Best Available Free Agents: Defense

Scout.com's Senior NFL Reporter Adam Caplan provides you with the latest update of the best available NFL free agents from the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive End
Lance Johnstone - He was released by the Oakland Raiders earlier this year but could fill a situational pass rushing role.
Kenard Lang - Could be a fourth end for a team and plays the run well.
Michael Haynes (DT) - The former first-round pick of the Chicago Bears had a tryout with the Houston Texans this season.
Bobby Hamilton - He's seen as an end in a 3-4 and could provide a 10-15 snaps or so for a team that uses that scheme. He had a tryout with the New England Patriot this season.
Tyoka Jackson (DT) - Can play inside or outside as a fourth end or tackle.
Tony Bryant - He hasn't played since last season but could fill a fourth end role for a team.
Dave Ball (DT) - Versatile defensive lineman who has drawn a lot interest around the league this season. Had tryouts for the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, and Tennessee Titans.
Kemp Rasmussen - Fourth or fifth end for a team.

Defensive Tackle
Jimmy Kennedy - The former St. Rams first-round pick had tryouts for the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, and Washington Redskins.
Rien Long - A former fourth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans, Long could be a decent fourth tackle for a team and had tryouts with the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets recently.
John Browning - He was with the Denver Broncos in August but was there only for a few weeks.
Seth Payne - Oft-injured, overachieving type who could play in 3-4 or 4-3 schemes.
Dan Wilkinson - Whether he wants to still play is an issue.
Joe Salave'a - Solid backup who could start for a short period of time if needed.
Lional Dalton - Could be a solid fourth tackle for a team.
Kenderick Allen - He could be a solid fourth tackle for a team and had a tryout with the Houston Texans visit with the Tennessee Titans this season.
Willie Whitehead (DE) - Played end to start his career but after putting on weight moved in side. Had a tryout with the New England Patriots this season.
Matthias Askew - The former fourth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals had tryouts with the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans.
Chad Lavalais - Serviceable fourth tackle.
Johnathan Sullivan - Former first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints who was a major underachiever.
Junior Siavii - Underachieving former second-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. Had tryouts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins this season.

Inside/Middle Linebacker
Al Wilson - He still hasn't gotten cleared to play but could come in and start if he was allowed to play.
Peter Sirmon - He's said to be leaning toward retirement.
Ronald McKinnon - Veteran linebacker who could give a team 15-20 snaps in a backup role.
Rod Davis - Backup player who could give a team some snaps.
Barry Gardner - Can play in a variety of schemes in a backup role.

Outside Linebacker
Ed Hartwell (WLB/MLB) - He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this year to start at WLB but he didn't make the final roster. He's had another tryout with the Bengals recently as well with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
D.D. Lewis (WLB/SLB) - Actually can play all three linebacker positions and had a tryout with the Houston Texans recently.
Hannibal Navies (SLB) - Has been on and off the roster of the San Francisco 49ers this season. Solid backup who can start if needed.
Tommy Polley (WLB) - He last played in the 2005 season but could fill a backup role for a team.
LaVar Arrington (WLB/SLB) - He was injured in a car accident earlier this year and is coming back from a torn Achilles suffered last season.
Chris Claiborne (WLB) - Can play inside or outside in a backup role.
Orlando Huff (WLB) - He has starting experience and could play special teams. He's had tryouts with the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars this season.
Eddie Moore (WLB) - Former second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins.
Keith Adams (WLB) - He's a very solid special teams player who could be a solid backup for a team. Had tryouts with the Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars this season.
Brandon Short (SLB/WLB) - Solid veteran backup who can play inside or outside.
Colby Bockwoldt (WLB) - He's had tryouts with the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, and St. Louis Rams. He's a decent special teams player who can also get some snaps in as a backup linebacker.
Al Singleton (SLB) - The physical and intelligent linebacker had tryouts for the Detroit Lions
Wesly Mallard (WLB/SLB) - Special teams player mostly who can give a team a few snaps in a backup role.
James Darling (WLB/MLB) - He can play inside or outside in a backup role and could play on special teams.
Saleem Rasheed (WLB) - He can play inside in a 3-4 and WLB in a 4-3.
Ben Taylor (SLB/WLB) - Undersized linebacker who could play special teams and give some snaps in a backup role.
T.J. Slaughter (SLB/WLB) - The versatile, physical linebacker had a tryout with the Buffalo Bills this season.

Safety
Donovin Darius - Was released by the Miami Dolphins earlier this season.
Omar Stoutmire - The journeyman safety has been with six teams in his 12 year career and was released by the Washington Redskins earlier this season. He had a recent tryout with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bhawoh Jue - He was recently released by the St. Louis Rams and has plenty of starting experience.
Shaun Williams - It's believed he still wants to play and he had tryouts with the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders this season.
Terrence Kiel - He was released back in March and hasn't had much interest in his services possibly because of a previous off the field situation.
Tony Parrish - He a had a tryout with the Cleveland Browns this season.
Derrick Gibson - The former first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders hasn't played since last season.
Derrick Strait (CB) - He's had tryouts with the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, and St. Louis Rams.
Chad Williams - Good special teams player and could play in dime.
Keion Carpenter - Basically a fourth safety.

Cornerback
Tory James - He certainly could fill a nickel role for a team. He had a tryout with the New York Jets.
Lenny Walls - Tall cornerback who could fill a nickel role for a team. Had a tryout for the Baltimore Ravens recently.
Pete Hunter - He played well late last season for the Seattle Seahawks and could fill a nickel or dime role for a team plus he has good size. He's had a tryout with the Detroit Lions this season.
Dexter McCleon - He's another journeyman who would fit in a dime role.
Dejuan Groce - He could fill a dime role for a team and had tryouts with the Detroit Lions twice, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, and New England Patriots.
Andre Woolkolk - The former first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans and had a tryout with the Houston Texans.
Mike Rumph (S) - The former San Francisco 49ers first-round pick had a tryout with the Houston Texans this season and can also play safety.
Will Poole - The former fourth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins was once known as an upside player. He had a tryout for the Jacksonville Jaguars recently.
Daylon McCutcheon - The journeyman cover man had a tryout with the New England Patriots this season.
Ahmad Carroll - The former first-round pick of the Green Bay Packers was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this season.
Willie Middlebrooks (S) - The former first-round pick for the Denver Broncos can also play safety and he has good size.

Adam Caplan is the Senior NFL Reporter for Scout.com. His breaking news and analysis, reports from Senior Bowl week, NFL Combine, and free agency have been featured for the past three years.

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