2018 NFL Free Agents: Safeties



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2018 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2018.
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  1. Morgan Burnett, S, Packers. Age: 29.
    Green Bay's defense has been atrocious in recent seasons, but don't blame Morgan Burnett. The 29-year-old is the centerpiece of Green Bay's defense, playing numerous positions. He should be able to perform on an extremely high level for at least three more years.





  2. Lamarcus Joyner, S, Rams. Age: 27.
    Lamarcus Joyner, a second-round pick in 2014, has improved each season in the NFL. He has evolved into one of the elite safeties in the NFL, and at just 27, he has at least five more terrific years remaining in his career.

  3. Ricardo Allen (RFA), S, Falcons. Age: 26.
    Ricardo Allen is a talented, well-rounded safety, and he won't even turn 27 until December. He should have at least five more great years, so he's due for a big contract next offseason.



  4. Kenny Vaccaro, S/CB, Saints. Age: 27.
    Kenny Vaccaro was having a great year covering players in the slot, but suffered a groin injury in the middle of the season. He returned after a two-game absence, but struggled after that before landing on injured reserve.

  5. Eric Reid, S, 49ers. Age: 26.
    Eric Reid has missed 12 games in the past two seasons, but he's too talented not to grade highly. Reid misses tackles, but happens to be excellent in coverage. He's only 26, so there's still lots of room for improvement.



  6. Tre Boston, S, Chargers. Age: 25.
    Tre Boston was inconsistent in Carolina, so he signed a 1-year "prove it" deal with the Chargers last offseason. That definitely worked, as Boston had a strong 2017 campaign, earning himself some money. Boston missed some tackles, but was tremendous in coverage.

  7. Marcus Gilchrist, S, Texans. Age: 29.
    Marcus Gilchrist is coming off the best season of his career, which is a surprise because he tore his patellar tendon the prior December. Gilchrist could have a couple more solid years remaining in the tank if his knee issue doesn't resurface.




  8. Tyvon Branch, S, Cardinals. Age: 31.
    Tyvon Branch was exceptional for the Cardinals in the first half of the season. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in early November. There's a chance he could be ready for training camp, but he may not be completely healthy to start the season.

  9. Tavon Wilson, S, Lions. Age: 28.
    Tavon Wilson is coming off the worst season of his career, as he played through a horrible shoulder injury that definitely affected his play. Wilson is a talented safety, but has legitimate health concerns, as he's missed 14 games in the past three years.



  10. Cody Davis, S, Rams. Age: 29.
    Cody Davis missed nine games this past season with a thigh injury. He's solid in coverage, but misses too many tackles.

  11. Bradley McDouglad, S, Seahawks. Age: 27.
    Bradley McDouglad is solid in run support, but could stand to improve in coverage. Still, he's not a liability, and he makes for a fine starting safety.



  12. Reggie Nelson, S, Raiders. Age: 34.
    Reggie Nelson was once considered one of the top safeties in the NFL. He had many dominant seasons in Cincinnati. However, those days are long gone, as Nelson is now a liability in coverage. He turns 35 in September.

  13. Terrence Brooks, S, Jets. Age: 26.
    Terrence Brooks didn't play much in 2017 because he was stuck behind Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. However, he's a skilled safety who shined when he won AFC Defensive Player of the Week against the Dolphins in Week 3. He should get a shot at a starting gig in 2018.

  14. Steven Terrell, S, Chiefs. Age: 27.
  15. Johnson Bademosi, S, Patriots. Age: 28.
  16. Nate Ebner, S, Patriots. Age: 29.
  17. Jairus Byrd, S, Panthers. Age: 31.
  18. Michael Thomas, S, Dolphins. Age: 28.
  19. Rafael Bush, S, Saints. Age: 31.
  20. Eddie Pleasant, S, Texans. Age: 29.
  21. Adrian Phillips (RFA), S, Chargers. Age: 26.
  22. Chris Prosinski, S, Bears. Age: 31.
  23. Darius Butler, S, Colts. Age: 32.
  24. Keith Tandy, S, Buccaneers. Age: 29.
  25. Nate Allen, S, Dolphins. Age: 30.
  26. Colt Anderson, S, Bills. Age: 32.
  27. Dewey McDonald (RFA), S, Seahawks. Age: 28.
  28. Nat Berhe, S, Giants. Age: 27.
  29. DeAngelo Hall, S, Redskins. Age: 34.
  30. Don Carey, S, Lions. Age: 31.
  31. Keith McGill, S, Raiders. Age: 29.
  32. Shamarko Thomas, S, Bills. Age: 27.
  33. Rontez Miles, S, Jets. Age: 29.
  34. Antone Exum, S, 49ers. Age: 27.
  35. Peyton Thompson (RFA), S, Jaguars. Age: 27.
  36. Brandon King (RFA), S, Patriots. Age: 25.
  37. Curtis Riley (RFA), S, Titans. Age: 26.




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