Updated Best Available Free Agents-Defense
Patrick Surtain
Patrick Surtain
Senior NFL Reporter
Posted Dec 23, 2009


The cornerback position still is one that has decent veterans left in free agency who could come in and provide depth.

Defensive Tackle
Dewayne Robertson (DE in 3-4) - Former first-round pick of the New York Jets who has underachieved, but has experience in 3-4 and 4-3 schemes.
John Thornton- Probably could still start if needed. The Detroit Lions wanted to sign him, but Thornton backed off.
Ed Johnson - Serviceable starter, but there are other issues that preventing him from being a consistent performer.
Chuck Darby - Solid third tackle. Was recently released by the Lions and worked out for the Saints recently.
Darwin Walker - Fits in as a backup at this point in his career.
Ellis Wyms (DE) - Versatile, solid backup or could start for a while if needed.
James Reed - Fits in as a fourth tackle.
Kindal Moorehead - Fits in as a fourth tackle.
Antwan Lake - Fits in as a fourth tackle. Worked out for the Falcons recently.
Kenderick Allen - Fits in as a fourth tackle.
Tim Anderson - Journeyman who fits in as a fourth or fifth tackle. Worked out for a few teams recently.
Langston Moore - Fourth of fifth tackle.

Defensive End

Kevin Carter (DE in 3-4) - Source said he's not interested in playing as of now.
Paul Spicer - Solid third end. Worked out for a few teams recently.
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.
Josh Thomas - Waived by the Colts again recently. Fits in as a fourth end.
Orpheus Roye - 3-4 DE who fits in as a fourth end. Worked out for the Falcons recently.
Marcus Howard - Worked out for the Steelers recently, but they probably see him as an outside linebacker. Also worked out for the Eagles earlier this season.

Inside Linebacker

Nate Webster (SLB) - Probably could still start if needed.
Derek Smith - He worked out for the New Orleans Saints recently.
Napoleon Harris - Decent option as a backup.
Pat Thomas - Decent backup option. Worked out for the Bills recently.
Teddy Lehman - Talented, but oft-injured LB.
Ryan Nece (SLB) - He's a solid, versatile backup.
Leon Williams (OLB) - Decent backup, who can play outside if needed. Worked out for the Seahawks recently.
Kris Griffin (ILB/MLB) - Solid special teamer and deep backup LB.

Outside Linebacker
Cato June (WLB/SLB) - Spent a week or so with the Bears recently. Best used in a Cover-2 system as a WLB. Worked out for the Bills recently.
Derrick Brooks (WLB) - Will need to find a team that plays a cover-2. He said that still wants to play and had a workout for the Saints recently. Currently working for Sirius NFL Radio.
Marcus Washington (SLB) - Decent pass rusher in a 4-3 scheme from OLB.
Morlon Greenwood (WLB) - Solid backup option at WLB.
Boss Bailey (SLB) - Oft-injured, but talented linebacker.
Victor Hobson (SLB) - Solid backup option at SLB.
Darryl Blackstock (SLB) - Decent backup option at SLB.
Marques Harris (SLB) - Just got released by the 49ers. Decent backup OLB.
Robert Thomas (SLB) - Can play all three LB positions.
Matt Stewart (SLB) - Average backup option.
Louis Green (SLB) - Good special teams player and could fill in as a spot starter.
Dontarrious Thomas (WLB/MLB) - Versatility may help him find work as a backup.
Alex Lewis (SLB) - The Lions recently released him. He worked out for the Houston Texans recently.
Shantee Orr (SLB/OLB in 3-4) - Decent pass-rushing OLB. Would be a solid backup.
Alfred Fincher (SLB) - Started off his career at MLB, but more of a backup SLB at this point.
Gilbert Gardner (SLB/WLB) - Former third-round pick of the Colts who fits in as a fifth or sixth linebacker.

Safety
Marlon McCree - Solid backup option.
Brian Russell - Was waived by the Texans on Tuesday. Not a bad backup option.
Dwight Smith - Probably not a starter at this point in his career.
Keith Davis - Recently released by the Raiders. Davis is a solid special teams player and fits in as a fourth safety. Worked out for the Tennessee Titans recently.
Will Demps - Solid backup.
Keith Lewis - Solid special teamer. Was waived by the Panthers recently.
Herana-Daze Jones - Good special teams player and decent backup. Has worked out for a few teams recently.
Stuart Schweigert - Average backup.
Terrence Holt - Probably will not get starting consideration.
Tank Williams - Basically a fourth safety and has suffered through a few major injuries in his career.
Mike Doss - Worked out for the Bengals recently.
Cameron Worrell - Fourth safety.
Michael Boulware - The conversion from linebacker in college never worked out.

Cornerback
Jason David - Spent a week with the Lions recently.
Patrick Surtain - Probably a nickel back these days.
Von Hutchins (S) - Versatile backup at this point in his career. Took a physical for the Buccaneers recently.
Keiwan Ratliff - Decent option for depth and can play safety if needed.
Fakhir Brown - Fits in as a third cornerback.
Travis Fisher - Spent time with the Seahawks recently. Worked out for the Ravens recently.
Justin Miller (KR) - Was once a feared kickoff returner much earlier in his career.
Eric Green - Nickel or dime CB. Worked out for the 49ers and Browns recently.
Deltha O'Neal - Fits in probably as a dime CB.
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.
Jason Webster - He told us recently that he still wants to play and had a workout for the Texans recently.
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. 
Jamar Fletcher - Can handle a dime position at this point in his career.
Lewis Sanders - Big defensive back who may have to play safety at some point in order to get a job.

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