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Giants want Antrel Rolle - expected visit Friday 5 March

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Giants want Antrel Rolle - expected visit Friday 5 March

Post  Big_Pete on Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:15 pm

from http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/03/04/land-rush-for-antrel-rolle/


Land rush for Antrel Rolle

Posted by Mike Florio on March 4, 2010 8:40 PM ET

Now that a $4 million roster bonus and an $8 million salary have gotten safety Antrel Rolle released by the Cardinals, multiple teams are hot on his trail.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Rolle's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, currently is negotiating with the Bears.

A league source has confirmed that the Bears are indeed chasing Rolle. We're also told that the Giants and Dolphins are pursuing Rolle, and that the Cardinals still hope to get him back.

Rolle, a top-ten pick in the bust-filled first round of the 2005 draft, started 15 games in 2009. For his career, he has appeared in 68 games, starting 61.

He entered the league as a cornerback, but he eventually was moved to safety.


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Re: Giants want Antrel Rolle - expected visit Friday 5 March

Post  Big_Pete on Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:19 am

from kffl.com

Giants | Rolle expected to visit Friday
Thu, 04 Mar 2010 20:00:56 -0800

Omar Kelly, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports free-agent FS Antrel Rolle (Cardinals) is expected to visit the New York Giants Friday, March 5.
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Post  Big_Pete on Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:30 am

what I find interesting in all this is

Dolphins | Make five-year offer to Rolle
Thu, 04 Mar 2010 19:41:54 -0800

Ethan Skolnick, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports the Miami Dolphins have made a five-year offer to free-agent FS Antrel Rolle (Cardinals)
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and

Bears | Negotiating for Rolle
Thu, 04 Mar 2010 17:36:27 -0800

Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Tribune, reports the Chicago Bears are working on a deal with free-agent S Antrel Rolle (Cardinals), according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team is actively involved in negotiations and could have a deal in place soon.

So the other two teams in strong contention for Rolle have put their offers on the table, yet Antrel is making his first visit to New York.

Sounds to me like he is really keen to be a Giant; I guess it isn't to surprising given that the Giants have a history of reasonable dealings with Rosenhaus (despite differences at times).

It could also be that Antrel and Rosenhaus believe the Giants are the best situation for Rolle to be in. Of the three we certainly have the best chance of playoff football.
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Post  Big_Pete on Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:31 am

Either way we will likely know sooner rather than later.

If Rolle leaves without a contract then it may be a long shot to sign him.

Remember this is around the same time we signed Canty last year.
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Post  Big_Pete on Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:42 am

from http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/2010/03/04/2010-03-04_new_york_giants_start_freeagent_period_quickly_pursue_excardinal_antrel_rolle.html?r=sports%2Ffootball%2Fgiants&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nydnrss%2Fsports%2Ffootball%2Fgiants+%28Sports%2FFootball%2FGiants%29


New York Giants start free-agent period quickly, pursue ex-Cardinal Antrel Rolle

By Ralph Vacchiano
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

Thursday, March 4th 2010, 10:46 PM
Safety Antrel Rolle, who is released by the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, is now on the New York Giants' radar.

The Giants got a jump on the free-agent market tonight by getting in the race for safety Antrel Rolle.

Rolle was released by the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, which freed the 27-year-old Pro Bowler to negotiate with teams even before the free-agent market opens at midnight. The Giants were one of the first to call, according to a source, joining a race that reportedly includes the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins and Cards.

The Bears, however, appear to be the prohibitive favorites. They are reportedly deep in negotiations with his agent and hadn't balked at his enormous price tag, with some reports out of Chicago suggesting a deal could happen overnight.

Even if it doesn't, the Giants are likely long shots because Rolle's asking price is large. He has already turned down a reported six-year, $38.6 million offer from the Cards, who released him rather than pay him a $4 million roster bonus he's due next week. Rolle, who was due $8.1 million in salary in 2010 and he's rumored to be looking for $8 million per year.

The Giants, according to a team source, aren't likely to go that high despite being desperate for safety help. They were unhappy with the play of Michael Johnson, Aaron Rouse and C.C. Brown last season, and Kenny Phillips' status for 2010 is uncertain as he tries to recover from knee surgery.

If the price comes down, though - or if the Giants change their minds about not overspending - - there isn't a more attractive option than Rolle, the eighth overall pick of the 2005 draft. He had an up-and-down five years in Arizona, where he started as a cornerback, but was by far the best player in a weak safety market.

Rolle had 12 interceptions in his five years with the Cardinals, including four last year - - one of which came in a win against the Giants.
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Post  Big_Pete on Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:47 am

from http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/03/ny_giants_expected_to_host_fre.html

NY Giants expected to host free agent defensive back Antrel Rolle Friday, report says
By Mike Garafolo/The Star-Ledger
March 04, 2010, 11:15PM

The official start of free agency is less than an hour away, but the Giants are already cranking on at least one player.

The team is in the mix for former Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle and, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the 2009 Pro Bowl selection is expected to be in East Rutherford for a visit Friday.

While we're handing out credit for scoops, let's mention Adam Schein of Sirius Radio, SNY, FOXSports.com and your corner bodega because he's been talking Rolle to the Giants for a few days now. I was telling my man Scheiner I was hearing similar stuff, but I'd be lying if I said I was as strong on this one as he was from the jump.

One other guy who had picked up on some Rolle-to-Giants vibes is Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett. Schein had him on Sirius Thursday afternoon and pressed him on where he thought Rolle might end up. Dockett threatened violence against his then-teammate, who was cut a few hours later, if he didn't end up back in Arizona. Late Thursday night, Dockett tweeted he had spoken to Rolle and that he knew what was about to go down.

"I'm speechless I'm going to Bed," Dockett wrote. "I'm done with twitter BYE!"

The Bears and Dolphins have been mentioned as Rolle's other suitors, with the Cardinals apparently also making a push to bring him back. Earlier Thursday, it seemed Chicago was Rolle's most likely landing spot. But the tide has turned and the Sun-Sentinel report certainly makes it seem like the Giants are in the driver's seat in the race to land a player who clearly impressed them with an excellent performance at Giants Stadium last season.

Stay tuned.
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Post  Big_Pete on Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:30 am

It looks like Chicago has dropped out of the race, Julius Peppers is on his way to Chicago to sign a deal

Karlos Dansby will be visiting Miami on Friday 5 March.

Perhaps

Julius Peppers to Chicago Bears

Karlos Dansby to Miami Dolphins

Antrel Rolle to New York Giants
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Post  Pizan on Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:52 am

Yea thats the way it looks like its playing out. And thats the way I rather have it. But nothing is final yet so lets see.

P.S. I really dont think we let him walk away without signing a deal.
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Post  Big_Pete on Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:21 am

Agreed, I think we are likely to sign Rolle

Rolle has reportedly turned down a six-year, $38.6 million offer from the Cardinals.

My guess is somewhere around six years 45mil

There is just to much uncertaintly with all our other safeties.

It will be an interesting few hours
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Re: Giants want Antrel Rolle - expected visit Friday 5 March

Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:59 am

This just in:
Rolle won't sign with G-men. He wants to keep #21 and Kenny Phillips denies. jk

Rolle can hit hard, tackle well, and play the ball in the air well.

Although, Rolle isn't great in coverage and is only a two year player at free safety. It's a bit of a gamble and the Giants will have to overpay.

Other than that, I'm ok with Rolle. Smile
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Post  Pizan on Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:47 pm

IMO a 6 year 45 mil deal is fair. I have no problem with that.
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Post  Big_Pete on Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:37 pm

from kffl.com

Giants | Rolle undergoing physical
Fri, 05 Mar 2010 12:56:24 -0800

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Giants are having unrestricted free-agent FS Antrel Rolle (Cardinals) undergo a physical but it does not guarantee that he will sign with the Giants, according to a source.
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Post  Pizan on Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:28 pm

That's normal and he should pass. My guess is one of two. 1. They have agreed on the basis of a contract and just plan on fine tuning it after he passes or 2. He plans on leaving to Miami to talk to them while still talking to the giants. So basically they are just kickin the tires buying themselves time to work out a deal.
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Post  Big_Pete on Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:51 pm

I think it is likely the Giants and Rolle are in the same general ballpark contract wise, otherwise there is little point for him to bother going through a medical

I think the front office just want to check that there are no surprises medically, which is importaznt considering the size of the investment.

At the very least it shows there is serious interest on both sides and discussion have progressed to some degree

from memory this is what happened with Canty last year
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Post  Big_Pete on Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:04 pm

According to Adam Schefter, it is down to NYG and Arizona for Rolle
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Post  Big_Pete on Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:12 pm

At this point, I would be surprised if the Giants didn't sign Antrel Rolle
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