2024 NFL Free Agents: Defensive End

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2024 NFL Free Agency: The top 100(or more) unrestricted NFL free agents for 2024. Fullbacks, kickers and punters are excluded.Star rating is out of five.Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2023.
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1. Danielle Hunter, DE, Vikings. Age: 29.
Signed with Texans (2 years, $49 million)

Danielle Hunter is an elite pass rusher. He turns 30 soon, but he’s still performing on a very high level.

2. Andrew Van Ginkel, DE, Dolphins. Age: 29.
Signed with Vikings (2 years, $20 million)

Andrew Van Ginkel did everything for the Dolphins last year, from placing lots of pressure on the quarterback, to stopping the run, to covering very well.

3. Chase Young, DE, 49ers. Age: 25.
Signed with Saints

Chase Young is a very effective pass rusher, but not the dominant player he was early in his career.

4. Jonathan Greenard, DE, Texans. Age: 27.
Signed with Vikings (4 years, $76 million)

Jonathan Greenard has made great strides as a former third-round pick. He recorded 12.5 sacks last year and held up well versus the run.

5. D.J. Wonnum, DE, Vikings. Age: 26.
Signed with Panthers (2 years, $14.5 million)

D.J. Wonnum is a young defender with plenty of upside as an edge rusher.

6. Dorance Armstrong, DE, Cowboys. Age: 27.
Re-signed with Cowboys (3 years, $45 million)

Dorance Armstrong hasn’t been an every-down player, but he’s been terrific at rushing the passer. He’s still young, so he could see a larger role soon.

7. Mike Danna, DE, Chiefs. Age: 26.
Re-signed with Chiefs (3 years, $24 million)

Mike Danna has been able to make great strides as a former fifth-round pick. He can place good pressure on opposing quarterbacks, though he tends to get pushed around in run support.

8. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, Ravens. Age: 31.
Signed with Panthers (2 years, $20 million)

Jadeveon Clowney has had some serious down years, but he exploded in 2023 with a tremendous campaign. He was lethal as a pass rusher despite struggling in that regard in the past.

9. Calais Campbell, DE, Falcons. Age: 38.

Calais Campbell is not the same player he once was, but he was still a very effective player for the Falcons last year.

10. Za'Darius Smith, DE, Browns. Age: 32.
Re-signed with Browns (2 years, $23.5 million)

Za’Darius Smith placed tons of pressure on opposing quarterbacks this past season, but will be turning 32 as soon as the 2024 campaign begins.

11. A.J. Epenesa, DE, Bills. Age: 25.
Re-signed with Bills (2 years)

A.J. Epenesa played about half the snaps each week, but was able to produce solid pressure on the quarterback. He’s only 25 and has plenty of upside.

12. Denico Autry, DE, Titans. Age: 34.
Signed with Texans (2 years, $20 million)

Denico Autry has been an excellent pass rusher in recent years, but he turns 34 over the summer.

13. Brandon Graham, DE, Eagles. Age: 36.
Re-signed with Eagles (1 year, $4 million)

Brandon Graham is just a part-time player at this stage of his career, but he was able to contribute well as a pass rusher and a run stuffer last year.

14. Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Panthers. Age: 26.
Signed with 49ers (2 years, $18 million)

Yetur Gross-Matos still has some potential as a former second-round pick, but he hasn’t lived up to it yet.

15. Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Bears. Age: 29.

Yannick Ngakoue is coming off a dreadful season, but perhaps he’ll be able to rebound.

16. Carl Lawson, DE, Jets. Age: 29.

Carl Lawson used to be a dynamic edge rusher, but his play has fallen off in recent years.

17. Marcus Davenport, DE, Vikings. Age: 27.
Signed with Lions (1 year)

Marcus Davenport was a solid performer for the Saints, but didn’t do much in Minnesota last year.

18. Tyquan Lewis, DE, Colts. Age: 29.
Re-signed with Colts (2 years)

Tyquan Lewis is a quality rotational edge rusher.

19. Casey Toohill, DE, Redskins. Age: 28.
20. James Smith-Williams, DE, Redskins. Age: 27.
21. L.J. Collier, DE, Cardinals. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Cardinals (1 year)
22. Trevis Gipson, DE, Titans. Age: 27.
23. Kentavius Street, DE, Falcons. Age: 28.
24. Rasheem Green, DE, Bears. Age: 27.
25. Solomon Thomas, DE, Jets. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Jets
26. Malcolm Roach, DE, Saints. Age: 26. — Signed with Broncos (2 years, $8 million)
27. Jacob Martin, DE, Colts. Age: 28. — Signed with Bears (1 year)
28. Mario Edwards, DE, Seahawks. Age: 30. — Signed with Texans (1 year)
29. Dawuane Smoot, DE, Jaguars. Age: 29.
30. K'Lavon Chaisson, DE, Jaguars. Age: 25. — Signed with Panthers (1 year, $5 million)
31. Angelo Blackson, DE, Jaguars. Age: 31. — Signed with Broncos
32. Justin Houston, DE, Dolphins. Age: 35.
33. Dante Fowler, DE, Cowboys. Age: 30. — Signed with Redskins
34. William Gholston, DE, Buccaneers. Age: 33. — Re-signed with Buccaneers
35. Derek Barnett, DE, Texans. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Texans (1 year)
36. Jerry Hughes, DE, Texans. Age: 36.
37. Shaq Lawson, DE, Bills. Age: 30.
38. Tershawn Wharton, DE, Chiefs. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Chiefs (1 year)
39. Romeo Okwara, DE, Lions. Age: 29.
40. Charles Harris, DE, Lions. Age: 29.
41. Randy Gregory, DE, 49ers. Age: 31.
42. Clelin Ferrell, DE, 49ers. Age: 27. — Signed with Redskins
43. Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Dolphins. Age: 30.
44. Efe Obada, DE, Redskins. Age: 32. — Re-signed with Redskins
45. Joe Gaziano, DE, Falcons. Age: 27.
46. Kyle Phillips, DE, Saints. Age: 27.
47. Joe Bachie, DE, Bengals. Age: 26.

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