Aaron Ross says if he could get a do-over, he would again sign with the Jaguars after winning a second Super Bowl with the Giants in 2011.
Ross went 2-14 in his one and only year in Jacksonville but called last season “a great experience, a great learning experience.’’
How’s that?
“It was a nice paid vacation to Florida, so I definitely wouldn’t take back the decision.’’ Ross said Friday on the NFL Network.
How could anyone blame Ross a year ago when he did not accept a veteran-minimum one-year offer to stay with the Giants and instead signed a three-year, $9.75 million contract (a maximum total of $15.3 million with incentives) with the Jaguars?
“I had a chance to win two Super Bowl rings [with the Giants] so I had to think about the family, setting us up for long-term,’’ Ross said. “So of course the money comes into mind, but winning is everything. It takes the joy away from you when you’re losing and the only thing to get you through are the paychecks when you’re losing like that. So I’m very happy to be back with the Giants.”
Ross played in 14 games last season but the Jaguars were not very impressed and released him. The Giants brought him back with a no-risk one-year deal that will pay him $715,000 in base salary in 2013. Ross, 30, was the Giants first-round draft pick in 2007 and will compete for a roster spot as a reserve cornerback, happy to be out of Jacksonville.
“It was tough,’’ Ross said. “During the preseason, it seemed like we were on for a good thing, the team had great spirits; a new owner, new coaches coming in. It was a new attitude, just a whole new beginning, and then once the season came it just seemed like that switch it never clicked, it never turned back on. The season was long.”