Best Available NFL Free Agents-Defense

Teams looking for solid backup help at defensive tackle and defensive back can certainly find some in free agency.

Defensive Tackle
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 - He's a serviceable fourth defensive tackle.
Ethan Kelley - Despite coming back from microfracture knee surgery, he's had at least three free agent visits so far this year.
Grady Jackson - The big fella still was effective in limited role last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Antonio Garay
Ross Koloziej
Russell Davis
Keith Traylor - He may retire.

Defensive End

Bryce Fisher-It wasn't too long ago that he was a starter for the Seattle Seahawks Darrion Scott - Legal issues could prevent him from finding a place to play this season since he's suspended for three games.
Rodney Bailey (DE in 3-4/DT in 4-3)
Melvin Oliver - He was recently released by the San Francisco 49ers but he's a decent fit for a team that uses a 3-4.
Orpheus Roye - He'll have to prove his knees are in better shape than last season if he's to play in 2008.
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 (WLB) - He would be a solid backup linebacker who can play inside or on the weak-side.
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 (WLB) - 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.
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.


Mike Doss
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

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 (S) - 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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