Entering the 2023 season, the NY Giants are going to have to figure out a solution for the center position. Earlier in the offseason, fans were pretty bummed when they saw the news that Nick Gates had agreed to a new deal with the Washington Commanders. Now, another center is headed elsewhere.
On Monday night, news dropped that Jon Feliciano, who inked a one-year deal with the G-Men ahead of the ’22 campaign, had signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. With Gates and Feliciano now out of town, it’ll be on Joe Schoen to find a suitable replacement to feed Daniel Jones the pigskin each weekend.
Leonard Johnson signs three-year deal with the Giants
With Feliciano and Gates both moving on to play for different squads, plenty of eyes will be on offensive lineman Ben Bredeson to see if he’ll step in and be the new starter for this group. Bredson appeared in 11 games last year, making eight starts.
However, he also dealt with a knee injury which resulted in him missing a large chunk of the year. Keep in mind there’s also a chance Joe Schoen will look for center help in the NFL Draft as well.
Meanwhile on defense, Schoen made quite the interesting move, as he signed former Duke cornerback Leonard Johnson to a three-year deal. This is very much a low-risk, high-reward signing for Schoen and Co. Johnson tore his ACL last year leading up to the draft, going unsigned.
He worked his tail off trying to get his knee healthy, and the Giants have given him a shot to get his career on track. We’ll see how things turn out for him.
More Giants news
• Things have become official for new Big Blue wide receiver Parris Campbell, and he quite clearly could not be more excited to catch balls from Daniel Jones. While speaking in East Rutherford, the speedster let everyone know just how pumped up he is for the 2023 campaign to get here.
“When I got close to a deal with the Giants, the excitement through me, my family, we were just excited for this next step of our journey,” Campbell said via the Giants team website. “I think we’re incredibly grateful to be here.”
• Darren Waller is already making plays for the Giants, this time doing so off the field. Last week, Waller and the Giants restructured his contract, creating around $7.4 million in cap space. Give credit to Schoen for getting this done as well.