Saturday News: Tate or no Tate; Osi could return

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

As 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)




8 comments
jayhawkey
jayhawkey

This is where the Giants worry me under Reese. All I'm hearing is that Beason is a must but I don't see any contract...Now I'm hearing Manningham, Bradshaw and Osi....C'mon Mara....Let's hope this is all smoke blowing over.....Ridiculous.   Osi stunk in Atl...Manningham caught a few Kopernick  passes and Bradshaw missed most of the season....LET'S MOVE ON!

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

The Giants are in no way cheap. The NFL has a salary cap and the Giants have been right up against it every offseason. Thus the need to look to catch lightning in a bottle with vets on bargain deals and UDFAs. They aren't the Mets where there is no salary cap in MLB but that's still been their "strategy" for the most part mainly because the owners are broke and they embarrassingly have 1 of the lowest payrolls in the league despite playing in NY.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Roger Saffold should strongly be considered...

My 1st day of action:

Sign Schwartz, Dietrich-Smith, Saffold...the giants won't have to worry about OLine for 5-7 years.

Throw in Quarless, a RB and the Giants offense will turn itself back to the 2007-2011 versions.

cole3244
cole3244

osi was let go earlier if he is resigned which decision is the mistake?

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

RB Tate is a TOP F.A.,  REESE's offer couldn't come close...

REESE Loves Osi,

Stranger things have happened in the NFL...

IMO,

Free Agency has 3 Phases:

Phase-1. Deals Signed at the BELL, first 24hr's...

Phase-2. Bidding War Week, for TOP F.A., that wanna hear ALL offers...

Phase-3. Left-Over's, Guys that will make the Rounds....

Don't see REESE pulling the Trigger in Phase-1.....

and i don't see REESE entering ANY Phase-2. Bidding Wars.....

REESE is kinda a Phase-3. GM....

he will set his AIM on a few Players,

and see who FILTERs DOWN to him....

i see REESE looking for a OG - CB, 1st,

then RB-WR,

then waiting for a Okay TE, that was Cut by a Bad Team...

I would like to See a Vet OG and RB MJD Inked to a 3 year Deal.

That would be INSTANT Help for ELI...

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

I would be very surprise if the Giants have any strong interest in bringing back Osi Umenyiora. At 32, and years away from being the player he once was, the Giants need to go in a different direction. As for Ben Tate, the Giants should have interest, as long as the price tag is within reason. The Giants RB situation is as bad as the OL and both need to be addressed. With free agency around the corner (march 11), GM Jerry Reese needs to be more active and also smart with his new addition of players to the Giants roster. Once the free agency phase is completed, we will have a better understanding on which direction the Giants will go in the draft.

spider43
spider43

@Peter Sinapi  .... Love the idea, but too much money needed for just those 5 players. What about the money for the other 18 - 22 roster spots needing filled?  What about the money needed for the players drafted in May?

spider43
spider43

@Michael Stewart  ...  The draft is what I most look forward to. That will tell me whether their scouting department and front office has made the requisite changes needed to pick FOOTBALL players who can contribute right away rather than project players. Reaching for need is something they have done in the past but refused to admit as well, instead they keep insisting they pick the BPA on their board. After all the misses, I don't know how they get away with saying that.