2008 Free Agents: Defensive Tackles

The Iggles have an outstanding DT tandem right now. Mike Patterson(when he is not high), and Brodrick Bunkley are both first round picks who really have made an impact on the Bird’s defense. Bunkley saw his first real playing time last year, and made everybody around him better. The Eagles run defense went from 26th(2006), to 7th(2007) with Bunkley as the starter. His ability to eat blockers made it hard for teams to run on the Eagles, and definitely made Mike Patterson a much more productive player. Patterson lead the NFC in tackles for a DT with 66 and registered 4 sacks.

The main problem I see at DT is there is almost no production from the backups. Ian Scott spent the entire season on IR, Montae Reagor spent most of the season as a healthy scratch, Kimo von Oelhoffen brought nothing, and Lajuan Ramsey gave you nothing as well. The Eagles need to bring in at least two good DTs for rotational purposes. Bunkley and Patterson can not play every down, and need some one to spell them from time to time.

Looking at this list of free agents, I really see very little talent available. The two best DTs Albert Haynesworth and Corey Williams were both franchise tagged. after those two you are left with average players at best. My guess is you won’t see any of these guys wearing midnight green this season. Look for the Bird’s to draft a DT in the mid rounds.

Here is the Free Agent DT list:

QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | G | C

DE | LB | S | CB

Free Agent Defensive Tackles

Rank  Name  Current Team  Status 
1.  Albert Haynesworth  Tennessee Titans  Franchised 
2.  Corey Williams  Green Bay Packers  Traded to Browns 
3.  Tommy Kelly  Oakland Raiders  Signed extension with Raiders 
4.  Rod Coleman  Atlanta Falcons   
5.  Brian Young  New Orleans Saints   
6.  Bryant Young  San Fransisco 49ers  Retired 
7.  Isaac Sopoaga  San Fransisco 49ers  Signed extension with 49ers 
8.  Ian Scott  Philadelphia Eagles   
9.  Ethan Kelley  Cleveland Browns   
10.  Kindal Moorehead  Carolina Panthers   
11.  Craig Terrill  Seattle Seahawks  Signed extension with Seahawks 
12.  Randy Starks  Tennessee Titans   
13.  Spencer Johnson  Minnesota Vikings  Signed with Bills 
14.  Damione Lewis  Carolina Panthers  Signed extension with Panthers 
15.  William Joseph  New York Giants   
16.  Travis Kirschke  Pittsburgh Steelers  Signed extension with Steelers 
17.  Ted Washington  Cleveland Browns   
18.  Tim Anderson  Atlanta Falcons   
19.  Ryan Boschetti  Washington Redskins   
20.  Ryan Sims  Tampa Bay Buccaneers   
21.  Dan Klecko  Idianapolis Colts   
22.  Nick Eason  Pittsburgh Steelers   

Key Restricted Free Agent Defensive Tackles

Rank  Name  Current Team  Status 
- Jovan Haye Tampa Bay Buccaneers   
- Jay Ratliff Dallas Cowboys Signed extension with Cowboys
- Langston Moore Detroit Lions   
- Ryon Bingham San Diego Chargers Signed extension with Chargers
- Mike Wright New England Patriots   
- Anthony Maddox Houston Texans   
- Darrell Reid Indianapolis Colts   
- Jason Jefferson Buffalo Bills  

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