Best Available Free Agents: Defense

If your favorite team has any holes to fill on defense, here are the experienced free agents from the defensive side of the ball who could be worth a look.

Defensive End
Simeon Rice - Was waived by the Indianapolis Colts recently and also played for the Denver Broncos this season.
Lance Johnstone - He was released by the Oakland Raiders earlier this year but could fill a situational pass rushing role.
Kenard Lang - Could be a fourth end for a team and plays the run well.
Michael Haynes (DT) - The former first-round pick of the Chicago Bears had a tryout with the Houston Texans this season.
Tyoka Jackson (DT) - Can play inside or outside as a fourth end or tackle.
Dave Ball (DT) - Versatile defensive lineman who has drawn a lot interest around the league this season. Had tryouts for the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, and Tennessee Titans.

Defensive Tackle
Rien Long - A former fourth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans, Long could be a decent fourth tackle for a team and had tryouts with the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets recently.
Joe Salave'a - Solid backup who could start for a short period of time if needed. Had a tryout with the Cleveland Browns recently.
Lional Dalton - Could be a solid fourth tackle for a team.
Rodney Leisle - Had tryouts with the Denver Broncos and New York Giants this season.
Kenderick Allen - He could be a solid fourth tackle for a team and had tryouts with Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans and had a Houston Texans visit with the this season.
Willie Whitehead (DE) - Played end to start his career but after putting on weight moved in side. Had a tryout with the New England Patriots this season.
Matthias Askew - The former fourth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals had tryouts with the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans.
Chad Lavalais - Serviceable fourth tackle.
Johnathan Sullivan - Former first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints who was a major underachiever.
Junior Siavii - Underachieving former second-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. Had tryouts with the Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Washington Redskins this season.

Inside/Middle Linebacker
Al Wilson - He still hasn't gotten cleared to play but could come in and start if he was allowed to play.
Rod Davis - Backup player who could give a team some snaps.
Barry Gardner - Can play in a variety of schemes in a backup role.

Outside Linebacker
Ed Hartwell (WLB/MLB) - He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this year to start at WLB but he didn't make the final roster. He's had another tryout with the Bengals recently as well with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
D.D. Lewis (WLB/SLB) - Actually can play all three linebacker positions and had tryouts with the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars recently.
Colby Bockwoldt (WLB) - Was waived by the Cleveland Browns recently. Good special teams player and decent backup.
Hannibal Navies (SLB) - Has been on and off the roster of the San Francisco 49ers this season. Solid backup who can start if needed.
LaVar Arrington (WLB/SLB) - He was injured in a car accident earlier this year and is coming back from a torn Achilles suffered last season.
Orlando Huff (WLB) - He has starting experience and could play special teams. He's had tryouts with the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars this season.
Eddie Moore (WLB) - Former second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins.
Brandon Short (SLB/WLB) - Solid veteran backup who can play inside or outside.
Al Singleton (SLB) - The physical and intelligent linebacker had tryouts for the Detroit Lions
James Darling (WLB/MLB) - He can play inside or outside in a backup role and could play on special teams.
Saleem Rasheed (WLB) - He can play inside in a 3-4 and WLB in a 4-3.
Ben Taylor (SLB/WLB) - Undersized linebacker who could play special teams and give some snaps in a backup role.
T.J. Slaughter (SLB/WLB) - The versatile, physical linebacker had tryouts with the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots this season.

Safety
Donovin Darius - Was released by the Miami Dolphins earlier this season.
Robert Griffith - The 13-year veteran had a tryout with the New York Giants recently.
Shaun Williams - It's believed he still wants to play and he had tryouts with the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders this season.
Terrence Kiel - He was released back in March and hasn't had much interest in his services possibly because of a previous off the field situation.
Tony Parrish - He a had a tryout with the Cleveland Browns this season.
Derrick Strait (CB) - He's had tryouts with the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, and St. Louis Rams.
Chad Williams - Good special teams player and could play in dime.

Cornerback
Tory James - He certainly could fill a nickel role for a team. He had a tryout with the New York Jets.
Lenny Walls - Tall cornerback who could fill a nickel role for a team. Had a tryout for the Baltimore Ravens recently.
Pete Hunter - He played well late last season for the Seattle Seahawks and could fill a nickel or dime role for a team plus he has good size. He's had tryouts with the Detroit Lions and Seattle again this season.
Dexter McCleon - He's another journeyman who would fit in a dime role.
Dejuan Groce - He could fill a dime role for a team and had tryouts with the Detroit Lions twice, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, and Tennessee Titans this season.
Andre Woolkolk - The former first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans and had a tryout with the Houston Texans.
Mike Rumph (S) - The former San Francisco 49ers first-round pick had a tryout with the Houston Texans this season and can also play safety.
Will Poole - The former fourth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins was once known as an upside player. He had a tryout for the Jacksonville Jaguars recently.
Daylon McCutcheon - The journeyman cover man had a tryout with the New England Patriots this season.
Ahmad Carroll - The former first-round pick of the Green Bay Packers was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this season. He had a tryout with the New York Jets recently.
 

Adam Caplan is the Senior NFL Reporter for Scout.com. His breaking news and analysis, reports from Senior Bowl week, NFL Combine, and free agency have been featured for the past three years.


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