2012 NFL Free Agents: Why the Giants Should Get Linebacker Gary Brackett

D HoldingCorrespondent IIIMarch 9, 2012

Gary Brackett was released by the Colts on Friday
Gary Brackett was released by the Colts on FridayDonald Miralle/Getty Images

This afternoon, the Colts released their defensive captain Gary Brackett. The seasoned veteran was an integral part of the Colts' victory in Super Bowl XLI, and he has since been the heart of the Colts' defense. 

Missing the 2011 season with an injury, the 31 year old will obviously need to show he can still move going into 2012.

As for his destination? The Giants seem to be a perfect fit.

With little depth and veteran leadership at linebacker, the Giants were forced to bring Chase Blackburn back into action late in the season.

Blackburn excelled and was touted as one of the smartest players on the team. His heroic interception against a hobbled Rob Gronkowski will live on in Giants fan's memories forever.

Similar to Blackburn, Brackett is known around the league as one of the smartest middle linebackers in the game. His versatility would allow him to come into an established defense and reach his potential.

Brackett, a Glassboro, NJ native and Rutgers Alumni, would have the opportunity to play at home while making the most out of his ability. He has always been known to be a great teammate, which only adds to a strong locker room for the Giants.

Brackett is accustomed to success, something the Giants hope to continue in 2012. His confidence in big games will help a young linebacking core as they try to develop into reliable players. If the Giants decide to go for a linebacker in the draft, Brackett would be an excellent mentor and would seamlessly enter the fray with respect.

Accompanied by Michael Boley, Brackett could add stability to an otherwise shaky position for the defending champs.

If his price tag is not too high, Gary Brackett should come home and play for the Giants. A healthy Brackett could really be a huge addition to a franchise that thrives off leadership, heart and hard work. Besides, we already know he looks good in blue.