We tend to draft for the next free agent offseason to replace guys. With that said these are the guys in the 2 deep who are going to be UFAs after 2017.
Hill 2017-Likely will have a replacement drafted this year in a deep draft for RBs. Not sure how that works if they re-sign Burkhead.
Eifert 2017-Injuries may push them to wait an offseason to re-sign him but there is depth at the position already.
Bodine 2017-Almost certain to draft someone to compete.
Clarke 2017-He is just a guy at this point.
Sims 2017-Also just a guy at this point.
Maualuga 2017-Probably cut this offseason.
Burfict 2017-I would assume they try to re-up with him this offseason but he is a headache at times. If Foster is there at 9 you can draft him, see what you have in Vigil and maybe let Burfict walk after 2017. I like Burfict but he can be a headache.
Dennard 2017-They will probably give him that big 5th year deal with the questions surrounding both PacMan and Dre. When is that deadline?
The other two biggest names on there are Eifert and Hill. Lucky for us, it's a bumper crop for both of their positions this year. Eifert is by far the bigger fish, so may, in fact, be the one they go after more aggressively this year. Uzomah's lack of use last season at certain times when he was available was frustrating and makes me wonder if they won't go even higher than I expect for another guy to compete.
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An interesting argument on MMBQ both for and against drafting a Safety at #9, with supporting arguments for us to rank a DE and WR as #1 and #2, respectively:
4. Eric Berry resets the safety market. An easy way to gauge how the NFL values players is to look at the franchise-tag figures. The quarterback number ($21.27 million) tops the list, with defense ends and receivers next, and then offensive linemen, linebackers, corners and defensive tackles in a cluster. Really, two non-specialist positions have long lagged behind—safety ($10.896 million) and tight end ($9.78 million). At least at the former spot, that’s starting to change.
Arizona’s Tyrann Mathieu took advantage of his hybrid status last year to score a deal at $12.5 million per, more than $2 million clear of the next highest paid safety. And this week, the heart and soul of Kansas City’s defense—Eric Berry—had his patience rewarded. Taking advantage of the leverage of a second franchise tag, Berry’s rep’s negotiated a deal worth $13 million per year. And it’s hard to find people out there who wouldn’t say he’s worth it.
“He’s the quarterback of that defense,” said one rival offensive coach. “He sets the tone. It’s difficult to set him up because he’s so sound and intelligent. Hard to find a guy that has the range, plays the ball as well, and is as good a tackler as he is, he’s a blend of all the things you want a safety to be. … He’s as smart as some quarterbacks in how he plays the position. He has the head to bait quarterbacks and the athletic ability to make you pay. It’s hard to trust anything you see all the time [from him] because of that.”
So Berry and the similarly distinctive Honey Badger have raised the bar, and the profile of safeties across the league is likely to keep rising. LSU’s Jamal Adams and Ohio State’s Malik Hooker are ticketed to go in the top 10 or so picks of April’s draft.