Yesterday, we learned that the Detroit Lions would not franchise tag Ndamukong Suh and The Giants Professor told you that the G-men should make a strong play for the superstar defensive tackle. Less than 24 hours later, the New York Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano reports that may be exactly what is happening.
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Vacchiano indicates that “several NFL sources believe the Giants are considering a run at the NFL’s top free agent when the start of free agency begins this Saturday.” Of course, there would be major obstacles to signing Suh.
Vacchiano explains that, after franchise tagging Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants are now only $13 million under the cap, making it unlikely that enough money could be freed up merely by restructuring Eli Manning‘s contract.
With a little creativity, however, including signing Pierre Paul to a long-term deal, thereby freeing up his bloated franchise tag salary, the move is certainly possible.
There are still a large number of teams –some with far greater cap flexibility than the Giants– that will be pursuing the best player on the open market. But it does appear that the Giants will be among the teams making a serious push to sign Suh.