Out with the young, in with the old?
That is the case when it comes to the Giants' secondary this offseason. The team did not franchise tag former safety Landon Collins, who became a free agent and agreed to a six-year deal that could be worth $84 million ($45 million guaranteed) with the division-rival Redskins.
On Tuesday, the Giants responded by signing veteran safety Antoine Bethea, who will be 35 when the 2019 season begins, to a two-year contract, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. The move helps assauge the loss of the 25-year-old Collins and adds experience to the back end of the defense.
Bethea, a 13-year veteran who began his career with the Colts, played under Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher in Arizona two seasons ago, so there's a level of familiarity between player and coach.
Between his time with the Colts and Cardinals, Bethea made a three-season stop in San Francisco. He was a member of the 2006 Super Bowl squad in Indianapolis and won the AFC Championship with the team in 2009 before losing to the Saints.
In 2018, Bethea racked up 121 total tackles (100 solo -- a career high). Health has not been much of an issue for the Howard product, as he's missed just one game over the past three seasons.