About this time of year—if your team isn’t still in the hunt for a Lombardi Trophy—fans start to compile their free-agent wish lists. But in order to free up the cap space to make any of those dream acquisitions come true, general managers are faced with the tough task of convincing veterans to take pay cuts.
This is one of a NFL GM’s less glamorous duties. Often, an agreement can’t be reached, causing an ugly, drawn-out fission between player and franchise. Even if the two parties reach an agreement, at least one party usually leaves the negotiation feeling bitter.
Still, it’s the nature of business in professional sports. Last season, quarterback Eli Manning volunteered to restructure his contract while running back Brandon Jacobs bolted to the West Coast, instead. Every player handles contract squabbles differently, and it’s Giants GM Jerry Reese’s job to keep New York’s championship-winning core together and happy.
This article will highlight five Giants that Reese could be calling into his office to discuss a pay cut in 2013.