“There’s a difference [between] playing for an organization, you know, you’re there to play and to win, and you’re there because that’s where your contract is. And there’s a difference in playing where your heart is.”
Rolle is coming off of a season in which he played just seven games due to an ankle injury and a sprained MCL. The Bears decided to cut bait with the former all-pro after he had signed a three year, $11.25 million dollar deal at the start of last season.
"I would absolutely be open to the situation if it presents itself. You know, but obviously it would have to make sense for both teams," Rolle told Bob Papa and Ross Tucker on Sirius XM. "The New York Giants, I think it would definitely make sense for both myself and the team. But let’s see what happens.”
Rolle had a very successful giants tenure, making the Pro Bowl in 2010 and 2013, while also helping the Giants win the Super Bowl in 2011. In five seasons with the G-men, Rolle never missed a game, and also managed career-highs in tackles (96) as well as interceptions (6) in 2013.
“My first and primary mission will always be to play ball. When I go to any organization it is to be a hell of a player, to be an All-Pro player, to be Pro Bowl player, to help my team win games first and foremost.," he said on Sirius. "The added bonus is my veteran leadership, how I can help guys come along, how I can help put guys in position, and brainstorm even with the coaches. So all of those are assets that I can definitely bring to any organization."
It is not clear how interested the Giants would be in the 33 year-old, considering they let him walk just a year ago. They appear content to let Nat Berhe, Mykkele Thompson, Bennett Jackson, and third round draft pick Darian Thompson compete for the starting job opposite Landon Collins . Rolle will almost certainly be able to find a new home before training camp, as it appears he may still have a few solid years left in the tank.