"It's just a decision for my family," Vereen told the Giants' official team website Wednesday. "At the end of the day, I wanted to make a decision that was right for us, right for them. This is a great organization. I was fortunate enough to play in New England with another great organization, and this is no slouch. This is not a step down. If anything, it's a step up. I'm looking forward to the opportunity, and I'm enjoying being in New York."
(Flash to Pats fans burning things.)
To be fair to the running back, who inked a three-year, $12.35 million contract with the Giants this week, these newly signed players are sent through an exhausting media carwash immediately after being brought to town. That process can inevitably lead to saying things in ways they don't always intent.
Vereen was effusive about what he learned under Bill Belichick in New England in the same interview.