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2012 NFL Free Agents: Outside Linebackers

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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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jmscooby 01-20-2013 09:12 am (total posts: 1)
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For the last 2 wks or so, you're web pages don't load well, causing internet explorer to close and reopen the page. I'm assuming it's because you need more "hits" to your website.
Somebody's in love... Four Stars for Phillip Wheeler? 01-20-2013 02:37 am (total posts: 1)
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Somebody's in love with Phillip Wheeler... I'll give you a hint - his name is Walt. I'm not arguing Wheeler has talent, but four-stars... Really? No. Seriously? Come-on! Walt you seem to severely overrate and severely overvalue the over-100-tackles stat-line. Wheeler was a decent player on a bad team... That's it! The fact that the Raider's defense was on the field for the majority of the time in nearly all their games, and the fact that their D-line was inept at tackling, providing more opportunities for Wheeler... DOES NOT MAKE WHEELER FREAKING RAY LEWIS... OR EVEN JAMES LAURINAITIS FOR THAT MATTER! Again, he's a decent LB, but not a "four-star" free-agent. Just how big is your man-crush on this guy Walt?
LEROY HARRIS?!?!?!?! 01-19-2013 11:23 pm (total posts: 1)
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mike 01-19-2013 08:43 pm (total posts: 1)
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who is leroy harris for the seahawks? Im a 12th man fan and just like any other media bs guys knows nothing and I mean nothing about the seahawks. It's Leroy Hill get it right.
Jindarat 09-30-2012 01:32 am (total posts: 1)
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glad to see you blogging again sir! im ready for this lcokout crap to be done with, i havent payed a damn bit of attention to football this offseason other than the draft.hope you manage to stay busy! im sure that wont be hard maybe chad will take you bullriding
JetsGuru 03-15-2012 10:39 am (total posts: 1)
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Maybin was tendered
ohio fan 03-12-2012 08:02 pm (total posts: 2)
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Why isn't Shawn Crable not on free agent list?
49ersPWNSU 03-01-2012 11:36 am (total posts: 1)
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Yes Brooks resigned. This website is out of date maybe walter is sucking balls somewhere...
KMO 03-01-2012 02:59 am (total posts: 1)
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Ahmad Brooks was resigned...
Awesome 02-20-2012 09:44 am (total posts: 1)
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Football + game of thrones = everything I love in life.
Kammich 01-26-2012 07:39 pm (total posts: 1)
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High fives all around for the Game of Thrones references.
JBone 01-21-2012 12:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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You know nothing, Ahmad Snow.
Tyler 01-20-2012 05:17 pm (total posts: 1)
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So does that make Phillip Rivers "The Bastard of Riverrun?" NERD ALERT!
ohio fan 08-04-2011 04:24 pm (total posts: 2)
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Shawn crable jets free agent
Alex 08-01-2011 10:56 am (total posts: 1)
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Is there a reason Manny Lawson is being avoided like the plague?

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