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Clayton on Hybrid 3-4


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Transforming DEs into LBs: With roughly a third of the league using some form of the 3-4 defense, three teams gambled on defensive ends they hope to convert into pass-rushing linebackers.

The New York Jets put their money on Calvin Pace, who was drafted as a 4-3 defensive end but took on some linebacker duties in Arizona because of injuries to Bertrand Berry and Chike Okeafor. Pace received a staggering six-year, $42 million deal even though he's never had more than 6½ sacks in a season.

To replace him, the Cardinals are gambling $4.4 million a year on Travis LaBoy, a defensive end with Tennessee. The Cincinnati Bengals, who will start to use a hybrid 3-4 defense, spent $5.9 million a year on Antwan Odom, who had a career-high eight sacks last season in the Tennessee Titans' 4-3.

Odom playing OLB????

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