Ross: 'I was ready to come home'

March, 14, 2013
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When Aaron Ross left last year in free agency to join Jacksonville, the cornerback told Jerry Reese he would be ready to return to the Giants when his contract was up.

"When I signed with the Jags ... I told him I had a three-year contract and as soon as it’s over, I’ll be ready to come back home," Ross told Giants.com. "That three-year contract ended a little earlier than I thought."

So when Reese called, Ross jumped at the opportunity to return to the Giants. On Thursday, the team officially announced the signing of Ross, who is back on a one-year deal.

Ross is a welcome addition since the Giants need depth and experience at corner with Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Jayron Hosley and Terrell Thomas (who is attempting a third comeback from a right ACL injury) on the roster. The Giants' 2007 first-round pick should compete to be the team's third corner.

The Giants still might sign another veteran cornerback or draft one in April. But they didn't waste much time in bringing back an old familiar face.

“It’s great to be back,” Ross said. “Words can’t explain. I’m very excited to be back here ... It’s home. I was here for five years, this is where my career started, two Super Bowl rings. All my brothers are here, all the coaches are here. It just felt like home. I was ready to come back home."

Tell us what you think of Ross returning and what the Giants should do next to strengthen the secondary.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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