The New York Giants have signed CB Coty Sensabaugh to a one-year deal, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.
New York will waive CB Michael Hunter to make room for Sensabaugh on the roster, per Art Stapleton of The Record.
Sensabaugh, who was signed to a 3-year, $15 million deal with the Rams this offseason, was released by Los Angeles last week.
Sensabaugh was a fourth-round pick by the Titans in 2012, and has started in 29 of 62 career regular season games. The four-year veteran has two career interceptions and one forced fumble.
The Giants are currently short on healthy cornerbacks with Eli Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie both dealing with injuries.
There is no doubt the Giants needed some help in the secondary with Eli Apple (groin, hamstring) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) ailing. But most of the help that a team can find midseason always comes with the caveat of "Buyer beyware." Granted, the addition of Coty Sensabaugh is low-risk for the Giants. But no one should get their hopes up that he's anything but a patch on the secondary's problems.
Keep in mind that the 27-year-old was signed to a three-year, $15 million deal just seven months ago, and he was released after just four games (he was only active for three of them). He got $4.5 million -- $1 million in guaranteed salary and a $3.5 million roster bonus -- from the Rams for those four games. And since his deal reportedly didn't include offset language, that means the Rams had essentially already paid him for 2016 -- yet they still didn't even want to keep him around for depth.
It's rare that teams release viable NFL players midseason when they can keep them around for when the inevitable injuries happen. It could be telling that the Rams found very little value in Sensabaugh at all.
But again, for the Giants it makes sense. Sensabaugh is in his fourth NFL season and has made 29 career starts, which theoretically makes him an easy upgrade over undrafted rookie Michael Hunter. And with the status of Apple and DRC very uncertain, they clearly needed help. A safety might have made a little more sense. After all, they do have Trevin Wade and Leon Hall still at corner to play with Janoris Jenkins. But depth at cornerback won't hurt.
The fact that the Rams were so quick and willing to dump him after paying him so much money certainly does make you wonder what they knew and why they did it. At least it won't cost the Giants much to find out.
The Giants needed to make a move to supplement that depleted secondary. Sensabaugh appears to be the best option available at the moment. With Apple and DRC's health uncertain at the moment, it leaves them with Trevin Wade and Leon Hall to pick up the slack. Sensabaugh is a veteran who the Giants hope they will get the best out of, even though his track record isn't the greatest.