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New York Giants “Not Interested” in Re-Signing WR Jerrel Jernigan: Report

March 4th, 2015 at 6:50 PM
By Dan Benton

The very moment the New York Giants re-signed wide receiver Kevin Ogletree — and even before it came out that they were confident in giving Marcus Harris a larger role — the writing was on the wall for Jerrel Jernigan. And when March 10th finally arrives, the former third-round pick will officially become an unrestricted free agent because the Giants reportedly have no interest in re-signing him.

Once referred to as "One-Play J.J." by head coach Tom Coughlin, Jernigan never managed to live up to what many believed his ceiling to be when originally drafted by the Giants in 2012. Instead, Jernigan struggled despite his multiple opportunities, managing only 38 receptions for 291 yards and two touchdowns in 34 career games. His sole hot stretch came during the final three games of the 2013 season when, replacing an injured Victor Cruz, Jernigan hauled in 19 receptions for 237 yards and two touchdowns (he added another 57 yards and a touchdown on the ground).

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New York Giants Tender ERFA Tight End Larry Donnell

March 4th, 2015 at 4:30 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants reportedly believe they have a superstar in the making in tight end Larry Donnell, so it should come as no surprise that they've now locked him up for the 2015 season.

The Giants tendered Donnell — one of the team's two exclusive-rights free agents (ERFA) — on Wednesday, which will yield him three-year veteran minimum salary of $585,000 over one-year.

As an exclusive rights free agent (no contract with two years of NFL experience), Donnell is "free" only in the sense that he can either sign the Giants' tender or quit the NFL — he is no longer free to negotiate or sign with any other team. The team's other exclusive-rights free agent who will likely face the same scenario is defensive back Chandler Fenner.

For the Giants, this move is a no-brainer whether or not they truly believe Donnell is a future superstar (and they apparently do), as reported by ESPN's Dan Graziano.

"[The Giants] really like Larry Donnell and believe he's in the midst of developing into a very good player. They like his athleticism and his size, and most of all they really believe in his offseason dedication and determination to work on and learn the things he still needs to learn.

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Linebacker Jacquian Williams not Returning to New York Giants?

March 4th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Going into 2014, Jacquian Williams knew what was at stake. The New York Giants were ready to move forward with him as their starting linebacker, but they needed to see a return on their investment. And given the opportunity to prove himself, Williams played well for several weeks — including an 18 tackle performance against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9 — but would ultimately get bit by the injury bug.

Williams, the team's sixth-round pick in 2011, would suffer a concussion in a Week 9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and ultimately end his season on Injured Reserve (IR). At the time of his injury, he was leading the team in tackles (78) and drawing high praise from his linebackers coach.

"To me, Jacquian has taken a giant step forward because he’s a three-down player now. He’s very effective on first down, second down and third down," Jim Herrmann said in October. "To me, he wants to be as good as he can be and play every down. That was his big goal going into the season, he told me, ‘Coach, I want to play every down. I want to be out there every down. I just don’t want to be a nickel linebacker, a third down linebacker, I want to play every down.’ He’s worked hard at studying the run game on first and second down and has done a good job."

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LeSean McCoy to Be Traded to Buffalo Bills; New York Giants Happy to See Him Go

March 4th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
By Tyler Henry

In a huge, out of nowhere move on Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Eagles reportedly agreed to trade their star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in exchange linebacker Kiko Alonso. The trade is reported to be a straight up exchange of players with no draft picks involved, but the move cannot become official until next week at which point it will become a done deal.

In the trade, the Bills get one of the best running backs in the league in exchange for a player they didn’t have during 2014 (Alonso missed 2014 after tearing his ACL). And while it’s interesting for a team to trade away a defensive stud like Alonso after bringing in a defensive head coach, Buffalo saw an opportunity to get a premier running back. They already had planned on C.J. Spiller hitting free agency, which left a need for a primary back for the Bills. Under Rex Ryan’s ground and pound philosophy and the quarterback position in question, McCoy will be the focal point of the Bills offense.

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New York Giants, Linebacker Jon Beason Discussing Contract Modification

March 4th, 2015 at 12:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Since the moment the 2014 NFL season came to an end, it's been common knowledge that the New York Giants would look to either re-work the contract of linebacker Jon Beason or release him outright. And with a scheduled cap hit of $7.37 million on the books for 2015, it's easy to understand why those are the only two options.

"Jon's under contract, so we'll see where that goes," General Manager Jerry Reese said last month.

Where that's headed, as it turns out, is a likely pay cut for Beason, who admitted on Sirius XM Radio Wednesday morning that the team has approached him about re-working his contract and that he's currently in negotiations with them on exactly that.

Still acting as his own agent, Beason did not seem dissuaded by the request for a contract modification, adding that he'd like to remain with the Giants and, ultimately, win a Super Bowl ring with the team.

"“I want to be a Giant,” Beason said. “They took a chance on me when other people may have thought that I was done. You want to go out and hold up your end of the bargain. When healthy I still feel I’m the best in the business and no one can keep up with me.

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