Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 2/14/12

League-wide free agency begins March 13th. The Browns have stated all along they prefer to build the team through the draft, but will take a look at the players available in free agency. Previously we looked at the receivers available. Then a glance at the linebackers. Next, we stared longingly at offensive tackles before finishing last week with quarterbacks. We started this week by looking at defensive ends. Today, we look at the available safeties.

Safety has been a strange position for the Browns of late. In the last 3 years, the Browns have drafted 4 safeties. And every year Mike Adams ends up starting at one of the safety spots eventually. Maybe it just seems like the Browns have been trying to replace him for years. They have not been successful.

They appear to have the free safety they want in T.J. Ward. The strong safety spot has been in constant flux. Usama Young, Eric Haag and Ray Ventrone are all still on the roster. Will the Browns settle on one of these? Will they bring Mike Adams back? Would they consider dipping in the free agent pool again? Here’s the list of potential candidates-

SS Hamza Abdullah (ARZ)

SS Sean Considine (ARZ)

FS* Rashad Johnson (ARZ) – Restricted

FS* Thomas DeCoud (ATL)

SS James Sanders (ATL)

FS Haruki Nakumura (BAL)

SS Tom Zbikowski (BAL)

FS* Bryan Scott (BUF)

SS Brandon Meriweather (CHI)

SS* Craig Steltz (CHI)

SS Jeromy Miles (CIN) – Exclusive Rights

FS* Reggie Nelson (CIN)

FS Gibril Wilson (CIN)

FS* Mike Adams (CLE)

SS* Abram Elam (DAL)

FS Erik Coleman (DET)

NL Chris Harris (DET)

NL Randy Phillips (DET) – Exclusive Rights

NL Dominique Barber (HOU)

FS Quintin Demps (HOU) – Restricted

FS* CC Brown (JAC)

NL Courtney Greene (JAC)

SS* Jon McGraw (KC)

FS Sabby Piscitelli (KC)

NL Husain Abdullah (MIN)

NL Tyrell Johnson (MIN)

FS Jarrad Page (MIN)

SS* James Ihedigbo (NE)

NL Nathan Jones (NE)

NL Bret Lockett (NE) – Exclusive Rights

SS Jonathon Amaya (NO) – Exclusive Rights

FS Deon Grant (NYG)

SS Derrick Martin (NYG)

NL Jim Leonhard (NYJ)

SS* Brodney Pool (NYJ)

SS* Tyvon Branch (OAK)

SS Jerome Boyd (OAK) – Exclusive Rights

FS Matt Giordano (OAK)

SS* Steve Gregory (SD)

FS Paul Oliver (SD)

NL Bob Sanders (SD)

SS Atari Bigby (SEA)

NL Tramaine Brock (SF) – Exclusive Rights

FS* Dashon Goldson (SF)

SS C.J. Spillman (SF) – Restricted

SS Reggie Smith (SF)

FS Madieu Williams (SF)

SS Craig Dahl (STL)

SS* Darian Stewart (STL) – Exclusive Rights

SS* Sean Jones (TB)

FS Corey Lynch (TB)

SS* Jordan Babineaux (TEN)

FS* Michael Griffin (TEN)

SS Chris Hope (TEN)

NL Anthony Smith (TEN)

NL LaRon Landry (WAS)

The ‘NL’ instead of a position distinction means no listing, meaning they were not listed on the team’s depth chart for one reason or another. Obviously, some of these players are not limited to the position distinction given. Mike Adams has played every defensive back spot there is for the Browns.

Interesting that there are 3 former Browns on this list (Sean Jones, Brodney Pool and Abe Elam). All of them were starters on their respective teams at some point last season.

This list doesn’t overwhelm. In fact, I’d much rather the Browns keep the versatile Adams and see what a full offseason’s worth of instruction can do for Usama Young and Eric Haag.

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