But safeties have to be interchangeable in the NFL these days. Elam needs to learn how to cover, he's not gonna play a LB type of role his entire career. We've seen what happens with guys like that (see Roy Williams later in his career). It's too easy for offenses to figure out what you're doing if you have Elam in the box and a cover safety on top. Elam can cover, just not that well (yet). He needs to study offenses and continue to work on that so that he can play deep at times as well in order to throw QB's off a little here and there. I wouldn't mind bringing in DeCoud but if he doesn't turn out to be that good starting safety who can cover then our defense is gonna be in a lot of trouble because we don't have anybody to take his spot. Ihedigbo will be a goner if we go for DeCoud. And that's too risky for me. Unless we bring in another (proven) veteran safety who can come in and start and play well. But is that really better than just re-signing Ihedgibo straight up? Our safeties weren't bad last year, with another year they'll do even better. Communication and all that will improve.
The problem with this is that James Ihedigbo is awful in coverage. He's not someone who can play deep, either, and I trust Elam's man coverage skills more.
If we're going to sign a cap casualty I'd want Louis Delmas, but my number one choice is Chris Clemmons