Giants are cutting David Baas, according to multiple sources with knowledge
of the team's thinking. The veteran was set to count $8.225 million season against
the salary cap in 2014. Baas, 32, missed most of last year with knee and hip injuries.
He appeared in 30 games in three seasons for the Giants, helping them win the
Super Bowl in his first year with the team.
Longtime right guard Chris Snee has agreed to a significant reduction in his salary to assist in the effort.Snee's pay cut is no surprise. He said publicly that he expected to have to take a pay cut when he decided to put off retirement and play another season for the Giants.
Giants season ticket prices will hold steady for a fifth straight year. Parking also will not be raised after a $5 increase last year to $30. Attending a Giants game at MetLife Stadium is already costly. The Giants had the most expensive average ticket price on the secondary market in the NFL prior to this season, according to 24/7 Wall Street. Average ticket price to a Giants game in 2013 was $292.36.
Tuck faces free agency by working harder than ever . Tuck, 30, preferred not
to address the elephant inside the workout room - what might happen to him just
a few days from now when free agency opens Tuesday. Personally, he has his thoughts,
goals and ambitions lined up. He thinks he can be a better player than ever.
Hakeem Nicks re-signs with the Giants before 4 pm ET on Tuesday (which is
extremely unlikely), he will be a free agent and able to negotiate with any team.
As of noon Saturday, in fact, teams were permitted to contact Nicks' agent to
discuss contract parameters. Mort also reports that Nicks " is willing to weigh
a one-year contract to prove his past two seasons were aberrations, league sources
Giants have 27 free agents with whom to deal - or not deal - clearly a staggering
number that pretty much guarantees some familiar faces, even those with Super
Bowl jewelry, will not be back next season.
NFL free agency: Grading the Giants' past four years of signings. Jerry Reese and the rest of the Giants' front office are in a results-oriented business. They are judged almost exclusively on their successes and failures. So let's take a look and judge their past four years' worth of moves during free agency.
Mar 7 Jon Beason informed the Giants that he let go of agent Drew Rosenhaus and would be representing himself as a free agent. Today, Beason let every other team know. The Giants linebacker sent an email out to every organization informing him that he is self-represented and that, in order to avoid tampering rules, he cannot be contacted until the start of free agency on March 11.
There is Victor Cruz and then there is only uncertainty. Such is the sorry state of the Giants' receiving corps this offseason. As free agency approaches, Eli Manning has exactly one reliable receiver in Cruz, who set the team record for receiving yards with 1,536 in 2011. He's surrounded by question marks elsewhere, a serious concern for an offense that has long been built around its big-money quarterback.
Mar 5 The Giants recently made decisions not to tender restricted free agent center Jim Cordle or fullback Henry Hynoski, hoping to retain them at a cheaper price in free agency. But with linebacker Spencer Paysinger, the Giants are hoping to give themselves a little insurance for when the market opens on March 11.
He was supposed to be the Giants' backfield savior, an explosive, game-breaking rusher poised to join the NFL's elite. And then David Wilson fumbled away his starting job and suffered a career-threatening neck injury that required offseason surgery. And now, at long last, the Giants know better.
Mar 4 The Giants aren't charging up a hill to try and re-sign Hakeem Nicks, Justin Tuck or Linval Joseph. Instead, the front office is focusing its efforts on locking up 29-year-old linebacker Jon Beason.
Henry Hynoski fought hard to make it back to the Giants last season after injuring his knee during a spring practice, but he only lasted three games. Now it's posible those may have been his last..
Banged up and aging for years, the Giants' O-line had Eli Manning running for his life most of 2013 and is in need of a critical makeover. Only first-round pick Justin Pugh is assured a starting spot next season.
Victor Cruz is the finest playmaking receiver the Giants have. Now that he has a new offensive coordinator, he can't help but wonder if he could take on a new role, too: running back.
Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are on the same team when it comes to their off-the-field business, but the union comes just when the two wide receivers may be going in different directions as football players.
Snee says he'll play next season; will take pay cut. His current cap number
for 2014 is $11.75 million and his salary is $6.75 million.. "I know my number
is high," Snee said Friday morning on SiriusXM NFL radio. "The most
important thing is to be part of a winning team. My role is to take a pay cut
to bring in guys to help the team."
coordinator Ben McAdoo held a conference call Thursday, the first time he's
spoken publicly since the Giants hired him Jan. 14 to replace Kevin Gilbride.
McAdoo is no Rob or Rex Ryan -- he didn't make any headlines with his initial
remarks to the media. McAdoo was asked about some specifics, and here's what he
had to say about them.
The Giants will play a fifth preseason game in 2014 because of their first participation in the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game in a dozen years. One night after Michael Strahan is inducted into the Hall, the Giants will face the Buffalo Bills in Fawcett Stadium, next door to the home of pro football's immortals in Canton, Ohio. The game will be played Sunday, Aug. 3 with kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. The game will be televised by NBC.
Star-Ledger reported Wednesday that the Giants "are planning to attack free
agency by looking at some of the top, young guards on the market." That makes
plenty of sense with Chris Snee fighting his way back from major hip injury and
David Diehl now retired. The Giants expect Snee to return, but New York still
Feb 25 Jerry Reese won't change who he is: The Giants general manager has always been known as a careful and deliberate negotiator, but not to a fault. There is no mad rush to have something done before free agency unless the price is right.
The Giants could clear something like $11 million in salary-cap room if they extended Eli Manning's contract beyond 2015, which is when it's currently set to expire. Negotiating an extension with Manning now, after he threw 27 interceptions in 2013, would put the Giants in a position of strength. If he goes out and has a big 2014 and wins another Super Bowl, he's going to be the one with the leverage.
Feb 24 Eli Manning never has gone into an NFL season without a wide receiver who was a first-round draft pick. He came into the league in 2004 with Ike Hilliard already on the Giants' roster. He added Plaxico Burress to his stable in his second year, and since Burress' notorious departure after the 2008 season, Manning has thrown more completions to Hakeem Nicks than he has to any other Giants teammate.
ready to say goodbye to Justin Tuck and Hakeem Nicks and the Giants as you
know them. Twenty-seven players from last season's disappointing 7-9 squad are
set to hit free agency, and on Saturday at the NFL scouting combine, JerryReese
coldly indicated that many of those players - including longtime defensive captain
Tuck - may not be back.
Coughlin won't be a lame duck in 2014. The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach
has agreed to a one-year contract extension, through 2015, he told reporters Friday
at the NFL scouting combine.
Coughlin said he could see Eli Manning's desire for a rebound season "in his
eyes." The 33-year-old quarterback, who is coming off his worst professional season,
has a new offensive coordinator in tow and a new quarterbacks coach to assist
in the process.
will be changes with the Giants offense next season. Already, there is new
offensive coordinator. There will be new players. So just how much change will
there be with the actual product on the field?
the Giants head into the meat of their offseason, they still don't seem to
have a significant handle on the future of running back David Wilson. He missed
the final 11 games last season.
Hakeem Nicks' chances of returning to Giants are 'close to zero'. Nicks, 26, is coming off perhaps the worst season of his career. He didn't record a touchdown catch and didn't play in the Giants' biggest game of the season against the Dallas Cowboys.
Despite a second hip surgery in as many seasons, Chris Snee is building himself back up with the intention of playing in 2014, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. "I think there's no question," Coughlin said Friday at the NFL Combine here in Indianapolis.
Feb 21 Special Report - The Giants will draft in the 12th position of the first round, not a bad place to be no matter who they want because at least three of those first 11 picks will be quarterbacks. And if they take one of those, get the butterfly nets ready. With regard to the free agents and the construction of the 2014 roster, general managers got a huge gift from the NFL Thursday - the salary cap when up a full five percent, from $123 million to $130 million. What does this mean?
The 2014 salary cap for all teams is expected to be $130 million, or five percent higher than last season's $123 million figure. Put simply, it's Christmas in February for front offices across the NFL. "That's $4 million more than people were estimating, and $4 million more than people were told in December," ESPN analyst and former Colts general manager Bill Polian said in an interview. "Every general manager's breathing a sigh of relief."
Feb 18 The Giants aren't counting on David Wilson to be completely ready for next season. But it sounds like the running back is expected to be back on the field. ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that Wilson is recovering "very well" from his neck surgery and that there's "no reason to believe he won't be playing in 2014."
Monday is the first day NFL teams can designate franchise or transition tags in an effort to keep players they deem most valuable off the market. Linebacker Jon Beason is a player they'd like to bring back and with whom they've discussed a long-term deal. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph is another pending free agent who's a candidate for the franchise tag.
Feb 17 The most important offseason in recent Giants history is just getting started. Some moves (coaching changes) have been made, but the major reconstruction (aka, the roster overhaul) is about to gain full steam. Tom Coughlin and the Giants have to make important decisions by these key dates.
Feb 15 The offense consistently struggled last season, and there could be as many as six new starters on offense next year when all is said and done. On defense, it is more about keeping guys on the team (Tuck, Beason, Joseph) than having huge needs you have to fill elsewhere.
Feb 13 According to the researchers at ESPN.com, the Giants have the sixth-easiest schedule in 2014. Based on their 2013 records, Big Blue's foes have a winning percentage of .465. Take a look at the list for all 32 teams..
Feb 12 Adrien Robinson will begin training in March, and was fully cleared by doctors following a knee sprain that he suffered against the Lions -- his only active snap of the 2013 season. Robinson says breakout season 'has to be this year'.
the Giants are the team to employ Michael Sam, Terrell Thomas said he would
shake his hand and tell him "it's very courageous what you did." That
would not be all Thomas would say to Sam, the first openly gay player to enter
the NFL Draft.
Feb 11 Nearly half of the league's 32 teams will have at least one new coordinator in 2014. One of those is the New York Giants, who hired Ben McAdoo as their offensive coordinator to replace Kevin Gilbride in the wake of his retirement last month.
Steve Tisch last night, Giants co-owner John Mara wanted to welcome Missouri
defensive end Michael Sam into the NFL with open arms. Sam is attempting to become
the first openly-gay player in NFL history. He disclosed his sexuality last night
in an interview with The New York Times.
Feb 10 More than half of the players on the Giants' roster are free agents. So they have plenty of spaces to fill and a good chunk of money to spend. How general manager Jerry Reese decides to allocate his resources, only he knows right now.
The Giants have a new offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo, who has never before called plays. Tom Coughlin won't interfere with those duties, but he will have a firmer hand in guiding and advising the new coach than he had with the more experienced Kevin Gilbride.
Feb 9 Special Report - We all know how bad the 2012 Giants defense was, and that it finished a mere 7.8 yards per game out of dead last place in the entire NFL, ahead of only the record-setting New Orleans Saints in total yards allowed. So let's flash forward to the 2013 season, shall we? On the season this team improved by light-years, earning a season ending overall defensive rank of eighth, coming from 31st the previous season, but even that doesn't tell the true full story of their rebirth.
In a move of little surprise, the Giants parted ways with two players who had perhaps the most disappointing 2013 seasons of all - tight end Brandon Myers and cornerback Corey Webster - when their contracts were automatically voided.
You think the Giants had a rough year with Eli Manning struggling and leading the league in interceptions? Bah. Just imagine what it would be like if Manning weren't even on the team. Manning is far and away the Giants' most valuable player, even coming off his worst NFL season.
Feb 8 Hakeem Nicks is going to hit the open market, some team is going to look at his skill set and his pedigree vs. the rest of the free-agent wide receiver market and pay him a lot. The Giants will need to replace Nicks somehow if he does leave.
Hear what Jon Beason says during a Giants game. Re-signing Beason at the right price is a high priority for the Giants this offseason, and it's easy to see why. What would you fork over to sign the former first-round pick?
is the Giants' most untradable player? When a team goes 7-9, there are fewer
candidates than there were two years ago. That being said, there are still plenty
of building blocks, some of whom are signed to team-friendly contracts.
Feb 6 Jason Pierre-Paul is four years into his NFL career, and to this point he has had one utterly brilliant year -- his 16.5-sack 2011 season, which culminated in a Super Bowl title. So the Giants have themselves a 25-year-old pass-rusher they believe (because they have seen him do it) can be one of the very best in the league.
Antrel Rolle, who was a Pro Bowl safety this season, hinted Tuesday at the Munson Awards that some of the younger Giants weren't working hard enough off the field. That limited what they were able to do on the field.
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