The Giants didn't think safety Landon Collins was worth the price of the franchise tag, what seemed like a hefty $11.15 million for one year.
Turns out that wasn't so hefty at all.
The Giants didn't think safety Landon Collins was worth the price of the franchise tag, what seemed like a hefty $11.15 million for one year.
Turns out that wasn't so hefty at all.
NFL free agency will kick off this week, and every team in the league will be checking in on the top players looking for a new home to see if they could be a fit for their club in the 2019 season.
For the Giants, there have multiple holes that need filling on their 53-man roster, and they are sure to scoure the market to see who they can add at the right price. But Big Blue isn't sitting on a pile of money. Instead, they have around $25 million in cap space after their latest move - the Olivier Vernon trade to the Browns for G Kevin Zeitler - gave them an extra $1.5 million.
So, unlike their MetLife Stadium counterpart in the Jets, they will need to be cautious with how much they spend on free agency as they will have to save money for their draft picks, too. Still, there are some bargain players out there that could make an immediate impact next season.
NFL free agency will kick off next week around the league, and the Giants will be active in bringing in fresh faces to bolster their roster for the 2019 season. The Giants have a few holes that need filling, especially with Olivier Vernon and Landon Collins out the door.
Finding their replacements is a must, but there is also a hole at the cornerback position as well. The Giants seem to have faith that Janoris Jenkins will have a bounce-back year, but with questionable options behind him, some reinforcement is needed.
The Giants have supplemental round draft choice Sam Beal returning after missing out on his rookie season with season-ending surgery. There is also B.W. Webb that could come back in free agency, while Grant Haley was an intriguing player after coming off the Giants' practice squad mid-season.
The decision to let safety Landon Collins walk away for nothing sent shockwaves through a Giants fan base that still seems to be trying to figure GM Dave Gettleman out. One minute acts like the Giants are close to being a contender. The next he sounds like he's rebuilding. Then he's cutting costs on players like Collins, while not blinking at the $23.2 million cap hit for aging quarterback Eli Manning.
Trying to decipher his moves the last 15 months has been like riding the Mad Tea Party ride at Disney. Just as the franchise seems to turn one direction, it lurches towards the other. Meanwhile, everyone is nauseous and wondering: Is there any real direction at all?
The answer to that is, like many things, complicated and not often clear. There's no doubt the mess Gettleman inherited - on the field, in the locker room, and to a smaller extent under the salary cap - was significant when he was hired in December, 2017. Even Gettleman may have underestimated how extensive the problems were, though he adamantly denies he did.
Giants GM Dave Gettleman got rid of an over-priced pass rusher he was likely about to cut and managed to get a starting guard in return, while clearing at least a little bit of salary cap space and moving back about 20 places with one of his picks on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
It's hard not to view that as a steal for the Giants and a big win for a general manager that has been battered by the fan base lately.
Per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, there has not been any indication the Giants will cut cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who carries a $14.75 million cap hit in 2019.
While there is always the possibility they could change course, it does not appear to be trending that direction and GM Dave Gettleman's comments at the NFL scouting combine would seem to confirm that trend.
INDIANAPOLIS - The Giants were a bit of a mess when their season ended two months ago. They had a 5-11 record and their immediate direction was uncertain. Even the identity of both their Quarterbacks of the Future and the Present weren't completely clear.
The first answers to some of the most crucial questions could come on Wednesday when both GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur are expected to speak to the media at the NFL's annual scouting combine. Here's a preview of some of the key questions they're likely to be asked, and what they are expected to say...
Giants GM Dave Gettleman has shown a tendency to bring former Panthers players aboard from his time as GM in Carolina and two more have just hit the free-agent market.
Munnerlyn, who turns 31 in April, started in just five games over two seasons with the Panthers as their nickelback.
The first time the Giants organization seemed to really begin thinking about what comes next at quarterback after Eli Manning was about three years ago. They still had plenty of time back then, but seemed to understand it would run out fast.
Still, they have declined to address that need ever since -- at least not in the first round of the draft -- and suddenly they are standing at the end of Manning's road. He's 38 and his contract is up at the end of the season, but the Giants have no replacement ready because they have continually kicked this hugely important decision farther and farther down the road.
And yes, even now, they might do it again.
The Giants never once looked like a threat to make Super Bowl LIII and it's hard to envision them right now as a threat to make Super Bowl LIV either. They have so much work to do just to become a winning team again. Right now even a playoff berth feels far away.
Their work towards the 2019 season has already begun, of course, and beginning on Monday they are free to start reshaping their roster. There will be some cuts and restructured contracts in the next few weeks, as the Giants get ready for the opening of NFL free agency on March 13.
Here are some of the biggest decisions they face:
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- One year ago this week, the Giants did something they once thought was unthinkable. They cleaned out, firing their coach and general manager in the middle of the season.
The decision was born of desperation. The franchise had no direction. The players were lost. And the whole operation had become the butt of jokes across the NFL nation. The Giants were 2-10 at the time.
One year and two days later, they are 4-8, which is hardly much of an improvement. But to the players, executives and team personnel who endured last season's mess, the improvement has been dramatic.
The 24-year-old Collins suffered the injury during Sunday's win over the Bears, and is expected to be recovering for the next 4-to-6 months. The two-time Pro Bowler will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, unless the Giants use the franchise tag on him or sign him to a long-term deal.
Collins' future with the Giants is now far from certain, but several of his teammates indicated that his absence will be a detriment to the team. Simply put, they want him in New York.
It got lost in the shuffle last week, when everyone freaked out over the way Saquon Barkley wa used in the second half in Philadelphia, but the Giants' defense was absolutely terrible. The Eagles rolled over them in the second half. The Giants defense couldn't get off the field.
They needed a big bounce-back game this week.
They seemed to have it. Then they blew it. And then they bailed themselves out in the end.
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Giants cornerback tandem Janoris Jenkins and B.W. Webb?
A two-game winning streak for the New York football Giants has some NFL faithful rubbing their eyes in disbelief after the team's 1-7 start, but the pair of victories (on the road against San Francisco 49ers and at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) has the Giants looking at the lighter side of things.
The real double-take, though, for this club comes from a look at the team's secondary - more specifically, the starting cornerback tandem of Jenkins (20) and Webb (23).
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A second straight win against another bad team may not be good news for anyone rooting for the Giants to land a Top 5 pick in the next NFL draft.
But it sure did feel good to everyone at the Meadowlands on Sunday afternoon.
Even though the Giants seemed to barely hang on to their 38-35 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was still a reminder of the value of a victory. They topped 30 points for just the second time in 42 games, dating back three seasons. They got a defensive touchdown and forced the Bucs to bench their starting quarterback (although that turned out to be a not-so good thing).
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: With just hours to go before the NFL trading deadline, cornerback Janoris Jenkins has become the most likely Giants player to be dealt. And according to NFL sources, the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers are emerging as his most likely destinations.
Both teams have been scouring the market for cornerbacks, NFL sources said, and were interested when it looked like Patrick Peterson might be available from the Arizona Cardinals. But with Peterson apparently off the market, both have moved on to the second tier, where Jenkins fits in.
Two other teams that had expressed some interest in Jenkins, according to sources, were the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles. Obviously the Saints acquired cornerback Eli Apple from the Giants instead. And it's hard to believe the Giants would trade Jenkins within their own division.
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When the Giants traded cornerback Eli Apple last Tuesday, it signaled they were open for business and it left everyone wondering "Who's next?" Then on Wednesday morning, the Giants shipped out defensive tackle Damon Harrison.
Since then, the feeling around the league is that no one on the Giants' roster is safe.
That's not completely true, of course. Odell Beckham Jr.'s recently signed mega-deal makes him virtually untradeable (even though the Giants have received "decent offers" for him). And Eli Manning has a no-trade clause that he's unlikely to waive. And obviously GM Dave Gettleman isn't going to sell off Saquon Barkley or anyone else from his first draft with the team.
The Giants (1-6) vs. the Washington Redskins (4-2) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. ET.
If this game had been played 24 hours earlier, it would've been in the thick of an ugly Nor'easter. Instead, it'll be just another gray, fall day with temperatures in the low 50s, moderate winds, lots of cloud cover and perhaps a little chance of some light rain later in the game.
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: John Mara finally admitted the obvious last week when he conceded the Giants' problems run deeper than he and his front office anticipated. He didn't use the word "rebuilding." But he did say "I'm not sure it will be a quick fix."
No it won't be -- not with a team filled with bloated contracts, saddled with a 37-year-old quarterback, and having won just 4-of-its-last-23 games. It could be a painful, long and probably difficult process.
But at least they're finally doing the right thing now.
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When the Giants traded cornerback Eli Apple on Tuesday, it signaled they were open for business and it left everyone wondering "Who's next?" Then on Wednesday morning, the Giants shipped out defensive tackle Damon Harrison.
And now the feeling around the league is that no one on the Giants' roster is safe.
That's not completely true, of course. Odell Beckham Jr.'s recently signed mega-deal makes him virtually untradeable, and Eli Manning has a no-trade clause that he's unlikely to waive. And obviously GM Dave Gettleman isn't going to sell off Saquon Barkley or anyone else from his first draft with the team...
It's going to be easy to bash Eli Manning again after this loss, and there'll be plenty of legitimate reason for that. The Giants' offense stinks and no doubt he missed a few opportunities.
But I really don't understand how anyone can watch the Giants' offensive line and not see that it's the biggest problem the Giants' offense has.
Manning was sacked four times in the Giants' deceptively close, 23-20 loss in Atlanta on Monday night, putting him on pace to be sacked 55 times this season. He was rushed on countless other throws in the game, too. And it's not like the run blocking is much better. Saquon Barkley, for all his amazing ability, only had 43 rushing yards
Not only was this a divisional game with a heated rival, but this Giants-Eagles matchup at MetLife Stadium on Thursday night was viewed as the game to save the Giants season. Sense of urgency was the word thrown around by the team leading up to tonight, but unfortunately that isn't what was seen on the field.
The Giants lost badly in a 34-13 wallop that left fans speechless and sullen in their seats. With the exception of one dynamic rookie, the performance by the home team wasn't anything to be proud of. And to put it bluntly: What played out tonight was certainly comparable to the miserable group of last season.
So, let's take a deeper look at what happened at each position in the Giants' fifth loss of the season...
The New York Giants, still searching for some consistency, came up short yet again after losing 33-31 to the Carolina Panthers. If the future of their season seemed bleak following last week's brutal 33-18 loss to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, this week's defeat may have cemented another lost season.
To their credit, the Giants did put up a fight and had a comeback victory within grasp. But sitting at 1-4 after Graham Gano's 63-yarder at the end of regulation, you have to wonder how much fight the team has left.
Let's take a look on where it all went wrong this Sunday afternoon…
The Giants came in to Carolina needing a win to prevent their season from falling into the abyss -- and to deflect attention away from Odell Beckham Jr.'s comments about Eli Manning.
Things started out well, with Beckham on fire receiving and returning punts as the Giants took a 3-0 lead. Then they got disastrous, with the defense getting gashed and Beckham botching a punt return that led to a Panthers touchdown and 14-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Big Blue stabilized things late in the second quarter as Beckham launched a shocking 57-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley, the defense firmed up, and Aldrick Rosas nailed a 53-yard field goal as they cut the deficit to 20-13 entering the half...
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has much to do after gameday. He has to watch film, evaluate each player's performance, and most importantly, figure out what went right or wrong that week.
There is also the task of submitting plays to the NFL that coaches want clarification on, whether it's penalties or close calls. Shumur refers to these duties as "a handful of things" during his normal work week.
But, after a few questionable calls on Sunday against the Saints, his workload got heavier...
Now, after their disheartening 33-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints, they are 1-3 and looking at the likelihood of yet another lost season.
Here's a look at how their specific position groups played in their Week 4 loss...
The Giants are a team in crisis at 0-2 after a miserable, 20-13 loss in Dallas on Sunday night. And they're back to their same old offensive problems.
Here's a look at how their specific position groups played on Sunday night...
Giants LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys in Dallas.
Head coach Pat Shurmur said the Giants are hopeful Vernon will be able to return next week.
New York doesn't have any players listed as doubtful, and LB Tae Davis (hamstring) is questionable.
Giants WR Sterling Shepard (back) returned to practice Thursday as the team prepares for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys in Dallas.
CB Janoris Jenkins left the team facility without participating due to what the Giants said was a family issue -- though the issue was not related to his brother, who was charged with aggravated manslaughter in July, according to Pat Leonard of the Daily News.
LB Tae Davis (hamstring) and RB Wayne Gallman (knee) were limited for a second straight day, while LB Olivier Vernon did not participate.
New details on the death of Roosevelt Rene, the man found dead at Giants CB Janoris Jenkins house back in June, have surfaced. And it appears Jenkins was concerned that something was going on at his house the day Rene's body was found.
In an audio recording obtained by Deadspin, a call was made to a police dispatcher by a man who identified himself as "Vasquez." Being that he called the dispatcher by the name "Miller" would suggest that he was a Fair Lawn police officer of some rank.
Jenkins had texted Vasquez, stating that he was told a door was open at his house, and wanted to make sure everything was fine. The Pro Bowl cornerback was in Florida at the time...
The Giants released their unofficial depth chart on Monday, and though it isn't set in stone, there are a few things worth noting.
Here are the five biggest takeaways from how this roster looks early on in training camp...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The NFL is doing its best to prevent players from dangerously banging their heads into each other this season. But the result of their effort is going to be a lot of people banging their heads against a wall.
That's because not even the players are completely clear about what is and isn't a penalty under the NFL's new helmet rule - a rule that makes "lowering the head and initiating contact" with any part of an opponent's body, not just the head, a 15-yard penalty at least.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Urban Meyer, one of the most successful college football coaches of this generation, is suddenly under fire at Ohio State, where he's been accused of ignoring and covering up allegations of domestic abuse against one of his assistant coaches. He's been placed on paid leave, while the university investigates his behavior.
Meanwhile, his reputation among his former players remains strong.
Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins became the latest to express that loyalty on Friday, when he hailed Meyer as "a great coach" and "nice guy" despite the allegations against him.
Giants CB Janoris Jenkins on Sunday spoke publicly for the first time about the death of his close friend and the charges against his brother for his alleged involvement in the death.
"I haven't talked to [my brother], to be honest," said Jenkins, according to ESPN. The 29-year-old CB described the incident as "shocking."
"But I will to see where his head was at. As far as that, I'll just leave that off the field."
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The first training camp under new head coach Pat Shurmur is a critical one for the Giants, who have spent the offseason acting like a team that believes it can be a contender, one year after finishing 3-13. To do that, they need everything to go right, and they desperately need to stay healthy.
The quest for that begins on Wednesday morning when the full-team reports to camp.
And with questions looming over everything, from Odell Beckham, Jr. to Eli Manning to their formerly dysfunctional defense, how will training camp go for the Giants? Here are five bold predictions for what to expect between now and Opening Day...
This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25th.
The cornerbacks room was supposed to be the least of the Giants' problems last season, but we all know how that went. Guess they didn't get that memo.
The Giants announced they have agreed to a deal with Western Michigan CB Sam Beal, who they selected in the third round of the 2018 Supplemental Draft.
Known for his skill in man-to-man coverage, Beal was touted by some as the best prospect to come out of the Supplemental Drat since Browns WR Josh Gordon. At 6-foot-1, 187 pounds, Beal has the prototypical frame that teams love on the outside, and his technique and skill allow him to be able to work in any scheme.
"We feel like we're getting our third-round pick now," GM Dave Gettleman said in a statement after drafting Beal. "We discussed it at length yesterday, and had a great conversation. We basically had a draft meeting in the office, with people on the speaker phone who had seen him. It was a very thorough conversation.
EA Sports released its highly-anticipated Madden NFL 19 ratings on Tuesday, and the Giants saw themselves at the bottom of the pack.
Despite some high-profile names on the roster, Big Blue came in rated 73 which is the third-worst ranking in the popular video game. The ratings do change based off team performance throughout the year.
The highest-rated player on the Giants is WR Odell Beckham Jr., who came in at 95 overall. That makes him the third-best receiver in the game behind Steelers' Antonio Brown, who has a nearly perfect rating of 99, and Falcons' Julio Jones' 98 rating...
There was a dead body found in Giants CB Janoris Jenkins' New Jersey home on Tuesday, and Jenkins' older brother has been charged with manslaughter and is in custody, according to the Bergen County prosecutor's office.
The victim was indentified as 25-year-old Roosevelt Rene, who the Bergen County Prosecutor's office described as Jenkins' "family friend." Rene, who is also known as music producer Trypps Beatz, has many photos with Jenkins on his Instagram account.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, citing law enforcement sources, reported that police "are investigating a possible stragulation/suffocation" as the cause of death.
Giants CB Janoris Jenkins wants to be an interception machine this season.
The 29-year-old, who had ankle surgery last November and also dealt with some off-field issues last season, is looking for a huge comeback in 2018 -- with a goal of eight interceptions. And he wants to return four of them for touchdowns.
Click below to see Jenkins' boast
But that doesn't make the three-day camp any less interesting.
As the Giants continue their quick rebuild from the ashes of last year's 3-13 mess, they still have a lot of questions to answer and pieces to fit in before they get to training camp this summer. This week will begin to add some clarity to their picture...
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The rebuilding of the Giants is basically over, and now they're almost ready to begin the preparation. They have a three-day, full-team mini-camp next week, and then five weeks of training camp starting in late July to find out if they really are better than 3-13.
Just with better health alone they should be. And with some of the key additions they've made, perhaps the playoffs aren't out of reach either. But they do have a bunch of questions they need to answer first.
And you had a few questions, too. So one last time before the camps begin, I'll try to answer them here:
Janoris Jenkins isn't giving up his Dez Bryant-to-Giants campaign.
Jenkins tweeted again on Tuesday, hinting to the Giants that the free-agent wide receiver would make the team's offense even scarier than it looks already on paper...
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It isn't a secret that CB Janoris Jenkins and former Cowboys WR Dez Bryant are heated rivals between the hashes. They have exchange verbal bouts over Twitter, and of course, physical ones on the field.
But that doesn't mean Jenkins would be opposed to Bryant being his teammate next season. In fact, he has been trying to recruit him to New York.
The Cowboys decided to release the 29-year-old veteran receiver, and he has yet to find a new home in the NFL. Like many other players around the league, Jenkins has thought about the prospect of pairing Bryant up his team's wide receivers, which in this case includes Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram.
At the end of last season, Eli Apple was in the epicenter of the Giants' locker room dysfunction. It got so bad that his teammate, Landon Collins, called him "a cancer" during a radio appearance in late December.
That's a hard word to walk back, and a feud that didn't seem easy to fix. But, on the first day of the new Giants' offseason workout program on Monday, Collins insisted that's exactly what they did. Everything between the two of them, he insisted, is fine despite everything that happened last season...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The new Giants coaching staff inherited plenty of lingering problems, but none bigger than the dysfunctional mess inside the defensive backs room. Three cornerbacks were suspended last season. Efforts were openly questioned. And it all bottomed out when safety Landon Collins publicly called cornerback Eli Apple "a cancer."
Maybe it's true that everyone will have a "clean slate" this season, as the new regime has promised. But that's still a major headache that new defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo has to cure.
"The DB room is always full of characters," Anarumo said. That's a funny line, but it doesn't really explain the size of this mess...
Dave Gettleman isn't fooling around. He's all business when it comes to fixing the Giants. And in case anyone hasn't noticed, he's going to be aggressive with his plan.
If he didn't make that clear when he cut guard Bobby Hart and benched tackle Ereck Flowers in his first days on the job last December, it was pretty clear over the last few days when he got rid of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and punter Brad Wing, and traded for linebacker Alec Ogletree. There may be more cuts to come (perhaps receivers Dwayne Harris and Brandon Marshall) too, possibly before the free-agent market opens...
The Giants couldn't get veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to agree to a pay cut, so they officially released him on Sunday.
And now their cornerback corps suddenly looks very, very thin.
The new Giants regime seems ready to give cornerback Eli Apple the "clean slate" they've promised him after his miserable 2017 season. And with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie now moving to safety, it even looks like Apple is penciled back in for his old starting job.
But how sure are the Giants that they can count on him? And are they really convinced all his troubles are in the past?
The Giants are projected to have somewhere around $22-23 million in salary cap space when the free-agent signing period opens on March 14. That's "healthy" as assistant GM Kevin Abrams back in December.
And during the next month, the Giants could become even healthier than that...