Voters: Dr. Bill Chachkes, Kel Dansby, John Fennelly, Chris Johnson, Dan Orlando (Sports World Report), Rich Resch, Craig Santucci, Dan Stack, Jon Wagner
Votes received: Dansby (7th place), Johnson (8th), Chachkes (8th), Resch (8th), Santucci (10th)
Santucci: One the most unselfish players on the defense. Leads by example on the field.
Johnson: Great leader on defense. Athletic, great tackler, great in coverage.
Chachkes: A key to the multiple formations (defensive schemes) the Giants put up. He is the glue to the defensive backfield.
Resch: He's loud and he's said some things he shouldn't have. He's taken bad routes to the ball and is sometimes guilty of going for the big hit instead of the sound play (but what safety isn't?). He's probably a bit overpaid. Even with all of that, Rolle is still a crucial part of Perry Fewell's secondary and the defense in general.
Fans complained that his play was inconsistent last year, but that is bound to happen when you are forced to move from safety to nickel corner due to injuries. Rolle hadn't played the position in years, but he did what was best for the team without complaint, holding together a patchwork secondary.
When he's allowed to play solely at safety, he's a borderline pro bowler and a defensive leader. The fact that Kenny Phillips is not (and may never be) 100% back to his pre-injury form, coupled with the lack of depth caused by Deon Grant's departure means that Rolle is a player the Giants can not afford to lose.