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Which defensive linemen remain on the free agent market?

LA might not be finished looking for defensive line help

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Rams were unable to retain defensive end Morgan Fox this offseason, seeing him turn his career season into a two-year, $8.1 million contract with the Carolina Panthers. The Rams also traded Michael Brockers to the Detroit Lions to save cap space, but no corresponding moves have been made along the defensive line.

There also probably won’t be a rush to do so either given how cheap veteran help has turned out to be this year due to the lowered salary cap and the large number of notable free agents who remain. With more to come as the offseason goes on.

One person who is familiar with multiple free agent defensive linemen of note is Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris. During his years with the Atlanta Falcons, Morris worked with Vic Beasley, Adrian Clayborn, Jack Crawford, and Allen Bailey, all of whom are free agents right now. That doesn’t necessarily make any of them super appealing — Beasley is the biggest name and he had zero sacks, zero QB hits, and one tackle for a loss over 10 games with the Titans and Raiders last season — but I feel comfortable guaranteeing that several of the defensive ends and defensive tackles who are unsigned as of April will become key players on NFL teams as of this fall.

Which ones will that be? No idea. But I can list out some of the options.

These defensive linemen remain available in free agency as of Friday, April 9:

  • Jurrell Casey
  • Kawann Short
  • Geno Atkins
  • Everson Griffen
  • Alex Okafor
  • Allen Bailey
  • Corey Peters
  • Abry Jones
  • Adrian Clayborn
  • Ezekiel Ansah
  • Jadeveon Clowney
  • Jabaal Sheard
  • Margus Hunt
  • Damon Harrison
  • Vic Beasley
  • Jack Crawford

Anyone who the Rams should call first?