In late May, 11-year veteran safety, Deon Grant, revealed during an interview with Sirius XM radio that the New York Giants were one of three teams, joining the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions, who were interested in signing him. Two months later and Grant remains unsigned. However, during a ceremony at the Augusta Museum of History on Friday, Grant said he expects to re-sign with Big Blue at some point during training camp.
“This is the first year in three or four years – and this was the longest one – that I can say I came out completely healthy,” he said. “I revamped everything and my body feels wonderful right now.”
At 33 years of age, Grant is no longer a spring chicken by NFL standards, but what he does offer to a team is veteran leadership and a calming presence in the locker-room. Remember, a year ago when Antrel Rolle was struggling with his situation, it was Grant who sat him down and helped get him back on track. That sort of personality is often the final link in a chain that keeps a team together, a la Sam Madison in 2007.
Although the Giants would like to get younger at the safety position, re-signing Grant would be a sign that the coaching staff may not overly confident in Stevie Brown, Will Hill, Chris Horton and possibly even Tyler Sash. But perhaps all they need is the mentoring of a long-time NFL veteran who has excelled at that position.
Should Grant re-sign during training camp, he would not immediately be able to reclaim number 34, which currently belongs to rookie running back David Wilson. However, Wilson did note a few weeks back that he intended to change his number post-camp, so if Grant were to make the 53-man roster going into the regular season, he would don #34 when the games started to count.
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