New York Giants: What If Jonathan Goff Does Not Return?

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New York Giants: What If Jonathan Goff Does Not Return?
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For the most part, the assumption has been that middle linebacker Jonathan Goff would be back in a New York Giants uniform after missing the entire 2011 season with a torn ACL.

News has surfaced, however, that Goff met with the Cleveland Browns. It is unknown if the two parties are close to a deal, but things do no look good between the young linebacker and the Giants. According to The Star-Ledger, Goff’s agent has confirmed that there is nothing worth reporting between Goff and the defending Super Bowl champions.

Boasting a clear weakness already at the middle linebacker position, losing Goff would be a vital blow to their defensive unit. Without Goff in 2011, the Giants were a disaster at the position before adding former Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn in November. With Blackburn also being a free agent, the Giants require a dependable player to fill the vacant hole that could be left by their departures from the roster.

The Giants do have some depth at linebacker, but losing both Goff and Blackburn could force their hand. Here’s a look at the Giants’ options if Goff does not return in 2012.

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