So long, Antrel. After five years with the New York Giants, Antrel Rolle -- who clearly was not going to be compensated the way he wanted to be in New York -- has bolted the Giants and signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago Bears.
The Chicago Bears have agreed to a three-year deal with former Giants safety Antrel Rolle. Reportedly worth $11.25 million.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) March 12, 2015
Rolle quickly confirmed the news via Twitter:
It's official.... Today was a long, painful, and exhausting day! But in the end we both get what we… https://t.co/ic0cmydgPq— Antrel Rolle (@antrelrolle26) March 12, 2015
Rolle will reportedly receive $5 million guaranteed. The Giants, who as of the beginning of free agency had not even talked to Rolle about a return next season, were clearly never going to offer Rolle that many years or that much money.
Here are some of the initial Twitter reactions:
I honestly don't know how @JoeandEvan are going to recover from the loss of @antrelrolle26. Can they do a weekly Chicago Bear report?— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) March 12, 2015
Congrats @antrelrolle26 your a great teammate and leader I know you'll do big things in Chicago!— Devon Kennard (@DevonKennard) March 12, 2015
Your thoughts, Giants fans?