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NFL Free Agency 2014: Best Remaining Safety Options

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The Eagles entered free agency with three safeties on their roster: Patrick Chung, Earl Wolff, and Keelan Johnson. Chung was cut right out of the gate. That left two. Then the Eagles signed Malcolm Jenkins on day one of free agency. That gave the Eagles a total of three and one clear starter in Jenkins. Yet another safety, Chris Maragos, was brought in one day two. Maragos was added for his special teams prowess and depth purposes. That gives the Eagles a total of four but only one clear starter. Earl Wolff could compete for a starting job, but he won't be handed the opportunity unquestioned.

So with all of that said, the Eagles could use another starting safety. Who's still available?

Chris Clemons

There was a report that the Eagles signed Clemons on Thursday, but it turned out to be inaccurate. Someone confused the Eagles' signing of Nolan Carroll, also a former Dolphins defensive back, for Clemons. The 27-year old safety has experience as a starter in the NFL. He also seems to be the popular name that people are clamoring for. There still hasn't been much buzz surrounding Clemons as far as teams interested or visits go.

Nate Allen

A familiar face. Allen was solid for the Eagles as a starter in 2013 but the Eagles haven't been eager to re-sign him. I wonder if they really want him back. There hasn't been much buzz around Allen either.

James Ihedigbo

Ihedigbo is a veteran safety who also has starting experience. He's known for being a physical safety. Ihedigbo recently visited the Lions but left without a contract. Could other teams be in on him?

Rafael Bush (RFA)

I've already explained my reasoning to sign Bush to an offer sheet. Bush would be brought in to compete with Wolff for a starting job. At worst, he is a solid third safety to have on the roster.

Major Wright

More like Major Wrong (womp). Wright is only 25, so he theoretically still has some upside. My concern here is he was a big part of a Bears defense that was just so horrible last year, especially against the run.

Thomas DeCoud

DeCoud was recently released by the Falcons. He's 28 and has starting experience in the NFL. That said, he was pretty terrible last year as well. His career in Atlanta was up and down. The Eagles like to bring in guys with good personalities like DeCoud has, but I'm just not sure how reliable he would be. Not the best tackler.

Ryan Clark

He'll be 35 in October. I don't really see it.


As you can see, the market has really thinned out. These aren't exactly the most appealing options. But there are still some serviceable players in the mix. Who has your interest?

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