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We have been told the Giants will be slapped with a $6.45 million "dead money" charge when they officially release center David Baas. In short, Baas' cap number for 2014 was $8.225 million, but the Giants were only absolved of his $1.775 million base salary by releasing him at this point in time.

The increase of the salary cap from $123 million to $133 million this year has made it easier for teams to release themselves from some bloated contracts, and the Giants are no different. Baas' hit raises the Giants' dead money figure to $9,228,141 for 2014. Two other major hits in that figure come from the release of CB Corey Webster ($1.25m) and the decision not to bring back TE Brandon Myers ($1.125m).

It's clear very few people in this business, or any other, understand what "dead money" is and how it is applied in the NFL 's salary cap system. I found that the guys over at SteelersDepot.com explained it best (READ).

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The frenzy is rapidly approaching and the rumors will begin to intensify. Don't believe everything you read. If you have any specific questions, please send them in.

What you absolutely need to know this morning...

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Build through the draft and fill needs via free agency. That's the formula for success in the NFL. For the Giants to be successful, they must act swiftly if they are going to fill some needs with quality people.

WFAN's Paul Dottino believes the Giants will strike quickly and sign two free agents on offense.

https://twitter.com/giantswfan/status/442292568387489792

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The Giants have twelve impending unrestricted free agents on their defense, and they will undoubtedly be saying goodbye to some familiar faces.

S Ryan Mundy - The Giants brought Mundy in last year on a one-year deal in hopes that he could bring some physicality to their secondary. Depending on who you ask, Mundy did just that. He's not starting material, but he's certainly good enough to add back to the roster as depth. He had 77 total tackles with a sack and an INT. I can see him back in camp this summer on another veteran minimum (or close to it) deal - especially if Will Hill is in jeopardy of missing time again.

S Stevie Brown - The lost season due to the torn knee ligaments will hurt his market value. So will his public statements that he wishes to return to the Giants. Depending on how his physical and workouts go, the Giants will look to bring Brown back at a reasonable rate.

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Below is a list of the essential questions about free agency, answered in adroit fashion by the NFL Communications department...

Q.? When does the 2014 free agency signing period begin?

?A.? At 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 11.?

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Lots of babbling on the net about the Giants making a play for impending free agent C Alex Mack this March....

From Rotoworld, via ESPN: "Mack, 28, will likely be the Browns' top priority and could be franchise-tagged, but CEO Joe Banner may not believe in doling out that kind of cash to a center. Mack is going to be a hot commodity on the open market and is easily the top center available in free agency -- he graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1 center in 2013. He'll probably aim for a deal similar to the one Ryan Kalil signed with the Panthers at six years and $49.1 million with $19 million guaranteed. Mack has previously said he'll give the Browns a chance to match any offer, though that was before the coaching staff was fired after one season."

Let's preface this by saying it only holds water if the Giants are finished with Davis Baas as their starting center. And even if they are, their choices are limited. Mack won't last a week on the street. Half the league will be gunning for this guy. If the Giants want Mack, they'd have to strike quick.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 2014 NFL Free Agency, Alex Mack, New York Giants
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