2013 Starters: LT Will Beatty, LG Kevin Boothe, C David Baas, RG Chris Snee, RT Justin Pugh
2014 Projected Starters: LT Will Beatty, LG Geoff Schwartz, C J.D. Walton, RG Chris Snee, RT Justin Pugh
The No. 1 target in the crosshairs of general manager Jerry Reese, the Giants offensive line is undergoing significant changes this offseason.
First comes the departure of oft-injured David Baas, who in a statement sent by the team to members of the press, said that he's contemplating having surgery on his neck. The Giants also lost the versatile Kevin Boothe, who started at left guard but finished the season at center last year for New York.
Boothe, one of a few remaining players to be on both the 2007 and 2011 championship teams, returned to the Oakland Raiders, who originally selected him in the sixth round of the 2006 draft.
Chris Snee, whom many people initially believed would retire after having surgeries on both hips and his elbow last year, agree to take a pay cut that Newsday reported amounted to $5.1 million.
Despite the fact that Snee is planning to return in 2014, he is not assured of a starting spot, even though he's currently the incumbent at right guard.
At center, former Denver Bronco J.D. Walton, whom The Star-Ledger reported received a two-year deal worth $5 million, including $3 million in guarantees, will try to make a comeback after being out of football in 2012 due to complications arising from a broken ankle suffered in 2011.
The big signing on this unit so far is Geoff Schwartz, who spent last season with Kansas City Chiefs as their right guard. Schwartz, who will presumably move over to left guard with the Giants, inked a four-year, $16.8 million deal with $6.2 million guaranteed, per Yahoo! Sports (h/t NJ.com).
Per Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Schwartz played three games at left guard and nine at right guard for the Chiefs and finished with a 15.2 overall PFF grade, the eighth-best mark among all guards in 2013.
The Giants might not be done yet with shaping their 2014 opening-day starting offensive line. Will Beatty is currently recovering from a broken tibia for which he had surgery in early January.
While Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported that Beatty "should be ready" for the start of the 2014 season, it would not be surprising if Beatty starts training camp on the PUP list.
If that does happen, the Giants could be looking at a possible reshuffling that would depend on what they come away with in the draft. One possibility would be to grab a tackle at No. 12 and move Justin Pugh over to the left side if Beatty isn't ready.
If the Giants instead grab a guard, Pugh could still go to left tackle, and Schwartz could kick outside to right tackle.
The bottom line is the starting offensive line isn't set in stone yet, so we'll see how the draft along with Beatty's availability in the spring OTAs influence what the Giants might do.