2021 NFL Free Agents: Outside Linebackers

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2021 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2021.
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  1. Yannick Ngakoue, DE/OLB, Ravens. Age: 26.
    Signed with Raiders

    Yannick Ngakoue is an electric pass rusher with enormous upside. He’s only 26, so there’s still room for growth with him.

  2. Bud Dupree, DE/OLB, Steelers. Age: 28.
    Signed with Titans

    The Steelers really missed Bud Dupree down the stretch, as they began losing without him. He logged eight sacks in 11 games, and he has 19.5 sacks in the past two years.

  3. Jadeven Clowney, DE/OLB, Titans. Age: 28.
    Signed with Browns (1 year)

    Jadeveon Clowney was a disappointment for the Titans, failing to record a sack in 2020. He has yet to notch double-digit sacks throughout his career. He’s overrated as a pass rusher, but plays very well against the run.

  4. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Dolphins. Age: 30.
    Signed with Patriots

    Kyle Van Noy does everything, whether it’s rush the passer successfully, clamp down on the run or drop into coverage. He had a down year in 2020, but only because he dealt with hip and groin injuries. Age will soon become a concern, but Van Noy is expected to bounce back in 2021.

  5. Hassan Reddick, DE/OLB, Cardinals. Age: 26.
    Signed with Panthers

    The Cardinals finally figured out how to use Hassan Reddick last year. Reddick failed as an off-line linebacker prior to 2020, but Arizona put him on the edge, where he thrived. Reddick notched 12.5 sacks as a result.

  6. Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Rams. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Rams (4 years, $64 million)

    Leonard Floyd was seen as a bust as a former first-round pick in Chicago, but the Rams got the most out of him. Floyd registered 10.5 sacks in 2020.

  7. Matthew Judon, DE/OLB, Ravens. Age: 29.
    Signed with Patriots (4 years, $56 million)

    Matthew Judon has never logged double-digit sacks in a season, but he’s always good for anything between six and 9.5 sacks. He’s missed just four games in his career.

  8. Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, Chargers. Age: 32.
    It’s hard to believe that Melvin Ingram is 32. The 2020 campaign was a lost season for him, as he did nothing in seven injury-ridden games. He could bounce back in 2021, but he may regress as well.

  9. Jordan Jenkins, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 27.
    Signed with Texans (2 years, $6 million)

    Jordan Jenkins logged 15 sacks in two years heading into 2020, but saw that figure drop to two this past season. He’ll be better off as a second pass rusher.

  10. Kyler Fackrell, DE/OLB, Giants. Age: 29.
    Kyler Fackrell was sorely missed late in the season. The Giants began losing without him, then won in Week 17 when he returned. He logged four sacks in 12 games, but was better than that number indicates.

  11. Tyus Bowser, DE/OLB, Ravens. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Ravens (4 years, $22 million)

    Tyus Bowser has upside as a pass rusher. He’s young and can improve his game, so he should get more of an opportunity in the near future.

  12. Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Cardinals. Age: 30.
    Re-signed with Cardinals (2 years, $9 million)

    The Cardinals obtained Markus Golden from the Giants for a sixth-round pick in the middle of the 2020 season. He recorded 4.5 sacks, with that number not being indicative of his play.

  13. Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Redskins. Age: 33.
    Signed with Eagles (1 year)

    Ryan Kerrigan’s career is winding down. He logged 5.5 sacks in 2020, as he saw far fewer snaps than usual. Granted, this was because of Chase Young’s presence, but Kerrigan is no longer the dominant edge rusher he once was.

  14. Jeremiah Attaochu, DE/OLB, Broncos. Age: 28. — Signed with Bears (2 years)
  15. Kamu Grugier-Hill, DE/OLB, Dolphins. Age: 27. — Signed with Texans (1 year, $3.25 million)
  16. Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB, Seahawks. Age: 33.
  17. Brennan Scarlett, DE/OLB, Texans. Age: 28. — Signed with Dolphins
  18. Pernell McPhee, DE/OLB, Ravens. Age: 32. — Re-signed with Ravens
  19. Tarell Basham, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 27.
  20. Ryan Anderson, DE/OLB, Giants. Age: 27.
  21. Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, Falcons. Age: 30.
  22. Samson Ebukam, OLB, Rams. Age: 26. — Signed with 49ers (2 years, $12 million)
  23. Jabaal Sheard, DE/OLB, Giants. Age: 32.
  24. Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Raiders. Age: 29.
  25. Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB, Jaguars. Age: 27.
  26. Vince Biegel, DE/OLB, Dolphins. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Dolphins (1 year)
  27. Derek Rivers, OLB, Rams. Age: 27.
  28. Anthony Chickillo, DE/OLB, Broncos. Age: 28.
  29. Jayrone Elliott, OLB, Steelers. Age: 29.
  30. Peter Kalambayi, OLB, Texans. Age: 26.
  31. Julian Stanford (RFA), DE/OLB, Panthers. Age: 30.
  32. Isaiah Irving, DE/OLB, Cardinals. Age: 27.

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