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Several New York Giants Could Be Asked to Restructure Their Contract

January 13th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Casey Sherman

As it stands, the New York Giants are projected to be around $4.7 million over the cap in 2013, and General Manager Jerry Reese has made it clear the team will look different next season. With the cap growing by at about $300,000, 2013 will see an increase from $120.6 million to $120.9 million, leaving the Giants about $5 million to shed. Reese also has to deal with several free agents including Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Osi Umenyiora, and Martellus Bennett. A trick the Giants have used in the past is asking several players to restructure their contracts to fit under the cap, and that's likely what they will do again.

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Here are a few players who could be asked to adjust their contracts.

David Diehl – Diehl has been a staple of the Giants' offensive line for years. However, his performance as of late has dropped off. Diehl was given a six-year extension worth $31 million after Super Bowl XLII and, up until last season, was playing at a level that deserved that type of contract. But in 2012 he was unable to play at the level he was used to be capable of. He found himself being shifted all over the line, and even lost his starting job at one point until the injury suffered by Sean Locklear.

Chris Canty - Canty is due to receive $6.25 million in base salary next season, but has been plagued by injuries costing him several missed games in 2012. Canty is a strong candidate for restructuring.

Chris Snee - For a good part of his career, Snee was considered by many to be the best guard in the NFL, but this last season the 30-year-old showed his age. Despite being selected to participate in the Pro Bowl, Snee had a sub par season for his standards. Snee is due to make $6.45 million in 2013. His father-in-law Tom Coughlin could eventually have a hand in trying to convince him to restructure his contract.

Antrel Rolle - The Giants made Rolle the highest paid safety in NFL history in 2010, and has been a consistent performer for the defense since. However, Rolle had a couple games this season that even he admitted his performance was unacceptable. The Giants could ask him to restructure the $7 million he is due to make next season.

Ahmad Bradshaw - There has been some speculation that Bradshaw's days as a Giants could be numbered after another season where injuries were a factor, and the emergence of Andre Brown and rookie David Wilson. Bradshaw's physical style is demanding on his body and results in a lot of wear. The Giants have cheaper options than Bradshaw who is scheduled to make $3.75 million next season.

Justin Tuck - Here is another player whose career has been plagued by injuries. Tuck's shoulder issues have forced him to miss several games and have kept him from playing at a level he wants. Both Reese and Coughlin are confident he will return for another year in which he is due $4.5 million, but that figure could change if he agrees to restructure.

It will be interesting to see what decisions Jerry Reese & Co. make, and what kind of willingness the Giants' veterans show to restructure their contracts. Could there be any surprise cuts this offseason? Only time will tell…


Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Antrel Rolle, Chris Canty, Chris Snee, David Diehl, Football, Justin Tuck, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Osi Umenyiora, Tom Coughlin

25 Responses to “Several New York Giants Could Be Asked to Restructure Their Contract”

  1.  G-MenFan says:

    One thing for sure: it’s going to be an interesting off season.

    If it wasn’t for the shocking release of Seubert and O’Hara couple of seasons ago, I would have the “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude, but I think we can all be sure that at least a few big changes will be made to this roster.

  2.  jfunk says:

    So when the heck is this fabled “year of the big cap increase” supposed to actually hit?

  3.  James Stoll says:

    Injury aside, I would think the likely departures, for one reason or another, are:
    1. Osi – he wants out and someone will pay him to start
    2. KP. – reportedly unhappy; someone will take a one year flier with back end money that can be eliminated
    3. Diehl – he wasn’t just bad this past season; his play has been deteriorating for at least 3 years
    4. Bradshaw – health, money, and other options. Wilson, Brown and Scott make him very expendable.
    5. Bolely. – this might be a reach, but a lackluster season coupled with nagging injuries, age and money.
    6. Canty – ditto above, but there is a good chance he restructures. He does have leverage, however, given how weak the tackle position is.
    7. Webster – I don’t see how he sticks unless he does a substantial restructure. He simply can’t be the second highest paid player on the team.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    Either they all restructure or they get cut. It’s plain and simple.
    Although there are not enough early round draft picks to fix all the leaks, unless the patching project starts now, the ship is going to sink anyway.

    Reese selected Tuck and Webster who had leg/knee issues coming into the league anyway. That’s how JR operates. Take a kid who if not for injury would be a early round/first day pick. Only, they don’t tend to hold up very long.

    Reese has some insurance for Tuck and Osi already on the roster.
    So the team needs to bite the bullet and let Tracy and Ojomo play.
    Same for Hosley, Hill and Brown. (although I cant see letting Role leave)
    The team should develop depth around those kids. Out with the old, in with the new.

    Eli’s not going to say anything about it anyway.
    If he can put up with Gilbride, he can put up with a youth movement.
    Especially along the offensive line. Not as risky as having Dehil and Snee forming the right side of your line. Not to mention the tender Mr. Baas.
    Honestly they can’t get rid of all these guys at once. But God knows they all
    (Bass, Snee and Dehil) need to leave real soon. And they need to be replaced by good young players ASAP.

    Unless something is figured out on defense, the division belongs to the cow turds and even the RG3 less skins. Because they can run the football, and Cousins can be coached up. I fully expect them to draft a receiver and more defenders. The Giants meanwhile can’t stop anyone.

    It gets worse before it gets better people. But the payoff will be (hopefully) a dynamic young team lead by a solid vet QB. With a solid defensive backfield, and up and coming defensive linemen, linebackers and offensive linemen.

    If the youngsters Reese drafted last year have any potential at all, it has to be tapped in order to avoid a large fall from playoff contention.
    But from what I saw of each of said young offensive linemen, none of them can find their way to the locker room without assistance. Much less effectively block NFL linemen. They looked over matched ans lost in preseason.

    All this has to come by way of the draft and smart FA choices. The linebackers DT and 3/5 of the current OL play is hot garbage. Finally, I like Herzlich because of his will and determination to play ball. The story is wonderful and a real tear jerker. Unfortunately, his play also invokes tears. Excellent special teamer though. But that’s about it. Sorry.

  5.  Krow says:

    The real wildcard in all these free agent discussions is health. Who played hurt last year … and who is at risk going forward. It’s very important to determine both.

    •  James Stoll says:

      Chronically injured players must be expected to be chronically injured in the future. That’s Tuck, maybe Canty, Bradshaw, Snee, Bass, Phillips, Nicks.
      All of these players are good to great when healthy, but they are rarely if ever healthy.
      The difficulty is you have to build your team on the assumption that the player will be healthy; if you think otherwise than you have to axe them.
      So you plan on them being healthy, build around them being healthy, and then suffer when they get injured.

      • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

        Well, the reality is, every player in the NFL is chronically injured. That’s the life of an NFL athlete.

        •  James Stoll says:

          I’m not so sure that is true. Eli has never missed a game. Ray Lewis played for over 15 years before being injured. Tiki went 10 without serious injury
          I suppose it is the ones who avoid it the most that have a shot at greatness because longevity is key to that achievement
          What I was referring to is guys who miss a significant part of the season — Canty – 8 games, Phillips 6 games, etc. Or guys like Tuck who are perennially playing at 75%
          but you are right, the NFL is a true battle of attrition
          And it seems to be getting worse not better
          I’m not sure how the league deals with it
          I would think larger rosters and more flexible IR rules would be a start
          Probably a more serious policing of substances athletes can put in their body would help
          But money and reality make those tough to implement
          It is too bad
          Every off-season we look at our roster, envision it healthy and intact, and then project the record. Then we hold our breath as player after player goes down.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    I trust the organization to make the right decisions about restructuring and cuts.

    And, as strange as it may sound, I’m relative optimistic about the way the defense will play next season PROVIDED that Fewell makes changes in his approach and they have a good draft (I hope for the former, assume the latter).

    Start with the defensive backfield. Losing KP would be a big blow, but I believe it is sustainable. I’m not about to say our safety play would be as good, but we’d still have a very good group of safeties in Rolle + Brown + Hill + one (maybe Sash, maybe a cheaply-priced Terrell Thomas, but quite possibly a free agent or someone drafted or signed as an UDFA in April). I think Prince is ready to become one of the top corners in the league and I believe there’s a decent chance that Webster will have a bounce-back season because I simply don’t believe that at 30 he lost everything in one gigantic drop in ability. He played hurt and that had to have affected him more than most realized. Hosley, after a year of experience, should become a pretty good slot cover guy and I suspect he is going to be a VERY good player before long. I expect Reese to draft a corner pretty early, and it would not surprise me if that corner can follow in the footsteps of a number of rookies this past season and start by the halfway mark of the season if needed.

    Linebackers? We definitely have two young, good, ones in Williams and Paysinger, who can play WILL and can be the kind of “spy” that teams will need against the RIIIs, Wilsons, Kaepernicks, etc. of the NFL, who are going to kill teams that do not have linebackers who can act in that capacity. Perhaps Boley is back, perhaps not. But what we need is an explosive, sideline-to-sideline, MIKE who can hit, can get past trash into gaps, and can at least get back into coverage well-enough to sometimes disrupt passing lanes. Reese has to get that, one way or the other, and Chase Blackburn isn’t the solution. The best hope I see on the current roster is, frankly, Muasau, who has the speed AND size that the position requires. He impressed early in camp in 2012 but then got dinged up and disappeared. I’m certainly not counting on him, but he’s a possibility. Reese needs to bring in someone closer to a certainty. Then they can have players compete to take the SAM spot. Maybe Herzlich makes the leap. Maybe this is a free agent or a rookie. Maybe Tracy becomes the guy since the starting DEs are likely to be JPP and Kiwi, with Tuck, Ojomo and Broha available for the rotation. But it’s getting that ONE, explosive, impact linebacker that may be the key to everything.

    On the defensive front I think they’ll be fine at DE between JPP, Kiwi, Tuck, Ojomo, Tracy, and Broha (and maybe even a draft pick). It’s at DT that there’s an issue. A lot depends upon Canty and what they do with him and whether he’s fully healthy. Joseph was, IMO, a major disappointment this past season, but he should be significantly better in 2013 with two full years of experience as a starter. Kuhn actually looked quite promising if he can return healthy. Reese MUST focus on this position both in free agency and the draft, because improving this position and the guy right behind them at MIKE are critical to getting this defense back where it needs to be. Reese isn’t dumb. He knows he needs a DT, a corner and a MIKE. He’s almost certainly going to get them. If he does, I think we’ll be fine.

    Then it will be the offensive line that worries me. We can no longer get by with this bunch. Some of the youngsters must step up (Cordle, Brewer, Mosley, McCants, etc.) or free agents and rookies will have to be found who will. We’ll be okay at running back and with our receivers (I’m assuming Bennett and Cruz remain, and that Brown is fully healthy), but we cannot make it through without shoring up what I always call the “core” of the team: the O-line, the D-line and the quarterback. We have allowed weaknesses to appear in that core over the past season and that has to be addressed very quickly.

    •  GmenMania says:

      Where did you get the idea that Broha is anything more than a camp body? He was on the practice squad; all practice squad players were signed to reserve/future contracts. Broha is no exception. He’s just a scrub, and EXTREMELY unlikely to make any impact in training camp, nevertheless make the 53-man roster and make an impact.

      Also, when did Muasau make any sort of impact in training camp? He was mostly invisible throughout training camp, and was oft-injured as well. He, as well, has likely very little chance in even making the 53-man roster. It would be silly to think that these guys could become contributors.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Actually, that is factually wrong.

        Not only did Broha do well in a few preseason games, but he was praised on a number of occasions by the coaches and then signed to the practice squad (which most certainly DOES mean something when that means he was one of only 60 players that they thought worth hanging around the team for the season).

        And before Muasau was hurt he was being talked up pretty well by both the linebackers’ coach and the defensive coordinator. Training camp, by the way, includes more than just the games. Ask anyone who was up in Albany and he will tell you that Muasau looked, at times, like the closest thing to a REAL linebacker in camp. I got a number of extremely positive reports on Muasau from a friend who was up there for a few days and was one of the great MLBers in the NFL (Mike Curtis, a guy who did some work for me back in the 1980′s and was a fabulous player in the 1970′s). He thought Muasau had some potential. Thought he was VERY raw but potentially explosive, and definitely had the aggression that Curtis thinks is the sine qua non for MLBers. I think I’ll trust him over your assessment.

        •  GmenMania says:

          Fair enough on Muasau. I too, was up in Albany for a little while, and didn’t think Muasau was that great. Sure, he made some plays, but I would be willing to wager that it doesn’t amount to anything. But I do see your point about our dearth of linebackers, and how Muasau could fit in there. I still hope they’ll draft someone (namely Alec Ogletree).

          And relating to Broha, the only impact he had was a couple of tackles and one sack against third-stringers. Nothing like Ojomo, who had a bunch of sacks. He didn’t flash much at all to me, and again, I’m pretty confident he won’t even make the 53 man roster.

  7.  Krow says:

    What we’re seeing now … with all these successful running QBs and option offenses … is something that’s not going away any time soon. I have my reservations. Look no further than RG3 to see why. But on the other hand Seattle and SF are gang busters. We can expect more teams to copy them.

    So we had better figure out how to stop them … or we’re in much deeper trouble than we thought.

    The downside is that Fewell’s expertise is in coverage schemes. Limited number of pass rushers … small, fast linebackers … few blitzes. That’s the perfect defense to run the option against … the perfect scheme for a QB like Kaepernick or Wilson to scramble against.

  8.  rlhjr says:

    I agree with the lions share of what you said 55. It’s just that the alarm for the offensive line was sounded in 2009 and culminated with the departure of Seubert and O’Hara. That was 3.5 years ago and that was the tip of the legendary ice burg. Better to part ways a year early than a year (or two) late.

    Pretty sure the skill positions are in very good shape baring serious injury.
    That said, Randle had better be ready to perform (when) Nicks suffers his next injury. And if Jernigan is not the answer for Cruz’s backup, Reese had better get on the stick with finding one.

    Yeah, I don’t see Reese as stupid. However, there has not been a quality linebacker on this team since Armstead and Pierce departed respectively.
    That is absurd at best and shall we say less than intelligent.

  9.  James Stoll says:

    Interesting watching the seattle secondary early on. Sherman is terrific

  10.  Dirt says:

    I’ve seen more play action in the first 20 minutes of this game than I did during the entirety of the 2012 Giants season. And no one respects Atlanta’s run game either.

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