Eric Weddle’s release adds to deep market of safeties

AP

One of the storylines of free agency in 2018 was how long it took for many of the starter-level safeties on the market to find homes ahead of the regular season.

It is unlikely that will be the case again this season. If nothing else, the high number of teams that need safeties should help push players at the position to the forefront once free agency opens next week.

The Ravens’ decision to release Eric Weddle on Tuesday added another big name to a pool that was not short on them. Weddle was added to our list of the top 100 free agents at No. 41 in the wake of Tuesday’s transaction and that means 12 safeties are now on that list.

Five of those players — Landon Collins, Earl Thomas, Tyrann Mathieu, Adrian Amos and Lamarcus Joyner — are among the first 17 names on the list. Weddle, Clayton Geathers, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Glover Quin, Kenny Vaccaro, George Iloka and Tre Boston are the others in the top 100.

Experienced players like Johnathan Cyprien, Adrian Phillips, Jimmie Ward, Kendrick Lewis, Kurt Coleman, Marcus Gilchrist, Chris Conte, Reggie Nelson and Mike Adams are also available, so there are options at various levels for teams to consider for their secondaries.

In addition to long waits, many of the safeties on the market last year found smaller contracts than they would have liked. Eric Reid was in that group, but opted out of another trip to the market by signing an extension with the Panthers that could look even better once the dust settles for everyone else.

One would expect the players in the top group this year to fare better when it comes to the size of the contracts they’ll land next week and beyond, but the sheer number of players may lead to some bargains as teams can move on to others if the price isn’t right with their first option.

31 responses to “Eric Weddle’s release adds to deep market of safeties

  1. A lot of good players. It sucks that teams loose such good players they have drafted. It’s a double edged sword your supposed too draft well or you get fired but if you draft too good than you end up loosing guys. And the giants are dumb for letting Collins walk he was their defense now they need a complete rebuild on defense

  2. Chiefs should focus on Cornerback and Edge in the draft, and grab a Safety for good value in Free Agency

  3. With this type of affordable talent, I would think some innovative Defensive Coach could come up with 3-Safety formation for their Base Defense.

  4. Hello? Chiefs?? Andy? Are you reading this? Chiefs went 0-3 when Eric Berry played last year. Hint hint

  5. I don’t get why people don’t see that one dimensional safeties in today’s NFL are not valuable or worth 10-11m. You need safeties in today like Jamal Adams or Derwin James. Why both of those guys were 1st round picks is because they are elite in coverage and can play CB in the Nickel D which is becoming more prevalent in today’s defenses.

  6. The Giants cant afford Collins and Collins is also a little too opinionated for his own good.I still hope something could be worked out but I seriously doubt it.

  7. The Steelers better sign all of them because they have by far the worst secondary in the AAF

  8. Hmm. Maybe players that aren’t good enough to play cornerback are moved to safety are not good enough anymore. In this pass happy league safeties are more suited for linebacker. Someday There will be seven cornerbacks and four lineman playing.

  9. Idk how Rivera keeps his job this was a major blunder re-signing Reid when you got such available talent here for the same or less than what they gave Reid.

  10. Weddle really has had a great career. Only missed a handful of games in his 12 year career. 6 pro bowls, 2 first team all pros.

    He’s not Ed Reed, but he has a shot at the HOF.

  11. George Iloka is in the top 100 free agents even though there’s a glut of safeties available? The Vikings picked him up last year after the Bengals cut him. In a defense with which he was very familiar, he couldn’t get on the field even though the Vikings lost a starting safety for the season.

  12. trumperpumper2020 says:
    March 6, 2019 at 7:02 am
    Tre Boston would look great in Silver and Black
    ************************************************
    Everybody looks good in Silver and Black.
    The problem is no one plays good in Silver and Black.

  13. mysterytonite says:
    March 6, 2019 at 9:53 am
    Idk how Rivera keeps his job this was a major blunder re-signing Reid when you got such available talent here for the same or less than what they gave Reid.
    ———————-
    Simple. Rivera is a coach, not a GM.

  14. kingwalleye says:
    March 6, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    trumperpumper2020 says:
    March 6, 2019 at 7:02 am
    Tre Boston would look great in Silver and Black
    ************************************************
    Everybody looks good in Silver and Black.
    The problem is no one plays good in Silver and Black.
    ******************************************************
    And if they do play well, Gruden will trade them.

  15. What happened to that lovefest that Eric Weddle and the Ravens
    were showing for each other? Thought Weddle felt he was meant
    to be a Raven and would never play for anyone else.
    And the Ravens in turn loved having him and even increased
    their contract offer to keep Weddle from signing with the Steelers.

    Now they cut him. Strange. He played aright.
    How can they now say he isn’t worth the money? SMH

  16. ezpkns34 says:
    March 6, 2019 at 10:44 am
    Are Safeties the RBs of the defense?

    —————

    Pretty much. Just like SAM linebackers are the fullbacks of the defense.

    It is a bit strange though since the big nickel 3 safety look is so en vogue right now.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!