2017 NFL free agents: The best cornerbacks available

Does Revis have anything left? (Getty Images)

Does Revis have anything left? (Getty Images)

While the Dolphins have some decisions to make at safety, they go into the upcoming season feeling good about their two starting cornerbacks.

Veteran Byron Maxwell turned his season around in a big away after a brutal first month, and second-year player Xavien Howard looks like he’s on the rise. That leaves Bobby McCain and Tony Lippett as the main back-ups.

Even with Maxwell and Howard in place as the starters, Miami coach Adam Gase said his secondary can always use corner help. Here’s a look at where the Dolphins stand and who is available in free agency:

2016 Starting cornerbacks

Byron Maxwell
(13 starts)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #11 cornerback

Age: 29

2017 Contract: $8.5 million salary cap hit; signed through 2020

Xavien Howard (six starts)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #78 cornerback

Age: 23

2017 Contract: $1.4 million salary cap hit; signed through 2019

Tony Lippett (13 starts)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #75 cornerback

Age: 24

2017 Contract: $669k salary cap hit; signed through 2018

Bobby McCain (eight starts at nickel)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #68 cornerback

Age: 23

2017 Contract: $672k salary cap hit, signed through 2018

Top 2017 Free Agent cornerbacks (* plus some less expensive options)

A.J. Bouye, Houston

Pro Football Focus ranking: #3 cornerback

Age: 25

Contract Expectation: $11.4 million per year market value (Spotrac)

Logan Ryan, New England

Pro Football Focus ranking: #16 cornerback

Age: 26

Contract Expectation: $14.4 million per year market value (Spotrac)

Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo

Pro Football Focus ranking: #61 cornerback

Age: 26

Contract expectation: $14.6 million per year market value (Spotrac)

Brandon Carr, Dallas

Pro Football Focus ranking: #51 cornerback

Age: 30

Contract Expectation: $5.8 million per year market value (Spotrac)

Sam Shields, Green Bay

Pro Football Focus ranking: unranked

Age: 29

Contract Expectation: Earned $8.9 million last season

Tramon Williams, Cleveland

Pro Football Focus ranking: #74 cornerback

Age: 33

Contract Expectation: Earned $6.4 million last season

Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets

Pro Football Focus ranking: #66 cornerback

Age: 31

Contract Expectation: Earned $17 million last season

Marcus Cooper, Arizona

Pro Football Focus ranking: #101 cornerback

Age: 27

Contract Expectation: Earned $675k last season

Prince Amukamara, Jacksonville

Pro Football Focus ranking: #42 cornerback

Age: 27

Contract Expectation: $10.9 million per year market value (Spotrac)

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