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New York Giants Have Expressed Interest in CB Alterraun Verner, DE/DT Arthur Jones

March 9th, 2014 at 8:00 AM
By Dan Benton

It did not take long for the New York Giants to let some of their free agent interests be known. And mere hours after the "legal tampering" period began in the NFL, Big Blue had inquired about Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner and Baltimore Ravens defensive end/defensive tackle Arthur Jones.

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Their interest in Verner, which was first reported by the New York Daily News, speaks volumes about their willingness to spend in free agency. Unlike many of the free agent inquiries that fans refer to as "bargain shopping" for General Manager Jerry Reese, Verner represents a top-of-the-line talent who is one of the better available at his position. He's also going to get paid as such.

In addition to Verner, the Giants also inquired about Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields, but he was promptly re-signed by Green Bay to a four-year, $39 million contract.

With Corey Webster's contract voided and Terrell Thomas a pending free agent, the need at cornerback for the Giants is very real. How much emphasis was going to be placed on rectifying that situation however, was up for debate. It now becomes clear that cornerback is a priority.

Meanwhile, the team also inquired about defensive end/defensive tackle Arthur Jones, who could also find himself at the end of a large pay day. He is said to be in "high demand" around the league already, but would likely represent a potential replacement for Linval Joseph of Justin Tuck if signed.

In addition to the Giants, the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets have reportedly expressed in Verner, while the Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins have both also expressed interest in Jones.

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Tags: Alterraun Verner, Arthur Jones, Baltimore, Baltimore Ravens, Corey Webster, Football, Jerry Reese, Linval Joseph, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Sam Shields, Tennessee, Tennessee Titans

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6 Responses to “New York Giants Have Expressed Interest in CB Alterraun Verner, DE/DT Arthur Jones”

  1.  Dirt says:

    jerseyrich,

    I could be wrong but I think under the new CBA rookie deals are kinda set in stone until they run their course. For 1st rounders like Amukamara, thst means 4 years with a team option for the 5th.

    This is why you’ll see a guy like Russel Wilson win the Super Bowl and not hold out for an increase of his $600K salary next year.

  2.  Krow says:

    I think it’s pretty obvious that we need a starting corner. If we pick one up via free agency it opens up our draft. FA is about need almost 100%.

    •  kujo says:

      Starters Needed as of 3/9/2014:
      LG
      CB
      RB

      Starters or Featured Rotational Players Needed Once FA Begins:
      LB
      WR
      DT
      DE

      Positions Needing to be Upgraded with New Starters:
      TE
      C

      •  kujo says:

        Looking at that list, if we could take care of CB, RB and 2-3 of the Featured or Upgrade-Needed players before we enter draft, we’d be all set.

  3.  kujo says:

    fanfor55years says:
    March 8, 2014 at 8:44 PM
    Kujo, my point is that many say they want Nicks gone because he doesn’t want to be with the Giants. I don’t believe that. I believe he wants a good contract and would happily return if he got it here. And I think that if he proves himself elsewhere and makes those who think he’s “done” look like they pulled that trigger way too early that many will then say “well, he didn’t want to be here and THAT’S why I didn’t want him. No straw man here.

    •  kujo says:

      You’re right–there’s no straw man. In fact, I believe you invented a new form of logical fallacy, wherein you mischaracterize someone’s argument in order to defeat a future opinion. Way to go! Now we just have to find a name for it…

      See, I think there’s a part of this equation that you just don’t seem to accept–the frustration Nicks CLEARLY felt at his physical limitations. I think that led to a cycle where he started to pull back and not try as hard on the field, fearing he’d get really injured if he overdid it. This caused him to be even more frustrated, because the fans–and undoubtedly his teammates–perceived this as him playing it safe in a contract year, which, when you add in the offensive struggles we were having anyway, caused him to sorta check-out of the New York Giants.

      So, yeah. I guess if we paid him big money, he’d probably be happy. But I don’t begrudge that desire to be paid–I just think his tires are balding quicker than he realizes. Krow once described the athleticism required to be even the 53rd man on an NFL roster as this razor’s edge thing, this thousandth-of-a-percent factor that only few people have. When injuries or mental fragility or age tick those decimals–even at the near-subatomic level–in the wrong direction, even a guy like Nicks–who looked like an All World specimen at one point in his career–will be felded.

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