Updated Best Available Free Agents-Defense

Here's an updated look at the best available NFL free agents from the defensive side of the football. There is plenty of decent talent left at defensive tackle, safety, and cornerback.

Defensive Tackle
Rod Coleman - The Atlanta Falcons decided to go with younger players in his place. He's had his injuries but Coleman should have one more productive year left in him.
Ian Scott - He's had his share of injuries in the past two years but when healthy, Scott is a very serviceable third tackle.
Marcus Tubbs - The former first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks needs to prove he's over his injury problems.
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.
Matthias Askew - A former fourth-round pick of the Bengals.
Ethan Kelley - Despite coming back from microfracture knee surgery, he's had at least three free agent visits so far this year.
Antonio Garay - He fits in as a fourth defensive tackle.
Ross Koloziej - He fits in as a fourth or fifth defensive tackle.
Russell Davis - He fits in as a fourth or fifth defensive tackle.

Defensive End
Rosevelt Colvin - You have to wonder how much he has left in the tank after a team that's hurting for sacks like Houston cut him.
Bryce Fisher - At this point in his career, he fits in as a third or fourth end.
Jerome McDougle - The former first-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles really never contributed in his five years with the team. They cut him before year six got officially started.
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.

Inside Linebacker

Al Wilson - He's been cleared to play by a neck/spine specialist but remains unsigned.
Brandon Moore (WLB) - He's a solid backup that can play at a variety of positions.
Victor Hobson - He'll offer a team solid depth.
Derrick Pope (SLB/WLB) - It was a bit surprising that this versatile linebacker was released by the Minnesota Vikings.
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.
Rob Morris (SLB)

Outside Linebacker

Kendrell Bell - He'll go down as one of the worst free agent signings for the Kansas City Chiefs in the last 10 years.
Shantee Orr - He was surprisingly cut by the Cleveland Browns. Orr offers a team depth as a situational pass rusher and he is capable of backing up at ILB in a 3-4.
Carlos Polk - He lost out to Marques Harris.
Matt Chatham - It wouldn't be a surprise if he winded up back in New England.
Matt Stewart
Keith Adams
Raonall Smith
Shawn Barber
T.J. Slaughter
Mario Haggan - He'll be serving a four-game suspension in 2008.

Greg Wesley - He was recently released by the Oakland Raiders.
Glenn Earl
Terrence Holt - He's been cut by two teams in less than eight months but Holt offers decent depth.
Stuwart Schweigert
Mike Green - The Seattle Seahawks released him recently and he's a decent backup safety.
Deke Cooper
Mike Doss
Gary Baxter - He's still trying to come back from a serious knee injury.
Omar Stoutmire - The journeyman safety is still a decent backup.
Lance Schulters
Lamont Thompson
Jerome Carter
Travares Tillman
Bhawoh Jue
Gerome Sapp
Jason Simmons
Mel Mitchell - He's a solid special teams player.

Fernando Bryant - He could still start for a team or at least handle a nickel role. However, Bryant has had his share of injuries over the years.
Ty Law - He's likely looking at a nickel job if he signs with a team this season.
Deltha O'Neal - Decent fit for a nickel role.
Ricky Manning, Jr. - The Chicago Bears preferred their younger cornerbacks over him.
Jason Webster - The New England Patriots recently released the journeyman nickel back.
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.
Jamar Fletcher
Ricardo Colclough
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.
Fred Thomas - Older cornerback who could play in a dime role.
Roc Alexander - Versatile defender who fits best in a dime defense.
Dexter Wynn (KR/PR)
Chidi Iwuoma - He's primarily a special teams player but a good one in that role.

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