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2011 NFL Free Agents: Safeties

2011 NFL Free Agent Positions:
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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.

2011 NFL Free Agent Positions:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K/P | Recap

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Walter 01-20-2012 07:44 pm (total posts: 1)
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Dashon Goldson stinks. That's why he's 1.5 stars. Of the safeties who have played 800+ snaps this year, he's surrendered the eighth-highest completion percentage. He allowed 4 TDs this year (tied for 5th among safeties) despite the amazing front seven he has in front of him. He's tied for sixth in penalties among safeties this year.

In short, Goldson's Pro Bowl spot is such a farce.
Brando 01-20-2012 06:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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Goldson > Lowery, Adams, and all the other bums below there
DanielNieto 01-20-2012 05:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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why is dashon goldson 1 and a half stars? He was mentioned to the probowl and is in one of the best defenses in the nfl.
Why are any of you surprised? 01-20-2012 12:42 pm (total posts: 1)
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Walt doesn't know anything at all about football. There's no reason to be surprised about one of the best young safeties in the game, one who has proven himself beyond any reasonable doubt, is rated poorly because Walt refuses to acknowledge when he's wrong which happens to be 95% of the time.

This is an unintentional parody site. Treat it as such and you'll do just fine here.
Steve 01-20-2012 06:41 am (total posts: 1)
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Walt, I get it if you don't like Dashon Goldson, or if you think there are better prospects available in the draft or free agency, but whats going on? You had him ranked with at least 3 stars during last offseason's write up if I remember correctly, and even said something to the effect of "it wouldn't be the end of the world if he returned, but he can be upgraded". Then he records 6 picks, absolutely lays the wood on opposing offensive players, and makes the Pro Bowl, yet he gets downgraded to 1.5 stars and 9th on the free agent list? Did he wrong you in a past life?
Kiddingme? 01-20-2012 03:32 am (total posts: 1)
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Dashon Goldson 1.5 stars??
JB 08-04-2011 03:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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Bengals just signed Donte Whitter to a 2 yr. deal. Good signing for a Zimmer defense. Likely means Roy Williams won't be resigned. Whitter is much the same style player, but 5 years younger.
Cowboys Fan 07-31-2011 12:45 pm (total posts: 1)
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abram elam is 29, not 30.
nycsportzfan 07-27-2011 10:29 am (total posts: 1)
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Walt, u know i love this site, but why in the Freaking Hell do u have DEON GRANT ranked 44th on your Saftey rankings? Dude, i tried using your rankings in a heated debate on the NYG MB, and they busted out your safety rankings to question your rankings in general!!! Dude, u got Joe Lefeged ahead of Deon Grant!!!!lol Deon Grant has been above AVG his entire Career and really a life saver for the GIants last yr...
Austin 06-27-2011 11:45 pm (total posts: 1)
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@WalterFootball, you're football knowledge is questionable, at best.
@ Amir 05-08-2011 05:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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Wait.. you're judging a safety on their stats? Wtf. So, because Nnamdi Asomugha did not have any interceptions, that makes him a bad cornerback?
sean 03-31-2011 03:50 am (total posts: 1)
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the giants should give michael huff a shot at safety.If they sign him and Asomugha it will be a little harder to throw on those suspect dbs.
john 03-05-2011 01:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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take Prince Akamura (CB) 1st round.
pick up Weddle (S) in free agency.
then take OTs, OGs, in 2nd and 3rd round.

grab dalton (QB) in the 4th round.
a power back in the 5th round.
and two more OL in the 6th and 7th.

and you are LOADED.
emabutaleb 03-03-2011 06:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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Redskins signed S O.J. Atogwe to 5 year, $26 million deal.
Matty 02-27-2011 01:08 am (total posts: 1)
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LOL, Bigby and Sanders have the same star rating.

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