The New York Giants are obviously focused on making their team better through the 2015 NFL Draft and free agency. The Giants have a lot of work to do to rebuild coming off two of the worst seasons Giants fans can remember. Free agency provides an opportunity to get better quick. It is a tempting path for general managers to take but just like any good thing, there can be too much of it.
There have been plenty of examples of teams that tried to win the offseason by grabbing big name players. Remember when the Washington Redskins paid $100 million to Albert Haynesworth and he couldn’t even pass his conditioning test, and once he did he whined about playing in the 3-4?
Nov 13, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiverMike Wallace
(11) cannot make the touchdown catch as Buffalo Bills free safetyAaron Williams
(23) defends in the first half of the game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Do you recall the Miami Dolphins spending spree in 2013? Right off the bat the Dolphins gave $60 million to Mike Wallace as well as contracts that were overly lucrative to Dannell Ellerbee and Phillip Wheeler.
There were many talking heads that declared them the favorites in the AFC East, and a Super Bowl contender. Guess what? They went 8-8 and they were 2-4 against their weak division. The same talking heads said they were a year away to justify their previous claim…the Dolphins finished 8-8 again.
The real way to build your team for long term success is through the draft. The Seattle Seahawks built their great defense through a few good drafts. The Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots are about to meet in the playoffs for the fourth time since 2009, two of those meetings were in the AFC Championship Game.
Neither team tends to make a big splash in free agency, rather they build through the draft. Instead of signing a couple of superstars they draft and develop talent while picking up some role players in free agency.
The Giants must do what ever it takes to become a better team. They must be weary of the potential fools gold they can find in free agency and spend wisely. The Giants cannot just throw money at their problems, they have to draft key players for the revival of their success.
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Jan 4, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) in action against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports