Right now, the New York Giants are showing up on Sundays with only three safeties on the roster while they await Will Hill to return from his suspension two weeks from now. However, the Giants are not standing pat and are scheduled to bring in free agent safety Kerry Rhodes for a workout tomorrow.
Rhodes, 31, was released by the Arizona Cardinals in March and strangely has not garnered much interest around the NFL despite proving last season he can still play at a high level with four interceptions, 11 passes defensed and 67 combined tackles, 58 of which were solo, and forcing two fumbles.
Rhodes plays with fire, much like current Giants safety Antrel Rolle, and would be a welcome addition to a secondary that already has Rolle, cornerbacks Terrell Thomas, Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara and Aaron Ross.
Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell likes to employ an extra safety in place of a linebacker in some schemes and right now only Ryan Mundy and Cooper Taylor are the only safeties on the roster with Rolle. The Giants are one play away from having a serious problem in the secondary and can’t afford to wait for Will Hill to come back from his suspension. Even if Hill does come back Rhodes, if he can still play at the level from last year, is an upgrade over Hill despite Hill’s upside.
The one obstacle for the Giants might be cap room. Right now, the Giants are less than $400,000 under the cap which doesn’t leave a lot of room to maneuver. Someone would have to be cut in order for the Giants to free up the money to sign Rhodes. It isn’t likely that Rhodes will want the veteran minimum but there is the chance that since he hasn’t garnered much interest across the NFL he might accept a vet minimum contract.
The Giants could use a player like Rhodes and if he is willing to take the Giants’ money then the Giants need to sign him.