Tre Boston learning there’s no safety in being a free agent

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Tre Boston thought he’d do OK for himself this offseason. Now, like many of the other safeties who walked into the free agent market, he’s still searching for any deal.

Boston said during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he couldn’t believe the way the market has cratered at his position.

“Just like a few of the other guys, we’re just not hearing anything near what we want to hear or even close,” Boston said. “We’re closer to veteran minimum than we are to the $7-, $8-, $9-million players we wanted to be two months ago or even eight months ago. . . .

“It’s kind of unbelievable to me. We’re talking about a position that’s needed more and more on the field in today’s game. There are about five or six valuable starting safeties in free agency right now. But I guess it’s just trying to get us to take peanuts like the rest of them have. That’s just the business of the game.”

Boston’s astute to realize what’s happening. Of the 11 players remaining in the PFT Top 100 Free Agent list, four are safeties, including him, Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid and Tyvon Branch.

While Tyrann Mathieu got a decent one-year deal for the Texans, the three-year deals for Kurt Coleman in New Orleans and Morgan Burnett were well short of expectations. But with Seattle’s Earl Thomas on the trade block, the market is still slow for players who have an impact.

The 25-year-old Boston is coming off career highs in tackles (79), pass break-ups (eight) and interceptions (five) with the Chargers, and said he hasn’t gotten an offer he finds adequate after some early interest from the Cardinals, Raiders, Browns, and Giants.

“You’ve gotta have patience,” Boston said. “Everybody thinks that free agency is just these one or two first-beginning days. But it can go on a long time. We’ve seen it happen before like last year with the running backs group.”

And with the draft approaching and some teams not wanting to risk compensatory picks by signing an unrestricted free agent now, some of them are probably going to have to continue to wait.

16 responses to “Tre Boston learning there’s no safety in being a free agent

  1. Since Eric Reid is being blackballed by the NFL, the NFL teams won’t sign any safeties as part of the cover-up. It’s all one big conspiracy.

  2. Fact is…with the Chargers, Spanos said ‘get rid of ’em Boston is too much money.’ The Chargers ‘rent’ everything; their playing field, their practice field, Kroenke stadium, their headquarters and multiple players. They have no identity.

  3. I think it’s difficult for teams to justify spending on the secondary when so many teams have gaping holes in their offenses right now. For example, every team in the NFC West has a gaping hole on offense that tends to have an most likely expensive solution. Even the division-best Rams have a need, and for them it’s a WR1 now that Watkins left.

    I could see the Cardinals paying him $6-$8 million a year under a cap friendly multiyear deal, which they literally just offered to Mathieu a few weeks ago only to be turned down.

  4. Anyone who can’t see this is all part of the Eric Reid blackball is either blind or just hasn’t been paying attention.

  5. They should get rid of compensatory draft picks. It just muddies the waters. Why should teams be rewarded for low-balling player salaries? Why should cheaper teams be rewarded? Why should one approach to team building be favored over another?

  6. There are two guaranties in life , death and taxes . America is great cause we get the freedom of choice . He is always welcome to change careers , like many many millions of people do . I need another truck driver for my company .

  7. Conspiracy to not sign safeties to (large) deals as part of a collective effort to cover-up the blackballing of Reid?
    Doubt it.
    Mathieu signed a 1/$7m deal, Burnett signed, etc.
    Truth is, the NFL has been undervaluing safeties for years.
    Boston is a solid player. Branch and Reid are slightly above average. Vaccaro isn’t all that good. Boston said he (and the others) wants a deal from $7-9 million per. Nobody’s going to give any of them that kind of deal. They’ll all get signed and settle for something in the $4-6m/year range. Markets determine values, and they want above market value.
    I, personally, value great safeties – even good safeties are fundamental to good defense. But NFL coaches, evidently, think that the difference between a good and an average safety is smaller than that between good and average corners, or pass rushers. Every year there are very solid players who sign relatively small contracts, then outperform them and become key members of their teams. Boston will likely do the same. Unfortunately, I don’t see him getting his salary desires without making a Pro Bowl.
    He impressed a lot of people this past season with the Chargers, but they don’t want to pay him in that price range. It’s telling that the team that experienced his contributions believes he’s replaceable. I’m not trying to be harsh, I think he’s a good player, but Boston apparently values himself too highly. Doubt it has anything to do with conspiracy.

  8. anexpertamateur says:
    March 31, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Conspiracy to not sign safeties to (large) deals as part of a collective effort to cover-up the blackballing of Reid?
    Doubt it.
    Mathieu signed a 1/$7m deal, Burnett signed, etc.
    Truth is, the NFL has been undervaluing safeties for years.
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    I see it as more of a market correction after some big ticket contracts at the very top end drove unrealistic $ expectations at the position as a whole.

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