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2015 NFL Free Agency: Assessing The Safety Market

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A look at the safeties available in free agency

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Devin McCourty
Devin McCourty
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Safety is almost certainly a position that will get some attention from the New York Giants during the upcoming free agency period. Every veteran safety on the 2014 roster is an unrestricted free agent, and the pickings in the 2015 NFL Draft class appear slim at the safety position.

Let's assess.

The Giants Own Free Agents

Antrel Rolle -- The Giants have said they would like the 32-year-old back "at the right price." Rolle has said he wants to be a Giant in 2015. Increasingly, however, it seems as if Rolle is destined to end up elsewhere. If there are other suitors for Rolle, Giants history with aging players like this is that they will not get into bidding wars.

Stevie Brown -- Has had his ups and downs with the Giants over three seasons. I'm told there is a "50-50" chance Brown, 28, will be back in 2015. With only untried Cooper Taylor and Nat Berhe on the roster you have to believe the Giants want at least one veteran safety on the roster.

Quintin Demps -- The Giants have to upgrade the position. Demps isn't going to help them do that. He also flopped as a return man. Virtually no chance he returns.

Guys We Have Profiled

Devin McCourty, New England Patriots -- Clearly the best safety on the open market. A two-time second-team All Pro who will be 28 next season, McCourty is a Rutgers grad and New Jersey native. He is also a play-making free safety -- something the Giants could desperately use. McCourty will have plenty of suitors. Can the Giants win the bidding? They should try. [McCourty profile]

Da'Norris Searcy, Buffalo Bills -- A four-year veteran Brian Galliford of Buffalo Rumblings calls "rock solid." If McCourty's price is too high it would make sense to kick the tires on this guy. [Searcy profile]

Jeron Johnson, Seattle Seahawks -- Stuck behind Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor in Seattle. Can he be a starter? [Johnson profile]

Rahim Moore, Denver Broncos -- Known as a quality coverage safety. [Moore profile]

Tyvon Branch, Oakland Raiders -- Released by Oakland after two injury-plagued years, he is known as an excellent "box" safety. [Branch profile]

Sergio Brown, Indianapolis Colts -- Might have over-achieved with the Colts in 2014. [Brown profile]

Other Possibilities

From the Pro Football Focus list of the top 10 free-agent safeties. Mike C. Adams, Colts; Dawan Landry, Jets; Nate Allen, Eagles; Dwight Lowery, Falcons; Kendrick Lewis, Texans; Louis Delmas, Dolphins.

Other players likely on the market include Marcus Gilchrist of the San Diego Chargers and Ron Parker of the Kansas City Chiefs.