New York Giants’ S Kenny Phillips is a free agent this off-season, but it isn’t quite clear of the interest he’s getting around the league. The Giants would like to have Phillips back, as the Giants’ defense looked much better when he was on the field. However, Phillips hasn’t been able to stay healthy, so it’s unclear what the Giants will be looking to pay him.
S Stevie Brown is also a free agent, but seems more of a lock to re-sign with the Giants than Phillips. However, the Giants would also like to bring back Phillips because they can utilize the three-safety system that worked well when he partnered up with S Antrel Rolle and S Deon Grant in their Super Bowl winning 2011 season.
With the Giants in a tough spot in regards to the salary cap, Phillips can definitely get a better deal elsewhere. So who’s interested in signing Phillips long-term? Two teams that immediately come to mind are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers, two teams from the NFC South.
The Buccaneers have a ton of salary cap space and have already inquired about Phillips and former Buffalo Bills S George Wilson. The Buccaneers feel like they have a franchise quarterback in QB Josh Freeman and are looking to build on both sides of the ball in order to improve. Phillips can help their pass defense out right away. If you remember, it was the Buccaneers that gave up 510 passing yards to QB Eli Manning.
The Panthers have some cap room as well, and the safety position is one of desperate need. The Panthers pass defense has been suspect over the course of the season, even though their defense overall got better over time. However, in the game against the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome, the safety position was exposed as the Panthers lost a game they should’ve won.
Both teams can give Phillips the money and long-term security he’s most likely seeking. The Giants may be willing to give him a short-term deal so he can prove he can stay healthy. Let’s see what those around Phillips advise him to do.