Giants Easing Cap Crunch at Expense of Leadership

As you probably have heard by now, the Giants have released three veteran players over the past 24 hours. LB Michael Boley yesterday and DT Chris Canty and RB Ahmad Bradshaw this afternoon.

These are just some of the tough decisions the Giants are faced with this offseason. They have to get down under the cap (approx $121 million) by March 12th and have to pay up some of their players approaching their primes i.e. Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

Yes, it’s a business and when you’ve been as successful as the Giants have been the past few seasons, there is never going to be enough money to pay everyone. The team just cleared out about $14 million in cap space with the cuts so that will help. But they will miss the integrity and leadership these players have provided the past few seasons.

From Jenny Vrentas of the Ledger:

Bradshaw had two years left on his contract, due $3.75 million in 2013 and $4 million in 2014. His cap numbers were above $6 million each year. Canty was due to earn $6.5 million in 2013, and had an $8.2 million cap hit.

GM Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin commented on Canty and Bradshaw’s contributions to the club on the team’s website today:

Reese on Bradshaw: “Pound for pound, Bradshaw is one of the toughest football players that I’ve been around. Ahmad played football like Giants football should be played.”

Coughlin on Bradshaw:Bradshaw has great toughness. He plays through anything. He doesn’t just talk about playing hurt. He does play hurt. If anyone knows the quality of this man’s pain threshold, all you need to do is watch him on a Monday when he can’t even walk. He gets a little better on Tuesday, a little better on Wednesday. By Thursday his spirits are back up and whether he can or he can’t, he’s telling you he’s practicing on Friday, and he does. And he plays on Sunday. And he goes through the same cycle. He did that for two or three years.”

Reese on Canty: “Chris Canty is a pro’s pro, a true team player and competitor. He helped us get to the top in 2011 and it was a pleasure having him here during his time with the New York Giants.”

Coughlin on Canty: “Chris Canty is a high-character, highly intelligent young man. He distinguished himself a year ago down the stretch for a number of reasons. One, the quality of his play, and two, is the toughness he displayed, which was a great statement about the quality of the individual.”