New York Giants News & Notes: Reaction to the Rolle Signing

By now you all know that the Giants have inked former Cardinals (and Miami U) safety Antrel Rolle to a 5-year, $37 million dollar contract, with $15 million guaranteed. ESPN's Matt Mosley is a fan of the signing: "If Kenny Phillips is fully recovered from microfracture surgery on his knee, he and Rolle should form one of the best safety duos in the league. They both played at the University of Miami and both possess excellent range. In fact, Rolle entered the league as a cornerback."

Walter Football, on the other hand, thinks the Giants made a bad move with the Rolle signing: "Really? The Giants gave $15 million guaranteed to Antrel Rolle? The same Antrel Rolle who blows coverages and whiffs on tackles? Jerry Reese is a great general manager, but this move leaves me scratching my head. Was safety such a big need that Reese felt like he needed to overspend by about $7 million in guaranteed money?"

My response: umm...yes, Walter, safety WAS that big of a need. If Walter Football doesn't recognize that, then I've lost quite a bit of respect for their knowledge of the game. In an uncapped year I'm not too concerned about the fact that they overpaid a bit. The Giants needed a safety, and Rolle, while not Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu, is one of the better safeties in the league and gives the Giants much more flexibility in the draft and the rest of free agency. I think it was a great signing. Of course, I also thought the Boley and Canty signings were great, so what do I know?

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