2. LB Bobby Okereke
Different from Thomas and Lawrence, Bobby Okereke was brought to New York via free agency, but he’s evolved into a leader and star in New York. He’s essential to the Giants operation, and he's a huge feather in Schoen’s cap at the moment.
Memories of linebackers like Antonio Pierce and Carl Banks came to mind while watching Okereke at times. The former Indianapolis Colts linebacker amassed 149 total tackles, four forced fumbles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions while captaining the unit for former defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale in 2023.
While Martindale is gone, the Giants are looking to keep Okereke in New York for the foreseeable future. The 27-year-old linebacker signed a four year, $40 million contract with the Giants in free agency, and it might be time to revisit the negotiating table.
Whether Okereke receives a raise remains to be seen, as his cap hit is slightly less than $12 million at the moment for 2024. Still, the Giants should be looking to restructure the contracts of the players that fit into their future, and Okereke is certainly one of them. He’s a candidate.