In 2005 it became a Lovie Smith tradition to start a rookie safety. That year, Chris Harris broke into the starting lineup. In 2006, it was Danieal Manning, then Kevin Payne the next year (the plan anyway, until his injury), and Al Afalava in 2009. It’s looking like sooner rather than later, Major Wright will be the next edition.
Rookie or not, I’m just finally looking for stability at the position. How I long for Mike Brown and Tony Parrish, Shaun Gayle and Mark Carrier, or Dave Duerson and Gary Fencik.