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Former Giants DT Barry Cofield was released by the Washington Redskins yesterday, prompting the question this morning: are the Giants interested? From Rotoworld:

The move saves Washington $4 million in cap space. Cofield enters a strong interior defensive line class in free agency, but should generate a healthy amount of interest. He missed much of last season with a severe high ankle sprain, but is still only 31 years old (in mid-March), and capable as both a pocket pusher and run stopper. He can play multiple positions on the line.

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Three Redskins players who will have an impact on Sunday's season opener:

1. Tim Hightower

Mike Shannahan loves to establish the run, and Hightower has been the Redskins' most effective player this pre-season. He is by no means an elite player, but he has shown flashes of starter-caliber talent in the past, and on the current Redskins roster, that is enough to set oneself apart. Especially with Jonathan Goff out and rookie Greg Jones starting at middle linebacker, stopping Hightower will be key for the defense.

Tags: Barry Cofield, laron landry, reed doughty, tim hightower, Washington Redskins
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DT Barry Cofield was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Northwestern. He came to the team with a lot of promise and, for the most part, delivered.

In his five years with the Giants, Cofield amassed 210 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 79 games for the Blue. He was a fan favorite, but the Giants decided he was not worth keeping...or they had no shot at keeping him. In Cofield's final two years as a Giant, the team spent their second-round draft choices on replacements for him.

This summer, after waiting an extra year for free agency to arrive due to the lockout, Cofield was not seriously courted by the Giants, as expected. When the hated Washington Redskins threw a suitcase of money on his lawn, he had no choice but to defect.

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According to multiple sources, including the Washington Post, the Redskins will sign former Giants DT Barry Cofield to a six year deal that will pay him $12.5 million guaranteed.

The Redskins don't have a history of overpaying big defensive tackles, do they?

The writing was on the wall...we all knew Cofield would not be a Giant this season, but it's a shame that he had to sign within the division. Cofield was a very good player for the Giants last season, but Jerry Reese refused to break the bank, and instead drafted a DT in the second round of the last two drafts.

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With all of the speculation regarding Steve Smith, Barry Cofield and Ahmad Bradshaw's impending "unemployment," several key Giants free agents have been overlooked.

When the calamity ensues an hour and 4 minutes from now, don't forget about Dave Tollefson, Jim Sorgi, or Derek Hagan.

As you all know, I am certainly a Hagan fan and I think the Giants would be wise to keep him. He isn't flashy, but he catches the ball and moves the chains. With Smith' s health in question and the memory of last year's WR injury bug still fresh in my mind, I can't recommend letting him go elsewhere.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Barry Cofield, Derek Hagan, New York Giants
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According to Adam Schefter's Twitter, "if and when an agreement is reached," players with four, five or six years of NFL service will be unrestricted free agents.

This is major news, and it appears the talks are progressing. ?If true, there will be a massive unrestricted free agent group once the negotiations are concluded, including several key Giants players such as Steve Smith, Ahmad Bradshaw and Barry Cofield.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Barry Cofield, New York Giants, Steve Smith, unrestricted free agents
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Giants defensive?tackle Barry Cofield?is featured in one of ESPN.com's "Faces of lockout" stories where he talks about the effects of the NFL's labor issues:

The most difficult part to swallow for the New York Giants' defensive tackle is the uncertainty. While the future of the NFL hangs in the balance this summer, the earning potential of fifth-year players like Cofield will be determined as well.

After producing the best season of his career with 54 tackles and four sacks while playing on a one-year restricted free agent tender in 2010, Cofield is finally ready to cash in on his first big contract. But the lockout has left his status up in the air. Like some other fifth-year players, Cofield could become an unrestricted free agent. Or, depending on how it all plays out, the 27-year-old could be a restricted free agent again.

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Barry Cofield wants nothing more than to return to the Giants, but he understands?that might not happen.?Cofield needs a new contract and the Giants just used their second round pick on defensive tackle?Marvin Austin. The lockout adds even more uncertainty.

"It definitely does make you think that maybe they are preparing for life without me and if that is the case, then so be it," said Cofield according to ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk.

"I would love to be back with the Giants. Hopefully we can work out a long-term deal. That would definitely be my first choice but you don't always get to script it. You don't always get that fairy tale Michael Strahan ending."

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6. Barry Cofield

I knew he was a good player, but this year, Barry Cofield raised his game to another level.

A former 4th round draft selection in 2006, Cofield has always been an effective run-stopper who showed great promise in his first three seasons.? And then, in 2009, Cofield struggled in a new system under defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan.? Cofield also struggled to find playing time, despite injuries to fellow DTs Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard and Fred Robbins.

But this season, Cofield returned to his previous form, and then some.? He grabbed a firm handle on a starting job, and did not relinquish.? He was great against the run, totaling a new career high with 54 total tackles.? He also did a better job getting after the quarterback, setting a new career high with 4 sacks.

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Giants MLB Jonathan Goff was featured in his hometown newspaper in Salem, Massachusetts this week. He is intent on coming back a year better and a year wiser to lead the Giants defense back to the playoffs in 2011.

"I want a ring," said Goff, whose Giants went 10-6 this past year but missed the playoffs for the second straight year. "That's why we play the games. There were high points and low points this season, but overall we did have a decent year."
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Some readers asked us to voice our opinion on what we thought the Giants might do in the off-season. Right now, the financial landscape and structure is status quo (and the players would like to keep it that way) but the new CBA has yet to be negotiated. What that will look like is any one's guess.

I'm figuring the owners will get a few points of the revenue pie back from the players, but they are going to pay heavily for it. The players will ask for every concession possible to offset the loss of revenue.

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GFB has submitted it's MVPs and LVPs for the 2010 season....that would be Most Valuable People and Least Valuable People......the staff chose the LVPs as the three people they do not want to see next season.....

Rich ReschMVPs: Offense: Rich Seubert, Defense: Justin Tuck, ST: Lawrence TynesLVPs: Darius Reynaud, Keith Bulluck (unless as a backup), ST Coach Tom Quinn.

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Michael Vick can scare you.?? DeSean Jackson can beat you.?? But Jeremy Maclin...No.? If the New York Giants are to win the battle for supremacy of the NFC East the Giants need to slow down Michael Vick and shut down and frustrate DeSean Jackson.

Is this business as usual for the Giants defense?? The answer should be...No.? If they come out of the tunnel with the attitude they did against the Cowboys they will have their butts handed to them.? Maclin is a very smart receiver; however, he can not take over a game and has not displayed the ability to carry a team by himself.

When is the last time the Giants stopped Jackson, the Philadelphia Eagles 2008 second round draft pick.? Don't hurt your brain because the answer is never.? The Giants are still searching for a way to stop DeSean Jackson.

Tags: Barry Cofield, Chris Canty, Eli Manning, Giants-Cowboys, Hakeem Nicks, Jeremy Maclin, jeremy maclin, Justin Tuck, New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora
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Nice sack by Mathias Kiwanuka in deep red zone play but if you look closely, the sack was set up by a blown play. Barry Cofield had a wide open shot at a square hit on Ben Rothlisberger but bit on a pump fake and turned up field. Kiwanuka didn't bite.
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Injury Issues of 2009 Spilling Over Into This Season

Two years ago two key players for the New York Giants had off season knee surgery.? Fred Robbins and Barry Cofield both went under the knife during the off season to repair torn up knee ligaments and to no surprise...they had terrible? seasons.

Thinking back upon the players injuries, the press reported these surgeries as common place and routine as drinking Gatorade on the sidelines; however, when there production slipped and there reliability was in doubt...the questions came fast and furious.

Now June 2010 and the New York Giants are only weeks away from Camp Coughlin, and I question why some of the key players(Boss) on the team are having "Off Season" surgery so late in the game and what is Gilbride's plan to run the ball when all 3 starting running backs(Bradshaw, Jacobs, and Brown) have had recent surgery.

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Cofield, Kiwanuka Looking Forward to Future Paydays

ps....either ESPN needs to hire taller cameramen or the Giants need to draft shorter defensive linemen...

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So how good is the Giants second round draft pick,? Linval "The Anvil" Joseph?? The Giants must have thought pretty highly of the young defensive tackle from East Carolina if veteran DT, Barry Cofield became trade worthy.

Similar to the safety situation of 2009, The Giants are very thin at Defensive Tackle and putting Barry Cofield out there to the point where the New Orleans Saints and the Giants agreed to send Cofield to "The Big Easy" in exchange for the Saints' second-round pick in 2010 has me scrathing my head.

The talks only fell apart because the Saints' contract offer to Cofield wasn't even close to what he wanted otherwise Mr. Cofield would have been wearing black & gold this season.? Loosing Fred Robbins was disappointing because he was a fan favorite; however, understandable because of his age and his recent knee surgery, but loosing Cofield just doesn't make sense.

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in a report from Jason La Canfora on NFL.com, the Giants and Saints were reportedly in discussion involving DT Barry Cofield. Reportedly, the trade involved a day two draft pick, which would've meant a 2nd or 3rd rounder.

The talks got to a point where the Saints actually spoke to the DT. Discussions pretty much came to a halt when the Saints and Cofield couldn't work out a long-term extension.

I'm glad the Giants didn't make this move. Assuming no other moves would've been made, Bernard and Canty would've been our starting DT's. I don't like that at all. I guess there's also the possibility that Coughlin's considering having Tuck play the inside a little bit again. Or maybe, we just have a tremendous amount of confidence in the new guy Linval Joseph.

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