He may be on a 1-6 team, but New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas doesn’t want to be traded. He would rather get a second win on the season with the Giants than a shot at another Super Bowl ring.
The Giants may be going nowhere or perhaps more apt, maybe going downhill, but at least one of the core members of the team doesn’t want to be jettisoned to a playoff contender.
The 30-year old Casillas has been through a lot with the Giants, now the fourth team in his eight years in the NFL.
And for Casillas, who won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots, he sees home here with the Giants ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline.
“I wouldn’t go anywhere else. I would fight here no matter what the record is. We started something here. I’ve been here for a couple years and we’re a team of warriors. I wouldn’t go out there and fight without my guys, without my warriors and battle without them,” Casillas said on Monday. “At the end of the day, sometimes you don’t have a choice when it comes down to it. But, I wouldn’t trade this locker room, these group of guys for anyone in the world. And, I’ve been a part of two Super Bowl teams and I’ve left a team who had a similar record to go to a Super Bowl team. So, I’ve been there. I don’t want to do it – not with this team. Never.”
But the Giants might end up making a move or two given the fact that they’ve won just once so far this year. They have some talent that will be desirable to a playoff team such as defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul or cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
And Casillas could be an intriguing option for a New England Patriots team that needs linebacker depth.
“I’ve played there. I got a great relationship with Bill [Belichick] and Matt Patricia and those guys over there. But, I want to be here. Hopefully, those guys hear me say this and they take that into consideration the next 24 hours,” Casillas said. “But, I want to be here. I want to finish my career as a Giant. How many years I have left – I want to finish them all here and hopefully this season, we can get some more W’s and I can feel a little better about how the season started. But, I’m all in man and I think you have a group full of guys that are hungry in this locker room and a group full of prideful men that’s willing to go out there and get that second W.”