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Will Giants let Eli Manning’s contract play out?

Eli Manning’s cap hit this season for the Giants is $19.25 million, but ESPN’s Dan Graziano doesn’t feel that the Giants are in a hurry to extend Manning or re-work the deal. The Giants are $25 million under the cap even with Manning’s salary and instead of extending the franchise quarterback it might be better to wait it out this season before an extension.

Here’s Graziano on Manning from ESPN New York:

They’re obviously comfortable paying Manning a significant portion of their salary-cap allotment, as they have been doing it for years. With the cap going up, a $17 million salary for a franchise quarterback who never misses a game isn’t a bad price. And if it came to it, they could always sign or franchise Manning next year. It’s not as though they would be getting any kind of discount if they signed him now. An extension for Manning could save the Giants as much as $11 million against this year’s cap, and for that reason they might decide they need to do it. But with about $25 million in projected cap room as of now and no big-money necessities outside of Jason Pierre-Paul, they might not have to do it.

 

 

Cofield, released by Skins, on Giants’ radar?

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Former Giants DT Barry Cofield was released by the Washington Redskins yesterday, prompting the question this morning: are the Giants interested? From Rotoworld:

The move saves Washington $4 million in cap space. Cofield enters a strong interior defensive line class in free agency, but should generate a healthy amount of interest. He missed much of last season with a severe high ankle sprain, but is still only 31 years old (in mid-March), and capable as both a pocket pusher and run stopper. He can play multiple positions on the line.

The Giants are in dire need of interior defensive line help and Cofield, if healthy, could add immediate depth there. He could come relatively cheap, too, if he’s willing to take a discount to play for Steve Spagnuolo, the coach in which Cofield earned a Super Bowl ring under in 2007. 

 Cofield played his first five NFL seasons with the Giants after they selected him in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Northwestern. He is a durable player, only missing one game in his first eight seasons until a high ankle sprain limited him to eight games last season.

He could fit right back in here with the Giants on a one or two-year deal. 

I say they take a shot at bringing Cofield back. He can still play at a fairly high level and his experience will ripple throughout the defense.

NFL Draft: Defensive prospects run deep

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

In polling the experts and fans who follow the New York Football Giants, there is a plethora of opinions on how they should spend the No. 9 overall pick this April 30. Some say address the offensive line, others call for a defender who can rush the passer. Then, there are others who would like to see the Giants add more firepower to their offense.

USATSI_8332441_110579513_lowresMy take is there are few offensive lineman in this draft that warrant the ninth overall selection. If the Giants are to take an OL this high in this draft, he better be able to come right in and start from Day One. There are several inside lineman who can do that, but very few tackles. Most of them come with too much risk.

Our friend John Norris over at Rotoworld.com likes the combination of speed and quickness that Oregon’s Jake Fisher possesses. Fisher scored a 4.33 in a 20-yard short shuffle, and as a former tight end, has the feet and dexterity to go with his exceptional size (6’6″, 306).

“I am very confident in Fisher’s ability if he stays healthy, on either the left or right side,” said Norris.

The talent in this draft resides on the defensive side of the ball. The Giants need a stud or two on the defense. New DC Steve Spagnuolo will require better players if he is to resuscitate this sagging Giant defense.

I’m guessing the Giants will take the best available player in the first round. Who that is, no one knows. But they will not be afraid to spend it on a player at a position of non-need. But after that, they will focus on filling out their roster with players that they feel can help them out of their recent funk.

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Giants should revisit signing Jacoby Jones

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Several notable NFL stars were unceremoniously released by their teams in the annual pre-free agency purge of overpriced veterans.

The Lions’ Reggie Bush, Green Bay’s AJ Hawk and WR/KR Jacoby Jones of the Ravens are now all free agents who are free to sign with any team. So… are the Giants interested?

I say yes to Jones, maybe to Bush and no to Hawk. All three players are either over 30 or will be by the time the season starts. The Giants are focused on bringing in younger players with more upside going forward. But… To read more of this story, click here

Combine standout Ali Marpet wants to play for Giants

Ali Marpet made an impression during the NFL Scouting Combine with the fastest 40 time among the offensive linemen, and if that could earn him his pick of teams, he’d choose the New York Giants (NFL.com, Feb. 25).

“I’d probably choose the New York Giants,” Marpet said when asked during NFL Network’s “NFL AM” who he’d most like to play for.

Marpet, the former Hobart tackle, has been a Giants fan all of his life, growing up in a suburb north of New York City. Hobart is a Division III school, and there have been just ten Division III players drafted in this century, and none since 2012 – but Marpet’s combine performance has strengthened his chances in the draft.

NFL pre-draft important dates

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The combine is over and now we prepare for the off-field portion of the NFL’s pre-draft season next week. The Giants  have already stated they intend to use the franchise tag on DE Jason Pierre-Paul if they cannot get his signature on a contract by 4 p.m. next Monday.

Other free agents the Giants are expected to attempt to re-sign are S Antrel Rolle, CB Walter Thurmond, FB Henry Hynoski, LB Jacquian Williams and S Stevie Brown.

Some other housekeeping items on the to-do list are tendering TE Larry Donnell and CB Chandler Fenner, who are both exclusive rights free agents this spring.

Here is a list of important dates leading up to the draft on April 30:  To read more of this story, click here

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Giants release Peyton Hillis

The Giants have released RB Peyton Hillis, the team announced.

In 2014, Hillis played in the season’s first nine games. He left the game on Nov. 9 in Seattle with a concussion and was placed on injured reserve six days later. Hillis finished third on the team with 115 rushing yards on 26 carries. He also caught 10 passes for another 87 yards.

Hillis played for Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City before joining the Giants.

His career totals include 696 rushing attempts for 2,832 yards and 23 touchdowns and 134 receptions for 1,050 yards and three scores.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

A bit of a surprise but when you read the post from Rotoworld, you kind of have to agree with the move:

Each of his past two seasons have been ended by concussions, and it’s unclear if Hillis wants to continue his playing career. His release saves the Giants $945,000 against the cap. Andre Williams is locked in as the Giants’ “big back” and early-down bruiser.

Hillis’ release leaves the Giants with only four RBs under contract: Williams, Rahsad Jennings, Michael Cox and Orleans Darkwa. I’m going to guess they’ll be adding two or three more before camp begins.