First of all, an apology is in order. As the New York Giants community leader, I take it very seriously and try to do my best whenever I can.
I have been next to non-existent the last month and plan on making up for it very much so in the coming ones.
I recently got invited to accompany a very good friend of mine to Orlando, Florida for ESPN The Weekend. Every sports fans dream in other words. His aunt, the vice president of ESPN, scored us a free five star hotel, and exclusive V.I.P. passes.
For us to have to save the money to go, we had to sell of a bunch of old football and baseball cards, and in the past three weeks have amassed over $800. I feel that it was time to return to doing what I love so much. Writing about Big Blue.
The New Series
I wanted to be able to return to form and decided to start an off-season program in which every day, or couple days [certainly not a full month] I will cover a different topic, New York Giants related.
The topics will range from potential draft picks, free agent signing, contract extensions, and trade partners, and I may even occasionally throw in a wild card topic. A "What If" type of article. i hope you return to see what else has been added and I thank all of you for your patience.
Who Should The Giants Re-sign?
The New York Giants this year, don't have nearly as many upcoming free agents as last year, and we get to keep almost our entire core of players. Instead of just ranting on, you can check out that exact list below.
Giants' Unrestricted Free Agents Following 2008 Season
RB: Brandon Jacobs
RB: Derrick Ward
WR: Amani Toomer
CB: Corey Webster
S: James Butler
So who exactly should we resign? Let's put it this way, Brandon Jacobs WILL be a Giant next year. Why? Because Derrick Ward won't. I mean, let's be logical here. Our BACKUP running back just ran for over 1,000 yards, and had over 400 receiving.
Ward is going to want starter money, which would be fine...If he was going to be our starter. I'm really not too worried though. Jacobs will be signed again, and we have Ahmad Bradshaw and future third string Danny Ware.
Obviously not much is expected of him, but Ware will be in his third year out of Georgia, and is six foot one, and weighs in at 210 pounds. Imagine pounding everybody for a half with Jacobs, burning past them with Ahmad Bradshaw, and crushing them again with a Jacobs/Ware combo. Sounds scary.
Corey Webster is another who I believe will return. He will play opposite Aaron Ross, and anchor one of the best defenses in the NFL. James Butler on the other hand, will most likely not be kept, and I'm ok with that. Kenny Phillips is coming on well, and Sammy Knight will be swapped around often with rookie Michael Johnson from ASU.
Amani Toomer. One of the best Giants players to have throw on the blue and white. Toomer will be kept for a quite small price if he chooses to return next year, something I definitely think he will do.
Who Do The Giants Let Go?
Besides stating the obvious, Derrick Ward, as previously stated is a goner, and I don't even think we throw any attempt to keep him, the money just wouldn't be worth it when it could be spent elsewhere...Like a linebacker core.
There are very few players I wouldn't mind seeing the Giants part ways with, but losing some of our WR's wouldn't exactly leave us depleted.
People may want to start bracing themselves for the release of David Tyree. Its not something I particularly want to see, but it will happen in the coming year or two. Same with Sam Madison, who I don't think will be missed in our young and fresh secondary.
Biggest Advantage in the Offseason?
David Diehl, Kareem McKenzie, Shaun O' Hara, Chris Snee, Rich Seubert. Enough said.
We return one of the best offensive lines of the NFL and don't need to worry about resigning any of them. Definitely the biggest advantage Big Blue has going into the 2009 season.
What to Look Out For!
I will soon be doing an article for the free agents that the Giants may be exploring. Please stay tuned!!