Is Kareem McKenzie the Giant with the Most to Prove?

Is Kareem McKenzie the Giant with the most to prove? That’s what Football Outsiders says. (Insider Account for ESPN needed). They analyzed the Giants salary cap. McKenzie is taking up 5.1% of the cap. They say that he’s is not worth that money:

McKenzie is your prototypical road-grading RT. However, his $6.575 million cap number falls just short of Pro Bowl guard Chris Snee’s ($6,639,170), and McKenzie is far from a Pro Bowler. With the Giants’ drafting tackle William Beatty in the second round of the draft, it’s clear they’re looking to transition their tackles in the near future. Given LT David Diehl’s ability to shift around on the line, one could assume he could eventually make the transition to McKenzie’s spot. And with cap numbers in the coming years each falling under $5 million, Diehl looks more likely to withstand a Beatty ascension.

So, if McKenzie does not play well this year, will the Giants have to swallow his cap number and release him? It’s an interesting debate. McKenzie isn’t the best player on the Giants offensive line. And I’m not sure he is the worst. But he isn’t as good as the money says he is. If he can’t perform this year, he might be released. Do you think McKenzie needs to prove himself to stay on the team?


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