2020 NFL Free Agents: Defensive Ends

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2020 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2020.
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    1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, Seahawks. Age: 27.
      Signed with Titans

      Jadeveon Clowney enjoyed a great first season in Seattle. He logged just three sacks, but that’s not indicative of how dominant he was when healthy.

    2. Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Rams. Age: 26.
      Signed with Falcons (3 years)

      Dante Fowler signed a 1-year “prove it” deal last offseason. He certainly proved himself by racking up 11.5 sacks. Just 26 in August, Fowler has finally blossomed into the player the Jaguars thought they were getting with the third-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

    3. Bud Dupree, DE/OLB, Steelers. Age: 27.
      Franchised by Steelers

      Bud Dupree was seen as a disappointment since being chosen in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, but he had a breakout 2019 campaign, logging 11.5 sacks. There’s a chance Dupree could regress, but we’ve seen what he’s capable of.

    4. Matt Judon, DE/OLB, Ravens. Age: 28.
      Franchised by Ravens

      Matt Judon became the Ravens’ top edge rusher in the wake of Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith departures. He logged 9.5 sacks in 2019.

    5. Robert Quinn, DE, Cowboys. Age: 30.
      Signed with Bears (5 years, $70 million; $30 mllion guaranteed)

      Robert Quinn looked like the Robert Quinn of old this past season, logging 11.5 sacks. He turns 30 in May, but he should still have one or two more strong years remaining in the tank.

    6. Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Chiefs. Age: 26.
      Signed with Dolphins (2 years, $15 million)

      Emmanuel Ogbah was a quality edge rusher for the Chiefs this past season when he was healthy, producing 5.5 sacks in 10 games. Unfortunately, Ogbah suffered a torn pectoral in November.

    7. Everson Griffen, DE, Vikings. Age: 32.
      Signed with Cowboys (1 year, $6 million)

      Everson Griffen missed a chunk of the 2018 season with mental health issues. He appears to have put that behind him – he played 15 games in 2019 – but something like that could always resurface. Also, Griffen turns 33 during the 2020 campaign. He had eight sacks last year, but he could regress in the near future.

    8. Olivier Vernon, DE, Browns. Age: 29.
      Olivier Vernon recorded 3.5 sacks in 10 games last year, so he isn’t the same player he once was. Vernon turns 30 in October, but is still capable of playing the run extremely well.

    9. Derek Wolfe, DE/DT, Broncos. Age: 30.
      Signed with Ravens (1 year, $3 million)

      Derek Wolfe would be ranked higher than this if it weren’t for his very dubious injury history. Wolfe always seems to be hurt, which is especially scary, considering that he just turned 30.

    10. Carl Nassib, DE, Buccaneers. Age: 27.
      Signed with Raiders

      Carl Nassib is just a mediocre pass rusher, but he’s been excellent in run support. Nassib turns 27 in April, so he could improve his pass-rushing ability.

    11. Mario Addison, DE, Panthers. Age: 32.
      Signed with Bills (3 years)

      Mario Addison hasn’t recorded fewer than nine sacks in each of the past four years. However, he turns 33 in early September, so he might be due for some regression.

    12. Jabaal Sheard, DE, Colts. Age: 31.
      Jabaal Sheard is coming off a down year, logging just 4.5 sacks. Perhaps it’s his age, as Sheard will turn 31 in May.

    13. Adrian Clayborn, DE, Falcons. Age: 32.
      Signed with Browns

      Adrian Clayborn saw his sack total drop from 9.5 in 2017 to 6.5 over the past two seasons, but he still did a good job of pressuring quarterbacks last year. Unfortunately, he’ll turn 32 this summer, which could mean regression is coming soon.

    14. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Seahawks. Age: 31.
      Ziggy Ansah is a shell of his former self, but he can sometimes enjoy some nice performances, including his 1.5-sack outing against Philadelphia in Week 12.

    15. Cameron Wake, DE/OLB, Titans. Age: 38.
      Cameron Wake turned 38 this offseason, so he doesn’t have much time remaining in the league. However, he was an effective pass rusher last year while playing 20 or so snaps per game. He could thrive in the same sort of role for his next team.

    16. Ronald Blair, DE, 49ers. Age: 27.
      Re-signed with 49ers (1 year)

      Ronald Blair was just a rotational edge rusher this past season, but he has talent and should be able to compete for a starting job somewhere.

    17. Vinny Curry, DE, Eagles. Age: 32.
      Vinny Curry failed in Tampa Bay, but he returned to Philadelphia and once again performed well as a rotational edge rusher. Unfortunately for Curry, he turns 32 this summer.

    18. Isaac Rochell (RFA), DE/DT, Chargers. Age: 25. — Re-signed with Chargers (1 year)
    19. Kerry Hyder, DE, Cowboys. Age: 29.
    20. Benson Mayowa, DE, Raiders. Age: 29. — Signed with Seahawks (1 year, $3 million)
    21. Margus Hunt, DE, Colts. Age: 33.
    22. Josh Mauro, DE, Raiders. Age: 29.
    23. Anthony Zettel, DE/DT, 49ers. Age: 28. — Signed with Vikings
    24. Damontre Moore, DE, 49ers. Age: 27.
    25. Bryan Cox (RFA), DE, Browns. Age: 26.
    26. Jack Crawford, DE/DT, Falcons. Age: 31. — Signed with Titans
    27. Dion Jordan, DE, Raiders. Age: 30. — Signed with 49ers
    28. Steven Means, DE, Falcons. Age: 29.
    29. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Patriots. Age: 28.
    30. Stephen Weatherly, DE, Vikings. Age: 26. — Signed with Panthers (2 years, $12 million)
    31. Lerentee McCray, DE, Jaguars. Age: 30.
    32. Kareem Martin, DE, Giants. Age: 28.
    33. Kerry Wynn, DE, Bengals. Age: 29.

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