By Tim Graham
What is an NFL safety worth?
With the Buffalo Bills and unsigned free safety Jairus Byrd approaching the 4 p.m. deadline to sign a multiyear contract, let's explore the top contracts at his position.
These average salaries are from the NFL Players Association. We're including strong safeties (designated with an asterisk) on the list.
- 1. Troy Polamalu, Steelers, $9.125 million*
- 2. Eric Berry, Chiefs, $8.34 million*
- 3. Dashon Goldson, Buccaneers, $8.25 million
- 4. Eric Weddle, Chargers, $8 million
- 5. Antrel Rolle, Giants, $7.4 million
- 6. Michael Griffin, Titans, $7 million
- 7. Jairus Byrd, Bills, $6.916 million (if he signs franchise tag)
- 8. Tyvon Branch, Raiders, $6.83 million*
- 9. Antoine Bethea, Colts, $6.7 million
- 10. LaRon Landry, Colts, $6 million*
Goldson's deal, signed in March, is the most recent. His contract was for five years and $41.2 million.
Berry's contract is so high because it was signed as the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft, the last class before the new collective barraging agreement put limits on rookie deals.