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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. Henry Melton, DT, Bears. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Bears (1 year, $8.5 million)

    Henry Melton is one of the top interior pass-rushers in all of football. He could stand to be better against the run, but he deserves a big contract after getting to the quarterback more effectively than Julius Peppers.

  2. Randy Starks, DT, Dolphins. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with Dolphins (1 year, $8.5 million)

    Randy Starks is a talented interior pass-rusher. He struggled a bit down the stretch, but that could have been the result of personal issues he dealt with late in the year.

  3. Richard Seymour, DT, Raiders. Age: 33.
    Richard Seymour has been tremendous over the years, including the first half of this past season. Unfortunately, he missed the final eight games of his 2012 campaign because of a hamstring injury. He'll be 34 in October, so it's fair to wonder if his body is breaking down.

  4. Desmond Bryant, DT, Raiders. Age: 27.
    Signed with Browns (5 years, $34 million)

    Desmond Bryant served as a solid interior pass-rusher after Richard Seymour was lost for the year. Excluding Lamarr Houston, no other Raider defensive lineman was better at applying pressure on the quarterback, though that's not saying much.

  5. Jason Jones, DT, Seahawks. Age: 27.
    Signed with Lions

    Jason Jones is a quality interior pass-rusher who was lost late in the year to a knee injury.

  6. Sammie Lee Hill, DT, Lions. Age: 26.
    Signed with Titans (3 years, $11.4 million)

    Sammie Lee Hill could start for some teams, as he does a decent job of pressuring the quarterback. He just hasn't had much of a chance in Detroit because he's been behind Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Corey Williams on the depth chart.

  7. Roy Miller, DT, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
    Signed with Jaguars

    Roy Miller doesn't offer anything as a pass-rusher, but he's a primary reason why the Buccaneers had one of the league's top run defenses in 2012.

  8. Arthur Jones (RFA), DE/DT, Ravens. Age: 27.
    Tendered by Ravens (original)

    Arthur Jones broke into the starting lineup in the middle of the season and performed well, stopping the run effectively and getting to the quarterback on occasion.

  9. Mike DeVito, DE/DT, Jets. Age: 29.
    Signed with Chiefs

    Mike DeVito has been a key run-defender in New York's three-man front.

  10. Steve McLendon (RFA), NT, Steelers. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Steelers (3 years)

    Steve McClendon looks like a solid replacement for Casey Hampton. He performed well in the playoffs against the Broncos in January 2012, and that carried over into this season when he saw the field briefly.

  11. Chris Canty, DE/DT, Giants. Age: 30.
    Signed with Ravens

    Chris Canty served as a solid interior pass-rusher prior to 2012, but was ineffective last year because of a nagging knee injury. Perhaps he'll be able to rebound next season, but he'll be 31 in November, so his best days are behind him. He can play in both the 4-3 and 3-4.

  12. Cullen Jenkins, DE/DT, Eagles. Age: 32.
    Signed with Giants (3 years, $8 million)

    Cullen Jenkins just turned 32, but he did a good job of being an interior pass-rusher this past season. He struggled a bit in run support though.

  13. Glenn Dorsey, DT, Chiefs. Age: 28.
    Signed with 49ers

    Glenn Dorsey is a bust as the fifth-overall selection in 2008. He can stop the run when healthy, so he's serviceable in that regard. I'd also like to see what he can do in a 4-3, a system more suited toward his strengths.

  14. Ropati Pitoitua (RFA), DE/DT, Chiefs. Age: 28.
    Signed with Titans

    Ropati Pitoitua has served as a solid rotational defensive lineman for the Chiefs. He's solid in run support and tallied two sacks in a game against the Chargers.

  15. Terrance Knighton, NT, Jaguars. Age: 27.
    Signed with Broncos (2 years)

    It's rare to see a 330-pound nose tackle struggle in run support, but that's why Terrance Knighton was benched in favor of C.J. Mosley back in October. He still played an ample amount though.

  16. Sedrick Ellis, DT, Saints. Age: 28.
    Signed with Bears

    Sedrick Ellis has been an enormous bust for the Saints as the No. 7 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. There's still time for him to turn his career around though.

  17. Alan Branch, DT, Seahawks. Age: 28.
    Signed with Bills (1 year, $3 million)

    Alan Branch is sort of a jack-of-all-trades defensive tackle. He has no glaring weaknesses and is at his best when stopping the run.

  18. Ricky Jean-Francois, DE/DT, 49ers. Age: 26.
    Signed with Colts (4 years, $22 million)

    Ricky Jean-Francois handled himself well when inserted into the lineup in the wake of Justin Smith's injury. He's not much of a pass-rusher, but he contained the run well.

  19. C.J. Mosley, DT, Jaguars. Age: 30.
    Signed with Lions

    C.J. Mosley was released by the Jaguars because he was owed about $2.5 million and didn't fit Gus Bradley's system. Mosley is a stout run-defender, but doesn't offer any pass-rushing ability.

  20. Aubrayo Franklin, NT, Chargers. Age: 33.
    Signed with Colts

    Aubrayo Franklin will be 33 in August, but he can still get the job done as a run-stuffer.

  21. Casey Hampton, NT, Steelers. Age: 35.
    Casey Hampton is still a quality run-stuffer despite his age (36 on Sept. 3).

  22. Sione Pouha, NT, Jets. Age: 34.
    Sione Pouha is still OK in run support, but given that he just turned 34, it's fair to wonder how much longer he'll be effective.

  23. Derek Landri, DT, Eagles. Age: 29.
    Signed with Buccaneers (2 years, $3.25 million)

    Derek Landri is a solid rotational defensive tackle who can put pressure on the quarterback occasionally.

  24. Corey Williams, DT, Lions. Age: 33.
    Corey Williams should still be able to be a solid rotational lineman, but his best days are behind him. He played in only seven games in 2012.

  25. Dwan Edwards, DT, Panthers. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with Panthers

    Dwan Edwards can do a decent job of getting to the quarterback on occasion, but he has to be limited to passing downs because he gets gashed against the run.

  26. SenDerrick Marks, DT, Titans. Age: 26.
    Signed with Jaguars (1 year)

    SenDerrick Marks isn't particularly good at anything, but he's not really bad at anything either. He's a serviceable spot starter.

  27. Marcus Spears, DE/DT, Cowboys. Age: 30. -- Signed with Ravens (2 years)
  28. Kevin Vickerson, DT, Broncos. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Broncos (2 years)
  29. Shaun Cody, NT, Texans. Age: 30.
  30. Isaac Sopoaga, NT, 49ers. Age: 31. -- Signed with Eagles
  31. Nate Collins (RFA), DT, Bears. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Bears
  32. Antonio Johnson, DT, Colts. Age: 28.
  33. Clinton McDonald (RFA), DT, Seahawks. Age: 26.
  34. Kedric Golston, DE/DT, Redskins. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Redskins (3 years)
  35. Vance Walker, DT, Falcons. Age: 26. -- Signed with Raiders
  36. Tommy Kelly, DT, Raiders. Age: 32. -- Signed with Patriots (2 years)
  37. Mike Patterson, DT, Eagles. Age: 30. -- Signed with Giants
  38. Justin Bannan, DT, Broncos. Age: 34.
  39. Antonio Garay, NT, Chargers. Age: 33. -- Signed with Jets
  40. Kenyon Coleman, DE/DT, Cowboys. Age: 34. -- Signed with Saints
  41. Rocky Bernard, DT, Giants. Age: 34.
  42. Spencer Johnson, DT, Bills. Age: 31.
  43. Tony McDaniel, DT, Dolphins. Age: 28. -- Signed with Seahawks
  44. Leger Douzable, DT, Titans. Age: 28.
  45. Fili Moala, DT, Colts. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Colts (1 year)
  46. Pat Sims, DT, Bengals. Age: 27. -- Signed with Raiders
  47. Chris Baker (RFA), NT, Redskins. Age: 25. -- Tendered by Redskins (original)
  48. Vaughn Martin, DT, Chargers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Dolphins
  49. Ryan McBean, DT, Ravens. Age: 29.
  50. Corvey Irvin (RFA), DT, Buccaneers. Age: 28.
  51. Maake Kemoeatu, NT, Ravens. Age: 34.
  52. Andre Neblett (RFA), DT, Panthers. Age: 25. -- Signed with Buccaneers
  53. Brian Schaefering, DE/DT, Cowboys. Age: 30.
  54. Ty Warren, DT, Broncos. Age: 32.
  55. Amobi Okoye, DT, Bears. Age: 26.
  56. Nick Eason, DE/DT, Cardinals. Age: 33.
  57. Shaun Smith, NT, Chiefs. Age: 32.
  58. Andre Fluellen, DT, Lions. Age: 28. -- Signed with Bears
  59. Trevor Laws, DT, Rams. Age: 28.
  60. Shaun Rogers, DT, Giants. Age: 34. -- Re-signed with Giants
  61. Matt Toeaina, DT, Bears. Age: 28.
  62. Ron Edwards, DT, Panthers. Age: 34.
  63. Vonnie Holliday, DE/DT, Cardinals. Age: 37.

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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)
65     94

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)
111     27

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)
26     32

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)
28     26

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)
20     27

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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