According to Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson, the 34-year-old Bulluck, who is an impending free agent, is “most likely be elsewhere next season.”
Bulluck signed with the Giants after recording 108 tackles and three interceptions in 2009 with the Tennessee Titans. His first season in New York was not as successful–he tallied only 31 tackles and two interceptions in 13 games–and demoted him into a part-time role.
Bulluck, a three-time All-Pro, could have value at a discount price if the Giants can coerce him into taking a pay cut.
If not, young linebacker Clint Sintim is the favorite to replace him. Sintim has considerable talent, but has been unreliable thus far and appears better-suited as the outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme than New York’s even front.
Phillip Dillard, who struggled on special teams and barely saw the field on defensive during his rookie season last year, is also an option. He is also not naturally suited to the position the Giants need, serving as more of a depth-providing middle linebacker at this early stage of his career.
The New York Post also noted that Andrews “isn’t likely to be back” in 2011.
Andrews was plagued by chronic back woes and questionable drive after signing a monster six-year, $32.5 million deal last offseason. He only played 13 games (8 starts) in 2010, so popular opinion is that the Giants would rather release the three-time Pro Bowler than pay him a $3.5 million roster bonus.
Andrews could eventually be brought back on the cheap if no one else scoops him up, but it’s more likely the Giants grab a replacement through the draft. Look for versatile Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey when New York selects at 19th overall.