Oakland Raiders Defensive Ends: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

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Published: April 10, 2009


... love adding in the salaries of the team's defensive ends. Other than Derrick Burgess’ $3.5 million salary, the salaries of the other four defensive ends on the roster averaged $343,000.


This is reminiscent of the hit AC/DC song, “Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap!”


Defensive ends have two responsibilities: help stop the run, and to rush the passer. On running plays they must keep the runner from getting to the outside, while standing their ground against blockers. On passing plays, their job is to create pressure and get to the quarterback, while keeping the passer from rolling out of the pocket. 


To be successful, defensive ends need to be extremely quick and agile, with enough strength to hold their position, shed blockers and make tackles. They usually weigh between 260 and 275 poun...

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