In my conversation with New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese during the recent owners meetings, he vowed to make sure his club was covered at the safety position in 2010. The Giants have already rewarded former Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle with an enormous free-agent contract.
"We signed Deon Grant because, number one, he's durable," said Reese. "He really hasn't missed time. He's a durable veteran who will bring depth and leadership to our safety position."
Grant's basically part of the backup plan for Kenny Phillips, who is returning from major knee surgery. And he's a big upgrade over C.C. Brown. Reese is right about Grant's durability. He hasn't missed a game since his rookie season in 2000. Early in his career with the Panthers, Grant was a playmaker who always seemed to get his hands on the football. But he's been nothing more than a serviceable player over the past few seasons.
I'll talk with some of the folks at Scouts Inc. and try to give you a full report on Grant this weekend.
The Giants were awful at safety last season once Phillips was injured in Week 2. That's why it wouldn't surprise me to see Reese draft a safety in the first couple of rounds this month.