The future for New York Giants offensive lineman Chris Snee remains somewhat uncertain. At the end of both 2012 and 2013, Snee appeared to be relatively unsure about returning to the game of football, but recently stated that if the team wants him back, he'll be back in 2014.
“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.”
What the Giants intend to do with Snee is the real question. With a previously projected $11.75 million cap hit slated for 2014, the Giants simply cannot afford to carry an aging offensive lineman who missed significant time in 2013. By releasing him, the team would save $7.2 million, but that may end up being the start for a contract re-negotiation.
But even before the team gets to that crossroads, Snee suffered a financial hit earlier this week. Due to an injury-plagued season that saw him play in only three games, Snee's contract triggered a de-escalator, which reduced his 2014 base salary by $450,000 (from $7.2 to $6.75M).
Ultimately, that change will prove irrelevant. There's still little chance the Giants head into 2014 carrying such a massive cap number for an aging guard, but in the interim, it saves the team some space following increases by both linebacker Jacquian Williams, who earned a $744K Player Performance Escalator, and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who earned a $1.05M bonus of his own.
The combination of the escalators, de-escalators and bonuses have added an additional $1,344,000 in cash and cap expenses for the Giants in 2014.
Note: We are not entirely clear on what triggered JPP's bonus. Will update once we know.
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