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Antrel Rolle Open to a Contract Extension with New York Giants; Wants to Retire a Giant

December 31st, 2013 at 1:00 PM
By Doug Rush

Antrel Rolle might have been snubbed as far as the 2014 Pro Bowl voting went this past week, but the majority of the fans and media would likely think that he may have been the MVP of the New York Giants with his strong play all season long.

In a year where there were multiple injuries to key players and too much inconsistency overall on the team, Rolle was one of the few that not only played well, but consistent enough that he deserves to stick around next season and for years to come.

The 31-year-old veteran is coming up on the final year of his contract and is set to make $9.25 million next season which is a big part of the team's salary and they have important decisions to make such as Jon Beason, Justin Tuck, Hakeem Nicks among other important free agents and Rolle has come up as a player who could be a salary cap casualty due to his contract.

However, because Rolle has played at such a high level over the last couple of seasons and is almost an irreplaceable part of the team now, the Giants could face a situation where they may have to restructure Rolle's deal and even give him a contract extension so his salary isn't taking up so much of the team's cap.

On Monday, the team's starting safety expressed interest in not only remaining with the Giants in 2014, but into the future and would like to end his career with the team that he won a Super Bowl with two years ago.

"If that's what they want to do, I'll do it," Rolle said Monday. "I would like to retire as a Giant. The ultimate goal is an extension and add more years to my deal so I can stay a part of this organization. I know easily I have four years left."

Rolle finished the 2013 season with 98 total tackles; 80 of them were solo and six interceptions to go along with 12 pass deflections; numbers that many felt were strong enough to represent the NFC in next month's Pro Bowl. However, as long as he continues to play at such a high level and continues to be one of the team leaders on the field and in the locker room, then the Giants will have no other choice but to extend Rolle, especially since one of the other team's starting safeties, Stevie Brown, missed the entire season with a torn ACL injury back in the preseason.

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5 Responses to “Antrel Rolle Open to a Contract Extension with New York Giants; Wants to Retire a Giant”

  1.  Dirt says:

    My role here is to challenge conventional wisdom and make people think. So here we go.

    I’m not saying he’s better than Killdrive. I’m not saying he should be in the NFL. I’m not saying he’s even better at running an offense than myself.

    However, I ask this question: Has Sparano ever had an NFL quarterback on his team?

    Short answer: no.

    2008, He got his first gig, inheriting a 1-15 team and turned them into 11-5 division champions, tying an NFL record for turnaround. In his time in Miami, he was handcuffed in a passing league by Pennington, Henne, Thigpen and Moore. (He also had a one year stint with Mark Sanchez. Poor guy.)

    So when kujo says: “it’s not (Killdrive’s) scheme that’s the problem–it’s the man, and his pathological aversion to anything resembling creativity, outside-the-box thinking and adaptability.” I think to how Sparano once said “OK, I have no quarterbacks – how about I figure out a way to win with who I have.” and brought the Wildcat to the league.

    He’s shown an ability to be creative. And we don’t know what he could do with a real quarterback.

    He could be absolutely horrendous. But I don’t have any idea how he’d do here. Neither do you.

    (This is not an endorsement.)

    •  buljos says:

      Any OC candidate who’d take the job without demanding and receiving assurances of authority and freedom to be creative and adaptive is too desperate for the job and isn’t the right OC. The very best OCs will accept the job under the condition that he be allowed and supported to succeed or fail doing it his way, without the head coaches self imposed constraints. I don’t know how much autonomy and freedom Gilbride had… maybe he had less than some assume, and that’s why Coughlin feels Gilbride ought not be made the fall guy. Speculation.

      As an retired US Navy officer, we learned and practiced effective leadership as predicated on authority, accountability and responsibility… they are inseparable. When good people are put in positions where they have little authority, but all the accountability and responsibility, undesirable outcomes result.

  2.  ERICHONIUS says:

    “I know easily I have four years left”
    I hope we don’t give him four years. Rolle has been good during his time here but I don’t believe there has been a year, other than this year, where he has played up to his contract. He will probably want similar pay, and with age likely diminishing his play… No thanks. I could see a two year extension, but four is ludicrous.

    •  buljos says:

      None of us know how many good years Rolle has left, but we know when he’s playing like he played in 2013 the Giants need him. Guessing at when that will end is ludicrous. Ask him to share the risk with the team by constructing a contract that’s heavily performance incentivized… takes all the guess work out of it. Every year he plays like a pro bowler, he makes big money. If he falls off a cliff, then he’s not making much at all. He’s confident he can play for four more years, so reward him if he does so.

  3.  Kettles78 says:

    I think Rolle has brought his worth to the Giants so far through this contract. Has he missed tackles or got burned from time to time? yes but I am glad he is on this team and would love to see him finish out here and teach these young safeties how to play and maybe even grab Hill by the neck and show him how to live and stay out of trouble.

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