After a breakout season in 2012, Stevie Brown came into 2013 expecting to take over as a starting safety for the New York Giants. Unfortunately, a torn ACL in the preseason ended his follow-up campaign quicker than it could begin, and the uncertainty surrounding his future with the team was only compounded by his pending free agent status.
But with surgery now a distant memory, and with rehab on schedule — which included a return to running only a week ago — Brown feels he's ready for a strong return in 2014. And he fully expects that to be with the New York Giants.
"I mean, I feel like I'll be back, and I want to be back so it's more so you just have to wait for the process now," Brown told The Star-Ledger. "Wait for it all to happen upstairs and just go from there."
Shortly after a Week 17 victory over the Washington Redskins, Brown revealed he already had a meeting with General Manager Jerry Reese, who allegedly informed him the team would want him back in 2014. So his expectation to return is not at all unfounded, and would lead you to believe the two sides have continued their talks. And given the level uncertainty of Will Hill's status following his recent arrest, Brown is a quality option for both depth and experience.
In addition to Hill being carefully watched by the league, Ryan Mundy is also slated to become an unrestricted free agent. Ultimately, that leaves Big Blue with only the aforementioned Hill, Antrel Rolle and Cooper Taylor at the safety position. So should Brown be willing to work with the Giants on a "show me" deal similar to the one signed by cornerback Terrell Thomas following his last ACL/microfracture surgery, it's a safe bet we'll see Brown wearing Giants blue again in 2014.
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