Updated Best Available Free Agents-Defense

The defensive tackle and safety positions have decent depth left in free agency. The inside linebacker position has plenty of name players listed but most of them are nearing the end of their careers.

Defensive Tackle
Albert Haynesworth (franchise player)
Rod Coleman - The Atlanta Falcons decided to go with younger players in his place. But Coleman should have at least two productive years left in him.
Anthony McFarland - He's coming back from patella tendon surgery but the feeling is he'll be able to contribute to a team in a reserve role this season.
James Reed
Ethan Kelley - Despite coming back from microfracture knee surgery, he's had at least three free agent visits so far this year.
Grady Jackson - He looked like he was pushing "four bills" last season yet Jackson actually played well against the run.
Antonio Garay
Ross Koloziej
Russell Davis
Keith Traylor - He may retire.

Defensive End

Terrell Suggs (OLB) (franchise player)
Darrion Scott
Rodney Bailey (DE in 3-4/DT in 4-3)
Orpheus Roye - He may be leaning toward retirement after having trouble with his knees the past few seasons.
Bobby Hamilton
Al Wallace

Inside Linebacker

Al Wilson - He's been cleared to play by a neck/spine specialist but remains unsigned.
Odell Thurman - The Cincinnati Bengals decided they would move on without him and he's been suspended by the NFL for a year.
Lemar Marshall
Junior Seau - He still hasn't decided yet if he wants to play for the New England Patriots again. If he does, it could be in a backup role since the team is very high on rookie ILB Jerod Mayo.
Jeremiah Trotter - He had a free agent visits recently so Trotter wants to play at least one more season but it would have to be in a backup role.
Brian Simmons - He refused a pay cut and was released recently by the New Orleans Saints.
Randall Godfrey
Rob Morris (SLB)
Caleb Miller

Outside Linebacker
Takeo Spikes (ILB in 3-4) - He's had some interest in free agency but may be waiting for a deal that will pay him more than the veteran minimum.
Ian Gold (WLB) - It's kind of surprising he hasn't had a free agent visit recently.
Kendrell Bell - He'll go down as one of the worst free agent signings for the Kansas City Chiefs in the last 10 years.
Keith Adams
Raonall Smith
Shawn Barber
T.J. Slaughter
Donnie Spragan
Mario Haggan - He'll be serving a four-game suspension in 2008.

Ken Hamlin (franchise player)
Mike Doss
Deke Cooper
Omar Stoutmire
Lamont Thompson
Curome Cox
Travares Tillman
Lance Schulters
Idrees Bashir
Bhawoh Jue
Coy Wire - He played linebacker some last season but he's best used at safety in a backup role.
Gerome Sapp
Jay Bellamy
Jason Simmons
Mel Mitchell

Nnamdi Asomugha (exclusive franchise player)
Ty Law - He's likely looking at a nickel job if he signs with a team this season.
Andre Dyson - If healthy, Dyson could land a job as a nickel back.
Kenny Wright - Legal woes cost him a job with the Cleveland Browns.
Kelly Herndon - He could come in and handle a nickel role for a team.
Chad Scott - He missed all of 2007 due to a knee injury.
Duane Starks - He was recently released by the Oakland Raiders. The oft-injured defensive back still could find a job in a nickel or dime role this season.
Kiwaukee Thomas
Fred Thomas
Roc Alexander
Dexter Wynn (KR/PR) - He had a free agent visit with the Cincinnati Bengals recently but wasn't offered a contract.
Eddie Jackson
Chidi Iwuoma - He's primarily a special teams player but a good one in that role.

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