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DEFENSIVE ENDS

Bertrand Berry Arizona UFA (re-signed with Arizona)

Antonio Smith Arizona UFA (signed with Houston)

Chauncey Davis Atlanta UFA (re-signed with Atlanta)

Marques Douglas Baltimore UFA (signed with N.Y. Jets)

Julius Peppers Carolina (Franchise Tag)

Stephen Bowen Dallas RFA (re-signed with Dallas)

Chris Canty Dallas UFA (signed with N.Y. Giants)

Ebenezer Ekuban Denver UFA

John Engelberger Denver UFA

Jason Hunter Green Bay RFA (re-signed with Green Bay)

Mike Montgomery Green Bay UFA (re-signed with Green Bay)

Earl Cochran Houston RFA

Stanley McClover Houston RFA (re-signed with Houston)

Anthony Weaver Houston UFA

Josh Thomas Indianapolis UFA

James Wyche Jacksonville RFA (re-signed with Jacksonville)

Paul Spicer Jacksonville UFA (signed with New Orleans)

Jason Babin Kansas City UFA

Vonnie Holliday Miami UFA

Otis Grigsby Minnesota RFA (re-signed with Minnesota)

Jayme Mitchell Minnesota RFA (re-signed with Minnesota)

Kenechi Udeze Minnesota UFA

Darrell Robertson New England UFA (signed with Kansas City)

Jerome McDougle New York Giants UFA

Renaldo Wynn New York Giants UFA (signed with Washington)

C.J. Mosley New York Jets UFA (signed with Cleveland)

Orpheus Roye Pittsburgh UFA

Igor Olshansky* San Diego UFA (signed with Dallas)

Ronald Fields San Francisco (UFA signed with Denver)

Victor Adeyanju St. Louis RFA

Eric Moore St. Louis UFA (re-signed with St. Louis)

Kevin Carter Tampa Bay UFA

Phillip Daniels* Washington UFA (re-signed with Washington)

Demetric Evans Washington UFA (signed with San Francisco)

Jason Taylor Washington UFA

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Gabe Watson Arizona RFA (re-signed with Arizona)

Rod Coleman Atlanta UFA (signed with New Orleans)

Jonathan Babineaux Atlanta UFA

Grady Jackson Atlanta UFA (signed with Detroit)

Jason Jefferson Atlanta UFA (re-signed with Atlanta)

Dwan Edwards Baltimore UFA (re-signed with Baltimore)

Brandon McKinney Baltimore RFA (re-signed with Baltimore)

Gary Gibson Carolina RFA

Darwin Walker Carolina UFA

John Thornton Cincinnati UFA

Tank Johnson Dallas UFA (signed with Cincinnati)

Kenny Peterson Denver UFA (re-signed with Denver)

Dewayne Robertson Denver UFA

John Shaw Denver UFA

Shaun Cody Detroit UFA (signed with Houston)

Colin Cole Green Bay UFA (signed with Seattle)

Jeff Zgonina Houston UFA

Darrell Reid Indianapolis UFA (signed with Denver)

Jimmy Kennedy Minnesota UFA (re-signed with Minnesota)

Kenderick Allen Minnesota UFA

Fred Evans Minnesota RFA (re-signed with Minnesota)

Ellis Wyms Minnesota UFA

Kenny Smith New England UFA

Mike Wright New England UFA (re-signed with New England)

Antwan Lake New Orleans UFA

James Reed New Orleans UFA

Montavious Stanley New Orleans RFA

William Joseph Oakland UFA (re-signed with Oakland)

Damane Duckett San Francisco UFA

Rocky Bernard Seattle UFA (signed with N.Y. Giants)

Howard Green Seattle UFA (signed with N.Y. Jets)

La’Roi Glover St. Louis UFA

Jovan Haye Tampa Bay UFA (signed with Tennesseee)

Ryan Sims Tampa Bay UFA (re-signed with Tampa)

Albert Haynesworth Tennessee UFA (signed with Washington)

Kevin Vickerson Tennessee RFA

Kedric Golston Washington RFA (re-signed with Washington)

Anthony Montgomery Washington RFA (re-signed with Washington)

Cory Redding Detroit (traded to Seattle)

Tony McDaniel Jacksonville (traded to Miami)

 
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There are two names that really stand out to me. Haynesworth is a dominant player obviously. Would he miss a beat if he went to a 3-4 team? Would he be an end or nose? Is the real question of scheme 1 or 2 gap instead of 3-4 or 4-3? Is he just good enough to succeed at pretty much whatever in the trenches considering all the tools he's got?

The other player that I wonder about moving to a 3-4 is Julius Peppers as an OLB. I've always felt he had the athleticism play the position, but that's mainly based on seeing him play basketball and the occasional play where he drops in coverage.

These are just a couple ideas I've been kicking around. If you are a team looking to sign these guys what things would you look for in terms of deciding to pay big bucks to bring them into systems that are somewhat foreign?

I'm interested in observations on these players, but not in terms of fantasy success. Just fundamental and philosophical things that will translate to winning real games. If you see strengths or weaknesses that will or won't translate what are they? Just because a guy hasn't played a position or scheme doesn't mean he can't do so and that's kind of what I want to get to the bottom of. If this type of speculation is just silly and these guys are textbook 4-3 players let me know.

 
Not sure where Haynesworth would lineup in a 34. He has the size of a two-gap tackle and the quickness to play one gap. He's not known for his work ethic or keeping his body in shape. Haynesworth is playing for a contract, how will he play after he gets it? Beleive he has only one 16 game season under his belt. Great player, but comes with a risk.

I don't see much of Carolina, beleive Peppers is used in an elephant role there at times? Not sure how a full-time rush OLB role would suit him, I agree, he should have the athleticism play the position, but does he have the coverage ability.

 
Not sure where Haynesworth would lineup in a 34. He has the size of a two-gap tackle and the quickness to play one gap. He's not known for his work ethic or keeping his body in shape. Haynesworth is playing for a contract, how will he play after he gets it? Beleive he has only one 16 game season under his belt. Great player, but comes with a risk.

I don't see much of Carolina, beleive Peppers is used in an elephant role there at times? Not sure how a full-time rush OLB role would suit him, I agree, he should have the athleticism play the position, but does he have the coverage ability.
I think Peppers is a stud and a physical freak, but I simply can't imagine a 6'7" guy, no matter how athletic, keeping up with the Darren Sproleses and Reggie Bushes of the NFL world in coverage.
 
Peppers is a prototype end for the 4-3. I can't see signing him away from Carolina to try and mold him into something else.

Seems from a quick glance at the list that DT has more depth to the pickings.

What are the thoughts on Chris Canty? I loved this dude's potential coming out of the draft. Seems like he had the skill set to be a 3-4 end but would be a handful lining up outside in a 4-3. Anyone have a read on whether Dallas will try to keep him or are they happy to let him walk? He hasn't blossomed in his early career with the Cowboys but I wouldn't say he's been a disappointment either. Dallas still seems to rotate guys in and out so it's tough to tell what Canty's true ability is.

Will Tampa try to keep Jovan Haye? Can he succeed outside of Tampa?

 
With Canty I imagine it will be all about the $$ and how much love he gets in the open market on whether he's a Cowboy next year. Would think the Cowboys want to keep him around.

Haye's situation appears the same as Cantys. They say he's a good fit for the Tampa scheme. I see no reason why he can't succeed outside of Tampa.

 
I look for Houston to pursue Green Bay's Mike Montgomery. The Pack won’t resign him with the hiring of Capers and a switch to a 34 front. Montgomery is from Carthage, Texas 150 miles or so northeast of Houston and played his college ball at coach Kubiak’s alma mater Texas A&M. They both may have interest in each other.
 
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February 5-19 - NFL franchises can use the franchise tag or the transition tag to lock up their unrestricted free agents. NFL Free Agency opens February 27th.

When a team uses the franchise tag or transition tag, it’s a one-year tender offer of a high base salary paid during the season and includes no signing bonus. Every dollar counts against the cap.

DE Franchise tag... $8.99 million

DE Transition tag... $7.78 million

DT Franchise tag... $6.06 million

DT Transition tag... $5.45 million

 
Antonio Smith DE Ariz. Signed by Houston Texans

Darrell Reid DT Indy Signed by Denver Broncos

 
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No problem - Here's a few more from the NFC....

Jayme Mitchell, DE, Minn Resigned by Vikings

Jason Jefferson, DT, Atl Resigned by Falcons

Ryan Sims, DT, TBay Resigned by Bucs

 
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Couple More....

Brandon McKinney, DT, Balt, Resigned by Ravens

Dwan Edwards, DT, Balt, Resigned by Ravens

 
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A day after signing DT Rocky Bernard and LB Michael Boley, the Giants signed free-agent DE Chris Canty to a six-year, $42 million contract that includes $17.25 million in guaranteed money. Now Dallas' loss is New York's gain.

 
Grady Jackson, DT, Atl, Signed by Detroit Lions

Kenny Peterson, DT, Denv, Resigned by Broncos

Demetric Evans, DE, Wash, Signed by SF 49ers

Corey Smith, DE, Det, R.I.P. (Very sad to say)

 
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Sorry guys, had to step out of town for a couple days. I think we're up-to-date... thanks!
 
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William Joseph, DT, Oak, Resigned by Raiders

Eric Moore, DE, StLouis, Resigned by Rams

Cory Redding, DT, Det, Traded To Seattle

Renaldo Wynn, DE, NYGiants, Signed by Wash. Redskins

Paul Spicer, DE, Jax, Signed by N.O. Saints

Mike Montgomery, DE, GBay, Resigned by Packers

Jason Hunter, DE, GBay, Resigned by Packers

Bertrand Berry, DE, Arizona, Resigned by Cardinals

 
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Phillip Daniels, DE, Wash, Resigned by Redskins

Otis Grigsby, DE, Minn, Resigned by Vikings

Gabe Watson, DT, Arz, Resigned by Cardinals

 
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Stephen Bowen, DE, Dallas, Resigned by Cowboys

Fred Evans, DT, Minn, Resigned by Vikings

Tank Johnson, DT, Dallas, Signed by Cincy Bengals

Kedric Golston, DT, Wash, Resigned by Redskins

 
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DT Ed Johnson - former starter who was cut last year for team violations - signed back with the Colts this week.

 

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