NFL free agency 2021: Top 10 NFL linebackers available

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Here's a look at the top 10 NFL linebackers available in free agency this offseason. By Dave Zangaro

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He’s 31 now so maybe there’s a fear of his slowing down but David has played in all 32 games over the last two seasons. He’s been incredibly dependable during his nine-year NFL career and has had over 100 tackles in all but one of his seasons.

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Another older player, Wright is 31. But he has also played in all 32 games over the last two seasons. The market might not be there for an aging linebacker but Wright can still play.

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Unlike the first two guys on this list, Milano is still in his prime. Although he played in just 10 games in 2020, he was good in those five games and Milano is a three-down linebacker with coverage skills.

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He’s still just 26 and is off to a great start in his NFL career. A former 5th-round pick, Brown has been a starter the last few years and had 76 tackles in 10 games in 2020.

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He’s not the strongest linebacker in coverage but he’s a tackling machine, having at least 100 in four of his six seasons. The Steelers traded for Williamson during the 2020 season so we’ll see if they try to retain him.

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The 28-year-old former 2nd-round pick has played his entire NFL career with the Chargers, starting 51 games since 2015.

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Goodson, 27, had a very productive season with the Browns in 2020, piling up 91 tackles, by far a career high, surpassing his mark of 61 with the Giants in 2018.He won’t break the bank but he’s a solid player for a team that gets him at the right price.

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The Washington linebacker is 29 now but has been pretty good in pass coverage, making him an appealing option for a team who wants a 4-3 outside linebacker who can help against opposing tight ends. He has mostly been a backup in his career but has made the most of his chances recently.

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Injuries hit the linebacker room in Minnesota this year but Wilson stepped up, playing in all 16 games and making 15 starts. He destroyed his previous career high in tackles, ending up with 122 to go along with 3 interceptions, 8 pass breakups and 2 fumble recoveries.

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He hasn’t even turned 26 yet and Morrow is coming off the best season in his four-year career, all with the Raiders. In 2020, he had 78 tackles, 9 pass breakups and 3 sacks.

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