Just one day prior to the opening of training camp, The Giants signed first round selection Hakeem Nicks to what is reportedly a five-year deal worth up to $12.5 million.
The Giants also recently signed both Clint Sintim and William Beatty to deals of four years in length.
There is something in particular worth noting about the contracts of these players: they are a fairly decent length all things considered. I believe that Jerry Reese is making an incredible move here by doing so.
If any of the three emerge as big time players, rather than fork over $10 million per year for their services, The Giants have secured them for a number of years at a discount price. Of course the market for contracts grows each year, but with the top picks from this season signed for a number of years, Reese can examine just how the market behaves before considering what type of extension to award these players.
Consider the big time positions (tackle, receiver, outside linebacker) that the players play, and the type of money that players usually demand at those positions, i must commend Jerry Reese for not balking at the idea of swinging a trade for a receiver who would almost certainly demand a greater salary than these players combined.
The value of Hakeem Nicks, William Beatty, Clint Sintim, Travis Beckum, and Ramses Barden far outweighs the value of one over priced receiver who is years older than they are.
With a stellar performance on the part of and of the aforementioned players in 2009, the legend of Jerry Reese will continue to grow in New York.