(ProFootballTalk.com) -- Aaron Ross
says he doesn't regret leaving the Giants for the Jaguars in free
agency last year. But he's glad to have had the opportunity to leave the
Jaguars for the Giants this year.
Ross said on NFL AM that he spent one year in Jacksonville
because the money they were offering him was too good to pass up. But
Ross's heart is with the Giants, where he started his career, and where
he re-signed last month.
"It was a nice paid vacation to Florida," Ross said of his year with the Jaguars.
According to Ross, the difference in the money the Jaguars were
offering him last year and the money the Giants were offering him last
year was simply too great to pass up, to the point where he would have
felt like he was being irresponsible toward his family if he didn't take
it. But he said it was tough being on a 2-14 team after having won two
Super Bowls with the Giants.
"I had to think about the family, setting us up long term, so of
course the money comes to mind," Ross said. "But winning is everything,
man. It takes the joy away when you're losing, and the only thing to get
you through it is the paycheck when you're losing. So yeah, I'm very
happy to be back with the Giants."
Family was a big part of the reason Ross signed with the Jaguars, not
only because the money they offered set his family up for life, but
also because the Jaguars allowed him to miss time in training camp to
travel to London to see his wife win two gold medals: Sanya
Richards-Ross won the individual gold medal in the 400 meters and was
part of the winning 4×400-meter relay team. Now Ross is spending his
offseason working out with his wife, although he says he can't keep up
with her on the track.
"I haven't finished one workout yet - that's how hard her workouts are," Ross said.
Ross should be ready for more hard workouts this year: Tom Coughlin
won't tolerate a player treating a season as a paid vacation.