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I had a hard time with this one, considering how much Antrel Rolle has meant to the Giants as a leader and from a production standpoint.
It was pretty clear after the 2009 season the Giants needed safety help. They suffered the loss of Kenny Phillips and Jerry Reese had to protect the back end of his defense with a talented player.
Rolle is certainly a talented player, but he was given the richest contract for a safety at the time he signed it, and I do not see people lining up to say Rolle is the best safety in the NFL.
In Reese's defense, I believe the market dictated him breaking the bank to lure Rolle to New York. He was coming off a Pro Bowl season in Arizona and teams are going out of their way to improve pass defense with the NFL becoming more and more dominated by passing offenses.
His average base salary is $7.4 million and his cap number is a little over $9 million for the next three seasons.
Despite the fact that the signing improved the Giants drastically and Rolle has been everything the Giants hoped, giving him the richest contract for a safety has handicapped their ability to make moves this offseason.