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Mar 26 Grading every move made by the Giants this offseason. These grades take into account the player's expected impact on the field and his contract.
Mar 25 The Giants want Johnathan Hankins back and Hankins wants to return, but those desires did not seem to mesh with the financial windfall Hankins expected to receive. If he did not get it by now, chances are he never will, at least not this time around.
Report - Spring has sprung and the NFL world moves into the quieter, final
waves of free agency, a time to tidy up the roster, figure out the last moves,
check the balance of the salary cap and make final preparations for the Great
Body Snatch, also known as the NFL Draft.
turns out Geno Smithís deal with the Giants is not as rich as had been reported.
The actual contract is a low-risk, one-year deal by the Giants that does not even
guarantee Smithís spot on the roster.
Giants are set to make another move to keep their defense intact from a year
ago. They will re-sign linebacker Keenan Robinson, a source confirmed. The 27-year-old
Robinson had 83 tackles in 2016, his first year with the Giants.
The Giants have added a veteran running back to their roster after all, but not a big name player like Adrian Peterson or LeGarrette Blount. The Giants have reportedly agreed to terms with Shaun Draughn, who scored six touchdowns for the San Francisco 49ers last season.
The Giants gained a bit more relief on their salary cap space by reducing the 2017 cap figure for receiver/return specialist Dwayne Harris. Harris was initially due to earn a $2.9 million base salary in 2017. The Giants trimmed $500,000 off that total. He has the opportunity to earn $600,000 in incentives if he finishes the 2017 season having averaged 10.0 per punt return.
Smith is officially a Giant. But he knows there is a big difference between
being on the team and being on the field. The former Jet will back up Eli Manning,
who has started 199 consecutive regular-season games and is coming off a season
in which he threw every pass attempted by the Giants.
newest Giants are Geno Smith, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the
Jets, and cornerback and special teams standout Valentino Blake, who has played
for Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.
Pierre-Paul did the impossible by playing his way back to big money. Jerry
Reese played the negotiations smartly to keep JPP in Big Blue.
Smith and the Giants have agreed to terms on a contract that will allow the
former Jets starting quarterback to compete for the job as Eli Manning's backup.
And given that he's only 26, Smith also might be competing to be Manning's heir
first wave of NFL free agency is over and Giants free-agent defensive tackle
Johnathan Hankins remains on the market. Well, it may have something to do with
his asking price.
Mar 15 The Giants have available salary cap space, but not much. The team's official cap space figure remains at $6,875,876 according to Tuesday's NFLPA records, but the actual number is much lower when the signing of offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, and the re-signings of running back Orleans Darkwa and right guard John Jerry, are factored in.
Jerry Reese's offseason work can't be judged until he figures out what to do with Ereck Flowers The left tackle position arguably was the Giants' most glaring weakness coming off a 2016 season in which Eli Manning never felt comfortable in the pocket.
Giants' (unofficial) depth chart after first wave of free agency. The Giants have made some additions, lost some players and have some free agents still on the market. Here's a look at the team's depth chart after the first wave of free agency.
Giants had a deadline decision to make Monday regarding Shane Vereen. Vereen
had a $500,000 bonus payable to him if he was on the roster at 4 p.m., and considering
the lost season he is coming off - only five games played - keeping him was not
a foregone conclusion. But the Giants value what Vereen brings to the field, and
he is not going anywhere.
Giants agreed to terms to bring back free-agent guard John Jerry. That reunion
came two days after they signed former first-round pick D.J. Fluker, who can play
guard and tackle. The two contracts likely mean the players will duke it out in
training camp for the starting job at right guard.
Fluker said he is not as worried about being a starter for 2017 as he is excited
about being able to re-start his career after four somewhat disappointing seasons
in San Diego.
Eli Manning woke up $13 million richer on Saturday. Manning's $13 million base salary for the 2017 season became fully guaranteed on Saturday as part of the four-year, $84 million contract extension he signed in September 2015.
Mar 12 For those waiting breathlessly for the Giants to make a move on their offensive line - sign someone, anyone! - the best advice is to take a breath so as not to turn blue. If the season started today - five words forming a truly useless phrase - the right side of the Giants' offensive line would be Brett Jones at guard and Bobby Hart at tackle. The left tackle still would be Ereck Flowers. And now, proceed to panic.
Giants sign offensive lineman D.J. Fluker to one-year deal. D.J. Fluker gives the Giants three former first-round picks on their offensive line. Does that mean Big Blue's front finally will dominate the line of scrimmage the way coach Ben McAdoo hopes?
The Giants' search for Eli Manning's backup quarterback could lead them to someone already familiar with playing in MetLife Stadium. Former Jets quarterback and free agent Geno Smith visited with the Giants on Saturday.
Mar 11 It
is not uncommon to study a player you want to emulate. Still, it is quite
astonishing to hear Rhett Ellison, the newly signed Giants tight end, say, "In
college, all I watched was Bear Pascoe film."
Eli Manning has yet to see Brandon Marshall on the field, but that hasn't stopped him from imagining what it will be like. "That's a good visual in my mind," Manning said Friday of the 6-4, 230-pound Marshall, the newest addition to the Giants' wide receiver group. "Odell [Beckham Jr.] over here, Brandon Marshall over there. That seems right."
Mar 10 The Giants will be on their fourth kicker in 18 games when they take the field for Week 1 of the 2017 regular season. Veteran Robbie Gould has signed a two-year deal with the 49ers, according to multiple reports.
Ellison signed by Giants as lead blocker for offense. It is a move they hope
will improve their running and passing games.
Marshall: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard don't go on Miami party boat
if I was with Giants. Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, two of the receivers
on the trip, each dropped two key early passes to squander a strong start for
Eli Manning in the Giants' disappointing loss.
Marshall signs with Giants. After wearing green and white the past two seasons,
Marshall has signed a deal with the Giants, giving him the opportunity to line
up across from Odell Beckham Jr. and catch passes from Eli Manning.
Giants had their best home record in the short history of MetLife Stadium
in 2016, winning seven of the eight games played there. In an email sent on Tuesday,
co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch told season-ticket holders that record was
"in no small part because of your support and enthusiasm." They also
said it's time to pony up for that kind of success.
Giants' all-time best and worst free agent moves. With NFL free agency set to get started - a look back at the three best free agent signings the Giants ever made, and their three worst.
Mar 7 Ben McAdoo has been following Terrelle Pryor's career for many years. It may now be leading him toward adding the quarterback-turned-receiver to the Giants' roster.
Of the Giants' 17 unrestricted free agents, only a few are viewed by the front office as important to try to bring back. The most coveted Giants player figures to be defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who is young (he turns 25 in three weeks) and an established starter.
Deion Sanders recalls time he stuck it to Giants at 1989 NFL Scouting Combine. The Giants weren't ready for "Prime Time." Deion Sanders recalled his time at the 1989 NFL Scouting Combine while on the NFL Network Monday, specifically mentioning a story of an interview he had with the Giants.
Giants' sudden QB intrigue after Ben McAdoo's Eli Manning rip. Manning's performance
last season is what it is, and it was not very good. But at this point, there
have not been clear signs his physical skills are eroding.
have two upper-tier tight ends on draft radar. If O.J. Howard is on the board
when the 23rd-overall pick is set to be made, the Giants will write the name of
the tight end from Alabama on the card and run, not walk, up to the podium to
Eli Manning needs a big receiver and Brandon Marshall needs a new home in New York. It's easy to get carried away trying to match up players and teams with the free-for-all of free agency starting next week, but this one makes perfect sense: Gang Green's self-imposed loss should turn into Big Blue's gain. The Giants should sign Marshall.
Giants need to add talent to help Eli Manning this offseason, but Ben McAdoo
made sure to clarify Wednesday that the Giants need Manning to play much better
in 2017, too.
the Giants bring in a proven veteran running back to boost their ground game?
McAdoo, speaking to reporters at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, was customarily
several Giants players have expressed an interest in bringing the defense
back as close to intact as possible for 2017 - and placing the franchise tag on
Jason Pierre-Paul signifies a desire from the organization to do that - McAdoo
wants them to do more than just that.
Feb 27 Giants
place franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul for second time in his career. It
puts a one-year contract of around $17 million on the Giants' salary cap immediately,
per the league-wide 2017 value for defensive ends, but gives both parties until
July 15 at 4 p.m. to agree upon a different deal instead.
Feb 25 Ben McAdoo's illegal use of walkie-talkie costs Giants 4th-round draft position. The NFL has dropped the Giants' fourth-round draft pick 10 spots, from 130rd overall to 140th.
Zak DeOssie re-signs with Giants. DeOssie and quarterback Eli Manning are the only two remaining players from the Giants' last two Super Bowl championship seasons.
Report - Assuming for a moment that quarterback isn't the Giants' most dire
need for the 2017 offense - although one missed block could turn Eli Manning into
a bench casualty - where would you rank the other positions?
Feb 22 Giants general manager Jerry Reese acknowledged that the team needs to start planning for life after 36-year-old quarterback Eli Manning. While the long-term outlook is unclear, there's no doubt that Manning will be under center for the Giants when the 2017 season opens.
A 49-year-old Monmouth County man has been sentenced to five years in prison for scamming 16 people out of $116,550 for New York Giants season tickets seat licenses.
Feb 20 No division won more games than the NFC East in the 2016 regular season, so it comes as no surprise that all four teams rank in the Top 10 of toughest schedules for 2017. The New York Giants, who went 11-5 last season, are tied with the New York Jets for the eighth-hardest schedule with an opponent winning percentage of .535.
Feb 19 A key aspect of New York's defensive success was the elite duo at cornerback of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins. Despite that resounding success, Rodgers-Cromartie could be traded during the 2017 offseason.
As the Giants search for a replacement for Victor Cruz, they would be wise to target a deep threat, because the past three seasons indicate there will be plenty of opportunities to make plays downfield.
Feb 16 It's obvious the Giants need to upgrade at the position. Edge protection of quarterback Eli Manning was a team weakness in 2016. It's not clear, however, how general manager Jerry Reese plans to attack the problem. Reese could look to add a veteran tackle in free agency next month.
Adrian Peterson can't get the Giants out of his mind. The former NFL MVP - who told ESPN a few weeks ago that if the Vikings were to release him before next season and he became a free agent he would be interested in joining the Giants - tweeted more love toward Big Blue on Wednesday.
could replace Victor Cruz? The Giants cleared some cap room when they released
veteran receiver Victor Cruz on Monday, but they also created a hole -- and not
just in fans' hearts.
5 more potential Cap Casualties. While there aren't any huge red flags for the salary cap--especially after the recent cut--there are still some action items with an exclamation point next to them.
moves not unexpected, the New York Giants have reportedly release receiver
Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings. The two moves made will clear $10
million in cap space.
Feb 13 What would Eli Manning have done if he was in same situation as Matt Ryan? Giants fans can only hope they find Manning standing in Ryan's position one year from now in Minneapolis having to make that decision.
Feb 12 NFL free agency opens March 9, followed by the draft April 27-29 in Philadelphia. But the Giants' offseason deliberations already are well underway on how to fill their roster's needs through both signings and selections prior to the 2017 NFL season.
Feb 9 Why the Giants could face tough road back to playoffs in 2017. Five quick, way-too-early observations about the Giants' 2017 schedule (which won't be revealed in full until the spring), as well as an early prediction of what games they will play in primetime this coming season.
Feb 7 Eli Manning, Giants remain the only kryptonite to legendary Tom Brady, Patriots. Eli Manning's stock went up just a tick Sunday night. The only quarterback to ever stop him? That's still Eli Manning. Who did it twice.
If the Giants want to take the next step in 2017, I think they need to upgrade their play at the tight end position. It starts with the blocking where there were far too many times this year that poor blocking by the tight end would often short circuit running plays that would otherwise be successful.
Report - The Atlanta Falcons held a 28-3
lead over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI with 8:37 left in the third
quarter. Big deal."The
Patriots have been through a lot this year, said quarterback Tom Brady, who for
the fifth time in his seven Super Bowls was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
With 3:52 left in the overtime, Brady capped a 75-yard drive by tossing the ball
to running back James White, who took it over for a two-yard dagger in the hearts
of the Falcons.
Manning was named co-winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year at Saturday
night's NFL Honors awards show, the first Giant to win it in the 47-year history
of the award. He shared the honor with Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals.
Feb 3 If Eli Manning wants another chance at Super Bowl, Giants first need Odell Beckham Jr. to grow up. Eli Manning is at the Super Bowl making appearances. He wants to be in Minneapolis next year playing in the game. Matt Ryan is in the Super Bowl, in large part because he and Julio Jones have become the most explosive passing combination in the league.Jones is not a diva receiver. Eli Manning said there is no "secret formula" to beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl. And if there was one, he probably didn't follow it, anyway. "It's not, be down by two or be down by four with two minutes to go," Manning said Friday of the situations he found himself in during his two Super Bowl appearances against New England.
Janoris Jenkins: Bring back Jason Pierre-Paul and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Janoris Jenkins knows he's coming back to the Giants. He just signed a huge five-year, $62.5 million contract less than a year ago. Now, though, he's on a crusade to make sure everyone else comes back too. If they can, Jenkins believes the Giants might be playing in the Super Bowl next year.
Jason Pierre-Paul has settled his lawsuit against ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter out of court. Pierre-Paul was suing Schefter and ESPN for publishing an image of his medical records in July of 2015 when Schefter reported Pierre-Paul's right index finger had been amputated after his hand was severely damaged in a fireworks accident.
- There is an ageless proverb credited to the French that says: "The more
things change, the more they stay the same." The guy who coined that never
thought it would apply to the Super Bowl, a more recent (in the timeline of history)
event created by the NFL. But it is perfectly true and fulfills all the implicit
definitions. Sunday you will have the opportunity to view the 51st renewal of
this game, which pits the champions of the two conferences, AFC and NFC, against
each other for the mythical pro football world championship.
Jan 31 It has only been five years since the Giants last played in (and won) a Super Bowl, even though to some it feels like a lot longer than that. The drought since then included three losing seasons and not a single playoff berth until they finally returned this year.
Rashad Jennings is an obvious candidate to be a Giants salary cap casualty this offseason, but the veteran running back remains confident he will return for a fourth season with the team. Veteran Shane Vereen is also under contract for 2017 (although he could also be a cut candidate.
Cruz showed the first signs of regret from any of the Giants wide receivers
involved in the now-infamous trip to Miami before their playoff game earlier this
Pro Bowl was a success for the Giants for 1 reason. No one got hurt. That's
really all you need to know about the four Giants who participated in Sunday night's
Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Jan 29 The NFL's most ridiculous man is the one Giants let get away. Martellus Bennett spent his first four NFL years with the Cowboys, serving as an understudy to Jason Witten, and he had come to the Giants to flex his football muscles.
Beckham catches everything when it doesn't matter. ESPN reported Beckham has
looked loose and relaxed throughout Pro Bowl week. | Photos
Free agency is over a month away, but it's becoming clear the Giants will likely be challenged to retain Jason Pierre-Paul.
Jan 26 Falcons need to look at Giants for blueprint to beat Tom Brady and Patriots. Eli Manning and the Giants would have been the Patriots' nightmare opponent in Super Bowl LI.
Jason Pierre-Paul wants $85 million, and fans to stop the 'BS'. Pierre-Paul apparently wasn't happy that some Giants fans thought the team shouldn't sign the veteran defensive end to a big deal.
Jan 22 Giants, forget the success of Ezekiel Elliott ... and don't pick a running back in first round of NFL Draft. In Sunday afternoon's NFC title game, we'll watch the Green Bay Packers trot out a converted wide receiver, Ty Montgomery, at running back, while the Atlanta Falcons rely on 2014 fourth-round pick Devonta Freeman and 2015 third-rounder Tevin Coleman.
Peterson makes pitch to sign with Giants. The Giants' struggling ground game
could be a thing of the past.
Jan 19 The Giants have to grapple with many questions regarding their disappointing offense over the next few months. A less obvious one: What to make of the fact their leading receiver in the final two weeks of the season was inactive the previous six games?
Ben McAdoo at 39 years old took a Giants organization that had floundered for four years missing the postseason and turned Big Blue into a confident, 11-win playoff qualifier. The arrow has to point up on McAdoo's hiring for now given those facts alone.
Ben McAdoo needs to take a page from Mike Tomlin's playbook and learn how to punish his players. Ben McAdoo, make some room on that giant diner menu of yours for a few notes, because it's time to learn the lesson that Tom Coughlin forgot to teach you.
Odell Beckham Jr. failed to leave a mark on Lambeau Field, so he left one underneath it. The already-infamous hole in the wall in the bowels of Lambeau caused by a Beckham punch following the Giants' 38-13 playoff loss to the Packers on Jan. 8 has been repaired, according to ESPN.
Giants wide receivers weren't the only ones invited to Miami for the infamous
boat trip with Trey Songz and Justin Bieber. The defensive backs were, too, according
to safety Landon Collins. But they opted to pass.
Report - While four teams get ready to play for Super Bowl invitations on
Sunday (two will get letters in the mail, two others will be nothing but good
wishes), the Giants are taking all the time they need to figure out what went
wrong and how to fix it. Problem is, they don't know what went wrong, because
it started to go wrong prior to the beginning of the 2016 season.