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2012 NFL Free Agents: Defensive Tackles

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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. 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.

  3. 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.

  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.

  5. 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).

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

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

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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)
23     25

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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