2024 NFL Free Agents: Inside Linebacker

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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. Tyrel Dodson, ILB, Bills. Age: 26.
Signed with Seahawks

A former undrafted free agent, Tyrel Dodson came out of nowhere to have a terrific season in both coverage and run support.

2. Patrick Queen, ILB, Ravens. Age: 25.
Signed with Steelers (3 years)

Patrick Queen has made great leaps in play in his four years as a pro. He still misses some tackles, but is terrific in coverage.

3. D'Vondre Campbell, ILB, Packers. Age: 30.
Signed with 49ers (1 year)

D’Vondre Campbell was one of the top off-ball linebackers in the NFL for a few seasons, but regressed last year due to injury. Now 31, Campbell could continue to decline.

4. Josey Jewell, ILB, Broncos. Age: 29.
Signed with Panthers (3 years, $22.75 million)

Josey Jewell is a terrific run defender who covers well.

5. Lavonte David, ILB, Buccaneers. Age: 34.
Re-signed with Buccaneers (1 year, $10 million)

Lavonte David somehow continued to play on a very high level last year despite being in his mid-30s. He has to decline at some point, but there haven’t been any signs of it.

6. Frankie Luvu, ILB, Panthers. Age: 27.
Signed with Redskins (3 years, $36 million)

Frankie Luvu has emerged as a well-rounded linebacker the past two years in Carolina.

7. Jerome Baker, ILB, Dolphins. Age: 27.
Signed with Seahawks (1 year, $7 million)

The Dolphins sorely missed Jerome Baker’s excellent coverage ability late in the season.

8. Devin White, ILB, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
Signed with Eagles (1 year, $7.5 million)

Devin White was solid in coverage last year, but was a bit of a liability in run defense.

9. Anthony Walker, ILB, Browns. Age: 29.
Signed with Dolphins (1 year)

For the second consecutive year, the Browns missed Anthony Walker’s great play late in the season due to injuries. Walker is very talented, but has trouble staying healthy.

10. Sione Takitaki, ILB, Browns. Age: 29.

Sione Takitaki has been solid as a well-rounded, three-down linebacker for the Browns.

11. Jordan Hicks, ILB, Vikings. Age: 32.
Signed with Browns (2 years, $8 million)

Jordan Hicks had a renaissance in Minnesota after struggling in Arizona, but he’s about to enter his mid-30s.

12. Drue Tranquill, ILB, Chiefs. Age: 29.
Re-signed with Chiefs (3 years, $19 million)

Drue Tranquill is a well-rounded linebacker who is especially solid in coverage.

13. Azeez Al-Shaair, ILB, Titans. Age: 27.
Signed with Texans (3 years, $34 million)

Azeez Al-Shaair became a full-time starter for the first time in his career, and he played relatively well for Tennessee.

14. Nicholas Morrow, ILB, Eagles. Age: 29.
Signed with Bills (1 year)

Nicholas Morrow was an excellent run defender last year, but had some issues in coverage.

15. Denzel Perryman, ILB, Texans. Age: 31.
Signed with Chargers (1 year, $3 million)

While Denzel Perryman tends to get lost in coverage, he is excellent at defending the run.

16. Bobby Wagner, ILB, Seahawks. Age: 34.
Signed with Redskins (1 year, $8.5 million)

Bobby Wagner is not nearly the same player he once was, especially in coverage, but he’s still a stellar run defender.

17. Cody Barton, ILB, Redskins. Age: 27.
Signed with Broncos (1 year)

A former third-round pick, Cody Barton showed decent coverage ability as a starting linebacker last year.

18. Kenneth Murray, ILB, Chargers. Age: 25.
Signed with Titans (2 years, $15.5 million)

Kenneth Murray has been a colossal bust as a former first-round pick, but perhaps he can be a late bloomer.

19. Jordyn Brooks, ILB, Seahawks. Age: 26.
Signed with Dolphins (3 years, $30 million)

Jordyn Brooks is a former first-round pick, but hasn’t quite lived up to his potential.

20. Kwon Alexander, ILB, Steelers. Age: 30.

Kwon Alexander would be rated a bit higher if he didn’t have such an extensive injury history.

21. Zach Cunningham, ILB, Eagles. Age: 29.

Zach Cunningham holds up well in run support, but tends to struggle in coverage.

22. Shaq Leonard, ILB, Eagles. Age: 29.

It’s a shame that injuries have sapped Shaq Leonard of his athletic ability because he was once one of the top linebackers in the NFL.

23. Willie Gay, ILB, Chiefs. Age: 26.
Signed with Saints (1 year, $3 million)

Willie Gay is sound in run support, but struggles in pass coverage.

24. Eric Kendricks, ILB, Chargers. Age: 32.
Signed with Cowboys (1 year)

Eric Kendricks was once one of the top linebackers in the NFL. He has regressed in recent years, but rebounded well with the Chargers in 2023.

25. Leighton Vander Esch, ILB, Cowboys. Age: 27.

Leighton Vander Esch is a great talent, but he has severe neck problems and can’t be counted on to remain on the field.

26. Kamu Grugier-Hill, ILB, Panthers. Age: 30. — Signed with Vikings
27. Khaleke Hudson, ILB, Redskins. Age: 26.
28. David Mayo, ILB, Redskins. Age: 31.
29. Mack Wilson, ILB, Patriots. Age: 26. — Signed with Cardinals (3 years, $12.75 million)
30. Krys Barnes, ILB, Cardinals. Age: 26.
31. Troy Dye, ILB, Vikings. Age: 27. — Signed with Chargers (1 year)
32. Devin Bush, ILB, Seahawks. Age: 26. — Signed with Browns (1 year)
33. Akeem Davis-Gaither, ILB, Bengals. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Bengals (1 year)
34. Troy Reeder, ILB, Rams. Age: 29.
35. Blake Martinez, ILB, Steelers. Age: 30.
36. Mykal Walker, ILB, Steelers. Age: 27.
37. Geron Christian, ILB, Browns. Age: 27.
38. Eric Wilson, ILB, Packers. Age: 29. — Re-signed with Packers
39. Cam Gill, ILB, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
40. Jalen Reeves-Maybin, ILB, Lions. Age: 29. — Re-signed with Lions (2 years, $7.5 million)
41. Oren Burks, ILB, 49ers. Age: 29. — Signed with Eagles (1 year)
42. Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, ILB, 49ers. Age: 27. — Re-signed with 49ers
43. Malik Harrison, ILB, Ravens. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Ravens (1 year)
44. Ezekiel Turner, ILB, Cardinals. Age: 28.
45. Josh Woods, ILB, Cardinals. Age: 28.
46. Dylan Cole, ILB, Bears. Age: 30.
47. Justin Strnad, ILB, Broncos. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Broncos (1 year)
48. Curtis Bolton, ILB, Raiders. Age: 28.
49. Ty Summers, ILB, Saints. Age: 28.
50. Markus Bailey, ILB, Bengals. Age: 27.
51. Calvin Munson, ILB, Dolphins. Age: 29.
52. Matthew Adams, ILB, Browns. Age: 28.
53. Jordan Kunaszyk, ILB, Browns. Age: 27.
54. Neville Hewitt, ILB, Texans. Age: 31. — Re-signed with Texans (1 year)
55. Tyler Matakevich, ILB, Bills. Age: 31.
56. Del'Shawn Phillips, ILB, Ravens. Age: 27. — Signed with Texans
57. Chris Board, ILB, Patriots. Age: 29. — Signed with Ravens

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