Best Available Free Agents-Defense-Week 16

With the playoffs just a few weeks away, here's an updated look at the best available NFL free agents from the defensive side of the ball as we enter week 16.

Best Available NFL Free Agents-Offense

Defensive Tackle
Rod Coleman - The Atlanta Falcons decided to go with younger players in his place. He's had his share of injuries, but Coleman should have one more productive year left in him.
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.
Ed Johnson - The former starter for the Indianapolis Colts was released by the team recently due to an off the field issue.
Alvin McKinley
Tim Anderson
Michael Myers
La Juan Ramsey
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
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila - When a team like the Green Bay Packers that has next to no depth at defensive end decides to release him, you have to wonder how much Gbaja-Biamila has left in the tank.
N.D. Kalu - The veteran end was released by the Houston Texans recently.
Bryce Fisher - At this point in his career, he fits in as a fourth end.
Erasmus James - The former first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings was released by the the Washington Redskins earlier this week.
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
Derek Smith - The veteran linebacker was recently released by the San Diego Chargers.
Brandon Moore (WLB) - He's a solid backup that can play at a variety of positions.
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.
Brian Simmons (WLB) - He refused a pay cut and was released recently by the New Orleans Saints.
Robert McCune - The Baltimore Ravens recently released him.

Outside Linebacker
Victor Hobson - He was released by the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this week.
Donnie Spragan
Matt Chatham
Matt Stewart
Keith Adams
Raonall Smith
Shawn Barber
T.J. Slaughter

Safety
Greg Wesley - He was recently released by the Oakland Raiders.
Glenn Earl - He was a starter for the Houston Texans for a few seasons.
Deke Cooper - He was recently released by the Atlanta Falcons.
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
Bhawoh Jue
Mel Mitchell - He's a solid special teams player.

Cornerback
Brian Kelly - The Detroit Lions released him earlier this week, but Kelly could fit in as a 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.
Fred Thomas - Older cornerback who could play in a dime role.
Roc Alexander - Versatile defender who fits best in a dime defense.
Chidi Iwuoma - He's primarily a special teams player but a good one in that role.


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