Why New York Giants’ Middle Linebacker of Future Was Not on 2012 Roster

January 9, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Between once-discarded veteran Chase Blackburn and green cancer-survivor Mark Herzlich, the New York Giants had two very likeable middle linebackers on the 2012 roster.  Both men are former undrafted free agents who had to overcome unbelievable adversity to get to where they are today.
It’s difficult for New York fans to not feel a natural inclination to pull for underdogs like Blackburn and Herzlich.  But as the 2013 offseason dawns on those left pining for the playoffs, the Giants’ middle linebacker situation remains unsettled.
Chase Blackburn, the team’s starting middle linebacker for 23 of the last 25 games (including playoffs), will reach free agency for the third time in as many years.  The former middle school math teacher will turn 30 before the 2013 season starts.
But if Blackburn is not re-signed, then Herzlich, who will be serving the final year of his rookie minimum contract in 2013, will become the most experienced middle lin...

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