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Chris Snee to Meet with New York Giants This Week to Discuss Future with Team

February 21st, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Doug Rush

Chris Snee's future with the New York Giants in 2014 has been a hot topic over the last couple of months considering he missed most of the 2013 season due to needing a second hip surgery in as many years, is 32-years-old and will be due $6.75 million next season if he plays.

But considering his health and age, the talk of retirement has come up quite a bit amongst Giants fans and beat writers and this week in Indianapolis, it likely could be a subject that gets talked about.

Conor Orr of the Newark-Star Ledger tweeted that Snee will travel to the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Field to meet with the Giants brass and they will likely discuss what Snee has in mind for the upcoming season.

Earlier in the offseason, Snee had said that if he was healthy enough to play, he would return to the Giants for one more season, but the harsh fact of the NFL reality is that the chance for a 32-year-old offensive lineman coming off a second consecutive hip surgery, plus an elbow surgery, to make a full comeback is not the best one.

But if Snee does in fact have to retire, he will be leaving behind a solid legacy among Giant fans as he was a part of two Super Bowl championship teams and at one time in his career, he was not only considered to be the best offensive lineman on the team, but one of the best guards in all of the NFL.

Plus, if in fact that 2013 was the final season in the league for Snee, he would have played his entire career for one coach, which in case is also his father-in-law in Tom Coughlin; Snee was a second round draft pick back in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Boston College and started 11 games that season in his rookie year. Following then, he proceeded to start in all 16 games from 2005 until 2012 with the exception of one game in 2011. But in the 2013 season, he was only able to play in three games before landing on season-ending injured reserve following the hip injury in the Giants 38-0 Week 3 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Snee is the last remaining member of the offensive line that was on the Super Bowl XLII team back in 2007; David Diehl was the last one to retire this past winter, ending an 11-year career with the Giants.

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13 Responses to “Chris Snee to Meet with New York Giants This Week to Discuss Future with Team”

  1.  JBeast3 says:

    i know I’m late to the party but congrats Kujo!!!

  2.  JBeast3 says:

    Why is there even a discussion? Snee better not be on this team next season unless he takes a pay cut not extension.

    •  Krow says:

      If they want to bring him in on a vet minimum contract … even one with real performance incentives … then I’m fine with it. But if they pull some bull$hit move to funnel the royal Son-in-Law another big chunk of the cap then I hope we tank 2014 and they all get fired. This is put up or shut up time. They talk all tough … they say all the right things … but now it’s time to back it up with action. They either have the guts to make the ncessary tough decisions or they don’t. And if they don’t then we’re not going to ever be competitive because there are plenty of teams who DO have the guts.

      •  JBeast3 says:

        Agreed! If they give Snee money esp if it affects the cap; i hope coughlin, JR and anyone else in management that had anything to do with it gets fired.

  3.  Krow says:

    If $nee walks out the door with another bag of loot then we’ll know that Mara, Reese, and Coughlin are just blowing smoke about a commitment to winning. Everyone knows he’s not capable of playing any longer. Everyone knows his salary is basically just a cap penalty. But if nepotism and the good-old-boy network rule the day then we can kiss 2014 goodbye.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    While I 100% agree that Snee has to retire and that paying him more than a vet minimum (with a few incentives) would be an indication that this team is a mess, we should also remember that when he was healthy Chris Snee was a helluva player. When he was young he was a terrific pulling guard and a tough customer, clearly one of the best interior linemen in the NFL.

    I hope he leaves and then we can all be happy about his career. He shouldn’t ruin his legacy with the team and the fans by exploiting his relationship with the coach to extract money that will clearly hurt the team badly. I have a feeling he will walk away, largely because I think he’s a good kid with the right values and won’t want to take any more money he knows he hasn’t earned.

    •  Krow says:

      I was with you till last year. Until that bit about putting off the shoulder operation… then predictably ending up on IR … that told me a lot about him. He’s going to use every trick and deception he can to drain the last dollar out of the team. He crossed that ‘exploiting his relationship’ Rubicon last year… maybe even the year before.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        I think he honestly thought he’d be able to play last season and was surprised that he couldn’t. And frankly, given that the guy is going to have to have both hips replaced soon after he retires, and is likely to be half-crippled as a result of his career, I can see how he felt it was worth a shot and that he HAD “earned” last season’s salary for past services. But that’s all over now. If he takes the salary he’s scheduled to take he’s a pig and has no shame, or pride. And if he’s on the team at that pay rate it’s for one reason only and that, itself, would be reason for me to want Coughlin fired when the season is over.

  5.  James Stoll says:

    I thought Snee missed several games in 2010, during the stint when the o-line consisted of Andrews, Petrus, Seubert, Boothe and McKenzie, and the team recorded something like 3 200+ yd rushing games

    The reality about Snee is that he was very good for 5 seasons — 2004-2008
    He was injured to start the pre-season in ’09, missed the entire preseason, and has been on a steady decline ever since. Of course last year he couldn’t even play. But he hasn’t been a true pro bowl quality guard for 5 seasons now.
    Even if he is healthy enough to play, he will likely barely be serviceable.
    If the team is serious about rebuilding, draft a promising rookie, start him immediately in what is likely to be a sub-.500 season so that he gets experience and is better for 2015.
    The problem with Snee staying even at the veteran minimum, is that he will be the starter unless and until injury takes him back off the field.

    •  Krow says:

      True. If he’s even on the roster then he could affect the rebuilding of the OL. What’s worse is that it could change our draft strategy.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I agree about Father-in-Law playing him. And that’s why it would be best if Mara and Reese “induce” him to retire. I don’t agree that it will affect draft strategy. Reese is not going to allow Coughlin to veto offensive linemen. Jerry knows HIS job is as much on the line as anyone’s and that HE could easily take the fall for the collapse of the O-line and the demise of the Manning Era if he doesn’t swiftly do something about it. Snee is not in his plans, and will not affect what he does in free agency and the draft.

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