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2013 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2013.
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  1. Elvis Dumervil, DE, Broncos. Age: 29.
    Signed with Ravens

    Elvis Dumervil has 63.5 sacks in six NFL seasons (he missed all of 2010 with an injury). This includes 11 sacks in 2012. He can be a liability in run support, but his tremendous ability to get to the quarterback makes up for that.

  2. Anthony Spencer, DE/OLB, Cowboys. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with Cowboys (1 year, $10.6 million)

    Anthony Spencer dealt with consistency issues early in his career, but he was amazing for the Cowboys this past season, both in terms of stopping the run and getting to the quarterback.

  3. Michael Johnson, DE, Bengals. Age: 26.
    Franchised by Bengals

    The sky's the limit for Michael Johnson, who turns 26 in February. He recorded 11.5 sacks in 2012 while playing the run very well. He's expected to be franchised.

  4. Michael Bennett, DE, Buccaneers. Age: 27.
    Signed with Seahawks (1 year, $5 million)

    One of the more underrated players in the NFL, Michael Bennett is a solid pass-rusher and a premier run-defender. He plays all three downs and deserves a big contract.

  5. Cliff Avril, DE, Lions. Age: 27.
    Signed with Seahawks

    Cliff Avril is a relatively young, dynamic pass-rusher, but he tends to struggle in run support. He rejected a 3-year, $30 million deal last offseason.

  6. Dwight Freeney, DE, Colts. Age: 33.
    Signed with Chargers

    Dwight Freeney didn't have a good 2012 campaign because he was bothered by an ankle injury and had to transition into a 3-4 for the first time in his career. He should be better on a team with a 4-3 defense next year.

  7. William Hayes, DE, Rams. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Rams

    William Hayes could start for some teams, but he can't crack the lineup in St. Louis because of Chris Long and Robert Quinn. He's terrific against the run and can get to the quarterback on occasion.

  8. Osi Umenyiora, DE, Giants. Age: 31.
    Signed with Falcons

    Osi Umenyiora had some decent games this past season, but was mostly invisible. It's fair to wonder if Umenyiora's talents have eroded. He'll be 32 in November.

  9. John Abraham, DE, Falcons. Age: 35.
    John Abraham still got the job done as a 34-year-old last season, registering a team-high 10 sacks. He was cut because of his $7.25 million cap number. He can still start, but it's fair to wonder how much he has left in the tank, given that he'll be 35 in May.

  10. Israel Idonije, DE, Bears. Age: 32.
    Signed with Lions (1 year)

    Israel Idonije is coming off a fantastic season in terms of getting to the quarterback (7.5 sacks) and stopping the run. He'll be 33 in November, however.

  11. Junior Galette (RFA), DE, Saints. Age: 25.
    Re-signed with Saints (3 years)

    Junior Galette is a solid situational pass-rusher who should have seen more action last year.

  12. Robert Geathers, DE, Bengals. Age: 30.
    Re-signed with Bengals

    Robert Geathers did not play well this past season because of a lingering knee injury. He was still decent as a run-stopper.

  13. Wallace Gilberry, DE, Bengals. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Bengals (3 years, $6.75 million)

    Wallace Gilberry is a quality nickel pass-rusher. He recorded 6.5 sacks despite not playing very many snaps.

  14. Juqua Parker-Thomas, DE, Browns. Age: 35.
    Juqua Parker-Thomas served as a decent situational pass-rusher for the Browns, registering six sacks. He'll be 35 in May, however.

  15. Kyle Moore, DE, Bills. Age: 26. -- Signed with Bears
  16. Lawrence Jackson, DE, Lions. Age: 28.
  17. Frostee Rucker, DE, Browns. Age: 29. -- Signed with Cardinals
  18. Kyle Vanden Bosch, DE, Lions. Age: 34.
  19. Matt Shaughnessy, DE, Raiders. Age: 26. -- Signed with Cardinals (1 year)
  20. Trevor Scott, DE, Patriots. Age: 29.
  21. Shawne Merriman, DE, Bills. Age: 29. -- Announced retirement
  22. Andre Carter, DE, Raiders. Age: 34. -- Re-signed with Raiders (1 year)
  23. Antwan Applewhite, DE/OLB, Panthers. Age: 27.
  24. George Selvie, DE, Jaguars. Age: 26. -- Signed with Buccaneers
  25. Willie Young (RFA), DE, Lions. Age: 27. -- Tendered by Lions (2nd round)
  26. Darryl Tapp, DE, Eagles. Age: 28. -- Signed with Redskins
  27. Jason Hunter, DE, Broncos. Age: 30. -- Signed with Raiders

  28. Lawrence Sidbury, DE, Falcons. Age: 27. -- Signed with Colts
  29. Jarvis Moss, DE, Raiders. Age: 29.
  30. Jarius Wynn, DE, Titans. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chargers
  31. Keyunta Dawson, DE, Titans. Age: 27.
  32. Turk McBride, DE, Saints. Age: 28. -- Signed with Bears
  33. Edgar Jones, DE/OLB, Chiefs. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Chiefs
  34. Dave Tollefson, DE, Raiders. Age: 31.
  35. Dave Ball, DE, Titans. Age: 33.

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Greg 03-22-2014 12:24 pm (total posts: 1)
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Willie Young is a good player when he isn't busy taunting Tom Brady in preseason games and was a good deal at $3M per. Lions should have resigned him if only to keep him out of the hands of a division rival.
TR 03-21-2014 07:15 am (total posts: 1)
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Wooten's sack total dropped because he helped the team out and slid over to tackle, despite DE being his natural position
Andy 03-13-2014 01:51 am (total posts: 1)
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Neal had his best season playing outside ... get real.
yo jonny i bench 225 what you got 03-09-2014 08:16 pm (total posts: 1)
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need a big wide body NT

who is out in the FA market that is over 330lbs?
Anon 03-08-2014 08:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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Bennet is not a free agent till Tuesday.
A Bears Fan... 03-08-2014 06:02 pm (total posts: 1)
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I think you mean Red Bryant, not Bennett, got the 4 year contract from the Jaguars.

Also, thoughts on Ratliff extension?
Falcons 02-24-2014 01:20 pm (total posts: 1)
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jared Allen and tuck will sign with Atlanta...
MacJacMcCoy 02-07-2014 07:24 pm (total posts: 1)
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I hope 31 teams feel the same way about Worilds as you do. If so the Eagles will be getting a steal. I would rank him as the number 3 outside pass rusher available this year. The only reason I wouldnt have him as #2 is because you gotta give Jared Allen the benefit of the doubt.
kody 02-03-2014 03:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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what about O'Brien Schofield?
Ol Bobby 01-26-2014 10:44 pm (total posts: 1)
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First of all, Brian Orakpo is not a DE, he's an OLB.
Now with that said, he is not worth 4.5 stars. (coming from a skins fan) He sort of has an injury issue, and can sometimes disappear during games. He deserves somewhere in the 9-11 million/yr range, based on his production in the past few years. I'd give him 4 stars at most.
Steve 01-19-2014 08:56 pm (total posts: 1)
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A) I don't like Wootton at all, but a huge number his sacks were cut in half was because he played a lot of the year filling in at DT for us.

B) I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Bennett joining his brother next year.
Dillon 01-19-2014 01:34 am (total posts: 1)
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Tuck played well this whole year in terms of pass rushing, he just didn't get many sacks. He got a lot of hurries and then after the redkskins game he started racking up sacks.
travojones 01-16-2014 12:33 am (total posts: 1)
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Mike Neal was much better at OLB than he has ever been on the D-line.
Lol 01-15-2014 06:50 pm (total posts: 1)
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The person at the very bottom of the list was the first to get resign/signed
J.B 01-10-2014 06:04 am (total posts: 1)
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If the Broncos don't keep Shaun Phillips and Robert Ayers, they should sign Michael Bennett.

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