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.

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.

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. Josey Jewell, ILB, Broncos. Age: 29.

Josey Jewell is a terrific run defender who covers well.

4. Lavonte David, ILB, Buccaneers. Age: 34.

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

5. Frankie Luvu, ILB, Panthers. Age: 27.

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

6. Jerome Baker, ILB, Dolphins. Age: 27.

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

7. Devin White, ILB, Buccaneers. Age: 26.

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

8. Anthony Walker, ILB, Browns. Age: 29.

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.

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

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

10. Jordan Hicks, ILB, Vikings. Age: 32.

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

11. Drue Tranquill, ILB, Chiefs. Age: 29.

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

12. Azeez Al-Shaair, ILB, Titans. Age: 27.

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

13. Nicholas Morrow, ILB, Eagles. Age: 29.

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

14. Denzel Perryman, ILB, Texans. Age: 31.

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

15. Bobby Wagner, ILB, Seahawks. Age: 34.

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

16. Cody Barton, ILB, Redskins. Age: 27.

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

17. Kenneth Murray, ILB, Chargers. Age: 25.

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

18. Jordyn Brooks, ILB, Seahawks. Age: 26.

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

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

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

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

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

21. 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.

22. Willie Gay, ILB, Chiefs. Age: 26.

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

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

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