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NFL Cuts: Free agent defensive tackle market flush with interesting options

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The Redskins have cut defensive linemen Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen, and they add to a growing list of interesting players now available on the free agent market.

UPDATE: Add former Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett to that list.

The Seahawks have mined the defensive tackle/defensive end free agent group pretty frequently over the years, probably more often than almost any other position group, and guys like Michael Bennett, Alan Branch, Tony McDaniel, Kevin Williams, Landen Cohen, Raheem Brock, Tony Hargrove, and Jason Jones come to mind. It seems likely to me that Seattle will be active in free agency at this position -- whether it's a bigger-name and bigger-money target or a secondary free agent on the latter legs of their career. Regardless, there's some very interesting names out there right now.

Older free agents closer to the low-end of the pay spectrum include Barry Cofield, Henry Melton, Chris Canty, Kendall Langford, B.J. Raji, and of course, Kevin Williams. All of these options would be interesting to me as veteran types looking to fill a role in a rotation.

Some younger, high-end options include Stephen Paea, Nick Fairley, Pot-roast Knighten, Dan Williams, C.J. Mosley, and Jared Odrick. Guys like Kenrick Ellis, Ahtyba Rubin, and Tyson Alualu might be interesting to the Seahawks.

Paea in particular seems like he'd be a great fit as a guy that's very disruptive as a pass rusher but can also hold it down in run defense. Fairly is an injury risk but also has a lot of talent. Pot-roast is a Mebane type of player, as is Dan Williams. There are some intriguing players out there and it almost seems like the market for this position may be slightly flooded, especially with the Draft still a few months away.