The New York Giants already acquired former Philadelphia Eagles‘ DT Cullen Jenkins via free agency in a three-year deal. Apparently, the Giants are not stopping there in stripping the Eagles of their talent. The Giants have brought in DT Mike Patterson, who played with the Eagles last season as well.
It is expected that Patterson will take a physical when he visits the Giants, making a partnership very likely. Oddly enough, Jenkins and Patterson were both released by the Eagles on the same day in February. The Eagles have let go of a lot of people who turned out to be disappointments, including CB Nnamdi Asomugha.
This physical for Patterson is very important for himself and the Giants. Patterson has had medical issues in the past. During training camp in 2011, he suffered a seizure, which put many things in doubt for his career. He still proceeded to play all but one game that season, but needed brain surgery at the conclusion of the year.
Patterson only played five games this past season following the brain surgery, therefore, it is not a given that he’ll be able to pass his physical. There are incredible risks when going after someone who has had these kinds of medical issues in the past.
It isn’t a necessity for the Giants to get Patterson. They already have a plethora of interior defensive linemen. DT Rocky Bernard is still a free agent the Giants could potentially re-sign for the minimum. The Giants let Bernard head into free agency, and it doesn’t look like there are teams that want him.
It’ll be very interesting to see if the Giants do lock up Patterson. Furthermore, it’ll be interesting to see how well Patterson and Jenkins play against the Eagles.