John Fennelly, Lead WriterAs Texans’ RB Ben Tate prepares to hit the open market this Tuesday, the Giants are expected to be in the mix for his services. At least early on. Since Tate is ranked at the top of this year’s free agent class at his position, he’s likely to be overpaid, and that’s just something the Giants aren’t interested in doing right now.
Tate, 26, can be compared to a slightly bigger (5’11”, 217) version of Ahmad Bradshaw with less wear and tear on his body. That certainly will pique the Giants’ interest, but our friends over at GmenHQ have posted a caveat emptor regarding Tate. They outline Tate’s fumbling problems along with his poor first down and goal line percentages.
Could Osi be coming back to the Giants? Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger writes that former Giant DE Osi Umenyiora is being asked to take a pay cut by his current employer, the Atlanta Falcons. The 32 year-old two-time Super Bowl champ may refuse, which could result in him being cut. Conor believes that could lead him back to New York…
“Umenyiora would entertain an offer to return to the Giants — and the Giants would at least investigate — if his situation in Atlanta came to an end, according to two people familiar with the situation. The people requested anonymity in order to speak freely on the matter.”
SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano says the Giants are not “cheap” despite what the public’s perception of them is. The team has shelled out big bucks in free agency and contract extensions the past few years. (READ)