This will be my last post as MisterJ13 but starting tomorrow I will be know as Circling the Wagons Like a Boss. Anyways now to the main point of this post. With free agency approaching it is almost certain that Jairus Byrd will take a HUGE deal with another team. That also leaves a HUGE hole at free safety. Although we have a few unproven options on the team right now it would not be a bad idea to look for one via the draft or free agency. I'm going to state almost every option we have right now.
Players already on the team:
Da'Norris Searcy has played pretty well when he's needed to this season, registering two defensive touchdowns. (both against division opponents) While he has not played terribly he is not even near the level of Jairus Byrd and he may be a liability as a starter. We also drafted two safetties on day three of last year's draft, both having a very limited amount of snaps.
This year's free safety class in free agency is very deep with talent. Younger players like Malcolm Smith who is only 26 or Louis Delmas who is 28 could possibly better options than a 34 year old Ryan Clark or a 37 year old Charles Woodson. Delmas is currently visiting with New Orleans but could change his mind and play for Jim Schwartz and a more familiar defense. Smith most likely return to New Orleans because of the strong play of rookie safety Kenny Vacarro. Players like Clark or Woodson could be a liability because of their age or health condition like Clark has where he is unable to play in Denver.
The draft already seems deep with safeties whether they would like to take one of the top choices in round one or wait and take one on day two. The recent success of rookie safetites from last year's draft may influence Doug Whaley to take either Clinton-Dix or Pryor at nine or trade back and take either of them in the middle of round one assuming either of them are still available.
This very well may be the most blatantly obvious. While they could try via free agency or the draft or try an unproven player already on the team. Resigning Byrd may cost a bit of moolah it is the right move. Why create a gaping hole when we already have a proven player. Hopefully Whaley and Marrone will be able to remember what happened with Levitree.