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Giants, Saints came close to making deal involving DT Cofield

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Giants, Saints came close to making deal involving DT Cofield

Post  Pizan on Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:50 pm

By Jason La Canfora | NFL Network

The New Orleans Saints and New York Giants came close to completing a trade for defensive tackle Barry Cofield during the draft, according to league sources.

The Saints and Giants discussed a deal Friday that would have sent a second-day pick to New York in exchange for Cofield, according to sources. Talks advanced to the stage where the Saints were given permission to speak to Cofield, a restricted free agent who had a second-round tender placed on him.

However, the sides couldn't work out an extension. There remains potential for Cofield to be dealt -- the Giants drafted defensive tackle Linval Joseph in the second round and could end up playing Chris Canty inside more this year -- and New York hasn't shown a desire to extend his deal to this point.

The Saints are also expected to remain active. Several executives from other teams remain convinced New Orleans will deal tackle Jammal Brown this offseason, either for a player or a draft pick.
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Post  Big_Pete on Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:10 pm

I wouldn't have minded trading Cofield, and I still think he could be available for the right price, but the Giants aren't going to give him away.

I actually like the idea of Cofield rotating in the 3 technique spot on running downs beside Joseph (or another plugger).

I still think there is a chance that Cofield is traded, but more likely for another player.
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Re: Giants, Saints came close to making deal involving DT Cofield

Post  Pizan on Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:14 pm

It sounds as if cofield way over values himself. I wonder what the agreed trade included as compensation for cofield. They don't have any pass rushing de's that we would collect.
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Re: Giants, Saints came close to making deal involving DT Cofield

Post  Big_Pete on Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:19 am

I would like to see us bring in a true vet NT option like John Henderson

Cofield is better suited to the 3 technique in my opinion

It could also be that the Saints were trying to get Cofield for a bargain price.

I wouldn't rule out Cofield being traded, but probably not until we add a vet NT option
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