New York Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield told the local media that his time with the Giants is probably coming to an end. If Cofield is available on the free agent market, he would make an excellent addition for the St. Louis Rams, filling a need on the defensive line and reuniting with Steve Spagnuolo and former line mate Fred Robbins.
As the article points out, Cofield wouldn't be likely to come cheap. He wants to be a free agent. He wanted to be a free agent last season when the funky six-year rules for unrestricted free agency made him a restricted free agent. Like last year, the Giants tendered him at the second-round level, meaning any team signing him away would have to offer up a second-round pick as compensation.
The Giants, who selected DT Marvin Austin in this year's draft to go along with some depth at the position, would likely try to trade him. They could also pull their offer not wanting to spend the money and already stocked at the position. A trade seems like the most likely route.
I would hope that the Rams give it serious consideration. Just 27, he could be a useful addition for years to come. Cofield's stated refusal to play under the one-year tender offer could lower the asking price a little bit.