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Dissecting What’s Happened and What Lies Ahead

Here’s a recap of what’s happened so far with the New York Giants and what lies ahead. 

Offensive Line Cuts: The staple of the Giants used to be there tough, hard noised offensive line. They always played together. Things are about to change. For staters, two long-time starters, Rich Seubert and Shaun O’Hara have been cut and well liked offensive linemen Shawn Andrews has also been let go. All three started games on the offensive line this season. The Giants have serious depth issues on the line now, and will continue to search for another offensive linemen.

Got Baas?: The Giants went out and signed versatile offensive linemen David Baas from the San Francisco 49ers. Baas started all 16 games at center last season and previously started games at both guard positions. If the Giants switch him to guard, they’ll push David Diehl back to LT and sign a center. If Will Beatty can win the LT job, Diehl get’s pushed back to LG and Baas is your center. Flexibility, folks. They need another guy who can play for depth, though. Adam Koets is an important man right now. He’s coming of major knee surgery (Torn ACL), don’t forget that.

Defensive Tackle’less: The Giants went from having depth and youth in there interior defensive line to having, well, just youth. The Giants lost DT Barry Cofield to a 6-year $36 million deal with the Redskins and cut DT Rocky Bernard after not being able to restructure his deal. Now, the Giants have incumbent starting DT Chris Canty and second round picks Linval Joseph and Marvin Austin waiting in the wings. Look for the Giants to be in the market for a veteran defensive tackle. Because right now what they have is simply not enough. You can’t rely on two unproven young players.

What Lies Ahead:

Pay cut for Jacobs?: The Giants and end of the year starting RB Brandon Jacobs are currently discussing a contract modification that would allow for Jacobs to take a pay cut and remain with the team. If Jacobs does not, the Giants could potentially cut him. Sources say it’s looking like it can go either way, but they believe he will remain with the team. Jacobs is owed $4.65 million this season and is under contract in 2012, too.

Smith, Kiwanuka, Boss and Bradshaw: The Giants are in a holding pattern for Smith and Kiwanuka. The Giants have made it clear they want both of them back, but have other priorities they need to take care of first. There’s no word on Kiwanuka just yet. WR Steve Smith is willing and expecting to sign a 1-year contract so he can re-establish is value. I think that deal gets done. Rumors spread today that TE Kevin Boss would resign with the team. He claims those rumors are false and no deal has been reached. I think he ends up re-signing with the Giants. Some news on the Bradshaw front: Bradshaw’s price range is apparently now out of the Dolphins’ range and they have begun talking to RB Ronnie Brown again. Sources now say look for him to return to the Giants. RB DeAngelo Williams singed a massive 5-year $43 million deal with $21 million in guarantees. Look for Bradshaw to search for money in that range.

Coughlin and Plaxico Meet Friday: Giants Head Coach and former Giants WR Plaxico Burress will meet for the first time since Burress was convicted on gun charges and sent to prison for two years. According to ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortenson reports that Burress is down to likely the Giants or the Steelers, his two former teams. According to Mortenson, “Sources believe only a productive, fence-mending meeting between Burress and Coughlin stands between the wide receiver rejoining the Giants and potentially making an incentive-laced $10 million over two years.” Coughlin and Burress need to get out what they need to get out. I think once they do; they’ll be ready to go back to work and get back to chasing another title. It seems like barring a Coughlin and Burress fight, Plaxico might be reuniting with his former head coach and QB Eli Manning.

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11 Responses to “Dissecting What’s Happened and What Lies Ahead”

  1. LIGiantFan says:

    Don’t the Giants also rotate Tuck and JPP at tackle? Osi, Canty, JPP and Tuck is a nice front four. What about Cordle and Meredith? Are they viable options on the o-line?

  2. sam says:

    I wish Pat Williams didn’t have a possible suspension on his back because he would be nice to add to the DT group.

  3. sam says:

    CBS Sports New York Fa tracker has the Giants in talks with Ronnie Brown. If we can’t resign Jacobs I would like to see Bradshaw and Ronnie, I’m telling you guys I live in South Florida.Ronnie Brown is underrated because of the sorry Dolphin teams hes played with and some injuries hes had but hes nasty catching out of the back field and running between the Tackles.That’s my dream scenerio Bradshaw and Brown. Bring back the Killer B’s lol

  4. Kman says:

    In Reese We Trust

  5. tao says:

    With the cap situation I don’t see us being able to re-sign Bradshaw. Snelling looks like he would be a good rotational fit to me and if Da’rel Scott can make the team he gives us speed. Also, if Boss is serious about testing the market, we might not be able to wait and should make a try for Zach Miller. He’s the only other FA TE in Kevin’s class. We need to have one of them. Beckum isn’t going to get it done and Bear is more of a blocker. Lastly, I wish they would make an attempt at getting Ruud. Filling the MLB slot would be huge.

    • sam says:

      You just said we cant afford Bradshaw but we should sign Snelling,Miller and Ruud? Hmmmmm…… Bradshaw is going to have to settle,no one is going to pay him more then the Giants because we know him and need him and the rest of the league isn’t paying big bucks to bring in RB’s

      • tao says:

        Looks like the Bush deal torpedoed Bradshaw. Maybe he won’t want Williams money to play for the Giants (but that is the deal people were comparing his market value to).

  6. Shane says:

    First off, for OL depth Boothe filled in nicely last year and Petrus looked like he will be quite good too.
    The remaining in house FA’s for the Giants do not have leverage in their negotiations as they are either injured or have over valued themselves in the open market and I think most will come back.

  7. JW says:

    Shane: Great point. It’s all about leverage. Right now, Bradshaw lost a key hand, being that the Dolphins’ were interested. Now, the Giants are the only team really willing to pay him a good amount of money. The Giants saw his hand and called his bluff. They should get a deal done today. Kevin Boss had a few teams interested in him, but he’ll probably be back.

    Smith expects to be back. No word on Kiwi.

  8. Joes says:

    Kiwi is comming back!!!!!

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