2018 NFL free agents: Top defensive ends available for Dolphins

Demarcus Lawrence is the No. 1 target among defensive ends this year. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins don’t appear to be in the market for any of the top-line defensive end free agents, but they need to take a hard look at their depth this offseason.

Cameron Wake remains a Pro Bowl-caliber player at 36, but Andre Branch is coming off an injury-riddled season and rookie Charles Harris had two sacks last year. Furthermore, veteran William Hayes is a question mark after a season-ending injury and will turn 33 this spring.

Here’s a look at what Miami had at defensive end last year and who’s expected to be available next month:

2017 Starting defensive ends

Cameron Wake (16 starts)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #28

Age: 36

2018 Contract: $8.7 million salary cap hit; free agent in 2019

Andre Branch (14 starts)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #96

Age: 28

2018 Contract: $10 million salary cap hit; signed through 2019

Charles Harris (two starts)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #49

Age: 22

2018 Contract: $2.5 million salary cap hit; signed through 2020

Top 2018 free agent defensive ends (and some more affordable options)

DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas

Pro Football Focus ranking: #3

Age: 25

Contract Expectation: $14 million per year market value (Spotrac)

Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit

Pro Football Focus ranking: #40

Age: 28

Contract Expectation: $13.2 million per year market value (Spotrac)

Adrian Clayborn, Atlanta

Pro Football Focus ranking: #19

Age: 29

Contract expectation: Earned $5.4 million last year

Alex Okafor, New Orleans

Pro Football Focus ranking: #22

Age: 27

Contract Expectation: Earned $2 million last season

Denico Autry, Oakland

Pro Football Focus ranking: #56

Age: 27

Contract Expectation: Earned $1.8 million last season

DaQuan Jones, Tennessee

Pro Football Focus ranking: #42

Age: 26

Contract Expectation: Earned $1.9 million last season

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