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Giants sign O’Brien Schofield to two-year, $8 million deal

The Giants have signed linebacker O’Brien Schofield to a two-year, $8 million deal (Schefter & Garafolo, March 11),

Schofield played 2013 with the Seahawks, with just seven tackles and one sack. His previous three seasons were spent with the Cardinals, where he had 10.5 sacks total.

Over his career, he has 78 total tackles, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants do need some depth at LB and the “joker” position, which Schofiled may be being brought in to play. The choice is a curious one otherwise. He’s certainly isn’t being signed in lieu of Jon Beason.

My take is that Schofield has been on the Giants’ radar since his days at Wisconsin where he was a top player: Schofield was a 2nd Team All-American and an All Big 10 selection in 2009. He finished second in tackles for a loss and QB sacks in the Big 10 that season and would go on to be the defensive MVP at the East-West Shrine Game.

He tore his ACL during Senior Bowl week and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the NFL Draft in April 2010.




31 comments
Michael Bedrin
Michael Bedrin

This move makes sense if they let Kiwi go, or if they are unable to bring back Tuck and Kiwi takes over for him. I have some issue with the $$, though. Reese has been playing a bit loose with the purse strings. The Baas cut is still the biggest head-scratcher, in that regard.

drewc
drewc

I don't have problem with the Giants signing this guy but 4 million a year sounds high for a guy with  his resume.  

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

Schofield was playing in a very crowded Seattle linebacker squad, never really got a chance to show what he could do with some real playing time, if he wouldn't have tore his acl at senior bowl practice he probably would've been a 1st or 2nd rd pick, i think he's gonna be a really solid player for the Giants

JamesWS
JamesWS

I'm not happy about this at all.

cole3244
cole3244

i can't believe all the experts here haven't been contacted about a gm job by some franchise in the nfl, all this talent is being wasted posting on this site what can the owners be thinking?

hashburry
hashburry

Reese certainly knows how to waste cap money.  Another reach by Reese.  I'm sure the Giants can somehow unlock the talent he showed in an exhibitor game in college, but wasn't able to show in the NFL.  I have zero confidence in Reese.

ponzies86
ponzies86

I think they will sign Beason, doesnt hurt to have deph at the LB position

Alex Cuba
Alex Cuba

WTF is Reese doing?  BEason Beason Beason is all you had to worry about.  You dont even see what its going to cost to get Beason back and sign this guy?  we do not need any more PROJECTS!!  We need people we know we can rely on!!  Im really starting to get tired of Jerry Reese

Anthony Cavasinni
Anthony Cavasinni

I don't get how we didn't resign Beason yet! Come on Jerry! Who even is this guy??

mike23
mike23

So is this going to prevent Beason from returning, I don't get this one at all for that kind of money. 

mike23
mike23

why/what/why, need more info on this signing as I don't get it, 2 years 8 mil for this guy who had 7 tackles and one sack in 2013?  

JamesWS
JamesWS

Who cares? No one in their right mind would toss 4 million a year on him! Sign him - fine. But for 4 million???

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

@cole3244 I mean clearly according to most people here all you gotta do is sign Mack, Branden Albert, trade for Logan Mankins, keep Schwartz and then go find a RT, that's probably only 60% of the cap money, then there's 40% left to trade for Fitz, Megatron, sign Graham and grab A.P. and Foster, it's just so easy, as far as every other position and the $6 and free t-shirts left to sign them well...they'll just draft people

JamesWS
JamesWS

@ponzies86  I agree. IMO Beason was going to go for a 2 year deal at around $4-$6 million. That's another reason why I think this Schofield signing is nuts. It has to be an incentive laden deal, right? It just has to be.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@Alex Cuba  Beason cannot be signed until Friday because he changed his representation (to himself). League rules state a player must wait 3 days after he changes agents to begin any type of negotiations.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@mike23   Beason cannot be signed until Friday because he changed his representation (to himself). League rules state a player must wait 3 days after he changes agents to begin any type of negotiations.

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

@JamesWS I'm just curious, are you Schofield's agent? Do you know how many teams were trying to sign him? Because i don't, for all anybody knows other teams could've been in the running him,  young linebackers with great sideline to sideline speed and a nose for the quarterback aren't exactly falling off trees these days, kid looks like a poor man's Justin Houston

spider43
spider43

@JamesWS  .... Exactly. You hit the nail on the head with what some people aren't seeing. Four million is a lot of money to pay to a LB, let along for a LB who hasn't played much the last few years. This is like the Baas signing all over again. Overpaying for players who are more like "projects" than actual impact contributors.

JamesWS
JamesWS

All you gotta do is not sign horrible contracts.

JamesWS
JamesWS

Name me one LB with that resume to get $4 million a year. Then name one that panned out as a good player.

No one was offering this career special teamer $4 million a year. You're out of your mind if you think that's the case.

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

@JamesWS @Brian Bannon@spider43 Rumor i heard (and i know rumors don't mean much) is that it's kinda like Myers deal last year, he'd make $2.5 million year one and then he has a voidable $5.5 million year two, the actual cap number year 1 would actually be lower than the $2.5 number, don't quote me on that though, just a rumor i heard

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

@spider43 The actual breakdown of the contract hasn't come out yet, it could be very incentive based, i highly doubt he's getting $4 million per year

JamesWS
JamesWS

Please go on and tell us how it's all peaches and cream for the clearly rebuilding NY FB Giants.