The New York Giants are committed to developing the future. General manager Jerry Reese has signed kicker Aldrick Rosas to a future contract.
One of the most intriguing additions to the NFL has been the introduction of futures contracts. For those unfamiliar, future contracts enable teams to claim the rights to players whom they believe will be able to contribute during the upcoming season.
The New York Giants have taken advantage of this opportunity by acquiring a player who could be of aid to the 2017 postseason efforts.
New York is coming off of an 11-5 season and the first postseason appearance since 2011. It was a sensational rebound from four consecutive seasons of mediocrity and a general inability to win the necessary games to reach the playoffs.
According to Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle, the Giants have signed former Titans kicker Aldrick Rosas to a futures deal.
General manager Jerry Reese is showing forward thinking in the commitment to a potentially helpful player at a position of need.
Rosas is a 22-year-old kicker who played college ball for the Southern Oregon Raiders. During the 2014 season, he converted 16 of his 21 field goal attempts and went 83-of-86 on his extra point attempts.
Of his 115 kickoffs during the 2014 college football season, 78 went for touchbacks and two went out of bounds.
Though he’s been flying under the radar as an NFL prospect, Rosas has intriguing physical gifts that New York appears ready to test.
Rosas is listed at 6’2″ and 195 pounds, and has impressive range on his kicks. His accuracy and consistency are the areas in which he must improve, but he clearly has the power to be an impact player at kicker.
This is more of an exploratory deal than something that locks him in as New York’s kicker, but the upside is intriguing.
The Giants’ offseason is already off to a solid start.