Not Much Still Sitting At Safety In Free Agency

A month into free agency in the NFL and the talent pool that remains has been picked over pretty thoroughly. Many of the players that are still looking for homes are older, coming off injuries or disappointments in their previous stops.

We checked out the wide receivers earlier; now on the other side of the football are the safeties and the choices there are pretty slim. Here’s a collection of safeties and one potential safety that are available:

Mike Adams (fs), 33 years old, 5-11, 200 pounds, 11th season. Last season in Denver, Adams played in 16 games with seven starts and 702 snaps. He contributed one interception and 75 total tackles for the AFC champion Broncos. Over his career with San Francisco, Cleveland and Denver, he’s played in 146 games (73 starts), 13 interceptions, 538 total tackles, five sacks, four fumbles forced and nine recovered fumbles.

Champ Bailey (fs), 36 years old in June, 6-0, 192 pounds, 16th season. Injuries limited Bailey’s play time in the Denver defense to just five games with 25 total tackles during the 2013 season. At cornerback his entire career since entering the NFL as a first-round selection in the 1999 NFL Draft by Washington, Bailey has played 215 games (212 starts), with 52 interceptions including four returned for touchdowns, 920 total tackles, three sacks, seven forced fumbles and six recovered fumbles.

Yeremiah Bell (ss), 36 years old, 6-1, 200 pounds, 11th season. Last season was Bell’s first for Arizona and he started 16 games for the Cardinals, contributing two interceptions, one sack and 76 total tackles in 1,098 snaps. Originally a sixth-round pick of Miami in the 2003 NFL Draft, he’s played 142 games (107 starts), with eight interceptions, 724 total tackles, 13 sacks, nine forced fumbles and 10 recovered fumbles.

Thomas DeCoud (fs), 29 years old, 6-1, 196 pounds, 7th season. The 2013 season was a quiet one for DeCoud, as he started 15 games with 907 snaps for the Falcons, but finished with just 65 tackles and a recovered fumble that he returns for a touchdown. Selected in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by Atlanta, he played in 89 games (78 starts), with 14 interceptions, 377 total tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles and three recovered fumbles.

Steve Gregory (ss/fs), 31 years old, 5-11, 185 pounds, 9th season. He worked both safety spots in the New England defense last season, getting 849 snaps in 14 games with 11 starts. Gregory had 90 total tackles and one sack. Over his career with the Patriots and Chargers, he played in 111 games (54 starts), seven interceptions with one touchdown return, 355 total tackles, three sacks, a pair of forced fumbles and four recovered fumbles.

Quintin Mikell (ss), 34 years old in September, 5-10, 206 pounds, 12th season. Last year with Carolina, he saw 688 snaps in 14 games with the Panthers defense. Mikell contributed 61 total tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a recovered fumble. Over his career with the Eagles, Rams and Panthers, he played in 169 games (103 starts) with 12 interceptions, 685 total tackles, 12 sacks, 18 forced fumbles and nine recovered fumbles.

Major Wright (ss), 26 years old in July, 6-0, 204 pounds, 5th season. He joined the Bears in 2010 as a third-round choice in the NFL Draft. Last year, he started 15 games and had 949 snaps, producing two interceptions (one returned for a TD), 101 total tackles and two forced fumbles. In 54 games (42 starts), Wright had nine interceptions returning three for scores, 250 total tackles, three forced fumbles and a pair of recovered fumbles.

5 Responses to “Not Much Still Sitting At Safety In Free Agency”

  • April 4, 2014  - ChuckXX says:

    Wow, in looking thru this list with the exception of Major Wright it looks like the geriatric ward to me.

  • April 4, 2014  - R W says:

    Last dog at the bowl gets old leftovers and stays hungry.

  • April 4, 2014  - Johnfromwichita says:

    First dog at bowl gets crap knocked out of him by following dogs; gets little to eat.

    Smart dog says screw bowl; goes straight to table: the draft.

  • April 5, 2014  - R W says:

    As memory serves, and admittedly not as well as a couple of decades ago, the Chiefs jumped into the free agent market with both feet last year. Prize signings were Avery and Sean Smith who each earned some good bucks but, as it turns out, weren’t pro bowl caliber players.

    It always amuses me how some fans get all worked up over the contract dollars being paid out as if they were writing the checks out of their personal accounts. My point: There’s always going to be hits and misses among free agents, draftees and guys off the street.

    The key then, is evaluation acumen. Having more hits than misses should be the minimum goal. The jury on Dorsey’s evaluation abilities is still out but should be ‘coming in’ with a verdict by about this time next year.

    If Dorsey sees any of those guys listed above as filling a need and making a contribution, then go for it. Re-looking over the list again, I kind of like what I’ve seen out of DeCoud over the past few years. The Failcons probably listened to Pioli and cut him. That’s enough to get my interest cranked up right there.

  • April 6, 2014  - cychief24 says:

    I agree DeCoud looks decent. Maybe Wright too. The rest yikes!
    Isn’t there another cut day June1? Maybe there will better possibilities then.

  • April 7, 2014  - Niblick says:

    Wright signed over the weekend. I think it was with the Bucs. It looks like we are going to have to rely on the draft. I would guess, unless one of the top safeties is there at our pick, we will probably go WR. This is a deep draft in WRs.

  • April 8, 2014  - el cid says:

    We only have so many picks. For a variety of reasons, we are short at WR, S, and OL. Got to say it will be a reach to think Dorsey and Reid can pick starters at all three positions. So I guess some guys on the roster will have to step up and become starters….and that is what they are supposed to do.

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