Coach Tom Coughlin's resignation was only the first step in an offseason that promises to see major personnel changes for the New York Giants after a second consecutive 6-10 campaign.
With an estimated $50 million of salary cap space available for free agency, the Giants will have to make decisions on many of their own 19 unrestricted free agents.
Pierre-Paul and Amukamara will draw the most attention. Each will be seeking major, long-term deals despite injury-plagued seasons that weakened the NFL's worst overall pass defense. >> Read more...
The Giants have stated they want JPP back and believe he will be much more valuable after he has the procedure done to his right hand over the offseason that will help improve his grip.
Is he worth top dollar? No, but he is probably worth second tier money. The franchise tag for him will be around $15 million, which is way too much to be considered, but it's almost a certainty he'll be back with the Giants. Any other team would be skeptical to pay him.
As for Prince, his season was stunted by the torn pec and anyone looking to put major chips on him might just get burned. The Giants' secondary is a mess, so depending on his health and asking price, they could bring him back.
The Giants face the inevitable questions as to whether retain Pierre-Paul and Amukamara, two impending free agents that still have a lot to prove yet both have a high amount of potential.
Potential, of course, is a dangerous word when it comes to NFL free agency.
JPP showed up to the team late after surgeries on his hand stemming from a fireworks incident on July 4. That event showed a certain degree of immaturity on JPP's part, then put a lot of pressure on the player to prove himself upon his return to the team late in the season.
The sack numbers didn't help JPP's case, though he did add to the team's pass rush. But can you fault JPP for the unit's struggles as a whole?
To me, JPP is valuable if he can be retained for an economic value. Otherwise, the Giants may benefit from avoiding paying top dollar for a player marred by off-the-field incidents and dwindling production.
The same goes for Amukamara, who has played exceptional, when healthy.
Amukamara makes a habit of missing time year in and year out, and paying top money to bring him back doesn't make sense without a reasonable expectation he will play in 16 games a year.
Amukamara should come at a decent value and should understand the business aspect of his deal based on his injury past. However, if he holds out for more money or a rival team is willing to open up their wallet for him, the Giants are better off gambling on another cornerback in the draft, particularly with Jayron Hosley waiting in the wings.