Connect with us
Home » news » 2016s top outside linebacker free agents

News

2016’s Top Outside Linebacker Free Agents

Find out who are the best free agent outside linebackers available in free agency.

Mark Gunnels

Published

on

The period to franchise tag players has come and gone.

With that in mind, as we continue our free agency diary series, it’s time to look at guys who are set to hit the open market.

Here are the Top 10 outside linebackers currently available in free agency:

1. Mark Barron, S/OLB, Los Angeles Rams – Just four years ago, Mark Barron was selected as the seventh overall pick. During his two and a half seasons in Tampa Bay, Barron didn’t live up to expectations, which resulted in him being traded to the formally known St. Louis Rams. This past season was the best of his young career, as he totaled 116 tackles, five passes defended and forced three fumbles. Best fits: Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints.

2. Tamba Hali, DE/OLB, Kansas City Chiefs – While Justin Houston receives all of the headlines, veteran Tamba Hali is still a force to be reckoned with on the edge. For any team in need of an instant pass-rush, Hali would be a great pickup. The 32-year-old has 86 career sacks. Best fits: New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams.

3. Vincent Rey, OLB, Cincinnati Bengals – Rey has truly shown great improvement over the years. During his first few seasons in the league, he had a hard time getting on the field. Now, Rey has garnered over 200 tackles the past two seasons. At 28-years-old, Rey can bring a team good versatility against the run and pass. Best fits: Detroit Lions, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers.

4. Bruce Irvin, OLB, Seattle Seahawks – Over the past few years, the Seattle Seahawks have been one of the most feared defenses in the world. The ‘Legion of Boom’ gets tons of credit, but don’t overlook Bruce Irvin. The five-year linebacker has totaled 12 sacks the past two seasons. Best fits: Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys.

5. Nick Perry, OLB, Green Bay Packers – When Perry was selected in the first round from USC, Green Bay thought he was going to be a great compliment to Clay Matthews. However, things haven’t worked out as they expected, but Perry came along this postseason. In the two playoff games, Perry totaled 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Best fits: Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans.

6. Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Baltimore Ravens – While he isn’t the guy he was projected to be out of college, Upshaw has developed into a nice player at this level. He’s only 26, so a team could still be hopeful Upshaw takes his game to the next level. Best fits: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers.

7. Dwight Freeney, OLB, Arizona Cardinals – The old man still has a little bit left in the tank or maybe he just found a fountain of youth in the desert. In just 11 games played in the regular season, Freeney totaled eight sacks. If the 36-year-old decides to play another season, there will be suitors interested. Best fits: Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts.

8. Aldon Smith, OLB, Oakland Raiders – If not for his off-the-field issues and suspension, Smith would be much higher on this list. He’s a freak of nature on the edge at 6-foot-2, 265 pounds. Considering the troubles he’s endured, a team will be able to get him for a decent price. Best fits: Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks.

9. Chad Greenway, OLB, Minnesota Vikings – Greenway has spent all 11 seasons in a Minnesota Vikings uniform. He’s not the Pro Bowl caliber player he once was, however, given the right situation, he could still be a quality player. Best fits: Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos.

10. Mike Neal, OLB, Green Bay Packers – Whoever Neal signs with, their respective fan base won’t be going crazy on Twitter. At the same time, Neal made an impact during the playoffs, as he recorded two sacks to go along with a forced fumble. Best fits: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Detroit Lions.

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Broncos holding their breath on Derek Wolfe

Avatar

Published

on

Only two days after losing Billy Winn for the year with a torn ACL, the Broncos are now sweating out another potentially serious injury along the defensive line. Via multiple reports, Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe was carted off the field during practice on Saturday. It’s being described as a right ankle injury by coach [more]

Source: Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk

Powered by WPeMatico

Continue Reading

News

Buccaneers admit mistake, boot Aguayo

Avatar

Published

on

In the NFL, it’s always better to admit a mistake than to compound it. For the Buccaneers, the decision to burn a 2016 second-round pick on kicker Robert Aguayo has proven to be a mistake. The Buccaneers made the definitive admission of their error on Saturday, cutting Aguayo. He exits with $428,000 in fully-guaranteed salary [more]

Source: Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk

Powered by WPeMatico

Continue Reading

News

Did Bucs put too much pressure on Aguayo?

Avatar

Published

on

After the Buccaneers surprised everyone by taking a kicker with the 59th overall pick in the draft, G.M. Jason Licht explained the move by heaping superlatives on the player. “I was very excited along with my staff and coaches about Roberto for a very long time,” Licht told PFT Live in May 2016. “It’s not [more]

Source: Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk

Powered by WPeMatico

Continue Reading

The NFL On Twitter


Insiders On Facebook

Trending Now

Copyright © 2021 Insider Sports, Inc