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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. Paul Kruger, DE/OLB, Ravens. Age: 27.
    Signed with Browns (5 years, $41 million)

    Paul Kruger notched nine sacks during the regular season and then three more against the Colts in the playoffs. He also was solid in coverage.

  2. Philip Wheeler, OLB, Raiders. Age: 28.
    Signed with Dolphins (5 years, $26 million)

    Philip Wheeler was one of the most improved players in the NFL this past season. He thrived in every aspect, including blitzing, and he's earned a huge pay day this spring. And to think, the Raiders obtained him for a mere 1-year, $700,000 contract during the previous offseason.

  3. Daryl Smith, OLB, Jaguars. Age: 31.
    Signed with Ravens

    Daryl Smith has never received much attention from the media, but he's been one of the top 4-3 outside linebackers in the NFL over the years. Unfortunately, he played in just two games this season because of a groin injury, and he'll be 31 in March, so his skills are in the process of eroding.

  4. Connor Barwin, DE/OLB, Texans. Age: 26.
    Signed with Eagles

    Connor Barwin is coming off a very disappointing 2012 campaign. After registering 11.5 sacks in 2011, he managed just three this past season. He's talented, so there's a good chance this was just a fluky year.

  5. Kevin Burnett, OLB, Dolphins. Age: 30.
    Signed with Raiders

    Kevin Burnett, like Karlos Dansby, was part of Miami's minor-upgrade purge. Burnett is a very talented linebacker with no glaring weaknesses in his game. The only downside is that he'll be 31 in December.

  6. James Harrison, DE/OLB, Steelers. Age: 35.
    Signed with Bengals (2 years)

    James Harrison can still put good pressure on the quarterback, but given that he turns 35 in May, it's fair to wonder how long that'll last. He's also injury-prone, so that doesn't help his cause.

  7. Shaun Phillips, DE/OLB, Chargers. Age: 32.
    Signed with Broncos

    Shaun Phillips recorded close to double-digit sacks and was stout in coverage this season, though he was a big liability against the run. He'll be 32 in May, unfortunately.

  8. Nick Barnett, OLB, Bills. Age: 32.
    Nick Barnett is a very solid linebacker who thrives in both run support and pass coverage. The only knock on him is his age; he'll be 32 in May. He can still perform pretty well though.

  9. Thomas Howard, OLB, Bengals. Age: 30.
    Thomas Howard missed all but one game in 2012 with a torn ACL. It was impressive that Cincinnati's defense still played well despite missing such a solid linebacker.

  10. Manny Lawson, OLB, Bengals. Age: 29.
    Signed with Bills

    The Bengals asked Manny Lawson to rush the passer and stop the run, and he did that very well. He's not good in coverage, however.

  11. Justin Durant, OLB, Lions. Age: 27.
    Signed with Cowboys

    Justin Durant has been very solid in run support for the Lions over the past couple of years. He should be limited to two downs though because he's not that good in coverage.

  12. Erin Henderson, OLB, Vikings. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Vikings (2 years)

    A quality run-defender, Erin Henderson should be limited to two downs because he can be exposed in coverage.

  13. D.J. Williams, OLB, Broncos. Age: 31.
    Signed with Bears

    D.J. Williams has missed lots of time over the past couple of years because of injuries and suspensions. He can be a decent starter if he's on the field, but he'll be 31 in July.

  14. Leroy Hill, OLB, Seahawks. Age: 30.
    Leroy Hill had a solid 2012 campaign as a two-down linebacker until late in the season when he dealt with a lingering hamstring injury.

  15. Victor Butler, DE/OLB, Cowboys. Age: 26.
    Signed with Saints

    Victor Butler has shown some solid pass-rushing ability in his brief action behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer.

  16. Antwan Barnes, DE/OLB, Chargers. Age: 28.
    Signed with Jets

    Antwan Barnes is a solid pass-rushing specialist. He recorded 11 sacks in 2011, but didn't do much last year because of a bothersome hamstring injury.

  17. Nick Roach, OLB, Bears. Age: 28.
    Signed with Raiders

    Nick Roach hasn't been a liability as a starting linebacker, but Chicago can do better.

  18. DeAndre Levy, OLB, Lions. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Lions

    DeAndre Levy is a big liability in run support, but he's much better on passing downs.

  19. Rob Jackson, DE/OLB, Redskins. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Redskins (1 year)

    A former seventh-round pick, Rob Jackson made the most of his opportunity when Brian Orakpo went down with a season-ending injury. Jackson was solid in coverage.

  20. Calvin Pace, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with Jets (1 year)

    Calvin Pace, 33 in October, looked like he had nothing in the tank this past season, as he registered only three sacks. Maybe he can bounce back, but his career looks like it's quickly coming to an end.

  21. Bryan Thomas, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 34.
    Bryan Thomas played through a torn chest injury in 2012. He wasn't bad considering that, but it's fair to wonder if his body is breaking down.

  22. Kaluka Maiava, OLB, Browns. Age: 26.
    Signed with Raiders (3 years, $6 million)

    Kaluka Maiava started games at both strongside and weakside linebacker this year. He handled himself pretty well as a two-down player.

  23. Keith Rivers, OLB, Giants. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Giants

    Keith Rivers has the potential to be ranked way better, but he can't stay healthy.

  24. Quentin Groves, DE/OLB, Cardinals. Age: 29. -- Signed with Browns (2 years, $2.8 million)
  25. Jonathan Casillas, OLB, Saints. Age: 26. -- Signed with Buccaneers (1 year)
  26. Chris Gocong, OLB, Browns. Age: 29.
  27. Gerald McRath, OLB, Titans. Age: 27.
  28. James Anderson, OLB, Panthers. Age: 29. -- Signed with Bears (1 year)
  29. Michael Boley, OLB, Giants. Age: 31.
  30. Rocky McIntosh, OLB, Rams. Age: 30.
  31. Erik Walden, DE/OLB, Packers. Age: 28. -- Signed with Colts
  32. Lorenzo Alexander, DE/OLB, Redskins. Age: 30. -- Signed with Cardinals (3 years)
  33. Geno Hayes, OLB, Bears. Age: 26. -- Signed with Jaguars
  34. Jason Phillips (RFA), OLB, Panthers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Eagles (2 years)
  35. Dan Skuta, OLB, Bengals. Age: 27. -- Signed with 49ers (2 years)
  36. Akeem Jordan, OLB, Eagles. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chiefs
  37. Ernie Sims, OLB, Cowboys. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Cowboys
  38. Chris Wilson, DE/OLB, Redskins. Age: 31.
  39. Will Witherspoon, OLB, Titans. Age: 33.
  40. Frank Zombo (RFA), DE/OLB, Packers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Chiefs
  41. Scott Shanle, OLB, Saints. Age: 33.
  42. Jordan Senn, OLB, Panthers. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Panthers
  43. Quincy Black, OLB, Buccaneers. Age: 29.
  44. Mario Haggan, OLB, Rams. Age: 33.
  45. Scott Fujita, OLB, Browns. Age: 34. -- Announced retirement
  46. Jamaal Westerman, DE/OLB, Colts. Age: 28.
  47. Andy Studebaker, DE/OLB, Chiefs. Age: 27.
  48. Clark Haggans, DE/OLB, 49ers. Age: 36.
  49. Tracy White, OLB, Patriots. Age: 32.
  50. Mike Peterson, OLB, Falcons. Age: 37.
  51. Jesse Nading, DE/OLB, Texans. Age: 28.
  52. Austin Spitler (RFA), OLB, Dolphins. Age: 26. -- Tendered by Dolphins
  53. Niko Koutouvides, OLB, Patriots. Age: 32. -- Re-signed with Patriots
  54. Will Herring, OLB, Saints. Age: 30.
  55. Jacob Cutrera (RFA), OLB, Buccaneers. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Buccaneers
  56. Ramon Humber, OLB, Saints. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Saints
  57. Justin Cole (RFA), OLB, Rams. Age: 25.

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Stud McMuffin 03-29-2014 02:59 am (total posts: 1)
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if football wasn't so gay with its roughing the passer rule and unsportsmanlike i would have stuck with it.

instead i went into judo and won a few dozen medals

oh well

i used to love sizing up guys when i was in HS and played WLB i would run low trying to stay down between the OL and DL guys and pop up on the ball carrier last second to bend their mind BAM!
Riley 03-12-2014 05:43 pm (total posts: 1)
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Schofield's not coming to the Giants after all. Failed physical.
MacJacMcCoy 02-07-2014 07:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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To: Lions Fan
Connor Barwin signed a multi year contract with the Eagles last off-season and there is a less than a .004 chance that they cut him. You need to re evaulate your wish list.
tim 02-06-2014 06:29 pm (total posts: 1)
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jason worilds from the steelers will be a UFA unless signed prior to free agency
Dan 08-01-2013 09:50 am (total posts: 1)
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Nick Barnett signed with Redskins.
michelle obama 04-23-2013 02:32 am (total posts: 1)
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i like to over flown toilet bowls in restaurants on purpose
sticky dicky 04-01-2013 03:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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Manny Lawson played 33% of Bengals snaps last season on defense because he cant cover a linebacker named Emmanuel lamur (undrafted)from Kansas state played more snaps especially on third down(which is typically a passing down). he is tall and athletic but no ofence hes not going to stop gronk or Hernandez in your division that i guarantee you sorry no disrespect but the truth hurts
BW 03-28-2013 04:28 pm (total posts: 1)
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Your report on Manny Lawson is interesting in that it contradicts everything else that I've read about him. Every other report on him praises his coverage abilites and Buffalo also mentions that that is why they liked him...because he has a chance to cover tight ends.
DeAndemetrius 03-01-2013 06:22 pm (total posts: 1)
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i find it hilarious that you think nick barnett "thrives in both run support and pass coverage". he thrives in neither. if he had a half way decent season the bills would have kept him given the fact that they have 0 good linebackers
buggsbunny 02-20-2013 05:54 am (total posts: 1)
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Wait! Were's Aaron Curry?
Jaker 02-11-2013 07:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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Anthony Spencer should be on this list not the DE list
Jeff 02-11-2013 04:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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Nick Barnett thrives in pass coverage? You didn't watch many Bills game this year..
Lions fan 02-03-2013 04:53 pm (total posts: 1)
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We need to resign Durant but let Levy walk and use that money to bring in Connor Barwin
Bob the Builder 01-20-2013 08:26 pm (total posts: 1)
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Philip Wheeler number 2? No just no.
PAUUUL 01-20-2013 11:50 am (total posts: 1)
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