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2011 NFL Free Agents: Defensive Ends

2011 NFL Free Agent Positions:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K/P | Recap

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:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K/P | Recap

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Joe Blow 01-08-2014 09:23 pm (total posts: 1)
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Brian Orakpu #2? No way. He is a great athlete but he is always injured and his production doesn't match his skill set. Decent guy as your 2nd best pass rusher but he is not that elite edge pass rusher.

Jared Allen and Lamar Houston are better bets. You can't single those guys

I'd go
Hardy #1
Houston #2
Allen #3 due to age

I think part of Bennett is the team around him.

With that said some team desperate for a pass rusher, maybe a team like Atlanta would over pay for your Orakpu or Justin Tuck.
Issac 01-08-2014 07:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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Mike Neal played bad this year. Come on man. He led the Pack in Sacks.
Yo 01-08-2014 03:47 pm (total posts: 1)
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Wow your overrating Orakpo and I'm a Redskins fan.
i make the ladies yelp 05-31-2013 11:28 pm (total posts: 1)
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i use 2 hand when i stroke my love sausage. it's thicker than a red bull can not that ong though about 6.

my salami is obese and the women i sleep with always comment on how plump it is or how heavy it felt in their hands.

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when i launch my man yogurt its in thick hot streams of protein blasted out of my thick pork sword

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Bob 04-05-2013 08:07 pm (total posts: 1)
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Isreal idonije could come in for 1 year as a packer and make a difference. He still has enough in the tank.
bow 03-18-2013 02:57 pm (total posts: 1)
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there are good looking names on this list. Older guys that can still come in for a year or two and make a difference.
sdot 03-15-2013 08:12 pm (total posts: 1)
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So, who has enough bank left to land Elvis?
Nathan 02-15-2013 10:57 pm (total posts: 1)
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What could be a better spot for dwight freeney than Seattle?? mentor bruce irvin some more and make up for chris clemons injury with a quality pass rusher, while freeney joins a contender all in one. As a seattle fan id love to see dwight here, i cant imagine a better place for him either
Lions fan 02-03-2013 04:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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I say we let Avril walk and use that money to bring Micheal Johnson in and release KVB and draft Mingo in the draft or Montgomery and pair those two together
Spencer as a free agent DE or 3-4 OLB 01-20-2013 02:22 am (total posts: 1)
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Anthony Spencer over Michael Johnson as a DE? Really... huh. I can definitely see your point if you're ranking 3-4 OLB (even then... maybe not), but as a DE? O----kay Walt?...
Dylan 10-07-2012 01:23 am (total posts: 1)
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Andre carter signed with raiders
Nfl freak 07-19-2012 06:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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Luis castillo?
Adeniran 03-23-2012 03:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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You did about as good as I did, and I was able to update mine the day berofe. You offered a lot of insite that helped me get a few of those picks right. Also, if it weren't for you, I would have not welcomed the drafting of Andre Smith. Speaking of Andre Smith, I think it's important that the Bengals and Smith's agent work hard to get a contract done early. That would go a long way toward proving that Smith was not a gamble.
Bear Fan for Life 03-18-2012 01:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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Kamerion Wimbley would look great in the Bears DE rotation! I hope the Bears are make a serious run at him. Anyone heard anything regarding this as apossibility?
DKPeavy 03-17-2012 03:39 pm (total posts: 1)
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Personally, I am proud of the Cowboys for stepping up to the Free Agent plate and signing the players they have, I think the only " bonehead " moves they have made is Franchising Anthony Spencer to a 1 year $8.8 mil deal, and resigning Kevin Ogletree, I think the Cowboys should have looked at a #3 WR that could start if/when Dez or Miles gets injured, Some critics think the Cowboys made a mistake by signing Guards Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau, But Livings will be a huge upgrade over Montrae Holland, Derrick Dockery, and Bill Nagy at LG, And Bernadeau is the 2012 version of Kyle Kosier that will be given every opportunity to start at RG, Orton is 29, and a good backup QB, Carr will be an upgrade over Newman, Pool will be an upgrade over Elam, and I think Dan Connor may take Bruce Carter's spot at ILB, The Cowboys should tear up that franchise tag for Spencer, and try to sign Kamerion Wimbley, and then let Spencer walk.

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