With only two unproven safeties on the current roster (Nat Berhe, Cooper Taylor), the club will be actively seeking several safeties to help fill the void left by Rolle, who played every game in the Giants' defensive backfield the past five seasons.
With many of the top free agent safeties already off the market, the Giants' options are wafer-thin. It appeared that they were on the verge of re-signing Stevie Brown, but may wait now that Brown is still recovering from foot surgery.
Of the other defensive backs in the fold, only two fit the physical profile of an NFL safety: Bennett Jackson and Thomas Gordon. Jackson, a seventh-round pick last year from Notre Dame, injured his ankle and spent the season on the practice squad IR. Gordon was a UDFA out of Michigan who was cut in camp last summer. Neither has played in an NFL game.
The search for safeties will have to come through the draft and the UDFA market. Unless you believe that Alabama's Landon Collins is worth the ninth overall pick in the draft (many don't), the Giants will be relegated to picking one up after the first round.
Collins won't last until Round 2, and there are significant questions about this year's remaining safety class - a lack of size, speed and/or experience haunts just about every one of them. The steadiest candidate may be Jaquiski Tartt, but he's from Samford, not exactly a football power. Another is Syracuse's Durell Eskridge, a productive player from a school the Giants have a history with.
None of this bodes well for the Giants. They should have kept Rolle, who likely would have signed back with the club had they come close to the Bears' offer. Now they will be caught short in the secondary in both numbers and in talent.