New York Giants: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all-time

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Antrel Rolle, New York Giants
Antrel Rolle, New York Giants. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

31. . Safety. 2010-14. Antrel Rolle. 6. player

  • Member of Super Bowl XLVI championship team
  • Selected to Pro Bowl in 2010 and 2013
  • Had 5 defensive touchdowns in his career
  • Averaged 93 tackles per season with Giants

Many NFL free agents never see the end of their high-priced contracts, but safety Antrel Rolle was an exception to that dynamic. According to Spotrac, on March 5, 2010, Rolle signed a five-year, $37 million contract with the Giants.

After coming to the Big Apple, Rolle became an important cog on the team’s leadership council.

At that time, some thought the team was crazy to spend that kind of money on a safety, but the former Miami Hurricane proved himself to be a value signing by the franchise. Rolle played in 80 games with Big Blue. He started in every one of those games.

If you do the math, that means that Rolle never missed a single game while with the G-Men. According to Pro Football Reference, Rolle twice made the Pro Bowl as a member of the Giants (2010, 2013).

His best season for Big Blue was 2013, when Rolle accumulated 98 total tackles and intercepted six passes. For good measure, he added two quarterback sacks.. Mostly, the gregarious Rolle was vocal leader for the Giants. He held back very little when the team did not play well.

After the 2014 NFL season, the Giants decided not to re-sign Rolle, and he moved onto to the Chicago Bears. He played only seven games in the Windy City before retiring from the league.