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2011 NFL Free Agents: Defensive Ends




2011 NFL Free Agent Positions:
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2011 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2011.

  1. Tamba Hali, DE/OLB, Chiefs. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Chiefs (5 years, $60 million; $35 million guaranteed)

    I'll never understand how Tamba Hali didn't make the Pro Bowl this year. A monstrous pass-rusher, he registered 14.5 sacks. Capable of playing in any defense, Hali is going to make a ton of money this offseason.

  2. Ray Edwards, DE, Vikings. Age: 26.
    Signed with Falcons (5 years, $30 million)

    Ray Edwards had a tremendous year, registering eight sacks and shutting down the run on his side. The question remains: How will he fare without the opposition keying in on Jared Allen and Kevin Williams?

  3. Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Giants. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Giants (multi-year)

    Mathias Kiwanuka looked like he was going to have a monstrous season, racking up four sacks in the first three weeks. Unfortunately, he landed on injured reserve with a season-ending neck injury.



  4. Shaun Ellis, DE/DT, Jets. Age: 34.
    Signed with Patriots

    Shaun Ellis terrorized Tom Brady in the divisional round of the playoffs. He had a great year, but the concern is his age (34 in June).

  5. Charles Johnson, DE, Panthers. Age: 25.
    Re-signed with Panthers (6 years, $76 million; $30 million guaranteed)

    One of the top young defensive free agents on the market, Charles Johnson became the fifth Panther ever to record double-digit sacks (12) in 2010. He was dominant from the left end position all year. Carolina cannot afford to let him go.

  6. Cliff Avril (RFA), DE, Lions. Age: 25.
    Re-signed with Lions (1 year, $2.6 million)

    Cliff Avril is a tremendous pass-rusher - 8.5 sacks in 13 games - but he's a liability against the run.

  7. Jason Babin, DE, Titans. Age: 31.
    Signed with Eagles (5 years, $28 million; $5-6 million guaranteed)

    Jason Babin recorded 12.5 sacks in 2010. However, his previous high was five sacks back in 2006. Is he just a one-hit wonder?



  8. Jamaal Anderson, DE/DT, Falcons. Age: 25.
    Signed with Colts (1 year)

    Jamaal Anderson can't get to the quarterback, but is an excellent run defender. I'm ranking him relatively high because I think he could be a really good 5-technique in the 3-4.

  9. Andre Carter, DE, Redskins. Age: 32.
    Signed with Patriots

    One of the many reasons the Redskins sucked this season was because they couldn't get any pressure on the quarterback. Why couldn't they do so? Andre Carter's conversion from 4-3 end to 3-4 rush linebacker failed. Carter, who had 11 sacks in 2009, will thrive elsewhere.

  10. Raheem Brock, DE, Seahawks. Age: 33.
    Re-signed with Seahawks

    Raheem Brock was arrested for a DUI in early November. After that, he went on a tirade, recording eight sacks in the team's final seven games. Where did that come from? I'm not sure, but Brock turns 33 in June, so it's unlikely that he'll be able to continue this level of play for long.

  11. Antwan Odom, DE, Bengals. Age: 29.
    Antwan Odom is a great pass-rusher, but he can't stay healthy. If a team can bring him in for a cheap contract, that could be a great move.

  12. Vernon Gholston, DE, Jets. Age: 25.
    Signed with Bears

    Vernon Gholston was a huge bust for the Jets as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. I'm listing him at 2.5 stars, however, for three reasons. First, Gholston is only 25, and has a ton of upside and athleticism. Second, I'd like to see what Gholston can do in a traditional 4-3. And third, defensive ends usually take a while to transition to the NFL. Granted, Gholston has shown nothing, but there's a slim chance he could be a very late bloomer. He's worth the risk.

  13. Phillip Hunt, DE/OLB, CFL. Age: 23.
    Signed with Eagles

    Phillip Hunt led the CFL in sacks with 16 last year. The last CFL pass-rusher to come into the NFL was Cameron Wake, but as far as this signing goes, the Eagles should be happy with half of Wake's production from Hunt.

  14. Wallace Gilberry (RFA), DE, Chiefs. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Chiefs (1 year, $1.9 million)

    Wallace Gilberry was great as a third-down pass-rusher, recording seven sacks in 2010. He's a poor fit for the 3-4, however, and could see much more action if he moves to a team running the 4-3.



  15. Derrick Harvey, DE, Jaguars. Age: 24.
    Signed with Broncos

    Derrick Harvey was the eighth pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. He's been a huge bust, but he's still really young, so perhaps he can develop into a solid pass-rusher with a better coaching staff.

  16. Dave Ball, DE, Titans. Age: 30.
    Signed with Titans

    A situational pass-rusher, Dave Ball had seven sacks this season.

  17. Travis LaBoy, DE/OLB, 49ers. Age: 30.
    Signed with Chargers (2 years)

    A situational pass-rusher, Travis LaBoy recorded five sacks in 13 full games this season.

  18. Jayme Mitchell, DE, Browns. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Browns (2 years)

    The Browns traded a late-round pick for Jayme Mitchell, but never used him. Nice going, Holmgren. Mitchell is a talented player who could produce in a 4-3.

  19. Ray McDonald, DE, 49ers. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with 49ers (5 years, $20 million)

    Ray McDonald does a good job as San Francisco's third-down specialist on the defensive line. However, the 49ers will ideally find an every-down player to supplant the platoon of McDonald and Isaac Sopoaga.

  20. Marcus Benard (ERFA), DE/OLB, Browns. Age: 26.
    Marcus Benard is a pass-rushing specialist who had 7.5 sacks in 2010. He'll be tendered.

  21. Turk McBride, DE, Lions. Age: 26.
    Signed with Saints

    A decent rotational lineman for the Lions, Turk McBride recorded five sacks in 2010.

  22. Jacob Ford (RFA), DE, Titans. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Titans (1 year)
  23. Brian Robison, DE, Vikings. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Vikings (3 years, $14.1 million)
  24. Jason Taylor, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 37. -- Signed with Dolphins
  25. Ugo Chinasa, DE/OLB, Oklahoma State. Age: 23. -- Signed with Panthers
  26. Pierre Allen, DE, Nebraska. Age: 23. -- Signed with Seahawks
  27. Steven Friday, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech. Age: N/A.
  28. Mark Anderson, DE, Texans. Age: 28. -- Signed with Patriots
  29. Stylez G. White, DE, Buccaneers. Age: 32.
  30. Tyler Brayton, DE, Panthers. Age: 31. -- Signed with Colts
  31. Dave Tollefson, DE, Giants. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Giants
  32. Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State. Age: 24. -- Signed with Falcons
  33. C.J. Ah You (RFA), DE, Rams. Age: 29. -- Tendered by Rams
  34. Demetric Evans, DE, 49ers. Age: 32.
  35. Jarvis Moss, DE/OLB, Raiders. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Raiders (1 year)
  36. Jeff Charleston, DE, Saints. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Saints
  37. Keyunta Dawson, DE, Colts. Age: 25. -- Signed with Lions
  38. Tim Crowder, DE, Buccaneers. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Buccaneers (2 years)
  39. Michael Bennett (RFA), DE, Buccaneers. Age: 25.
  40. Jimmy Wilkerson, DE, Saints. Age: 30. -- Signed with Seahawks
  41. Kenny Iwebema (RFA), DE, Cardinals. Age: 26.
  42. Jonathan Fanene, DE/DT, Bengals. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Bengals (1 year)
  43. Jared DeVries, DE, Lions. Age: 35.
  44. Phillip Daniels, DE/DT, Redskins. Age: 38.
  45. Victor Abiamiri, DE, Eagles. Age: 25.
  46. Tim Bulman, DE, Texans. Age: 28.
  47. Copeland Bryan, DE, Lions. Age: 28.




2011 NFL Free Agent Positions:
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Greg 03-22-2014 12:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx65.6 (total posts: 1)
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Willie Young is a good player when he isn't busy taunting Tom Brady in preseason games and was a good deal at $3M per. Lions should have resigned him if only to keep him out of the hands of a division rival.
TR 03-21-2014 07:15 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.97 (total posts: 1)
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Wooten's sack total dropped because he helped the team out and slid over to tackle, despite DE being his natural position
Andy 03-13-2014 01:51 am xxx.xxx.xxx.246 (total posts: 1)
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Neal had his best season playing outside ... get real.
yo jonny i bench 225 what you got 03-09-2014 08:16 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.161 (total posts: 1)
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need a big wide body NT

who is out in the FA market that is over 330lbs?
Anon 03-08-2014 08:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.96 (total posts: 1)
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Bennet is not a free agent till Tuesday.
A Bears Fan... 03-08-2014 06:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.206 (total posts: 1)
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I think you mean Red Bryant, not Bennett, got the 4 year contract from the Jaguars.

Also, thoughts on Ratliff extension?
Falcons 02-24-2014 01:20 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.142 (total posts: 1)
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jared Allen and tuck will sign with Atlanta...
MacJacMcCoy 02-07-2014 07:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.255 (total posts: 1)
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I hope 31 teams feel the same way about Worilds as you do. If so the Eagles will be getting a steal. I would rank him as the number 3 outside pass rusher available this year. The only reason I wouldnt have him as #2 is because you gotta give Jared Allen the benefit of the doubt.
kody 02-03-2014 03:33 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.253 (total posts: 1)
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what about O'Brien Schofield?
Ol Bobby 01-26-2014 10:44 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.98 (total posts: 1)
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First of all, Brian Orakpo is not a DE, he's an OLB.
Now with that said, he is not worth 4.5 stars. (coming from a skins fan) He sort of has an injury issue, and can sometimes disappear during games. He deserves somewhere in the 9-11 million/yr range, based on his production in the past few years. I'd give him 4 stars at most.
Steve 01-19-2014 08:56 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.36 (total posts: 1)
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A) I don't like Wootton at all, but a huge number his sacks were cut in half was because he played a lot of the year filling in at DT for us.

B) I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Bennett joining his brother next year.
Dillon 01-19-2014 01:34 am xxx.xxx.xxx.166 (total posts: 1)
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Tuck played well this whole year in terms of pass rushing, he just didn't get many sacks. He got a lot of hurries and then after the redkskins game he started racking up sacks.
travojones 01-16-2014 12:33 am xxx.xxx.xxx.171 (total posts: 1)
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Mike Neal was much better at OLB than he has ever been on the D-line.
Lol 01-15-2014 06:50 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.139 (total posts: 1)
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The person at the very bottom of the list was the first to get resign/signed
J.B 01-10-2014 06:04 am xxx.xxx.xxx.104 (total posts: 1)
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If the Broncos don't keep Shaun Phillips and Robert Ayers, they should sign Michael Bennett.


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