Mark Herzlich hopes to return to Giants

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Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich has met with General Manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur, with hopes of returning to the team after the overhaul. Herzlich, who signed a veteran minimum contract last offseason, is scheduled to become a free agent in March.

I’m in no hurry to be going anywhere,” Herzlich said, via Dave Duggan of NJ Advance Media. “So we’ll see how the next couple of months progress. If the Giants stay my home, which would be fantastic, then I feel like I’m in great hands. I’ve got great coaches and a great general manager and then obviously the Tisches and the Maras, whether I’m playing for the Giants or not, they’re always family. It’s a great place to be.”

Herzlich has spent seven seasons with the Giants, mostly as a core special teams player. He missed last season after being diagnosed with a stinger in the second week of training camp.

“It was very difficult, but I decided that, for me, the Giants are more than just a job,” Herzlich said. “So far in my life they’ve been my team. So I’d come in and help coach the linebackers and give my input and do game film cut-ups. I was trying to just do what I could because I couldn’t help out on the field. I stayed around and stayed active mentally, but it was very difficult.”

7 responses to “Mark Herzlich hopes to return to Giants

  1. Despite the Mohawk and the freakish eye-black, he’s a really good guy. Overcame cancer in college when they told him he may not even walk again, signed with the Giants as a UDFA and is one of the few left from the 2011 Super Bowl team. He was this year’s Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee from the team.

  2. He’s a great guy but your body peaks at 27 and then slowly declines (athletically). I doubt he returns but you never know.

    Zak DeOssie was actually a bust a LB’r but if a a special teamer ever deserved to be in the HOF, this side of Steve Tasker, it’s Zak.

    He makes so may tackles on punt returns. Never do I hear any other team’s long snapper’s name except when they announce the trio before a FG or the duo right before a Punt.

  3. @backintheday99 – Zak DeOssie is the only reason Herzlich isn’t the special teams captain. His dad Steve DeOssie was also a linebacker/long snapper with the Giants for a few years and told his son to learn long snapping – if he perfects that skill, he’ll have a job in the NFL forever… like a lefty reliever in baseball. Once the league made LS an actual roster position, Zak hasn’t needed to play LB.

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