Free Agent Safety Market Getting Attention

There are still a few top safeties and a sleeper or two that remain unsigned. Scout.com takes a look at some of the safeties that should receive plenty of attention over the coming days and weeks in free agency.

The safety market in free agency is dwindling.

With names like Brian Dawkins, Will Allen, James Sanders, Renaldo Hill, Chris Crocker, Sean Considine, and Jim Leonhard off the market, the safety possibly with the best value and upside might be Josh Bullocks.

The former second-round pick of the New Orleans Saints out of the 2005 draft has 49 starts in his four years of play. At 6'1", 210, Bullocks ran a 4.4 forty at the NFL Combine after leaving The University of Nebraska a year early.

Bullocks was not drafted by current head coach Sean Payton, who brought veteran Kevin Kaesviharn. When Bullocks injured his knee in 2007, Kaesviharn took over at free safety and Payton stayed with Kaesviharn until Bullocks worked his way back into the lineup the last four games of the 2008 season. Expect the Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Cleveland Browns to be suitors for Bullocks' services.

Others that should to start to receive serious interest are Sean Jones and Jermaine Phillips. Both are listed higher on Scout.com's free agent safety rankings, but will likely cost teams more money than Bullocks.

Jones has terrific size and at times can be an imposing force against opposing offenses. Phillips is known as one of the better in-the-box safeties in the league.


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