2017 Free Agents: Miami Dolphins need one of these safeties

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 20: Johnathan Cyprien #37 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during warm ups prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 20, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Johnathan Cyprien

Johnathan Cyprien of the Jacksonville Jaguars could be a Miami Dolphins free agent target.

Safety was supposed to be a strength for the Miami Dolphins. Reshad Jones and Isa Abdul-Quddus looked at times early last season to be among the best duos in the NFL. But then Jones suffered a season-ending injury. And now, Abdul-Quddus has a neck/shoulder injury so serious there is extreme doubt about if he’ll ever play football again. Suddenly, safety is a significant need for Miami.

2016 Starting Safeties

Reshad Jones (6 starts)

 Pro Football Focus Rating: #6

Age: 29

2017 Contract: $8 million. Miami will attempt to extend Jones.

Miami Dolphins strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (24) puts a hit on New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) after a pitchout in the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on November 6, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus has a serious shoulder/neck injury.

Isa Abdul-Quddus (15 starts)

 Pro Football Focus Rating: #35

Age: 28

2017 Contract: 5 million. But due to injury may not play again.

Michael Thomas (6 starts)

 Pro Football Focus Rating: #83

Age: 27

2017 Contract: Restricted free agent. Could receive tender approximately $1.8 million.

Bacarri Rambo (5 starts)

Pro Football Focus Rating: #87

Age: 26

2017 Contract: Unrestricted Free Agent

Top 2017 Free Agent Safeties

Tony Jefferson (Arizona)

Pro Football Focus Rating: #5 safety

Age: 25

Contract Expectation: $5.6 million/season (Spotrac)

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 20: Johnathan Cyprien #37 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during warm ups prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 20, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Johnathan Cyprien

Johnathan Cyprien is from North Miami Beach High School and Florida International.

John Cyprien (Jacksonville)

Pro Football Focus Rating: #7 safety

Age: 26

Contract Expectation: $4.9 million/season (Spotrac)

D.J. Swearinger (Atlanta)

Pro Football Focus Rating: #9 safety

Age: 25

Contract Expectation: Earned $1.7 million in 2016

Barry Church (Dallas)

Pro Football Focus Rating: #11 safety

Age: 29

Contract Expectation: $4.5 million/season (Spotrac)

Jahleel Addae (San Diego)

Pro Football Focus Rating: #12 safety (tied)

Age: 27

Contract Expectation: $4.5 million/season (Spotrac)

Quentin Demps (Houston)

Pro Football Focus Rating: #12 safety (tied)

Age: 31

Contract Expectation: Earned $1.47 million in 2016

J.J. Wilcox (Dallas)

Pro Football Focus Rating: #27 safety

Age: 28

Contract Expectation: Earned $1.8 million in 2016

Jairus Byrd (New Orleans)

Pro Football Focus Rating: #46 safety

Age: 30

Contract Expectation: Earned $7.5 million in 2016, but released

Duron Harmon (New England)

Pro Football Focus Rating: #54 safety

Age: 26

Contract Expectation: Earned $1.8 million in 2016

T.J. McDonald (Los Angeles Rams)

Pro Football Focus Rating: #58 safety

Age: 26

Contract Expectation: Earned $1.8 million in 2016

Bradley McDougald (Tampa Bay)

Pro Football Focus Rating: #42 safety

Age: 26

Contract Expectation: Earned $2.5 million in 2016

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