2019 NFL Free Agents: Safeties

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2019 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2019.
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  1. Landon Collins, S, Giants. Age: 25.
    Signed with Redskins (6 years, $84 million; $45 million guaranteed)

    Landon Collins is a terrific play-making safety. The Giants will desperately want to retain him, as he’s just 25 and can still make improvements to his game. Collins missed December because of a shoulder injury that required surgery, but he should be 100 percent by September.

  2. Adrian Amos, S, Bears. Age: 26.
    Signed with Packers (4 years, $37 million)

    Adrian Amos isn’t quite an elite safety, but he’s pretty close and young enough to move up in status. He’s a terrific player and should command a huge contract this offseason unless he’s franchised.

  3. Earl Thomas, S, Seahawks. Age: 30.
    Signed with Ravens (4 years, $55 million)

    Earl Thomas would’ve been a five-star free agent a year ago, but he turns 30 in May. Still, Thomas should still be one of the top safeties in the NFL for the next three or so years. Thomas is coming off a season-ending leg injury, but should be able to rebound.

  4. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Redskins. Age: 26.
    Signed with Bears (1 year)

    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was inexplicably traded from the Packers to the Redskins during the season. Clinton-Dix improved Washington’s secondary. He’s an excellent cover safety. He might miss some tackles, but he’s a defensive play-maker.

  5. Lamarcus Joyner, S, Rams. Age: 28.
    Signed with Raiders (4 years)

    Lamarcus Joyner has been a stellar safety for the Rams over the past couple of years. He hasn’t played a full season since 2015, which is a bit of a concern, but he should still command a high price tag in free agency this spring.

  6. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Texans. Age: 27.
    Signed with Chiefs (3 years, $42 million)

    Tyrann Mathieu was once an other-worldly player for the Cardinals. He hasn’t been quite the same since suffering a torn ACL a few years ago. However, he played very well in 2018 and should be able to improve as he continues to be removed from his knee injury.

  7. Eric Weddle, S, Ravens. Age: 34.
    Signed with Rams

    Eric Weddle played on a Pro Bowl level last season, so Baltimore’s decision to cut him was purely financial. The Ravens are saving $7.5 million in cap space by releasing Weddle. The star safety turned 34 this offseason, and he should be able to perform on a high level for another year or two.

  8. Anthony Harris (RFA), S, Vikings. Age: 27.
    Tendered by Vikings (2 years)

    Anthony Harris was a bright spot during the Vikings’ disappointing 2018 season. Taking over for the injured Andrew Sendejo, Harris played on a Pro Bowl level. It remains to be seen if the long-time reserve can continue this for an extended period of time, but it’s a shame that he won’t be able to get a big contract until next spring.

  9. Morgan Burnett, S, Steelers. Age: 30.
    Signed with Browns (2 years)

    Morgan Burnett was once the centerpiece of Green Bay’s defense, playing numerous positions. He joined the Steelers last year, but struggled, as Pittsburgh did not use him optimally for some reason. Burnett has the talent to have a nice, rebound 2019 campaign. He turned 30 recently, but he should still have two high-end seasons.

  10. Eric Berry, S, Chiefs. Age: 30.
    Eric Berry was once known as one of the top safeties in the NFL. Unfortunately, between cancer and Achilles/foot issues, Berry has regressed. He struggled late last year, so the Chiefs have decided to move on with another safety. The good news is that a doctor said Berry will not need surgery, so he’ll have a chance to bounce back next year. He’s 30, but it’s not out of the question that he could return to playing on a Pro Bowl level.

  11. Clayton Geathers, S, Colts. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Colts

    Clayton Geathers had a solid year for the Colts. He wasn’t great in coverage, but was a force in run support.

  12. Tre Boston, S, Cardinals. Age: 27.
    Signed with Panthers (1 year, $3 million)

    Tre Boston misses some tackles, but he’s excellent in coverage. Aside from Patrick Peterson, he’s been one of the primary reasons why the Cardinals were ranked so highly in pass coverage this past season.

  13. Tashaun Gipson, S, Jaguars. Age: 29.
    Signed with Texans (3 years, $22 million)

    Tashaun Gipson has played very well for the Jaguars for the past three seasons, but counted $9.1 million against the cap. That money was needed to sign Nick Foles. Gipson should bounce back with his next team. He turns 29 this summer, so he’ll be able to play at a high level for two or three more years.

  14. Jahleel Addae, S, Chargers. Age: 29.
    Signed with Texans (1 year, $1.1 million)

    Jahleel Addae has been an inconsistent player over the years. He was good enough to warrant a 4-year, $22 million contract a couple of offseasons ago and played well in 2017, but struggled last season. As a result, Addae was dumped for salary reasons.

  15. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Titans. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Titans (4 years, $26 million)

    Kenny Vaccaro did a solid job filling in for the injured John Cyprien this past season. He’s a decent starting safety who still has a couple more seasons before he turns 30. He has an extensive injury history, unfortunately.

  16. T.J. McDonald, S, Dolphins. Age: 28.
    T.J. McDonald is a solid safety, particularly in run support. The tanking Dolphins cut him to save money.

  17. Andrew Sendejo, S, Vikings. Age: 32.
    Signed with Eagles

    Andrew Sendejo has been a solid safety for the Vikings for years, but wasn’t needed anymore with younger, cheaper players at the position stepping up in the wake of his injuries. Sendejo should still be able to play well, but he turns 32 in September, so regression is coming soon.

  18. George Iloka, S, Cowboys. Age: 29.
    George Iloka was cut for salary reasons. He’s not a great safety by any means, but he’s a solid player. He’s a jack of all trades, master of none, as he’s not a liability in any regard.

  19. Mike Mitchell, S, Colts. Age: 32.
    Mike Mitchell was Indianapolis’ third safety for most of the year, but was very effective whenever he took the field. Mitchell turns 32 in June, so regression is coming.

  20. Matthias Farley (RFA), S, Colts. Age: 27.
    Tendered by Colts (original)

    Matthias Farley played well as a starting safety in the past, but he didn’t see much action in 2018 because of a log jam at the position.

  21. Adrian Phillips, S, Chargers. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Chargers

    Adrian Phillips was previously a backup, but was given more snaps toward the end of the 2018 season. He did well with them. He deserves a chance at a full-time role next year.

  22. Glover Quinn, S, Lions. Age: 33.
    Once known as one of the better safeties in the NFL, Glover Quin’s play declined in 2018. He turned 33 in January, so he’ll likely continue to regress. That said, he could still serve as a below-average starter for a cheap price for the next year or two.

  23. Jimmie Ward, S, 49ers. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with 49ers (1 year, $5 million)

    Jimmie Ward has been a disappointment as a former first-round pick. He’s missed seven or more games in three of his five seasons thus far, and he’s played in just 16-of-32 possible games in the past two years. Ward hasn’t been very good when on the field either.

  24. Darian Stewart, S, Broncos. Age: 31.
    Signed with Buccaneers

    Darian Stewart was once a solid safety, but that has changed in recent years because of injuries. He’s now 31 (in August) and could continue to regress, but there’s also a chance that he could have a solid season or two remaining.

  25. Mike Adams, S, Panthers. Age: 38.
    Signed with Texans

    Mike Adams had played very well in his mid-30s, but he finally suffered regression in 2018. Adams struggled to cover, so it seems as though his career is coming to an end.

  26. Antoine Bethea, S, Cardinals. Age: 35.
    Signed with Giants (2 years)

    Antoine Bethea used to be a solid player, but his play took a dip last year. He still covered well, but missed too many tackles.

  27. Kam Chancellor, S, Seahawks. Age: 31.
    Kam Chancellor likely won’t be able to play football again, as he cannot get cleared to return to action from his neck injury.

  28. Ron Parker, S, Chiefs. Age: 32.
  29. Kurt Coleman, S, Bills. Age: 31. — Re-signed with Bills
  30. Chris Banjo, S/ST, Saints. Age: 29. — Re-signed with Saints (3 years, $9 million)
  31. Erik Harris (RFA), S, Raiders. Age: 29. — Re-signed with Raiders (2 years)
  32. Andrew Adams, S, Lions. Age: 26.
  33. Jarrod Wilson (RFA), S, Jaguars. Age: 25. — Re-signed with Jaguars
  34. Brynden Trawick, S/ST, Titans. Age: 29.
  35. Kentrell Brice (RFA), S, Packers. Age: 25. — Signed with Buccaneers
  36. Marcus Gilchrist, S, Raiders. Age: 30. — Signed with Lions
  37. Da’Norris Searcy, S, Panthers. Age: 30.
  38. Sharrod Neasman (RFA), S, Falcons. Age: 27.
  39. Reggie Nelson, S, Raiders. Age: 35.
  40. Jordan Richards, S, Falcons. Age: 26.
  41. Corey Graham, S, Eagles. Age: 34.
  42. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, S, Falcons. Age: 29.
  43. Jordan Lucas (RFA), S, Chiefs. Age: 26. — Tendered by Chiefs
  44. Chris Maragos, S/ST, Eagles. Age: 32. — Announced retirement
  45. Colin Jones, S, Panthers. Age: 31. — Re-signed with Panthers (2 years, $2.6 million)
  46. DeShawn Shead, S, Lions. Age: 30.
  47. Curtis Riley, S, Giants. Age: 27. — Signed with Raiders
  48. Rontez Miles (RFA), S, Jets. Age: 30.
  49. Jaylen Watkins, S, Chargers. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Chargers
  50. Nat Berhe, S, Steelers. Age: 28.
  51. Jermaine Whitehead (RFA), S, Browns. Age: 26.
  52. Tyvis Powell (RFA), S, 49ers. Age: 25.
  53. Josh Shaw, S, Buccaneers. Age: 27. — Signed with Cardinals
  54. J.J. Wilcox, S, Colts. Age: 28.
  55. Maurice Alexander, S, Seahawks. Age: 28. — Signed with Bills (1 year)

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