Free agent outlook: Defensive tackles

One story in a series of free agents by position that may warrant pursuing. Today – a look at defensive tackles:

 

Sam Adams, Oakland (rumored salary cap cut): Adams was an asset in helping Oakland become a better team at stopping the run but has been bothered by knee problems the last couple years. Could return to Baltimore if he and the Raiders part ways.

 

Daryl Gardener, Washington (unrestricted): The former Miami Dolphin returned to his old form in his first season as a Redskin. Gardener has the quickness, size and athleticism to help a defensive line in need.

 

Norman Hand, New Orleans (rumored salary cap cut): His production has declined the last two seasons but can still be an asset for a team looking for a run-stuffer.

 

Cletidus Hunt, Green Bay (unrestricted): Hunt is an active one-gap tackle but at times still lacks consistency at times. Hunt, however, might be the best of this group.

 

Chester McGlockton, Denver (rumored salary cap cut): His best days are behind him but can still be effective for a team looking for a big body to plug up the middle.

 

Brandon Noble, Dallas (unrestricted): Took on a bigger role in the Cowboys defense but could be best suited to coming off the bench.

 

Kelvin Pritchett, Detroit (unrestricted): Has been a good situational two-gap run stuffer that can keep starters fresh.

 

Darrell Russell, Oakland (rumored salary cap cut): The first step after Russell's off the field problems is the NFL granting Russell reinstatement after his yearlong suspension. Then, it's a matter of the Raiders, who are an estimated $48 million over the salary cap, wanting him back. Talented player but comes with baggage.

 

Jeff Zgonina, St. Louis (unrestricted): Not one of the more household names at his position but has been a consistent performer the last four seasons. Zgonina is real good at tying up blockers.

 

Vince D'Adamo can be reached via e-mail at vdad7@yahoo.com


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