The Giants have a big chance to revamp their safety position this offseason, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. After the unit struggled in 2014, New York is in position for a total makeover with Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, and Quintin Demps all coming off the books.
However, one of the big fish of this year’s free agent class has already been reeled in by someone else. Devin McCourty, widely considered to be the best safety available, decided to stick with the New England Patriots on a five-year, $47.5 million deal. The move doesn’t come as a surprise, but it still takes a big potential piece for the Giants off the table. There are still plenty of safeties available on the market, but none are likely to have the same impact as McCourty in 2015 and beyond.
One of those players is Da’Norris Searcy, a 26-year-old coming off of four years in the Buffalo organization. Over the past two seasons, Searcy totaled four sacks and four interceptions while being an important part of an increasingly strong Bills defense. He’s one of the top safeties still available and should be on the Giants’ radar if they don’t want to bring back Rolle.
Even though Rolle had a poor season for the Giants in 2014, he is still considered one of the best free agents at his position thanks to his success in the past. Rolle’s pass coverage fell by the wayside last year, but it’s important to remember that in 2013 he had perhaps the best season of his career and made the Pro Bowl. His strong track record and leadership make the 34-year-old Rolle a candidate to return to the Giants if the contract is friendly enough.
Mike Adams of Indianapolis and Dawan Landry of the Jets are two more players for the Giants to consider if they don’t mind investing in older players. Both players were quite productive in 2014 but can’t have too many solid seasons left. On the other hand, they could be available on short-term contracts and give New York a stopgap while its younger defensive backs like Cooper Taylor and Nat Berhe develop.
With McCourty off the board, competition for the remaining safeties is going to be stiff. It wouldn’t be shocking to see the Giants sign none of the available players and instead rely on their own depth and draft picks. If that were to happen, though, New York better have a lot of faith in its ability to develop talent quickly.