2018 NFL free agents: Top safeties available for Miami Dolphins

Tyvon Branch could be an affordable, veteran option for the Dolphins. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins believe they’re set for years at safety with Pro Bowler Reshad Jones and T.J. McDonald signed long term, and those two form a solid, hard-hitting duo at the back end of their defense.

Miami’s interest in free agent safeties will likely be to find a contingency in case one of its starters gets injured. The team picked up Nate Allen for that role last year, and it didn’t work out well. He struggled early in the season and was done for the year with an injury by Week 8.

As the Dolphins sift through their options, here’s who they had last year and who’s on the market this spring:

2017 Starting safeties

Reshad Jones (16 starts)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #29

Age: 29

2018 Contract: $11.6 million salary cap hit; signed through 2022

T.J. McDonald (eight starts)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #59

Age: 27

2018 Contract: $2.5 million salary cap hit; signed through 2021

Nate Allen (seven starts)

Pro Football Focus ranking: #83

Age: 30

2018 Contract: $3.4 million salary cap hit; unrestricted free agent

Michael Thomas (one start)

Pro Football Focus ranking: Not rated

Age: 27

2018 Contract: $1.8 million salary cap hit; unrestricted free agent

Top 2018 free agent safeties (and some more affordable options)

LaMarcus Joyner, Los Angeles Rams

Pro Football Focus ranking: #3

Age: 27

Contract Expectation: $10.6 million per year market value (Spotrac)

Eric Reid, San Francisco

Pro Football Focus ranking: #30 (tied)

Age: 26

Contract Expectation: $8.6 million per year market value (Spotrac)

Morgan Burnett, Green Bay

Pro Football Focus ranking: #47

Age: 29

Contract expectation: $9.8 million per year market value (Spotrac)

Tre Boston, Los Angeles Chargers

Pro Football Focus ranking: #22

Age: 25

Contract Expectation: $8.2 million per year market value (Spotrac)

Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans

Pro Football Focus ranking: #30 (tied)

Age: 28

Contract Expectation: Earned $5.7 million last season

Tyvon Branch, Arizona

Pro Football Focus ranking: #6

Age: 31

Contract Expectation: $5 million per year market value (Spotrac)

Reggie Nelson, Oakland

Pro Football Focus ranking: #56

Age: 34

Contract Expectation: Earned $6 million last season

Bradley McDougald, Seattle

Pro Football Focus ranking: #47

Age: 27

Contract Expectation: Earned $2 million last season

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