Stephen Nicholas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
The free agency rumor mill is cranking up to full blast, and the hottest one making the rounds right now involving the New York Giants has Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Stephen Nicholas headed to the Giants.
Here is ESPN New York, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
"Stephen Nicholas is headed to the New York Giants: Nicholas is viewed as a potential starter for the Giants. For the Falcons, he opened last season as a reserve. He has started 24 of the last 32 regular-season games with the Falcons."
Nothing is definite, of course, so take it with a grain of salt for now.
ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano tossed several other names into the equation when it comes to the Giants and the search for a linebacker, including Manny Lawson of Tampa Bay, James Anderson of Carolina and even Nick Barnett of Green Bay. There is also Buffalo's Paul Poszluszy to consider.
As for Nicholas, he doesn't seem like a real impact linebacker. More like a good player who would be brought in to compete with Clint Sintim on the strong side. Pro Football Focus gave Nicholas a +6.9 for his work a season ago.