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Former New York Giants DT Chris Canty in High Demand Around NFL

February 25th, 2013 at 12:30 PM
By Dan Benton

When defensive tackle Chris Canty was released by the New York Giants earlier this month, he almost immediately ruled out a return. He and his agent knew there would be many teams around the league who were interested in his services, and that's certainly proven to be true.

Within a week of his release, Canty spent time visiting with both the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans, and although the Titans were very interested in signing him, the veteran headed home and opted to wait before making a decision. That may prove to be fruitful for the defensive tackle as both the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars have entered the mix.

Canty will visit with both teams once the NFL Combine comes to a close, and early indications are that the Packers will be the favorites to sign him.

Still, many things can change between now and then, and several Carolina Panthers players have also reached out to Canty urging him to sign with them. Of course, he's yet to hear from their new General Manager, Dave Gettleman, who knows Canty well from his days with the Giants. However, Canty has already publicly stated he might be willing to give Carolina a "hometown discount," so those rumors are bound to heat up.

“I might be willing to do the hometown discount,” Canty said with a laugh, when asked by WFNZ’s The Mac Attack about joining the Panthers. “We have to see what other opportunities are out there.”

The only thing that appears certain is that Canty will not return to the Giants in 2013.

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14 Responses to “Former New York Giants DT Chris Canty in High Demand Around NFL”

  1.  PittsburghJim says:

    He was terrific for us, no doubt.
    Two things took CC down:
    * One, he got hurt and did not regain his lateral agility
    and
    * this one goes unnoticed- he lost a good deal of weight
    (prob to lighten the load on the knees), especially in his
    trunk area and lost a ton of leverage at the point of contact.

    He is at the perfect juncture of his career to “be let go” by
    the organization.
    Sad….but smart.

  2.  Dirt says:

    Speaking of life after football, Antrel Rolle is set for life with royalties from G101!

  3.  Krow says:

    Canty was a good guy and contributed to a Superbowl run. I hope it works out well for him. But he wasn’t let go because of anything on-the-field. He was hurt, didn’t regain his form, and was a big cap hit.

    If he had a performanced based deal … at a somewhat lower number … then he’d still be here. And that’s the type of contract he’s going to get … from someone else.

  4.  Dirt says:

    I’m starting to side with Krow with respect to DTs: keep churning them in the draft, let someone else pay them after their rookie deal.

    I remember being worried when the Eagles signed Cullen Jenkins. Now he’s unemployed. Why? When you’re 350 pounds and you’ve signed your big deal, how hard must it be to keep grinding? Hard, I think.

    So there was that one DT who’s hurt now and people were asking should we take him. Can he give us 4 years? If so, yes. And if he, or anyone else has got more than 4 years, we wouldn’t see the Giants break the bank anyway.

  5.  shmitty013 says:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/draft/2013/02/25/utah-defensive-tackle-star-lotulelei-nfl-combine/1946109/

    Sounds like Star’s heart problem may not have been a heart problem at all, but something caused either by dehydration or his loss of 10lbs of weight in 3 days prior to the combine. He didnt actually fail his physical but rather the Drs ruled it inconclusive. This is good news if true because if he did have a heart condition, there would be likely no chance of Richardson falling to us, but if he’s ok, there’s still a slight chance. I’m praying we can get Richardson.

  6.  shmitty013 says:

    Wow Jon Bostic, LB from Florida, ran a 4.50 forty. He was being projected as a 4th rounder, but that’ll definitely help his stock. I was really hoping we could grab him in the 4th, but that seems less likely now.

  7.  shmitty013 says:

    Te’o with a 4.81. Not good

    •  wlubake says:

      This shouldn’t be a surprise. The guy was never thought to be overly fast. He made up for it with taking great angles in coverage. In the end, I don’t care about his timed 40 speed. I watched every game he played this year and he can flat out play football. He should be a top 25 pick. Anything below that, you should take him and thank the guys ahead of you for passing. 10 year starting linebacker.

      •  LUZZ says:

        I couldn’t disagree more. This kid is way over-hyped. i watch a ton of college football too. I’m telling you there are probably 5 LB’s in the SEC alone that are better football players than T’eo.

  8.  shmitty013 says:

    Other LBs mentioned by people here: Minter ran a 4.82 and Ogletree ran a 4.62. These are all unofficial times so far.

  9.  shmitty013 says:

    Can’t copy and paste tweets from my phone but according to Jenny Vrentas, the Giants did a simple restructure of Kiwi’s contract freeing up $1 million in cap space this year but adding money for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. They took $1.5 million of his base and converted it to a signing bonus.

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