Best Available NFL Free Agents-Defense

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Teams looking for help at safety and cornerback can still find some left in free agency. In fact, there are more than few players that could come in and play right away.

Defensive Tackle
Rod Coleman - The Atlanta Falcons decided to go with younger players in his place. He's had his injuries but Coleman should have one more productive year left in him.
Marcus Tubbs - The former first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks needs to prove he's over his injury problems.
Anthony McFarland - He's coming back from patella tendon surgery but the feeling is he'll be able to contribute to a team in a reserve role this season.
Ed Johnson - The former starter for the Indianapolis Colts was released by the team recently due to an off the field issue.
Alvin McKinley
Tim Anderson
Michael Myers
Matthias Askew - A former fourth-round pick of the Bengals.
Ethan Kelley - Despite coming back from microfracture knee surgery, he's had at least three free agent visits so far this year.
Antonio Garay - He fits in as a fourth defensive tackle.
Ross Koloziej - He fits in as a fourth or fifth defensive tackle.
Russell Davis - He fits in as a fourth or fifth defensive tackle.

Defensive End
Rosevelt Colvin - You have to wonder how much he has left in the tank after a team that's hurting for sacks like the Houston Texans cut him.
Bryce Fisher - At this point in his career, he fits in as a fourth end.
Darrion Scott - Legal issues could prevent him from finding a place to play this season since he's suspended for three games.
Rodney Bailey (DE in 3-4/DT in 4-3)
Melvin Oliver - He was recently released by the San Francisco 49ers but he's a decent fit for a team that uses a 3-4.

Inside Linebacker

Brandon Moore (WLB) - He's a solid backup that can play at a variety of positions.
Victor Hobson - He'll offer a team solid depth.
Derrick Pope (SLB/WLB) - It was a bit surprising that this versatile linebacker was released by the Minnesota Vikings.
Odell Thurman - The Cincinnati Bengals decided they would move on without him and he's been suspended by the NFL for a year.
Lemar Marshall (WLB) - He would be a solid backup linebacker who can play inside or on the weak-side.
Jeremiah Trotter - He had a free agent visits recently so Trotter wants to play at least one more season but it would have to be in a backup role.
Brian Simmons (WLB) - He refused a pay cut and was released recently by the New Orleans Saints.

Outside Linebacker

Carlos Polk - He lost out to Marques Harris for a backup job with the San Diego Chargers.
Dontarrious Thomas (WLB/MLB) - Versatile backup.
Donnie Spragan
Rocky Boiman (MLB)
Matt Chatham - It wouldn't be a surprise if he winded up back in New England.
Matt Stewart
Keith Adams
Raonall Smith
Shawn Barber
T.J. Slaughter
Mario Haggan - He'll be serving a four-game suspension in 2008.

Safety
Greg Wesley - He was recently released by the Oakland Raiders.
John Lynch - He may be done playing.
Glenn Earl - He was a starter for the Houston Texans for a few seasons.
Terrence Holt - He's been cut by two teams in less than eight months but Holt offers decent depth.
Stuwart Schweigert - The former Oakland Raider does have extensive starting experience.
Mike Green - The Seattle Seahawks released him recently and he's a decent backup safety.
Deke Cooper - He was recently released by the Atlanta Falcons.
Mike Doss - He hasn't received much attention in free agency for several months.
Gary Baxter - He's still trying to come back from a serious knee injury.
Omar Stoutmire - The journeyman safety is still a decent backup.
Lance Schulters
Lamont Thompson
Jerome Carter
Travares Tillman
Bhawoh Jue
Mel Mitchell - He's a solid special teams player.

Cornerback
Fernando Bryant - He could still start for a team or at least handle a nickel role. However, Bryant has had his share of injuries over the years.
Ty Law - He's likely looking at a nickel job if he signs with a team this season.
Jason Webster - The New England Patriots recently released the journeyman nickel back.
Andre Dyson - If healthy, Dyson could land a job as a nickel back.
Kenny Wright - Legal woes cost him a job with the Cleveland Browns.
Kelly Herndon - He could come in and handle a nickel role for a team.
Ricardo Colclough - The former second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers fits in as a dime back.
Duane Starks - He was recently released by the Oakland Raiders. The oft-injured defensive back still could find a job in a nickel or dime role this season.
Fred Thomas - Older cornerback who could play in a dime role.
Roc Alexander - Versatile defender who fits best in a dime defense.
Dexter Wynn (KR/PR)
Chidi Iwuoma - He's primarily a special teams player but a good one in that role.

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