With the return of safety Antrel Rolle being in doubt, New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese is expected to survey the free agent-waters in search of a replacement. Devin McCourty will be the most sought safety and is likely to receive $9 to $10 million per season in his new long-term deal, which will elevate his salary in the ranks that of the Seattle Seahawks’ Earl Thomas and New Orleans’ Saints Jairus Byrd.
The 2015 NFL Draft is not being regarded as boasting a deep draft class at the safety position. “There’s not much there,” an individual who studied the free agent safety market said. “It makes those two (McCourty and the Denver Broncos’ Rahim Moore) very valuable, at a difficult position to fill” (Jordan Raanan, NJ.com).
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The Giants are also attempting to retain Stevie Brown, who has not been able to find his way back into being the playmaker that he was during two seasons ago when he recorded eight interceptions. Last season was Brown’s first season back after suffering a torn ACL during the 2013 preseason.
Currently on the roster are Cooper Taylor and Nat Berhe, who combined have never started an NFL game. Given all of this information, it would make sense for Reese to invest in a veteran safety who is hitting the open market. Moore, at 25 years of age, played his last four seasons with the Denver Broncos. He is expected to be Plan-B for teams who are not able to land McCourty.
While Moore may be known for being involved in Joe Flacco’s Rocky Mountain Rainbow, Moore has developed into an above-average serviceable safety after helping lead Denver in interceptions with four. In 2013, he suffered a frightening leg injury due to lateral compartment syndrome but has shown that the happening is a thing of the past.
Moore would slot in at free safety as he strong suits himself by playing back deep and being the last line of defense. However he needs to improve his tackling ability as Pro Football Focus ranked him 23rd of 89 safeties when it comes to missed tackles (Mark Bullock, The Washington Post). Though at 25 years old he should still have his best years ahead of him. The Giants could try to attempt to focus on Moore specifically since he will come at a cheaper rate, likely $5 to $8 million annually (Raanan).
What do you think, Giants fans? Would you still be excited to see Moore come on board? Please leave your comments below!