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2012 NFL Free Agents: Safeties

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2012 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2012.
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  1. Tyvon Branch, SS, Raiders. Age: 25.
    Franchised by Raiders

    Tyvon Branch is a talented strong safety who has many good years left ahead of him. The Raiders can't afford to let him get away.

  2. Michael Griffin, S, Titans. Age: 27.
    Franchised by Titans

    Michael Griffin played very well in 2011, but had issues with consistency beforehand. He could join Cortland Finnegan in playing under Jeff Fisher again in St. Louis.

  3. LaRon Landry, SS, Redskins. Age: 27.
    Signed with Jets (1 year, $4 million)

    LaRon Landry would be ranked much higher than this if he weren't so injury-prone. Landry has played in just 17 games the past two years. He could miss some more time next season because of an Achilles injury (not torn).

  4. Dashon Goldson, FS, 49ers. Age: 27.
    Franchised by 49ers

    There are a lot of posts about Dashon Goldson in the comment board below, so I'll address this ranking. Goldson stinks in coverage. That's why I initially put him at 1.5 stars, but you could argue two or 2.5 because of his ability against the run. Of the safeties who have played 800-plus snaps this year, he's surrendered the eighth-highest completion percentage. He allowed four touchdowns this year (tied for fifth among safeties) despite the amazing front seven he has in front of him. He's tied for sixth in penalties among safeties this year. If he played behind a mediocre front seven, he would be exposed. Those who just look at stats and Pro Bowl voting might think Goldson is great, but he's just a backup at best.

  5. Dwight Lowery, FS, Jaguars. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Jaguars (4 years)

    Dwight Lowery was solid in taking over for Courtney Greene at first, but was slowed down late by a shoulder injury. He's not a proven commodity though.

  6. Tanard Jackson, S, Buccaneers. Age: 27.
    Signed with Redskins

    Tanard Jackson was considered to be one of the NFL's top up-and-coming safeties prior to his season-long suspension in 2010. He returned to the lineup last year, but really struggled. He's still young and talented, so maybe he can revert to 2009 form with good coaching.

  7. Mike Adams, FS, Browns. Age: 31.
    Signed with Broncos

    Mike Adams is a serviceable free safety. The Browns could upgrade him, but they have way too many other things to focus on this offseason.

  8. Jim Leonhard, SS, Jets. Age: 29.
    Signed with Broncos

    Jim Leonhard is a good player, but he tore his patellar tendon in December. He won't be ready for the start of the 2012 campaign.

  9. Reggie Nelson, FS, Bengals. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Bengals

    Reggie Nelson found a home in Marvin Lewis' defense, performing well early on. However, he really struggled down the stretch.

  10. Thomas DeCoud, FS, Falcons. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Falcons (5 years, $17.5 million; $4 million guaranteed)

    Thomas DeCoud is good in run support, but tends to get lost in coverage. He performed poorly in the beginning of the year, but picked up his play late.

  11. O.J. Atogwe, FS, Redskins. Age: 31.
    Signed with Eagles (1 year)

    O.J. Atogwe still would be a decent safety if he could stay healthy, but that has been really difficult for him over the past couple of years.

  12. Nick Collins, FS, Packers. Age: 29.
    I'm really not sure what to do with Nick Collins in terms of these rankings. He's a 4.5-star talent, but his career could be over because of a neck injury. The fact that the Packers cut him speaks volumes.

  13. Charlie Peprah, S, Packers. Age: 29.
  14. Melvin Bullitt, S, Colts. Age: 27.
  15. Deon Grant, S, Giants. Age: 33.
  16. Craig Steltz, SS, Bears. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Bears (2 years)
  17. Brodney Pool, S, Cowboys. Age: 28.
  18. Chris Crocker, S, Bengals. Age: 32.
  19. Rashad Johnson (RFA), FS, Cardinals. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Cardinals (1 year, $1.26 million)
  20. Tom Zbikowski, SS, Ravens. Age: 27. -- Signed with Colts (3 years)
  21. Haruki Nakamura, S, Ravens. Age: 26. -- Signed with Panthers (3 years)
  22. Chris Harris, S, Lions. Age: 30.
  23. Jordan Babineaux, SS, Titans. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Titans (2 years, $5 million)
  24. Sean Jones, SS, Buccaneers. Age: 30. -- Signed with Lions
  25. Yeremiah Bell, SS, Dolphins. Age: 34. -- Signed with Jets (1 year, $1.4 million)
  26. Chris Hope, SS, Titans. Age: 31.
  27. Steve Gregory, S, Chargers. Age: 29. -- Signed with Patriots (3 years)
  28. Reggie Smith, S, 49ers. Age: 25. -- Signed with Panthers
  29. Abram Elam, S, Cowboys. Age: 30.
  30. Tyrell Johnson, S, Vikings. Age: 27. -- Signed with Dolphins
  31. Courtney Greene, S, Jaguars. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Jaguars (1 year, $1.26 million)
  32. Atari Bigby, SS, Seahawks. Age: 30. -- Signed with Chargers (2 years)
  33. Brian Dawkins, SS, Broncos. Age: 38. -- Announced retirement
  34. Husain Abdullah, S, Vikings. Age: 27.
  35. Corey Lynch, S, Buccaneers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chargers
  36. Bryan Scott, S, Bills. Age: 31. -- Re-signed with Bills
  37. Jon McGraw, S, Chiefs. Age: 33.
  38. Matt Giordano, S, Raiders. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Raiders
  39. James Ihedigbo, S, Patriots. Age: 28.
  40. Brandon Meriweather, S, Bears. Age: 28. -- Signed with Redskins (2 years, $6 million)
  41. James Sanders, SS, Falcons. Age: 28. -- Signed with Cardinals
  42. Ryan Mundy (RFA), S, Steelers. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Steelers (1 year, $1.26 million)
  43. Madieu Williams, FS, 49ers. Age: 30. -- Signed with Redskins
  44. C.J. Spillman (RFA), S, 49ers. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with 49ers (3 years, $6 million)
  45. Erik Coleman, S, Lions. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Lions (1 year)
  46. Paul Oliver, S, Chargers. Age: 28.
  47. Dominique Barber, S, Texans. Age: 26.
  48. Quintin Demps (RFA), S, Texans. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Texans
  49. Gibril Wilson, S, Bengals. Age: 30.
  50. Jarrad Page, S, Vikings. Age: 27. -- Announced retirement
  51. Sabby Piscitelli, S, Chiefs. Age: 29.
  52. Hamza Abdullah, S, Cardinals. Age: 29.
  53. Sean Considine, S, Cardinals. Age: 29. -- Signed with Ravens
  54. Bobby Sanders, SS, Chargers. Age: 31.
  55. Anthony Smith, S, Titans. Age: 28.
  56. Derrick Martin, S, Giants. Age: 27.
  57. Gerald Alexander, S, Jets. Age: 28.
  58. Jon Corto, S, Bills. Age: 27.
  59. Hiram Eugene, S, Raiders. Age: 31.

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REALLY? 04-18-2012 02:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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why is bob sanders listed as bobby sanders and a 1 star i think he is still good.
Freak 04-09-2012 02:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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Joe bob, Goldson plays strong safety, not free safety, Whitner plays free safety for the 49ers. Also, I wouldn't call Polamalu too shabby at covering.
A.J Atogwe 04-06-2012 06:44 pm (total posts: 3)
19     21

ive been trying to work a deal with pats #pats
zekeinator 03-31-2012 08:38 am (total posts: 3)
47     49

u r a dumb ass u rate dawkins 1.!???!?!???!??!?!?!????!?!?!?!!!!?!???!
zekeinator 03-31-2012 08:31 am (total posts: 3)
47     15

i think patriots should get o.j Atogwe he is what they need at s. they need a good fs and he is that
Laron Landry 03-19-2012 07:43 pm (total posts: 1)
58     44

If I stay healthy I'm gonna cash in next year
Redskins 03-15-2012 01:58 pm (total posts: 1)
49     28

We got Brandon Meriweather
Jets Fan 03-15-2012 11:42 am (total posts: 1)
26     23

any idea who we should sign because our safeties are ass
Rob 03-14-2012 01:48 pm (total posts: 1)
35     14

Joe bob, patrick Chung is pretty good in coverage as well as against the run, he plays both safety positions and Is by far the best on the pats (not saying much but still)
Kent 03-07-2012 02:11 pm (total posts: 1)
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Brian Dawkins rating is spot on. As a Broncos fan I have seen how awful in coverage he is lately. He's the worst safety in coverage on the broncos and we have rahim moore, quinton carter, david bruton, and rafael bush. Not exactly any pro bowlers there.
Joe Bob 03-06-2012 06:48 pm (total posts: 2)
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Also I would like to add that Dawkins is obviously above a 1.5 despite his age, he's at LEAST a 2.5. seriously dude if your gonna do this, make sure you know what you are talking about. Matt Flynn is rated way too high, how can you even put a rating on a dude who started 2 games.
joe bob 03-06-2012 06:45 pm (total posts: 2)
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do you know anything about football? Desean Jackson mediocre? Goldson 2.5 stars? Laurent Robinson above 2 stars? (all his "big games" were against terrible defenses just like Tony Romo's when he first came out). Not splitting SS and FS? btw Goldson is a run stopping safety (AKA SS since you are clueless). Therefore he is more of a coverage support/runstopper as he needs to be. I cant name one SS off the top of my head that doesn't have problems covering. You might want to actually do your homework on guys sometime.
richie 03-03-2012 02:26 pm (total posts: 1)
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BRIAN DAWKINS ONLY 1.5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND???????????????????
Flurby 03-03-2012 12:04 am (total posts: 1)
25     88

Goldson is a top 5 safety in this league. He can lay wood and is one of the best ball-hawks in the league.
Ryan 02-29-2012 02:05 am (total posts: 1)
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So 1 star for Barrett Ruud among linebackers, 2 stars for Jacob Hester and 1 Star for Owen Schmitt among fullbacks, and now both Dwight Lowery and Mike Adams are rated in front of Leonhard, Steltz, Zibikowski and Ihedigbo? You honestly rated Brodney Pool-- who looked horrible when filling in for Leonhard this season -- in front of Ihedigo, Reggie Smith and Giordano? Are you out of your mind!?

Brodney Pool is at the end of his career period. Ihedigbo is basically just a younger, better version who hits like a freight train, trackles like a line backer and can cover tight ends. Zbikowski has had to compete with top-shelf veteran talent and could start with other teams, and same goes for Reggie Smith.

Also, no way that Peyton Hillis is only a half-star better then Kevin Smith. The guy rushed for the worst team, without a QB and put together an immense season. He missed time last season, but with that team and with so little money it's understandable. Smith has done little since his rookie season, and nobody would rely on him. Hillis, at worst, is a tremendous pass-catcher and change-of-pace power back.

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