2015 NFL Free Agency: Top Five Safeties Available
Dec 28, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez (3) is tackled by New York Giants strong safety Antrel Rolle (26) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Eagles defeated the Giants 34-26. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
4. Antrel Rolle
Pros: Rolle is a seasoned pro who has been a Pro Bowler three times, including in 2013, and has a Super Bowl ring with the Giants. Rolle is a proficient zone coverage defender who can be a ball-hawk: he has 26 career interceptions in his ten pro seasons, including nine in the last two years. He’s also a solid tackler, and generally among the team leaders in tackles in any team he plays for.
Cons: Rolle is 32 years old and has ten NFL seasons on his body, and looked to already be in decline in 2014. He may be too far past his prime, and there’s a risk factor involved that he may not be able to be a consistent player in 2015. While he did look great in 2013, after 30, players tend to begin to decline rapidly.
Scheme Fit: Rolle has been around long enough to be scheme versatile, and can fit anywhere you put him. With his tackling ability and size he can play as a strong safety, but he has the cover skills to play deep zone, even single high. While he has no background with Jack Del Rio, he’s the type of vet who can play anywhere.
Market Value: Rolle still has some name value and in 2013 was not only a Pro Bowler but a second-team All-Pro. Many front offices are going to want to kick the tires on him to see if he can contribute for them this season and maybe next. Look for him to find his way into a two year, $9M deal or better.
Would he sign with the Raiders: No. Rolle is probably not on Reggie McKenzie’s radar. The Raiders want to get younger and bring in impact players, and Rolle is not that. Don’t get your hopes up if you wanted Antrel Rolle in Silver and Black this year.
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