2013 NFL Free Agents: Safeties
2013 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2013.
Jairus Byrd, S, Bills. Age: 26.
Jairus Byrd is one of the top safeties in football. He shuts everything down in coverage - he was responsible for no touchdowns all year - and he constantly comes up with turnovers. He's also decent in run support and is seldom penalized. He deserves a massive contact.
Dashon Goldson, S, 49ers. Age: 28.
Dashon Goldson had some issues in coverage back in 2011, but did what he needed to do to correct them this past season. Goldson made the Pro Bowl for good reason.
Ed Reed, S, Ravens. Age: 34.
Ed Reed will turn 35 in September, but he still played at a high level for the Ravens this past season despite battling an injury.
Louis Delmas, S, Lions. Age: 26.
Louis Delmas is one of the most talented safeties in the NFL, but he just can't stay healthy. He's missed 13 games in the past two seasons.
Glover Quin, S, Texans. Age: 27
A converted cornerback, Glover Quin has starred in his new safety role over the past couple of years. He was particularly sound in 2012, so he deserves a nice contract.
William Moore, S, Falcons. Age: 28.
William Moore missed the final quarter of the season with a hamstring injury, but he performed extremely well in all facets otherwise.
Kenny Phillips, S, Giants. Age: 26.
Kenny Phillips is one of the better safeties when healthy, but he missed most of 2012 with a knee injury.
Patrick Chung, S, Patriots. Age: 26.
Patrick Chung missed several weeks in 2012 with multiple injuries, but he performed well when he was healthy, particularly in run support.
Stevie Brown (RFA), S, Giants. Age: 26.
Stevie Brown was impressive in relief of an injured Kenny Phillips, picking off eight passes. His one weakness is run support.
LaRon Landry, S, Jets. Age: 28.
No one wanted LaRon Landry last offseason. He was considered an injury waiting to happen. Well, he proved everyone wrong with a solid 2012 campaign. He should still be considered fragile, but he has definitely earned himself a nice contract.
Chris Clemons, S, Dolphins. Age: 27.
Chris Clemons proved to be a quality starting safety for the Dolphins this past year. He was penalized only twice, though he had trouble tackling on occasion.
Nate Clements, S/CB, Bengals. Age: 33.
Nate Clements, who turned 33 in December, had to play safety this past year because Taylor Mays was such a liability in coverage. He'll probably have to stay at safety given his declining skills.
Ronde Barber, S, Buccaneers. Age: 38.
It's remarkable that Ronde Barber was able to perform on such a high level this past season as a 37-year-old. He could retire though.
Chris Crocker, S, Bengals. Age: 33.
Chris Crocker is still an OK starting safety, but he'll be 33 in March. His best days are behind him.
Colt Anderson (RFA), S, Eagles. Age: 27.
Colt Anderson is not very physically gifted, but he's an instinctive safety who performed well for the Eagles down the stretch. He's also great on special teams.
Corey Lynch, S, Chargers. Age: 28.
Corey Lynch is an awesome special-teamer who performed well as a starting safety down the stretch in place of an injured Atari Bigby.
Yeremiah Bell, S, Jets. Age: 35.
Yeremiah Bell had a surprisingly decent year for the Jets, but he'll be 35 in March.