Originally posted by GNielsen:
I seem to recall that Manningham was pretty productive before he got injured. I his knee hasn't healed, all bets are off. As far as Whitner is concerned, I'm not sure he missed coverage as much as some people think. For example, the defensive call in the Super Bowl was for Whitner to go up and back the guy covering Boldin, not for him to go with Smith, but everyone seems to be blaming Whitner for the Jones catch. Culliver was the one who screwed up that one along with a bunch of other screwups. Culliver wasn't supposed to let Jones get behind him. Then, having let him get behind him, Culliver totally botched finding the ball in the air as he did so many times this season. But, the other reason I think Whitner is staying is because I don't see a lot of safeties around. There are a couple stud safeties in the draft, but I think the first two or three picks are going to be d-linemen.
I actually think this is a very strong safety free agent class, even without Goldson counted. Byrd is the best of the bunch, but Glover Quin, Louis Delmas, Ed Reed, William Moore, Kenny Phillips, and Laron Landry are all free agents this year and I think all of them would be an upgrade over Whitner.