Last summer, Brown was hopeful that he would just make the roster. Not only did he make the team, he emerged as a starter, as he was able to record 66 total tackles with eight interceptions, 11 pass deflections and two forced fumbles while starting in 11 of the 16 games.
With Kenny Phillips leaving as a free agent to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, Brown is the clear starter in 2013, and he is looking to improve on his success and not be a one-year wonder, as he told Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record.
"You hear about people, 'Oh man, he had a killer year" and you say what'd he do after that – you never heard of him again," said Brown.
After last season, Brown entered as a restricted free agent and had a second-round tender placed upon him, which he signed back on March 19 for one-year at $2.02 million. While playing this season on a one-year contract, it keeps the former University of Michigan graduate extremely hungry for success.
“With a lot of one-years out there, guys looking for something more long-term it definitely creates more of a sense of hunger by going out there with something to prove,’’ Brown said. “I’m still thankful for the tender I got, I’ll never downplay it but at the same time you always want something that’s long-term, you want to have something with a little more insurance,’’ Brown said. “It’s another ‘show-me’ with a little more money is all it is.’’
If Brown is looking for a long-term deal and a nice pay day from the Giants, he will certainly have to earn it by being able to duplicate his success, while improving as well and being a consistent player in the Giants secondary.
"Consistency is the most important thing. I want to prove I can be around for a long time," Brown said.
The 25-year-old Brown was originally a seventh-round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2010 and was with the Indianapolis Colts before joining the Giants in 2012.
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