The New York Giants might not be as set at the safety position as we might have believed.
With a roster spot opened up by the suspension of Kamrin Moore, the Giants are bringing in veteran safeties Tre Boston and Johnathan Cyprien for visits before training camp fully gets underway.
Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported that the Giants are bringing Cyprien in for a visit.
Giants are bringing in veteran free-agent safety Jonathan Cyprien for a visit today, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 22, 2019
Cyprien was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Cyprien started 60 games over four years for the Jags, playing strong safety and a hybrid safety/linebacker position. He wasn’t much of a coverage player for Jacksonville, with just two interceptions and 15 passes defensed in his four years there, but was a strong run defender. In 2017 he a 4-year, $25 million contract with the Tennessee Titans and was quickly named their starting strong safety. He tore his ACL in a non-contact injury in on Aug. 1 of 2018, missed the entire season, and was waived in March of this year.
Meanwhile, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting the Giants’ interest in Boston.
Right before training camp, the #Giants are bringing in FA safety Tre Boston for a visit today, source said. A potential signing.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 22, 2019
Boston was originally drafted out of the University of North Carolina by Dave Gettleman in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Moore didn’t become a starter until his third season in Carolina, but once he hit the field, he was a good player for them, with two interceptions, seven passes defensed, 53 tackles, two sacks, five tackles for a loss, and four quarterback hits in 15 games (10 starts).
He was waived after that season, and was quickly signed to a one-year deal by the Los Angeles Chargers, for whom he continued to play well. In 2018 he was signed by the Arizona Cardinals, playing free safety to Antoine Bethea’s strong safety. Over the course of those two seasons, Boston Racked up eight interceptions, 17 passes defensed, and 158 tackles.
Of the two, Boston would likely be the more expensive signing. He has stated that he is waiting for the right opportunity and wants to be (and be paid like) a starting free safety. Boston is likely the Giants’ best option at free safety. That might allow the team to play Bethea closer to the line of scrimmage (and mitigate the risk of his decreasing range being exposed), as well as move Jabrill Peppers to the “Moneybacker” safety/linebacker hybrid position, which is similar to where he played his best in Cleveland’s defense.
Boston is 27 years old (he just turned 27 in June), so a long-term deal could be possible. Of course, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens at the safety position.