2012 NFL Free Agents: Outside Linebackers

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.

      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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