Kenny Phillips will have a new partner in the middle of the defensive backfield next year. Antrel Rolle, brought in this morning, agreed to a five-year, $37 million deal with the Giants a few minutes ago.
With $15 million guaranteed, Rolle thus becomes the richest safety in history. And they can now drop their interest in New Orleans safety Darren Sharper and the two restricted safeties they showed interest in, the Colts' Antoine Bethea and the Rams' Oshiomogho Atogwe. By signing Rolle, they managed to get a young (27), multi-faceted (he plays safety and corner, and can return punts and kickoffs) weapon without giving up a single draft pick.
The Cardinals reportedly had made an offer of six years, $38 million, which Rolle rejected in favor of the Giants' deal.