According to one report, the Giants were talking about trading one of their veteran defensive linemen this weekend. But no, it was not Osi Umenyiora.
Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network Tweeted that the Giants and Saints were in discussions on a deal that would have sent DT Barry Cofield to New Orleans for a second-day (second- or third-round) pick.
I don’t know if these reported conversations took place before or after the Giants picked Linval Joseph, the defensive tackle from East Carolina, in the second round. Likely after. And it was likely before the Saints’ second-round draft pick since New Orleans had the final pick in that round (64th overall) and two middle linebackers were still on the board until they were taken in the spots directly ahead of the Saints there: Brandon Spikes and Pat Angerer. They might have also been aiming for an opening at the bottom of the third if, as they said, they passed on Phillip Dillard with their own third-round pick and were hoping he'd still be there in the fourth.
Maybe the price was too high for the Saints, who, if they were really interested in Cofield, could have signed him to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent with a second-round tender last month. Or maybe the Giants pulled away when Spikes and/or Angerer were no longer available to them.
Anyway, Cofield is still a Giant.
Oh, and so is Osi.
Meanwhile, veteran defensive tackles are being shaken loose from the state of Florida. Former Pro Bowl DT John Henderson has been released by the Jaguars and Chris Hovan will reportedly be released by the Bucs. Are the Giants interested in either?
I haven’t heard anything yet on Hovan, but there have been conversations between the Giants and the agent for Henderson that the agent described as “exploring options.” No decisions were made, though, and Henderson will begin visiting teams tomorrow. His first stop will be Kansas City. Henderson was a first-round pick of the Jaguars in 2002, the last year that Tom Coughlin coached in Jacksonville.
The Giants might be interested in signing either player. Yes, they drafted Joseph and expect him to compete. But they clearly have no long-range plans for Cofield (his second-round tender offer tells you that) and might be looking to cut their losses with Rocky Bernard after a rather uneventful first season with the team.