Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Big Blue Wary of Changes

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Big Blue Wary of Changes

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EAST RUTHERFORD - Antrel Rolle refuses to allow his mind to go there.

When he walks inside MetLife Stadium for the season finale this afternoon against the Eagles, Rolle promises he will be ready to play a game, not what could be his last game with the Giants after five seasons.

Part of that is wishful thinking. Another part is just a hunch.

"No, I don't think so," Rolle told The Record after practice Friday when asked if he has given any thought to today ending up as his Giant farewell.

"Like I've said, I've been through this process [of free agency] once before. I can be wrong. Obviously, you don't know what the future holds. But for me it just doesn't feel that way, you know what I mean, just gut-feeling. I still got work here to do, man. I still got some work left to do."

Rolle has celebrated a Super Bowl championship at the Meadowlands, of course.

So have Tom Coughlin and Jason Pierre-Paul, among several others with uncertain futures as they step onto the field today against the Eagles seeking their fourth consecutive victory that would redeem their performance in an Oct. 12 debacle at Philadelphia, when they lost, 27-0.

Coughlin appears to be the surest of all those bets to return despite the Giants' second consecutive losing campaign, not to mention the fact that they have failed to make the playoffs in five of the last six seasons.

Rolle and Pierre-Paul are far more difficult calls as the Giants will assess their current roster, the depth chart, the progress of their younger players and - likely more than anything else - the salary cap implications of potential new deals for either.

Asked if it is possible for players for whom it may be their last game as Giants to not think about it, Coughlin said:

"No question. They want to play. They want to win. They want to play well. What other motive do you have in this business? …

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