Top NFL Free Agents: OLB
1. Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco 49ers – (RESIGNED with San Francisco)
Brooks is really starting to develop into quite the OLB. He is going to draw a ton of interest from teams who need an edge rusher. He plays a physical and nasty style of football and will likely get a contract that is too much for the 49ers to match.
2. Jarret Johnson, Baltimore Ravens – (SIGNED with San Diego)
Johnson entered the league as a DE out of Alabama. He has slowly developed into one of the more steady 3-4 OLBs. He is not a flashy player and won’t rack up high sack totals. But he will provide stability and can play 3 downs.
3. Kamerion Wimbley, Oakland Raiders – (SIGNED with Tennessee)
Wimbley was a cap casuality in Oakland and will draw a lot of interest from teams who miss out on Mario Williams. Wimbley can play in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes.
4. Manny Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals – (RESIGNED with Cincinnati)
Lawson didn’t draw much interest on the market last summer and settled for a 1 year deal from the 4-3 Bengals. He has shown he can play both schemes.
5. Jo-Lonn Dunbar, New Orleans Saints – (SIGNED with St. Louis)
Doing these lists, I’ve realized the Saints have a ton of key FA to sign. Dunbar is a very solid weakside linebacker who is best fit in a Cover-2 system
6. Leroy Hill, Seattle Seahawks – (RESIGNED with Seattle)
Hill is rarely healthy and has off the field concerns. Hill will interest 4-3 teams on a 1 year deal.
7. Erin Henderson, Minnesota Vikings – (RESIGNED with Minnesota)
Henderson is a solid, young linebacker who fits nicely into the Vikings scheme. I look for them to make a strong run at re-signing him.
8. Phillip Wheeler, Indianapolis Colts – (SIGNED with Oakland)
Wheeler is a a classic Colt LB. Fast, can cover and undersized. He is limited to a weakside LB position
9. Rocky McIntosh, Washington Redskins – (SIGNED with St. Louis)
McIntosh started his career off as a pretty solid 4-3 LB. He struggled this year in the 3-4, so he will likely find a new home in a 4-3 scheme which he fits best into.
10. Erik Walden, Green Bay Packers – (RESIGNED with Green Bay)
Walden is a pretty good player, and has played well in big games. Walden was arrested and jailed this season so off the field concerns are there
11. Wesley Woodyard, Denver Broncos – (RESIGNED with Denver)
Woodyard was the Broncos nickel LB and excelled on ST. LBs who can cover in this league are coveted so he will draw interest from someone.
12. Channing Crowder, Free Agent
Crowder took a year off but has said he wants to return. Crowder is a big, physical LB who is best suited for 3-4 teams.
13. Brady Poppinga, St. Louis Rams – (RESIGNED with St. Louis)
14. Mario Haggan, Denver Broncos – (SIGNED with St. Louis)
15. Brandon Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals – (SIGNED with Pittsburgh)
16. Tracy White, New England Patriots – (RESIGNED with New England)
17. Bobby Carpenter, Detroit Lions – (SIGNED with New England)
18. Thomas Williams, Carolina Panthers – (SIGNED with Tampa Bay)
19. Quentin Groves, Oakland Raiders – (SIGNED with Arizona)
20. Ben Leber, St. Louis Rams
21. Gary Guyton, New England Patriots – (SIGNED with Miami)
22. Joey Porter, Arizona Cardinals
23. Mike Peterson, Atlanta Falcons – (RESIGNED with Atlanta)
24. Xavier Adibi, Philadelphia Eagles
25. Bryan Thomas, New York Jets (RESIGNED with New York Jets)
26. David Vobora, St. Louis Rams
27. Jamaal Westerman, New York Jets – (SIGNED with Miami)
28. Bryan Kehl, St. Louis Rams – (SIGNED with Washington)