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2011 NFL Free Agents: Safeties




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2011 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2011.

  1. Eric Weddle, S, Chargers. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Chargers

    Eric Weddle is due for a massive contract. Excluding Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu, Weddle might be the best safety in the NFL (though Nick Collins may have something to say about that).



  2. Dawan Landry, SS, Ravens. Age: 28.
    Signed with Jaguars

    Already a terrific run-support safety, Dawan Landry improved his coverage skills this past season.

  3. Danieal Manning, SS, Bears. Age: 29.
    Signed with Texans (4 years, $20 million; $9 million guaranteed)

    In addition to being a solid strong safety, Danieal Manning averaged 24.7 yards on his kickoff returns this year.

  4. O.J. Atogwe, FS, Rams. Age: 30.
    Signed with Redskins (5 years, $26 million)

    Despite being 30 years old, O.J. Atogwe is still one of the better free safeties in the NFL. He's solid in coverage and excels as a blitzer.

  5. Quintin Mikell, SS, Eagles. Age: 30.
    Signed with Rams (4 years, $28 million)

    A Pro Bowler who excels both in both run support and pass coverage, Quintin Mikell will be offered a big contract this offseason.

  6. Michael Huff, S, Raiders. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Raiders

    Michael Huff was torched in the opener against Tennessee, but bounced back to have an incredible season.



  7. Gerald Sensabaugh, SS, Cowboys. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Cowboys (1 year, $2.5 million)

    Gerald Sensabaugh was Dallas' best defensive back in 2010. That's not saying much, of course, but Sensabaugh's a pretty solid player.

  8. Bob Sanders, SS, Colts. Age: 30.
    Signed with Chargers (1 year)

    Despite being 30 years old and coming off multiple injuries, Bob Sanders is a 4-star talent. The problem is that he has 1-star durability. I just averaged the two together to get 2.5 stars. Sanders is a huge risk, but he's worth taking a chance on at the right price.

  9. Donte Whitner, SS, Bills. Age: 26.
    Signed with 49ers (3 years, $11.75 million)

    Donte Whitner plays well against the run, but tends to struggle in coverage - though he did improve slightly in that department as the 2010 season progressed.

  10. Dashon Goldson, FS, 49ers. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with 49ers (1 year)

    Dashon Goldson really struggled at times in 2010, but that might be because he played through so many injuries. Coming off a down year, Goldson could be a bargain in free agency.

  11. George Wilson, S, Bills. Age: 30.
    Re-signed with Bills (3 years)

    George Wilson had the misfortune of playing behind Jairus Byrd this year. Wilson is a talented safety who could start for numerous teams. He needs to get out of Buffalo.

  12. Roman Harper, SS, Saints. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Saints (4 years, $28.5 million)

    This may seem like too many stars for a guy who was torched in a playoff loss, but Roman Harper was playing out of position with Malcolm Jenkins injured. Harper had a solid season otherwise (except for the instance when Sam Bradford chased him down following a turnover.)

  13. Brodney Pool, S, Jets. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Jets

    Brodney Pool has a dubious history of concussions, but he has proven to be a solid player for the Jets at both safety positions this season.

  14. Atari Bigby, SS, Packers. Age: 29.
    Signed with Seahawks

    Atari Bigby is an above-average safety who always seems to be hurt.

  15. Melvin Bullitt, SS, Colts. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Colts (multi-year)

    The Colts lost Melvin Bullitt to a season-ending shoulder injury in early October. He's a marginal strong safety.



  16. Tom Zbikowski, S, Ravens. Age: 26.
    Tom Zbikowski did a decent job filling in for Ed Reed before suffering an injury of his own (back).

  17. Bernard Pollard, SS, Texans. Age: 26.
    Signed with Ravens (2 years)

    Bernard Pollard is a tremendous run-stuffer, but really struggles in coverage at times.

  18. Abram Elam, SS, Browns. Age: 29.
    Signed with Cowboys (1 year)

    Abram Elam had his moments - particularly against Jacksonville - but struggled at times this past season, mainly in run support.

  19. Husain Abdullah (RFA), S, Vikings. Age: 26.
    Tendered by Vikings

    Husain Abdullah did an OK job at strong safety this season. He's still a liability in coverage, however.

  20. Courtney Greene (ERFA), SS, Jaguars. Age: 24.
    Courtney Greene plays the run well as an in-the-box strong safety, but really struggles in coverage.

  21. DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson. Age: 23.
    Signed with Saints

    DeAndre McDaniel would have been drafted if it weren't for character concerns.

  22. Paul Oliver, SS, Chargers. Age: 27.
    Signed with Saints

    Paul Oliver performed very well while filling in for Steve Gregory at strong safety this season.

  23. Madieu Williams, S, Vikings. Age: 29.
    Signed with 49ers (1 year)

    Madieu Williams is a liability in coverage. He's experienced and could provide solid depth at defensive back, but he can't be a starter anymore.

  24. Renaldo Hill, S, Broncos. Age: 32.
    Renaldo Hill is still solid in run support, but at 32, he's a liability in coverage.

  25. Roy Williams, SS, Bengals. Age: 31.
    Roy Williams is more valuable to the Bengals than he would be to anyone else; he's a good fit in Mike Zimmer's defense.

  26. Corey Lynch (RFA), FS, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
    Despite being the team's third-string free safety, Corey Lynch did an admirable job filling in for Tanard Jackson and Cody Grimm at the end of the year.

  27. Charlie Peprah, SS, Packers. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Packers (2 years, $2.3 million)
  28. Chinedum Ndukwe, S, Bengals. Age: 26.
  29. Deunta Williams, FS, North Carolina. Age: 23.
  30. Eric Smith, SS, Jets. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Jets (3 years)
  31. Jordan "Big Drop Babs" Babineaux, S, Seahawks. Age: 29. -- Signed with Titans (1 year)
  32. Darren Sharper, FS, Saints. Age: 35.
  33. Reed Doughty, S, Redskins. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Redskins
  34. Alan Ball (RFA), FS, Cowboys. Age: 26. -- Tendered by Cowboys (no compensation)
  35. Haruki "Hiro" Nakamura, S, Ravens. Age: 25.
  36. Jarrad Page, S, Patriots. Age: 26. -- Signed with Eagles
  37. Erik Coleman, SS, Falcons. Age: 29. -- Signed with Lions (1 year)
  38. Joe Lefeged, SS, Rutgers. Age: 23. -- Signed with Colts
  39. Jerrard Tarrant, FS, Georgia Tech. Age: 22.
  40. Jeron Johnson, SS, Boise State. Age: N/A. -- Signed with Seahawks
  41. Eugene Wilson, FS, Texans. Age: 31.
  42. Brandon McGowan, S, Patriots. Age: 27.
  43. Usama Young, FS, Saints. Age: 26. -- Signed with Browns
  44. Ryan Mundy, S, Steelers. Age: 26.
  45. Sean Considine, SS, Jaguars. Age: 28. -- Signed with Panthers (1 year)
  46. Deon Grant, SS, Giants. Age: 32. -- Re-signed with Giants
  47. Aaron Francisco, S, Colts. Age: 28.
  48. Marcus Hudson, S, Panthers. Age: 28.
  49. Josh Bullocks, FS, Bears. Age: 28. -- Signed with Raiders
  50. James Ihedigbo, S, Jets. Age: 27. -- Tendered by Jets (no compensation)
  51. C.C. Brown, S, Lions. Age: 28.
  52. Tyrell Johnson, S, Vikings. Age: 26.
  53. Josh Barrett (RFA), SS, Patriots. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Patriots (2 years, $1.75 million)
  54. Eric Frampton, S, Vikings. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Vikings
  55. Hiram Eugene, S, Raiders. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Raiders (4 years, $10.25 million)
  56. Tyron Brackenridge, S, Jaguars. Age: 27.
  57. Michael Johnson, S, Giants. Age: 27. -- Signed with Lions
  58. Jon McGraw, S, Chiefs. Age: 32. -- Re-signed with Chiefs (1 year)
  59. Nick Sorensen, S, Browns. Age: 33.
  60. Gibril Wilson, S, Bengals. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Bengals
  61. Matt Ware, S, Cardinals. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Cardinals
  62. Hamza Abdullah, S, Cardinals. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Cardinals
  63. Sabby Piscitelli, S, Browns. Age: 28. -- Signed with Chiefs
  64. Jamie Silva (RFA), S, Colts. Age: 26.
  65. Al Afalava (ERFA), S, Colts. Age: 24.
  66. Donnie Nickey, S, Titans. Age: 31.
  67. Anthony Smith, S, Packers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Titans
  68. Tom Nelson, S, Bengals. Age: 24.
  69. Jon Corto (RFA), S, Bills. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Bills
  70. Matt Giordano, S, Saints. Age: 28. -- Signed with Raiders
  71. Chris Reis, S, Saints. Age: 27.
  72. Reshard Langford (ERFA), S, Chiefs. Age: 25.
  73. Antoine Harris, S, Eagles. Age: 29.
  74. Lawyer Milloy, SS, Seahawks. Age: 37.
  75. Pierson Prioleau, S, Saints. Age: 34. -- Re-signed with Saints
  76. Tyrone Carter, S, Chargers. Age: 35.




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Dashon Goldson 02-21-2012 06:52 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.82 (total posts: 1)
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Goldson is mediocre just like you said Walt. Don't let the comments convince you otherwise - hard data tells a different story just like you said.


Goldson is solid against the run, and AWFUL against the pass - he made the Pro Bowl because of the best front 7 in the past decade, not because of his own talents.
Chris 02-11-2012 05:01 am xxx.xxx.xxx.144 (total posts: 1)
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Seems a bit high on Branch...

Scouts Inc. had him graded as a 67 before the season, and he didn't really do much out of his ordinary this season.
2.5 Stars for Goldson? 02-10-2012 05:59 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.106 (total posts: 1)
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Goldson gives up some plays downfeld, but he has great ball skills and forces fumbles. He's a playmaker. To have him rated the same as Dwight Lowery and Mike Adams is ridiculous. He was 7th in All-Pro voting among safeties, yet he's a backup level player? Get real. It's funny how you say people who only look at stats think he's good, yet you only look at the stats and think he's bad. I've actually watched every snap of his career. He's a good player.
49ers Fan 02-07-2012 09:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.60 (total posts: 2)
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Dashon Goldson is a mediocre safety...he is fundamentally unsound but he makes big plays. The collisions he caused in the NFC championship only reinforce the idea. When the corner is making a play on the ball, a good safety focuses on tackling the receiver, not going for the big hit or pick on every single play. 1 1/2 stars is way off, but 2 1/2 is about right. You can't deny he has real big play ability, so he does have value in the right scheme. He really has always been a strong safety playing on the free safety side. As a strong safety, he probably deserves 3 or 3 1/2 stars. At FS, 2 1/2 is accurate.
49ers Fan 02-07-2012 09:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.60 (total posts: 2)
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Dashon Goldson is a mediocre safety...he is fundamentally unsound but he makes big plays. The collisions he caused in the NFC championship only reinforce the idea. When the corner is making a play on the ball, a good safety focuses on tackling the receiver, not going for the big hit or pick on every single play. 1 1/2 stars is way off, but 2 1/2 is about right. You can't deny he has real big play ability, so he does have value in the right scheme. He really has always been a strong safety playing on the free safety side. As a strong safety, he probably deserves 3 or 3 1/2 stars. At FS, 2 1/2 is accurate.
Craig 02-07-2012 10:39 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.68 (total posts: 1)
31     26

My Tampa Bay Buccaneers wish list:
RB - Kahlil Bell or Kevin Smith
WR - Pierre Garcon and Mario Manningham or Eddie Royal
TE - Martellus Bennett
OG - Carl Nicks
DE - Resign Michael Bennett
OLB - Erin Henderson or Manny Lawson
ILB - Curtis Lofton
CB - Ladarius Webb or Richard Marshall
S - Laron Landry or Tyvon Branch
Obviously I don't expect all of them, but three or Four would put the team back in the right direction. My first three would be Garcon, Lofton, and Nicks.
Dashon Goldson's Mom 01-31-2012 11:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.174 (total posts: 1)
219     224

Even I have to agree with Walt. My son sucks...bad. I mean I love him and all but gentlemen let's call a spade a spade. Boy ain't never been able to read an offense and he don't know how to spell angle much less know how to take one. Nah here boys Walt has this one right.
Danny 01-28-2012 08:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.191 (total posts: 1)
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Stewart doesn't have any Pro Bowls ahead of him, let alone many.
@upside 01-27-2012 04:27 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.86 (total posts: 1)
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Nitpicking. The stats are plain as day. He was one of the worst safeties in the league in allowed completions and allowed TDs
hahaha 01-26-2012 08:51 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.41 (total posts: 1)
17     18

bahaha at the Rams having a top safety corps in the NFL
wow... 01-22-2012 09:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.146 (total posts: 1)
20     20

The rams don't need a safety....we have one of the top safety corps in the nfl with mikell and stewart.....who likely has many probowls ahead of him
OFWGKTA 01-22-2012 09:03 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.251 (total posts: 1)
17     18

Tanard Jackson is very good just an idiot. I personally think Laron Landry shoulde be ranked around 4 stars. atleast 3 1/2.
WDYW711 01-22-2012 07:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.138 (total posts: 1)
17     15

What about Tanard Jackson? He's a free agent, isn't he? He isn't any good, but why isn't he listed?
Brandon 01-22-2012 01:14 am xxx.xxx.xxx.147 (total posts: 1)
152     98

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually agree with Walter about Dashon Goldson, and I'm a huge Niners fan. Yes, Goldson had 6 interceptions this season and put some big hits on opposing players, but his bad plays outweigh his good plays by a wide margin. I watched every play of every 49ers game, and I can tell you that there might not be another safety in the league who takes worse angles or has a lower football IQ than Goldson. Also, he has no idea how to wrap up on a tackle. He is definitely the weakest link on that defense.
upside93 01-21-2012 06:18 am xxx.xxx.xxx43.8 (total posts: 1)
162     156

"Dashon Goldson really struggled at times in 2010, but that might be because he played through so many injuries. Coming off a down year, Goldson could be a bargain in free agency."

That's what you said last season Walt. And he comes back in 2011 and a ridiculously good pro bowl season and all you do is nit pick him apart.

I don't understand why, but you've made it blatantly obvious you have something against the 49ers. Maybe you're just butthurt that you predicted them to go 4-12 and now they're one step away from the super bowl.


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