There’s plenty of help available at safety

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Eric Reid may end up being right. But hardly anyone else who plays his position is getting signed at the moment either.

The 49ers safety has a mitigating factor (his willingness to peacefully protest racial inequality) which could well keep him looking for sometime, but the rest of the safety market has gone stale.

Other than Lamarcus Joyner getting tagged by the Rams, Tyrann Mathieu getting cut by the Cardinals and landing quickly with the Texans, and Kurt Coleman‘s pre-free agency deal with the Saints after being released by the Panthers, there hasn’t been much action for top-shelf safeties. In fact, Coleman’s getting a three-year, $16.35 million deal from the Saints is one of the real outliers of March, because no one else at his position is getting that kind of money at his age (29).

There’s also the presence of Seahawks star Earl Thomas on the trade block which could be blocking some teams with interest at the position, as they wait to see if the Seahawks are firm in their asking price.

But as days pass and the market is increasingly picked over everywhere else, the position (traditionally viewed as one of the more fungilbe on NFL rosters) remains stocked with starting level-options.

In fact, of the 20 remaining players in the PFT Top 100 Free Agent list, five are safeties: Kenny Vaccaro (27), Morgan Burnett (36, though he could be off the list soon), Tre Boston (44), Reid (56), and Tyvon Branch (99), and there are other starting caliber players available former Chiefs safety Ron Parker and veterans such as Mike Mitchell and Quintin Demps. There’s also Dolphins safety Michael Thomas, but he was a knee-taker as well, so we’ll see if he gets any job, much less at any price.

So while Reid’s suggestion that his willingness to be outspoken will cost him with owners rather than General Managers, the position he plays remains a hindrance at the moment as well.

16 responses to “There’s plenty of help available at safety

  1. Probably “Not” collusion, but more “Not” wanting to add a headache as an individual owner would be my guess.

  2. “his willingness to peacefully protest racial inequality”

    Something can be “peaceful” and also completely innapropriate to do at work. For example, what if one of your writers attached photos of aborted fetuses to each football article they wrote on your site? It’s nothing more than a “peaceful protest” to end abortion. Would you discipline them? Fire them? According to you, you shouldn’t do anything. Afterall, he’s just exercising his right to “peaceful protest”… you’d be totally cool with it- right?

  3. I hope Reid doesn’t get signed. That way he can spend more time focusing on his passion, inequality… Is it ironic he was making more that 10 times the amount of the average white male last year? Of course the average white male still has his job, as does black males according to labor statistics with their employment rates in their best state ever.

    Trump really wis winning.

  4. Other than this guy & Kaep who are the players that peotested last year that haven’t been signed?
    Maybe he’s just not that good & injury prone.

  5. Many other kneelers have been resigned or traded for, for example, Bennett of the Seahawks, Ajai of the Dolphins, Thomas of the Jaguars and others. OTOH, RGIII never took a knee, was a better Read-Option QB (and pocket QB) than Kaepernick and he still can’t find a job either.

    The fact is that Reid’s not even a Top-50 FA or even a Top-5 FA in his position. I spent years, as 49er fan, watching him blow coverage-after-coverage because, despite his speed, he has very poor lateral agility and technique. WHICH IS WHY HE WAS BENCHED LAST YEAR AND LOST HIS JOB TO TARTT.

    He doesn’t bring up he lost his job, during the season, last year and only got back on the field because we lost both starting safeties to broken arms.

  6. kom2k10 says:
    March 20, 2018 at 6:48 am
    “his willingness to peacefully protest racial inequality”

    Something can be “peaceful” and also completely innapropriate to do at work. For example, what if one of your writers attached photos of aborted fetuses to each football article they wrote on your site? It’s nothing more than a “peaceful protest” to end abortion. Would you discipline them? Fire them? According to you, you shouldn’t do anything. Afterall, he’s just exercising his right to “peaceful protest”… you’d be totally cool with it- right?
    ————-
    Absolutely one of the best posts I’ve seen on this website. Kudos.

  7. If Seattle is going to trade Earl Thomas, they should get serious about it.

    His value peaks April 28th, and he’s a certainty to hold out if he doesn’t have a new contract before August.

  8. Reid cost the owner’s money. It really is a simple as that. Would PFT sign a writer who would cost them money? Even if what they were doing was “peaceful”? Of course not.

    Eric exercised his right to protest (on company time) and now the owner’s are protesting his protest.

    I like Eric as a person. He seems much more intellectual and level-headed than Kap. But he stated months ago that he was “fine” with whatever happened with free agency. So I don’t want to hear any woe is me stuff from him now.

  9. Reid played well last year when Tartt went down but nothing special and he is injury prone. He played well his first year out of college because he was a big hitter and played physically but after suffering multiple concussions over a short period he hasn’t played that way since. If he was really good someone would have signed him regardless. If it was Earl Thomas protesting teams would still be jumping all over each other to sign him

  10. Some of the “peaceful protesters” are costing themselves millions of dollars because the chose to protest something they know full well is based on lies. Once the wallets get lighter these protests will stop.

  11. by “mitigating” i suppose you mean “aggravating.” If Eric Reid had any mitigating factors, he’d have a job. Not (so much) to nitpik on language, but if the players who DO have mitigating factors would speak out more, the collusion case(s) would get a lot stronger when they dont get hired. Eric Ried is so/so, and is without mitigating factors in his favor, imho.

  12. I wonder what are the odds that Reid will not play this upcoming season?
    If he didn’t save his pennies, wonder if he would and could handle any of the regular jobs ex-jocks get around to doing?

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