Written by: Motown Blue.
After the first Sunday in October, we are already at the point of discussing next season. No need to dissect the Chernobyl meltdown that occurred in East Rutherford yesterday. You have all suffered enough and surely would do anything to absolve yourself from revisiting the charred remains of the NY Giants.
We have already seen the hashtag #suckforsam associated with the Gmen. Yes, it is too early to to knowingly assert that Darnold will be the number one pick. One thing we would dread for sure is if the man who built this disaster is up there deciding who will be their 1st-round pick where it lands. His press conference is coming up, and hopefully the mainstream media will have the backbone to grill him on how he created this disaster. What does he see in Flowers? How is a 7th-round pick at RT part of his grand scheme to improve the OL? Why is he the only GM in the league who just hates LBs? Guess how many LBs are under contract next season? One. That sole player is Goodson.
Whomever takes over as GM next season has a very difficult path ahead. Reese’s cap toxicology is, well, toxic. Next season you will have five players that take up 54% of the cap, which includes $63 million in dead cap money ($2 million in DRC). It gets worse in 2019. Then, you will have six players who will take up 75% of the cap space, including a recently signed TE who plays only about 10 snaps per game? Of that, $33.9 million will account for dead cap money.
Next year you have two of your five OL up for free agency. Sadly, they are the only serviceable OL on your team. You want to go ahead and cut Flowers and Jerry to sign one or both of your serviceable OL. Well, it will cost you $6.1 million in dead cap money when you will have an estimated $19 million in cap space. Thanks Jerry for the cap purgatory you havv created with your cap toxicology formula. If I am Darnold, and I just read this, I am praying that the Gmen win some games. He doesn’t want to be in a body bag next year.
For those wishing to sign OBJ long term after next season, check those numbers above again. Yes his injury is a crippling blow, but how many points per game have they scored with him in the lineup? I don’t want to add more somber reality, but Collins is up in 2019 as well.
We are in for a lengthy ride of futility as the rebuild has begun. The new GM will enter the building with just $19 million in cap space. A total rebuild of OL is imminent with two of your adequate linemen entering free agency. You have one starting linebacker under contract with un-drafted free agent ST backups. Mara see it’s getting worse. You are on the clock, and that ticking sound can be heard across the Hudson river.