A few days after losing Gibril Wilson to the Raiders, the Giants moved quickly to replace him, and they did just that on Monday with veteran safety Sammy Knight. The 32-year-old was the leading tackler for the Jags last season with 132, and also picked off four passes. “We’re excited to have a veteran of Sammy’s caliber joining our secondary,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “We were attracted to how smart he plays and how productive and physical he plays. We think he will thrive in our defensive schemes. He brings a lot of leadership to the team, especially to the secondary, and he is a real pro.”
A solid move for the World Champs, as they get an 11-year vet that can come in and not only be a leader, but also still play at a high level. He was a Pro Bowler in 2001, and has been with the Saints, Dolphins, Chiefs and Jags. “I think this is a great situation for me,” Knight said. “This is a great staff, first and foremost, and a great organization. They won the Super Bowl, and they have a lot of people coming back, so the opportunity to win again was definitely one of the determining factors in me coming here.”
While Knight is not in his prime like Wilson is, there was no way that the Giants were going to panic and make them the insane offer that the Raiders gave him. Knight will do a good enough job to fill the void that was left when Wilson went to the riches of Oakland to play for the Raiders.