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2012 NFL Free Agents: Defensive Ends

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2012 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2012.
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  1. Mario Williams, DE, Texans. Age: 27.
    Signed with Bills (6 years, $100 million; $50 million guaranteed)

    One of the top pass-rushers in the NFL will be allowed to hit the market because the Texans have other great rush linebackers. I'm not big on building through free agency, but teams should be selling their souls to get Williams on their roster.

  2. Cliff Avril, DE, Lions. Age: 26.
    Franchised by Lions

    Though Cliff Avril is a liability in run support, he happens to be a dynamic pass-rusher in a pass-happy league, so he's due for a huge contract. He had 11 sacks and six forced fumbles in 2011.

  3. Kamerion Wimbley, DE/OLB, Raiders. Age: 28.
    Signed with Titans (5 years, $35 million)

    Kamerion Wimbley, a perfect fit for either the 4-3 or 3-4, has 16 sacks in the past two years. He's also a force against the run.

  4. Jeremy Mincey, DE, Jaguars. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Jaguars (4 years)

    Jeremy Mincey came out of nowhere to register eight sacks in 2011 - an impressive feat, considering that Jacksonville was often trailing. The Jaguars have struggled to rush the passer for years, so it's important that they keep Mincey around.

  5. Andre Carter, DE, Patriots. Age: 33.
    Andre Carter is getting up there, but he had a dominant year for the Patriots before landing on injured reserve with a torn quad. It was no surprise to see Carter thrive in the 4-3 again, which makes you wonder why the Redskins installed a 3-4.

  6. Michael Bennett (RFA), DE, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Buccaneers (1 year)

    Stout against the run and effective as a pass-rusher, Michael Bennett is a really solid left defensive end.

  7. Anthony Spencer, DE/OLB, Cowboys. Age: 28.
    Franchised by Cowboys

    Great one week and invisible the next, Anthony Spencer has immense talent, but can't seem to stay consistent. At 28, time is running out for him to put it together.

  8. John Abraham, DE, Falcons. Age: 34.
    Re-signed with Falcons (3 years)

    John Abraham is pretty overrated because he comes up small in big games, usually racking up his high sack totals against poor opponents like Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars. He'll be 34 in May, so his best days are far behind him.

  9. Robert Mathis, DE/OLB, Colts. Age: 31.
    Re-signed with Colts

    Robert Mathis can still get to the quarterback, but he's on the wrong side of 30. He's also way too small for most 4-3 defensive schemes (6-2, 245), so if he doesn't re-sign with the Colts, he may have to try signing with a squad that utilizes the 3-4.

  10. Mark Anderson, DE, Patriots. Age: 29.
    Signed with Bills (4 years)

    Bill Belichick helped revive Mark Anderson's career. The former Bear went from being an afterthought to a double-digit sacker. It's hard to trust him outside of New England's system though.

  11. Israel Idonije, DE, Bears. Age: 31.
    Re-signed with Bears (1 year)

    Israel Idonije stuffs the run well and gets decent pressure on the quarterback. He'll be 32 in November, however.

  12. Matt Roth, DE/OLB, Jaguars. Age: 29.
    Matt Roth didn't fare poorly in Jacksonville's 4-3, but struggled with concussion symptoms to close out the 2011 campaign. He's a decent, but unspectacular player.

  13. Jonathan Fanene, DE/DT, Bengals. Age: 30.
    Signed with Patriots (3 years)

    Jonathan Fanene's best skill is stopping the run, as you might expect from a 290-pounder. He can also put some pressure on the quarterback, as evidenced by his six sacks in 2011. Unfortunately, he'll be 30 in March, so his best days are behind him.

  14. Kroy Biermann, DE, Falcons. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Falcons (3 years)

    Kroy Biermann had a very solid 2010 campaign, but struggled this past season, notching only 2.5 sacks despite playing about 35 snaps every week. He was invisible against the Giants.

  15. James Hall, DE, Rams. Age: 35.
    James Hall notched six sacks in 2011. He can still get to the quarterback, but his age is an obvious concern.

  16. William Hayes, DE, Titans. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams (1 year)
  17. Wallace Gilberry, DE, Chiefs. Age: 27. -- Signed with Buccaneers
  18. Frostee Rucker, DE, Bengals. Age: 28. -- Signed with Browns (5 years)
  19. Trevor Scott, DE, Raiders. Age: 28. -- Signed with Patriots (1 year)
  20. Antwan Applewhite, DE, Panthers. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Panthers
  21. Jarvis Moss, DE, Raiders. Age: 28.
  22. Quentin Groves, DE/OLB, Raiders. Age: 28. -- Signed with Cardinals
  23. Shawne Merriman, DE/OLB, Bills. Age: 28.
  24. Juqua Thomas-Parker, DE, Eagles. Age: 34. -- Signed with Browns (1 year)
  25. Dave Ball, DE, Titans. Age: 31. -- Re-signed with Titans (1 year, $1.2 million)
  26. Aaron Kampman, DE, Packers. Age: 32.
  27. Raheem Brock, DE, Seahawks. Age: 34.
  28. Bryan Thomas, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 33. -- Re-signed with Jets (1 year)
  29. Tyler Brayton, DE, Colts. Age: 32.
  30. Jamaal Anderson, DE, Colts. Age: 26. -- Signed with Bengals
  31. Turk McBride, DE, Saints. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Saints (1 year)
  32. Jason Hunter, DE, Broncos. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Broncos
  33. Jayme Mitchell, DE, Browns. Age: 28. -- Signed with Buccaneers
  34. Dave Tollefson, DE, Giants. Age: 30. -- Signed with Raiders (2 years, $2.5 million)
  35. Derrick Harvey, DE, Bengals. Age: 25.
  36. Tim Bulman, DE, Texans. Age: 29. -- Signed with Patriots
  37. Tim Crowder, DE, Buccaneers. Age: 27.
  38. Shaun Ellis, DE/DT, Patriots. Age: 35.
  39. Jimmy Wilkerson, DE, Seahawks. Age: 31.
  40. Jeff Charleston, DE, Saints. Age: 29.
  41. C.J. Ah You, DE, Rams. Age: 30.
  42. Ikaika Alama-Francis, DE/OLB, Dolphins. Age: 27.
  43. Victor Abiamiri, DE, Eagles. Age: 26.

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Greg 03-22-2014 12:24 pm (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 (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 (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 (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 (total posts: 1)
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Bennet is not a free agent till Tuesday.
A Bears Fan... 03-08-2014 06:02 pm (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 (total posts: 1)
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jared Allen and tuck will sign with Atlanta...
MacJacMcCoy 02-07-2014 07:24 pm (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 (total posts: 1)
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what about O'Brien Schofield?
Ol Bobby 01-26-2014 10:44 pm (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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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