"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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After enjoying his most productive season as a pro with a career-high 54 tackles and four sacks, Cofield is looking to finally cash in after having to play under a one-year restricted free-agent deal.
But Cofield, 27, is one of many players who might be a restricted free agent again depending on what the collective bargaining agreement will be for the 2011 season.
The defensive tackle, who has been a bargain for the Giants as a starter for all of his five seasons, reiterated that he does not want play under the RFA one-year tender for the second straight year. The Giants tendered Cofield in case he is a restricted free agent. If he is asked to play for his tender for a second straight year, Cofield said he will consider requesting a trade so he can try to secure a longer contract.
"Hopefully I can work something out with the Giants," said Cofield, who was nearly traded to New Orleans during last year's draft before he and the Saints were unable come to terms on a new deal. "And if not, hopefully they will give me my chance to get out there and test the waters."