The rise of the 3-4 and hybrid defensive schemes has made outside linebackers and rush ends valued commodities in the modern NFL. The 2013 free agent market features some excellent options at the position. The group is headed by Super Bowl winner Paul Kruger.
The Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles will be making the switch to 3-4 fronts this season. Each will need a dominant outside pass-rusher from this group. Here are the top five 3-4 pass-rushers available in free agency.
5. Antwan Barnes, San Diego Chargers
Antwan Barnes struggles to stay on the field, appearing in only 11 games in 2012. He posted a mere three sacks, after registering a career-best 11 sacks the season before. However, when healthy, there are few better situational, edge rushers in the league than the ex-Florida International standout.
Barnes rushes with good first-step quickness and deceptive power. He possesses a good dip and rip move to get around offensive tackles and can be a valuable weapon in the right scheme. Any team looking for a cheap pass-rusher to boost their 3-4 front, should give Barnes strong consideration.