Giants legend Eli Manning sent a special message to the entire healthcare team at New York-Presbyterian hospital systems (more than 47,000 employees) -- as the workers there are on the front lines helping to battle the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.
"I just wanted to give a special call-out to all the caregivers and really the entire healthcare team at New York Presbyterian Hospital," Manning said. "Thank you so much for everything you're doing. We read about it every day, and your selflessness, your determination, your willingness to act and go above and beyond was expected. ... to help out New York and so many people.
"When everybody else in the world is being asked to stay at home and to sit back and do nothing, you've been asked to step up. And you're doing that in every way. We can not thank you enough and just want you to know how much we all appreciate what you're doing to the benefit of so many others. So please stay safe, stay healthy, and God bless."
Tags: Eli Manning, Danny Abriano
If there's anyone on the Giants that knows how new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will run his defense in his first year at the helm, it's his former linebacker Blake Martinez.
During his time linebackers coach with Green Bay, Graham got to work with Martinez exclusively and you can understand why the Giants were looking to nab him in free agency this offseason. Graham only spent a year with the 26-year-old, but Martinez said their bond came immediately.
"We had that year together and we became super close, he was my inside linebacker coach," Martinez said during his introductory conference call on Monday. "For me, what made me so excited to work with him this year and the following years is how smart he is. I think he is probably the smartest coach I've ever been around."
There's a strong chance that if the Giants keep the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft that the big four offensive linemen -- Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton, Jedrick Wills, Andrew Thomas -- will be there waiting for them.
If the Giants stick at No. 4 and aren't tantalized enough by Isaiah Simmons to take him there, they could very likely wind up with Wirfs, a physical specimen that many experts have as the best offensive lineman in the draft.
Click below to see Wirfs straight up jumping out of a pool, doing back flips, and other insane things a man of his size shouldn't be able to do...
Giants new special team catalyst Nate Ebner knows what it takes to become an Olympian, which is why he's hoping that the postponed 2020 Olympic Games will indeed take place in 2021 in Tokyo.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 Games, originally scheduled for July 24-August 9 of this year, are being pushed back to July 23, 2021, and are set to close August 8, 2021.
The 31-year-old Ebner played on the United States rugby team at the 2016 Games in Rio.
Yannick Ngakoue clearly doesn't want to be a Jacksonville Jaguar, nor does he want to play under the $19.3 million franchise tag. He even scolded his team on Twitter on Tuesday for preventing him from "taking care of his family" and begged them "Let's move on."
So yes, teams are circling to see if the Jags have had enough and are willing to trade their 25-year-old pass-rushing star. At the moment, there's no indication that they are, but things could always change. And if it does, one thing is clear about this situation:
Trading for Ngakoue is going to cost a lot.
The NFL held a remote presser today to discuss a few bits of news for the upcoming NFL Draft and regular season schedule, and the draft will continue to run on schedule.
The draft will be "held from a hub," per MSG's Madelyn Burke, where picks for all 32 teams will be able to come in and get relayed to the players. The NFL is doing this, obviously, to remain in accordance with social distancing.
Team "war rooms" will also be limited with the amount of people in it. NFL executive Peter O'Reilly said the draft "will focus on good role modeling," according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, and that means no more than 10 people in rooms. That also includes in players' homes during Draft Day.
Most mock drafts around the country are pegging the Giants to take an offensive tackle at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.
But, according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, that isn't the case at all. Instead, he has the Giants "zeroing in" on Clemson LB/S Isaiah Simmons with that pick.
In the latest edition of his Stick To Football podcast, Miller said he is hearing "many NFL scouts" who believe Dave Gettleman & Co. have their eyes set on the versatile linebacker. Miller has him ranked as his fourth-best prospect in the draft, so it would be fitting.
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The Giants and GM Dave Gettleman really are sitting pretty at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. They don't need to draft a quarterback after doing so last year at No. 6. And with a few more holes to fill, any top prospect will be an immediate help next season and after.
But what truly is the right pick here?
Of course, Gettleman could easily trade down and still get a solid prospect while collecting draft capital. Some believe that he should focus on that in the first place. In this scenario, though, let's go with what experts believe he'd do at No. 4, and that is take an offensive tackle.
Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Carter, Nate Solder, Oshane Ximines, Ryan Connelly, Scott Thompson
New Giants inside linebacker Blake Martinez would obviously love to be in East Rutherford, signing the new $30.75 million contract he agreed to with the team during NFL free agency.
But, instead of the introductions to the front office and coaches, Martinez had to do everything virtually -- just like his introduction to the New York media on Monday.
Martinez joined a conference call to explain that he had to talk to new head coach Joe Judge and a familiar face in defensive coordinator Patrick Graham over the phone. This is the first time Martinez has ever done anything like this being that it is his first time being a free agent and joining a new team after four years in Green Bay.
Tags: Alec Ogletree, Scott Thompson
By winning a few games at the end of the season, the Giants almost certainly cost themselves a chance at drafting game-changing edge-rusher Chase Young.
But Big Blue is still in good position at No. 4 in the NFL Draft and should be able to come away with a cornerstone player.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently made his three-round mock. Here's how the other latest mocks see things shaking out...
Newest Giants CB James Bradberry can't introduce himself to the fans how he might want to with coronavirus not allowing him to make his way to New York. So, instead, he took some time out of his day on Sunday to answer fan questions on the team's Reddit page.
Here are some of the highlights from the questions asked...
1) @Celestrial2: You had to match up with Julio [Jones], Mike Evans and Michael Thomas twice a year. Which of the three was hardest to guard?
Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Julian Love, Scott Thompson
The Giants are re-signing tight end Eric Tomlinson, he announced Saturday via Instagram.
Tomlinson, who had been cut by the Giants in September, also spent time with the Raiders and Patriots in 2019.
The 27-year-old Tomlinson spent the first three seasons of his career -- from 2016 to 2018 -- with the Jets.
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Eli Manning knows the New York-New Jersey area just about as well as any athlete.
Since getting traded to the Giants on draft day back in 2004, Manning has called northern New Jersey home, and despite the current coronavirus outbreak, Manning knows that the area will come back as strong as ever.
"We're doing everything possible to get through this," Manning told the New York Post's Steve Serby in a Q&A. "We're taking the right steps, and obviously, this is an uncertain time. But, I think this country, and the Northeast and New Jersey and New York, are resilient and we're tough and we kind of find a way to fight through things. That's what we're gonna have to do.
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Through the first wave of free agency, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman demonstrated he was willing to spend to improve Big Blue's defense.
The biggest addition to the group is cornerback James Bradberry, who signed a lthree-year, $45 million deal with nearly $32 million of that money guaranteed.
Bradberry spoke via a conference call on Friday afternoon, making his first public comments since being signed as the key addition to the Giants' secondary. The former Panther said he was a bit surprised when the Giants' offer came in, but he's ready to be a leader in a very young Giants DB room.
Giants legend Eli Manning, who knows a thing or two about beating Tom Brady in big games, recently reacted to the 42-year-old future Hall-of-Famer's decision to bolt the Patriots for the Buccaneers.
"I was surprised, how it all worked out," Manning told Steve Serby of the New York Post. "I just did not imagine him leaving, them letting him go and him going somewhere else, just from my experience. But for him to have had all the success, do everything he'd done in New England and did it with one organization, I guess you just kind of wonder what was the reasoning? I don't know if he felt unappreciated, or just wanted to try something different, but was surprised that this went down."
But while Brady is gone from New England and the team currently has only quarterbacks who profile as backups on its roster, Manning doesn't think Bill Belichick and the Pats' reign of Kings of the AFC East is necessarily over.
Tags: Eli Manning, Danny Abriano
Dave Gettleman stunned the NFL back on April 20, 2016 when he did what many thought was unthinkable. He had an All-Pro cornerback, generally considered one of the best in the NFL, on an ascending team coming off a loss in Super Bowl 50. And he had him locked up for the next season with the franchise tag.
Then, he pulled that tag right out from under Josh Norman's feet.
Gettleman's decision to rescind the franchise tag that day was bold, bizarre, and almost universally criticized. But from Gettleman's view, as the Carolina Panthers general manager, it was a responsible and necessary thing to do.
Tags: Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
Here's a player-by-player report card for the Giants' free agent signings so far
CB James Bradberry (three years, $45 million, $31.8 million guaranteed)
The Giants needed big-time help at this spot after dumping Janoris Jenkins in December, and they got arguably the second-best corner on the market at a somewhat reasonable price.
Bradberry is big (6-foot-1, 212 pounds), fast (4.45 40-yard dash), and he'll be a big help for an otherwise young secondary that includes last year's first-rounder DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal. If they were going to spend "big" money, it had to be either at corner or pass-rusher, and once most of the top pass-rushers were tagged, they wisely got aggressive here.
The Giants are signing free agent DT Austin Johnson, reports Dan Duggan of The Athletic.
Johnson, 25, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Tennessee Titans, where he played 58 games (13 starts).
He made just one start last season after making nine starts in 2018.
A former Giants wide receiver is staying within the division.
According to a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, former Big Blue receiver Cody Latimer has agreed to a deal with the Washington Redskins.
Latimer, 27, spent the last two seasons with the Giants, totaling 35 catches for 490 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned 29 kicks for the Giants over those two seasons, averaging 23.8 yards per return.
Tags: Cody Latimer, Sterling Shepard
The Giants have 10 draft picks, thanks to the three compensatory picks they earned, but only three of those will come in the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft. For a team with many needs still to fill, it puts a premium on those selections in the first three rounds.
With a month until the draft, it's still hard to know exactly what the Giants will do and how the draft will shake out. But here's an early projection, based on the team's needs, what sources have said about players they might like, and what scouts have said about the value of certain players in the draft.
It's always fun to watch how the free agent market materializes over time, but that's from an outside perspective.
As a player, it's a little more nerve-racking.
Some players are still out there on the market, and at this moment, they're likely watching their expected price tag drop with most players already joining new teams. That includes DE Jadeveon Clowney, who isn't expected at this point to hit his $22-23 million, but he'll remain patient.
Tags: Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
XFL players are allowed to sign with NFL teams, and the Giants took advantage of that by signing DB Dravon Askew-Henry to a two-year deal, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Askew-Henry played for the New York Guardians, so he already knows what it's like to play at MetLife Stadium. And clearly he did enough for the Giants to believe he can crack the 53-man roster next season.
The former West Virginia Mountaineer is the cousin of legendary CB Darrelle Revis, and Rapoport added that he should compete for the nickel cornerback role that Corey Ballentine is currently slated for.
Quarterbacks have always been the key to whether the Giants will be able to trade down in the first round of the NFL Draft, and whether any offers will even be tempting. Teams without a franchise quarterback can get desperate. That's why quarterbacks always make the prices go way up.
This year, there are three generally considered to be at the top of the class, but only one team ahead of the Giants -- the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 1 -- seeming like a lock to take one. And with the quarterback-needy Miami Dolphins positioned right behind the Giants at No. 5, it puts Big Blue in the sweet spot for teams looking to move up.
Or so it seems.
Giants head coach Joe Judge reunites with another familiar face in RB Dion Lewis, who signed a one-year deal to join Big Blue, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Monday.
The Giants were predicted to be done spending considering they had about $15.3 million in cap room left, per Over The Cap. But Lewis was out on the market after the Titans released him, and Judge took the chance to add a versatile running back behind Saquon Barkley.
Lewis has been backing up Derrick Henry for the past two seasons, totaling 726 yards over that span. But getting just 54 rushing attempts and 25 receptions in 16 games last season, Lewis wasn't a necessity to bring back for Tennessee.
The Giants are giving WR Corey Coleman another shot, signing him to a one-year year deal, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Monday.
Coleman was slated to be a solid depth receiver for the Giants last season, but he tore his ACL before it began. He made a good impression in the return game with Big Blue in 2018, where he also had five receptions for 71 yards in his eight games played.
The 25-year-old is a former first-round pick by the Browns back in 2016, but he has yet to live up to that status. He's had trouble with drops and learning his assignments, but New York liked what they saw two seasons ago enough to bring him back under new head coach Joe Judge.
When reports surfaced that veteran tackle Cam Fleming signed a one-year deal with the Giants in free agency, it simply made sense.
The Giants needed a new right tackle with Mike Remmers gone, Fleming knows three coaches on staff, and it was a cost-effective deal for GM Dave Gettleman.
So Fleming joined Big Blue, a rival of his last team in the Dallas Cowboys, at $4 million for next season. And the 27-year-old is now slated to take over that right tackle role -- a starting job he's been looking for since he broke into the league with the Patriots back in 2014.
In some ways, Dave Gettleman went for quantity over quality during his free-agent shopping spree last week. For the most part, instead of getting the most expensive players on the market, he spread his money out so he could fill some of the Giants' many needs.
And he certainly did. He filled a big hole at cornerback, two at linebacker, and added a right tackle, all while also finding a backup quarterback, a special teams ace, and a blocking tight end. He also re-signed his kicker, the Giants' best special teamer, and -- though not everyone loves this move -- insured the Giants will get at least a full year out of Leonard Williams after his controversial trade.
In the process, Gettleman has used almost all of the Giants' $72.7 million in cap space. The exact number is hard to figure until the details of all the contracts are known, but he seems to have only about $7 million left based on the contracts and contract numbers SNY has obtained. He'll actually need to create some more space with either cuts or contract restructures to sign the Giants' draft picks and keep enough money as an in-season reserve.
Starting at noon on Sunday, ESPN will be airing seven-straight hours of Tom Brady content.
The reasoning is pretty simple: Brady's ultra-successful 20-year run with the Patriots is now officially over, as the 43-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Also, there's not a whole lot else going on right now.
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A starter on the Giants' 2019 offensive line is on his way to Kansas City.
Mike Remmers, who started 14 games for the Giants at right tackle last season, has signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, per his agent.
Losing Remmers should not come as much of a shock for Giants fans, as it was likely even before the start of free agency that Remmers would be calling somewhere else home in 2020. After the Giants signed Cam Fleming earlier this week, the possibility of Remmers coming back became minuscule.
The Giants have made a few free agent additions while bringing back some familiar faces to upgrade their roster for the 2020 season. Here's how their depth chart shakes out at the moment, and more importantly, where they can improve moving forward...
QUARTERBACK: Daniel Jones, Colt McCoy, Alex Tanney
The Giants wanted some backup quarterback competition behind Jones, and that's when they got McCoy on a one-year deal on Thursday. Matt Moore was their first option, but he turned down their offer. McCoy was next on the list.
Tags: Daniel Jones, Golden Tate, Jabril Peppers, Leonard Williams, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Scott Thompson
A key member of the Giants' special teams is heading to the AFC West.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirms that former Giants corner and special teams contributor Antonio Hamilton has signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Hamilton is the first Giants' unrestricted free agent to sign elsewhere this offseason, and he's also the first free agent signing by the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, after winning Super Bowl LIV.
The Giants have made several moves, adding to their defense -- filling a few holes before the NFL Draft rolls around. But they could still use a pass rusher and a very familiar one is still out on the market.
Markus Golden, the man who had a bounce-back year in a Giants uniform last season, has yet to sign a new deal. According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, the interest is still there for the Giants to sign him. The price tag is the biggest question.
Spotrac has Golden's market value set at $13.5 million after totaling 10.0 sacks with 72 combined tackles -- 13 for loss -- and a career-high 27 quarterback hits, which was ranked sixth in the league last season. He also scooped up a 42-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against the Patriots on Thursday Night Football.
The Giants have found their veteran backup quarterback.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed that the Giants have agreed to terms with former Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy on a one-year deal worth $2.25 million with $1.5 million guaranteed.
The Giants had previously been linked to former Kansas City and Miami backup Matt Moore, but it's McCoy who will be joining Big Blue's QB room. A source tells Vacchiano that the Giants did make an offer to Moore, but he turned it down.
While the majority of Joe Judge's first coaching staff with the Giants is already finalized, Big Blue continues to bring in some new faces.
Former University of Tennessee strength coach Craig Fitzgerald is leaving the Volunteers for the Giants' strength coach job, he announced via his Twitter account.
"Tennessee is a first-class program and will continue to rise under Coach Pruitt's and Coach Fulmer's leadership," Fitzgerald wrote.
"I will be returning to the NFL and joining the New York Giants. Thank you for everything and Go Vols!"
Teams all around the league have been upgrading their rosters since NFL free agency began with the legal tampering period on Monday. Filling holes is a priority for every GM, but in doing so, it also provides some clarity as to where that GM might look to upgrade next in the NFL Draft.
Two moves made, in particular, should really make the Giants happy. Because it could lead to drafting Ohio State DE Chase Young.
It's no secret that Young is considered the best overall prospect in this year's draft class. And at one point in time when the Giants had the No. 2 overall pick, it was a no-brainer to think that Dave Gettleman could simply kick up his feet, see the Giants go on the clock, and take the pass-rushing machine. But a win over the Redskins made the Giants fall down to No. 4, while Washington moved up to No. 2.
Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
Here's your latest reminder that Giants RB Saquon Barkley is a physical freak.
Barkley might not be able to use the Giants' facility with the NFL pushing back offseason workout programs due to coronavirus concerns, but that hasn't stopped him from putting in work in the weight room. Posting to his Instagram story on Wednesday, Barkley can be seen squatting with a ton of plates on the bar.
And, of course, it looks effortless.
Tags: Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
The Giants are adding a piece to their offensive line.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed that Big Blue is signing tackle Cam Fleming to a one-year deal worth a maximum of $4 million.
Originally a fourth-round pick by New England in 2014, Fleming played his first four seasons with the New England Patriots, but played the last two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
Tags: Nate Solder, Will Hernandez
The Giants announced on Wednesday evening that the team is deferring season ticket payments as the coronavirus outbreak continues.
According to a letter from the team, which is signed by owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, monthly payments that had been scheduled for March 20 and April 13 have now been moved to August and September, meaning that the next monthly payment for season ticket members will now be due on May 13.
In addition, season ticket members who had been on the 'Pay-In-Full' plan can now either pay in full on June 1 (previously May 1), or they can set up a new four-month payment plan.
The Giants are showing some interest in veteran QB Matt Moore, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
Why would the Giants be looking in the quarterbacks market with Daniel Jones aboard? Well, every starting quarterback needs a good backup, people.
The Giants did pick up the 2020 option for journeyman Alex Tanney, who has a $950,000 salary this season. However, it's non-guaranteed, meaning GM Dave Gettleman could easily cut him if he finds a better backup to put in place.
Tags: Daniel Jones, Scott Thompson
When it comes to NFL free agency, $72 million sure ain't what it used to be.
All it took was 36 hours, a handful of players, and one moderate splash into the free-agent pool, and the Giants managed to use up just about all of their available space under the $198.2 million salary cap. They began with $72.7 million in room, according to OverTheCap.com. And based on contract figures provided to SNY by multiple NFL sources, the Giants have used approximately $62.6 million so far.
That leaves them with about $10 million left to spend. And considering GM Dave Gettleman had spoken of leaving a $20 million "cushion" for draft picks, mid-season replacements and possibly in-season contract extensions, it means the Giants' foray into free agency is basically done.
Tags: Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
In an expected move, the Giants decided not to exercise the 2020 club option for veteran S Antoine Bethea, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday. The Giants have until 4 p.m. when the new league year officially kicks off to do so.
By declining the option, the Giants are adding $2.75 million to their cap space, which is sitting at just under $17 million right now after all the signings.
Bethea had a solid season with 110 tackles, one interception, six passes defended and two fumble recoveries. However, at age 36 next season and being someone former defensive coordinator James Bettcher wanted after playing with the Cardinals, the Giants are moving in a different direction.
Tags: Antoine Bethea, Scott Thompson
Dave Gettleman hasn't done a cannonball into the free-agent pool. He hasn't thrown around the real big, headline-grabbing money (yet). He hasn't badly overspent to fill a need.
What he's done, in fact, is the opposite of how the Giants approached free agency in 2016, the last time they had tons of cap room to buy new players. He's spent sensibly, found bargains, and hasn't weighed the team down with long, expensive contracts.
And in free agency, that's what the real good teams do.
Giants new head coach Joe Judge knows valuable special teamers when he sees one, so it's no surprise the Giants have agreed to bring back WR Cody Core for the next two seasons, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.
Core can make up to $4.7 million on his deal, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.
Special teams coach Thomas McGaughey, who was one of the very few staffers retained by Judge, loved Core on special teams last season with his stellar speed and ability to make plays becoming such an advantage for his group. He was normally the first one to the ball carrier -- or ball itself -- on punts running as a gunner.
The Giants aren't done signing former Packers linebackers, as OLB Kyler Fackrell has agreed to a one-year deal, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. In this one-year, prove-it pact, Fackrell will receive $4.6 million.
Fackrell didn't have much of a spot on the Packers' 2019 defense after the team brought in Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith, who became the first stringers right away. He played in all 16 games, but in a limited role that saw just one sack and 23 tackles come his way.
But in a larger role in 2018 (seven starts in 16 games), Fackrell tallied 10.5 sacks and that's exactly what the Giants are hoping he can reproduce this season.
In an anticipated move on Tuesday, the Bears released former first-round pick Leonard Floyd, throwing him into the free agent mix.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo is hearing the Giants are among the teams already looking at Floyd, and it makes perfect sense.
Remember the 2016 NFL Draft when reports were out there that former GM Jerry Reese loved Floyd in the pre-draft process, and the Giants had their eyes on him with the No. 10 overall pick? Well, the Bears knew that and they needed a linebacker, too. So they traded up just before the Giants at No. 9, took Floyd, and the Giants had to settle for CB Eli Apple.
The first day of NFL free agency has passed, and many eye-opening deals went down in those 24 hours as the league shook up its rosters.
The Giants were among those that added some new pieces, especially on the defensive side of the ball. And GM Dave Gettleman still has about $55 million to work with, so Big Blue might not be done.
Here's what happened on Day 1, starting with the team's latest signee:
As the Giants were making the more attention-grabbing signings of CB James Bradberry and LB Blake Martinez on Monday as NFL free agency kicked off, they also inked imposing former San Francisco 49ers TE Levine Toilolo.
The 28-year-old Toilolo, who is 6-8", 268 pounds, played in 13 games in 2019 for the 49ers, reeling in just two catches for 10 yards.
Before joining the 49ers, Toilolo played for the Detroit Lions in 2018 and Atlanta Falcons from 2013-2017. In both Detroit and Atlanta, Toilolo was a much bigger pass-catching threat than he was with the 49ers.
Tags: Evan Engram, Danny Abriano
The Giants weren't done improving their defense on the first day of NFL free agency.
Former Packers linebacker Blake Martinez has agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Giants, and confirmed that when he retweeted NFL Network's Mike Garofalo. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has the details being $19 million guaranteed with $22.5 million in the first two years of the deal. It will be $14 million this season.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Monday that sources had the Giants being "very serious" about adding a free agent linebacker, and Martinez was at the top of their list. After letting Alec Ogletree go, they needed a new man to lead things in the middle of the defense, and they've found that in the 26-year-old Martinez.