Turns out Kenny Phillips is a big reason why Antrel Rolle signed with the Giants (five years, $37 million with $15 million guaranteed in case you missed it). But not exactly for the reasons you might think.
Shortly after the deal was finalized, agent Drew Rosenhaus – who, as we noted earlier, reps both Rolle and Phillips – was on Sirius NFL Radio and said that the relationship between the two safeties and products of the University of Miami helped bring Rolle to the Giants.
“Kenny was a big reason why Antrel has agreed to sign with the Giants and I think Antrel loved the idea of playing with Kenny,” Rosenhaus said. He quickly added: “Kenny’s going to make a compete recovery and we’re very optimistic about him doing that.”
It will be interesting to see how the Giants use the two safeties if, in fact, Phillips is able to play. In Perry Fewell's turnover-focused defense, they should both thrive.
Rosenhaus also said the Cardinals made it very difficult for Rolle to leave.
“I can’t say enough about the Cardinals,” he said. “The Cardinals are losing some players here in free agency, but I can tell you they went toe-to-toe with the Giants. It wasn’t an economic thing. I believe it was more to do with the fact that Antrel wanted to be closer to home and is from the East Coast. A lot of times guys spend 5 years in one program and they want to try something different. There was nothing wrong with what the Cardinals did, just more so that the Giants and Antrel made a good fit.”