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New York Giants Sign Odell Beckham Jr., Weston Richburg, Devon Kennard & Bennett Jackson

May 20th, 2014 at 8:55 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants officially announced on Monday that the team had signed four additional members of their 2014 Draft class to their rookie deals. Those new to ink the paper include first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. (WR, LSU), second-round pick Weston Richburg (OL, Colorado State), fifth-round pick Devon Kennard (LB, USC) and sixth-round pick Bennett Jackson (DB, Notre Dame).

In addition to those four, the team also signed fourth-round pick Andre Williams (RB, Boston College) and fifth-round pick Nat Berhe (DB, San Diego State) to their rookie deals last week.

The sole remaining unsigned rookie is third-round pick Jay Bromley (DT, Syracuse) and his deal is expected to be done in the very near future.

As noted on Monday, the Giants had approximately $3.9M in remaining salary cap space prior to accounting for all of these signings, but the team was in the clear to cover that with what remains and would still have a little left over. Once Bromley officially signs and the contracts are run through the NFLPA, the Giants will have approximately $1.78M remaining, plus an additional $5M on June 1st when the cut of David Baas kicks in.

Big Blue is working at a rapid pace here in 2014 after not getting their 2013 rookie draft class under contract in its entirety until July last year.

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2 Responses to “New York Giants Sign Odell Beckham Jr., Weston Richburg, Devon Kennard & Bennett Jackson”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    It will be interesting to see what the team does with the close to $7MM in cap space. I have a feeling that Reese will want to reserve about $3MM for potential signings as camp and the preseason proceeds and they see where they might need more depth. But I hope they preserve as much as they can so they can roll it over into 2015 cap space, because I really like the way this team is trending and that extra money could get them a big-time pair of free agents (when combined with cap savings from a few contracts not renewed after this season) or one of them and a solid extension for Eli or ‘Trel.

    I think by next season this year’s draft is going to be seen as a very good one. I know there are some doubters regarding Beckham, but I am certainly not one of them. I think he’s going to be a fixture on the outside and be a terrific player. I think if he stays healthy Richburg will be one of the three major anchors on the offensive line for a decade (along with Pugh and another young player either currently on the roster or to be drafted next spring). I think Bromley is going to be a very good player by next season and can give about as good production as they were getting from Joseph by his sophomore season (but, then again, I have always been in the minority in thinking Joseph is overrated and while very good, definitely replaceable at a lower cost). The team is right, they stole Williams. He is one of the best backs to come out of college over the past 2-3 years and in many years past would have been no worse than a high second round pick. (In fact, in future years I think many will conclude that a lot of the running backs taken in this draft were steals….they have gone from being overvalued to undervalued in a short time because of groupthink in the NFL). And I am still intrigued by Berhe and, especially, Jackson. Behre just seems like a football player, who may make up in savvy, toughness and anticipation his lack of measurable speed. Frankly, when Terrell Thomas looked like he was headed toward being an elite defensive back (pre-injury) it wasn’t because of his speed, which was never anything to write home about. And I like the idea of having a hitter who loves the contact roaming around where a hybrid LBer/safety-type would play in a scheme that allowed for that talent to be used. And I’ve said it before, Jackson has at least a chance, even if not a likelihood, of becoming either that Richard Sherman-type rangy, physical, corner or a safety who can cover. I don’t know his personality and how driven he is, but that may determine his fate. A lot of folks don’t realize how much of Sherman’s success is based upon his mentality and makeup, which are more important than his physical talents (which are considerable but not as strong as his intangibles).

    This season should be interesting. 2015 could be even more so.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Unless we are using the money to give a long term deal to JPP or Prince there’s no reason to use much of that cap this year.

      I wrote a post about my pleasure with the draft so I definitely agree on their prospects. However, I think our 2014 future is more tied to the 2011, 2012 & 2013 draft & UDFA classes. Guys like Hankins, Moore, Robinson, Randle etc. we really need to step up for us to win the division and maybe a chance for more this year.

      Last thing on Joseph. My point about not re-signing him was we created a hole and Joseph was a quality player and still young. And that if we did lose him we would need to draft a replacement in the first 2 days of the draft either this year or next year. We drafted Bromley this year which could have been used at another position but using the money we saved on Joseph to get DRC I have no problem with the move. Bromley could very well just about replace Jospeh next year but not because Joseph wasn’t good but because Bromley can be very good too. It’s a balancing act with players and I’m fine with how we did things since we ended up with DRC and Bromley.

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