At this point, we'd just be better off reporting "the New York Giants have interest in every single available linebacker" because, well, they do. And in addition to Jasper Brinkley, Karlos Dansby and Rey Maualuga, the team is also keeping a close eye on Justin Durant (Detroit Lions).
A second-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007, Durant has spent the last two seasons with the Detroit Lions and started in 2012 as their strong-side linebacker. It was a move and situation that suited him well as he had a career-best 103 tackles to go along with .5 sacks and three passes defended.
Durant has been adamant that he'd like to remain with the Lions on a long-term deal, but thus far, the two sides are far apart and a reunion seems unlikely.
“Hopefully we get something worked out to where I’m back in Detroit," he said. I love the city, I love the fans, love playing there.”
Like the other linebackers that have drawn the attention of the Giants, Durant's value come as a run stopper – an area head coach Tom Coughlin stressed the team will focus on in 2013.
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