No. 3 – Dre Kirkpatrick
Beggars can’t be choosers. That might apply to both the New York Giants and Dre Kirkpatrick.
Coming off a five-year, $52.5M contract, Dre Kirkpatrick has made his bank. Hopefully, he saved a goodly portion of it because the former Crimson Tide corner won’t see anything within 30 percent of his previous yearly average going forward.
2019 was not a good year for Kirkpatrick. In training camp, he accidentally got tangled up with A.J. Green on a drill. The Bengals star wide receiver injured his ankle when he landed awkwardly, requiring season-ending surgery. Kirkpatrick also suffered a serious injury early on, as well. He hurt his knee during Cincy’s Game 6 loss to Baltimore. That was his last game as a member of the Bengals.
Now 30-years-old, Kirkpatrick has had a good career, playing in eight NFL seasons. Reportedly, Las Vegas had some interest in him before signing Prince Amukamara. There isn’t a way for the Giants to physically evaluate him right now to gauge his recovery from the knee injury. There won’t be for some time.
If the New York Giants are that desperate for help near the opening of camp, he might get a call. Kirkpatrick won’t get more than a bargain contract from Big Blue and will likely have to fight it out with the young corners on the roster to earn playing time.