With free agency set to open on March 11, NFL teams are getting ready to open their checkbooks, and one of the groupings set to earn the most greenbacks are players along the defensive line.
As the Seattle Seahawks proved on their way to a Super Bowl title, a solid defensive line with a number of quality players can make a significant difference, and NFL teams are sure to emulate that approach this offseason.
There are a number of quality pass-rushers, led by Carolina's Greg Hardy, and intriguing options at defensive tackle, spearheaded by Chicago's Henry Melton.
In this column, I've broken down nine of the best free agents set to hit the defensive-line market. I'll tell you what they did last year, what they're projected to do moving forward and whether they're likely to stay with their current team or sign elsewhere.
It's time to explore the defensive-line market for 2014's NFL free agency.
Note: This article has been modified from its original version for free agents who have been given the franchise tag.
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