On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles released Kenny Phillips as part of their first roster cuts, as they got down from 90 players to 75. Phillips spent the first five years of his career with the New York Giants before deciding to sign with the Eagles this offseason.
But Phillips' stint with Philadelphia never got off on the right foot, as he dealt with a nagging quad injury all summer and felt it was best to release the 26-year-old before he ever suited up in the regular season.
With Phillips now a free agent and free to sign wherever he'd like, could a reunion with the Giants be in the near future considering their lack of depth at the safety position?
Antrel Rolle is recovering from a sprained ankle althiugh he is expected back in time for the regular season, but Phillips' replacement; Stevie Brown, went down for the season on Saturday when he tore his ACL playing against the New York Jets; Brown was returning the pick and went to make a cut and his knee gave out on him and he went to the ground in pain; holding his knee.
The injury was first diagnosed as a sprained knee, but after an MRI was performed on Sunday to further look at his knee, the Giants announced Brown was done for the 2013 season and thus, the Giants now have a need in the middle of their secondary.
Phillips was the Giants first-round draft pick back in the 2008 NFL Draft and had very high expectations coming out of the University of Miami as the number 31 overall pick five years ago, but injuries have been Phillips' killer; as he missed 14 games in 2009 due to needing knee surgery and then missed nine games in 2012 due to a nagging knee injury all season long.
Despite the missed time, the Giants still attempted to bring Phillips back for 2013, but he rejected the Giants initial offer to find a more lucrative deal in free agency, but settled on the Eagles one-year deal. With Phillips, he would make sense as he knows the Giants defensive schemes, playbook and is comfortable playing under defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
Phillips' best season may have come back in 2011 when he started in 15 games for the Giants; made 86 total tackles; 63 of them solo and had four interceptions with 11 pass deflections; the same season the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots. Phillips played a key part in the final seconds, as he was part of the scrum that jumped up to deflect the last-second hail-mary intended for Aaron Hernandez, but fell incomplete and gave the Giants the 21-17 victory.
With Will Hill also set to serve a four-game suspension when the regular season begins, it really takes away from the Giants options as who they can put on the field at safety, but if Phillips is healthy enough, and can pass a physical, then a reunion could be in the cards.
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