G-Men Sign Former BC Linebacker Herzlich, More Linebacker Signings to Come
Former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich has announced via twitter that he has signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Football Giants. Herzlich had a dominating 2008 season with the Eagles on his way to being named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. The feared linebacker missed all of the 2009 season due to being diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma (a bone cancer). Herzlich showed a lot of progression during last season but has admitted that he’s still working his way back into his 2008 form. As a Giants fan, I love the signing. They desperately need help at the linebacker position and Herzlich is a low-risk high-reward guy who gives his all on every single snap of the ball. Herzlich is already a great story and inspiration to many and I hope he can continue his success in New York.
The Herzlich signing is just one step in the right direction for the Giants as they try to fill a huge void at linebacker. There are a few free agent linebackers that I think the Giants will be going after as well. Paul Posluszny is the first that comes to mind. He would be a perfect fit with the Giants as he previously worked under Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell in Buffalo and already knows the system. Another guy I think the Giants will target is Barrett Ruud formerly of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Ruud is a relentless tackling machine and would provide a great intensity and attitude both on the field and in the locker room. Stephen Tulloch, formerly of the Titans, is another guy who is really intriguing. Tulloch is only 26-years old and has already shown major production on the field. He’s had back-to-back seasons of 120-plus tackles, including a 160 tackle 2010 season. Tulloch has a rare combination of size and speed which makes him valuable both in the pass and run game.
Any of the above mentioned guys would immediately be the Giants best linebacker and provide much-needed stability in the second level of the defense. Other free agents the Giants should and most likely will consider going after are: Manny Lawson (49ers), Nick Barnett (Packers), Stephen Nicholas (Falcons), and James Anderson (Panthers).