“This is a great fit,” he said. “I would love to finish my career here. I want to be with JPP and (Odell) Beckham, and I can’t wait to see (Victor) Cruz come back. These are my brothers. This is where I want to be.”
The 32 year-old Pro Bowler is in the final season of a five-year, $37 million deal he signed back in March 2010, which, at the time, was the richest deal ever given to an NFL safety.
To his credit, Rolle has not missed a game since signing that deal -- 77 games in all. In fact, he has missed only one game since 2005, when he was with the Arizona Cardinals.
Rolle wants to return to the Giants, but the team may not want to pay him what he believes he's worth. All of those games, all of those snaps may be catching up to him. As per sportingcharts.com, Rolle has played 913 of the Giants' 918 defensive snaps (99.5%) this season. Only six players in the league have played more. At 32, that's saying something.
“Is this my best season? No, it is not my best season,” Rolle told WFAN. “Am I playing ball? Yes, I am definitely playing ball. I am not giving up touchdowns; I am not giving up huge plays. I am playing the way I am supposed to be playing. I am playing multiple roles.”And he has. The Giants may have paid Rolle a huge chunk of money, but he's earned it. He's played all over the secondary the past five years and has done everything the club has asked of him.
But going forward, the Giants may feel they need a younger, quicker option at safety. Not that they wouldn't re-sign Rolle in the offseason as well, but it looks like they're ready either move on and/or sign him to a much lesser deal.
Make no mistake, Rolle has been a vocal presence since he's been here in New York, but he's backed that bravado up on the field. He wants to finish his career here. He deserves at least the opportunity to do that.