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Isaiah Simmons returning to New York Giants

Linebacker-Safety hybrid Isaiah Simmons is staying in the Big Apple just yet. On Friday, the New York Giants announced that they had agreed to a one-year deal with Simmons. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.


Simmons was acquired by the Giants last August in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals for a seventh-round pick. Last year, he had 50 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown. In three years with the Cardinals, he had 258 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, four interceptions, and a touchdown.


Re-signing Simmons is a smart move for the Giants. His defensive versatility is unrivaled among second and third-level defenders in the NFL, and every team could use a guy with his skill set, especially given they lost a massive piece in Xavier McKinney to the Green Bay Packers. While Simmons fit inside former defensive coordinator Wink Martindale’s defense, the question is how he will fit into what Shane Bowen wants as a DC. The former Jim Schwartz understudy's defense is expected to have man coverage schemes and not a lot of blitzing. Simmons might have to adjust, but he should be useful in Bowen’s defense.



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