If you ask just about any NY Giants fan out there about what Joe Schoen has been able to do this offseason, they'll tell you the young GM absolutely rocked things. This team has improved on both sides of the ball, highlighted by the additions of Darren Waller and Bobby Okereke.
Not only that, but John Michael Schmitz, Deonte Banks, Jalin Hyatt and others making their way to East Rutherford via the NFL Draft still has people talking. Well, it looks like not everyone is a fan of the tremendous work Schoen and Co. have done.
In a new piece for ESPN, insider Bill Barnwell ranked each team's offseason. Somehow, he has ranked the G-Men at No. 29 out of 32 teams. Bill, what in the heck dude?!
ESPN ranking the NY Giants offseason No. 29 in the NFL is a total joke
"A four-year, $40 million deal for off-ball linebacker Bobby Okereke was too aggressive at a position where the majority of useful players settled for much smaller commitments. Schoen used the team’s first-round pick on much-needed cornerback Deonte Banks, but this secondary is going to struggle against an NFC East full of imposing receivers.- Bill Barnwell
Did Barnwell see how bad the linebacker play was for the Giants last year? Schoen had to be aggressive, as no one wanted to see Tae Crowder or Jaylon Smith see significant time for this team in 2023.
In his piece too, Barnwell wasn't too excited about the Daniel Jones extension, saying, 'they franchise-tagged Saquon Barkley and committed to Jones, signing the same player who wasn’t worth a fifth-year option 12 months earlier to a four-year, $160 million deal with $81 million guaranteed over the first two seasons.'
Things are still up in the air for Saquon, as the hope is a multi-year contract will get finalized soon. With the way the quarterback market is set, though, what other option did Schoen have than to pay Danny Dimes?
From our chair, the Giants and Schoen had an offseason to remember, which is why so many other experts have given them an 'A' grade for their efforts. We can go ahead and add this to the long list of takes where the Giants aren't getting much love. They'll be ready to prove people wrong once Week 1 arrives.