DE: Dwight Freeney – With 111 career sacks to his name, Freeney deserves a starting spot on our list and a move back from outside linebacker in a 3-4 to the defensive end position in a 4-3. However, those edge rushers that lose a step find it hard to find a job.
DE: John Abraham- With 133 sacks in his NFL career, nobody has more in the league still active than Abraham. However, medical issues (especially to the head) have likely ended his career.
DT: Red Bryant – The former Jag should be plucked by some team in need of a big man before the end of training camp. There are always one or two big DTs that suffer a season ending injury every preseason and Bryant has the versatility to play end or tackle plus he rarely misses games.
DT: DaQuan Bowers – The former Buc was considered a lottery draft pick before a serious knee injury prompted him to slide down the board. As a second round pick, the defensive end/tackle never lived up to the hype and fizzled out of Tampa after a disappointing first NFL contract. (Editor’s Note: He was signed back by the Bucs on Monday)
DE3: Osi Unemyoira- The former Giant was very productive as the GMen’s rotational defensive end on his way to two Super Bowl titles. However, he was pretty disappointing in Atlanta where he only produced 2.5 sacks last season and their defense took a big step back as a whole. Rumor has it he intends on signing a day contract with the Giants and retiring.
DE4: Brett Keisel – The man with the epic beard in Pittsburgh is the most experienced 3-4 end available on the market, but at 37 years of age it’s doubtful anyone other than the Steelers would sign him.
DT3: Barry Cofield– The former Redskin will also likely have an opportunity to play at some point this season considering the brutality of his position and teams need for plug and play defensive tackles.
OLB: Lance Briggs– Surprising that no one in the league has gone after the former Pro Bowl Bear. I suppose injuries, his desire to start, and his superstar mentality could have impeded a few GMs from landing the former superstar. He also hasn’t been on the field much in the last few years.
MLB: Brandon Spikes– After his hit-and-run charge, the Patriots dropped their man. It’s doubtful that anyone will want him prior to his legal issues and potential suspension is cleared.
OLB: Junior Gallete– Despite 22 sacks over the past few seasons, Gallette has been let go by the Saints after misconduct off the field. It’s a new zero tolerance era of the NFL in which a player with enormous talent can be released. Gallete is the most talented defensive player on the list, but, like Spikes, GMs will likely wait until his charges are sorted out. Plus his recent Twitter rant was epic.
OLB3: Geno Hayes – He’s a bit undersized and kind of type casted as a cover 2 linebacker, but Geno showed some promise early in his career in Tampa and is a serviceable backup/special teams player.
OLB4: Shaun Phillips- Just a few years removed from superstardom in San Diego, Phillips is yet another edge rusher that appears to have lost a step.
ILB2: DJ Williams- The signing of Williams to replace Urlacher was underwhelming for the Bears. At 33, the former Bronco might be finished in the league.
ILB3: Prince Shembo- Similar to Spikes, Shembo has some serious character issues with several very bad incidents in the last few years. He’s likely been blackballed by GMs for good.
CB1: Tarrell Brown – The former 49er has played on some pretty impressive defenses in the past. At the age of 30, he should still have a bit of gas left in the tank.
CB2: Javier Arenas- In an extremely unimpressive stock of potential free agents at corner, Arenas has the ability to play nickel or dime coverage somewhere in the league.
CB3: Aaron Ross –The former Raven is 33 and will find it hard to find a potential suitor at that age especially considering the need-for-speed at corner.
FS: Thomas Decoud – The former Panther has been cut by two teams in two years and was only active for half of last season. Is he still worth signing after that dismal stretch?
SS: Bernard Pollard – Loved for his big hits while playing in Baltimore, Pollard was let go after winning the Super Bowl simply because of his negative presence in the locker room. After a brief stint in Tennessee, he’s searching for a job again. He should be employed somewhere that needs a strong tackler.
S3: Brandon Meriweather – The often penalized safety is currently out of work and he’s adapted terribly to the new defenseless receiver rule.
S4: LaRon Landry – Remember those photos of Landry that looked like the Incredible Hulk? Yeah, that guy was suspended for four games for illegal substances and is inactive.
K: Shayne Graham– He’s been a decent fantasy option for New Orleans off and on over the last few years; however, he doesn’t have the long kicks that most of these young guys do.
P: Sav Rocca– He’s clearly the best punter in the league….named Sav.