On the same day that the Green Bay Packers saw 2018 starting safety Kentrell Brice sign with another team, they met with a free agent at the same position. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the team visited with New York Giants defensive back Curtis Riley. However, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein says the two sides did not negotiate a deal and will consider other options “for now.”
A 6-foot, 190-pound former undrafted free agent from Fresno State, Riley became a full-time starter for the first time this past season, starting 16 games at free safety for the Giants. In that capacity, he hauled in four interceptions (including a pick-six) and posted a defensive passer rating of 41.7. New York has used the offseason to remake their secondary, making little effort to retain Riley and allowing All-Pro safety Landon Collins to depart for a massive payday with Washington.
The Packers have spent the offseason restocking their secondary as well. They signed former Chicago Bears safety Adrian Amos to a four-year, $36 million contract during the first wave of free agency. Even though Green Bay doesn’t currently plan to add Riley, the meeting itself indicates that the team hasn’t finished upgrading at safety.
Riley has appeared in 27 games during his four-year career. He has registered 87 tackles, five interceptions since entering the league.