3. Micah Hyde
Micah Hyde was the Buffalo Bills’ big free agent signing in 2017, inking a deal with the team on the first day of free agency for 5 years, $30.5 million. His contract was hardly big by league standards though. For deals signed in the 2017 offseason, he was the tied for the 55th highest contract in overall dollars and was just 83rd richest in average salary per year.
Some questioned why the Bills spent so much money on the versatile safety and why Green Bay was willing to part with him after four years. Hyde quieted all of those critics with his play from the very start. Tied with Jordan Poyer, his 13 passes defensed was good for 22nd best in the league and second among all safeties. Only Kevin Byard from the Tennessee Titans had more.
Hyde has been very reliable over his career only missing one game. Last season, his stats improved tremendously. He had never recorded more than 60 tackles before but last season he had 82. He also had a career-high with five interceptions which was tied for fifth-best in the league and most on the team along with Poyer. Hyde allowed the second-fewest yards after the catch among all safeties with 3.08 yards.
Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer both had tremendous years for the Bills last season and would be worthy of making this list, but the reason why Hyde edged out Poyer is due to his superior athleticism. Both are great players but Hyde should end up being the Buffalo Bills’ third-best player in 2018.