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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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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.
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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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