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NFL free agency 2016: James Laurinaitis in no hurry to find new team

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"A bunch of teams" are interested in him.

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James Laurinaitis
James Laurinaitis
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We know from previous discussions that many New York Giants fans wish the team would just hurry up and sign free-agent middle linebacker James Laurinaitis. During an appearance Monday on Sirius XM NFL Radio, though, Laurinaitis said he isn't in a hurry to find a new team.

Laurinaitis, a 29-year-old seven-year veteran, said that he, his family, and agent Tom Condon would "sit back and take our time and really pick a squad that we feel like can make a run at the trophy."

Laurinaitis said Condon told him that "a bunch of teams had been calling" and that they would know much more about the market for his services after the NFL Scouting Combine.

In terms of what he might be looking for in a new team, the Giants check off a number of the boxes Laurinaitis mentioned during his talk with Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon. They need a middle linebacker. They have a top-shelf quarterback in Eli Manning. They also have a defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, that Laurinaitis is familiar with. Spagnuolo, then the head coach of the St. Louis Rams, drafted Laurinaitis in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft.