With NFL free agency starting on March 11, several teams will be interested in adding talent to their linebacker corps.
Whether it's a pass-rushing outside linebacker or a run-stuffing inside linebacker, the position holds a significant amount of value on a defense.
In this column, I've broken down seven of the top linebackers (four outside, three inside) who are set to hit the market. The players on this list were chosen via a series of criteria, including age, pass-rushing ability, coverage skills, leadership and future NFL prospects.
It's time to explore the linebacker market for the upcoming free-agency period.
Note: This article has been modified from its original version for free agents who have been given the franchise tag or transition tag.
All salary-cap information courtesy of Spotrac.com.