Free-Agent Defensive Tackles
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With the Eagles¹ Corey Simon getting the franchise tag last week,
moves up to the top defensive tackle scheduled for free agency
this year. With
474 tackles and 13 sacks, he has proven to be a very productive
but the Bills might not be able to afford Williams and Sam Adams.
he¹ll land with another team for decent money.
The Jets would probably like to re-sign Ferguson, but their top
the defensive line in free agency will lie with getting John Abraham under
contract before he hits the open market. That could mean an
another team to swoop in and steal Ferguson.
When healthy, he¹s a productive player. A risky proposition,
recent surgery to repair two torn tendons in his hamstring and
knee surgery in 2003.
A broken and dislocated ankle ended his 2004 campaign
prematurely, and the
Bengals have young players looking to emerge at DT.
Quick defensive tackle that has struggled to disengage from
In the right system, he could get his career back on track, but
the last two
years have been an outright bust with the Vikings. Won¹t be back
Character issues could be a concern for some teams after an
in 2003 because of an incident involving an ex-girlfriend.
A solidly built run stuffer.
While talented, Evans would be a risk-reward signing. He had back
September and was placed on injured reserve and will turn 33
early in the season.
A consummate roster-bubble player.
A decent reserve in a team¹s tackle rotation but likely never a
Could play either left end or tackle, but won¹t be a big player
in the free-agent
In his first go-round in unrestricted free agency, Smith¹s career
was on the
rise with a career-high 42 tackles in 2003, but he tore a rotator
cuff in training
camp last year and was placed on injured reserve. He can play
both end and
A hard-working journeyman-type who has the versatility to play
end on running
Getting a little long in the tooth
Showed some versatility when he moved out to defensive end late
in the season
and he may need to stay there if he re-signs with the Giants.
After coming up with 29 tackles in 2003, Ioane only played in one
game in 2004.
Injuries have limited his effectiveness the last few years, so
any team will spend much money on that gamble.
Proved that he still had some gas in the tank as a solid run
stuffer with Washington
in 2004. Would be a decent backup for most teams.
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Can played both inside and outside and has had some shining
moments in San
Played in 15 games with the Cowboys in 2003 and spent time with
the Jets and
The former seventh-round pick has blown hot and cold. He was on
bubble at the end of last year¹s training camp, but wound up
climbing the depth
chart before a sprained wrist limited his time.
Decent pass rusher.
A fourth-round pick in 2002, Harper hasn¹t been a contributor
yet. He¹ll be
a low priority in free agency.
Could start in emergency situations, but isn¹t big enough to
duty on the interior line. Better pass rusher than run stuffer,
but a hard
Spent most of his career as a backup nose tackle in Pittsburgh,
but he appears
to be a fit primarily for 3-4 schemes, limiting his potential
suitors in free
2005 Free Agents: Defensive Tackles
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