Spring officially began at 1:14 a.m. on Tuesday. That’s just about the same time Aaron Ross became a Jacksonville Jaguar. He agreed to terms with the team overnight on a three-year deal that could be worth up to $15.3 million, according to a source.
While the departure is not unexpected – especially since the Giants re-signed Terrell Thomas just prior to the start of free agency – it does mark some significant changes for the team’s secondary and overall personality.
Here, for example, is what this means for the cornerback situation: The Giants will likely go into the season with Corey Webster and Thomas as their starters and Prince Amukamara as their nickelback (although it’s possible that technically Thomas would move to the actual nickel and Amukamara would play outside in the sub package). In other words, two of the three main cornerbacks will be coming off surgeries to their leg or foot, with Thomas still rehabbing from a torn ACL last preseason and Amukamara still working through the surgery he had in training camp to fix a broken bone in his foot (he underwent an injection procedure recently to help aid the healing of the area and was spotted on crutches at a recent autograph signing).
The other aspect of the departure has to do with the draft class of 2007. They were such an important part of the Super Bowl that season that they were all collectively named the team’s Rookies of the Year (yes, even Adam Koets who never played in a game that year). So of the eight players selected in that draft, how many remain with the Giants? Just two. Zak DeOssie and Ahmad Bradshaw. The rest of them – Ross, Steve Smith, Jay Alford, Kevin Boss, Koets and Michael Johnson – have all moved on. That’s quite a turnover in five seasons.