clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

2013 Free Agent Breakdown: Safeties

New, comments

The Rams need some serious upgrades at the safety position. There are plenty of draft options, but they could also look for help in free agency.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Matt Sullivan

Pat Chung, Patriots

Chung is an above average safety who had some injury problems in 2011. Given how the Patriots secondary has played in recent years, they might be inclined to let Chung sail off into the sunset. That's OK, because he'd fit in with the Rams.

He's physical, and has excellent instincts in both run defense and pass protection. He's got a fiery attitude and that's definitely a plus for Jeff Fisher and his staff.

Just for reference, Craig Dahl has a -6.1 rating.

(539 Snaps Played) COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF INT PD
2012 Regular Season 44
29
15
0.0
0
2
5

PFF Grade: +1.4

Corey Lynch, Chargers

Lynch has jumped around the league and had a stint with the Chargers last year. He filled in due to some injuries, and played well enough that he could draw interest from other teams. He's a solid tackler with great instincts and ball skills. The Rams would do well to look at this under-the-rader player.

(505 Snaps Played)
COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF INT PD
2012 Regular Season 46
39
7
0.0
0
2
7

PFF Grade: +2.3

Kenny Phillips, Giants

The Rams have been rumored to be interested in Phillips, and for good reason. Phillips is one of the best safeties on the market, behind only Jairus Byrd, George Wilson and Ronde Barber (he's still playing?) when it comes to their PFF rating.

He has great vision and anticipation skills which help him in the passing game, and was a key run defender for the Giants.

He had a much more statistically impressive season in 2011, when he played 15 games.

(304 Snaps Played)
COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF INT PD
2012 Regular Season 24
18
6
0.0
0
0 3

PFF Grade: +7.4

William Moore, Falcons

Here's another 'players they know' type. Moore has connections with Les Snead, and given how the Rams have poached Atlanta's castaways in the past, the history could very well continue. Moore is a physical, powerful player who does a great job of wrapping people up.

He needs to improve his route recognition, but he has good range and has been able to find the ball quite a bit. He's probably one of the most expensive options on this list.

(774 Snaps Played)
COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF INT PD
2012 Regular Season 75
59
16
1.0
2
4
8

PFF Grade: +6.7

Louis Delmas, Lions

Delmas had a so-so year in 2012, but you can't ignore the fact that he has some serious connections with Tim Walton. He's had some injury problems, but when he's been healthy, he's been a reliable, if unspectacular safety.

He's decent in both pass and run defense, so the Rams would be smart to look at him as a low cost option.

(449 Snaps Played)
COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF INT PD
2012 Regular Season 38
28
10
0.0
0
1 2

PFF Grade: -1.3