NFL Free Agency Top 5's: Paul Kruger And The Top 3-4 Pass-Rushers On The Market

on March 04 2013 10:05 AM

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.

Could The 49ers Land Darrelle Revis And Percy Harvin?

on March 01 2013 11:47 AM
The San Francisco 49ers look poised to do some serious damage in this off-season. They have traded away 2005 Number One Draft pick Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs in a deal that left everyone astounded. The Chiefs gave up the 34th pick in this years draft, plus a conditional pick in next years draft. This is now a 3rd round pick but could rise to another 2nd rounder based on Smith's performance for his new team. This was a fantastic bit of business for the 49ers. They now essentially have another first round pick to utilise and now have a total of 15 picks in the 7 rounds of this years Draft. There's no doubt the Chiefs overpaid for Smith, a QuarterBack who has struggled mightily during his time in the NFL. The last two seasons have been far more positive for Smith and some would deem him unfortunate to lose his starting spot due to a concussion. The Chiefs, sensing there wasn't a Signal Caller worth taking with the first pick this year, moved the 34th pick for Smith instead of drafting a Matt Barkley with it.

Why Alex Smith is a bad fit for the Chiefs

on February 28 2013 12:18 PM

On Wednesday it was reported that the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2013 2nd round pick and a later conditional pick. This is a mistake by the Chiefs. Yes they do desperately need a quarterback but Smith isn’t the guy for the job.

Smith was pretty much a bust in San Francisco until miracle worker Jim Harbaugh was hired as the Niners head coach two seasons ago. He turned Smith’s career around, mainly by believing in him, giving him confidence, and tailoring the offense to his abilities. The Niners ran a ball controlled offense, pounding the rock for the majority of the game. Smith’s job was pretty much to be a game manager for the most part.

Post-Combine Mock Draft 2.0.

on February 28 2013 11:19 AM
So the 2013 NFL Combine is behind us. We now have a clearer indication of the top draft prospects after they were put through their paces in Indianapolis. Here is a Mock Draft reflecting the progress of College hopefuls as we move ever closer to Draft Day. 1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A & M. While I still think this pick might be Geno Smith, word coming out of the Chiefs is they have traded for 49ers QB Alex Smith. This is not the smart way to go in my opinion. Certainly not at the price (2nd Round, 2nd next year). This pick now becomes a no-brainer. If they want their investment to thrive he must be given time to go through his progressions. Joeckel is the best Offensive Tackle prospect in this Draft and is in the top 5 on everyone's boards. He cemented this status by having a solid Combine and fills a huge need for the Chiefs. They have to keep whoever is throwing the ball upright, something Cassell and Quinn haven't had the luxury of. Joeckel should be a first day starter at Left Tackle and that position will not be a worry for the foreseeable future. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida.

Chicago Bears Rumors: Bears Must Retain Henry Melton, Even At Cost Of Franchise Tag

on February 27 2013 8:53 PM
Chicago Bears Rumors: Bears Must Retain Henry Melton, Even At Cost Of Franchise Tag


The Chicago Bears have a boatload of potential free agents to re-sign (or not) from last year’s roster, and the most expensive of the lot could be Henry Melton. The 26-year-old defensive tackle is coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance just as his rookie contract expires.

As reported by Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter), the Bears appear to be willing to sink huge amounts of cash into keeping Melton on the roster. Biggs says that, unless a long-term contract is reached, the Bears are expected to put the franchise tag on the youngster…a move that’s expected to cost in the neighborhood of $8 million next season.

The Bears aren’t long on cap room in the best of scenarios, so committing that kind of money to one of their many skilled defensive linemen isn’t a trivial decision. Nevertheless, Chicago can ill afford to make any other move where Melton is concerned.