In the 2006 off season the Giants drafted Texas Longhorn cornerback Aaron Ross with the 20th pick in the 1st round, 5 years later Ross is third on the Giants' depth chart and is now rumored to be traded to the Detroit Lions. BleacherReport's Cian Fahey reports that the Giants and Lions were rumored to be in negotiations before the lockout was implanted.

In the rumored deal, the former first rounder Ross would be dealt to the Lions in exchange for a 2012 fourth-round pick and 2013 fifth-round pick. Of course these are only rumors, but it is sad to see the Texas prodigy, who was drafted to bring the Giant's secondary to top tier level fall this low.

One of the reasons why the Giant's drafted Prince Amukamara in the first round this year was because of the failures of Aaron Ross, and the need to improve their poor secondary. With the drafting of Amukamara, he would be battling with Terrel Thomas for the starting job alongside Corey Webster, either way Ross would be forced even lower to 4th on the Giants' corner back depth chart.

If the Giant's plan to keep Ross they would be paying him $1 million for this upcoming season. Although Ross is a quality player paying that much for a man 4th on the depth chart is outrageous. The Giants also have many free agents they are looking to resign once the lockout ends. Including Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Steve Smith, Kevin Boss and Barry Cofield.

The Giants will need to free up some more cap space and room on the depth chart so dealing Ross seems like a no brainer. The Lions are also hoping to be contenders with some solid pieces in quarterback Matthew Stafford, running back Jahavid Best, and defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Farley.

The Lions are also very weak at the cornerback position. Last year's starters Alphonso Smith and Chris Houston have a combined 25 starts in the NFL. Both corners showed promise at times last year, but bringing in Ross would be the smartest move, and moving Smith and Houston lower on the depth chart.

There Lions have shown interest in the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes. However Asomugha will demand too much money, and the Lions are multiple role players away from being a contender, not just one superstar. Ross would be more cost effective and a better fit in the Lions' defensive scheme.

Since his rookie year with the Giants in helping them win Super Bowl XLVII, Ross has been on the decline. In his last two seasons Ross has only played a combined 19 games, recorded only 32 solo tackles, and 0 interceptions. However, Ross is still young at only 28 years old, would be a starter on the Lions, and a fresh start on a new team seems to be in the best interest of all.

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