2022 NFL Free Agents: Defensive Tackles

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2022 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2022.
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  1. Fletcher Cox, DT, Eagles. Age: 31.
    Re-signed with Eagles (1 year, $14 million)

    Fletcher Cox is one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL. He was released for financial reasons, but the Eagles will try to re-sign him.

  2. Calais Campbell, DE/DT, Ravens. Age: 36.
    Re-signed with Ravens (2 years, $12.5 million)

    Despite his age, Calais Campbell somehow continues to be one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL. He turns 36 on Sept. 1, so regression is bound to hit at some point.

  3. Akiem Hicks, DE/DT, Bears. Age: 32.
    Signed with Buccaneers (1 year)

    There’s a lengthy history of the Bears being far worse against the run when Akiem Hicks is out of the lineup. Hicks is a force up front, though age (32) is becoming an issue.

  4. Sebastian Joseph-Day, DE/DT, Rams. Age: 27.
    Signed with Chargers (3 years, $24 million)

    Sebastian Joseph-Day got off to a hot start in his 2021 campaign, logging three sacks in seven games, but missed the rest of the season with a torn pectoral.

  5. D.J. Jones, DT, 49ers. Age: 27.
    Signed with Broncos (3 years, $30 million)

    D.J. Jones is a quality run stuffer who can get after the quarterback on occasion. He has done well for himself, considering he was a former sixth-round pick.

  6. Matt Ioannidis, DE/DT, Redskins. Age: 28.
    Signed with Panthers

    Matt Ioannidis is a solid, well-rounded defensive lineman, but was cut because of financial reasons.

  7. Harrison Phillips, DT, Bills. Age: 26.
    Signed with Vikings (3 years, $19.5 million)

    Harrison Phillips has just 1.5 career sacks, but he’s a stout run defender. He’s also 26 and a couple of years removed from an ACL tear, so perhaps he’ll improve next season.

  8. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Vikings. Age: 31.
    Sheldon Richardson is a quality defensive tackle with no weaknesses, but he is not the same interior force he once was.

  9. Justin Jones, DT, Chargers. Age: 25.
    Signed with Bears (2 years)

    Justin Jones is coming off a down year that was disrupted by injuries. He’s only 25, so he’ll bounce back if he can remain healthy next season.

  10. Bilal Nichols, DT, Bears. Age: 25.
    Signed with Raiders

    Bilal Nichols was seen as a high-upside defensive lineman coming out of Delaware. He’s only 25, so he could continue to develop.

  11. Maliek Collins, DT, Texans. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Texans (2 years, $17 million)

    Maliek Collins has been a quality rotational interior pass rusher in recent years.

  12. Brandon Williams, NT, Ravens. Age: 33.
    Brandon Williams was once a fierce run-stuffer, but things have changed in recent years. Williams has regressed now that he’s in his mid-30s.

  13. DaQuan Jones, DT, Panthers. Age: 30.
    Signed with Bills

    DaQuan Jones is a solid run stuffer who can generate some pressure on the quarterback.

  14. Quinton Jefferson, DT, Raiders. Age: 29.
    Signed with Seahawks (2 years)

    Quinton Jefferson was the Raiders’ best interior defensive lineman last year, logging 4.5 sacks.

  15. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Buccaneers. Age: 35.
    Ndamukong Suh may find himself in the Hall of Fame one day, but he’s no longer performing like such a player. He’s still a decent lineman, but he’s not nearly the force he used to be.

  16. Al Woods, NT, Seahawks. Age: 35.
    Re-signed with Seahawks

    Big Al Woods is a monstrous run stuffer, but at 35, his career will be coming to an end soon.

  17. Eddie Goldman, NT, Bears. Age: 28.
    Announced retirement

    Eddie Goldman was once a stout run-stuffing nose tackle, but he hasn’t been the same since quitting on his team in 2020. Also, Goldman drops lots of gold when defeated.

  18. Linval Joseph, DT, Chargers. Age: 33.
    Linval Joseph was a disappointment as a run stuffer in 2021, but he was still able to generate some pressure on the quarterback. At 33, Joseph’s days are numbered.

  19. Shy Tuttle, DT, Saints. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Saints
  20. Jordan Phillips, DT, Cardinals. Age: 29. — Signed with Bills (1 year)
  21. Johnathan Hankins, DT, Raiders. Age: 30. — Re-signed with Raiders (1 year)
  22. B.J. Hill, DT, Bengals. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Bengals
  23. Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Bengals. Age: 28.
  24. Maurice Hurst, DT, 49ers. Age: 27.
  25. Corey Peters, DT, Cardinals. Age: 34.
  26. Malik Jackson, DT, Browns. Age: 32.
  27. Jarran Reed, DT, Chiefs. Age: 29. — Signed with Packers
  28. Derrick Nnadi, DT, Chiefs. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Chiefs
  29. Star Lotulelei, DT, Bills. Age: 32.
  30. Tyler Lancaster, DE/DT, Packers. Age: 26. — Signed with Raiders
  31. Vernon Butler, DT, Raiders. Age: 28.
  32. Steve McLendon, DT, Buccaneers. Age: 36.
  33. Justin Zimmer, DT, Bills. Age: 29.
  34. Josh Tupou, DT, Bengals. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Bengals
  35. Foley Fatukasi, DT, Jets. Age: 27. — Signed with Jaguars (3 years, $30 million)
  36. Austin Johnson, DT, Giants. Age: 28. — Signed with Chargers
  37. Nick Williams, DT, Lions. Age: 32. — Signed with Giants
  38. Jihard Ward, DE/DT, Jaguars. Age: 28.
  39. Montravius Adams, DE/DT, Steelers. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Steelers (2 years)
  40. Tim Settle, NT, Redskins. Age: 25. — Signed with Bills
  41. Taven Bryan, DE/DT, Jaguars. Age: 26. — Signed with Browns
  42. Darius Philon, DT, Raiders. Age: 28.
  43. Gerald McCoy, DT, Raiders. Age: 34.
  44. Tyeler Davison, DT, Falcons. Age: 30.
  45. Kentavius Street, DT, 49ers. Age: 25. — Signed with Saints
  46. Christian Ringo, DT, Saints. Age: 30.
  47. Shamar Stephen, DE/DT, Broncos. Age: 31.
  48. Nathan Shepherd, DT, Jets. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Jets
  49. Christian Covington, DT, Chargers. Age: 28.
  50. Justin Ellis, DT, Ravens. Age: 31. — Signed with Giants
  51. Carlos Watkins, DT, Cowboys. Age: 28.
  52. Sheldon Day, DT, Browns. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Browns
  53. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Seahawks. Age: 27. — Signed with 49ers
  54. Danny Shelton, DT, Chiefs. Age: 29.
  55. Taylor Stallworth, DT, Colts. Age: 27. — Signed with Chiefs
  56. Kyle Peko, DT, Titans. Age: 29.
  57. Adam Gotsis, DE/DT, Jaguars. Age: 29. — Re-signed with Jaguars
  58. John Jenkins, DT, Dolphins. Age: 33. — Re-signed with Dolphins
  59. Brent Urban, DE/DT, Cowboys. Age: 31.
  60. Mike Pennel, DT, Falcons. Age: 31. — Signed with Bears
  61. Carl Davis, DT, Patriots. Age: 30. — Re-signed with Patriots
  62. Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Eagles. Age: 27. — Signed with 49ers (1 year)
  63. Damion Square, DT, Raiders. Age: 33.
  64. Trevon Coley, DT, Titans. Age: 28.
  65. Vincent Taylor, DT, Texans. Age: 28. — Signed with Falcons
  66. Antwaun Woods, DT, Colts. Age: 29.

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