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Five Free Agent DE's that won't break the bank

Instead of looking at the Big Names of free agency, let's take a look at some of the smaller names that aren't on the radar. A lot of these guys are in the prime of their careers, some have got buried on depth charts but had previous starting experience. These are the types of guys who could step right in to the starting lineup, be signed at a bargain basement price, and could be poised to post break-out numbers playing next to Fairley and Suh.



#1 - Daryl Tapp, Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles traded DE Chris Clemons and a 4th round pick to get Tapp, who has languished in obscurity on the Eagles bench ever since. Originally a 2nd round pick of the Seahawks, the 28 year old Tapp posted solid numbers while playing for the Seahawks, notching 7 sacks in one season. Not expected to be retained as the Eagles transition to a 3-4 defense. Noted for being a very high character guy, started his own foundation to help the needy.

#2 - Frostee Rucker, Cleveland Browns. The recently released 29 year old Rucker is well known as a high effort guy on the field. He was well loved by the fans, but as the Browns make their own transition to the 3-4, it was determined his skillset didn't fit. Posts solid, if unspectacular numbers every year.

#3 - Turk McBride, New Orleans Saints. Most Lions fans are familiar with McBride from his time with the Lions. New Orleans won't be re-signing him due to their 3-4 transition as well. McBride is a guy most would feel comfortable with his capabilities to adequately hold down a starting DE spot.

#4 - Antwan Applewhite, Carolina Panthers. After breaking in and being a starter with the San Diego Chargers, the 27 year old Applewhite signed as a Free Agent with the 49ers only to get cut after TC. He was then claimed by the Panthers and promptly got buried on their depth chart behind premier NFL DE's Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy. Best year came in 2010 with the Chargers logging 48 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 FF.

#5 - Kyle Moore, Buffalo Bills. The 26 year old Moore, originally a 4th round pick of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, finally gained some playing time this year for the first time and logged 24 tackles and 3 sacks as a rotational DE. Moore made the most of his limited opportunities, and could be poised for a larger role on a different team.

Other names to consider - Jason Hunter, Denver Broncos. Trevor Scott, New England Patriots. William Hayes, St. Louis Rams.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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