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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