Top NFL Free Agents: ILB
1. Curtis Lofton, Atlanta Falcons (SIGNED with New Orleans)
Lofton is a tackling machine in the middle of the Falcons defense. They are going to have a touch decision on whether to franchise Lofton or FA CB Brent Grimes. One will hit the market and one will get the franchise tag
2. D’Qwell Jackson, Cleveland Browns - (RESIGNED WITH Cleveland)
Jackson missed essentially two full season, but was able to bounce back and finish 2nd in the league in tackles. He is one of the premier 4-3 inside backers when healthy and is an easy bet for 130+ tackles every season
3. Stephen Tulloch, Detroit Lions – (RESIGNED with Detroit)
Tulloch is a perfect fit in Jim Schwartz defense. He’s undersized but makes a ton of tackles, can rush the passer a little bit and force turnovers. He was also a good leader on a young Lions defense. They would love to have him back but, might not be able to afford him this year.
4. David Hawthorne, Seattle Seahawks – (SIGNED with New Orleans)
The Seahawks have as many free agents as anyone. Hawthorne is only 26 and had his 3rd straight year of over 100 tackles. He’s due for a pay raise and the Seahawks will have to pick and choose who to resign.
5. London Fletcher, Washington Redskins – (RESIGNED with Washington)
Fletcher is just ageless. Despite being 36 years old he lead the league in tackles again. Fletcher is such a smart and instinctive player he has shown no signs of slowing down.
6. Dan Connor, Carolina Panthers – (SIGNED with Dallas)
Connor is a solid player and with Jon Beason coming back from a knee injury, Connor will likely be stuck behind him, so he will likely find a new home this offseason.
7. Gary Brackett, Indianapolis Colts
Brackett is another long time Colt who was let go because of the massive rebuild. Although he is older he could be a productive situational player in a 4-3 system.
8. Joe Mays, Denver Broncos – (RESIGNED with Denver)
Mays is a 2 down run stuffing linebacker. He is awful in pass coverage and therefore he is not in the same class as some of the other MLB in this free agent class.
9. Jon Goff, New York Giants – (SIGNED with Washington)
Goff is coming off a torn ACL, but with the Giants linebacker core in shambles they will likely make a run at resigning him.
10. Jameel McClain, Baltimore Ravens – (RESIGNED with Baltimore)
McClain has the great task of playing alongside Ray Lewis. It obvious that Lewis has rubbed off on him and made him a better player, but at the same time it has masked a lot of McClains inabilities.
11. Chase Blackburn, New York Giants – (RESIGNED with New York Giants)
12. EJ Henderson, Minnesota Vikings
13. Lofa Tatupu, Free Agent - (SIGNED with Atlanta)
14. Tim Dobbins, Houston Texans – (RESIGNED with Houston)
15. Tarvares Gooden, San Francisco 49ers – (RESIGNED with San Francisco)
16. Matt McCoy, Seattle Seahawks – (RESIGNED with Seattle)
17. Marvin Mitchell, Miami Dolphins – (SIGNED with Minnesota)
18. Reggie Torbor, Buffalo Bills – (RESIGNED with Buffalo)
19. Barrett Ruud, Tennessee Titans – (SIGNED with Seattle)
20. Stephen Cooper, San Diego Chargers
21. Blake Costanzo, San Francisco 49ers – (SIGNED with Chicago)