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The Top Five: Best 4-3 Defensive Ends in the NFL

Article By on 1st July, 2009

... players in the NFL. They're already at or near the top among defenders: Up until Haynesworth's recent monster deal, Dwight Freeney was the highest-paid defensive player in the league at nearly $12 million per year.

The position has seen a transition over the years. No longer are the ends big and fast like a Reggie White or a Bruce Smith. Today, those guys would probably be playing defensive end in the 3-4.

Guys like Julius Peppers, Osi Umenyiora, and Freeney have become the prototypes.

Why is this? Perhaps because there's a direct correlation between sacks and dollars. Sacks, interceptions, and touchdowns are what lead to extra zeros in the new contract.

Teams will overlook an end's poor performance in the running ga...

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