2014 NFL Free Agent Tracker: Safeties

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2014 NFL Free Agent Tracker: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2014.
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  1. Jairus Byrd, S, Bills. Age: 27.
    Signed with Saints (6 years)

    Jairus Byrd is arguably the top safety in the NFL. He's awesome in coverage and is good for collecting a handful of turnovers each season. He won't be 28 until October.

  2. T.J. Ward, S, Browns. Age: 27.
    Signed with Broncos

    Known for knocking out Rob Gronkowski for the year with a torn ACL and MCL, T.J. Ward is a top safety. He thrives in run support and doesn't have any weaknesses. He won't be 28 until December.

  3. Donte Whitner, S, 49ers. Age: 29.
    Signed with Browns

    Donte Whitner gets into trouble for the occasional illegal hit, but he's still an excellent strong safety. He has missed only one game in the past four seasons.

  4. Chris Clemons, S, Dolphins. Age: 28.
    Signed with Texans (2 years)

    Chris Clemons is a very good coverage safety who has missed only three games in the past four seasons. He'll be missed if the Dolphins can't re-sign him.

  5. Major Wright, S, Bears. Age: 26.
    Signed with Buccaneers (1 year)

    Major Wright played very well in 2012, but had an awful 2013 campaign. Perhaps he deserves a mulligan, as he battled neck and hamstring injuries all season. He's only 26, so he should be able to rebound.

  6. Stevie Brown, S, Giants. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Giants

    Stevie Brown had an excellent 2012 campaign, but missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL. He'd have a higher ranking if he weren't coming off that knee injury.

  7. Louis Delmas, S, Lions. Age: 27.
    Signed with Dolphins (1 year, $3.5 million)

    The Lions had to cut Louis Delmas for financial reasons, but they'll miss him. Delmas played well this past season, appearing in all 16 games for the first time in his career. Delmas is very effective when he's on the field, but durability is the big issue. He missed a combined 13 contests in 2011 and 2012.

  8. Antoine Bethea, S, Colts. Age: 30.
    Signed with 49ers (4 years, $26 million)

    Antoine Bethea has been a pretty average starting safety over the past few seasons, but he'll be hitting 30 in July.

  9. Brandon Meriweather, S, Redskins. Age: 30.
    Re-signed with Redskins (1 year)

    Brandon Meriweather can sometimes be an effective player when he's not serving suspensions for dirty hits. He just turned 30 though.

  10. Husain Abdullah, S, Chiefs. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with Chiefs

    Husain Abdullah started the final two games of the season, and by watching him, it makes you wonder why Andy Reid didn't play him more earlier. Abdullah picked off Andrew Luck twice in a playoff loss.

  11. Michael Mitchell, S, Panthers. Age: 27.
    Signed with Steelers

    Everyone laughed at Al Davis when he selected Michael Mitchell in the second round, but Mitchell was pretty decent in coverage this past year.

  12. Bernard Pollard, S, Titans. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with Titans

    The Patriots' worst nightmare, Bernard Pollard continues to be strong in run support, but somewhat of a liability in coverage.

  13. Ryan Mundy, S, Giants. Age: 29.
    Signed with Bears (2 years)

    Ryan Mundy has done well filling in for injured players at the safety position. He's strong against the run, but is somewhat weak in coverage.

  14. James Ihedigbo, S, Ravens. Age: 30.
    Signed with Lions (3 years)

    James Ihedigbo, beat out rookie Matt Elam for one of the safety spots to open the 2013 season, but struggled in coverage to close out the year. He's great in run support.

  15. Mike Adams, S, Broncos. Age: 33.
    Signed with Colts

    Mike Adams has been an average starting safety over the years, but his play could decline soon, given that he'll be 33 in March.

  16. Quintin Mikell, S, Panthers. Age: 34.
    Quintin Mikell has been solid at strong safety for Carolina this season, but given that he'll be 34 in mid-September, the Panthers will have to find a new player at that position sometime soon.

  17. Kendrick Lewis, S, Chiefs. Age: 26.
    Signed with Texans

    Kendrick Lewis got off to a strong start in his career with two solid seasons, but has regressed since. Perhaps he'll be able to recapture what he had in 2010 and 2011.

  18. Malcolm Jenkins, S, Saints. Age: 26.
    Signed with Eagles (3 years, $16.25 million)

    Malcolm Jenkins has never lived up to expectations as a former first-round pick, but he has shown flashes at times. He just turned 26, so there's still plenty of time.

  19. Nate Allen, S, Eagles. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Eagles (1 year, $2 million)

    Nate Allen has gotten a ton of flak from Philadelphia fans for underachieving as a former second-round pick, but he hasn't been that terrible. He improved a bit in 2013.

  20. Ryan Clark, S, Steelers. Age: 35.
    Signed with Redskins (1 year)

    Ryan Clark, 35 in October, is no longer the quality safety he used to be. He has struggled at times this season and has hinted at retirement.

  21. Yeremiah Bell, S, Cardinals. Age: 36.
    Yeremiah Bell played surprisingly well this past season considering his age (36 in March), but he can't be counted on as a starter anymore going forward.

  22. Charles Woodson, S, Raiders. Age: 37.
    Re-signed with Raiders (1 year)

    Charles Woodson is playing on his last legs. He'll be 38 in October.

  23. Roman Harper, S, Saints. Age: 31.
    Signed with Panthers (2 years, $4.5 million)

    Roman Harper has been very good in run support over the years, but he has always struggled in coverage, especially lately. Harper, who will be 32 late this upcoming season, is just a very good backup at this point of his career.

  24. Ed Reed, S, Jets. Age: 35.
    Ed Reed should be a 1.5-star player, but I'm giving him two starts so I can post a write-up for him. Reed is done. He can't cover anymore. He should retire.

  25. Danieal Manning, S, Texans. Age: 32. -- Signed with Bengals (1 year)
  26. Adrian Wilson, S, Patriots. Age: 34. -- Signed with Bears
  27. M.D. Jennings (RFA), S, Packers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Bears
  28. Steve Gregory, S, Patriots. Age: 31.
  29. Thomas DeCoud, S, Falcons. Age: 29. -- Signed with Panthers (2 years)
  30. Taylor Mays, S, Bengals. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Bengals
  31. Will Allen, S, Steelers. Age: 32. -- Re-signed with Steelers
  32. Jim Leonhard, S, Bills. Age: 31. -- Signed with Browns
  33. Quintin Demps, S, Chiefs. Age: 29. -- Signed with Giants
  34. Reed Doughty, S, Redskins. Age: 31.
  35. Darian Stewart, S, Rams. Age: 26. -- Signed with Ravens
  36. Darrell Stuckey, S, Chargers. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Chargers
  37. Rafael Bush (RFA), S, Saints. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Saints (2 years)
  38. Patrick Chung, S, Eagles. Age: 27. -- Signed with Patriots
  39. Chris Maragos, S, Seahawks. Age: 27. -- Signed with Eagles
  40. Kurt Coleman, S, Eagles. Age: 26. -- Signed with Vikings
  41. Sergio Brown, S, Colts. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Colts
  42. Usama Young, S, Raiders. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Raiders (2 years)
  43. Craig Steltz, S, Bears. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Bears (1 year)
  44. Danny McCray, S, Cowboys. Age: 26. -- Signed with Bears (1 year)
  45. Colt Anderson, S, Eagles. Age: 28. -- Signed with Colts
  46. Matt Giordano, S, Rams. Age: 31.
  47. Tanard Jackson, S, Redskins. Age: 29.
  48. Anthony Walters (RFA), S, Bears. Age: 25.
  49. Jeromy Miles, S, Ravens. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Ravens
  50. John Wendling, S, Lions. Age: 31.

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