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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. Jarret Johnson, DE/OLB, Ravens. Age: 31.
    Signed with Chargers (4 years)

    Jarret Johnson doesn't rush the passer well despite playing outside linebacker in a 3-4. He's amazing in all other facets of the game, however. He's one of the most underrated players in the NFL.

  2. Ahmad Brooks, DE/OLB, 49ers. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with 49ers (6 years, $44.5 million; $17.5 million guaranteed)

    Ahmad Brooks has developed into a potent pass-rusher. He had seven sacks in 2011, but could have had a few more, as he was unlucky in certain situations.

  3. Erin Henderson, OLB, Vikings. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Vikings (1 year, $2 million)

    Erin Henderson had a solid year at weakside linebacker for the Vikings. At just 26, he has a bright future ahead of him.

  4. Leroy Hill, OLB, Seahawks. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with Seahawks (1 year)

    Leroy Hill, bastard of Lannisport, is a three-down weakside linebacker with no liabilities, save for health. He was always injury-prone, but made it through unscathed in 2011. He'll be 30 on Sept. 14.

  5. Manny Lawson, OLB, Bengals. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Bengals

    As expected, Manny Lawson thrived in the 4-3. He was a stout run defender as a two-down strongside linebacker in Cincinnati's stop unit.

  6. Rocky McIntosh, OLB, Redskins. Age: 29.
    Signed with Rams

    I called Rocky McIntosh an idiot for re-signing with the Redskins last offseason. He's not a good fit in the 3-4. I don't get how he didn't understand that. Maybe he'll learn his lesson and sign on with a 4-3 team.

  7. Phillip Wheeler, OLB, Colts. Age: 27.
    Signed with Raiders (1 year)

    Phillip Wheeler is a pretty solid two-down weakside linebacker who thrives in run support. The Colts should re-sign him.

  8. Wesley Woodyard, OLB, Broncos. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Broncos (2 years)

    Wesley Woodyard could be a starting weakside linebacker somewhere, but didn't get the opportunity to play at that position this past year because of D.J. Williams.

  9. Aaron Maybin (RFA), DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 24.
    Re-signed with Jets (1 year, $1.26 million)

    Aaron Maybin notched six sacks with the Jets last year, but had none in his final four games. It seemed like teams caught on to him.

  10. Chris Chamberlain, OLB, Rams. Age: 26.
    Signed with Saints (3 years)

    Chris Chamberlain is a special teams ace and a solid reserve/two-down spot starter at linebacker. He plays well against the run, but gets lost in coverage.

  11. Russell Allen (RFA), OLB, Jaguars. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Jaguars (3 years, $6 million)

    Russell Allen stepped in for an injured Clint Session at weakside linebacker toward the end of last season, and did a solid job.

  12. Bobby Carpenter, OLB, Lions. Age: 29. -- Signed with Patriots
  13. Brandon Johnson, OLB, Bengals. Age: 29. -- Signed with Steelers
  14. Mario Haggan, OLB, Broncos. Age: 32. -- Signed with Rams
  15. Gary Guyton, OLB, Patriots. Age: 26. -- Signed with Dolphins
  16. Erik Walden, DE/OLB, Packers. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Packers
  17. Geno Hayes, OLB, Buccaneers. Age: 25. -- Signed with Bears
  18. Brady Poppinga, OLB, Rams. Age: 32.
  19. Kenny Onatolu (RFA), OLB, Vikings. Age: 29. -- Signed with Panthers (3 years)
  20. Ernie Sims, OLB, Colts. Age: 27.
  21. Jamaal Westerman (RFA), DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 27. -- Signed with Dolphins
  22. Clark Haggans, DE/OLB, Cardinals. Age: 35. -- Re-signed with Cardinals
  23. Jo-Lonn Dunbar, OLB, Saints. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams
  24. Travis LaBoy, DE/OLB, Chargers. Age: 31.
  25. Mike Peterson, OLB, Falcons. Age: 36. -- Re-signed with Falcons
  26. Thomas Williams, OLB, Panthers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Buccaneers
  27. Dan Skuta (RFA), OLB, Bengals. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Bengals (1 year, $1.26 million)
  28. Ashlee Palmer (RFA), OLB, Lions. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Lions (1 year)
  29. David Vobora, OLB, Seahawks. Age: 26.
  30. Tracy White, OLB, Patriots. Age: 31. -- Re-signed with Patriots (1 year)
  31. Bryan Kehl, OLB, Rams. Age: 28. -- Signed with Redskins
  32. Isaiah Ekejiuba, OLB, Lions. Age: 30.
  33. Joey Porter, DE/OLB, Cardinals. Age: 35.
  34. Omar Gaither, OLB, Panthers. Age: 28.
  35. Jason Phillips (RFA), OLB, Panthers. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Panthers (1 year)
  36. Xavier Adibi, OLB, Vikings. Age: 27.
  37. Patrick Bailey, OLB, Titans. Age: 26.
  38. Edgar Jones, DE/OLB, Ravens. Age: 27.

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Stud McMuffin 03-29-2014 02:59 am (total posts: 1)
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if football wasn't so gay with its roughing the passer rule and unsportsmanlike i would have stuck with it.

instead i went into judo and won a few dozen medals

oh well

i used to love sizing up guys when i was in HS and played WLB i would run low trying to stay down between the OL and DL guys and pop up on the ball carrier last second to bend their mind BAM!
Riley 03-12-2014 05:43 pm (total posts: 1)
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Schofield's not coming to the Giants after all. Failed physical.
MacJacMcCoy 02-07-2014 07:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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To: Lions Fan
Connor Barwin signed a multi year contract with the Eagles last off-season and there is a less than a .004 chance that they cut him. You need to re evaulate your wish list.
tim 02-06-2014 06:29 pm (total posts: 1)
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jason worilds from the steelers will be a UFA unless signed prior to free agency
Dan 08-01-2013 09:50 am (total posts: 1)
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Nick Barnett signed with Redskins.
michelle obama 04-23-2013 02:32 am (total posts: 1)
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i like to over flown toilet bowls in restaurants on purpose
sticky dicky 04-01-2013 03:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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Manny Lawson played 33% of Bengals snaps last season on defense because he cant cover a linebacker named Emmanuel lamur (undrafted)from Kansas state played more snaps especially on third down(which is typically a passing down). he is tall and athletic but no ofence hes not going to stop gronk or Hernandez in your division that i guarantee you sorry no disrespect but the truth hurts
BW 03-28-2013 04:28 pm (total posts: 1)
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Your report on Manny Lawson is interesting in that it contradicts everything else that I've read about him. Every other report on him praises his coverage abilites and Buffalo also mentions that that is why they liked him...because he has a chance to cover tight ends.
DeAndemetrius 03-01-2013 06:22 pm (total posts: 1)
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i find it hilarious that you think nick barnett "thrives in both run support and pass coverage". he thrives in neither. if he had a half way decent season the bills would have kept him given the fact that they have 0 good linebackers
buggsbunny 02-20-2013 05:54 am (total posts: 1)
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Wait! Were's Aaron Curry?
Jaker 02-11-2013 07:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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Anthony Spencer should be on this list not the DE list
Jeff 02-11-2013 04:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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Nick Barnett thrives in pass coverage? You didn't watch many Bills game this year..
Lions fan 02-03-2013 04:53 pm (total posts: 1)
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We need to resign Durant but let Levy walk and use that money to bring in Connor Barwin
Bob the Builder 01-20-2013 08:26 pm (total posts: 1)
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Philip Wheeler number 2? No just no.
PAUUUL 01-20-2013 11:50 am (total posts: 1)
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