2018 free agency: Big names abound in defensive line market

Posted Mar 12, 2018

Cleveland largely played out of a 4-3 in 2017

Everything is fluid, the Browns’ roster certainly included, as the opening of free agency draws nearer and nearer, and that definitely applies to the defensive line market.

Already, a number of household names are included in this group with more reportedly on the way.

For now, as of Monday afternoon, we’re sticking with the ones who are officially on the market.

Who’s slated to be back?

Trevon Coley - 15 starts, 41 tackles, 2 sacks

Danny Shelton - 14 starts, 34 tackles

Carl Nassib - 12 starts, 31 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 passes blocked

Larry Ogunjobi - 14 games, 32 tackles, 1 sack

Myles Garrett - 11 games, 9 starts, 31 tackles, 7 sacks

Emmanuel Ogbah - 10 starts, 29 tackles, 4 sacks, 6 passes blocked

Nate Orchard - 16 games, 25 tackles, 2 sacks

Caleb Brantley - 12 games, 1 start, 18 tackles, 2 sacks

Jamie Meder - 10 games, 1 start, 13 tackles

Ricky Ali’ifua

Collin Bevins

Jeremy Faulk

Hitting the market

Lavar Edwards - 3 games, 2 tackles

Top DL available (Rankings from’s Top 101 free agents)

4. DT Sheldon Richardson, Seahawks

The former Jets first-round pick was traded to Seattle at the start of last season and didn’t put up much in the form of numbers. Still, he’s considered one of the most talented players on the market.

15. DT Dontari Poe, Falcons

Poe signed a one-year, prove-it deal with the Falcons last offseason. He started every game and finished with 23 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

19. Muhammad Wilkerson, Jets

Wilkerson was released earlier this month. Over seven seasons, Wilkerson racked up 44.5 sacks and made one Pro Bowl.

28. DT Star Lotulelei, Panthers

The former first-round pick was a regular starter in Carolina over the past five seasons. He registered 141 tackles and 11.5 sacks.

37. DL DaQuan Jones, Titans

He’s started 44 games over the past three seasons and posted a career-best 3.5 sacks in 2017.

38. DE Julius Peppers, Panthers

The 38-year-old future Hall of Fame pass rusher showed he still has something left in the tank last season when he compiled 11 sacks.

56. DE Adrian Clayborn, Falcons

The 29-year-old had a career-best 9.5 sacks in 2017, six of which came in a single game against the Cowboys.

60. DE William Hayes, Dolphins

He appeared in 10 games in what was his 10th NFL season.

61. DT Kyle Williams, Bills

He’s spent all 12 of his NFL seasons in Buffalo and been a regular starter throughout his tenure.

62. DT Dominique Easley, Rams

A former player in Gregg Williams’ defense, Easley has been hampered by injuries throughout his career.

69. Haloti Ngata, Lions

He’ll be entering his 13th NFL season. He’s made the Pro Bowl five times and won a Super Bowl.

72. Trent Murphy, Redskins

He had nine sacks in 2016 but missed all of last season because of a knee injury and PED suspension.

78. DT Bennie Logan, Chiefs

After a one-year deal with Kansas City, he’s back on the market heading into his sixth season.

85. Pernell McPhee, Bears

Released by Chicago after a couple of disappointing seasons, McPhee is looking to rekindle the kind of production he had with the Ravens at the start of his career.

87. Kony Ealy, Jets

He’s already played for three teams in his four NFL seasons. He has 15 sacks and six forced fumbles.

88. Alex Okafor, Saints

He started 10 games in New Orleans and compiled 43 tackles and 4.5 sacks before tearing his Achilles tendon.

95. Junior Galette, Redskins

Entering his seventh season, Galette had three sacks out of a situational role in Washington.

What about the draft?

North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb is considered by most to be the best pass rushing prospect in this year’s draft and could be already off the board when Cleveland makes its second pick of the first round at No. 4. UTSA’s Marcus Davenport and LSU’s Arden Key are also considered first-round prospects. At the interior spots, Washington’s Vita Vea and Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne could be top-20 picks.

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