Free-Agent Defensive Ends
A listing of the defensive ends scheduled for NFL free agency in 2005. UFA=Unrestricted Free Agent; RFA=Restricted Free Agent; ERFA=Exclusive Rights Free Agent. For definitions of free-agent terms, click here. The "Best of the Bunch" is sorted by rankings from Scout.com's Lane Adkins. The "Rest of the Bunch" is sorted by free-agent type, then by most recent team. Comments provided for unrestricted free agents.
BEST OF THE BUNCH
|Comment: The former Kansas State Wildcat could be in line for a huge paycheck. He led the Saints with 11 sacks, which was the same number he had his rookie season. He could be the second-best defensive end on the market unless the Saints franchise him, which is possible.|
|Comment: The former Iowa State Cyclone has enjoyed four solid seasons with Denver. In 2004, he had career highs in sacks with 10.5 and tackles with 31. He's the type of ascending player that could strike gold in March, but the Broncos could also put the franchise tag on him to restrict his movement.|
|Comment: This Boilermaker is headed for a big payday come March. With Seattle's organization in a state of flux with numerous pending free-agent defections, Okeafor is entering the prime of his career. He's increased his sacks total in each of his six seasons in stints in San Francisco and Seattle.|
|Comment: Despite dislocating his elbow in training camp, Douglass managed 5.5 sacks. He's another player that could get a serious look from NFL teams based on his future potential.|
|Comment: After making the rounds two years ago as one of the hottest free agents on the market, he signed with Jacksonville, where he struggled and was eventually released. He tried to make a comeback in Philly, but he's likely headed somewhere else next season.|
|Comment: He has spent his entire four-year career with the Eagles but he lost his job in December to Hugh Douglas. Though he rebounded last season with 2.5 sacks; he's looking at a backup position if he leaves Philly.|
|Comment: In eight NFL seasons, Robinson has bounced around between defensive tackle and defensive end. Either home has yielded only three sacks the last three seasons.|
|Comment: Not many teams are looking for a player entering his 11th NFL season; especially when you factor in the fact he recorded a single sack in 2004.|
|Comment: Not many players make the jump from the Air Force to the NFL but Fisher has done it with flying colors. He had a career year in St. Louis in 2004, recording 8.5 sacks, 37 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He'll be one of the hottest prospects in the market.|
|Comment: In six seasons in the NFL, Powell has barely averaged one sack per season. He spent the last two seasons in Cincinnati, where he struggled to get on the field.|
|Comment: The last two seasons have been unkind to Pittman. He's missed the majority of the last two years with the Panthers. Last summer he had surgery on his ACL, and how that responds in workouts could determine his value. If his knee is sound, he'd be a great pickup for a team searching for veteran leadership.|
|Comment: This former small-college standout played his four seasons with Dallas but has been a journeyman the last two years, struggling to get playing time in both Washington and Arizona.|
|Comment: Ahanotu ended his second stint with the Buccaneers with 4.5 sacks, but this journeyman is at best a backup and could be looking for his fifth team in as many years.|
|Comment: Eleven career sacks in eight NFL seasons won't earn him much of a paycheck. Though, because of looming free-agent defections in Seattle, Mitchell might get an unexpected bump in pay.|
|Comment: This 13-year veteran had a rebound year with Denver last season after coming over from the Jaguars before the 2004 season. Coleman only managed two sacks last year, and the rest of his career could be short-lived.|
|Comment: Another member of the two-career-sack club. Like his teammate Corey Sears, DeLoach could be facing another career come next season.|
|Comment: After three years in Indy, Brock could be ready for a bigger paycheck. Like Reggie Hayward, he's an ascending player who recorded 6.5 sacks for Indy last year.|
|Comment: Another linebacker/defensive end prospect who's struggled in Atlanta.|
REST OF THE BUNCH
|Comment: After breaking into the league with Seattle, Palepoi spent last season with Denver, where he had a career year with three sacks and 17 tackles.|
|Comment: Converted back to linebacker but has experience at defensive end. The former Alabama State product statistically is in for an uphill battle to make it on an NFL roster in 2005.|
|Kyle Vanden Bosch||UFA||Cardinals|
|Comment: This former Cornhusker has spent four pitiful years with Arizona. After a decent career at Nebraska, he's only managed four career sacks and has recorded zero the last two seasons.|
|Comment: Seven-year veteran could be playing for his fifth team next season. His career year was 2000, when he had 14 tackles and four sacks while playing for Atlanta.|
|Comment: Injuries have shot down his career. He only played in three games for New York last year and only has 34.5 sacks in nine NFL seasons.|
|Comment: Some guys are lucky. After struggling with the Steelers for three seasons, Bailey found himself with a Super Bowl ring despite the fact he didn't record a sack.|
|Comment: Unlike his fellow free-agent teammate Bryce Fisher, Flowers has struggled mightily in St. Louis. Injuries have slowed his career.|
|Comment: After starting his career in Oakland, the six-year veteran moved to the Saints two years ago. However, the transition from the Bay to the Big Easy has not been kind. Neither will his search for a big payday in March, April, May or June.|
|Comment: Five teams in six years and 2.5 career sacks don't equate to major bucks in the NFL. In fact, not even moderate bucks can be had with those statistics.|
|Comment: He had his best year in 2003, when he recorded four sacks, but he struggled last year playing in only 10 of 16 games on a bad Tennessee defense.|
2005 Free Agent Defensive Ends
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