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New Giants CB James Bradberry Was Surprised When NY Came Calling

Cornerback James Bradberry was caught by surprise when the Giants came calling on the first day of the NFL’s free agency negotiation window, even though he was originally drafted by Dave Gettleman when Gettleman was the general manager of the Carolina Panthers, Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media reports.

“[Gettleman] reached out to my agent,” Bradberry said Friday. “I didn’t even talk to Gettleman. They came out of nowhere to make an offer. I didn’t expect them to come and make an offer.”

Similarly, Bradberry didn’t speak with new head coach Joe Judge until after his deal was in place, and football barely came up in the conversation, with everything going on with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Giants and Bradberry agreed to a three-year contract worth $45 million, including $32 million guaranteed. Bradberry believes the Giants’ sudden aggressiveness stems at least in part from Gettleman’s familiarity with him.

“He already knew the type of guy I was,” Bradberry said. “I knew the type of guy he was, and the type of program he’s trying to build. I can bring my overall knowledge of the game, and help the younger guys get better.”

Report: Giants to Use Transition Tag on DL Leonard Williams

It sounds like the Giants are going to use the transition tag, as Jordan Raanan reports Big Blue will use the tag on DL Leonard Williams.

The two sides have been working hard to get a long-term deal done, but so far they are still far enough apart that the Giants are going to have to go to ‘plan B’ which is to tag him.

The former Jets first round pick is in the last year of his rookie deal, a deal that has paid him $18.6 million over four seasons.

Last season in 15 games Williams put up 46 tackles with half a sack and a forced fumble.

LB’s Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin Both Cut by the Giants

The Giants have released linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

Both moves were expected. Ogletree started 26 games for the Giants over the past two seasons, but never quite lived up to his big-money contract. Cutting h8im leaves behind $6.7 million in dead money but also saves New York $5.05 million against the cap.

Originally a first-round pick of the Rams out of Georgia in 2013, the 28-year-old will likely find a market for his services but at a much lower rate than the Giants signed him for in 2017.

Martin played in just five games in 2019 after starting seven games with mixed success in 2018. He is also 28 years old and was originally a third-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals out of North Carolina in 2014.

Currently no team has fewer 2020 cap dollars devoted to the defensive side of the ball than the Giants and they are expected to purge even more underachieving veterans in the coming weeks. Look for them to strongly consider utilizing the No. 4 overall pick of the 2020 draft on defense.

Giants Continue to Talk O-Line in the Draft, One Player to Watch is Iowa’s Wirfs

The NFL combine is coming up very soon, a place where the New York Giants an the rest of the teams in the National Football League can start to scout players and see if any of them are a fit for their team once the NFL Draft takes place.

The Giants are a team in need of help on both the offensive and defensive line, and if you check out any sports betting new jersey sites you will see that most have the G-Men going line in the first round or two.

The team has the fourth pick overall, and there are so many directions the team can go after a tough 2019, that General Manager Dave Gettleman will have his hands full trying to figure out what to do with the pick.

Popular football site Walter Football recently had the Giants going offensive line in round one, taking Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas who would be a great fit on the line looking to protect second-year quarterback Daniel Jones for now and the future.

Thomas is not the only good offensive linemen that could go with the fourth overall pick, as Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports that the Giants are gaga over another offensive tackle, that being Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs.

Here is what Vacchiano wrote about the team having their eyes on Wirfs.

The Giants already “love” Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs, according to an NFL source familiar with the Giants thinking, and they have expressed similar interest in Alabama’s Jedrick Wills. Both of them are widely considered among the top four offensive line prospects in this year’s class, and they will get a good look from the entire league at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis next week.

It is far too early to know whether either of them would interest the Giants enough to draft them with the fourth overall pick. Right now, the NFL consensus seems to have Wirfs and Wills in a four-man group at the top of the offensive line charts, with Georgia’s Andrew Thomas and Louisville’s Mekhi Becton. Which order they will eventually land in depends, for now, on who is asked.

The lines are two very important part of any football team, and while it won’t be a “sexy” pick, it will be a safe pick and one that can help the Giants for years to come.

The biggest task on the offense is that the team needs to find a way to protect Jones and open holes for Saquon Barkley – do that in the draft – and this team will be much better for it.

Video: Giants RB Saquon Barkley Mic’d Up “Keep Rockin’ with Us!”

Best of Saquon Barkley behind the bench from the 2019 Giants season.

What Direction Will the Giants Take in Round One of the 2020 NFL Draft?

If there is one thing about the 2020 New York Giants is that the team will not drafting a quarterback in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft – and that is a good thing.

Any bookie software is going to tell you that the Giants have their quarterback of the future already with Daniel Jones, who started and at times was impressive in his games for the Giants in 2019.

The 2020 NFL Draft is something already on the minds of the Giants Front Office, and all eyes are on Thursday April 23rd to Saturday April 25th, as this next draft will take place on Paradise, Nevada and be televised on both NFL Network and ESPN.

A lot of questions are on who the Giants are going to take to try and improve their team, as after going 4-12 the club is going to be picking very high, fourth overall in the draft.

The last time they picked that high, they chose quarterback Philip Rivers, who they would then trade to the San Diego Padres for the rights to recently retired quarterback Eli Manning.

There will not be that much drama this time around, as the Giants don’t need nor will they be looking quarterback with the fourth pick.

So just who will the team be eyeing when they show up in Las Vegas in April?

While the club could use another playmaker or two on offense, the club really needs to focus on the offensive line, and popular site Walter Football with their 2020 NFL Draft on February 4th has them taking a tackle in the first round.

The site has the Giants going with Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, a player that can protect Jones and make sure he stays upright.

Here is what the site had to say about the team taking Thomas:

The Giants’ defense is an abomination, and they also need help on the offensive line so that Daniel Jones doesn’t keep fumbling twice every week. A No. 1 receiver can be obtained as well. I’ve had Jerry Jeudy slotted here for a while, but the more I think about it, the more I believe general manager Dave Gettleman will address the offensive line.

Andrew Thomas has been very impressive, using his great athleticism and length. NFL personnel believe he has tremendous potential.

A lot of things can happen between now and April, and while things can change, going tackle or lineman sounds like a winner to most that want to see Jones have a bright future.

The Top Three Moments in the Career of Giants QB Eli Manning

For 236 games of his NFL career, Giants quarterback Eli Manning left it all out on the field. Good games or bad, the QB always gave it what he had, throwing for 57023 yards and 366 touchdowns.

Manning said good-bye recently, deciding after playing for 16 seasons to hang it up and enjoy the rest of his years pain free.

If you have check this website or any betting website you will see that more times than not Manning had his Giants team favored in most of the games he was a starter in, winning a pair of Super Bowls.

Today we go back in time and take a look at just a couple of moments that will stand out as the very best of Manning’s career.

3. Taking Down Favre and the Packers 1/20/2008

Everyone was calling for a Tom Brady vs Brett Favre Superbowl, but the Giants and Manning had other plans on this freezing cold day at Lambeau Field.

Helped out by a key interception by the Giants in overtime, Manning and the G-Men defeated the Packers in overtime 23-20.

That day Manning played excellent, going 21-of-40 with 254 yards and zero turnovers, a huge key in tough conditions and a big reason the Giants won.

2. A Huge Comeback Against the Eagles 9/17/2006

The Giants and Eagles are bitter rivals, and in 2006 week two the two clubs did battle in a memorable game that saw Manning and the Giants rally from 17 down in the fourth quarter to pull out a win.

Manning, throwing on almost every play, went 31-of-43 for 371 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

The QB threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Amani Toomer with 3:28 left, cutting the lead to 24-21, and then with 56 seconds got the ball back with a chance to tie the game.

Manning got the Giants to the Eagles 17-yard line, and from there Jay Feely kicked the tying field goal and sent the game to overtime.

In overtime from his own 15, Manning was on point, going 5-of-5 for 61 yards, including an excellent game-winning touchdown to Plaxico Burress.

1. Slaying Brady Twice

It’s tough to pinpoint which Super Bowl win over Tom Brady was more impressive, so let’s just combine the pair and say that there’s no doubt that Manning’s presence in the two games was key in the wins.

Everyone will look at Super Bowl XLII and his amazing escape and pass to David Tyree to save and game, and then the game-winning TD to Plaxico Burress for the win.

Almost as equally as impressive was the 38-yard pass to Mario Manningham down the left sideline which started the game-winning drive.

Manning threw for 296 yards and a score in the win, and once again for the second straight Super Bowl outplayed Tom Brady.

Longtime Giants QB Eli Manning to Announce Retirement

Giants quarterback Eli Manning is retiring after 16 seasons and two Super Bowl MVPs, this according to a report from ESPN.

Manning will hold a news conference on Friday to officially announce the news, the sources said.

Manning, 39, steps away holding almost every passing record in team history and a pair of Super Bowl rings. His victories over the New England Patriots during the 2007 and ’11 seasons are the most iconic moments from a legendary career. They will have him in the conversation for the Hall of Fame in five years when eligible.

Manning is one of just five players in NFL history with at least two Super Bowl MVPs. He’s in an elite club with Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Tom Brady and Terry Bradshaw.

His decision to call it a career comes after a season where Manning spent most of his time as the backup to rookie Daniel Jones.

He made it clear after the season that being a backup wasn’t much fun and there wasn’t an interest in returning in a similar role, even if Giants owner John Mara left the door open for it to happen. Mara also said it was possible Manning could return to the organization in another role if he decided to retire.

Sounds Like the Giants Would Welcome a Reunion in 2020 with Eli Manning

Giants team president John Mara said Friday that veteran quarterback Eli Manning remains undecided about his future but Mara would welcome him back either as the backup QB or in another role within the organization in 2020 according to WFAN with Moose & Maggie.

“He’s just undecided right now,” Mara said. “The season just ended recently and he needs to take some more time and think about it. And I’ve told him there’s no time limit on that. We’ll talk whenever he’s ready to sit down and talk again.” When asked if he was willing to leave the door open on Manning remaining with the team as the second-stringer, Mara didn’t seem to have a problem with the notion, though he made it clear that would be a choice made by the franchise’s newest head coach.

“I think so,” Mara said. “Obviously that’s something that Joe Judge is going to have something to say about as well, and I’m not sure that that’s what Eli wants to do but, again, he needs to think about it more.”

Mara remains thankful for Manning’s 16 seasons with the franchise, which included four Pro Bowls and two Super Bowl rings, and the entire NFL respects and admires the consistency and class Manning has shown even during the last two difficult seasons.

“We had a nice, long talk, but I don’t think he’s fully decided yet what he wants to do,” Mara said. “And I’ve told him just take his time, think about it some more and then come back and see me again. Obviously, he’s been the best representative of this franchise, maybe that we’ve ever had — I mean, both what he’s done on the field, the way he conducts himself off the field, the professionalism that he shows. You can’t ask for a better representative than Eli Manning. So he’s going to take his time, and we’ll hopefully have another discussion at some point in the future.”

It is almost impossible to imagine Eli in any other uniform and it is also unclear what he would do in the Giants organization going forward. He has said that his long weeks sitting on the sidelines with a clipboard this season taught him two things: that he never wants to be a backup again and he does not want to coach. Perhaps a front office position would fit but clearly the Giants are not in any hurry to sever ties whith the face of their team for most of the past two decades.

Giants Move Quickly, Hire Patriots Special Teams and WR Coach Joe Judge as Head Coach

It did not take the Giants all that long to decide on who they wanted to be the top man on their sidelines moving forward.

Early Tuesday the team came to terms with New England Patriots special teams and wide out coach Joe Judge as the team’s new head coach.

The 38-year-old was offered the job hours after New York product Matt Rhule spurned them in favor of a job with the Carolina Panthers.

Many felt that Rhule, a New York native would be the new coach of the Giants. Judge is a Philadelphia native.