Contrary to earlier reports that the team would not look to re-sign Chase Blackburn, the New York Giants reached out to the linebacker on Wednesday as their primary option, Jonathan Goff, was in Cleveland visiting with the Browns.
A source told Jeff Roberts of The Record that while Blackburn "is pursuing other options," he remains "very much interested" in a potential return to Big Blue.
The team has strongly maintained that their primary goal is to re-sign Goff and have him start at middle linebacker next season, so this could merely be a power-play aimed at putting pressure on him. However, Blackburn is a solid secondary option with the market for middle linebackers dwindling (Stephen Tulloch recently re-signed with the Detroit Lions).
After being signed as a street free agent last season, Blackburn collected 26 tackles and one interception in five regular season games. He added an additional 26 tackles and one huge interception (Super Bowl XLVI) in the playoffs. Goff, meanwhile, spend the season rehabbing after tearing his ACL in early September.
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