Projected to be a cellar dweller in the preseason, the Cowboys' defense surprised in 2014, finishing in the top 10 against the run and in the top half of the league in points allowed. To maintain that standing, Dallas will have to open the checkbook this spring. The Cowboys have several free agents on the defensive side of the ball, including three at linebacker (Bruce Carter, Justin Durant and the surprising Rolando McClain). Who else is poised to hit the market this offseason?

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Find all the notable unrestricted free-agent linebackers below. (Note, several outside linebackers are listed in our roundup of free-agent pass rushers.)

Notable Unrestricted Free-Agent LBs
Listed alphabetically
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    Akeem Ayers
    New England Patriots
    '14 stats: 17 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 1 PD

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    Lance Briggs
    Chicago Bears
    '14 stats: 24 tackles, 1 FF, 1 INT, 3 PD

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    Bruce Carter
    Dallas Cowboys
    '14 stats: 48 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 5 INT, 8 PD

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    Justin Durant
    Dallas Cowboys
    '14 stats: 31 tackles, 2 FF, 1 INT, 4 PD

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    David Harris
    New York Jets
    '14 stats: 73 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 2 FF, 1 PD

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    Nate Irving
    Denver Broncos
    '14 stats: 26 tackles, 1.0 sacks

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    Rolando McClain
    Dallas Cowboys
    '14 stats: 65 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 1 FF, 2 INT, 3 PD

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    Rey Maualuga
    Cincinnati Bengals
    '14 stats: 33 tackles, 1 INT, 4 PD

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    Brandon Spikes
    Buffalo Bills
    '14 stats: 33 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 1 FF, 3 PD

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    Sean Weatherspoon
    Atlanta Falcons
    '13 stats (7 games, missed '14 with injury): 26 tackles, 1 INT

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