Stevie Brown could finally be near a reunion with the New York Giants. Or, the free-agent safety could be close to a decision to wave a permanent goodbye to the Giants, who haven't exactly appeared to be aggressive in their efforts to keep Brown this offseason. Either way, Adam Schefter is reporting that Brown is going to make a decision "soon."
Antrel Rolle signed with the Chicago Bears. Brown and Quintin Demps are free agents, leaving the Giants without real veteran safety help on their current roster. Brown and the Giants have been in contact since before the beginning of free agency, but at last word the Giants were only offering Brown a veteran minimum contract. It will be interesting to see if the market that has apparently developed for his services has raised his price tag.
BBV's Alex Sinclair listed Brown as a potential signee for the Giants, but concluded that "Brown is a logical signing, but that doesn't mean he's a good one."
If Brown does return to the Giants, he would likely have to compete for a roster spot after a dismal 2014 season. Brown's 152.6 passer rating against was the worst among all safeties in the NFL last season. He played 331 coverage snaps last season and allowed completions on 12 of the 17 targets for 300 yards. His average yards allowed per completion rose from 15.2 in 2012 to 25.0 in 2014.