One of the reasons that the New England Patriots defense found so much success last season was the play of their linebackers.
In the early stages of the season, the trio of Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, and Kyle Van Noy helped the Patriots to dominate their opponents thanks to their versatility and athleticism.
Now, two of them are set to hit free agency. And the Patriots will have to make some tough decisions about them, and linebacker/fullback Elandon Roberts.
Luckily for New England, the 2020 free agent linebacker class is a pretty strong one. So, the competition to retain the services of their key free agents may not be as fierce as teams may hone in on some of the other top options on this list.
Here's a look at the top 10 free agent linebackers for 2020: