun Cody  (HOU)  Barry Coefield  (NYG)
Daniel Muir   (IND) Nick Hayden   (CAR) 
Gerard Warren   (NE) Paul Soliai  (MIA)


  • David Harris (NYJ) Makes plays all day – voted by the Jets’ players  the team’s MVP – franchised @ about  10 mil – sources say long-term deal in the works
  • Stephen Tulloch (TEN) – has been tendered but club hopes to lock him in multi-years – he’s due great money as one of the best 4-3 middle linebackers in the league – on Detroit’s radar
  •  Paul Posluszny (BUF) under-rated, and has been tagged – gets even colder if they lose him in Buffalo – anchors defense
  • James Anderson (CAR) had great year – great run defender but team doesnt want to give him high dollars – will probably let go
  • Rocky McIntosh (WAS) good player, finished tender now wants new team. Outstanding in 4-3 – was in wrong system  
  • Thomas Davis (CAR) Torn ACL last 2 years but will probably stay in town – mutual admiration society 
  • Barrett Ruud (TB) Solid player – needs  $$$$ 2 be happy/appreciated  – both sides amenable for return
  • Takeo Spikes (SF) played well last year showing he still has some skills – may get 3 year contract – SD a good fit

More Free Agent Linebackers

Stephen Nicholas  (ATL)  Tracy White  (NE) 
Mike Peterson (ATL)  Danny Clark   (NO)
Tavares Gooden  (BAL)  Scott Shanle  (NO) 
Keith Ellison   (BUF) Chase Blackburn (NYG) 
Jamar Williams (CAR)  Keith Bulluck   (NYG) 
Pisa Tinoisamoa  (CHI)  Thomas Howard   (OAK)
Nick Roach  (CHI)  Kamerion Wimbley   (OAK)
Dhani Jones  (CIN)  Stewart Bradley  (PHI) 
Brandon Johnson CIN)  Ernie Sims  (PHI) 
D’Qwell Jackson   (CLE) Omar Gaither L  (PHI) 
Chris Gocong   (CLE) Antwan Barnes  E (SD)
Matt Roth   (CLE) Kevin Burnett L (SD)
Jason Trusnik   (CLE) Stephen Cooper (SD)
Landon Johnson (DET)  Brandon Siler (SD)
Zach Diles (HOU)  Travis LaBoy  (SF) 
Kevin Bentley   (HOU)  Manny Lawson   (SF)
Clint Session  (IND) Will Herring (SEA) 
Justin Durant   (JAC)  Leroy Hill    (SEA) 
Kirk Morrison  (JAC)  Matt McCoy   (SEA) 
Mike Vrabel (KC)  David Vobora  (STL) 
Quentin Moses  (MIA)  Quincy Black  (TB) 
Ben Leber   (MIN)  David Thornton  (TEN)
Erin Henderson  MIN)     


  • Brandon Carr – one of the best young corners in the league – started every game last 3 years – great value  5th round pick
  • Brent Grimes (ATL) first round tendered –  a quality cover corner that makes plays –  Looking for long-term  money 
  • Nnamdi Asomugha (OAK) Coach Hue not optimistic will return – All teams that can afford will take a look for one of the top covers in the NFL – Deserves premium contract – may be a good fit in Jax, Phi, or Dallas
  • Johnathan Joseph (CIN) Played uninspired, like the whole team did – partial to returning, provided there is a nice raise. Is still one of the best on the market
  • Carlos Rogers (WAS) Drops picks, or he would be in greater demand – waited 6 years to become FA – have money will play
  • Antonio Cromartie (NYJ) Big time player for a number 2 – lots of mouths to feed – can’t wait to sign a new contract anywhere
  • Ike Taylor (PIT) Stud athlete – only allowed 1 touchdown last year – Home team wants discount – 2 time Super Bowl champion hopes for decent contract here or elsewhere – coveted
  • Richard Marshall (CAR) Unhappy tendered last year instead of long-term – Lack of pass rush hurt defense and his statistics – team probably drafting new talent but may bring him back

More Free Agent Cornerbacks

Brian Williams  (ATL) Al Harris  (MIA)
Chris Carr  (BAL) Lito Sheppard  (MIN)
Fabian Washington  (BAL) Frank Walker (MIN)
Josh Wilson  (BAL) Kyle Arrington (NE)
Drayton Florence  (BUF) Usama Young  (NO)
Richard Marshall  (CAR) Drew Coleman (NYJ)
Corey Graham  (CHI) Stanford Routt (OAK)
Eric Wright  (CLE) William Gay (PIT)
CC Brown  (DET) Paul Oliver  (SD)
Brandon McDonald  (DET) Dashon Goldson  (SF)
Chris Houston  (DET) Kelly Jennings  (SEA)
Josh Bell  (GB) Roy Lewis (SEA)
Jason Allen  (HOU) Justin King  (STL)
Travis Daniels  (KC) Roderick Hood (TEN)
Brandon Carr  (KC) Phillip Buchanon (WAS)


  • Quintin Mikell (PHI) A beast worth serious loot – equally effective again the run and in pass coverage – a rare player
  • Eric Weddle (SD) SD will be sorry if they let him go because of his contract needs – one of the best 3 or 4 in the league – deserves and will get big money
  • Dawan Landry (BAL) Stud support on line of scrimmage – improving pass coverage ups his value
  • Bernard Pollard (HOU) Leading tackler informed that he didn’t fit Wade Phillips 3-4 system. Great against the run but it’s a work in progress covering the pass – No hard feeling, movin’ on
  • Atari Bigby (GB) Plus safety that missed 12 games last 2 seasons –  Coach says “business decision” and given walking papers 

More Free Agent Safeties

Matt Ware  (ARZ) Gerald Sensabaugh  (DAL)
Haruki Nakamura (BAL) Charlie Peprah  (GB)
Tom Zbikowski  (BAL) Anthony Smith  (GB)
George Wilson  (BUF) Melvin Bullitt ) (IND
Gerald Alexander  (CAR) Sean Considine  (JAC)
Chinedum Ndukwe  (CIN) Tyrell Johnson  (MIN)
Gibril Wilson  (CIN) Husain Abdullah  (MIN)
Danieal Manning  (CHI) Brandon McGowan  (NE)
Abram Elam  (CLE) Jarrad Page  (NE)
Sabby Piscitelli  (CLE) Darren Sharper  (NO)
Alan Ball (DAL) Michael Johnson (NYG)
Eric Smith (NYJ) Deon Grant ) (NYG)
Lawyer Milloy  (SEA) Brodney Pool  (NYJ)
Reed Doughty (WAS)  Roman Harper (DAl)

   Kickers and Punters


The best of the best – and a good year for punters in the draft

  • Adam Podlesh (JAC) Almost 1/2 his kicks inside  20 – 43.8 yards per
  • Ben Graham (ARZ)  37 with nearly 1/3 inside the 20 with 43.4 per
  • Daniel Sepulveda (PIT) young with strong leg – tore achilles in 2010


  • Adam Vinatieri (IND) Best available and still clutch
  •  Matt Prater (DEN) Tendered and coming off a good year
  • Ryan Longwell (MIN) a grizzled vet but still one of the best
  • David Akers (PHI) Tagged – remembers management signed free agent competition last year

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