2020 NFL Free Agents: Safeties

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2020 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2020.
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  1. Anthony Harris, S, Vikings. Age: 28.
    Franchised by Vikings

    Anthony Harris has emerged to be one of the best safeties in the NFL. He’ll turn 29 in October, but he should still perform on a high level for the next four or so years.

  2. Justin Simmons, S, Broncos. Age: 26.
    Franchised by Broncos

    Justin Simmons has blossomed into one of the best safeties in the NFL. He was stellar this past season. He won’t even turn 27 until November, so he could get even better in the next year or two.

  3. Jimmie Ward, S, 49ers. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with 49ers (3 years, $28.5 million)

    Jimmie Ward missed the first few weeks of the 2019 season with a hand injury, but he was terrific after he returned. He was spectacular in both coverage and run support. He deserves a massive contract.

  4. Devin McCourty, S, Patriots. Age: 33.
    Re-signed with Patriots (2 years, $23 million)

    Devin McCourty performed on an elite level once again last year. However, he has discussed the possibility of retirement before, and at the age of 33 (as of August), he could opt to hang up his cleats.

  5. Earl Thomas, S, Ravens. Age: 32.
    Earl Thomas was released because he got into a fight with teammate Chuck Clark. Thomas wasn’t the dominant player he once was last year, but he still had a great season for the most part. He turned 32 this past spring, but he should be able to perform on a high level for the next couple of years.

  6. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Bears. Age: 27.
    Signed with Cowboys

    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was signed to a 1-year “prove it” deal to be Adrian Amos’ replacement. Clinton-Dix performed very well, so he deserves a big contract.

  7. Adrian Phillips, S, Chargers. Age: 28.
    Signed with Patriots (2 years)

    Adrian Phillips played just seven games in 2019 because he broke his forearm in September. However, he was excellent upon his return from injury. Turning 28 in March, Phillips deserves a healthy deal.

  8. Malcolm Jenkins, S, Eagles. Age: 32.
    Signed with Saints

    Malcolm Jenkins enjoyed six terrific years with the Eagles, as he was part of a great defense that helped the team win the Super Bowl in 2017. Jenkins turns 33 in December, so a decline is coming, but he still performed on a very high level last year. Jenkins can play multiple positions in the secondary, so teams will undoubtedly be interested in his versatility.

  9. Rodney McLeod, S, Eagles. Age: 30.
    Re-signed with Eagles (2 years)

    Rodney McLeod is coming off a down year because he suffered ACL and MCL injuries during the 2018 campaign. He’ll be two seasons removed from these maladies in 2020, so I expect him to rebound.

  10. Damarious Randall, S, Browns. Age: 28.
    Signed with Raiders (1 year)

    Damarious Randall is a well-rounded, solid safety. He missed a game late in the year due to a coaching decision, so that must be investigated before a team signs him.

  11. Clayton Geathers, S, Colts. Age: 28.
    Clayton Geathers is a solid run defender, but can be beaten in coverage. Still, he’s a fine starting safety.

  12. Tre Boston, S, Panthers. Age: 28.
    Tre Boston played well in his second stint with the Panthers. He gets abused in run support because he struggles to tackle, but he’s excellent in coverage.

  13. Tony Jefferson, S, Ravens. Age: 28.
    Tony Jefferson is a talented safety, but he missed most of 2019 with a knee injury. He could rebound in 2020, but was cut because he was due more than $11 million.

  14. Reshad Jones, S, Dolphins. Age: 32.
    Reshad Jones has been an excellent safety over the years. He can still play at a high level, but he turned 32 this offseason, so a decline is coming.

  15. Tavon Wilson, S, Lions. Age: 30.
    Signed with Colts

    Barely anyone played well for the Lions in the second half of the year, but Tavon Wilson was one of the few exceptions. Wilson should continue to be a solid safety, though he’ll turn 30 in March.

  16. Vonn Bell, S, Saints. Age: 25.
    Signed with Bengals (3 years)

    Vonn Bell is a stout in-the-box safety who thrives against the run, but he can be beaten in coverage rather easily.

  17. Juston Burris, S, Browns. Age: 27.
    Signed with Panthers (2 years, $8 million)

    Juston Burris stepped up in the wake of Morgan Burnett’s injury. He played well to close out the year, so he deserves a shot to compete as a starter somewhere.

  18. Morgan Burnett, S, Browns. Age: 31.
    Morgan Burnett is still a sound tackler, but his coverage skills have declined in recent years. The 31-year-old hasn’t played a full season since 2012, and he missed half the year in 2019.

  19. Jeff Heath, S, Cowboys. Age: 29.
    Signed with Raiders (2 years, $8 million)

    Jeff Heath is a passable starting safety, who probably should be a high-end backup. Safety has been a need for the Cowboys for a reason.

  20. Jayron Kearse, S, Vikings. Age: 26. — Signed with Lions (1 year)
  21. Tedric Thompson, S, Seahawks. Age: 25.
  22. Clayton Fejedelem, S, Bengals. Age: 27. — Signed with Dolphins (3 years)
  23. Sherrick McManis, S, Bears. Age: 32.
  24. Nate Ebner, S/ST, Patriots. Age: 31. — Signed with Giants
  25. Colin Jones, S/ST, Panthers. Age: 32.
  26. Jahleel Addae, S, Texans. Age: 30.
  27. Andrew Adams, S, Buccaneers. Age: 27.
  28. Johnson Bademosi, S/ST, Saints. Age: 30.
  29. Eric Reid, S, Panthers. Age: 28.
  30. Mike Adams, S, Texans. Age: 39. — Announced retirement
  31. J.J. Wilcox, S, Falcons. Age: 29. — Re-signed with Falcons
  32. Sean Davis, S, Steelers. Age: 26. — Signed with Redskins
  33. Jaylen Watkins, S, Chargers. Age: 28. — Signed with Texans
  34. Curtis Riley, S, Raiders. Age: 28.
  35. Marqui Christian, S, Rams. Age: 25.
  36. Darian Thompson, S, Cowboys. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Cowboys
  37. Deon Bush, S, Bears. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Bears (1 year)
  38. Eric Murray, S, Browns. Age: 26. — Signed with Texans (3 years, $20.25 million)
  39. Will Parks, S, Broncos. Age: 26. — Signed with Eagles
  40. Cody Davis, S, Jaguars. Age: 31.
  41. Kemal Ishmael, S, Falcons. Age: 29.
  42. Ibraheim Campbell, S, Packers. Age: 28.
  43. Kavon Frazier, S, Cowboys. Age: 26.
  44. Matthias Farley, S, Jets. Age: 28.
  45. Anthony Levine, S, Ravens. Age: 33.
  46. Brynden Trawick, S, Ravens. Age: 30.
  47. Kurt Coleman, S, Bills. Age: 32.
  48. DeAndre Houston-Carson, S, Bears. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Bears
  49. Rontez Miles, S, Jets. Age: 31.
  50. Miles Killebrew, S, Lions. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Lions
  51. Jordan Lucas, S, Chiefs. Age: 27. — Signed with Bears
  52. Blake Countess, S, Jets. Age: 27.
  53. Jamal Carter (RFA), S, Falcons. Age: 26.
  54. Josh Shaw, S, Cardinals. Age: 28.
  55. Doug Middleton (RFA), S, Jaguars. Age: 26.
  56. Sharrod Neasman, S, Falcons. Age: 28.

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