Top 2012 free agents: Will there be a need at linebacker?

Top 2012 free agents: Will there be a need at linebacker?
January 31, 2012, 4:03 pm
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Our friends at Rotoworld have come up with a comprehensive list of players who will be free agents when the new league year starts at 4 p.m. on March 13. Were going to go position by position and take a look at the top players who may be available and how they might fit with the Redskins.See below for a list of positions previously analyzed. Here is a closer look at the top defensive linemen available.Curtis Lofton ILB, FalconsDan Connor ILB, PanthersD'Qwell Jackson ILB, Browns David Hawthorne ILB, SeahawksAnthony Spencer OLB, CowboysStephen Tulloch ILB, LionsLondon Fletcher ILB, RedskinsJoe Mays ILB, BroncosAhmad Brooks OLB, 49ersWe can skip over the free agent outside linebackers. Not only are the Redskins set with starters in Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan but they have depth with Lorenzo Alexander, Markus White, and Rob Jackson.And they may not need any major help on the inside, either. It looks like Fletcher will be back with the Redskins. That would make acquisitions like Lofton, who is 26 and has been the Falcons starting middle linebacker since he came into the league in 2008 or Tulloch, who just turned 27 and is rock solid against both the run and the pass, unnecessary.Previous free agent analysisQuarterbacksWide receiversRunning backsOffensive tacklesGuardsCentersTight endsDefensive line