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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. Desmond Bishop, ILB, Packers. Age: 29.
    Signed with Vikings (1 year, $1.5 million)

    Desmond Bishop was released for some strange reason. He's one of the better 3-4 inside linebackers in the NFL, though he missed all of 2012 with a torn hamstring.

  2. Dannell Ellerbe, ILB, Ravens. Age: 27.
    Signed with Dolphins

    Dannell Ellerbe was the top inside linebacker on the roster this past season - even when Ray Lewis was healthy. He had a strong second half, emerging after Lewis went down.

  3. Brad Jones, ILB, Packers. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Packers

    Desmond Bishop's season-ending injury was initially thought to be a big deal, but it turned out to be very minor because Brad Jones stepped in and did a great job. Jones played all three downs highly effectively. He deserves a big contract.

  4. Karlos Dansby, ILB, Dolphins. Age: 31.
    Signed with Cardinals (1 year)

    The Dolphins went younger when they made a very minor upgrade by replacing Karlos Dansby with Dannell Ellerbe. Dansby is a very strong run defender who can still play all three downs. Unfortunately, he'll turn 32 in November.

  5. Rolando McClain, ILB, Raiders. Age: 24.
    Signed with Ravens

    The positive for Rolando McClain: He's a strong run defender who will be just 24 in July. The negative? He was used on just two downs in 2012 because he can't cover. He also has major work-ethic issues, though these could be fixed if he's brought into a strong locker room.

  6. Brian Urlacher, ILB, Bears. Age: 35.
    Announced retirement

    Based on the way he played last year, Brian Urlacher probably deserves 1.5 stars. He was terrible. However, he was hurt throughout, so maybe he can recover and be at least an OK starter again.

  7. Larry Grant, ILB, 49ers. Age: 28.
    Larry Grant played well in relief of an injured Patrick Willis a year ago, but didn't see the field much in 2012.

  8. Bart Scott, ILB, Jets. Age: 33.
    Bart Scott is no longer a three-down linebacker, but he's still effective in terms of stopping the run.

  9. Takeo Spikes, ILB, Chargers. Age: 36.
    Takeo Spikes played well for the first few months of the season in 2012, but he struggled mightily down the stretch. There's a chance he could be done. At best, he's a solid, two-down veteran.

  10. Chase Blackburn, ILB, Giants. Age: 30.
    Signed with Panthers (2 years)

    Chase Blackburn was OK at times last year, but killed his team in some games. He needs to be upgraded.

  11. Dan Connor, ILB, Cowboys. Age: 28.
    Signed with Giants

    Dan Connor has been a disappointment in his pro career thus far, but he's a very good reserve linebacker and an OK spot starter in the middle of a 3-4 defense.

  12. Bradie James, ILB, Texans. Age: 32.
    Wade Phillips probably wanted Bradie James to play fewer snaps during the year, but Brian Cushing's injury forced his hand. James did a solid job in run support, but wasn't very good in coverage.

  13. Larry Foote, ILB, Steelers. Age: 33.
    Re-signed with Steelers

    Larry Foote is an asset because he's a smart leader on the field, but his skills have eroded. He was ranked near the top among linebackers in terms of missed tackles and touchdowns allowed. He said he's considering retirement.

  14. Tim Dobbins, ILB, Texans. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Texans
  15. Rey Maualuga, ILB, Bengals. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Bengals (2 years, $6.5 million)
  16. Jasper Brinkley, ILB, Vikings. Age: 28. -- Signed with Cardinals (2 years)
  17. Keith Brooking, ILB, Broncos. Age: 37.
  18. Paris Lenon, ILB, Cardinals. Age: 35.
  19. Demorrio Williams, ILB, Chargers. Age: 33.
  20. Moise Fokou, ILB, Colts. Age: 28. -- Signed with Titans
  21. Brandon Siler, ILB, Chiefs. Age: 27.
  22. Barrett Ruud, ILB, Texans. Age: 30.
  23. Stewart Bradley, ILB, Cardinals. Age: 29. -- Signed with Broncos (1 year)

  24. Zac Diles, ILB, Titans. Age: 28. -- Signed with Chiefs
  25. Stevenson Sylvester (RFA), ILB, Steelers. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Steelers
  26. Brendon Ayanbadejo, ILB, Ravens. Age: 36.
  27. Brandon Johnson, ILB, Steelers. Age: 30.
  28. Marvin Mitchell, ILB, Vikings. Age: 28.
  29. Tavares Gooden, ILB, 49ers. Age: 28.
  30. Brady Poppinga, ILB, Cowboys. Age: 33.
  31. Ricky Brown, ILB, Ravens. Age: 29.
  32. Josh Mauga (RFA), ILB, Jets. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Jets (1 year)
  33. Omar Gaither, ILB, Raiders. Age: 29.
  34. Rob Francois (RFA), ILB, Packers. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Packers
  35. A.J. Edds (RFA), ILB, Colts. Age: 25.
  36. Bryan Kehl, ILB, Redskins. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Redskins
  37. Dane Fletcher (RFA), ILB, Patriots. Age: 26.
  38. Keyaron Fox, ILB, Texans. Age: 31.

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jizz 02-15-2012 11:56 am (total posts: 1)
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wheres russel Allen?
Erik 02-07-2012 07:41 pm (total posts: 1)
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still think blackburn gets lost in coverage walter? haha
MarkieB89 01-27-2012 01:03 am (total posts: 1)
17     15

There we go. Got D'Qwell. haha.
Ned 01-26-2012 05:49 pm (total posts: 1)
20     150

What a joke londen fletcher had the most tackles in the nil this season he is definitely the 2 best inside backers this year in free agency
brownnies 01-20-2012 11:28 pm (total posts: 1)
25     13

what about dqwell jackson from cleveland
Brando 01-20-2012 06:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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where is D'Qwell Jackson?
Tyler 01-20-2012 05:14 pm (total posts: 1)
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Tulloch belongs on the top of the board with out a doubt. He had one of his most productive seasons with career highs in INTs, sacks, and fumble recoveries. The Lions must resign him to a long-term contract, but they can't overpay for him. With Gregg Williams headed to St. Louis to work with James Laurinaitis, Detroit is the best possible fit for Tulloch, I just hope he sees it that way.
Joe 08-27-2011 10:46 am (total posts: 1)
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Kirk Morrison signed with the Bills for one year
Cyelii 08-19-2011 01:19 pm (total posts: 1)
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I was really confused, and this awnsreed all my questions.
Capt Blood 08-09-2011 11:12 am (total posts: 1)
23     27

Keyaron Fox signed with the Redskins.
Travis 08-06-2011 01:51 pm (total posts: 1)
25     21

It's wired to say this but Detroit deep playoff run if Mattew doesn't get hurt
Roy 07-31-2011 03:14 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Buffalo Bills and former Packers LB Nick Barnett reached agreement on a three-year, $12 million deal including $6 million gtd.
Wow is an idiot 07-31-2011 11:30 am (total posts: 1)
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tulloch is on the lions
Anon 07-30-2011 01:30 pm (total posts: 1)
22     22


Herzlich signed with the Giants...cant you read
Winning 07-26-2011 07:20 am (total posts: 1)
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Herzlich chose the Ravens, what a surprise. He wants to be part of an elite defense and take over from the greatest MLB/ILB of all time.

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