In the first month of free agency, the New York Giants nearly had a deal in place to sign former Seattle Seahawks linebacker/defensive end O'Brien Schofield to a two-year, $8 million deal, but the deal eventually fell through.
Before the deal ever got completed, the Giants noticed that Schofield had knee issues in the physical that they gave him last month, which lead to the Giants ending up backing out of the agreement altogether and severed negotiations with him and moved on to other free agent targets like Jameel McClain for outside linebacker and Robert Ayers for defensive end.
With the first wave of free agents getting signed, Schofield remained on the open market and on Wednesday, Schofield worked out for the Tennessee Titans. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the 27-year-old not only took a physical, but passed one for the team.
O'Brien Schofield, @ob_scho, who failed physical with Giants, passed one today with Titans. Also, Eagles S Kurt Coleman is visiting Vikings.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 9, 2014
Schofield once played under newly signed Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt when he was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals; Schofield was a former fourth round pick from the Cardinals out of Wisconsin back in the 2010 NFL Draft and played three years under Whisenhunt before being claimed off waivers this past summer by the eventual Super Bowl Champion Seahawks in July of 2013.
In 15 games for the Seahawks, Schofield had one sack and nine tackles in 15 games, two of which he started in while playing both at the outside linebacker and defensive end spots. The year before in Arizona, Schofield had four sacks to go along with 34 tackles in nine games.
If Tennessee were to sign him, Schofield would likely be used as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense in Tennessee, which is ran by another former Cardinals assistant and now Tennessee defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
Some people never understood why the Giants actually signed Schofield to begin with and called it a questionable move by Jerry Reese, but given that there were issues with his physical due to knee problems, the Giants may have avoided disaster and find themselves fortunate if the knee problems persist in 2014.
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