EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Safety Antrel Rolle has one year left on his contract and is currently scheduled to cost the New York Giants $9.25 million against the salary cap in 2014. With 24 unrestricted free agents to worry about, quarterback Eli Manning scheduled to count $20.4 million and several tough decisions confronting their roster rebuild, the Giants could use some relief there. Rolle, who performed very well in 2013 as a captain and a leader of the defense, says he'd be willing to discuss a contract extension that would reduce his 2014 cap number in exchange for some more years on his deal.
"If that's what they want to do, I'll do it," Rolle said Monday. "I would like to retire as a Giant. The ultimate goal is an extension and add more years to my deal so I can stay a part of this organization. I know easily I have four years left."
It's a matter of agreeing on a price and a term. If Rolle thinks he has four years left, that would mean a three-year extension on top of the year still to go. That would certainly do the job of defraying the 2014 cap cost, but it's no sure thing that the Giants want to extend Rolle into a season in which he'll turn 35. The much larger extension for Manning looms as a more significant short-term cost savings and long-term maneuver. If the Giants and Rolle are unable to agree to an extension, they could find themselves having to ask him to take a 2014 pay cut, which he's unlikely to do, and could end up having to release him. With Stevie Brown expected back from knee surgery and Will Hill having emerged as a very good player for them, they could conceivably go without Rolle to save money they can spend elsewhere.
So while owner John Mara and general manager Jerry Reese weren't keen to talk extensions Monday, the Rolle situation is one that may require their attention before they can make the rest of their offseason plans.