The New York Giants worked out former Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Sergio Kindle and a number of other free agents on Thursday. Kindle was cut from the Ravens practice squad earlier this month. He left the workout without being offered a contract, but that doesn't mean the Giants will rule out offering him a deal in the future.
Kindle, a stand out at Texas, was once projected to be a first-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Ravens would select him in the second-round with hopes of bolstering their line backing core. However, the night before his first training camp practice, Kindle suffered a fractured skull after falling down two flights of stairs. His NFL career never really got started as a result. Kindle was active for only two games last season and recorded zero statistics. Head coach John Harbaugh explained why the decision was made to cut Kindle during the playoffs.
“That was a conversation that was between Sergio and I,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I think most of it should remain private, but it was positive. It was kind of mutually agreed upon between the two of us. It was nothing that he did or didn’t do. I told him I have high hopes for Sergio, I really do."
“He and I have gotten real close. I feel some responsibility for him and really want to see him do well. I really think he has a chance to be good in this league. I’ll be there to support him and do whatever we can to help him. He’s hoping for an opportunity somewhere where he can maybe take the next step.”
Kindle was cut in October to make room for Terrell Suggs, who was activated from the non-injury list. He was then signed to the practice squad with a $96,900 contract.
Teams will have to be cautious when deciding whether or not to give Kindle a chance. He was arrested in 2010 and pleaded guilty in 2011 to DWI charges after an incident in Howard County.
Kindle headlines a list of free agents the Giants tried out that includes tight end Jamie Childers, defensive back Buddy Jackson, kicker Justin Medlock, punter Jake Rogers, tight end Steve Skelton, quarterback Chester Stewart, wide receiver Patrick Turner and kicker Carson Wiggs.
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