According to New York Newsday's Bob Glauber, Antonio Pierce and the Giants are not working on a contract extension.
Pierce has two years left on his current contract. Recall, in 2005, the Giants inked Pierce to a six-year, $26 million deal. This year, Pierce will be playing his ninth year in the league.
Because of his age, contract (he is due to make $4.35 million this year and $4.75 million in 2010), and the fact that the Giants have selected his replacements Jonathan Goff and Clint Sintim, he may be playing his last year with the Giants.
Clearly, it will be interesting to watch how Goff and Sintim perform in training camp. I do think they may move Sintim to inside linebacker. Right now, Sintim will be competing with Danny Clark for the starting strong side linebacker spot. Remember, a strong side linebacker comes off the field on third down and obvious passing plays.
In the recent rookie camp, Sintim was in pass coverage. According to Michael Eisen of Giants.com, The Giants believe Sintim can become an outstanding pass-rushing linebacker in the NFL. His biggest adjustment might be moving from the 3-4 defense used at Virginia to the 4-3 employed by the Giants.
In addition, he had few coverage duties in college and will likely be asked to expand his repertoire here.
In addition, head coach Tom Coughlin said of Sintim: “A big, strong kid. When he is rushing or whatever, he is a massive, strong guy. So we are seeing that. Plus, he has been in these coverage drills, and he has done okay in these coverage drills, too.”
Did you see Danny Clark on passing downs? Did Danny Clark play on third down?
Again, I do not think Sintim will be playing strong side linebacker in 2010. We will see how Pierce's situation unfolds.