The Newark Star-Ledger believes Giants impending free agent DT Linval Joseph could command $35-40 million on a new contract.We know the Giants want to keep Joseph, but the price could end up being too high. They committed themselves to fortifying the middle of the defensive line last offseason, signing Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, while spending a draft choice on Ohio State's Jonathan Hankins.
"Joseph is just 25 years old and is coming off a third consecutive strong season. He's started 46 of the Giants' past 48 games and has nine sacks over that span. Joseph is also a quality run-stuffing defensive tackle at 6-foot-4, 323. He's our No. 2 free-agent defensive tackle, behind Chicago's Henry Melton and ahead of Green Bay's B.J. Raji. The Giants will likely prioritize Joseph.
The perception that Joseph is a top DT has been debated by both sides. Last year, he had little help, was overused and got pushed around a bit. The buzz was he was an underachiever. This year, Joseph played very well, getting help from Jenkins, Patterson and LB Jon Beason and was a stalwart on the interior of the line.
The Giants may want to build around Joseph, Hankins and Markus Kuhn, so if they sign him (which is their intent) they must make sure he continues to get solid partners around him. But signing Joseph could hamper their ability to shore up other areas. I guess that's why Jerry Reese gets the big bucks.