Shane Vereen took full advantage of free agency to land a reported three-year deal for $12 million with the Giants.
Coming off his first healthy season, the former second-round pick took advantage of his hot stock after an 11-catch performance in Super Bowl XLIX to cash in on the open market.
In an exclusive interview with Giants.com, Vereen said moving on to New York was the best thing for him and his entire family. But in praising his new home, he likely unintentionally took a slight jab at his former employer that probably won’t sit well with some.
“It's just a decision for my family," Vereen said in the video on Giants.com. "At the end of the day, I wanted to make a decision that was right for us, right for them. This is a great organization. I was fortunate enough to play in New England with another great organization, and this is no slouch. This is not a step down. If anything, it's a step up. I'm looking forward to the opportunity, and I'm enjoying being in New York."
Vereen took to Twitter (@shanevereen34), to thank the Patriots for his time in New England and clear up what his “step up” comment was in reference to.
I can't thank the Kraft family and the Patriots organization enough for everything that they have done for me and my family.— Shane Vereen (@ShaneVereen34) March 12, 2015
The last 4 years has been the best 4 years of my life and nothing will ever replace my time in New England.— Shane Vereen (@ShaneVereen34) March 12, 2015
I MUST thank #PatsNation as well.. The support over my time with the Pats was incredible and truly showed me the power of a great fan base!— Shane Vereen (@ShaneVereen34) March 12, 2015
Lastly...This is a huge "step up" for me, my career and especially my family in regards to a great contract. Lets not make this a big deal— Shane Vereen (@ShaneVereen34) March 12, 2015
This is such a great blessing and another opportunity to play the game I love. How do u take a "step up" from a ring????? #youcant— Shane Vereen (@ShaneVereen34) March 12, 2015
The third-down back also had plenty of good things to say about beginning his career playing for Bill Belichick in the Giants.com video.
Vereen will face his former at MetLife Stadium this fall.