2011 Dallas Cowboys Free Agent Safety Primer V 2.0: Who's Left?

Yesterday morning we took a detailed look at the stats for the top 25 free agent safeties. So much has happened in the last 24 hours that yesterday's story is not even on the front page anymore.

But that frenetic pace isn't limited to the BTB front page, it also applies to the free agent safeties who are being picked off one by one from the top down.

So today we use the last safety post as a jumping-off point to review who's gone, who's still available, and what the contract situation looks like for those safeties that have signed new contracts.

I'll use the Pro Football Focus grades again to rank the free agents, because they seem match pretty well with the contract numbers so far. Those contract numbers are now included in the table below. A brief reminder on the numbers:

PFF Grades: PFF look at game tape, assign a grade for every play and then ‘normalize’ the data so that the average player for a given position is graded at zero. The higher the positive grading the better the performance and vice versa.

Expected Points Added: EPA measures the impact a given player has on a given play by comparing the result of the play to the league average results on plays from that down and distance (details here).

Rank Name Team Age Contract Snaps Overall Grade Pass Rush Coverage vs. Run Penalties EPA
1 Quintin Mikell STL 30 $28mm, 4 years
996 17.0 -3.3 10.8 11.0 -1.5 60.2
2 Michael Huff OAK 28 $32mm, 4 years 1009 13.9 3.8 8.4 1.1 0.6 41.2
3 Eric Weddle SD 26 $40mm, 5 years 977 12.6 1.5 1.5 8.0 1.6 26.7
4 Dawan Landry JAX 28 $27.5mm, 5 years
1043 10.5 -3.2 2.5 9.5 1.7 48.6
7 Danieal Manning HOU 28 $20mm, 4 years 925 9.5 -0.5 6.4 4.0 -0.4 17.8
10 Gerald Sensabaugh DAL 28 $2.5mm, 1 year 929 7.4 1.1 3.3 1.5 1.5 30.7
11 Roman Harper NO 28 $28.5mm, 4 years
883 7.1 1.9 1.9 6.8 -3.5 49.2
17 Jordan Babineaux SEA 28 380 4.4 1.6 2 0.3 0.5 29.4
22 Nedu Ndukwe CIN 26 538 3.4 4.3 -2.9 1.1 0.9 22.3
25 Tom Zbikowski BAL 26 ???, 1 year 341 2.5 -0.3 1.1 2.1 -0.4 n/a
25 Brodney Pool NYJ 27 ???, ??? 765 2.5 -2.8 6.5 0.5 -1.7 31.5
37 Roy Williams CIN 30 477 0.2 1.1 -1.7 0.9 -0.1 24.5
49 Deon Grant NYG 32 675 -2.1 -0.1 1.6 -4.9 1.3 46.2
53 Donte Whitner BUF 26 1121 -3.4 0.8 -6.1 2.2 -0.3 38.8
55 Reed Doughty WAS 28 633 -3.7 -0.4 -5.0 0.7 1.0 15.4
57 Dashon Goldson SF 27 1038 -3.8 1.1 -5.4 1.9 -1.4 25.9
61 Abram Elam DAL 29 $2.5mm, 1 year 1071 -4.1 -3.0 0.6 -3.4 1.7 33.5
66 C.C. Brown DET 28 607 -5.1 1.8 -1.7 -6.1 0.9 21.0
68 Lawyer Milloy SEA 37 1066 -5.5 -3 -3.5 0.4 0.6 29.3
70 Bernard Pollard BAL 26 ???, 2 years
1025 -6.1 3.3 -6.3 -1.1 -2.0 32.8
71 Jon McGraw KC 32 $810K, 1 year 437 -6.5 -1.8 -1.2 -3.1 -0.4 15.9
74 Sean Considine CAR 29 ???, 1 year
419 -7.8 0.1 -4.4 -3.1 -0.4 18.5
75 Aaron Francisco IND 28 785 -8.0 -0.3 -2.0 -5.9 0.2 12.6
77 Eric Smith NYJ 28 $7.5mm, 3 years 502 -9.5 -2.7 -3.4 -0.5 -2.9 12.1
84 Madieu Williams SF 29 ca. $810K; 1 year 825 -13.4 -0.3 -9.3 -4.1 0.3 11.3

Weddle went for $8 million per year, Harper and Mikell for $7 million each and Manning lowered the safety price to $5 million per year. It's likely that the next round of signings will be around $3-4 million, which would be when the Cowboys are likely to get involved. If Abram Elam and Gerald Sensabaugh are still around by then, they could end up on the Cowboys roster.

Michael Huff remains a little of a wild card [not anymore, re-signed with Oakland]. He had a fairly good year last season, but his previous performance may led teams to believe that 2010 was an aberration, not the norm.

Also there are persistent reports questioning his work ethic and want-to, the latest from Pete Prisco who tweeted yesterday: "A second coach today told me he thought Michael Huff was soft. Not a good thing." Rob Ryan is in a pretty good position to know, so if he's ok with Huff, the Cowboys will be, too. One thing all these rumors do, of course, is drive his price down. Which may not be a bad thing for the Cowboys.

I think if the Cowboys can get two quality safeties for $7 million or less, they would be in a good spot. If the Midnight Cowboys stay true to form, we'll know more about the next free agent acquisition sometime very late tonight.

And perhaps, just perhaps, one of the 2011 starting safeties is already on the roster.

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