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stockman311 05-11-2010 04:10 PM

The Saints ALMOST Draft Day Deal
Details on the near-trade of Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield to the New Orleans Saints | -

Details on the near-trade of Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield to the New Orleans Saints
By Mike Garafolo/The Star-Ledger
May 11, 2010, 10:31AM

Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerGiants defensive tackle Barry Cofield has been assured he's not on the trading block after nearly being sent to the Saints during the NFL Draft last month.
3:48 p.m. UPDATED with Danny Clark signing with the Texans.

Two weeks ago, there was a report the Giants and Saints nearly worked out a trade on the second day of the draft that would have sent defensive tackle Barry Cofield to New Orleans for a ďsecond-day pick.Ē But aside from that, we didnít get much more info.

There were plenty of unanswered questions remaining, such as exact compensation, why the deal fell apart, who initiated the contact, what exactly was offered, what the talks mean for Cofieldís future with the Giants and what exactly his mindset is now that he knows the team nearly sent him packing.

I now have the answers to all of those questions, courtesy of someone involved in the talks. The person requested anonymity because none of the parties has spoken publicly about the near-trade. Hereís what was revealed:

The Giants werenít actively shopping Cofield. Itís just that the Saints called with an offer they couldnít refuse. That offer was the Saintsí second-round pick Ė the last one in the round, No. 64 overall. At that point, knowing Cofield was playing on a one-year deal and might depart next year without any compensation, the Giants were prepared to at least get something back for him. (I had mentioned there was a team sniffing around Cofield before the deadline to sign an offer sheet; that team was the Saints.)

The teams worked out the trade before the Giants selected Linval Joseph at No. 46 overall. This was an interesting revelation because many assumed Cofield became expendable after the Giants added Joseph. It would seem thatís when talks picked up. But that would be an incorrect assumption. Now, did the Giants select Joseph because they thought they were about to move Cofield? That I canít answer. I can assume he was one of the players being considered as one of the top guys left on their board. Thatís the standard procedure before every pick: talk about the cluster of players left at the top of the board and settle on one of them. Did the possible pending trade nudge the Giants toward making Joseph the pick? Possibly, but again I canít say that for sure.

The talks fell apart because the Saintsí contract offer to Cofield wasnít even close to what he wanted. I donít have the details but apparently the sides were never close to an agreement.

Cofield isnít currently on the trading block. This was a one-time deal and not something the Giants are pushing to make happen. Of course, once a playerís name gets thrown out there as having nearly been dealt, itís always a delicate situation. Which is whyÖ

Giants GM Jerry Reese has smoothed things over with Cofield. He told him everything I mentioned above: the Giants werenít pushing for a deal but couldnít refuse a second-round pick for him. Reese assured Cofield heís in the teamís plans for this season and that they wouldnít have taken less than what the Saints offered. AndÖ

Cofield isnít going to throw a temper tantrum. Unlike many players who would take this opportunity to become malcontents and distractions, Cofield has gone back to work like a consummate professional, which is exactly what heís been through this whole restricted-free-agent process. A Northwestern grad, he's a bright guy and he understands the business of his situation. That doesn't mean he's not frustrated by it, just that he knows why he's one of the players getting the short end of the stick because of this whole collective bargaining standoff.

In short, are Cofield's days as a Giant limited? Yeah, it certainly looks that way. But who knows how this will all play out? By next offseason, we could have a new CBA and a healthier, more accomplished Cofield. Don't forget he was slowed last season by microfracture surgery as well as a reconstruction of his patella tendon. Even so, the Super Bowl champs saw enough in him to agree to give up a high draft pick. That says something.

In the long run, this might work out well for Cofield because he could enter the free agent market having played a full season on a healthy knee instead of looking for a long-term deal after a year in which he admitted he was slowed early on. But for now, he's back to focusing solely on this season - one in which it appears he'll be wearing the same uniform he's donned since 2006.

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Cofield has yet to sign the tender the team extended him as a restricted free agent, though that's likely coming soon. He has until June 15 to do so.

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John McClain of the Houston Chronicle is reporting the Texans have signed LB Danny Clark, who spent the past two seasons as the Giants' starter on the strong side after playing one year for Houston in 2007. Clark figures to fill in for Brian Cushing during Cushing's four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. The Giants face the Texans in Week 5, which will be Cushing's first game back.

Very Interesting!

saintsfan1976 05-11-2010 06:35 PM

Re: The Saints ALMOST Draft Day Deal
Draft a kid who they like but is unproven.


Trade for a guy like this:


Won the starting nose tackle position in his rookie training camp and became the 1st Giants rookie defensive player to start every game since linebacker Lawrence Taylor and defensive lineman Bill Neill in 1981...Cofield was one of 13 rookies to start each of his team's games in 2006...Has played in all 37 regular season and postseason games since joining the team.

- Has played in 32 regular season games with 31 starts and started all 5 postseason games in which he's played...Career totals include 108 tackles (64 solo), 2.5 sacks and 2 passes defensed in the regular season and 12 tackles (7 solo) in the postseason...Outstanding run-stuffer who helped the Giants finish 8th in the NFL in run defense (97.7 yards per game).
- In 2007, played in all 16 regular season games with 15 starts and started all 4 postseason games...Did not start vs. the Jets (10/7), when the Giants opened the game in a sub defense...Finished with 41 tackles (21 solo), 1 sack, 6 QB hurries, 4 QB hits and 1 pass defensed.
- Recorded his 2nd career full sack when he dropped Donovan McNabb for a 7-yard loss in the 3rd quarter vs. Philadelphia (12/9)...Was credited with a season-high 6 tackles vs. Minnesota (11/25) and vs. Washington (12/16)...Had 2 tackles (1 solo) and a QB hurry in Super Bowl XLII.
- As a rookie in 2006, started all 16 regular season games and the NFC Wild Card Game at nose tackle...Led the defensive line with 67 tackles (43 solo)...Also had 22 QB pressures, 3 QB hits and 1.5 sacks.
- Cofield was selected as the nose tackle on the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America first All-Rookie team.
- Started at NT vs. Indianapolis (9/10) to become the first Giants rookie defensive lineman to start the season opener since Bill Neill in 1981...Contributed 3 solo tackles vs. the Colts.
- Finished with 6 tackles (5 solo), including 1.5 sacks at Atlanta (10/15)...Stuffed Warrick Dunn for a 1-yard loss in the 1st quarter...Stopped Dunn for no gain in the 2nd quarter...Combined with Fred Robbins to sack Michael Vick in the 4th quarter...Recorded his 1st full career sack when he dropped Vick for a 10-yard loss later in the 4th quarter.
- Had 6 tackles (5 solo) and 3 quarterback hurries vs. Chicago (11/12)...Tackled Cedric Benson for a 1-yard loss in the 1st quarter...Stopped Benson for a 5-yard loss later in the 1st quarter.
- Had 5 solo tackles in the NFC Wild Card game at Philadelphia (1/7/07).
Player - Barry Cofield -

QBREES9 05-11-2010 08:46 PM

Re: The Saints ALMOST Draft Day Deal
If the Giants need a Left Tackle. Maybe they like to make a deal.

SmashMouth 05-11-2010 09:25 PM

Re: The Saints ALMOST Draft Day Deal

Originally Posted by QBREES9 (Post 225127)
If the Giants need a Left Tackle. Maybe they like to make a deal.


st thomas 05-11-2010 09:34 PM

Re: The Saints ALMOST Draft Day Deal
apparently they never sought to trade brown in the coefield trade. well if you think about it theres to much for them and not enough for us.

SaintPauly 05-12-2010 07:39 AM

Re: The Saints ALMOST Draft Day Deal
Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.... and possibly marital relations... but that's it.

saintsfan1976 05-12-2010 07:44 AM

Re: The Saints ALMOST Draft Day Deal
and possibly extramarital relations...

SaintPauly 05-12-2010 07:46 AM

Re: The Saints ALMOST Draft Day Deal

Originally Posted by saintsfan1976 (Post 225209)
and possibly extramarital relations...

I stand corrected.

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