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February 05, 2015

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.)

 
Akeem Ayers
New England Patriots

'14 stats: 17 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 1 PD

 
Lance Briggs
Chicago Bears

'14 stats: 24 tackles, 1 FF, 1 INT, 3 PD

 
Bruce Carter
Dallas Cowboys

'14 stats: 48 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 5 INT, 8 PD

 
Justin Durant
Dallas Cowboys

'14 stats: 31 tackles, 2 FF, 1 INT, 4 PD

 
David Harris
New York Jets

'14 stats: 73 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 2 FF, 1 PD

 
Nate Irving
Denver Broncos

'14 stats: 26 tackles, 1.0 sacks

 
Rolando McClain
Dallas Cowboys

'14 stats: 65 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 1 FF, 2 INT, 3 PD

 
Rey Maualuga
Cincinnati Bengals

'14 stats: 33 tackles, 1 INT, 4 PD

 
Brandon Spikes
Buffalo Bills

'14 stats: 33 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 1 FF, 3 PD

 
Sean Weatherspoon
Atlanta Falcons

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

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