October 14, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham (55) celebrates a sack in the game against the Oakland Raiders at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons beat the Raiders 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

5 Best Available NFL Free Agents for Every Position (Defense):



There’s still plenty of talent left unsigned on the free agent market, and with the NFL Draft approaching fast, some of these players will need to sign with clubs soon or risk watching the market shrink even more once NFL clubs are able to address their biggest needs in the draft. There’s a combined 229.5 career sacks between defensive ends John Abraham and Dwight Freeney, as well as 102 career interceptions between cornerback/safeties Ronde Barber and Charles Woodson.

Here is a ranking of top-5 defenders available at each position on defense:


Defensive Tackle 

Sione Po’uha

Alan Branch

Sedrick Ellis

Richard Seymour

Corey Williams


Defensive End 

John Abraham

Dwight Freeney

Kyle Vanden Bosch

Israel Idonije

Juqua Parker


Inside Linebacker 

Karlos Dansby

Brian Urlacher

Bart Scott

Takeo Spikes

Bradie James


Outside Linebacker ( Preferred 4-3)

Justin Durant

Leroy Hill

Thomas Howard

Michael Boley

Rocky McIntosh


Outside Linebacker (Preferred 3-4)

Shaun Phillips

James Harrison

Daryl Smith

Calvin Pace

Scott Fujita



Kerry Rhodes

Charles Woodson

Quintin Mikell

Ronde Barber

Gerald Sensabaugh



Antoine Winfield

Nnamdi Asomugha

Rashean Mathis

Chris Gamble

DeAngelo Hall



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