Steve Atwater, Brian Dawkins, Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed.
Safeties: Steve Atwater (2020), Brian Dawkins (2018), John Lynch (2021), Troy Polamalu (2020), Ed Reed (2019).
Note that in 2019, all Defensive Backs were grouped together, and were Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, Ty Law, Ed Reed, and Aeneas Williams. Cornerbacks and Safeties were split in 2020 but kept at four in both categories to keep everything modern. With the addition of Lynch, we now have five modern Safeties, resulting in significant changes. Games increased by nearly 9, but Approximate Value dropped by 10, resulting in a decreased AV/G of nearly .09. Pro Bowls remained the same and First Team All-Pros dropped by .4 Interceptions dropped by more than 3, and Tackles rose by nearly 40.
Last Year’s Rank #26.
Earl Thomas’ career might be over, as he was released after a mid-game fight with a fellow Safety in the 2020 pre-season. He was not signed by any other team, and if this is the case it likely puts Thomas on the wrong side of the Hall of Fame ledger despite being an All-Decade player, Super Bowl Champion and seven Pro Bowls. We would love to see Thomas get another chance somewhere.