Safety Rahim Moore is set to hit the open market next Tuesday, March 10th, as an unrestricted free agent. Moore was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 45th pick in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft.
Moore was billed as the top safety prospect in his class and came to the Broncos with the expectations that he would be a ball-hawk. Although he struggled his rookie year, Moore eventually found his stride in 2012 and has been the team’s starting free safety since.
The reason the Broncos are willing to let Moore hit the open market is because he hasn’t shown the instinct and ability to cause turnovers. In 50 career starts, he’s only managed to net eight interceptions. Another knock on Moore is that he takes poor angles to the ball and lacks physicality.
However, he’s young and enters free agency with the full sizzle and reputation of the Broncos organization behind him. Like his former teammates Orlando Franklin and Terrance Knighton, he is widely considered to be among the top three free agents at his position on the market, and someone is likely going to overpay him.
It looks like the teams of the NFC East are collectively licking their chops regarding Moore. According to Jordan Ranaan of N.J. Advanced Media, the New York Giants are expected to pursue Moore, along with former New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty.
The Giants are expected to look straight to the top of the soon-to-be available players, beginning with New England's Devin McCourty and Denver's Rahim Moore, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation. The individuals requested anonymity because teams can't sign free agents from other teams until Tuesday at 4 p.m. (ET).
We turned to Rick Laughland, the Publisher of TheGiantsBeat.com and a veritable insider within our network, regarding Moore. "I'm hearing they (the Giants) are having exploratory talks with the (Moore's) agent," Laughland said, "but no concrete offer."
Agents can begin negotiating with teams on behalf of their clients tomorrow. The Giants make sense as a team who could target a young safety like Moore because Antrel Rolle is expected to hit the open market on Tuesday. The Broncos need help at free safety, so it’s within the realm of possibility that the two teams could end up swapping players. Moore in New York and Rolle in Denver.
But the Giants aren’t the only NFC East team who could be in the market for Moore’s services. Several D.C. insiders, including Mark Bullock of the Washington Post, have speculated that the Washington Redskins could also pony up for the 25-year-old former UCLA Bruin. With Moore’s relative youth (he’s only now hitting the prime of his career) and the buzz his former team garners, it is expected that he will command a new contract between $5-7M per year.
The Broncos already have a lot of cap space allocated to their secondary, and although John Elway is likely not opposed to spending money on an effective centerfielder, Moore isn’t worth the money. After his Bill Buckner-esque faux pas vs. the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round of the 2012 playoffs and his battle with lateral compartment syndrome in 2013, Moore is probably looking forward to new environs where he can start over.
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