He'll be a risky signing for whoever lands him. They'll be paying for the outlier-- his only healthy season to date, his only season as a starter to date, and his only season as a safety to date. Doesn't mean it's guaranteed to fail, but it profiles as a move with a potentially low, low floor.dead_poet wrote:Hmm.... (he is only 5'11 though...)
Walter Thurmond III - DB - Eagles
Impending free agent S/CB Walter Thurmond does not expect to be back with the Eagles.
"They only have $17 million in cap space," Thurmond said. "Economically it doesn’t make sense for them. I would love to be here. I love playing here. But that’s the way it is." Thurmond excelled in his first season as a safety, racking up 71 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery which probably should have been ruled an interception. More importantly, Thurmond played 16 games for the first time in his career. Hybrid S/CBs are of growing importance in the NFL, and Thurmond showed he could play the position well. He should have plenty of interest.
Source: Delco Times
Rashad Johnson is another safety set to hit the market who's interesting. Very capable. A little older, but should be relatively inexpensive. Might be a more reasonable stop gap than Weddle while they develop someone. I love Weddle, but I'm not sold on investing THAT much money at safety, what with a big extension coming up for Smith.