As the 2012 season ended, New York Giants guard Chris Snee was admittedly uncertain about his future and had already begun discussing the possibility of retirement. He had been dealing with a painful left hip injury that required surgery — something he put off so that he could play in the Pro Bowl — but ultimately decided to come back in 2013. Unfortunately, Snee suffered yet another torn labrum in his left hip, and after only three games, was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR).
At the time, Snee said he wasn't thinking about retirement, but merely trying to "get over the frustration" of his injury. But now, with surgery in the rearview mirror and some time to reflect, the four-time Pro Bowler says he may want to return in 2014, but he'll need to know if the Giants even want him back first.
"If I'm wanted," Snee told the New York Post when asked if he wanted to return in 2014. "Right now my mindset is getting my body 100 percent and we’ll see from there."
Whether or not Snee will be wanted is the ultimate question. Once an anchor along Big Blue's offensive line, Snee's age, injury history and upcoming $7.2 million salary will be major contributing factors in that decision. And, in all likelihood, even if the Giants want Snee back, he'll have to come back at a drastically reduced salary.
Still, the veteran says he has a tremendous love for the game and the organization, so ruling out a return is not something he's given much thought to.
“I love the game, I love everything about it. I missed it during the fall, but there’s a lot of factors that go into making a decision," Snee said. "One, we’ll see if I’m wanted and we’ll go from there.”
As it stands, Snee says he's recovering well from his multiple surgeries. He's on schedule and believes the worst is finally behind him.
“I’m recovering well,” Snee added. “It’s been a long road, two surgeries is not something I want to do, particularly during the season. It’s been a difficult fall, winter, but the worst is behind me and I feel really good.”
Prior to going on IR, sources had said that Snee's hip injury was so bad he was, at times, completely unable to move. And while that may explain his early struggles, it does not explain the overall futility along the offensive line. And even without the $7.2 million salary Snee would carry into 2014, an entire revamp of the offensive line seems not only desired, but absolutely necessary. As such, Snee's decision may ultimately be made for him.
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