John Fennelly, Lead Writer
On tap for this week….Expect little when it comes to the Giants. Per the NFLPA Public League Cap Report, the Giants have just $3.5 million in available cap space. They will not realize the $5 million in cap relief from the termination of David Baas’ contract until after June 1st.
Teams that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin offseason workout programs today. All other teams will begin in two weeks, April 21st.
Giants’ Offseason Workout Schedule
First Day: April 21
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 28-30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13
Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19
On the free agent front, former Saints’ C Brian De La Puente, who was coveted by almost every Giant fan, signed a one-year deal with the Bears. So, no more chatter about him, please.
Don’t mention Browns’ center Alex Mack anymore, either. The Browns reportedly will match Jacksonville’s three-year, $22 million offer sheet for him and are willing to go higher, if needed.
The Chris Johnson rumors have died down as well. There were initial reports that several teams – including the Giants – would be vying for his services. Thus far, no team has expressed interest in Johnson, who wants to “choose his new team by this week” as per PFT. We’ll find out today when teams can officially begin negotiating with him.
The addition of Kellen Davis eases the Giants’ minds a bit at TE for now. Davis is not the open-field receiver the Giants prefer at the position, but his is a strong blocker and short field option. He’s the new Bear Pascoe. That spells trouble for one of the other three TEs, most likely Daniel Fells.
With the Giants still developing Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson, Davis will take the majority of snaps while new OC Ben McAdoo figures out who his receiving TE will be.