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Giants’ safety search continues as Conte re-signs with Bucs

Chris Conte (l.) drew interest from the Giants, but the safety has chosen to remain in Tampa.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Chris Conte (l.) drew interest from the Giants, but the safety has chosen to remain in Tampa.

A potential answer to the Giants’ safety woes is now off the free agent board.

Safety Chris Conte re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to reports. Conte, 27, had drawn interest from the Giants late last week.

Conte’s return to Tampa Bay leaves the Giants searching for a proven safety to pair with 2015 second-round pick Landon Collins. Collins started 16 games for the Giants as a rookie last season and seems entrenched as one starter, but he still seems at his best close to the line of scrimmage.

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That could have the Giants on the hunt for a veteran deep safety this week. It’s an especially critical void to fill because of the tendencies of starting corners Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins; both are top covermen, but they love to gamble and jump pass routes, leaving receivers open if they guess incorrectly.

If GM Jerry Reese doesn’t ink a veteran, the Giants will be in the same dangerous position they were in last year, when they entrust the position to three youngsters: Nat Berhe, Bennett Jackson and Mykkele Thompson. All were injured in training camp, and the Giants wound up relying on aging vets Craig Dahl and Brandon Meriweather.

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And if the Giants don’t find a safety in free agency in the coming days, they set themselves up for a similar gamble once again.

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