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Giants Free Agency Assessment

Written by: Paul Burke

Offense :

Nate Solder – LT (Patriots ) 4 yrs $62M

They soooo over paid for Solder but their hand was forced.

Patrick Omameh – G (Jags) 3 yrs  $15M

Reasonable contract.  He will likely start but certainly adds depth to a paper thin unit for waaaaay too long.  Fills a hole but they still must draft draft draft early and often over next few years.

Jonathan Stewart – RB (Panthers) 2 yrs $6.9M

Not a fan of this contract.  It’s a little heavy for a 30+ back with a lot of mileage on his treads.  This is the endowment bias of Gettleman as he knows Stewart well and very likely overvalues him.  A lot of RBs in draft there will be some decent ones in the middle rounds.

Cody Latimer – WR (Broncos) 1 yr  $2.5M

Got him on the cheap.  His production was minimal for Donkeys.  He has injury issues that weren’t glaring just nagging.  Also, you need to take into account who was the QB when he was healthy.  Low risk possible high reward.

Defense :

Michael Thomas – S : (Dolphins) 2 yrs $4M

Teddy Williams – CB (Panthers) 1yr $880k

Curtis Riley- DB/CB (Titans) 1yr $630k

B.W. Webb – DB (Saints) 1 yr $815k.

Thomas, Riley, Webb, and Williams are all depth signings that are filling the holes of Reese’s pathetic drafting.  They are more for shoring up ST but will be depth in nickel packages etc.  Thomas will compete for starter role as he is captain material.

Kareem Martin – LB/DE (Cards) 3yrs  $15M

Josh Mauro – DE (Cardinals) 1yr $880k

Martin and Mauro:  Bettcher written all over it.  He wants guys who know his system and fills the needs they lack on their roster.  Obviously Martin will have more snaps and Mauro is a back up/role player.

Alec Ogletree- LB (Rams) : Trade – NYG give up 4th and 6th picks in 2018; get 7th pick in 2019 draft. (4yrs,  $42M Rams contract. In 2nd year of Contract)

Ogletree:  Is a little steep but again fills a need that Reese avoided every year in his tenure.  We wonder if Reese just hates LBs.  He will be the center of the D based on Bettcher philosophy.  He will be a great mentor for Goodson.

Traded JPP to BUCS for 3rd Round pick (69th Overall) and swaped 4th Round picks with Bucs.

JPP trade:  Giant fans should be sending thank you notes for taking that contract off their books.  JPP did, and will, not live up to that contract based on production.  He plays great vs. lesser competition and is a ghost vs better competition.  This really opens up salary cap for Collins extension.  I am not going to touch OBJ extension as we have no idea where this is headed.  Any of the talking heads out there about trades etc, are all click and bait BS.  No one knows where this is headed.

The two biggest needs headed into the

draft based on the weakest units are obviously OL and LBs.  The LBs are critical for Bettcher’s system.  Expect them to draft one in the 2nd or 3rd round.

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New York Football Giants blogger since 2007. Appeared on ESPN radio, New York Times, Long Island sports talk 1240 am, Sidelines Podcast.

One thought on “Giants Free Agency Assessment

  1. Reading uour description reiterates my hate for Jerry Reese for setting back the Giants years! His name should be removed from Giant history!!!

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