Friday News and Links: Salary cuts, salary cap, new offense and HOF game

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Happy Friday. Several items that you need to know this morning:

The Giants will play the Buffalo Bills in the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio on August 3rd. That means the Giants will play five preseason games this summer. Season ticket holders need not sweat. The game is not part of the required season ticket package. Each franchise has a player being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the day before. Buffalo has WR Andre Reed and the Giants have DE Michael Strahan.

It has been reported that veteran offensive lineman Chris Snee and David Baas have been approached by the Giants regarding taking pay cuts. Snee is said to be amenable, while Baas is still pondering his options. They currently have a combined cap number hovering near $19.5 million, which for two players that played only six games in 2013 is intolerable.

The NFL is expected to announce the 2014 salary cap soon. It is rumored to be $132-133 million, which would be a full $10 million more than it was last season. Sure it helps every team, but for the Giants – who are looking to bring back and extend several players – this is really good news.

One of those players is believed to be LB Jon Beason. Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record tweeted this yesterday:

Of all pending #NYG UFAs, the one I would be truly shocked if he ended up elsewhere in 2014 would be Jon Beason…Beason – currently repping himself – made no secret at season’s end he wants to stay with #NYG. I don’t think he’ll look to break bank …

Links of interest…

  • New OC McAdoo confident he can turn Blue offense around (NYDN)
  • McAdoo will need a top TE for his offense to be effective (Star-Ledger)
  • What to expect from the Giants’ new offense (Traina)
  • Former teammate David Diehl comes to Eli’s defense (NFL Videos) 
  • NFL analyst Eliot Harrison believes the Detroit Lions, who led the NFL in dropped passes in 2013, could make a play for Giants’ UFA Hakeem Nicks. (NFL.com)



7 comments
JamesWS
JamesWS

Nowhere in the article does it say McAdoo needs a great TE for his offense to work.

The Packers haven't had a great TE for a long time and look at them.

I think the Giants will continue to trot out mediocre TEs. I could see Reese bringing in a guy like Keller though, since he'll probably be a high risk/reward type that may sign for cheap.

cole3244
cole3244

i don't think the jints will make all the necessary decisions until tc is gone and another hc takes over. 

until then certain players will be kept because of personal relationships and not talent, this should change next year when i believe tc will retire because he see's the writing on the wall and has been given no other choice by management.

spider43
spider43

@JamesWS  ...  I'd be surprised if the Giants paid much for a veteran TE. They always skimp on the position, just like they do LB.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@bockers Mack could be too expensive for the Giants despite the increase in their cap space . Giants have a lot of needs & must fill many roster spots. I agree with you that they should address the OL in free agency. Whether they do or not will be determined once free agency begins (March 11).

JamesWS
JamesWS

I think we have only 2 LBs (1 is DeOssie) and 3 CBs on payroll, so we're likely to spend a lot on those positions out of necessity to fill a roster. Then we need to pay the Rookies.

I don't know how much money we will have left over to sign an impact player like Mack. Either way, we need 2 impact players on our line (be it via the draft, see: Lewan, FA, or hopefully both).

I think a HUGE part of our ability to create a roster that can compete next year is getting Snee and Baas to take pay cuts. Giving them $20 million really hurts. Snee will take the cut I think, since it makes sense $$-wise to cut him (would save like 6-7 million off the cap). But Baas has all the leverage because he's got two years and cutting him this year means we won't save any money off the cap and we'd need to fill another roster spot.

JamesWS
JamesWS

Correction: cutting Snee saves us almost 7 million. I think we can find a better value for 7 million than an old Snee who will retire soon anyway. Therefore, Snee should take a big cut if he knows what's good for him.

Baas on the other hand- cutting him would save us a mere 1.78 million. We aren't finding a better player than baas for 1.78 million, are we? That's why I think Baas won't take a pay cut...b/c the threat of cutting him isn't very credible. If Baas ends up taking a pay cut I'll be very impressed with him as a Giants fan.