The New York Giants defensive backfield officially got better yesterday. Safety Stevie Brown signed his restricted free agent tender and is back with Big Blue. Brown will make $2.023 million next year. If another team had tried to sign him to a contract, the Giants could have matched. If they didn’t, they would’ve gotten a second round pick in return.
Brown being back is essential for the Giants. He has earned the starting role with the team based on his performance from last year. The team let former first round pick Kenny Phillips leave and sign with the division rival Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants are Brown’s third team.
Brown came out of nowhere and had an excellent season for the Giants. He had 76 tackles, was tied for second in the league with eight interceptions, led the league in interception return yardage, and had two forced fumbles. Brown will be starting alongside Antrel Rolle at the safety position.
The safety position in defensive coordinator Perry Fewell’s dffense is very important, especially when a three safety look is called. Brown could be back there with Ryan Mundy, Will Hill, Tyler Sash or even Terrell Thomas when Rolle is being placed in the slot against certain receivers.
The Giants still have two more very important restricted free agents in Andre Brown and Victor Cruz. Brown has a second round tender while Cruz has a first round tender. They have until April 19 to try and get offers from other teams around the league.