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.
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…
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