Corey Webster has given Giants fans more than enough good memories over the years. Since being drafted by the team out of LSU with a second round pick in the 2005 draft, Webster has been a consistent force in New York's secondary, and his overtime interception of Brett Favre in the 2007 NFC Championship Game will live on for ages.
We're a long way from 2007, though. As Webster's Giants career has worn on, his effectiveness has been hampered by age as well as injuries. In 2013, at age 31, Webster was beset by a variety of injuries and played in just four games before landing on injured reserve.
Although the veteran cornerback isn't exactly a fragile player, his recent health issues and declining performance raise the question of whether or not the Giants want to bring him back for 2014. If the team does opt for another season of Webster, it will have to be at a reduced rate due to the player's age as well as New York's needs at other positions.
Playing in favor of Webster's chances to return is the fact that Aaron Ross, Terrell Thomas, and the surprisingly effective Trumaine McBride are all scheduled to be free agents this spring. That leaves Prince Amukamara as the only cornerback who is guaranteed to be back in blue next season. However, the Giants are much more likely to take a chance on re-signing one of their younger free agents than they are to bring Webster back.
Of course, there are also options outside the organization when it comes to bolstering the cornerback position. Aqib Talib, Charles Tillman, and Brent Grimes represent the cream of the free agent crop, but there are also more affordable players available, such as Captain Munnerlyn and Sam Shields.
If the Giants opt to go the draft route, they could grab Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert or Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard in the first round. Later on, prospects like Stanley Jean-Baptiste of Nebraska (Amukamara's alma mater) and Deion Belue of Alabama could still be available.
No matter which route the Giants take towards restocking their secondary, Webster is not at the forefront of the team's plans. The Big Blue defense was solid towards the end of the 2013 season, but a lot of that was due to terrific safety and defensive line play. It's looking likely that New York will look elsewhere when it comes to improving the cornerback position in 2014.