After a poor season last year and a rough start to the preseason and training camp this year, many people have been going hard after NY Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay. He’s been labeled a bust and one of the worst free-agency moves Big Blue has made in their history.
While we believe it is far too early to put Golladay as one of the worst FA signings ever, it has sparked a rather interesting conversation on which players belong in the ‘worst signings’ category.
Every team has had some horrible signings in their history, especially some of the Giants’ division rivals. However, this does not exclude the Giants from having their own list of embarrassing moves. With that being said, here are four of the biggest free agent busts in NY Giants history.
4. LB J.T. Thomas
At the time, this was a signing that confused a lot of people, as J.T Thomas was, well, not very good. Despite this, the NY Giants still decided to sign the 27-year-old linebacker to a three-year, $10 million deal.
There may be some FA busts who made more at the time like Carlos Emmons, who signed a five-year, $16.5 million deal with the Giants in 2004. However, Emmons at least had a couple of productive seasons with the Giants before a back injury forced him to retire in 2006.
However, Thomas was the opposite of productive, as in his three seasons with the team, Thomas would only appear in 15 games, starting in 11. In Thomas’ lone healthy season with the Giants, he would rack up 46 combined tackles in 12 games.
Obviously this signing being a bust is not entirely on Thomas, as not only did he not deserve that kind of contract, but he also entered bust status due to all of the injuries he sustained during his time with the team.
Thomas’ contract may not have been as bad as some of the other players on this list. However, the fact that he was signed for that much money by the Giants, combined with his lack of talent, made the decision to give him a three-year deal a bone-headed move.