Source: Toomer Isn’t Coming Back

From NJ.com:

I realize this won’t be a grand revelation here, given Amani Toomer’s comments from last week when he stated “with the current situation, I don’t think I can go back” to the Giants. But since we’ve got one side of the equation, we might as well find out about the other.

And apparently, the feelings are mutual.

According to someone familiar with the situation, the Giants have notified the 13-year veteran they are not likely to bring him back. So barring an unforeseen occurrence, Toomer will be wearing a different uniform for the first time in his NFL career when the 2009 regular season kicks off.

Again, this isn’t shocking news, but the uncertainty of the Giants’ receiver position left the door open just a wee bit for Toomer’s return. That door isn’t quite shut yet, but it’s resting against the jam, waiting for the slightest nudge to close it all the way.

A call to Toomer’s agency, Athletes First, was not returned.

With the start of free agency slightly less than three weeks away (midnight, Feb. 27), it would seem too early for the Giants to declare anybody out of the running to be on their roster next season – especially at the receiver position, where Plaxico Burress’ legal situation is lingering. Their No. 1 wideout is facing all kinds of legal and personal hurdles before a possible return and they tell their No. 2 to go find work elsewhere? That doesn’t add up. Not for a team that had all kinds of issues throwing the ball after Burress went down.

Something tells me the Giants have an ace up their sleeve. Something drastic must be coming. Anquan BoldinTony GonzalezBraylon Edwards? Trade up in the draft for a top receiver? No idea, but they have to do something … right?

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new deal between the Giants and QB Eli Manning? Every indication continues to be that both sides still have a long way to go. One source said the Giants are still having internal discussions about the contract (what to offer, how long, etc.) while another source said it might be a few months (training camp, anyone?) before anything is done.

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The Giants and the reps for RB Brandon Jacobs will likely spend the next three weeks talking about a contract for the impending free agent. (Of course, they might need less time if they reach an agreement.) Jacobs is optimistic and the Giants surely realize his value to their offense. If I had to guess now, I’d say something gets done.

Of course, I saw with my own eyes during Super Bowl week Jacobs being lobbied by lots of players and fans of other teams who would love to see him wearing their teams’ uniforms.

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Kevin Gilbride was in the running for the Raiders’ job that went to Tom Cable. Reports out of Oakland have indicated Gilbride was the runner-upowner Al Davis refused to name.

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I’m hearing the Giants have hired – or very soon will hire – a new defensive quality control coach to replace Andre Curtis, who left to join Steve Spagnuolo with the Rams. Wish I had a name for you, but I don’t. I would doubt it’ll be anyone you or I would recognize, as the gig is the lowest rung on the coaching ladder. Could be someone from the college ranks.

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And finally, answering a few questions I saw in the comments yesterday:

*No, unrestricted free agents cannot be traded. The trading deadline isn’t lifted until the start of free agency. And at that point, free agents are no longer a team’s property.

*The Giants’ cap is right around $10 million. But I don’t even pay attention to that number because they might have plans to make a few cuts to the roster (CB Sam Madison, perhaps, at $1.77 million in base salary) or even restructure a deal or extend a player (Manning) to easily create more room.

*Yes, LB Gerris Wilkinson is expected to be healthy. I saw him last week in Tampa and he said his knee is completely healed. But he’s running out of time to earn a spot in the Giants’ long-term plans, as he’s entering the final year of his contract.


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