Updated Best Available Free Agents-Defense

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There are still a bunch of veteran safeties left in free agency who could come in and play right away.

Link: Updated Best Available NFL Free Agents-Offense

Defensive Tackle
Dewayne Robertson/UFA (DE in 3-4)
John Thornton/UFA - Probably could still start if needed.
Brian Young/UFA - Coming off of knee problems, but offers a solid role as a top backup if healthy.
Darwin Walker/UFA - Fits in as a backup at this point in his career.
Hollis Thomas/UFA - Mammoth DT who fits in as a third or fourth tackle.
Ellis Wyms/UFA (DE) - Versatile, solid backup or could start for a while if needed.
Kindal Moorehead/UFA - Fits in as a fourth tackle.
Antwan Lake/UFA - Fits in as a fourth tackle.
Kenderick Allen/UFA - Fits in as a fourth tackle.
James Reed/UFA - Fits in as a fourth tackle.
Jeff Zgonina/UFA - Veteran interior player who may retire.

Defensive End
Terrell Suggs/Baltimore Ravens (franchise player)
Vonnie Holliday (DE in 3-4) - Still could start.
Travis LaBoy (OLB in 3-4) - Lots of injuries in his career, but has talent.
Kevin Carter (DE in 3-4) - Still wants to play and may re-sign with the Buccaneers.
Anthony Weaver (DE in 3-4) - Versatility should help him find work.
Kalimba Edwards - Should find work as a third end.
John Engelberger - Can play inside if needed. Decent backup.
Rosevelt Colvin (OLB in 3-4) - He's had his share of injuries in his career and fits in as a backup.
Ebenezer Ekuban - Fits in as a third or fourth end.
Earl Cochran - Texans took their restricted tender off the table, but have some interest in re-signing him at some point.
Jerome McDougle - Underachieving former first-round pick of the Eagles who has battled a lot of bad luck and injuries over his career.
Josh Thomas - Basically a fourth or fifth end.
Gary Stills - He was recently selected in the UFL draft.
Orpheus Roye - 3-4 DE who fits in as a fifth end.
Simon Fraser - Can play in either 3-4 or 4-3, but is a deep backup.

Inside Linebacker

Nate Webster (SLB) - Probably could still start if needed.
Derek Smith - His agent, Frank Bauer, said the 34-year old LB still wants to play.
Teddy Lehman - Talented, but oft-injured LB.
Napoleon Harris - Probably a backup at this point in his career.
Junior Seau - He hasn't said if he still wants to play.
Ryan Nece (SLB) - He's a solid, versatile backup.

Outside Linebacker

Derrick Brooks (WLB) - Will need to find a team that plays a cover-2. He said recently that still wants to play.
Marcus Washington (SLB) - Decent pass rusher in a 4-3 scheme from OLB.
Morlon Greenwood (WLB) - Long-time starter for the Dolphins and Texans and probably should be able to find a starting job if a team needs one during training camp.
Donnie Edwards (ILB/WLB) - 36-year old LB who could find work as camps get underway.
Jamie Winborn (WLB/SLB) - Versatility should help him find a backup job.
Dontarrious Thomas (WLB/MLB) - Versatility may help him find work as a backup.
Willie McGinest (OLB in 3-4/DE in 4-3) - Best suited in a 3-4 as a backup, but may retire.
Shantee Orr (SLB/OLB in 3-4) - Decent pass-rushing OLB. Would be a solid backup.
Carlos Polk (OLB in 3-4) - Veteran who fits in a 3-4 scheme as a fifth or sixth LB.
Gary Stills (SLB/OLB in 3-4) - Good special teams player.
Gilbert Gardner (SLB/WLB) - Former third-round pick of the Colts who fits in as a fifth or sixth linebacker.
Kris Griffin (ILB/MLB) - Solid special teamer and deep backup LB.

Safety
OJ Atogwe/St. Louis Rams (franchise player)
Dexter Jackson - Lots of injury issues in recent years.
Lawyer Milloy - Smart player, but may not find a starting job out there if he still wants to play.
Corey Chavous - It's questionable if he'll find a starting job.
Dwight Smith - Probably not a starter at this point in his career.
Sammy Knight - May decide to retire.
Will Demps - Solid backup.
Mike Green - Smart player who fits in as a fourth safety.
Kevin Kaesviharn - Got a decent free agent deal from the Saints two years ago, but really should be a backup.
Terrence Holt - Probably will not get starting consideration.
Mike Doss - He was recently selected in the UFL draft.
Cameron Worrell - Fourth safety.
Michael Boulware - The conversion from linebacker in college never worked out.
J.R. Reed (KR) - Fourth safety.

Cornerback
Dunta Robinson/Houston Texans (franchise player)
Mike McKenzie - It's questionable whether he'll be able to find a starting role.
Chris McAlister - May be asked to play safety.
Patrick Surtain - Probably a nickel back these days.
Travis Fisher - Starting days are probably over.
Ty Law - Best used in a nickel situation. Law is a smart player who could help a young secondary.
Fakhir Brown - Probably not a starter these days.
Adam Jones (KR/PR) - Troubled, but talented DB who probably needs to play in a nickel role. His return ability should get him some attention.
Brian Kelly - Veteran cornerback who fits in a nickel role.
David Barrett - Fits in well as a nickel back.
Michael Lehan - Good-sized nickel cornerback.
Ricky Manning, Jr. - Scappy nickel cornerback.
Deltha O'Neal - Nickel cornerback at this point in his career.
Jason Webster - Talented, but bad luck with injuries have limited Webster's career.
Jason Craft - Can handle a nickel role.
Daven Holly - Young cornerback who needs to prove he's all the way back from his ACL injury.
R.W. McQuarters (PR) - Can probably handle a nickel role. 
David Macklin - Serviceable dime cornerback.
Sam Madison - Like many veterans on this list, best used in a dime defense.
Lewis Sanders - Big defensive back who may have to play safety at some point in order to get a job.
Reynaldo Hill - Basically a dime cornerback.
Stanley Wilson - Dime cornerback.
Will James - Never the same since suffering a neck injury earlier in his career with the Giants.
Aaron Glenn - Was once one of the top cornerbacks some years ago, but is now just a dime cornerback.


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