The free agent crop at safety looks stronger and stronger. Just hours after the Colts announced the release of veteran safety Bob Sanders, the Rams have announced they have released safety O.J. Atogwe and the Texans announced they have released safety Eugene Wilson.
While the Jaguars have dedicated to a rebuild through the draft, they have supplemented that with a couple free agent acquistions in each of the last two years. In 2009, they signed Torry Holt and Tra Thomas prior to drafting two tackles and three wide receivers. In 2010, they signed Kassim Osgood and Aaron Kampman prior to drafting two return specialists and two defensive ends. It is expected that the Jaguars will draft defensive backs to help a secondary that ranked among the league’s worst, but they may also throw a band-aid on the situation through free agency as well.
Among the safeties set to hit free agency if they aren’t resigned by their current teams (assuming a new CBA gets done, allowing for a free agency period): Quintin Mikell, Eric Weddle, Roman Harper and now Atogwe, Wilson and Sanders as well. They also join a cornerback crop that could include Champ Bailey, Nnamdi Asomugha, Antonio Cromartie, Ike Taylor and others.