There are many factors that go into a free agent signing with a new team.
One of the ways players comb through the considerations is by talking to their peers, especially those from the prospective franchise. That was the case with running back Shane Vereen, who joined the New York Giants this offseason after winning Super Bowl XLIX in February with the New England Patriots.
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During the process, the fifth-year pro had conversations with current Giants, including wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and came to find that the organization would be the right fit for him professionally and personally.
"Odell really sold him on the Giants," Sports Illustrated and Monday Morning Quarterback writer Jenny Vrentas told Giants.com after speaking with Vereen. "[Odell] said it's a lot of young players, a lot of up-and-coming players. He said it's a really good culture here, a really good atmosphere. And he thought he could add another weapon to the offense, probably to help take some pressure off Odell."
Through the first half of organized team activities, Vereen is convinced now more than ever.
"I'm very excited," said Vereen, who set a Super Bowl record for most receptions by a running back with 11 in New England's thrilling 28-24 victory over Seattle. "I think this offense has a lot of talent and a lot of weapons. Hopefully we can come together and we can use all the weapons to our advantage. I think it's an offense with so much talent that you can play off of each other and it helps everybody perform well."