That was before the team cleaned house at the position, also allowing Antrel Rolle to head off to Chicago.
If it looks like desperate times, general manager Jerry Reese doesn't want to hear it. The two-time Super Bowl winner has gone into the season two years in a row with a perceived void of talent at a certain position.
Last year, it was tight end Larry Donnell, a converted Grambling quarterback, who ended up with six touchdown catches.
The gamble may work, but in the meantime, the Giants are letting go of a quality run-stopper and play-making center fielder who will have his first full offseason in more than two years.