Boley lands in New York
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that Michael Boley has signed with the New York Giants, making him the second Falcon free agent lost this off-season after Domonique Foxworth signed with the Baltimore Ravens yesterday. Per Vacchiano, Boley has agreed to a five-year contract worth $25 million with $10 million guaranteed. Earlier reports indicated that the Giants were finalizing a contract with Boley since last night after he visited the team on Friday, the first day of free agency.
Boley was not expected to return to the Falcons after a down 2008 season. Boley finished this past year with 72 tackles, his lowest total since his rookie year in 2005. Boley was benched for the final month of the season, working almost exclusively on passing downs. In 2006 and 2007, Boley was a regular playmaker combining for 6 sacks, 4 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries. This past season, he had no sacks, 1 interception, no forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery.
Reports indicate that Boley never quite meshed well with the scheme introduced by head coach Mike Smith and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder. Boley also may have had distractions looming from an off-field incident occurring last May.