The Giants over the last couple days seemed to only make one type of headlines, cutting of players. Getting under the salary cap is necessary before a team can actually start addressing resigning players, draft picks and free agents. Depending on who you talk to, the Giants were 9-12 million over the cap and had to make some moves to first get under the cap and to resign essential players like Bradshaw, Smith, Kiwi and Boss.
After releasing Shaun O’Hara, Shawn Andrews, Rocky Bernard, and Rich Seubert the team was able to free up some money to resign Kiwi, and signed two free agents, former 49ner, center Baas (pronounced Boss) and former Jet punter Weatherford. As someone that loves the offseason transactions and rumors, it’s been painful the last couple of days. It’s not comforting to see the Philadelphia Eagles grab the headlines with signing Nnamdi Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins, trading Kolb and acquiring DRC (Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie). I know Giant fans are screaming loudly on message boards and Twitter for Jerry Reese to make some kind of big splash.
What fans need to realize is the Giants philosophy on building their team is through the draft is always the goal. Don’t forget prior to the 2007 Super Bowl season, the Giants made no moves until they signed linebacker Kawika Mitchell. Let’s rewind back to the draft all the way back to April, the team did add a lockdown corner (Prince), a beast defensive tackle (Austin) and a potential return guy (yes I wasn’t sad to see Reynaud not our only option). Jerry Reese said recently that he was satisfied with the current roster and further moves weren’t necessary, was he holding his cards extremely close on his plans?
I really don’t think the Giants will make much free agent signings besides resigning their own players. I’m not really sure if it’s a situation where they don’t have the cap space or just don’t need anyone else. Media and fans would like more depth with the offensive line and maybe a strong side linebacker, but it won’t happen unless they can get a true bargain. Furthermore, it currently seems that Vonta Leach is out of the running since super sub Bear Pascoe is penciled into the starting fullback spot.
I would be shocked if we see Plaxico Burress return just based on his past and his need for a fresh start. Also, the drama is starting to build with Osi Umenyiora, but he has very little leverage and I expect him to be in a Giants uniform come Sept 11th vs Washington. The only way I can see Osi being traded is if some team just blows away the Giants with a first round pick or impact starting player, which won’t happen.
Unfortunately, the Giants won’t be making the preseason front pages for roster moves, but I could be wrong, that’s why I am continually checking twitter to see any developments. I’m looking forward to the preseason hoping Mark Herzlich makes the team and impact of all the other rookies.
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