2008 Free Agents: Defensive Ends


The Eagles are definitely going to be looking for a defensive end. While Trent Cole had a Pro Bowl season, the Eagles did not get much from the rest of their defensive ends. Jevon Kearse has just not worked out, and will be released soon. Darren Howard is another free agent DE who really has not done much. Jerome McDougle spent the entire season on IR(big surprise). Juqua Thomas proved he is really not starter material, and is a solid reserve. Victor Abiamiri did not play much as a rookie until late in the season. He did an OK job, but it is too hard to tell where he is at right now.

There are not be many options in free agency, now that Jared Allen and Terrell Suggs have both been franchised. They were the two premiere players, and after them there is a considerable drop off talent wise.

One name that does seem very interesting is Titans DE Antwan Odom. Odom was drafted by Tennessee in the 2nd round of the 2004 draft. He had done very little for the Titans, until this past season. He was able to start for the Titans and register 8 sacks, 1 FF, and deflected 7 passes. He seems to be a player who may have finally “gotten it”, and is ready to improve off of those solid ’07 numbers. The Eagles also seem to really like to sign DE’s from the Titans(Juqua Thomas and Kearse), so it will be interesting to see if they pursue Odom.

Justin Smith and Bobby McCray are also possible free agent targets. Both have had success in the past, but are coming off sub par season.

Here is the list of Defensive Ends:

QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | G | C

DT | LB | S | CB

Free Agent Defensive Ends

Rank  Name  Current Team  Status 
1.  Jared Allen  Kansas City Chiefs  Franchised 
2.  Terrell Suggs  Baltimore Ravens  Franchised 
3.  Justin Smith  Cincinnati Bengals  Signed with 49ers 
4.  Antwan Odom  Tennessee Titans  Signed with Bengals 
5.  Travis LaBoy  Tennessee Titans  Signed with Cardinals 
6.  Bobby McCray  Jacksonville Jaguars Signed with Saints 
7.  Mike Rucker  Carolina Panthers   
8.  Jevon Kearse  Philadelphia Eagles  Signed with Titans 
9.  Marques Douglas  San Fransisco 49ers   
10.  Corey Smith  Detroit Lions   
11.  Anthony Hargrove  Buffalo Bills  Suspended 1 season 
12.  John Engelberger  Denver Broncos   
13.  N.D. Kalu  Houston Texans   
14.  Josh Thomas  Indianapolis Colts   
15.  Tyler Brayton  Oakland Raiders  Signed with Panthers 
16.  Darrion Scott  Minnesota Vikings   
17.  Bryan Robinson  Cincinnati Bengals   
18.  Orpheus Roye  Cleveland Browns   
19.  Renaldo Wynn  New Orleans Saints   
20.  Jimmy Wilkerson  Kansas City Chiefs   
21.  Ebenezer Ekuban  Denver Broncos   
22.  Rodney Bailey  Arizona Cardinals   
23.  Joe Tafoya  Arizona Cardinals   

Key Restricted Free Agent Defensive Ends

Rank  Name  Current Team  Status 
Chris Canty  Dallas Cowboys   
Antonio Smith  Arizona Cardinals   
Simon Fraser  Cleveland Browns   
Chauncey Davis  Atlanta Falcons   

Tags: Antwan Odom Bobby McCray Darren Howard Jared Allen Jerome McDougle Jevon Kearse Juqua Thomas Justin Smith Nfl Free Agents Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl Tennessee Titans Terrell Suggs Trent Cole Victor Abiamiri