Antonio Pierce is an ex-Giant

by Tommy Lawlor

The Giants defense has been built around a terrific D-line in recent years, but the heart of the D was unquestionably MLB Antonio Pierce.  No more.  He’s been cut.

Pierce has talked about wanting a raise.  That surprised me.  He’s gotten old in the last couple of years.  I remember watching Brian Westbrook run away from him in a 2008 game.  Pierce was never a speed demon, but neither was Westbrook.  After that play I began to see Pierce’s athletic limitations on a more regular basis.  He’s still a great leader and good tackler, but LBs must be able to run unless they are 250-pound guys that can dominate the middle.  Pierce isn’t a huge, physical guy.

There will be a lot of speculation about who will sign him.  Honestly, I’m not sure that he will get a starting job in 2010.  Antonio has a lot of great qualities, but older LBs are just not a hot commodity.  He’ll be 32 at midseason.  That’s not too old to play or anything like that.  I’m just not sure how many teams will actively want Pierce.  He might be the 3rd or 4th option.  If teams miss on free agents or don’t find the guy they want in the draft I could see Pierce being a good fallback option.

We’ll see how things shake out.  Some coach may covet a veteran MLB to run his defense.  And remember…Pierce only needs one team/coach to want him.  Doesn’t matter what the other 31 teams think.

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