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NFL's Top 5 Free Agent Linebackers

NFL.com compiled a list of the 101-best free agents expected to hit the market on March 10. Below are the top five linebackers, according to their list.

Photos of NFL.com's 101 best free agents expected to hit the market on March 10. (Note: this list includes players that were franchise tagged on Monday, March 2)

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5. Rolando McClain, Cowboys (No. 54 overall)
McClain has tremendous upside but it's difficult to know what a team will be getting when signing him. After being selected by Oakland with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, there were high expectations for the inside linebacker. McClain played his first three seasons with the Raiders with some success, but had a falling out with the team and insisted on being released or traded. He was cut by the Raiders and signed by the Ravens, but retired from the NFL before ever playing a down in Baltimore. After Sean Lee suffered an ACL injury last summer, McClain was picked up by the Cowboys and became the team's starting middle linebacker. He recorded 81 tackles during the course of the season.4. Sean Weatherspoon, Falcons

(No. 49 overall)
The former first-round draft pick has struggled with injuries over the course of the past two seasons, but he's proven he can be an impact player when healthy. In 2011, his second year in the league, Weatherspoon was named the Falcons' starting outside linebacker and finished the season with 115 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery. He was named the team's defensive captain in 2012 and had another successful season, totaling 95 tackles, three sacks and an interception. Since then, he has missed 26 games due to injury, including the entire 2014 season.

3. Brandon Spikes, Bills (No. 48 overall)

Spikes' numbers have been steadily declining over the course of the past three seasons. The inside linebacker recorded 92 tackles in 2012, but dropped to 86 in 2013. This past season, he earned 54. Spikes is still a valuable commodity based on his experience and durability, though. Over the course of his five-year NFL career, he has started 49 times. Since 2012, he has missed just one game.

2. Brian Orakpo, Redskins (No. 26 overall)
Orakpo is a three-time Pro Bowler who will be an immediate upgrade for teams in need of a pass-rusher. He had one of the best seasons of his six-year career in 2013, recording 10 sacks and a career-high 60 tackles. In 2014, he suffered a torn pectoral muscle, the third time in his career he'd had the injury, and ended the season on injured reserve. In seven games last season he recorded just one-half of a sack.

1. Jason Worilds, Steelers (No. 15 overall)
Worilds has steadily progressed in each of his five NFL seasons. In 2014 he started 16 games and recorded 59 tackles, 7.5 sacks and intercepted a pass. The year before, he earned 63 tackles and eight sacks. But numbers aren't everything. "He doesn't always finish plays with sacks," NFL.com wrote, "but Worilds consistently pressures the quarterback. He will get paid."> TOP 5 FREE AGENT QUARTERBACKS

**Players listed had not been re-signed by 3/6/15. *

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