There is no question the New York Giants’ secondary, especially at cornerback, lacks depth. Terrell Thomas is coming off of his second ACL injury in as many seasons. Corey Webster is coming off of a bad year and recently took a pay cut to stay with the team. Prince Amukamara had a nice season but he still needs to prove he can stay healthy for an entire season. Jayron Hosley showed some promise but he had injury problems last season as well.
The Giants need to add depth in the secondary, especially since it looks like Kenny Phillips is going to be leaving via free agency. There are some whispers that the Giants are interested in Charles Woodson which would be a boost to the unit. However, there is one name that became available today that Giants fans are familiar with.
Aaron Ross, 30, was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars just one year after signing a three-year, $9.75 million deal. Ross capitalized on his solid 2011 season that saw him step up and replace Thomas as a starting corner. However, Ross struggled mightily with the Jaguars and found himself slipping down the Jaguars’ depth chart, eventually losing his job to Rashean Mathis and eventually losing the nickel corner job to Mike Harris.
Ross’ 2012 campaign was not very good. However, at age 30, there is still something left in the tank and it is doubtful he will be able to demand a large contract at this point. He could be a perfect depth addition to the Giants secondary, effectively replacing Justin Tryon. He knows the defense, has excelled in the system and could be had at a reduced cost as he tries to reestablish his value.
There are worse options than bringing Ross back on a one-year deal. It couldn’t hurt for the Giants to kick the tires on Ross one more time if the Giants lose out on other options like Woodson.