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Old 01-20-2012, 12:20 PM   #21
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2012 NFL Free Agent Defensive Linemen

2012 NFL Free Agent Defensive Linemen

Robert Mathis (IND) - DE - In a big offseason for the Colts, no defensive free agent is more important than Robert Mathis who has publicly stated his discontent with the lack of a long-term extension. The Colts defense relies upon quarterback pressure and Mathis is an enormous part of that. It'll be interesting to see if the Colts can scrounge together enough money to keep Mathis.

Antonio Garay (SD) - NT - Just as quickly as they lost Jamal Williams, they've replaced him at nose tackle with another Pro Bowl caliber player. It's crucial to the defense that they retain Garay to anchor the defensive front.

Calais Campbell (ARZ) - DE - Campbell is an important part of the defensive front for the Cardinals. His triangle numbers are off the charts and he has shown marked improvement overall as a football player over the past few years. His productivity would be hard to replace for a defense that can't afford to lose more talent.

Jason Jones (TEN) - DT - When healthy, Jason Jones is one of the league's better interior pass rushers. He has an explosive first step in getting upfield and disrupting a quarterback's ability to step up into a clean pocket. The Titans have allowed Albert Haynesworth and Jason Babin to leave at the top of their games, but re-signing Jones makes too much sense here.

John Abraham (ATL) - DE - The Falcons went out this past offseason to acquire Ray Edwards to improve the pass rush. Though Abraham is aging will lose a fraction of a step each year from here on out, losing his ability altogether would be a huge blow for the defense.

Cliff Avril (DET) - DE - Avril has been a member of the Detroit D-Line revolution under Jim Schwartz and Ndamukong Suh. He's an explosive pass rusher off the perimeter—perhaps Detroit's best. Even so, the Lions line has had no problem getting to the passer regardless of who they play at defensive end; so while retaining their best exterior pass rusher may seem important, it's probably less so considering the coaching staff and the offensive attention the interior linemen garner.

Aubrayo Franklin (NO) - NT - It was little alarming that Franklin received as little interest as he did this offseason, receiving only a one-year deal from the Saints. He probably won't even garner as much attention as he did last season after moving to a less glamorous 40 front for interior linemen. Depending on his production this year, he could be a nice under-the-radar acquisition.

Sione Pouha (NYJ) - NT - The Jets aren't in a position with great depth in their front 7 where they can afford to allow productive starters to leave. Securing Pouha should be one of the organization's first objectives before they decide how to improve their roster through external acquisitions.

The Rest:

Vonnie Holliday (ARZ) - DE
Kroy Biermann (ATL) - DE
Cory Redding (BAL) - DE
Israel Idonije (CHI) - DE
Victor Adeyanju (CIN) - DE
Frostee Rucker (CIN) - DE
Marcus Benard (CLE) - DE
Derrick Harvey (DEN) - DE
Jason Hunter (DEN) - DE
Jamaal Anderson (IND) - DE
Tyler Brayton (IND) - DE
Jeremy Mincey (JAC) - DE
Matt Roth (JAC) - DE
Wallace Gilberry (KC) - DE
Kendall Langford (MIA) - DE
Phillip Merling (MIA) - DE
Igor Olshansky (MIA) - DE
Andre Carter (NE) - DE
Shaun Ellis (NE) - DE
Dave Tollefson (NYG) - DE
Jarvis Moss (OAK) - DE
Trevor Scott (OAK) - DE
Victor Abiamiri (PHI) - DE
Juqua Parker (PHI) - DE
Chris Hoke (PIT) - DE
Aaron Smith (PIT) - DE
Raheem Brock (SEA) - DE
Dave Ball (TEN) - DE
William Hayes (TEN) - DE
Adam Carriker (WAS) - DE
Kedric Golston (WAS) - DE
Clifton Geathers (DAL) - DE - Exclusive Rights
Will Tukuafu (SF) - DE - Exclusive Rights
C.J. Ah You (STL) - DE - Restricted
Michael Bennett (TB) - DE - Restricted
Brandon McKinney (BAL) - DT
Amobi Okoye (CHI) - DT
Jonathan Fanene (CIN) - DT
Pat Sims (CIN) - DT
Brodrick Bunkley (DEN) - DT
Marcus Thomas (DEN) - DT
Andre Fluellen (DET) - DT
Howard Green (GB) - DT
Eric Foster (IND) - DT
Nate Collins (JAC) - DT
Leger Douzable (JAC) - DT
C.J. Mosley (JAC) - DT
Kelly Gregg (KC) - NT
Paul Soliai (MIA) - NT
Fred Evans (MIN) - DT
Letroy Guion (MIN) - DT
Shaun Rogers (NO) - DT
Trevor Laws (PHI) - DT
Red Bryant (SEA) - DT
Gary Gibson (STL) - DT
Frank Okam (TB) - DT
Vance Walker (ATL) - DT - Restricted
Ryan McBean (DEN) - DT - Restricted
Sammie Lee Hill (DET) - DT - Restricted
Kyle Love (NE) - DT - Exclusive Rights
Antonio Dixon (PHI) - DT - Restricted
Steve McLendon (PIT) - DT - Exclusive Rights
Clinton McDonald (SEA) - DT - Exclusive Rights
Jermelle Cudjo (STL) - DT - Exclusive Rights
Malcolm Sheppard (TEN) - DT - Exclusive Rights
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:56 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by voodooido View Post
$8,750,000 is will smiths hit. Osi is better at I would pay him 6 any day


According to the info I have Smith's cap hit for next season is actually $9.75M ($7M base; $2M signing bonus; $750K other bonuses) - and yes it is far too much for his productivity whether it is $8.75M or $9.75M.
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From that list there are loads of DE's available, one that jumped out at me was Andre carter of NE, he looked awesome as the season ended.
Wish Hali of Kansas city was available, that dude is a beast! Wonder if we got rid of will smith and sed Ellis we could get Mario Williams?
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:10 PM   #24
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With a new coordinator this might be the last hoorah for Will Smith.
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That NT from SD looks decent

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That NT from SD looks decent

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Agreed!!! Avril also, I like that monster, he would be an excellent mentor for our young DE's.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:45 PM   #27
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Yall gots'ta stop. i'm dyin in my medical term class..... dude said he would crap the bed!!!
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Originally Posted by dizzle88 View Post
From that list there are loads of DE's available, one that jumped out at me was Andre carter of NE, he looked awesome as the season ended.
Wish Hali of Kansas city was available, that dude is a beast! Wonder if we got rid of will smith and sed Ellis we could get Mario Williams?

I don't know about him... the season ending quad/knee injury he suffered against Denver didn't look too good and with an older player like him - it's always very uncertain how'll they rehab.

Also, NE played a 3-4 defense, which might not give a good assessment of how he would pass russ in a base 4-3.


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Though it is fun to dream but we all know Osi is not going anywhere. As much as I would like to have him and a guy like Avril, I am not going to hold my breath.
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Mario Williams is also on that list.
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