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Ranking 2024’s top 12 free-agent safeties

The Carolina Panthers probably won’t be hunting down some of the best safeties on the open market this offseason. Heck, they’re likely to depart with a pretty decent-sized name of their own.

Nonetheless, let’s wrap these rankings up and give you the top 12 safeties of free agency.

1. Antoine Winfield Jr. (Age: 25)

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Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

2023 stats

Games (starts): 17 (17)
Tackles: 122
Interceptions: 3
Forced fumbles: 6
Passer rating against: 87.1
PFF coverage grade: 81.6

2. Xavier McKinney (Age: 24

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The Record

2023 stats

Games (starts): 17 (17)
Tackles: 116
Interceptions: 3
Forced fumbles: 1
Passer rating against: 53.0
PFF coverage grade: 91.2

3. Kamren Curl (Age: 24)

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Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

2023 stats

Games (starts): 16 (16)
Tackles: 115
Interceptions: 0
Forced fumbles: 1
Passer rating against: 110.2
PFF coverage grade: 67.8

4. Geno Stone (Age: 24)

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Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports

2023 stats

Games (starts): 17 (11)
Tackles: 68
Interceptions: 7
Forced fumbles: 0
Passer rating against: 51.1
PFF coverage grade: 85.3

5. Kyle Dugger (Age: 27)

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Al Bello/Getty Images

2023 stats

Games (starts): 17 (17)
Tackles: 109
Interceptions: 2
Forced fumbles: 1
Passer rating against: 88.4
PFF coverage grade: 50.0

6. Julian Blackmon (Age: 25)

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Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

2023 stats

Games (starts): 15 (15)
Tackles: 88
Interceptions: 4
Forced fumbles: 0
Passer rating against: 55.8
PFF coverage grade: 72.6

8. C.J. Gardner-Johnson (Age: 26)

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Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

2023 stats

Games (starts): 3 (2)
Tackles: 17
Interceptions: 1
Forced fumbles: 0
Passer rating against: 58.7
PFF coverage grade: 64.2

9. Jordan Fuller (Age: 25)

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Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

2023 stats

Games (starts): 17 (17)
Tackles: 94
Interceptions: 3
Forced fumbles: 3
Passer rating against: 75.4
PFF coverage grade: 65.0

10. Jordan Whitehead (Age: 26)

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Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

2023 stats

Games (starts): 17 (17)
Tackles: 97
Interceptions: 4
Forced fumbles: 0
Passer rating against: 99.6
PFF coverage grade: 68.9

11. DeShon Elliot (Age: 26)

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Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

2023 stats

Games (starts): 15 (15)
Tackles: 82
Interceptions: 1
Forced fumbles: 0
Passer rating against: 112.2
PFF coverage grade: 58.8

12. Tashaun Gipson (Age: 33)

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2023 stats

Games (starts): 16 (16)
Tackles: 60
Interceptions: 1
Forced fumbles: 0
Passer rating against: 72.2
PFF coverage grade: 63.8

Best of the rest

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
  • Adrian Amos (30)

  • Jeremy Chinn (25)

  • Alohi Gilman (26)

  • Micah Hyde (33)

  • Eddie Jackson (30)

  • Jayron Kearse (30)

  • Taylor Rapp (26)

  • Darnell Savage (26)

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Story originally appeared on Panthers Wire