After being cut Sunday by the Chicago Bears, safety Antrel Rolle hopes to reunite with the New York Giants and hatch a revenge to his former team in the coming season.
The 33-year old safety was released by the Bears after playing a total of seven games last season as he was sidelined with a knee injury to which he blamed the Bears’ facility. He explained to the New York Post that the Bears’ facility is “one of the worst” he has ever been and described it as slippery and dangerous for players as well.
“The surfaces in the Chicago facilities are the worst I’ve ever been around, I’m just gonna be honest with you. I slipped on the surface, I wasn’t even running, I was just kind of shuffling and slipped,” Rolle said.
He claimed that he is already 100 percent healthy and ready for the next season and he would want to end up with the team he has been playing for four years and that is the New York Giants. Rolle was, in fact, a member of the Giants when they won Super Bowl XLVI. He told CBS Sports that he hoped that a contract could be worked out between them as he would want to get back at the Bears.
“You know my first choice would be home, man. And what I mean by home, that’s New York. That’s a franchise that I love. There’s a difference in playing for a franchise because that’s where your contract is, that’s where you’re supposed to play. It’s just where I want to bring my assets, where I want to help the franchise, the city, the players. It’s family for me. That’s where I would want to reside and just go out there and play ball,” Rolle added.
He even told CBS Radio affiliate 670 the Score that if not the Giants, he hopes to end up with a team that would face the Bears in the next season so he can bust their a**. However, ESPN’s Dan Graziano thinks that having a veteran Rolle will only worsen the things for the Giants as they are already loaded in the same position with Landon Collins, Nat Berhe, Bennett Jackson, Mykkele Thompson and 2016 third-round pick Darian Thompson plus there is no guarantee if Rolle’s injury will not reoccur when the season starts.
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Graziano believes that there are pros and cons on signing Rolle back with the Giants. A con is that the Giants are looking at a long-term relationship with its players unlike when Rolle left them and signed with the Bears back in 2014. Also, the Giants are looking at granting exposures for their safety, however, if a similar situation happens again when Berhe, Jackson and Thompson all got injured, then reunited to Rolle would possibly make way this summer.
However, it is still a far fetch and Rolle does not need to put his hopes high that he would end up with the Giants. Rather, he should try selling himself with other teams who are in need of his talents.
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