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2009 NFL Free Agent Defensive Backs

By: Greg Davis

Mike Brown, UFA, Chicago Bears
When healthy, Brown has proven to be a valuable part of the Bears defense. Browns best season was in 2001, when he had five interceptions and three sacks, but he has always been a steady contributor when he has been in the lineup. In four seasons, from 04 through 07, he played in just 21 games. In 08, he played in 15 games, making 74 tackles and two interceptions. Teams will still be concerned about his health history, so Chicago appears to be the right fit for him. However, there are teams willing to take a risk in the NFL, and Brown has been healthy so far this season.

Brian Dawkins, UFA, Philadelphia Eagles
Dawkins has been one of the best safeties in the league for some time now. Hes in his mid-thirties, but he will still be of interest to several teams because of his track record. He has had at least one interception in each of his thirteen seasons. As recently as two seasons ago, he had five forced fumbles, four picks, and 98 tackles. While he may not be quite the same player he once was, hes still one of the games best. Hes played in Philadelphia his entire career and chances are itll stay that way.

Dawan Landry, RFA, Baltimore Ravens
It is difficult to imagine that the Ravens would let Landry get away considering he is young and showed major potential during his first two seasons in the NFL. Landry, a safety, made a significant impact in his first year when he made 69 tackles and had five interceptions as well as three sacks. While his sacks and interceptions dropped in year two, he tallied 83 tackles, still making plays on the ball but just not coming up with turnovers. He was placed on injured reserve for this season after playing in just two games this year. Landry is athletic and finds the ball well. Its a safe bet that Baltimore wants to keep him around through his prime.

Jermaine Phillips, UFA, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Phillips has been around for seven seasons now and has made a name for himself as a capable safety. He has eleven career interceptions, including four in 07 and three this season. The safety made a career-high 109 total tackles in 06 and has the ability to create turnovers from time to time with seven forced fumbles in the past three seasons. Phillips will provide a team with a quality run-support type safety that can provide adequate help in coverage. He missed five games due to injury this year, which could hurt his contract offers. Tampa Bay will likely make a reasonable offer to try to keep Phillips with the team.

Other Defensive Backs
Oshiomogho Atogwe, UFA, St Louis Rams
Tyron Brackenridge, UFA, Kansas City Chiefs
Mike Brown, UFA, Chicago Bears
Phillip Buchanon, UFA, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jabari Greer, UFA, Buffalo Bills
Rodney Harrison, UFA, New England Patriots
Kelvin Hayden, UFA, Indianapolis Colts
Renaldo Hill, UFA, Miami Dolphins
Daven Holly, UFA, Cleveland Browns
Sean Jones, UFA, Cleveland Browns
Bryant McFadden, UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers
R.W. McQuarters, UFA, New York Giants
Lawyer Milloy, UFA, Atlanta Falcons
Deltha O'Neal, UFA, Cincinnati Bengals
Jarrad Page, UFA, Kansas City Chiefs
Jermaine Phillips, UFA, Tampa Bay Bucs
Allen Rossum, UFA, San Francisco 49ers
Darren Sharper, UFA, Darren Sharper

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