NY Giants: 5 reasons Dave Gettleman’s big spending could pay dividends

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman (Image via NorthJersey)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman (Image via NorthJersey) /
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As the free agency blitz continues to buzz along in the NFL, the NY Giants can rest well knowing they have done plenty of spending already to make a serious run for the NFC East crown in 2021.

NY Giants GM Dave Gettleman has not been shy about making his team better, and doing so now is a critical step for the franchise.

Parity was at a premium in a neck-and-neck division this past season, and it could be once again with the steps each team has taken towards improving.

The Dallas Cowboys shored up their defensive deficiencies with key additions across the D. S Damontae Kazee, DT Brent Urban, and OLB Keanu Neal present new challenges for Daniel Jones, who finally beat the ‘Boys this past January.

Philadelphia has only added one impact-free agent–S Anthony Harris–but the Eagles made a draft splash Friday, moving back to the No. 12 pick in a three-team swap that also included San Francisco and Miami. It’s not currently known who the No. 12 selection will be used on, but it will be a crucial chance for Philly to improve.

Meanwhile, the reigning division champion Washington Football Team added Ryan Fitzpatrick to their quarterback corps. With Taylor Heinicke having already been signed, and Kyle Allen being tendered, WFT figures to get the best out of whoever survives that gridiron gulag for the starting QB role.

For the NY Giants, free agency has been an unmitigated success, especially compared to the majority of their peers. Here are 5 specific reasons why that is, and why Dave Gettleman’s 2021 FA spending will pay dividends in the long run:

Reason #1 NY Giants’ FA spending could pay off: D-line solidified with a leader

Leonard Williams’ three-year deal (worth up to $63 million) was a step for Gettleman to placate one of the destructive forces of the defense. The DT’s 11.5 sacks put the heat on opposing offensive coordinators to worry extra about protecting their quarterbacks.

The Jets and Williams were unable to find common ground on a deal, so placing this confidence in him could elevate his own confidence and further fortify Big Blue’s D.