Good morning on a Giant Monday morning, yes Monday mornings can be a bit difficult, but your Monday has to be going better than Chargers GM, A.J. Smith’s Monday, as he waits to see whether star restricted free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson and star restricted free agent left tackle Marcus McNeill sign their respective restricted free agent tenders. If no sign, no problem, it just means much less money in 2009 or the reduction of the tender offer leads to an irreparable break between player(s) and team. This one will be fun to watch.
Welcome to Chad Jones, 3rd Round pick out of LSU, Jones is the first draft member of the Giants 2010 class to ink his contract, nice to see Jerry Reese on top of his housekeeping items. Giants fans should not worry too much, under Jerry Reese’s watch, I can not remember a draftee holding out for any significant time into training camp, let’s hope this stands true in 2010 as JPP needs all the reps and time in camp as he can get and 2nd Round pick, Linval “the anvil” Joseph will want to be in camp on time to force his big frame into the rotation at defensive tackle.
Well, it’s official, after big John Henderson inked a 1 year deal to join the Raider nation in what has been a horrible abyss for veteran players before him (ask Richard Seymour how 2009 went), taking the last reasonably attractive defensive free agent off the board. The Giants interest in Henderson was just that, interest, but not need with a dedicated and healthy Chris Canty returning, the addition of the “Anvil” in the draft, the return of Jay Alford from I.R. and Barry Cofield’s return on a one year deal as a restricted free agent. Yes, we will finally put out angst aside and also recognize that Rocky Bernard remains on the roster and appears completely healthy from the shoulder issues that made him a glorified paper weight in 2009. Bernard had high expectations in 2009 and bombed, but he should be motivated to prove the naysayers wrong (including yours truly) and justify his contract signed as a free agent during the 2009 off-season.
Also, Monday brings us a Mets sweep on the road against the lowly Baltimore Orioles. Yes, this was against Baltimore, who seem to be waging an ongoing battle with Pittsburgh and Kansas City for futility among major league franchises. But winning on the road is essential is the Mets are truly going to be contenders and not pretenders. Nice to see the offense wake up (and yes we hate David Wright’s ever-increasing strike-out totals, but let’s be fair, Wright is the Mets best offensive player and he is an all-star at 3rd base in his prime). On to Cleveland, which is doing it best “Major League” impression, sans Charlie Sheen.