Moving forward to 2013 and those questions are still out there. However, there are three potential free agents who might at least somewhat fill the void at this position, and be a great teacher for the safety of the future. These three candidates include Dashon Goldston (San Francisco), William Moore (Atlanta) and Charles Woodson (Green Bay).
Dashon Goldson is the most surprising one on the availability list. The 49ers seem eager to let Goldson hit the market and there might not be a better free agent available at any defensive position. Goldson was not just a face in the crowd of the 49ers, but an integral part of the 49ers championship run. In his 6 year career with San Francisco, Goldson has amassed 278 tackles, 14 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles. Goldson has also developed a reputation as a solid cover safety and player who does not allow the over the top big plays. Bottom line is, for the right price Goldson is just the right fit in a Mike Zimmer defense. He’s hard hitting, smart, and doesn’t get burned on the deep ball.
William Moore is no surprise on the free agency market. The Falcons are having trouble affording anyone at the moment and Moore is no exception. Don’t let that get in the way of sheer talent though. Moore is a versatile safety who can play the line of scrimmage just as well as the deep ball. Moore is no slouch in coverage either, tallying 11 interceptions in 4 years with Atlanta. Moore has the ability to cover the league’s best receivers and as a sure tackler, Moore would be another solid peg in a Zimmer style defense. The Bengals are looking for a William Moore in either free agency or the draft and could very well could land the real deal come March 12th.