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Antrel Rolle Makes His Choice, Signs with New York Giants

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14:  Safety Antrel Rolle #21 of the Arizona Cardinals looks on before taking on the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Christopher DiCarloContributor IIMarch 5, 2010

Former Arizona Cardinal Antrel Rolle found a new home, finally, on Friday.

Not more than a day after being released by the Cardinals, in hopes they could restructure his contract, Rolle agreed to terms with the New York Giants.

Per a league source, it's a five-year deal worth $37 million, an NFL record for a safety.  Rolle gets $15 million guaranteed and $22.5 million over the first three years.

Antrel Rolle reportedly wanted $8 million per year, but the top of the market had only been $7 million. If Rolle had not been released by the Cardinals, he would be making $12 million going into the final year of his rookie contract.

Rolle is worth the money, he is a good safety and is getting a lot better. He is also a solid cornerback, and can raise a team's defensive talent with his presence.

This is a very good pick up by the Giants, whose defense has been on a steady decline over the past few seasons.

The Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins were also in the hunt for Antrel Rolle early into the free agency period, but dropped out after landing other big name players. Miami landed Rolle's teammate Karlos Dansby, and Chicago grabbed Julius Peppers.

The Cardinals defense looks to be in rough shape so far, hopefully they can regain some talent in this years free agency or the NFL draft. Losing Dansby and Rolle is going to hurt the team morale for sure.

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