NY Giants: Winners and losers after the 2021 NFL Draft
Are the days numbered for the Giants’ longest tenured player?
Sterling Shepard has been an important piece for the Giants since he was drafted in 2016, but injuries have been his biggest hindrance. There was even talk of a possible early retirement a couple of years back due to a slew of concussions.
It’s no secret that Shepard does his best work from the slot – but so does the Giants’ first round pick, Kadarius Toney. With a potential out in the wide receivers contract after this season, Toney could become his replacement.
With the Giants’ receiving corps suddenly becoming crowded, the former Oklahoma Sooner’s contract might be too rich for the team’s cap. With Toney joining Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton, it would be shocking to see Shepard playing in New York under his current contract.
Gettleman obviously likes Shepard more than other players picked by Jerry Reese – he’s the one who gave him his 4 year, $41 million extension in 2019. It would hurt to see one of the team’s fan favorites go, especially since he’s been a bright spot through a dark era.
While he may be safe for at least this season, his future is something to keep an eye on as the team moves forward.