NFL Free Agency: Aaron Ross' Return to the New York Giants Unlikely

Louis MustoContributor IIIMarch 13, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 08:  Aaron Ross #31 of the New York Giants takes part in practice at New Meadowlands Sports Complex on August 8, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants have already begun to re-sign key players since the NFL’s free agency period officially started this afternoon, but it appears former first-round pick Aaron Ross’ future with the defending Super Bowl champions is ill-fated.

According to CBS Sports’ Alex Raskin via Twitter:


#giants Giants re-sign Coe, Tryon; Ross' return seems unlikely

— Giants RapidReports (@CBSSportsNFLNYG) March 13, 2012


Coupled with the four-year deal given to cornerback Terrell Thomas, it is unlikely that the Giants seek to retain the services of the oft-injured, underperforming Ross.

With injuries to the aforementioned trio of cornerbacks that depleted the Giants secondary, Ross saw solid playing time at the starting cornerback position en route to the Giants’ second Super Bowl victory in five seasons. Ross had four interceptions during the regular season, but was mostly unimpressive in coverage, targeted often by opposing quarterbacks and garnering negative attention from media and fans alike throughout the year.

In five seasons with the Giants, Ross was a member of two Super Bowl teams. He tallied career highs in 2011 with 60 tackles and four interceptions, tied for second on the team with safety Kenny Phillips.

Last month, Ross voiced his wishes to stay with the Giants, the Super Bowl victory—which likely raised his asking price—along with his ineffectiveness at times likely secured the ending for this relationship.