2020 NFL Free Agents: Defensive Tackles

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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. Chris Jones, DT, Chiefs. Age: 26.
    Franchised by the Chiefs

    Aside from Aaron Donald, Chris Jones is the best defensive tackle in the NFL. Jones can single-handedly dominate the trenches. He stuffs the run and puts heavy pressure on opposing quarterbacks. He’s also just 26 as of July, so his best years are probably still ahead of him.

  2. D.J. Reader, NT, Texans. Age: 26.
    Signed with Bengals (4 years, $53 million)

    D.J. Reader is one of the top nose tackles in the NFL. He’s a monster when it comes to stuffing the run, and he’s also pretty decent at applying pressure on the quarterback. He won’t be 27 until the 2021 offseason, so the sky is the limit for him.

  3. Leonard Williams, DE/DT, Giants. Age: 26.
    Franchised by Giants

    Leonard Williams failed to log a single sack in 2019, but that’s not indicative of how well he played. Williams was a force in the trenches, as both a pass rusher and a run stuffer.

  4. Javon Hargrave, NT, Steelers. Age: 27.
    Signed with Eagles (3 years, $39 million)

    Javon Hargrave is a monster nose tackle. He stuffs the run and gets decent pressure on the quarterback. He’s still young, so he could improve his game even more.

  5. Arik Armstead, DE/DT, 49ers. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with 49ers (5 years, $85 million)

    Arik Armstead didn’t live up to his first-round billing for four years, but he was excellent this past season. He’s a late bloomer, but there’s also a chance that Armstead was simply playing for a new contract.

  6. Michael Pierce, NT, Ravens. Age: 27.
    Signed with Vikings (3 years, $27 million)

    Michael Pierce is a massive run plugger. He’s coming off a bit of a down year because he was dealing with an ankle injury. He should bounce back with a strong 2020 campaign.

  7. Michael Brockers, DT, Rams. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with Rams (3 years, $31.5 million)

    Michael Brockers is a monstrous force against the run, and he can get to the quarterback on occasion. He’ll turn 30 in December.

  8. Quinton Jefferson, DT, Seahawks. Age: 27.
    Signed with Bills (2 years)

    Quinton Jefferson was one of the biggest surprises for the Seahawks this past season. He emerged as a potent force in the interior of the trenches, stuffing the run well and generating some pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

  9. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Buccaneers. Age: 33.
    Re-signed with Buccaneers (1 year, $8 million)

    Ndamukong Suh is no longer a dominant interior pass-rushing presence, but he’s terrific at stopping the run. He was one of the reasons why Tampa was elite against ground attacks in 2019.

  10. Timmy Jernigan, DT, Eagles. Age: 27.
    Signed with Broncos

    Timmy Jernigan is an impactful defensive interior presence when he’s on the field, but he has a very checkered injury history.

  11. Andrew Billings, DT, Bengals. Age: 25.
    Signed with Browns (1 year, $3 million)

    Andrew Billings has been a stout nose tackle for the Bengals over the past couple of years. He’s only 25, so he still has plenty of room for growth.

  12. Christian Covington, DE/DT, Cowboys. Age: 26.
    Signed with Broncos (1 year, $1.75 million)

    Christian Covington is one of the top run-stuffing defensive linemen in the NFL. His pass-rushing skills need work, but he’s still 26, so he has plenty of time to develop moves to get to the quarterback.

  13. Danny Shelton, DT, Patriots. Age: 27.
    Signed with Lions (2 years, $8 million)

    Danny Shelton had always been a quality run stuffer, but he managed to improve in the pass-rushing department this past season.

  14. Shelby Harris, DT, Broncos. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with Broncos (1 year, $2.5 million)

    Shelby Harris has always played the run well, but he improved his pass-rushing ability this past season. He logged six sacks in 2019.

  15. Mike Daniels, DE/DT, Lions. Age: 31.
    Signed with Bengals

    Mike Daniels was once one of the top 3-4 defensive ends in the NFL, but he had an injury-ravaged 2019 campaign after the Packers released him last offseason. He turns 31 this offseason and should continue to decline.

  16. Snacks Harrison, NT, Lions. Age: 31.
    Snacks Harrison has been one of the NFL’s top nose tackles over the past several years. His play declined last year, but he was playing through injuries, so he could bounce back next year. He’ll turn 32 in November, however, so the regression might be permanent.

  17. A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Lions. Age: 25.
    Signed with Rams (2 years, $17 million)

    A’Shawn Robinson played well in 2018, but took a step backward this past season. Robinson had been dealing with a knee issue entering the year and ended up missing a handful of games, so his 2019 decline can be attributed to him being banged up.

  18. Maliek Collins, DT, Cowboys. Age: 25.
    Signed with Raiders

    Maliek Collins puts good pressure on opposing quarterbacks in the interior of the trenches. He’ll be just 25 in April, so there’s a chance he’ll make a big leap in production.

  19. Roy Robertson-Harris (RFA), DE/DT, Bears. Age: 27.
    Tendered by Bears (2nd round)

    Roy Robertson-Harris was a strong presence on Chicago’s defensive line this past season. He doesn’t have much experience, so he should continue to improve.

  20. Linval Joseph, DT, Vikings. Age: 31.
    Signed with Chargers (2 years, $17 million)

    One of the casualties of the Kirk Cousins contract, Linval Joseph had been a dominant interior presence for the Vikings since 2014. Joseph didn’t play on a Pro Bowl level last year, but he was still a very effective player. Joseph turns 32 in October, so a decline is coming, but he should still be able to perform very well for the next year or two.

  21. Xavier Williams, DT, Chiefs. Age: 28.
    Xavier Williams is normally a stud run-stuffer, but he struggled in 2019 because he labored through an ankle injury.

  22. Johnathan Hankins, NT, Raiders. Age: 28.
    Johnathan Hankins’ pass-rushing ability has declined in recent years, but he’s still a monstrous run stuffer.

  23. Tyeler Davison, DT, Falcons. Age: 27.
    Tyeler Davison is a solid run-plugger, but doesn’t offer much as far as pass-rushing ability is concerned.

  24. David Onyemata, DT, Saints. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Saints
  25. Al Woods, DT, Seahawks. Age: 33. — Signed with Jaguars
  26. Jarran Reed, DT, Seahawks. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Seahawks (2 years, $23 million)
  27. Brandon Mebane, DT, Chargers. Age: 35.
  28. Sheldon Day, DT, 49ers. Age: 26. — Signed with Colts
  29. Josh Tupou (RFA), DT, Bengals. Age: 26.
  30. Jonathan Bullard, DE/DT, Cardinals. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Cardinals
  31. Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Buccaneers. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Buccaneers
  32. Adam Gotsis, DE/DT, Broncos. Age: 27. — Signed with Jaguars
  33. Jordan Phillips, DT, Bills. Age: 27. — Signed with Cardinals (3 years, $30 million)
  34. Nick Williams, DE/DT, Bears. Age: 30. — Signed with Lions (2 years, $10 million)
  35. Austin Johnson, DT, Titans. Age: 26. — Signed with Giants
  36. Mike Pennel, DT, Chiefs. Age: 29. — Re-signed with Chiefs (1 year)
  37. Akeem Spence, DT, Jaguars. Age: 28.
  38. Kyle Love, DT, Panthers. Age: 33.
  39. Clinton McDonald, DT, Cardinals. Age: 33.
  40. Domata Peko, DT, Ravens. Age: 35.
  41. Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Eagles. Age: 25. — Re-signed with Eagles (1 year)
  42. Morgan Fox (RFA), DT, Rams. Age: 25.
  43. Brandon Dunn, NT, Texans. Age: 27.
  44. Trevon Coley (RFA), DT, Colts. Age: 26.
  45. L.T. Walton (RFA), DT, Steelers. Age: 28.
  46. Sylvester Williams, DT, Chargers. Age: 31.
  47. Daniel Ross (RFA), DT, Cowboys. Age: 27.

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