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Darrelle Revis, the NFL's premier cornerback for several recent seasons, relocated to Tampa in the offseason. Ed Reed, long one of the league's top safeties, also moved. Troy Polamalu, another standout defensive back, stayed put as he attempts to fight off recent injury issues. Are these three stalwarts still the league's best? Or has football's younger DB generation taken over? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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NFL DBs in 2013

Champ Bailey

Champ Bailey

Broncos
2012: 66 tackles, 2 INT

Eric Berry

Eric Berry

Chiefs
2012: 86 tackles, INT

Jairus Byrd

Jairus Byrd

Bills
2012: 76 tackles, 4 FF, 5 INT

Antonio Cromartie

Antonio Cromartie

Jets
2012: 35 tackles, 3 INT

Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers

Chiefs
2012: 48 tackles, sack, 3 INT

Dashon Goldson

Dashon Goldson

Buccaneers
2012: 69 tackles, FF, 3 INT

Joe Haden

Joe Haden

Browns
2012: 51 tackles, FF, 3 INT

Johnathan Joseph

Johnathan Joseph

Texans
2012: 57 tackles, 2 INT

Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson

Cardinals
2012: 55 tackles, 7 INT

Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu

Steelers
2012: 34 tackles, sack, INT

Ed Reed

Ed Reed

Texans
2012: 58 tackles, 4 INT

Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

Buccaneers
2012: 11 tackles, FF, INT

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Seahawks
2012: 64 tackles, 3 FF, sack, 8 INT

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

Seahawks
2012: 66 tackles, FF, 3 INT

Charles Tillman

Charles Tillman

Bears
2012: 86 tackles, 10 FF, 3 INT

Eric Weddle

Eric Weddle

Chargers
2012: 97 tackles, sack, 2 FF, 3 INT

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The Steelers are 3-1 to start the season, despite playing everyone this side of Bubby Brister and Mike Tomczak at quarterback while waiting for Ben Roethlisberger's suspension to run its course. Considering they didn't fare nearly as well during Troy Polamalu's extended injury absence last season, is it fair to suggest that the guy with the famous hair is the most valuable player on what the experts (and SportsNation) rank as the league's No. 1 team?

And if all of that is true, well, shouldn't Polamalu be in the MVP debate?

kardfan (illinois)

Mort: all things being equall...who's the best player in the N.F.L?

Chris Mortensen
Chris Mortensen

Peyton Manning... Troy Polamalu there, too. I'm basing it on current play and history. There's about 10 guys I could mention, almost evenly split among offense and defense. Full transcript

Omar (Baltimore)

You like Polamalu more than Patrick Willis, DeMarcus Ware, and Nmandi Asomugha?

Chris Mortensen
Chris Mortensen

See, that's like splitting hairs and Troy has more hair! But, yes, I think Polamalu impacts run and pass defense for Steelers. Those others are all great, all part of that mention of saying there are 10 players we could debate and it's fairly split among offense and defense. Full transcript

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When a player who signed for $41 million in guaranteed money earlier in the year is sitting out practices and talking about normal "wear and tear" during the first week of August, well, it's not the kind of thing that will help comparisons to Reggie White. But Albert Haynesworth returned to practice earlier this week after sitting out a few rounds of training camp, averting the kind of health-care crisis that would capture D.C.'s attention more than anything on Capitol Hill.

Aside from Clinton Portis, Haynesworth is the player SportsNation feels the Redskins could least afford to lose to serious injury, no small feat of public recognition for a guy who plays on the defensive line. But if Haynesworth is the Redskins' best defensive player, is he the league's best defensive player? He's not a pure pass-rushing force like DeMarcus Ware, or a shut-down corner like Nnamdi Asomugha, but it's tough to put a guy who closes down the middle of the line anywhere other than No. 1.

galyssa427

Haynesworth is a Beast.. I don't know if I've seen one Person make such a diffeence on the defensive side of the ball, since Reggie White.

-- galyssa427
titans_freak23

you guys paid way to much for big al watch out he's going to get injuryed right away.

-- titans_freak23

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