Chris Culliver, CB
Culliver has been an off the field headache throughout the duration of his six-year NFL career. He’s made publicly offensive comments against both gay people and women and was arrested in 2014 for misdemeanor hit and run, misdemeanor driving on a suspended license, and felony possession of brass knuckles after allegedly hitting a bicyclist with his car for which he was suspended one game in 2015. Throw in his two ACL tears (occurring in 2013 and 2015), and it’s a wonder he’s stayed in the league for as long as he has.
Well, the reason for his sticking around is a narrative we’ve seen all too often among NFL players who do bad things only to get second and third chances from teams. When on the field Culliver is a very talented football player.
Limited to six games by injuries and during his one year stint with the Washington Redskins last season, Culliver was an outstanding defensive playmaker for the San Francisco 49ers in 2014. He made 38 tackles, picked off four passes, returning them for 61 yards, while defending 15 passes. He missed all of 2013 after his first ACL tear, but in 2012 put forth a similarly strong seasonal outing with 40 tackles, two interceptions, and 14 passes defended.
Culliver carries a lot of baggage with him to whatever team he may land with next, but he’ll also come at a heavily discounted price. The Redskins cut him this offseason after he signed a four-year deal the year before, anticipating him to not be the same player after his second ACL tear, no longer making it worth dealing with his off the field antics.
The Giants have been known to stay away from players like Culliver, so it would come as a surprise if any real interest in him developed from the team. However, if Culliver battles back from this latest injury, giving him a shot in training camp and the preseason to prove he can still play and keep his nose clean might be worth it for New York.