Antrel Rolle would like to return to Giants


Safety Antrel Rolle is a free agent after being released by the Bears on Sunday and the 33-year-old says that he is “200 percent committed” to continuing his NFL career for a 12th season.

Rolle said on SiriusXM NFL Radio he’s healthy after missing nine games last season and ending the year on injured reserve and sold himself as a veteran leader for any team that might consider signing him. He hopes that the Giants are such a team because he’d like to return to the team he played with for five years before moving to Chicago.

“New York is where my heart is, man,” Rolle said. “I think everyone knows that. I’ve never hidden it. New York is where the heart is. New York is where I feel comfortable. New York is a place where I would love to play. You know, there’s a difference playing for an organization, you know, you’re there to play and to win, and you’re there because that’s where your contract is. And there’s a difference in playing where your heart is. I would absolutely be open to the situation if it presents itself. Obviously it would have to make sense for both [sides]. The New York Giants, I think it would definitely make sense for both myself and the team. But let’s see what happens.”

The Giants didn’t make too much of a push to hold onto Rolle last offseason, but they also didn’t find a good replacement for him at free safety as the year played out. There’s no sure starter at the position this season with third-round pick Darian Thompson joining Nat Berhe, Bennett Jackson and Mykkele Thompson as in-house options to play next to Landon Collins.

13 responses to “Antrel Rolle would like to return to Giants

  1. If New York is really where is heart is, then he should never have left. There must be a reason the Bears released him.

  2. Sure, welcome back Antrel. I honestly don’t blame you for hoodwinking the hapless Bears for whatever that ridiculous contract was. Come on back down– for one year at the veterans’ minimum with maybe some incentives. If the Bears, who’s secondary is dreadful, released you, it’s time to get real about what you’re now worth in the NFL, especially because your heart’s in New York.

  3. HankTheDog says:
    May 2, 2016 1:13 PM
    You know where else he’d like to play? Anywhere else that will pay him, that’s where!
    That’s a comment for the Manziels and Greg Hardys of the world. Not for high character players at a position where there’s a collective dearth of talent around the league. Case in point….we started Brandon Meriwhether and Craig Dahl at safety all season. Rolle will latch on somewhere. If not NYG, I can see it with a SB fave that needs the depth/experience/leadership. Perfect fit would be back in AZ if Matheiu still needs time healing.

  4. 200% committed?!? That should totally make up for him being 50% of the player he used to be, physically! Somebody pay the man!

  5. @justintuckrule “Case in point….we started Brandon Meriwhether and Craig Dahl at safety all season.”

    Coincidentally, the Giants safety group was the worst in the NFL last year.

  6. Antler,

    You were a solid addition to the team, when you joined as a Free Agent. You helped out tremendously.

    However, you are not the player you were 2-3 years ago. The role we have right now is a safety who can cover (FS), not an in the box safety (SS). At this point, you are more of an in the box safety (SS).

    Let’s keep in touch and see how camp works out for our young guys.

    If ultimately you retire, we can honor you at a game this season.

    Best of wishes,

    Giants Management (or how i assume they would respond)

  7. No chance.

    I’d love him back to mentor the young guys, and he was a real good influence on everyone, but I just don’t see the GIANTS signing him.

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