The Giants, along with every other team are itching for lockout to end and start of the league year. The start of the year as you know means the beginning of free agency and training camp reporting. Fans of each NFL team are speculating on potential free agents their team will sign, daily reading the rumors and checking blogs (like gmenhq) to see the latest. However, everyone needs to remember what stands in the way of signing their “dream team”, which Mr Gordon Gekko loves, money.
Based on the reports from the labor talks, it’s looking very likely the NFL will return to the salary cap rules. Depending on the magical cap number will determine if the Giants will need to make cuts or restructure contracts in order to clear room to resign guys like Ahmad Bradshaw. John Clayton wrote an article a couple days ago pointing out several “at risk teams” for being over the cap, and the Giants were one of them.
New York Giants — Even though the Giants are $11.34 million over a $120 million cap, they can save $7.5 million if they don’t bring back offensive lineman Shawn Andrews. The Giants have plenty of contracts they can restructure, so getting under the cap won’t be a problem. The difficulty might be not having too much free cap room for getting into free agency after re-signing key veterans such as Ahmad Bradshaw.
Looking at the previous article by Andrew Ilnicki about the potential Giants free agents, the team will need to do some creative maneuvering to resign or sign any new players. However, the Giants have are not new to this process and have found ways in the past to work the system to improve the squad, so they should be ready.