Antrel Rolle is one of the newest members of the free-agent market, after being released by the Chicago Bears, and is "200 percent committed" to playing another season in the NFL. Rolle suffered through one injury-plagued season of a three-year deal with Chicago, which ended with a trip to injured reserve in December following a knee injury during a "non-contact practice." The 33-year-old safety said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio that he has been rehabbing since January and is in "100 percent shape" and his "primary mission will always be to play ball."
But it seems like playing just anywhere isn't exactly what Rolle has in mind for 2016. The safety went on to say that "New York is where my heart is," and "New York is where I feel comfortable, New York is a place where I would love to play." Rolle spent the previous five seasons before signing with Chicago as a member of the New York Giants, appearing in every regular-season game during that stretch, and helped New York capture its most recent Lombardi Trophy. Rolle said he believes that a deal with the Giants would "definitely make sense" for both himself and the team. ESPN's Dan Graziano, however, is not completely sold on this scenario playing out.
Per Graziano, the Giants have a slew of young safeties to whom they want to give opportunities, including Landon Collins, Nat Berhe, Bennett Jackson, Mykkele Thompson and 2016 third-round pick Darian Thompson. While the Giants liked Rolle last season, and would have re-signed him at their price, Graziano believes the Giants have their eyes set on the long-term at safety, and are hoping Collins and one of their other young players can establish themselves as starters.
One thing Graziano did note, however, was the possibly that injuries could once again strike the Giants' secondary. Berhe, Jackson and Thompson all got hurt last year, and the Giants ended up signing veterans Brandon Meriweather and Craig Dahl in camp. So, if the Giants' secondary is once again depleted, and Rolle is still in the market for work this summer, a reunion could eventually play out that way. But for now, Graziano would be surprised if the Giants were currently considering signing Rolle.