Walter Football has ranked the Free Agents, a few I'm interested in are - in no particular order:
Note the Panthers have a swag of LBs and a DE we could be interested in. They are also notoriously cheap. San Diego has more talent than they can franchise too.
- Manny Lawson, OLB, 49ers. Age: 27.
Manny Lawson isn't the greatest pass-rusher in the world, but he does so many other things very well. Moving on to a team with a 4-3 defense might be ideal for the former first-rounder.
- Rocky McIntosh, OLB, Redskins. Age: 28.
A decent weakside linebacker in the 4-3, Rocky McIntosh was one of many Redskins who were lost in the new 3-4 look. McIntosh will have more success next year as long as he stays away from teams running the 3-4.
- James Anderson, OLB, Panthers. Age: 27.
James Anderson had a very good year at strongside linebacker, recording 130 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
- Charles Johnson, DE, Panthers. Age: 25.
One of the top young defensive free agents on the market, Charles Johnson became the fifth Panther ever to record double-digit sacks (12) in 2010. He was dominant from the left end position all year. Carolina cannot afford to let him go.
- Eric Weddle, S, Chargers. Age: 26.
Eric Weddle is due for a massive contract. Excluding Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu, Weddle might be the best safety in the NFL (though Nick Collins may have something to say about that).
- Dawan Landry, SS, Ravens. Age: 28.
Already a terrific run-support safety, Dawan Landry improved his coverage skills this past season.
- Quintin Mikell, SS, Eagles. Age: 30.
A Pro Bowler who excels both in both run support and pass coverage, Quintin Mikell will be offered a big contract this offseason.
- Danieal Manning, SS, Bears. Age: 29.
In addition to being a solid strong safety, Danieal Manning averaged 24.7 yards on his kickoff returns this year.
- Vernon Gholston, DE, Jets. Age: 25.
Vernon Gholston was a huge bust for the Jets as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. I'm listing him at 2.5 stars, however, for three reasons. First, Gholston is only 25, and has a ton of upside and athleticism. Second, I'd like to see what Gholston can do in a traditional 4-3. And third, defensive ends usually take a while to transition to the NFL. Granted, Gholston has shown nothing, but there's a slim chance he could be a very late bloomer. He's worth the risk.
- Antonio Cromartie, CB, Jets. Age: 27.
Antonio Cromartie has his ups and downs, but overall is a decent, play-making No. 2 cornerback.
- Josh Wilson, CB, Ravens. Age: 26.
Josh Wilson was a pleasant surprise for the Ravens this season, as he came out of nowhere to become a reliable starter for them.
- Carlos Rogers, CB, Redskins. Age: 30.
Carlos Rogers didn't play well this season because of a myriad of injuries. If healthy, he's still a solid starting cornerback.
- Richard Marshall, CB, Panthers. Age: 26.
Richard Marshall whined about not receiving a long-term extension this past offseason. He subsequently struggled throughout the 2010 season, though some of that blame falls on Carolina's lacking pass rush.
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