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2011 NFL Free Agents: Defensive Tackles

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

  1. Haloti Ngata, DT, Ravens. Age: 27.
    Franchised by Ravens

    Haloti Ngata is one of the top interior defensive linemen in the NFL. If the Ravens don't want to pay him top dollar, pretty much every other team in the NFL will be lining up for his services.

  2. Paul Soliai, NT, Dolphins. Age: 27.
    Franchised by Dolphins

    At 6-4, 355 pounds, Paul Soliai is a monstrous, run-stuffing nose tackle. Unless the Dolphins franchise him, Soliai will get a huge contract this offseason.

  3. Barry Cofield, DT, Giants. Age: 27.
    Signed with Redskins (6 years)

    Barry Cofield is a great interior lineman who excels against the run and provides a decent enough pass rush. He's due for a big contract this offseason.

  4. Brandon Mebane, DT, Seahawks. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Seahawks (5 years, $25 million)

    Brandon Mebane has always been great against the run; this year, he added some pass-rushing skills to his repertoire, allowing him to serve as an every-down player in Seattle's defense.

  5. Richard Seymour, DT, Raiders. Age: 31.
    Re-signed with Raiders (2 years, $30 million)

    And to think, the Raiders could have the No. 17 overall pick right now... Richard Seymour is obviously a very skilled defensive lineman, but age and post-contract lethargy have to be concerns.

  6. Aubrayo Franklin, NT, 49ers. Age: 31.
    Signed with Saints (1 year)

    Aubrayo Franklin is coming off great back-to-back years - but he's never played this well when not in a contract season. As I wrote last year, caveat emptor.

  7. Ty Warren, DE/DT, Patriots. Age: 30.
    Signed with Broncos (2 years, $10 million)

    Ty Warren would be ranked much higher than this if he weren't coming off a hip injury. I guess the Patriots weren't optimistic about his recovery.

  8. Cullen Jenkins, DE/DT, Packers. Age: 30.
    Signed with Eagles (5 years, $25 million)

    Cullen Jenkins dominates the line of scrimmage when he's on the field. Unfortunately, Jenkins is often injured; he has missed 17 games in the past three years.

  9. Stephen Bowen, DE/DT, Cowboys. Age: 27.
    Signed with Redskins (5 years, $27.5 million; $12.5 million guaranteed)

    Stephen Bowen took over for an injured Marcus Spears in the middle of the season and played very well down the stretch.

  10. Shaun Smith, DE/DT, Chiefs. Age: 30.
    Signed with Titans

    Shaun Smith turns 30 in August, but he's still a strong two-down, run-stuffing defensive end in the 3-4.

  11. Pat Williams, NT, Vikings. Age: 38.
    A two-down run-stuffer, Pat Williams still got it done this season despite playing at 38 years old. He'll try to help a contender.

  12. Marcus Spears, DE/DT, Cowboys. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Cowboys (5 years, $19.2 million)

    When motivated, Marcus Spears is a force against the run. He offers no pass rush, however.

  13. Kelly Gregg, NT, Ravens. Age: 34.
    Signed with Chiefs (1 year)

    Though Kelly Gregg turns 35 in November, he's still an effective two-down run-stuffer. He's expected to re-sign with the Ravens at a lower price.

  14. Justin Bannan, DE/DT, Broncos. Age: 32.
    Signed with Rams (3 years)

    Justin Bannan had a solid year for the Broncos, which makes you wonder why they released him. Bannan can play in both the 4-3 and 3-4.

  15. Anthony Adams, DT, Bears. Age: 31.
    Re-signed with Bears

    Anthony Adams had a slightly down year by his standards, but the Bears are still working to extend the run-stuffer.

  16. John Henderson, DT, Raiders. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with Raiders (2 years, $8 million)

    John Henderson missed a ton of action this season with a foot injury, but was a very forceful run-stuffer when he was in the lineup.

  17. Amobi Okoye, DT, Texans. Age: 24.
    Signed with Bears (1 year)

    The No. 10 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Amobi Okoye has never developed into a consistent pass-rusher. He's only 24 though, so perhaps he can be a late bloomer with a better defensive line coach.

  18. Ron Edwards, NT, Chiefs. Age: 32.
    Signed with Panthers (3 years, $8.25 million)

    Ron Edwards did a decent job of stuffing the run early in the season, but seemed to wear down as the season progressed.

  19. Kenyon Coleman, DE/DT, Browns. Age: 32.
    Signed with Cowboys

    Kenyon Coleman doesn't offer much of a pass rush (3 sacks in 2010), but he's a very good run defender as a 3-4 defensive end.

  20. Shaun Rogers, DT, Browns. Age: 32.
    Signed with Saints (1 year, $4 million)

    Shaun Rogers was dumped by the Browns because of his $6 million salary, but he should still be OK as a two-down run-stuffer.

  21. Tommie Harris, DT, Bears. Age: 28.
    Signed with Colts (1 year)

    Tommie Harris is a shell of what he used to be. He's battled through way too many injuries. There's a chance he'll be able to bounce back and become a solid player once again, but I wouldn't bet on it.

  22. Rocky Bernard, DT, Giants. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with Giants

    Rocky Bernard is a rapidly declining player, but he can still be a solid rotational defensive lineman.

  23. Kris Jenkins, NT, Jets. Age: 32.
    Coming off a pair of torn ACLs, Kris Jenkins has played in just seven games the past two years.

  24. Alan Branch, DT, Cardinals. Age: 26.
    Signed with Seahawks

    Alan Branch offers nothing in terms of a pass rush, but can stuff the run effectively when he's motivated.

  25. Tony McDaniel, DE/DT, Dolphins. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Dolphins (2 years, $6 million)

    Tony McDaniel was a solid rotational defensive lineman for the Dolphins in 2010, thriving against the run and recording 2.5 sacks.

  26. Desmond Bryant (ERFA), DT, Raiders. Age: 25.
    A pass-rushing specialist, Desmond Bryant terrorized Matt Cassel in the season finale in what was his only extensive action of the season. I'd like to see him play more next year. That will happen if Richard Seymour leaves.

  27. Remi Ayodele, DT, Saints. Age: 28.
    Signed with Vikings

    Remi Ayodele plays the run somewhat well, but offers absolutely no pass rush.

  28. Antonio Johnson, DT, Colts. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Colts

    Antonio Johnson has some upside as a 310-pound defensive tackle with pass-rushing ability. He played well at times this past season after a horrible 2009 campaign.

  29. Marcus Stroud, DT, Patriots. Age: 33.
    Marcus Stroud struggled in Buffalo's 3-4. He'll be better in a 4-3, but at 33, his skills have eroded.

  30. Jamal Williams, NT, Broncos. Age: 35.
    Jamal Williams had a decent year as a two-down run-stuffer in 2010. He turns 35 in April, however.

  31. Robaire Smith, DE/DT, Browns. Age: 33.
    Robaire Smith played well last year until landing on IR with a back injury. Signing a 33-year-old with back problems will be a risky proposition for any team.

  32. Gerard Warren, DT, Patriots. Age: 33.
    Re-signed with Patriots

    Gerard Warren tried his best to fill in for Ty Warren, but he's nothing more than a rotational player at this point in his career.

  33. Daniel Muir, DT, Colts. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams (1 year, $1.85 million)
  34. Tony Brown, DT, Titans. Age: 30.
  35. Derek Landri, DT, Panthers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Eagles
  36. Anthony Hargrove, DT, Saints. Age: 28. -- Signed with Eagles
  37. Jacques Cesaire, DE/DT, Chargers. Age: 31. -- Re-signed with Chargers (2 years)
  38. Jason Hatcher, DE/DT, Cowboys. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Cowboys (3 years)
  39. Shaun Cody, NT, Texans. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Texans
  40. Gary Gibson, DT, Rams. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Rams
  41. Ronald Fields, NT, Broncos. Age: 29. -- Signed with Dolphins
  42. Marcus Thomas, DE/DT, Broncos. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Broncos (1 year)
  43. Tank Johnson, DT, Bengals. Age: 29.
  44. Ma'ake Kemoeatu, NT, Redskins. Age: 32.
  45. Jimmy Kennedy, DT, Vikings. Age: 31.
  46. Ian Williams, NT, Notre Dame. Age: 21. -- Signed with 49ers
  47. Cedric Thornton, DE/DT, Southern Arkansas. Age: N/A. -- Signed with Eagles
  48. Martin Parker, DT, Richmond. Age: 23.
  49. Nick Eason, DE/DT, Steelers. Age: 31. -- Signed with Cardinals (2 years)
  50. Chris Hoke, NT, Steelers. Age: 35. -- Re-signed with Steelers
  51. Junior Siavii, DT, Seahawks. Age: 32. -- Re-signed with Seahawks (1 year)
  52. Eric Foster, DT, Colts. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Colts
  53. Travis Johnson, DE/DT, Chargers. Age: 29.
  54. Fred Evans, DT, Vikings. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Vikings
  55. Justin Harrell, DT, Packers. Age: 27.
  56. Vance Walker, DT, Falcons. Age: 24.
  57. Clifton Ryan, DT, Rams. Age: 27.
  58. Trevor Pryce, DE/DT, Jets. Age: 36.
  59. Nick Hayden (RFA), DT, Panthers. Age: 25.
  60. Jarvis Green, DE/DT, Texans. Age: 32.
  61. Andre Fluellen (RFA), DT, Lions. Age: 26. -- Tendered by Lions
  62. Leger Douzable (RFA), DT, Jaguars. Age: 25.
  63. Brian Schaefering, DE/DT, Browns. Age: 28.
  64. Derreck Robinson, DE/DT, Browns. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Browns
  65. Bryan Robinson, DT, Cardinals. Age: 37.
  66. Gabe Watson, DT, Cardinals. Age: 27. -- Signed with Giants
  67. Marques Douglas, DE/DT, Titans. Age: 34.
  68. Trey Lewis, DT, Falcons. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Falcons
  69. Lamar Divens, NT, Ravens. Age: 25.
  70. John McCargo, DT, Bills. Age: 28.
  71. Ed Johnson, DT, Panthers. Age: 27.
  72. Kelly Talavou, NT, Ravens. Age: 26.
  73. DeMario Pressley, DT, Texans. Age: 25. -- Signed with Colts
  74. Chris Baker, NT, Dolphins. Age: 23.

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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Jerry Jones 01-23-2012 10:00 pm (total posts: 1)
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Paul Soliai? But he's still young. I'd much rather give the same amount of money to Casey Hampton because he used to be good.
DanielNieto 01-21-2012 05:48 pm (total posts: 1)
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I really wish the cowboys will get Paul Soliali so they can move Jay Ratliff to a 5 technique.
myron 01-20-2012 07:58 pm (total posts: 1)
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can you say run-stuffer one more time please
Replacing Hampton 01-20-2012 05:28 pm (total posts: 1)
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It's wishful thinking on my part, but i'd really like the Steelers to look at Sammie Lee Hill. He hasn't had the playing time a player of his talent should be getting due to the Lions having a ton of depth at DT, hopefully that'll drive his price down.

He looks like he'll be a beast in a 3-4 defense.
Adam Carriker 01-20-2012 11:47 am (total posts: 1)
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Amazing that he's a 2 star rating here. He's gotten better seemingly every snap in the 3-4. He's putting up 30+ tackles and this year added 5.5 sacks. He's pretty much exactly what you expect from a 3-4 DE and he's only 28 next year.

The Redskins already have Jarvis Jenkins slated to take over his spot, but some 3-4 team is going to get a steal in Carriker if he's really rated this low.
Paul 08-07-2011 01:16 am (total posts: 1)
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I might be thinking of someone else, but didn't Kris Jenkins retire?
Bill 08-03-2011 04:08 pm (total posts: 1)
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Walter do u think cofirld will transition well
eagles fan 08-01-2011 06:29 am (total posts: 1)
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mike patterson is not a free agent until 2017
Titan4Life 07-31-2011 10:41 pm (total posts: 1)
28     28

Hey Walt what do you give Titans grade on signing Shaun Smith?
DenFan 07-30-2011 01:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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Look at all these guys available, and not one signed by denver yet. They skipped out in the draft on getting some, are they gonna skip out in free agency on getting some?
nycsportzfan 07-29-2011 06:48 am (total posts: 1)
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Hey Walt, any news on KELLY GREGG? WIth the GMEN losing COfield and re-leasing Bernard, i'd like them to get a wiley vet type like Gregg to go with Canty as our Starting duo, while Linval Joseph slowely breaks in off the bench some more.. Also, Daniel Muir would be a fine stop gap...
Walter 07-29-2011 12:28 am (total posts: 1)
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You guys are right. That was a bad ranking on my part. I do not like Seymour though because of his poor work ethic, but he should be higher than Jenkins.

I do not hate the Raiders though; suggesting so is kind of silly. I live 3,000 miles away from Oakland.
Matt 07-26-2011 11:02 am (total posts: 1)
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I gotta agree with Noah. It turned out to be dumb luck, but that Raiders trade turned to be pretty good. Seymour is an awesome defensive lineman. There is no way the Raiders (especially with how bad Davis drafts) would have gotten the same value at pick 17 in a very weak draft.
BOB van Buren 07-04-2011 02:57 pm (total posts: 1)
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I had sex with one of the dallas cowboys cheerleaders it felt good when I touched her bare boobs and butt. She was a hottie.
Noah 05-18-2011 03:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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You are so blinded by your hate of the Raiders, that your inconsistencies are hilarious. Seymour is too old gets 3 stars, essentially yet Cullen Jenkins is the same age gets hurt all the time and gets a better ranking. How many pro bowls has Jenkins gotten? How much better does he make his team? Then you have a 38 year old Pat Williams getting 3 stars. Seriously try and have some form of integrity in your writing/rankings of Raiders. How did you like the Burn %'s for Routt you closet Donkey Sucker.

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