With Walter Thurmond and Trumaine McBride lost for the season due to injuries, the slot cornerback spot is in flux for the New York Giants. With the NFL trade deadline looming on Tuesday, and veteran slot corner Tony Carter apparently being a player the Denver Broncos no longer have a use for, could the Giants be among the teams expressing interest?
NFL.com inside Ian Rapoport says (via Pro Football Rumors) that Carter, 28, has been "generating interest" with the trade deadline approaching.
Pro Football Rumors makes the following case for Carter:
Carter, 28, has seen his role reduced in Denver this season following the arrivals of free agent signee Aqib Talib and first-round pick Bradley Roby. Those two cornerbacks, along with Chris Harris, have shouldered the majority of the defensive snaps at the position for the Broncos, with Kayvon Webster contributing in dime packages during the last few games.
... while Carter may not be in the Broncos’ plans at the moment, he should appeal to teams who have suffered injuries at cornerback or who are eyeing potential nickel backs. As Harris showed in 2012, when he grabbed two interceptions, recovered two fumbles, defended 12 passes, and recorded a +5.3 PFF grade (subscription required), he’s capable of holding his own in the secondary.
Carter is on a minimum salary contract with no bonus money, and will be eligible for free agency at season’s end, so he makes for an ideal trade candidate — he’s a low-risk target for a potential suitor, and anything the Broncos get for him would be a bonus, assuming they don’t intend to play him or re-sign him.
The Giants are at times using third-year man Jayron Hosley, unimpressive his first two seasons in the slot. At other times they have begun showcasing a three-safety look with Quintin Demps moving into the slot.
Does Carter sound like a better option?