Top Defensive Backs
Asante Samuel, UFA, New England Patriots
Samuel is known as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, having posted a league-best ten interceptions in ’06 and six interceptions in ‘07. While his interception totals have been impressive, so has his ability to stick to receivers on a regular basis. He can shut down quality receivers, helping the Patriots to a run to the Super Bowl that ended in a tough defeat. He’ll command big dollars on the market.
Predicted 2008 Team: Eagles - The move won’t be a big one, and Samuel will be a major difference maker.
Drayton Florence, UFA, San Diego Chargers
Florence held onto his starting spot for awhile over Antonio Cromartie when it was thought that Cromartie would win the job early. However, even though the veteran showed his resolve and stepped up his play, Cromartie eventually won the job. Florence is not a shutdown type of player, but he does make plays when he needs to most of the time and he had three interceptions in 2006 with two this past season. The Chargers can afford to let him hit the market, and the best bet is that Florence will find a starting position somewhere else come next season.
Predicted 2008 Team: Cowboys - Florence would have another chance at starting for a contender.
Domonique Foxworth, RFA, Denver Broncos
Foxworth is used mainly as a nickel defender, and while fast, he doesn’t always make the best play on the ball. He’s just 24, so experience and playing time should help his development. If another team thinks he can be a top two cornerback, he may seek to leave Denver to take on that bigger role. His RFA status will make it difficult to pull him away from the Broncos, but the cornerback position is one of great significance in the modern NFL, so there’s a chance.
Predicted 2008 Team: Broncos - He’s played well enough early in his career to earn an extension.
Randall Gay UFA New England Patriots
Gay is just 25, and while he benefits from playing for a solid Patriots team, he is still a serviceable backup. In 2007, he posted decent numbers with 37 tackles and three interceptions. He’ll likely look to build upon that in a new home, since the Patriots aren’t desperate to hang onto him. The Patriots may decide to keep him around, but Gay will test the market and see if he can find more playing time elsewhere.
Predicted 2008 Team: Jets – New York wanted him last season, and he would have the chance at a larger role.
Other Free Agent Cornerback
Chris Carr RFA Oakland Raiders
Tory James UFA New England Patriots
Karl Paymah RFA Denver Broncos
B.J. Sams UFA Baltimore Ravens
Chad Scott UFA New England Patriots
Other Free Agent Safety
William Bartee UFA Kansas City Chiefs
Jay Bellamy UFA New Orleans Saints
Mike Doss UFA Minnesota Vikings
Omar Stoutmire UFA Washington Redskins
Derrick Strait UFA Carolina Panthers
Gibril Wilson UFA New York Giants
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