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.
The Giants are in dire need of interior defensive line help and Cofield, if healthy, could add immediate depth there. He could come relatively cheap, too, if he's willing to take a discount to play for Steve Spagnuolo, the coach in which Cofield earned a Super Bowl ring under in 2007.
Cofield played his first five NFL seasons with the Giants after they selected him in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Northwestern. He is a durable player, only missing one game in his first eight seasons until a high ankle sprain limited him to eight games last season.
He could fit right back in here with the Giants on a one or two-year deal.
I say they take a shot at bringing Cofield back. He can still play at a fairly high level and his experience will ripple throughout the defense.