New York Giants

Antrel Rolle To Be Released: Should the New York Giants Be Listening?

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Antrel Rolle #21 of the NFC's Arizona Cardinals looks on during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl game at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-34. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Jeff ShullAnalyst IMarch 1, 2010

There is always a reason to my madness, and I chose this particular picture for a reason.

Arizona Cardinals free safety Antrel Rolle made the Pro Bowl in 2009, and news broke this week that Arizona plans to release him. They have also said they want to retain him, and are in talks to possibly rework his deal.

Many Giants fans remember Rolle from this season when he picked off Eli Manning late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory in an otherwise embarrassing offensive home performance.

The New York Giants have made it clear that changes are going to be made this season, and there is obviously going to be an internal struggle as to where those changes will be made.

You would probably see one of the two Cardinals set to hit free agency on the Giants' wish list—Rolle and linebacker Karlos Dansby—if you actually got to see GM Jerry Reese's wish list, that is.

A former first round pick, Rolle could compliment Kenny Philips in the defensive backfield, as he is more of a true free safety. They need a playmaker to go along with Philips, who might not even fully recover from his knee problems. Ever.

Obviously a big amount of the payroll would have to go to Rolle, as he has stated that he wishes to see if he is worth more than the $12 million he is owed by the Cardinals if they chose not to release him.

With the uncapped year and a possibility of a lockout in 2011, why not go for him?

This signing would free up the Giants to pursue a "best available" option in the draft when they pick at No. 15, instead of picking a safety like many think they will.



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