Safety Stevie Brown, who played for the Giants in 2012 and 2014, could pique the interest of his safety-starved ex-club.
Brown opened camp as the favorite to start opposite Rahim Moore, but the Texans saw more upside in keeping Quintin Demps. Andre Hal will continue to start in base packages. Brown had just $40,000 of his veteran-minimum deal guaranteed. The safety-needy Giants should have interest in bringing back Brown.
Agree. Brown is only 28 and knows the terrain here, even though the Giants have switched defensive coordinators since he was last with the club. Dan Graziano of ESPN.com thinks pursuing Brown makes sense:
When you hear that Brown wanted to pursue opportunities elsewhere, it's completely safe to assume he's well aware of the Giants' issues at safety. Brown didn't want to leave the Giants and is surely in touch with former teammates and other members of the organization. He's undoubtedly aware of the injuries to Bennett Jackson, Nat Berhe, Justin Currie and Mykkele Thompson and the fact that the likely starters in Saturday's preseason game -- Brandon Meriweather and Landon Collins -- are both strong safeties. As the Giants' deep safety in 2012, Brown collected eight interceptions.
I also think it wouldn't hurt for the Giants to kick the tires on Brown. But that all depends on what condition he's in. If he got beat out by Qunitin Demps, another former Giant, Brown's game may have deteriorated to the point where he's just a backup at this point of his career.