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.
“Washington gave me a great opportunity and showed me they really wanted me,” Cofield told Ross Leonhart of Redskins.com last weekend. “If you work hard and do all the right things, you want to be rewarded. That’s what the Redskins did for me.”
Cofield is stoked to play his former team in Week One, calling the opportunity to play vs Eli Manning and the Giants' offense "a pleasure".
“It’s going to be exciting. It’s the reason you play the game. To go out and play well in that scenario against my old team and the significance of it being on Sept. 11, it would give me a great feeling.”
Cofield reiterated those sentiments today on a conference call:
“It will mean a lot. It’s a lot of things going into this game. Obviously I have my own personal feelings about the game, but the game is on 9/11 and all of the ramifications of that and being at home, in front of our home fans for the first time, the first game and what we believe is a new era in Redskins football. There is a lot going into it. It’s going to be very emotional, very intense and this is what fans love to see. This is what football is all about.”
The Giants, with all their injuries - especially the one to DT Marvin Austin, one of his replacements - could use Cofield right about now, but there's only so much money in the till in this man's NFL. The Giants prioritized. Now Cofield will try to prove them wrong.