2024 NFL Free Agents: Safety

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2024 NFL Free Agency: The top 100(or more) unrestricted NFL free agents for 2024. Fullbacks, kickers and punters are excluded.Star rating is out of five.Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2023.
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1. Antoine Winfield, S, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
Franchised by Buccaneers

Antoine Winfield is one of the top safeties in the NFL. At just 26, he could continue to improve.

2. Justin Simmons, S, Broncos. Age: 30.

Justin Simmons has been one of the better safeties in the NFL over the past several seasons. He’s coming off a bit of a down year, but still should be able to perform on a high level for the next season or two.

3. Xavier McKinney, S, Giants. Age: 25.
Signed with Packers (4 years, $68 million)

Xavier McKinney was one of the better safeties in the NFL last year, but he has a long history of injuries.

4. DeShon Elliott, S, Dolphins. Age: 27.
Signed with Steelers (2 years, $6 million)

DeShon Elliott wasn’t as good in coverage last year as he usually is, but he was a force in run support.

5. Darnell Savage, S, Packers. Age: 27.
Signed with Jaguars (3 years)

Darnell Savage struggled heading into 2023, but had a tremendous season, finally living up to his athletic ability.

6. Alohi Gilman, S, Chargers. Age: 26.
Re-signed with Chargers (2 years, $11 million)

Alohi Gilman was one of the most improved defensive players in the NFL last year. He went from being an average backup to an excellent starter in the Chargers secondary.

7. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Lions. Age: 26.
Signed with Eagles (3 years, $33 million)

It’s hard to believe that Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is only 26. Gardner-Johnson is excellent in coverage and can play numerous positions in the secondary, but he has a poor injury history.

8. Jordan Poyer, S, Bills. Age: 33.
Signed with Dolphins (1 year, $2 million)

Jordan Poyer is in his mid-30s, but he’s still a very capable safety. He could regress soon, but we saw no evidence of that last year.

9. Jordan Whitehead, S, Jets. Age: 27.

Jordan Whitehead is a well-rounded safety who is coming off a bit of a down year. At 27, however, he could easily rebound.

10. Geno Stone, S, Ravens. Age: 25.
Signed with Bengals (2 years, $15 million)

Geno Stone misses some tackles, but is terrific in coverage. He’s only 25, so he should continue to improve.

11. Kamren Curl, S, Redskins. Age: 25.

Kamren Curl was drafted in the seventh round a few years ago, but has become a talented, well-rounded starting safety in the NFL.

12. Julian Blackmon, S, Colts. Age: 26.

Julian Blackmon just had his best year in coverage this past season.

13. Jordan Fuller, S, Rams. Age: 26.
Signed with Panthers (1 year, $5.2 million)

Jordan Fuller has done a solid job since being drafted in the sixth round, especially when it comes to run support.

14. Kyle Dugger, S, Patriots. Age: 28.
Transition tagged by Patriots

Kyle Dugger is coming off a bit of a down year, but he’s usually a solid, well-rounded safety.

15. Tashaun Gipson, S, 49ers. Age: 34.

Tashaun Gipson was excellent in both coverage and run support last year, but he turns 34 this offseason.

16. Quandre Diggs, S, Seahawks. Age: 31.

Quandre Diggs had been an excellent safety for many years, but his play declined last year. There’s a chance Diggs could rebound, but he’s also 31, so this regression might be permanent.

17. Micah Hyde, S, Bills. Age: 33.

Micah Hyde isn’t quite the same, dominant safety he once was, but he’s still a quality starter.

18. Brandon Jones, S, Dolphins. Age: 26.
Signed with Broncos (3 years, $20 million)

Brandon Jones did a solid job last year as a well-rounded safety.

19. John Johnson, S, Rams. Age: 28.

John Johnson has seen a steady decline in effectiveness throughout his career, but he’s still a passable starting safety.

20. Jayron Kearse, S, Cowboys. Age: 30.

Jayron Kearse has played well in the past, but struggled in coverage this past season.

21. Taylor Rapp, S, Bills. Age: 26.
Re-signed with Bills (3 years, $14.5 million)

Taylor Rapp took a backup role with the Bills after being a solid starter for the Rams. He should be able to find a better job this offseason.

22. Kevin Byard, S, Eagles. Age: 31.

Kevin Byard was once one of the top safeties in the NFL. He has regressed now that he’s in his 30s, but he can still play at a decent level.

23. Marcus Maye, S, Saints. Age: 30.

Marcus Maye was once a star with the Jets, but he has struggled ever since leaving New York. He was a liability for the Saints in 2023. There’s a chance he could rebound next year.

24. Jamal Adams, S, Seahawks. Age: 28.

Jamal Adams tends to make big plays sometimes, but he can also be a big liability in coverage, making him an overrated player.

25. Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Jaguars. Age: 30.
Signed with Seahawks (2 years, $12 million)

Rayshawn Jenkins signed a big contract with the Jaguars after playing well for the Chargers. He has mostly been a flop. He’s now 30, so time is running out for him to rebound.

26. Patrick Peterson, S, Steelers. Age: 34.

Patrick Peterson was forced into switching to safety late in the year. That may have to be a permanent move, based on how he performed last year.

27. Jeremy Chinn, S, Panthers. Age: 26. — Signed with Redskins (1 year)
28. Jalen Mills, S, Patriots. Age: 30. — Signed with Giants (1 year)
29. Terrell Edmunds, S, Titans. Age: 27.
30. K'Von Wallace, S, Titans. Age: 27.
31. Lonnie Johnson, S, Saints. Age: 27. — Signed with Texans (1 year, $2.5 million)
32. Miles Killebrew, S, Steelers. Age: 31.
33. Elijah Campbell, S, Dolphins. Age: 29. — Re-signed with Dolphins (1 year)
34. Justin Evans, S, Eagles. Age: 29.
35. Rodney McLeod, S, Browns. Age: 34. — Re-signed with Browns
36. Duron Harmon, S, Browns. Age: 33.
37. Rudy Ford, S, Packers. Age: 28.
38. Jonathan Owens, S, Packers. Age: 29. — Signed with Bears (2 years)
39. Ryan Neal, S, Buccaneers. Age: 28.
40. Eric Murray, S, Texans. Age: 30.
41. Kareem Jackson, S, Texans. Age: 36.
42. Adrian Amos, S, Texans. Age: 31.
43. Cam Lewis, S, Bills. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Bills (2 years)
44. Mike Edwards, S, Chiefs. Age: 28. — Signed with Bills (1 year)
45. Will Harris, S, Lions. Age: 28.
46. Logan Ryan, S, 49ers. Age: 33.
47. Daryl Worley, S, Ravens. Age: 29.
48. Tracy Walker, S, Lions. Age: 29.
49. Keanu Neal, S, Steelers. Age: 29.
50. Vonn Bell, S, Panthers. Age: 29. — Signed with Bengals (1 year)
51. Sam Franklin, S, Panthers. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Panthers (1 year)
52. Terrell Burgess, S, Redskins. Age: 25.
53. Jaylinn Hawkins, S, Chargers. Age: 27.
54. Ashtyn Davis, S, Jets. Age: 27.
55. Daniel Thomas, S, Jaguars. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Jaguars
56. Elijah Riley, S, Steelers. Age: 26.
57. Deon Bush, S, Chiefs. Age: 31. — Re-signed with Chiefs
58. Adrian Phillips, S, Patriots. Age: 32.
59. Nick Scott, S, Bengals. Age: 29. — Signed with Panthers

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