GIANTS' AARON ROSS, AND UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT, SAYS HE WANTS TO BE BACK
"Itís been less than three weeks since the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI in
Indianapolis, but coaches and front office officials are back there this week to
turn the page on the 2011 season with the annual scouting combine, the
unofficial beginning of the offseason.
In addition to the draft, the Giants will have to make decisions on a number
of free agents on their roster, including six cornerbacks. The prominent names
are Terrell Thomas, who missed the entire 2011 season with a torn ACL, and Aaron
Ross, who was slated as the teamís third cornerback but jumped on the depth
chart due to Thomasí injury. He started all but one game, recording 60 tackles
and four interceptions.
Ross, a first-round pick in 2007, has struggled at times in his five seasons
but has started 41 games for the Giants and was a starter on two Super Bowl
teams. He has 10 career interceptions.
He wants to be back, but said itís out of his hands.
ďOf course, of course,Ē Ross told the Star-Ledger after a MAB Celebrity
Services appearance in Franklin Lakes today. ďIíve been here five years so
thatís like asking me if I want to go back to (Texas). I invested four years
there and five years here so my heart is here."
The Giants currently have just two cornerbacks under contract for next season
-- Corey Webster and Prince Amukamara.
ďItís up to them," Ross said. "Itís completely up to them if they want to
bring me back or not. I donít get into it too much. I donít worry about it. My
agent, heíll take care of it.Ē
His heart may be in East Rutherford, but Ross repeated that the NFL is a
business and wouldnít say whether he would give the Giants a hometown
ďI donít know. We got to see,Ē the unrestricted free agent said. ďItís all a
business. Itís all a business. I donít know numbers. Iíll leave that up to my
ďIíve seen that itís a business from the start. Coming into the league, Sam
(Madison), all of those guys told me itís a business so the front office is
going to take care of themselves and we as players have to take care of
ourselves. Hopefully we can meet somewhere in the middle to where both of us
The secondaryís turnaround late in the season contributed heavily to the
teamís reversal and will likely contribute to a better market for him.
ďItís huge,Ē he said. ďAny player going to free agency coming off a Super
Bowl win, itís a bonus for them especially if heís a starter. Hopefully itíll
come out in my favor.
ďEverything will work out like always.Ē