Around the League: Free Agent Defensive Ends

If the Vikings don't re-sign Lance Johnstone, they could be in the market for a speedy pass rusher. We get the insight on some of the scheduled free agents at DE from the beat writers that cover them.

  • is reporting that the Titans and Pro Bowl DE Kyle Vanden Bosch are nearing a four-year contract that will keep the top defensive end scheduled for free agency this year in Nashville rather than test the open market. According to sources used by Fox Sports, the contract calls for Vanden Bosch to receive about $15 million in guaranteed money. Vanden Bosch had 12 ½ sacks in 2005.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars DE Reggie Hayward, their prime free agent, and Paul Spicer, returning from a broken leg, improved the Jaguars' pass rush. They combined for 16 sacks, 8 1/2 by Hayward and 7 1/2 by Spicer.

  • Buffulo Bills DEs Ryan Denney and Chris Kelsay combined for 6 1/2 sacks. Denney, who had four sacks, is an unrestricted free agent who will draw attention as a young pass rusher with experience.

  • Detroit Lions DE Kalimba Edwards, who will be a free agent in March, had seven sacks in his best season since posting 6 1/2 as a rookie in 2000.

  • Green Bay Packers DE Aaron Kampman is the Packers' biggest priority as free agency draws closer. He's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. Contract talks late in the season didn't pan out, so Kampman could wind up on the open market as a hot commodity after a sterling year (career-high 105 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks) in which he was on the field more than 90 percent of the time.

  • Packers DL Kenny Peterson, who will be a restricted free agent, showed some flashes in a versatile backup role.

  • St. Louis Rams DE Tyoka Jackson has some years on him and is a free agent.

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