Stevie Brown, has been in the league for four years and in that short time has found several landing spots in the NFL. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2010, before moving to the Indianapolis Colts in 2011, and eventually ending up with the New York Giants in 2012 and 2013.
Unfortunately for both Brown and the Giants, Brown blew out his ACL during a preseason game, ending his 2013 season, and possibly his career. Knee injuries are the most dangerous for athletes due to the difficulty in healing the knee back to a point where the athlete can perform at their peak condition again. Most do not expect Brown to ever walk back onto the football field after the injury – look at RGIII and his difficulty performing after his ACL tear last season. ACL injuries are usually a sign for a team to call it quits on a player; something the Giants are debating on doing with Brown during the offseason.
While this injury could prove Brown a waste of team money, look at Adrian Peterson on the other hand. Peterson left the field with an ACL tear that many thought was the end of career. Even so, he came back with career-setting stats and became the NFL MVP and rushing leader in 2012. Brown has just recently undergone surgery on his knee. With the right offseason training and rest, Brown could come back within the next two seasons and put up much needed numbers for the Giants.
Last season Brown put up stats that the defense could have used this season. He had a combined 76 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 8 interceptions. Those are some big numbers that the Giants certainly could have used the season, and certainly will need in the future.
With that in mind, the Giants should resign Brown for a contract long enough to allow him to recover and see how he reenters the playing field, but short enough that the Giants can revisit the topic again in a few years. If they do choose to let him test the free agent waters, two possible replacements could be Chris Clemons or Bernard Pollard.
Although on injured reserve, Brown is one of the players that should stay because he has performed for the Giants before, and has the chance to do it again in the future.