The NY Giants will have limited cap space this offseason, still have plenty of holes to fill, but some players will likely be moving on as a result
The NY Giants could be staring down the barrel at a roster overhaul this offseason, especially if New York misses the NFL Playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, but with limited cap space to fill the roster’s myriad needs.
Following this season, the Giants will be approximately $8.895 million over the cap, facing the third-worst salary cap situation in the NFL, meaning significant changes will be made.
Because the NY Giants must dig out of a significant salary cap hole, several underachieving players will likely be released in order to create spending flexibility, or not re-signed once their contract expires at season’s end.
Here are seven NY Giants players who will be looking for a new home in 2022:
S – Jabrill Peppers
This was the final year of Jabrill Peppers’ contract, after the NY Giants picked up his fifth-year option last offseason, and unfortunately for the former first-round pick it was cut short due to injury.
When Peppers ruptured his ACL against the Carolina Panthers, it likely ended his tenure with the NY Giants.
Acquired as part of the trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns prior to the 2019 season, Peppers produced 196 total tackles over 32 games with the NY Giants, along with 3.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
However, even before Peppers’ injury, his playing time steadily diminished this season, especially after Xavier McKinney emerged as a difference-maker in the secondary opposite veteran Logan Ryan.
In all likelihood, Peppers will have to settle for a one-year “prove-it” deal in free agency, but given the NY Giants’ limited cap space, he will likely find a better offer elsewhere.