Something strange and confusing has happened this year with the safety market. Plenty of them were available to be signed, but few of them were — and none for big money.
Some think that the safety market generally took a hit because not because the position suddenly has been devalued but because one of the prominent free-agent safeties became persona non grata for his protests during the anthem, his open support of Colin Kaepernick, and (perhaps most importantly) his unwillingness to go along with the wink-nod solution to the controversy that the league hoped to achieve last year by having direct negotiations between owners and players.
Safety Tre Boston, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal late last month with the Cardinals, recently made vague but unmistakable reference to former 49ers safety Eric Reid in comments to Robert Mays of TheRinger.com.
“Somebody’s not going to play football this year, and then he won’t be a free agent next year,” Boston said. “Everyone knows what’s going on.”
In other words, Boston believes that Reid will be out of football by next March, and that NFL teams will be able to pay safeties once again.
“How did we get to a point where this is what we were worth?” Boston said. “You can put my…