EAST RUTHERFORD – The Giants were the first team to express interest in cornerback Coty Sensabaugh when free agency began in March. The Giants eventually signed cornerback Janoris Jenkins to a five-year, $62.5 million contract, which closed the door on Sensabaugh.
“I was like, ‘That doesn’t leave much room for me,’ ” Sensabaugh recalled on Tuesday.
Sensabaugh instead signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Rams on March 14. His stay in Los Angeles was short, however, as he was cut on Saturday after just four games. With the Giants dealing with injuries to cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple, they moved quickly to sign Sensabaugh on Tuesday.
“Me and my agent had been talking about getting traded,” Sensabaugh said. “We knew it was a possibility that I could get traded or cut, but you never know. This is my first time getting cut. It’s a crazy business, but happy to be here.”
The Giants cut undrafted free agent Michael Hunter to make room on the roster for Sensabaugh. Hunter, who was beat for a 29-yard touchdown in Sunday’s loss to the Packers, will likely land back on the Giants’ practice squad this week.
Sensabaugh, who was a fourth-round pick by the Titans in 2012, didn’t want to get into the reasons for his premature departure from the Rams.
“Too much to explain,” Sensabaugh said. “Maybe one day it will all come out.”
It’s not lost on Sensabaugh that the Giants are scheduled to face the Rams on Oct. 23 in London.
“Ironic how that happened, huh?” Sensabaugh said. “We’ll see.”
Before facing his former team, Sensabaugh must focus on getting up to speed with his new one. He arrived in New Jersey on Tuesday morning after taking a red-eye flight from Los Angeles. He went into Manhattan for his physical and got back to the Giants’ facility five minutes before the start of Tuesday’s brief practice.
Sensabaugh said he expects to be ready to play in Sunday’s game against the Ravens.
“That’s the goal,” Sensabaugh said. “We’ll see what happens.”
The Giants didn’t outline a potential role for Sensabaugh. The 5-foot-11, 187-pounder played mostly in the slot in his first three seasons with the Titans before playing a variety of roles in 2015, when he started 15 games and set career-highs with 60 tackles and two interceptions. He played outside during his brief stint with the Rams.
The Giants appear to have a need at slot corner because Rodgers-Cromartie will likely be needed more on the outside and Leon Hall has struggled inside.
With no offset language in the contract he signed with the Rams, Sensabaugh will collect checks from his former team and the Giants this season. It’s just another wrinkle in a whirlwind experience for the 27-year-old.
“It’s a crazy business,” Sensabaugh said. “I learn more and more every year. This is the first time I’ve ever been cut. Something great will come from this.”
By Dan Duggan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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