As you probably know, the Saints tried to pry Barry Cofield away from the Giants during the draft for a second-round pick. The deal fell through when the Saints and Cofield could not agree on a new contract. Cofield said he was not upset that the Giants wanted to trade him but rather he was flattered that the Saints were willing to give up so much for him.
“The Saints were giving up a second round pick in a very deep draft, so I think that shows a lot,” he said. “Monetarily, that’s business. But giving up a second round pick, that shows that they value me. A lot of quality players have been traded for a lot less than a second round pick in this offseason especially, so that actually excited me.
“It made me feel good that someone had some interest and would be willing to give up a second round pick for me,” he added. “I was excited about it. But when it fell through my attention immediately turned to what we have in this building and that excited me too.”
The Saints could just as easily have made Cofield an offer during the restricted free agency period earlier this spring, since the Giants put a second-round tender on the defensive tackle. But they waited until the draft to make their move. Cofield said he feels that a lot of teams withheld offers from RFAs because they felt that the original team – in this case, the Giants – would just match the offer. Not that Cofield would have minded that at all, probably. By waiting until the draft, the Saints put more pressure on Cofield to make a decision.
“They probably felt that I was on the clock, the draft had already started, and it gave me less time to think,” Cofield said. “Maybe they thought I would succumb to the numbers that they gave me. But that wasn’t the case.”
Cofield was running with the first defensive unit during today’s OTA, for what it’s worth (not a lot, really). He and Chris Canty were inside while Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka were the “starting” defensive ends. Osi Umenyiora took some snaps with the first unit as well, pairing up with Kiwanuka as the ends.
But this is a blog post about Cofield. And the veteran said he considers being nearly traded to the defending Super Bowl champions a “distant memory.”
“I know I’m going to be a Giant and that’s all that matters.”