By: Greg Davis QB | RB | WR | OL | DL | LB | DB | K Lance Briggs, UFA, Chicago Bears Briggs benefits from having Brian Urlacher as a teammate, but thatâ€™s no reason to doubt that Briggs is a really good linebacker in his own right. He may be the most sought after linebacker in this free agent class, and the Bears will have difficulty in retaining all of the defensive talent they have in the next few seasons if they wish to spend more money on offensive help and re-sign other current players. The Bears could slap the franchise tag on Briggs to keep him around, but if they donâ€™t, expect him to be leaving the Windy City and taking up residence for a new team that will try and feature him on defense. Teams needing a tough linebacker to plug holes and make tackles will put Briggs high on their list. Given the Bears history in this type of matter, itâ€™s likely that Briggs will find a new place to punish offenses. Na'il Diggs, UFA, Carolina Panthers Diggs has been a steady linebacker for the Green Bay Packers since his second season in the league. Injuries forced him to miss seven games last season and he now has just a single season to prove to the Panthers that he deserves a larger contract. Diggs, while steady, isnâ€™t necessity for Carolina, so expect to see him hit the market in the hopes that someone appreciates what he does on the field, maybe even over-appreciates what he does on the field. Staying healthy will be the first step towards a successful contract year, and if he can perform like he did in Green Bay, a handful of teams should be interested in bringing Diggs into the fold. Anyone looking for a veteran linebacker to make some tackles and hold his own will show an interest. Cato June, UFA, Indianapolis Colts Recent legal trouble could hurt his stock, but June was a first time starter in the Pro Bowl this past season. Heâ€™s relatively young and a tackling machine, so itâ€™s likely that the Colts will do what they can to retain his talents. Thereâ€™s good chance that June hits the market, though, to see what other organizations have to offer him financially; the Colts inability to reach the Super Bowl may also factor into a decision to leave. Juneâ€™s not an overpowering player, so a team interested in him will be looking at utilizing his speed as a top priority, in the same way that the Colts have done. June will be the most sought after linebacker on the market, and perhaps the most sought after defensive player. Adalius Thomas, UFA, Baltimore Ravens It could be difficult to keep Thomas around because of his emerging status as one of the better linebackers in the NFL. Last season, with Ray Lewis lost to an injury for ten games, Thomas shined for the Ravens defensive unit. Credited with 86 total tackles, nine sacks, and a returned touchdown on one of his two interceptions, he boosted his free agent potential and he could be one of the top two or three pursued players if he has a successful â€™06 campaign. Someone will throw big dollars his way, which means he could be lured away from Baltimore. Other Free Agent Linebackers Chase Blackburn, ERFA, New York Giants Chad Brown, UFA, New England Patriots James Darling, UFA, Arizona Cardinals London Fletcher, UFA, Buffalo Bills Randall Godfrey, UFA, San Diego Chargers Kawika Mitchell, UFA, Kansas City Chiefs Rob Morris, UFA, Indianapolis Colts Count me in BIG TIME for Briggs and semi-big time for London Fletcher and Adalius Thomas. Otherwise...maybe Diggs. The rest don't fit our system and/or are junk.