Many New York Giants fans weren’t happy last offseason when the team allowed safety Julian Love to leave via free agency.
Love rewarded the Seattle Seahawks for the two-year, $12 million contract they gave him in free agency by having an excellent year. Players, coaches and fans have acknowledged Love’s play by voting him to the 2024 Pro Bowl Games, the first such honor in Love’s five-year career.
Love, a full-time starter for the Giants last season for the first time, has had the best season of his career. He has has set career-highs in interceptions (four) and passes defensed (10), and has 103 tackles, while also playing a big role on special teams, recording a team-leading 12 tackles.
“His consistency to be available for the plays, the playmaking, it’s there,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said via a statement from the Seahawks’ website. “He’s talented, he sees things, he reacts really well, he’s got really quick feet, he’s really nimble, and he can get in and out of his breaks and come out of the middle and come out of his halves and cover a ton of ground, and he’s really responsible about making the plays that he should make in the running game. He’s a really good all-around ballplayer and we see it carry over as he impacts the special teams group too. He’s always doing things right, he’s making calls, he’s making tackles. He’s just a really good football player. I think he’s probably better than we thought, and he’s more complete than we thought.”
The Giants replaced Love with Jason Pinnock, a third-year player who has had an excellent season. Pinnock has 85 tackles (59 solo), two interceptions (one returned 102 yards for a touchdown), two sacks, six passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
Pinnock cost the Giants $940,000 for the 2023 season.