2012 NFL Free Agents: Defensive Tackles





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  • Vance Walker (RFA), DT, Falcons. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Falcons (1 year)
  • Amon Gordon, NT, Chiefs. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Chiefs (2 years)
  • Ryan McBean, DT, Broncos. Age: 28. -- Signed with Ravens
  • Tony Hargrove, DT, Seahawks. Age: 29. -- Signed with Packers
  • Aubrayo Franklin, NT, Saints. Age: 32. -- Signed with Chargers
  • Tommie Harris, DT, Chargers. Age: 29.
  • Rocky Bernard, DT, Giants. Age: 33. -- Re-signed with Giants
  • Leger Douzable, DT, Jaguars. Age: 26. -- Signed with Titans (1 year)
  • C.J. Mosley, DT, Jaguars. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Jaguars (3 years, $7.5 million)
  • Fred Evans, DT, Vikings. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Vikings
  • Pat Sims, DT, Bengals. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Bengals
  • Brandon McKinney, NT, Ravens. Age: 29. -- Signed with Colts
  • Eric Foster, DT, Colts. Age: 27.
  • Kedric Golston, DE/DT, Redskins. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Redskins
  • Trevor Laws, DT, Eagles. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams
  • Remi Ayodele, DT, Vikings. Age: 29.
  • Gary Gibson, DT, Rams. Age: 30. -- Signed with Buccaneers (2 years, $2 million)
  • Brian Schaefering, DT, Browns. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Browns
  • Aaron Smith, DE/DT, Steelers. Age: 36.
  • Anthony Adams, DT, Bears. Age: 32.
  • Howard Green, NT, Packers. Age: 33.
  • Vonnie Holliday, DE/DT, Cardinals. Age: 36. -- Re-signed with Cardinals
  • Aaron Smith, DE/DT, Steelers. Age: 36.
  • Andre Fluellen, DT, Lions. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Lions (1 year)
  • Tony Brown, DT, Titans. Age: 31.
  • Jimmy Kennedy, DT, Giants. Age: 32.
  • Chris Hoke, NT, Steelers. Age: 36. -- Announced retirement
  • Nate Collins, DT, Jaguars. Age: 24. -- Signed with Bears
  • Nick Hayden (RFA), DT, Bengals. Age: 26.
  • Mike Wright, DE/DT, Patriots. Age: 30.
  • DeMario Pressley, DT, Panthers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Bears
  • John McCargo, DT, Buccaneers. Age: 29. -- Signed with Bears




  • Amobi Okoye, DT, Bears. Age: 25.
    Signed with Buccaneers (1 year, $2 million)

    After being discarded by the Texans, Amobi Okoye found a home with the Bears as a rotational defensive tackle who can pressure the quarterback.

  • Desmond Bryant (RFA), DE/DT, Raiders. Age: 26.
    Tendered by Raiders

    Desmond Bryant is pretty good in run support. He has the versatility to play in any defense.

  • Marcus Thomas, DT, Broncos. Age: 26.
    Marcus Thomas is good in run support, but doesn't have a prayer of ever getting to the quarterback.

  • John Henderson, DT, Raiders. Age: 33.
    Announced retirement

    John Henderson is a force versus ground attacks, but he'll be lucky to get two sacks in a season.

  • Justin Bannan, DE/DT, Rams. Age: 33.
    Signed with Broncos (1 year)

    Justin Bannan is very effective versus the rush, but he can't get to the quarterback whatsoever. He can play in any scheme.

  • Kelly Gregg, NT, Chiefs. Age: 35.
    Kelly Gregg did a great job stuffing the run early, but wore down as the season went on. He'll be 36 in November.

  • Letroy Guion, DT, Vikings. Age: 25.
    Re-signed with Vikings (3 years)

    Letroy Guion is a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type of player. He's a quality rotational lineman, but nothing else.

  • Fred Robbins, DT, Rams. Age: 35.
    Fred Robbins has no pass-rushing ability, but he can still stop the run pretty well.

  • Gerard Warren, DT, Patriots. Age: 34.
    Re-signed with Patriots

    Gerard Warren had a great performance against the Broncos in the playoffs, but he'll be 34 in July.

  • Shaun Rogers, NT, Saints. Age: 33.
    Signed with Giants

    Shaun Rogers stuffed the run well this past season, but offered nothing in terms of rushing the passer.

  • Adam Carriker, DE/DT, Redskins. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Redskins (4 years, $20 million)

    Adam Carriker can be a solid rotational player in a 3-4 front, but he shouldn't be a starter going forward.

  • Phillip Merling, DE/DT, Dolphins. Age: 27.
    Signed with Packers

    Phillip Merling could barely do anything this year coming off an Achilles injury. Perhaps he can bounce back and finally live up to his potential next year.



  • Red Bryant, DE/DT, Seahawks. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Seahawks (5 years, $35 million; $14.5 million guaranteed)

    Red Bryant is a powerful run-stuffer who can play in both the 4-3 and 3-4.

  • Kendall Langford, DE/DT, Dolphins. Age: 26.
    Signed with Rams (4 years, $24 million; $12 million guaranteed)

    Kendall Langford is a really good, young five-tech who excels in both stopping the run and putting pressure on the quarterback. He's a key piece of Miami's 3-4 stop unit who will have to be retained.

  • Cory Redding, DE/DT, Ravens. Age: 31.
    Signed with Colts (3 years, $10.5 million)

    An excellent run-stuffer, Cory Redding can still get to the quarterback on occasion (4.5 sacks in 2011).

  • Sione Pouha, NT, Jets. Age: 33.
    Re-signed with Jets (3 years)

    Sione Pouha is one of the top run-stuffers in the NFL, but he turns 33 on Feb. 3. His best days are behind him.

  • Jason Jones, DT, Titans. Age: 26.
    Signed with Seahawks (1 year)

    Jason Jones thrived as a defensive tackle in a wide-nine scheme prior to this season. He was moved to defensive end in 2011 and consequently struggled. Jones needs to go to Detroit, Philadelphia or St. Louis this spring.

  • Sammie Lee Hill (RFA), NT, Lions. Age: 25.
    Re-signed with Lions (1 year, $1.26 million)

    Sammie Hill is a young, skilled run-stuffer who offers decent pass-rushing ability for someone his size (6-4, 330).

  • Albert Haynesworth, DT, Buccaneers. Age: 31.
    There's a misconception that Albert Haynesworth played poorly for the Buccaneers last season. He didn't; he was decent at times, but wasn't worth the $7.2 million price tag - or the headaches that come with his lack of effort. He's still immensely talented, however, and he could be motivated for a new contract. He's definitely worth the risk for a 1-year "prove it" deal.

  • Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Broncos. Age: 28.
    Signed with Saints (5 years, $25 million; $9 million guaranteed)

    Brodrick Bunkley had a great year as a run-stuffer, but he offers nothing in the pass-rushing department.

  • Derek Landri, DT, Eagles. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Eagles (1 year)

    Derek Landri thrived as a reserve defensive tackle in 2011, getting good pressure on the quarterback and helping shut down the run. Not bad for a guy who was among the final cuts prior to the season.

  • Antonio Garay, NT, Chargers. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with Chargers (2 years)

    Antonio Garay is no longer the player he once was, but he is still a decent run-stuffer.

  • Antonio Dixon (RFA), DT, Eagles. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Eagles (1 year)

    Antonio Dixon functioned as an excellent run-stuffer in 2010, but he missed most of this past year with torn triceps. He's a poor fit in Jim Washburn's scheme anyway, so the Eagles might just put a really low tender on him.

  • Luis Castillo, DE/DT, Chargers. Age: 29.
    Luis Castillo still has the talent to start, but he's always hurt. He's way too unreliable to receive a contract with lots of guaranteed money.




    2012 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2012.
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    1. Calais Campbell, DE/DT, Cardinals. Age: 26.
      Re-signed with Cardinals (5 years, $55 million; $31 million guaranteed)

      You could argue that aside from Justin Smith, Calais Campbell is the best 3-4 defensive end in all of football. Campbell has no weaknesses; he's a ferocious pass-rusher, he blocks kicks, and he can even drop into coverage pretty well. And he'll be 25 until Sept. 1.

    2. Paul Soliai, NT, Dolphins. Age: 28.
      Re-signed with Dolphins

      At 6-4, 355 pounds, Paul Soliai is a monstrous, run-stuffing nose tackle. He made $12.3 million with the franchise tag this season.


      2012 NFL Free Agent Positions:
      QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K/P | FA Grades | FA Mock



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