The Giants are in dire need of defensive makeover, a process that usually begins from the middle – out. They have already sent DT Chris Canty packing and brought back Shaun Rogers. Veteran LB and defensive signal-caller Michael Boley has also been released.
The consensus has been that another part of the makeover would be the revamping of the LB corp. Either Jacquian Williams or Spencer Paysinger would slide into Boley’s WLB slot and Mark Herzlich would assume the MLB duties from Chase Blackburn, an outgoing free agent.
That may or may not still be the plan. Blackburn’s agent has said that the team and his client are seeking common ground on a new contract.
From Paul Schwartz of The Post:
“The Giants have expressed a desire to re-sign Chase,’’ Richard Katz, Blackburn’s agent, told The Post Friday. “We believe Chase has been very valuable to the club, both on and off the field. Right now we are assessing his dollar value to the Giants and reviewing all possible alternatives including the Giants.”
John Fennelly, Executive Editor
Thought for sure the Giants were looking to turn the page on the Blackburn era at MLB. Although he’s been the glue on their defense and essentially helped them win a championship, he’s been the glue on the league’s 31st-ranked defense.
The Giants need to upgrade just about everywhere. Re-signing Chase is not a step in that direction, unless he’s being brought back for depth and his special teams prowess. Then this makes sense.