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With No Parade Route This Offseason, New York Giants are Instead Taking the Business Route

February 9th, 2013 at 11:00 AM
By Jen Polashock

Every move for this upcoming brand new 2013 NFL season (albeit offseason) has been well thought-out and planned. The ultimate goal remains the same. The fact that everyone in the entire organization was pretty much lost as they watched the playoffs has added a new dynamic to the already-there desire.

In a few weeks (February 20-26), the NFL Combine kicks off in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium again. The New York Giants are familiar with that structure, but not as well as the scouts and head coach Tom Coughlin. Before they trek it to Indy, the cap needs to be adjusted. That would be why many folks are losing their minds over General Manager Jerry Reese recently taking care of the Big Blue business aspect of the game. It’s just begun.

This week has been as if someone pulled the rug out and quite a few unsuspecting fans have landed on not so comfortable body parts. This should have been expected if close attention was paid to his words last December.

"I don't think we're that far off, to be honest with you," Reese said. "This team will look a little different next year, but I think we have a good core of players coming back and I think we can see what we can do in free agency in the offseason, and of course we always have the draft. The evaluation process has started already," he said. "We'll put our heads together, we'll let the emotions die down a little bit and step back and really see what happened and why we are not playing right now."

Reese follows along with the Giants’ secretive tentative plans. Sure things can be surprising, but are they really? Look back at his tenure since inception in 2007 and stop being so shocked. Everything has worked out as far as letting certain players go and then signing the right ones. No? Cap casualties hurt, sure, but there is an entirely different animal around the corner.

Beginning March 9th (and through the 11th), NFL teams can begin negotiating with the agents of players set to become UFA (unrestricted free agents) at the start of the league year which officially begins March 12, 2013 at 4:00pm, EST. This also marks the insanity known as the beginning of the 2013 NFL Free Agency and Trade Period. Buckle up if you haven’t already.

Shortly after, the annual league meetings in Phoenix is set for March 17-20, followed by the 2013 NFL Draft in New York City, April 25-27 and then the 2013 NFL spring league meeting in Boston, May 20-22 before individual Mini Camps.

By early May, the New York Football Giants should be taking on their identity form for training camp in New Jersey. Change isn’t always an easy thing, but from it new leaders shall step forth. An immediate offseason of frustration turned into retrospect and contemplation can only help forge a bonding strength for this team. There is a lesson to be learned from 2012 and with Reese placing the blue pieces that Coughlin is molding, one can only be again hopeful about 2013.


Tags: Football, Jerry Reese, New Jersey, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

23 Responses to “With No Parade Route This Offseason, New York Giants are Instead Taking the Business Route”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Rogers’ base salary counts just $555,000 against the cap because of the veteran minimum salary benefit rule.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Bingo! Look for many more of these signings.. That is all we can afford without loosing key FA of our own…

  2.  Krow says:

    OK … so round 1 … guys they don’t care if they leave … and guys they want to leave. Done.

    Round 2 … guys they want to keep, but not at their current contract numbers. I suspect several negotiations are on-going.

  3.  demo3356 says:

    First of all NO to Ellerbee.. Nice player, will get overpaid by someone for his post season run. Second of all I still think its cute that folks think we are going to sign any big ticket free agents.. I’m guessing Santy Clause or Easter Bunny will be delivering them to us.. We have NOWHERE near the cap room to take on anything above vet minimum or slightly above vet minimum free agents. Whatever Cap room JR can finagle by cutting guys will have to be used to keep the 5-7 of our 30 UFA’s,RFA’s and ERFA’s that he deems the most important and irreplaceable. Guys like Beatty, Bennett, Boothe, Cruz, S. Brown, Phillips, Hixon, Locklear, A. Brown or Tracy. We will still have to cut or restructure 3-5 deals just to get 5-7 of those guys re signed… Talking about any free agent is wishful thinking at best
    What we will see is deals like the Locklear and Bennett deals last year or the Pascoe or rogers deal this year. There just isn’t the funds for big ticket items

    •  Krow says:

      I agree … but I think a mid-ticket guy is still possible. There’s space between Haynesworth blockbusters and vet minimums. A $3-4 mil type of signing or two would not totally amaze me. But yeah, we’re not going to make a splash unless Reese is doing a deeper housecleaning than we realize.

      •  demo3356 says:

        not even a mid ticket guy is likely.. We have 33 guys under contracts that aren’t camp fodder or practice squad types.. 3-5 more of those guys may stick but the Giants need to sign, re sign or draft about 15-17 more guys and are now about what 15 li under the cap?

  4.  Krow says:

    There’s a lot of talent on the FA market … and they aren’t all getting $10,000,000. It’s not like there are 31 fat wallets … and the pauper NY Giants. Everyone isn’t lining up to throw mad dollars at our guys. They have limits and issues of their own.

    •  demo3356 says:

      There are a lot of teams with a lot of room though…

      •  jfunk says:

        Yeah, but I agree in general with Krow. There are a lot of FAs this year, so it would not surprise me to see some signings relatively cheap compared to what you normally expect.

        There may be quite a few veterans sitting around a few months from now ready to jump at the first team that offers them a 2yr deal instead of a 1yr minimum.

        •  demo3356 says:

          Oh I completely agree that we will get some good deals and get some quality players on the cheap, it just wont be any big name guys or any big money deals.. Think Kavicka Mitchell, Sean Locklear, Martelus Bennett type deals. There are more players than there is money to be spent, but the big ticket guys are going elsewhere.. The Eagles can carry over 21+ mil from last years cap into this year. Add that to what they get when they trade/ cut Vick and Asomoga and they wil be big spenders this off season.

      •  Chad Eldred says:

        Not enough of them and the ones who do have it aren’t necessarily eager to use it. It is not a good year to be a free agent.

  5.  demo3356 says:

    These are the 33 we have under contract next year that aren’t camp fodder or practice squad types. 3-4 more guys like McCants, Broha, Fredricks could make it but JR is still going to have to add 15-20 guys through resigning our own UFA, RFA and ERFA, the draft, UDFA and outside free agents.. He just cut or voided 4 guys to get around 13-15 below the cap depending on reports. Resigning Beatty, Cruz Bennett and either KP or Boothe would eat all that up and then some.
    Eli Manning 13,000,000
    David Wilson 693,841
    Da’Rel Scott 555,000
    Henry Hynoski 550,000
    Wide Receivers:
    Hakeem Nicks 2,725,000
    Rueben Randle 539,633
    Jerrel Jernigan 555,000
    Tight Ends/H-Backs:
    Bear Pascoe 715,000
    Adrien Robinson 480,000
    Offensive Linemen:
    David Diehl 4,475,000
    James Brewer 555,000
    Chris Snee 6,700,000
    David Baas 4,250,000
    Defensive Linemen:
    Jason Pierre-Paul 1,175,000
    Justin Tuck 4,500,000
    Adewale Ojomo 480,000
    Linval Joseph 575,000
    Shaun Rogers 940,000
    Markus Kuhn 480,000
    Marvin Austin 668,254
    Mathias Kiwanuka 2,950,000
    Jacquian Williams 555,000
    Spencer Paysinger 555,000
    Mark Herzlich 555,000
    Defensive Backs:
    Corey Webster 7,000,000
    Prince Amukamara 1,118,718
    Jayron Hosley 480,000
    Terrell Thomas 750,000
    Antrel Rolle 7,000,000
    Will Hill 480,000
    Tyler Sash 555,000
    Kickers and Snappers:
    Steve Weatherford 1,825,000
    Zak DeOssie 824,000

  6.  demo3356 says:

    Point is, more guys (Deihl Webster) need to go or get restructured and others like Eli and Rolle should be asked to redo deals and free up money just to be able to bring back our own 5-7 top priority Free agents and sign the draftees in April. I am 100% sure that Will Beatty wil be resigned or tagged before he hits free agency. Say what you want about him but he is our best and our youngest OL and is the only guy we have that can play LT at a high level. No way he is let out into the market and the giants go with Diehl or a rookie protecting their franchise QB’s blind side. Also Tagging him doesn’t mean the giants HAVE to pay him that number next year, they can tag him to keep him off the market and still work out a long term deal with a cap friendly 2013 number.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Trying to guess which way the Giants will go is a fool’s errand.

    NONE of us know what they really think about Austin, Kuhn, Joseph, or Herzlich (or Muasau for that matter). We all know they need to shore up their middle defense, but we don’t have any way of knowing whether they think they have enough already to just go to the draft to do that or if they have to jettison someone with a big salary if he won’t renegotiate in order to both keep someone they want from the existing roster and perhaps add a free agent they have targeted. (Remember, if they have targeted someone they usually go and get him quickly).

    NONE of us know what Webster, Rolle, Phillips, Bennett, Beatty, the Browns, and Boothe (and their agents) are thinking. We don’t know if Eli is willing to restructure in order to help out. We don’t even know what the internal evaluations are on any of those players. Heck, we still don’t know how hurt Webster was this season. Was the hamstring bad enough to explain his atrocious play, or is it an excuse for a year that wasn’t worth veteran minimum pay?

    I think we know a few things. We know that there are about 7-8 teams with plenty of cap room, but those teams will have a lot to choose from in free agency. We know this team has to improve up the middle of the defense, needs a top-flight corner, must improve it’s offensive line, and that the draft is deep in prospects who might fill those needs. We know that not every capable free agent will find a landing place at a salary that is particularly attractive. We know Jerry Reese is approaching agents about restructuring some contracts. We know the Giants will continue to refuse to rule out franchising Beatty and tendering Cruz. And we know that we’re headed for a very interesting, and exciting, next 90-100 days. That’s enough for me.

    By the by, if you haven’t been out walking on this glorious day, you should make sure to do so. It’s beautiful out there.

  8.  demo3356 says:

    These are the numbers for the teams with the most unused cap from last year that they can carry over into this year. Not hard to see several of these teams being players in Free agency this year.

    Eagles: $23.0 million.
    Jaguars: $21.1 million ($19.5 million carryover).
    Browns: $14.3 million.
    Broncos: $14.1 million ($11.5 million carryover).
    Chiefs: $14.0 million.
    Seahawks: $13.2 million.
    Titans: $12.8 million.
    Bengals: $10.2 million ($8.5 million carryover).
    Buccaneers: $10.1 million ($8.5 million carryover).
    Bills: $9.8 million.
    Vikings: $9.6 million ($8 million carryover).
    Packers: $7.0 million.
    Patriots: $5.6 million

  9.  dremac82 says:

    I agree with pretty much everything DEMO says….. He’s right, the Giants won’t be making an off season splash in free agency. They just can’t afford it. There are too many of our stud players that need contracts.

    The most concerning thing to me is Webster either being cut or restructured. He is soaking up WAY too much salary at 7 million a year at the level he’s currently playing at. I guess after that would be who is going to replace Deihl?

    Lastly…. Anyway possible we’re able to keep Cruz AND Nicks?

    •  dremac82 says:

      There’s going to be so many articles about all these free agents coming up that the Giants will probably have no chance in obtaining. Everyone’s going to start drooling for no reason. We can win with what we have IMHO. They just need to get hungry.

    •  demo3356 says:

      I tbelive we can and will keep both. The NFL has become a pass happy offensive league. Surrounding a top 5 QB with stud weapons is the best way to stay a SB contender. I say after Eli and JPP that Nicks and Cruz are 2 of the 4-5 most valuable irreplaceable players on our roster

  10.  demo3356 says:

    The 2013 cap numbers dont look like much right now but just wait till other teams start chopping dead wood and clear a bunch of space. Not every team is as classy as the Giants and let their guys go early to start looking for next gig.

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