For those who are inquiring about the Giants possibly bringing in a veteran safety to defray the loss of Stevie Brown, the the pickins are pretty slim out there right now….
Former Jet and Cardinal Kerry Rhodes, who just turned 31, is still available. He had some interest from the Browns earlier in the summer but nothing has materialized.
From Walter Football: Rhodes has had an up-and-down career, and it was definitely up last year. Rhodes was great in 2012 in all facets of the game. Unfortunately for him, he’ll be 31 in August, so his best days are behind him.
Quintin Mikell, the longtime Eagle who played the past two seasons in St. Louis, is not being pursued by either club at the moment.
From Walter Football: Mikell will be 33 in mid-September, but he’s still a very solid safety. He was released because he was due $6 million. He can still start.
Recently retired players that the Giants may consider (highly unlikely): Ronde Barber, Gerald Sensabaugh and yes, Deon Grant.
Most likely the Giants will look to sign a player that gets released by a team this weekend. Of course, its nearly impossible to predict who will become available at this time.
Until then, the Giants will try to make hay with what they’ve got: Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy, Tyler Sash, Cooper Taylor, David Caldwell and after Week 4, Will Hill. The possibility of moving Aaron Ross and Terrell Thomas to safety in some formations is also an option.
Thomas says he is prepared for the role should it arise….
“I played in high school, I played it for the Giants here. Antrel went into the nickel role, kind of the safety role, which I played before. It’s very similar. I told you guys, I’d been learning the safety position to be a utility guy, number one and, second, just to have a better feel for the defense and knowing everybody’s responsibility, becoming a leader and being able to communicate. If they call my button, I’ll be ready to go.”