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Baltimore: Wide receiverWith shaky depth behind a 35-year-old starter (Derrick Mason) and Mark Clayton, Baltimore surprisingly did little to address the position this offseason. Deep threat Demetrius Williams has battled injuries the past two seasons, while Yamon Figurs and offseason pickup Kelley Washington are expected to contribute more on special teams than offense. Possible solution: Brandon Marshall. The Ravens have internally discussed making a trade offer to Denver for the disgruntled wideout. Marshall is one of the league's top young players but also among its most troubled with a long history of police incidents related to domestic violence. A change of scenery and off-field tutelage from Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis may do Marshall a world of good.
New England: Outside linebackerJulius Peppers. Jason Taylor. Derrick Burgess. None of the names linked with the Patriots in media reports earlier this offseason landed in Foxboro. New England is likely to enter training camp with a rotation of the returning Tully Banta-Cain (back after two disappointing seasons in San Francisco), 2008 third-round pick Shawn Crable and four-year veteran Pierre Woods playing opposite strong-side OLB Adalius Thomas. Possible solution: Willie McGinest. Patriots coach Bill Belichick loves veterans, so a reunion with McGinest isn't out of the question. McGinest, 37, wants to play for one more year with the team where he spent his first 12 NFL seasons. McGinest doesn't have much left in the tank but he knows Belichick's defensive system well.
New York Jets: Outside linebackerCalvin Pace will miss the first four games because of a PED suspension, leaving New York without its best OLB. There's also no guarantee that disappointing 2008 first-round pick Vernon Gholston will be ready to start in Pace's place. Possible solution: Marcus Washington. The Redskins saved $4 million this offseason by releasing the 31-year-old Washington following two injury-plagued campaigns. With 37.5 career sacks, Washington has better pass-rush skills than other free-agent outside linebackers like Jerome McDougle and Shantee Orr.
Detroit: Defensive tackleAfter an 0-16 season, the Lions couldn't upgrade every unit in one offseason. Defensive tackle remains problematic after Detroit lost Shawn Cody to Houston in free agency and traded Cory Redding to Seattle. Ex-Atlanta starter Grady Jackson was signed but the 36-year-old is coming off knee surgery and may face a four-game suspension for taking a banned diuretic. Possible solution: John Thornton. A Cincinnati starter the past six years, the Bengals didn't re-sign Thornton after adding Tank Johnson earlier this offseason. Thornton, 32, is the best of a free-agent group of defensive tackles that includes DeWayne Robertson and Hollis Thomas.
Buffalo Bills: Left tackle
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