LB is going to be a numbers game next year.
1. Lorenzo Alexander - ILB/OLB (Keeping and under contract)
2. London Fletcher - ILB (Coin toss whether or not he comes back/but under contract)
3. Rob Jackson - OLB (UFA)
4. Bryan Kehl- ILB/OLB (UFA/maybe worth keeping if Fletcher doesn't come back)
5. Ryan Kerrigan - OLB (Keeping and under contract)
6. Rod Muckelroy - ILB (RFA - probably keeping- will probably compete with Keenan)
7. Perry Riley - ILB (Keeping and under contract)
8. Vic So'oto - OLB (RFA - probably keeping - will get to compete)
9. Chris Wilson - OLB (probably not keeping, very dissapointed in his production)
10. Brian Orakpo - OLB (injured twice with the same injury - next year is a contract year)
11. Keenan Robinson - ILB (injured once - under contract - he'll be competing for his job next year)
So, that give you for sure:
Zo, Riley, Kerrigan... to me, the rest is honestly WIDE open competition wise.
I would say the favorites to me are:
Riley, Muck, Fletch (if he comes back), and Keenan or Kehl (both if Fletch retires)
Zo, Kerrigan, So'oto, Orakpo or Jackson
I suspect we keep more defensive backs next year than LBs. We will need all of the room we can get there. Especially with Bernstine and (hopefully) Rambo fighting it out with Jackson and Merriweather.
We may be able to keep them both without keeping Banks. But it's a numbers game. Mind you we have Minniefield and others competing next season as well.
This is a good problem to have... but do you want to roll the dice on Orakpo and his bum pec or do you want to get what you can for him now, a la Cooley circa 2009?