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2015 Top 5 Free Agent Linebackers
Teams will look to these guys to rush the passer, stop the run, and drop back in coverage. Today I rank the top five linebackers in free agency.
5. Sean Weatherspoon
Bio: Since joining Atlanta in 2010, Sean Weatherspoon has blossomed into the Falcons best defender. In his five seasons, he registered 290 tackles, eight sacks, and two interceptions.
Bottom line: Weatherspoon was the Falcons' top defender before various injuries limited him to 20 of a possible 48 games over the last three seasons.
Possible landing spot: Atlanta
4. Brandon Spikes
Bio: In the last five years between New England and Buffalo, Brandon Spikes has built a reputation as a tackling machine. In his career he has had 340 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions.
Bottom line: Spikes has a niche skill set as a premier run stuffer but is a liability in pass coverage.
Possible landing spot: New Orleans
3. David Harris
Bio: In his eight seasons as a Jet, David Harris was the leader of the Jets defense. In that time, he recorded 885 tackles, 30 sacks, nine forced fumbles, and six interceptions while being named an All-Pro in 2009.
Bottom line: Harris is on the wrong side of 30, but he's reportedly drawing interest from several teams as well as the Jets.
Possible landing spot: Miami
2. Brian Orakpo
Bio: Since joining Washington in 2009, Brian Orakpo has been the Redskins most consistent pass rusher. In his six seasons with the team, he registered 254 tackles, 40 sacks, and six forced fumbles while being named to three pro bowls.
Bottom line: Prior to getting hit with the franchise tag early last March, Orakpo would have been a top five overall free agent. That changes now after he went down with his third career torn pectoral injury. Atlanta was on their radar at this time last year, but that's likely changed now.
Possible landing spot: Cincinnati
1. Jason Worilds
Bio: Since joining Pittsburgh in 2010, Jason Worilds seemingly came out of nowhere to become a productive pass rusher. In that time, he recorded 203 tackles, 25.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles.
Bottom line: He doesn't always finish plays with sacks, but Worilds consistently pressures the quarterback. He will get paid.
Possible landing spot: Philadelphia