|2005 Free-Agent Safeties
A listing of the safeties scheduled for NFL free agency in 2005. UFA=Unrestricted Free Agent; RFA=Restricted Free Agent; ERFA=Exclusive Rights Free Agent. For definitions of free-agent terms, click here. The "Best of the Bunch" is ranked by Scout.com's Lane Adkins. The "Rest of the Bunch" is sorted by free-agent type, then by most recent team. Comments provided for unrestricted free agents.
|BEST OF THE BUNCH|
|Player||Free-Agent Type||2004 Team|
The Jags were contemplating slapping the franchise tag on Darius
for the third
consecutive season and finally did so on Tuesday. He had a
interceptions in ¹04, forced two fumbles and recovered four.
With 35 interceptions over the life of his career, including five
five or more interceptions, Knight continues to be a playmaker in
He has also forced two fumbles in each of the past four years and
a nice salary heading forward.
It wasn¹t that long ago that McCree had six interceptions in one
the Jaguars. A former seventh-round pick, McCree has talent but
was lost in
the shuffle in Houston.
The 14-year veteran was kept without an interception in 2004 for
time in his career. With 55 career picks, Williams can add
veteran savvy to
any secondary. He shouldn¹t be on the market for long.
Kennedy is best suited as an in-the-box safety. Known for his
style, he does not make many plays in coverage but is an above
defender. The Broncos remain very interested in retaining his
The Lions have discussed retaining Walker as a backup and it is
likely he will
test the market. He plays the run well but is best suited as a
player. The 11-year vet may not start again at this stage of his
His 90 tackles were second best on the team and he forced two
fumbles and recovered
three. He is a solid all around player who has 24 career
has lost a step in coverage but remains one of the best tacklers
on the safety
The Super Bowl MVP of 2002 moved on to Arizona, where he had a
six interceptions. After injuring his back and being placed on
IR, the Cards
released him. He was later signed by the Bucs and saw limited
action. If he
can regain his form, he should be a solid contributor.
After a promising rookie year in Green Bay, Edwards never took
his game to
the next level. He had 65 tackles in 2004 with the Rams but
didn¹t come up
with enough big plays.
The best free safety on the market in the opinion of some. Smith
has the range
to make plays and has nabbed 12 interceptions over the last three
is seeking cornerback money and that could deter some teams.
Spent the entire 2004 season on injured reserve after tearing his
ACL. He also
had spinal fusion surgery in 2002 and has not been the same
player since. His
injury history will scare a lot of teams away and he will likely
end up as
a backup somewhere.
Reese had seven interceptions in his first four seasons but just
one in his
last three. Reese¹s contributions are limited to a nickel and
dime role in
the defensive secondary.
He has the size and speed to make a difference on a team and was
on his way
with the Redskins in ¹03. He had 103 tackles and three
interceptions, but a
disappointing 2004 season (70 tackles and no interceptions) have
expectations. He will be 26 when the season opens and represents
a good value.
Bashir played on a terrible Colts defense that rarely saw any
plays being made
in the secondary. Perhaps with better corners, he could make
plays but in four
years with Indy they were few and far between.
A broken forearm ended his 2004 season prematurely. Tillman, a
backup for the
Panthers, has only played in 13 games over the last three years.
Was placed on the physically unable to perform list after chronic
plagued him during the preseason. A backup throughout his career,
A sprained knee derailed his return to Minnesota. After being
placed on IR
and subsequently released with an injury settlement, he signed
with the Steelers
and made little impact. Carter is a good tackler and plays well
but is hindered by his 5-8 frame. He is a very good special teams
Has experience playing safety and cornerback. Terrell had six
in a three-year span with Washington but disappointed during his
Oakland. He will contribute as a backup with some team this year.
The year was 2001 when Bronson had seven interceptions, returning
two for touchdowns,
for the Niners. Bronson is a veteran leader that has contributed
in pass defense.
Season-ending ankle surgery wiped out his 2004 season although he
work in 2005.
A 10-year veteran but only a two-year starter. He brings
leadership to a secondary
with calling out assignments. He lacks in the playmaking
department and is
a step slow in over-the-top help.
|REST OF THE BUNCH|
|Player||Free-Agent Type||2004 Team|
Heard finally got significant time in the lineup in his fifth
year with San
Fran and notched 71 tackles but just five passes defensed and one
He is best suited as a backup and plays the run better than the
Mitchell has moved to three teams in three years, and in a career
five seasons he has been shut out of the interception market in
After being inactive for the first five games of ¹04, Brandon
moved onto the
active roster and made his mark as a special teamer. He recorded
teams tackles on the season and rarely saw action in the
Has played both strong and free safety, primarily as a backup. He
is a good
open-field tackler that excels at special teams. His versatility
role will draw interest.
A great special teamer who also contributes in the nickel and
Has 11 starts under his belt and is a very capable backup for
both free and
With 38 special teams tackles over the past two years, he knows
in his role. He also got an expanded role in the nickel and dime
A solid contributor and excellent tackler.
A valuable special teamer who has missed just four games in four
time as a backup at strong safety.
Had a chance in 2004 to become a starter but disappointed. He
defends the run
well and forced two fumbles in ¹04. He also added three sacks,
on the safety blitz.
Former corner who was moved to safety. Has good cover skills and
can play the
slot receiver in man-to-man with his versatility. Was the
Packers¹ 2001 Defensive
Rookie of the Year.
Backup who played in seven games with Carolina in 2004, playing
solely on special
Special teams dynamo hasn¹t played in two years. He went on
in 2003 with an ACL tear and a neck injury ended his 2004 season.
Brought in to play strictly on special teams for the Pats. A
former track star.
Legal troubles forced the Panthers to release Cooper during the
year and the
Raiders claimed him. A pivotal special team performer, Cooper has
charged with driving while impaired.
Cut by the Rams halfway through the season, Lucas had workouts
teams but went unsigned. Was a top backup for four years with
A special teams standout who has played a backup role for the
Rams in five
of his six seasons in the league.
Recorded 13 special teams tackles in six games before being
placed on injured
reserve with a high ankle sprain. Had 22 special teams tackles in
Led the Saints in special teams tackles in 2002 and 2003,
registering 48 tackles
and two blocked kicks. Rarely sees the field on defense.
Solid special teamer who plays well in run support but is weak
pass. Good practice player but does not translate that talent to
Played a significant role in the nickel and dime packages for
also on special teams. Well-rounded player who shows good
and veteran leadership.
2005 Free Agents: Safeties
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